Something I’ve been working on.

The graphic is not my original idea and I want to credit Peter Thiel for the idea and Charlie Kindel for the tweet.

Not to be an ass here:

Seattle’s Capitol Hill has had a German style beer hall now for a few years: The Rhein Haus. The place is trying to evoke the fabled Bavarian beer halls and I love that, but I haven’t been there and so I can’t judge them on that. It all hangs on the pretzels, man!

But, here is the funny part: The ‘Bavarian’ beer hall was originally named after an ‘Austrian’ family who were made famous in the movie Sound of Music. The owners ran into some naming dispute with the original Van Trapp family (not surprising, really, the family wasn’t just a figment of Hollywood imagination). They decided to rename the new place Rhein Haus, after Germany’s longest river… which doesn’t run through Bavaria, sadly.

So, let me put this in perspective:

I open a restaurant, celebrating classic Californian cuisine, in Germany named after a famous Canadian family and then decide to rename it Mississippi, serving scrimp tacos and Californian Sushi rolls with Zinfandel.

Yeah, that would be weird. But who’s counting. At least we got the continent right and didn’t accidentally name it after a Australian family, right?

And here is the official Red Bull video of the Niagara Falls ice climbing project I mentioned last week.

Fantastic images, you can almost feel the force of the raging water falling.

This looks cool.

In general I am happy with my Apple Airport. But I also have a small apartment, so the reach doesn’t matter to me. What’s interesting is the ‘guest invite feature’ and the log of interference and activity on the network. I wonder if it can truly fix the endless Comcast modem resets. I doubt it.

I didn’t know this and I totally love it:

The story goes like this: In 1924, at the closing ceremonies of the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix, Baron Pierre de Coubertin—father of the modern Olympics and first IOC chairman—awarded the members of the 1922 British Mount Everest expedition, including George Mallory, gold medals for “absolute heroism on behalf of all of the nations of the world.” (When he conceived of the modern Olympics in 1894, De Coubertin envisioned medals being given for both aeronautics and alpinism. The last medals in alpinism, a pair of silvers, were given to Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka at the Calgary Games in 1988 for each man’s completion of all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, though Messner refused the medal.)

Kenton Cool does the Khumbu Triple Crown. Insane and insanely awesome.


… people are sold things.

Great graphic.

Because overdoing it is the American way, we’ve now managed to warp even healthy habits into a new form of eating disorders. Welcome to the era of orthorexia.

Fantastic, and doh again.

Reading some of the “clean” living writing out there, including bestselling books by authors with cult-like followings, you can find dubious claims about “detoxing” – which is not a real thing unless maybe you don’t have a liver.

The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased dramatically over the past years. There are now more measurable quakes in OK than California or Alaska. Why? Fracking.

No, thank you. Oh, and doh!


“We need to create conditions where we don’t have to change as many minds about vaccines in the first place.”

Oh, I just went down the Youtube rabbit hole. But weekend is coming and eggs must be had for breakfast. The link above shows a super easy trick on how to peel hard boiled eggs. Haven’t tried it yet myself, but I certainly will tomorrow.
As to the rabbit hole that is Youtube: When searching for the same peeling idea in English I found dozens of other ways to quickly or simply, sometimes both, ways to peel eggs. Fascinating what Youtube can be good for.

And the mountains are beckoning.

It’s the big one—Mount Rainier—with nearly 9,000 feet of elevation gain, roughly 2/3 the amount of oxygen available versus sea level, and 50+ pounds of weight on your back.

Get going!

Schiller Bike:

“…So many bodies of water. Let’s go bike them all.”

Insanely expensive, but I love the idea of ‘riding a bike across the water’.

Well, doh.

For two Western powers with comparable wealth, democratic governments, legacy car companies, long histories of massive highway investment, and a shared affection for David Hasselhoff, the United States and Germany have followed dramatically different trajectories when it comes to automobile reliance. In the chart below, we list the various ways the countries diverge on driving trends.

What the article failed to mention is the fact that Stuttgart is the home of both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. So the people who live and work there are even more likely to use the car than anywhere else in Germany. Because they all drive really nice cars.

If you want to get really really mad at society today I suggest you check out this article and tool by the Seattle Times listing every school in Washington State and their vaccination rate.

I already moved as far West as I possibly could, and yet the stupidity of people seems to follow me everywhere.

In excellent Kickstarter campaign of the week I present you the amazing:

NORTH DRINKWARE : Mt. Hood, The Oregon Pint Glass
by Nic Ramirez, Matt and Leigh Capozzi

What a brilliant idea, and already funded. Congrats.

Greg Veronvage, a Base Camp manager at the AAC gathering last weekend:

“I’m in favor of using helicopters to bypass the ice fall before April first,” he told me. “We’re taking in the ballpark of 70 loads—6,800 meters of rope, pickets, ice screws, tents, oxygen for Sherpas. We’re not talking about luxuries, we’re not bringing up espresso machines, rugs, and caviar.”

This is just the worst. But not surprising, I suppose.

Is the social media tool for outdoor lovers. Just found it and downloaded the app. Pretty slick idea but with still some rough edges. The team reached out to me on Twitter and said that a 3.0 version is in the works and will be released soon. So, if you’re always wanted a place to post awesome pictures of your hikes and other outdoor endeavors and need a place for inspiration and community this app might be it.

Ben Brooks makes a very compelling case to stick with WordPress for your blogging platform and I agree with him wholeheartedly:

If your site is taking active time of yours to work on, you’re doing it wrong. If your site restricts your flexibility to grow, scale, and customize — you’re doing it wrong. If you can’t publish from any browser, anywhere in the world, with no special tools, you’re doing it wrong.

Budweiser ran a shitty ad during the Superbowl, essentially making fun of craft breweries while in the process of buying them left and right and trying to keep their brands alive. It’s shitty and it’s typical and not surprising. And I am not in anyway defending them.

But the craft breweries have their own hypocrisies to deal with and in their spoof video response (at .20 sec into the commercial) they flash a “since 1979” on the screen. Is that suppose to say that craft breweries have been existing for around 30+ years?

Doesn’t that somewhat discount 100’s if not 1000’s of years of craft brewing expertise from all over the world?

The Weihenstephan Brewery can trace its roots at the abbey to 768, as a document from that year refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery.

Yeah, they also don’t brew peachy pumpkin ales. They brew beer there. Four ingredients, the way God intended beer to be brewed!