Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The May Goggle Tan Project- feat. Kevin Keller

Forum Team Guy Kevin Keller a.k.a Kevlar shoved off from Program HQ for a 3 week contest, photo and video shoot tour. So, we decided to run a little experiment. Keller is going to send shots every few days so we can see his goggle tan/melanomas develop. Keep them coming Kev.

Keep in mind, while most of you are stuck in your offices wishing you were riding, Keller is gallivanting around the greater Tahoe/Mammoth area, company card in hand, making sure "the dudes" are taken care of. This can consist of anything from making sure griptape is procured, to some MySpace technical support, to making sure they are all kept up to date on all the most recent YouTube happenings. Sick.

Looking mighty white today.

Fear does not exist in this dojo. Ummm...maybe it should...

This is maybe the best follow up to the Karate Kid dubs that I have gotten so far. The only way it could be better is if it was a face tat. That would be special.

Thanks to this slapdick for the link.

Bear down.

This is great, and super effective.

"I wanted to do hood rat stuff with my friends"

Check the pant sag on that kid, I knew he was trouble from the start...

Joey Crack.

After chowing on Rice & Plantains for a clip, it's nice to get back to
some NY Toast.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Back in there.

So after last week's little event in Solana Beach, I can't help but say it was'nt a little offputting to get back in the water. Sunday I headed down to 204's around 5 for a quick session and it was so fun I did'nt really think about it. But last night, Anthony and I headed down to Trail 5 and it was a different story.

The waves were much better than Sunday, but neither of us, for one reason or another, even mentioned the attack until after we were out of the water, for reasons obvious. We surfed well past dark and we were the only ones out for the last hour of the session. The evening was definitely a little ominous too, really foggy and a little cold, with water temps in the low 60's. I expected to see the The Orca steaming through the fog towards us at any second on the hunt for the one they call Jaws.

But, alas, nothing. We had some great waves and shook off the stress. Bring on the summer.

*UPDATE-While putting this together, I saw attack on Surfline. Great.

Movie Night

Yo and I hit the movies for my birthday on Monday. Checked out Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Amazing. So many good lines. I am feeling the onslaught of the good old R rated comedies. I think a 1980's HBO guide would summarize it:

"A recently dumped composer heads to Hawaii to forget his troubles only to find his ex and her new beau in the same hotel in this delightful comedy romp." (AS,AC,L,N) R, 1:51

Monday, April 28, 2008

The branding of politics.

I have noticed over the past few months one large difference between these two candidates, and I know I am not the only one. In the beginning of the campaigns, Obama had his name bigger than anything else, but as things have progressed, he has somewhat taken a backseat to what he is trying to get across to the public. His name at some point for the most part went away from all rallies and campaign collateral, and the word "CHANGE" started to make it's appearance alongside his logo. Check out the above shots for reference.

When you look at Hillary Clinton's campaign, you see her name larger than anything, which is the norm for politicians. It is interesting that as things came into his favor, his team decided to depart from the norm to get across to Joe Average what they were all about, which I think is what has grabbed everyone's attention and got them thinking he may be the guy. A lot has been written about the design of his campaign, much of it very valid. The fact that you NEVER see campaign collateral with so much as a font out of place is amazing when you consider the size and scale of the project.

As things get closer, I think it says a lot that Obama is taking this risk to reinforce what his campaign believes in instead of getting involved in dismantling the character of the opponents. The mindset, as well as the design, is a pretty nice change in and of itself.

Just an observation.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Counter Intelligence

Friday afternoon Tern, Evan and I made a trek out to the quickly developing outskirts of Irvine to hit up The Counter. Tons of burger combinations to choose from, totally custom. It even has the prerequisite designer knockoff furniture and decor. Their logo is wack though, definite points lost for looking like an aerobics studio logo.

