Sunday, January 04, 2009


No bicycle content today, geeks. I will throw you a bone, though: today I made the world's ugliest ISCG mount. Luckily it will be behind a chainring and not particularly visible.

Recent things I've liked a lot:

Hot Dog...the Movie. Rusty thinks he is featured in a few of the powder skiing scenes in this movie, and it's a hilarious 80's ski/nudity comedy. Worth checking out, though I'll warn the fellas out there that the nudity really drops off after the first 45 minutes.

Cowboy Bebop. I'm not normally an anime fan, but this noirish, tongue-in cheeky one is great.

Love in the time of Cholera (the book). I always was intimidated by Gabriel Garcia Marquez' reputation, and by my friends who reported futile efforts to read A Hundred Years of Solitude but this book is fantastic - a snapshot in time of turn of the century central America.

Ventus. Kurt Schroeder is a genius. This reminded me a lot of Aristoi by Walter Jon Williams, in a very good way.

The Spot. I think I would go crazy if I didn't have my favorite bouldering gym just a 5 minute ride from the house.

Mountain Project. I love wasting time looking at old routes I put up, and I see the potential for this to be the king of online climbing guidebooks. All you need at the crag is your Iphone...

Stuff that sucked:

Maze. This is the reason I generally don't like Anime. I don't know what made Sarah order it from Netflix.

Boulder Dog Regulations. They make you pay $15 for an "offleash" tag, but never bother to enforce any of the actual rules about how dogs have to behave. Given that I've spent considerable effort and money training Pele, paying that money for nothing kinda sticks in my craw when I see rangers give endless warnings to dog owners whose dogs are completely out of control. Or when I almost run over someone's dog that doesn't understand bikes and shouldn't be anywhere near singletrack.

Off to Tucson on Tuesday morning. I may or may not (probably not) post anything until I get back on Jan. 14th.


Jon said...

The sort of clone of "Hot Dog", but for kids, was "Snowball Express" -- probably a Disney movie. When I saw the poster you put up for Hot Dog, I initially thought of Snowball Express in which my sixth grade math teacher (a big skier) claimed he was seen in some stunt shots.

What is it about people maybe being in some early 80's ski-related movies?

today's word verification: flepp

Andrew Brautigam said...

100 Years of Solitude is a great book, if you're a geek. Very mythopoeic and epic. I was hooked from the get-go, but then again, I'm a book geek.

Feldy said...

I am a different sort of geek than you, Andrew, and I challenge you to some sort of duel* for heaping accolades on "100 years of people who all have the same damn name." I think it's the least favorite book I've ever read, right behind "Great Expectations," and I don't know why I read the whole thing.

*Since I don't know you, let me be clear that this is all in jest and that I realize most would view me a complete philistine when it comes to many artsy things.

MikeQ said...

"control" pele!? :)

Tuscon... am jealous. Just back from s hemisp summer and bloody frozen. Enjoy your holidays, ride hard take chances etc