I climbed Mt Stuart recently. It’s so ragged and awesome I still can’t believe I actually made it up to the summit with that crazy 4,000+ ft exposure on the north side. I took my drone with me to the summit but it was too windy to use it there. So I desended 300ft and took this video when the wind quieted down.
I used a DJI Phantom Vision to shoot this WA state ferry unloading and loading. These are some of the biggest commuter ferries in the world. Leaving as frequently as 30mins it’s amazing that they can take 200 cars and 1,000 passengers on foot.
Thrillist put together a great collection that lists out all of the outdoor movies screening this summer in Seattle . However, they didn’t offer a calendar format of that data which makes it kinda hard to plan these movies around other things that I also have going on. To make it easy to compare this with other things on my calendar, I manually scrubbed the list and put it together in a spreadsheet.
And then I made it available as XML, iCal and HTML versions if anyone wants to subscribe/add this to your own calendars. Enjoy!
1. Love what you do, and do what you love
2. Learn one new thing every month
3. When in doubt, do the slightly more uncomfortable thing
We were planning on climbing Mt Rainier this weekend and then decided not to. Here’s why.
Hidden in the small text changes between the forecast right now (left) and the forecast earlier this morning (right) is the information that the conditions are slightly worse than they initially thought. For optimal climbing conditions – you wanna catch a positive trend in forecasting, not a negative trend. So we’ll likely delay our summit attempt to a later window.
The concerning detail is that 2 days ago it was supposed to be sunny on Sunday. Last night they predicted thunderstorms on Sunday. This afternoon they are predicting snow showers on Sunday. Even though each prediction is a “slight” chance, cumulatively it points to a larger negative trend that makes it smarter to avoid from a mountaineering risk analysis perspective.
There’s not a lot of upward winds on the tiny mound that is Gas Works Park. But it’s windy enough that this guy might be on the something. He is able to inflate the glider, get stable, but every time he tries to lift off it finally drops back down.
Reminds me of the time I used to paraglide back in India and it’s a very meditative experience as you sit and patiently wait for the wind to pick up or sometimes just go home if conditions aren’t right. But you typically do this on a high enough ridge. I trained on a 300ft hill and “graduated” to 1000ft ones. That’s hardly nothing for a pro, but I am still at a beginner level.
We are all rooting for him here. May the force be with you.
It’s always nice to use a product that manages to reimagine a product category and surpasses it.
WA state finally made Autosocks legal in 2012 and my wife and I were the first in line to get these. You can put them on in seconds with no effort, tightening, retightening etc needed. They work just as well as chains. You can plough through the snow. They have no metal on them. So no damage to the tires or to the roads. Been using these for two years now – there’s no real catch except you gotta take them off when there’s no snow – the hard dry road will do a number on them. But you shouldn’t be driving on dry road with any traction devices anyway.
This was one of my first attempts at doing giga pixel images. This has been stitched together from 50 different shots. On the left bottom corner, you will see Jen.
Been playing around with my Kickstarter funded Poppy 3D, which is a hardware shell that converts my iPhone into a 3D camera. If you know how to *cross your eyes* to see such stereograms, you will see that the cat below is in 3D. Waiting for a jitter3d plugin to export these images easily from the Poppy app.
Spent the last month in Africa visiting our partners and seeing SunFunder’s impact on the ground (that will be a long exhaustive blog post of it’s own). Enroute to India, developed an abscess in my hand that required urgent surgery under general anesthesia. Spent the last 4 days recovering from the African infection in a hospital in India which gradually became my makeshift office. Infected hand in upright sling, other hand on IV, surprised at how much I could get done with just one hand in the otherwise peaceful setting. Doctors are still figuring out the right antibiotics since nothing has worked (well I did go to some crazy remote places in Africa$. But in safe hands and hope to be out in time.
And yes, I am getting enough rest, just had to prep for the New Ventures Investor Forum where I present at a session moderated by the awesome Niki Armacost. Glad to be in India as we plan to launch our first few projects here and look forward to meeting all the awesome people here.