I opted for the Turkey Burger with Wisconsin cheddar, a slice of grilled pineapple, and a Honey Wheat Bun. The combos and toppings are endless. A little heavy to be put into the daily rotation, but we'll definitely be heading back.

The Red Pill, I Guess?

After meeting with my parents at the airport, they told me that there was a suprise waiting for me at their house. While I was hoping for a new puppy, they suprised me with a new car. Perhaps the Golden Child of an economy rental fleet, the Toyota Matrix. Gay.

While my father and I were pulling for an S2000, this is what we get. I suppose you can't quite fit a baby seat anywhere, but there's always their other car.

It's gonna take quite a bit of polish to shine this turd, bit with the current astro gas prices, a 2.4L AWD car might not be too bad of a choice.

Saturday, April 26, 2008


Going to Miami is such a trip. From the 100+ temps, perfect beaches, & crazy Cuban culture it's a fun visit. I find it odd how a 5 block stretch can get so much hype; but from the weirdos and ballers that come here to flex, it's hella entertaining.

Nice green kit, grandma.

100deg in the shade! These Euro Lobsters took about 2dozen pics here. Nice BGPs, bitches.

Since Jillian and I are always mistaken for Hispanic, it's fun to come and joke around and play into the culture. From street dancing to the sidewalk merengue band to ordering our food en Espanol, it's straight comedy.

"Dame un Presidente y un Mojito, por favor".

Papas Rellenas. A must at any Spanish restaurant.

We ate at Lario's- Gloria Estefan's joint. Good shit. Cuban food is as close as you can get to Flip food. I love it. Sucked my Tostones Y Mojo never showed though.

Also hit up MIA skateshop. It's a great shop, just off 9th and must visit for any vacationing skaters. Skater run and skater owned, it's always good to represent. Picked up some Nike Trainer IIs, an MIA 5 panel kit, and a comp copy of that Cardiel Epicly Later'd docu-dvd. Tried to pick up a T, but all the Ts they had were extra medium. I don't understand it. Why can't I get any clothes that fit my grown ass?

The best shirts are always the $5 CityLab plain Ts at the ghetto store in the neighborhood. The fit is perfect, they are made of a thicker gauge cotton, and last more than 2 washes. I swear, who's the fit model for Ts, nowadays? Cambodian Prisoner of War escapees? Gimme a fucking break.

Friday, April 25, 2008

There's only one way...

Spaced out.

I stumbled across this random link the other day. Pretty insane shots of the Space Shuttle being prepared for launch. So crazy how much goes into this. I'd be stoked to see one launched in person. My stepdad made parts for it while at Moog. It's amazing to think about all of the small parts and labor from so many different places that go into getting this thing in the air.

Back in the 70's, my parents used to go out to the Mojave Desert and watch them practice landings at Edwards Air Force Base. They did this by hucking it off of the back of a 747 and letting it glide in with no engines. Whoa.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Grooming a Mini-Nerd.

Spent some time and put up some new videos at Eva's site. The Flip Video camera is more than worth the $140. Not to mention the waterproof case. Simple and perfect.

3 Years.

Wesley Snipes (a.k.a Nino Brown, a.k.a. Willie Mays Hays, a.k.a. dude from Blade) just got 3 years for tax evasion. If the Feds really wanted to make an example out of him they should have sentenced him on April 14th. I guess they did'nt want to have stampedes at Post Offices nationwide.

I.F.H. Mondays

Bout It, Bout It.

Official culinary asshole, Gordon Ramsay, loves some In & Out.

"In-N-Out burgers were extraordinary. I was so bad, I sat in the restaurant, had my double cheeseburger then minutes later I drove back round and got the same thing again to take away."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


After talking to a couple people about my pizza tour, more than a couple recommended Joe's, oddly just up the block from No.28. Been trying to keep it pie mostly, but I was in the neighborhood so fk it.

Not bad. Prob most perfect crust so far, just like I remember as a kid, with a good textured sauce & quality cheese. No backdraft here. 9/10.