Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

2010 Ski Season: Day 1-Northstar

Date: 11/21/2009
Location: Northstar
Conditions: Packed Powder, powder

Bayareaskibus Backodabus 2009/2010

Sunnyvale to Truckee and Back on Bayareaskibus

I've been waiting nearly six months to make this post. We started off the 2010 ski season in style yesterday at Northstar. Their season opener was marked with a 8" plus dump of fresh snow. My third turn of the season was in boot-deep powder.

Effectively, two runs were open. One had a small terrain park setup and the other was just a groomer. There were stashes of powder along side each of the runs. Some of the powder was strewn with rocks which definitely limited my willingness to explore.

One positive thing I will say for Northstar is all the employees there are super nice. When we got on the gondola first thing in the morning two employees took our skis and set them up in the rack outside the doors. At the top, another lifty grabbed Jodi's 148 rentals and my Volkl Mantra 184s to hand us our skis. As he handed me the Mantras, I said, "No, those are hers." Good times.

More to come as conditions improve and more mountains start to open. Peep the bayareaskibus site for more details.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

SVRG Intros

SVRG Intros

Introductions as the SVRG Dot.Kamikazes take the track versus the Humboldt Roller Derby.

Both the Kilabytes and Dot.Kamikazes went on to win their respective bouts. It was a great event featuring some awesome action. For more details, see the SVRG homepage:

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Andrew Langi: Helmet Required

You need a helmet to have this trick done to your head.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Toyota Ad Agency has History of Using Unlicensed Images

This is not the first time Saatchi and Saatchi have used unlicensed photographs for advertisements. They were fired by Dr Martens after running an unauthorized image of Kirk Cobain and other deceased rockers wearing their boots in heaven.

Dr Martens then issued the following statement announcing the termination of its contract with Saatchis. "Dr Martens is very sorry for any offense that has been caused by the publication of images showing dead rock icons wearing Dr Martens boots. Dr Martens did not commission the work as it runs counter to our current marketing activities based on FREEDM, which is dedicated to nurturing grass roots creativity and supporting emerging talent. As a consequence, Dr Martens has terminated its relationship with the responsible agency."

Link to Original Story

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Oh What a Feeling

I have a photo in my flickr stream of my brother and me skiing (well trying to) a huge powder day in Alaska. I started to see links to the photo from the website. Digging around a bit, I found an ad for the 4runner that basically copied a whole set of pictures from flickr and used them on their site.

You can see the screen capture here: Featured Alaska Powder Skiing Pic

Subsequently, other flickr photographers started to notice the same thing. One or more of them contacted Toyota who is now in the process of removing the photos from their site.

More info here:

Flickr Help

Here's the original pic. I'm in the red trying to navigate the storm.

Alaskan Powder Skiing

Here are the rest of the photos from that trip:

Top 12 Alaska Photos

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