Tuesday, June 30, 2009

blogging from the iPhone

I've not realy got anything to say I'm just feeling out blogging from my new iPhone. It's a bit of a pain in the arse to be honest but it's still cool.

Mobile Blogging from here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Only mad dogs and Englishmen

Well I'm Finlay getting acclimatised to the summer down here in Florida.

There has been a heat wave on down here for the last week. In northern Florida that temperatures +/- 102°F/38°C with a heat index of +/- 114°F/45°C.

You guessed it daft arse here has been trying to ride in it every day. That's despite the locals being advised not to attempt exercise out side. Obviously I was aided by growing up in the hot and humid conditions in Teesside and the extra 30+ lbs of insulation I carry on my one pack abs. The only other thing I can credit with me being here writing this and not in hospital wired to a machine is my 6 months in the tropical weather of Aberdeen.

Long story short I thought the weather was going to assassinate me on a nightly basis.

Well the weather broke last night and I was flying. I hardly broke a sweat and rode twice as far in the same time.

What was this cool temperature you may ask? 94°F/34°C! Yep it was still hotter than a hookers knickers on a Saturday night and I thought and my body acted like it was cool.

It just goes to show that perception is relative. My mother was complaining that it was too hot and humid on Teesside this week 75°F/24°C. I'd of been wearing arm warmers if last night was anything to go by.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Nice Little Jump :)

A nice little gap jump from those crazy guys in Canadia :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Can Society Justify Anything

It looks like nowadays that nobody can be held accountable for anything. In the latest case of someone beating an infant to death it's not his fault.

I don't care. One of the fundamental ideas of the legal system is to protect society from those that pose it harm. This teenager knew what he did was wrong or he would not of had the reaction he did. Even if he didn't he's a danger to those weaker than him and should be locked up.

If that had been my teenage son he would of happily gone to jail rather than face me. People today no longer have authority figures they fear either a parent, teacher or the law.

That fear of an authority figure is how army's around the world instill self discipline into young men at their most rebellious time of life. This discipline than enables these men to run into life threatening situations that every part of their being is telling them not to.

Even if you are morally bereft to the extent that you can do the most despicable things that fear can stop you.

For me those figures were foremost my Father, some teachers and then a procession of Sargent Majors. By the time I no longer feared these authority figures I had the self discipline to make the right choices myself.

Stop the excuses and start using consequences.

Even Darth Vader has had Prostate Cancer

It looks like even the dark side of the force won't protect you from prostate cancer. Luckily Darth Vader is a survivor here.

On the hopefully side lets hope this research plays out to a success.

The Stig or not the Stig

Well it looks like they have Finlay revealed the stig here. Michael Schumacher!

Even though the helmet was removed on the show the BBC still refuse to confirm this.

Shall we have more twists in this Saga. I'll have to wait until later in the year to see this episode here in the US.

I was putting my money on it being batman.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Being a legend comes naturaly to some

If over 30 years ago you and of a group of friends invented one of the fastest growing sports in the world (Mountain Biking) you could be quite happy that your life had had an impact on the world for the better. If you were the person responsible for identifying and assembling the components required to perform that sport (The Mountain Bike) and the first to bring it to market you could be similarly pleased. If you dedicated over 30 years of you life to all aspects of a sport the same could be said. Garry Fisher has done all these and more, so putting him in the sporting legend status.

However, sometimes it's the small things a legend does that are really cool. I read this article the other day and it impressed me. Garry donated a $3000 bike he had bought to haul his kids around to a local guy to do the same. The only condition was that the guy must do the same when he had finished hauling his kids about and donate it to another parent. This is a man who usually acts globally on initiatives but is still connected to his local scene and so acts on a personal level also.

All I can say is thank you and keep up the good work Mr Fisher.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Banksy going legit

Well almost.  I love this guy.  He is the single artist responsible for giving me any real interest in art.   I'm a northern bloke and "We don't do Art" :)  The social commentary in his art is very profound and is a great reflection of the world around us.

He has an exhibition in his home town at the city's art gallery.  In true Banksy style it was a stealth mission.  For the first time in my life I'm disappointed that I cannot get to an art gallery. 

The article on the show can be found here.

Slide Show here.

And for those of you who've never seen his work you can see it on his web site here.

I never thought I'd be posting an article on art.  Next thing you know I'll be eating tofu and going to yoga :)

Finally a fact pulled from wikipedia not even his parents know he is Banksy "banksy's parents think their son is a painter and decorator.".  Are they going to be impressed when they find out.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

3D trail preview

Stu raving about a new tail he was riding this weekend Lee Quarry.  On checking it out I found this.  A cool 360 image of the trail system that you can navigate through.  They must of been waiting a while to get the nice weather.

It would be cool to see this used for other trail systems.  Obviously it is not going to work on wooded trail.  Very cool though.