Bookmarks for September 24th

Bookmarks for September 13th

  • Maureen Dowd – Boy, Oh, Boy –
    This basically sums up my thoughts on the vast teabagger of this summer right up to Joe Wilson's douchbaggery – "But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it."
  • Mexico Now Enduring Worst Drought in Years –
    we're definitely feeling the first signs of a drought, here in Nayarit, rain fall is way off. usually we're swimming in rain this time of year. Lately it's been sprinkling every 4 or 5 days. the winter is gonna be rough.
  • Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America' – Telegraph
    "…according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution." and ""It is unbelievable to us that this is still a really hot potato in America. There's still a great belief that He made the world in six days. It's quite difficult for we in the UK to imagine religion in America. We live in a country which is no longer so religious. But in the US, outside of New York and LA, religion rules."
  • YouTube – Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper
    DJs, beatmakers and sound sampling peeps check this out before it disappears, a youtube clip that isolates all 4 tracks on the Sgt. Pepper intro. awesome for sampling and cool just to hear/see the tracks isolated.
  • Jordan : History of Flight
    beautifully done artwork and flash site for the Jordan/Nike brand. this site is awesome. as for Jordan sneaks the III, IV and V were my favorites. the rest became too gimmicky. great artwork on that timeline site.
  • Kid Vlogs From Apple Store, We Smell a New Commercial Campaign
    "Kids. They grow up so fast these days, with the Twitter and the MySpace and Tamagotchi and sports drinks. You've gotta hand it to them, though: they've got their technology and they know how to use it.

    Which is why the dense YouTube account of Nicholifavs, filled with a kid who vlogs exclusively from New York City's Fifth Avenue Apple Store, is merely a natural progression in the realm of Things Kids Do Now." via Beau Colburn

Me & My Man

me and my man II
me and my man

We’re still up in Upstate NY, exchanging hurricane swells for sweet corn, heirloom tomatos, herb salad and as many different kinds of root beer as I can get my hands on. Little Man’s two bottom teeth came in a few weeks ago and he’s been enjoying his first tastes of hard foods, he’s diggin’ on hard crust bread, watermelon, banana, butternut squash, green grapes, oatmeal and a ton of other good foods. We’re here for another week or so, and then back to the uber hot-humidness to catch up on my tube riding technique.

Summertime Americana

I haven’t updated in awhile, as you can see, as I’ve been enjoying a much needed vacation from the ridiculously oppressive mexican summer heat and humidity. I’ve traded in summer swells for a small cabin1 on a tricklingl river, tucked between the trees at the foot of a mountain range above Woodstock, NY. I’m enjoying some good ol’ fashioned summertime americana. In fact, we’re here for a month and it is the longest amount of time I’ve spent back in the US since I moved to Mexico 5 years ago2. We’ve been busy traveling around the NY/NJ/PA/CT area visiting various relatives. Spacing out 3 and 4 hour car trips with a few days in between with nothing more to do than sit in the river and enjoy the cold water or mosey into town for the farmer’s market. It’s been so relaxing and tranquil, I’m very thankful for the perfect storm of awesomeness that made this trip possible. Here a few photos. pulled back and quiet:

  1. former mill house
  2. almost exactly to the day

Bookmarks for March 23rd

  • 12 new pics from 'Where The Wild Things Are'
    amazing images. nice captions too. i love the look of this film. beware: the USA Today site has a pop-up video ad superstitial with audio that is way too loud and no 'skip ad' or 'sound off' button. Dillholes. But the images are worth sitting through the very annoying ad.
  • Front Fell Off – CollegeHumor Video
    This guy probably lobbies for the banking industry now. ain't nothin changed but the year. [via the baroquely curt 70%]
  • House of Pain at Concepts and The Roxy, St. Paddy's Day 2009
    who knew that House of Pain still play shows. These guys need to get with Muggs and do a flash-back to 15 years ago record. and record it just like they would have 15 years ago. no girls, no drugs, no bling. just crazy redneck irish pride party records. we could use some nondescript party anthems. And i could definitely rock the green House of Pain Adidas campuses.
  • Zombie financial ideas – Paul Krugman Blog –
    Krugman weighs in on the newest bank bailout plan Geithner is about to unveil. In short: Krugman thinks Geithner and Obama have lost the war on ideas. Very sad if he's right. and he's usually right. I'm starting to think that Geithner needs to go.
  • Tweetizen – Easy Twitter Groups
    There are tons of new twit aggregators popping up. Aggregators are sites that collect twits by topic, by following certain people. They usually focus on single topics like design, technology, web development, sports, stocks, etc… Their focus is usually narrow. Twittizen takes a different approach. It marries the twit aggregator idea to crowd-sourcing. Instead of giving you a narrow range of topics, it gives you a framework to home-roll your own aggregator and to share it on your own blog. Great idea!

Lil’ Man turns one month old

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Photos by uber destination wedding photographer extraordinaire Elizabeth Lloyd.

So one month ago to this day, Luca came into our lives with the intensity of a shotgun blast. He has managed to keep us on our toes and not give us a split second for quiet contemplation. It’s been an awesome, tiresome, sleep-deprived, glorious month. Each week seems to present an entirely new twist in the caregiving of this magical little man. He’s definitely softening me up. I know kids do that to you, but man, this kid has my number.

Marcia and I still can’t quite believe that we are parents. Capital “P”. Personally, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea for anyone over thirty to have kids. I say that with a smile, but in some regards I completely mean it. Having kids is for the young n’ less cautious1. We know we’re still in the first few months and all the sage advice we get says that the first three months are the hardest and that life will change after that. They call it the “fourth trimester”, as the baby is still essentially a fetus. And they are most certainly right. Despite the inherent awesomeness of having Luca in our lives, the past month has been loooong and haaaaard.

On the flip-side, there is something amazing about the cocoon like environment that we’ve created in our house in response Luca’s arrival. This process is one of those unexpected delights in becoming a parent. We are on a mission, the three of us – together – and our little house is The Headquarters.

Here’s to one solid month. woo-hoo!

Relatedly, I’ve been thinking about creating a blog specific for ‘Luca’ updates, videos, photos and stuff. Rather than have it here on QP. I’m sure the vast majority of people who happen by QP don’t like looking at baby photos. Still mulling it over.

  1. as caution applies to using contraceptives

10 feet @ 20 secs

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That big ole swell that rolled through Californ-i-a this past week has finally made it down Mexico way.

Last night, against my better judgement I went out to Burros. As I drove past Destiladeras, the southern end was breaking overhead in long rolling arcs and lined up like corduroy. Lines stretching up the entire length of the beach. Burros was dumb packed. And the swell overhead and consistent. Magic Seaweed said something like 10 feet at 20 seconds. The outside sets were almost as big as I’ve ever seen Burros. But the gluttony of jerk-offs in the water made it almost not worth it. I grabbed a few choice rides and floated over/under a couple of pristine examples of rampaging natural beauty. But ultimately I spent most of the time jockeying for position, kicking myself I didn’t opt for my new favorite break.

Today I kicked off work early, a treat for working late in to the night, and hit up Burros again. The wave size had dropped significantly, the wind was making a mess of everything and time in between sets was much longer. But with only a handful of people in the water and riding the blue Zippi fish, I had an impressive session with some really nice waves. Not clean by any standard, but nice. Still some really nice outside sets and worth the extra wait. Burros is gorgeous when it’s relatively empty, but when it’s not it’s completely frustrating.