2015-12-30

Car-ifornia: President Obama Kicks Off Season 7 of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee


Watch It Here: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

2015-12-27

Found Coolness: Mandy Patinkin Interview (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)


Wow! Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) may have made the best use of late night TV interview ever. He grabbed a hold of that interview and steered it towards the points he wanted to make with the skill of a dedicated swordsman! So many great messages in so little time!




2015-12-25

The Cali' Experience: Christmas In San Diego


For whatever you believe the reason may be, a lot of people choose to get together with friends and family on this day. Enjoy your time together with them and happy holidays to my friends.

2015-12-24

Found Coolness: Peace On Earth Bing & Bowie’s Epic And Timeless Holiday Classic Duet


"When the producers of Bing Crosby’s “Merrie Olde Christmas” TV special asked Bowie to sing “The Little Drummer Boy” with Bing in 1977, he flatly refused. Ian Fraser, Buz Kohan and Larry Grossman left the set and found a piano in the studios’ basement. In about 75 minutes, they wrote “Peace on Earth,” an original tune, and worked out an arrangement that weaved together the two songs. Bowie and Crosby nailed the performance with less than an hour of rehearsal. Bowie liked it."

Found Here: The Selvedge Yard



2015-12-23

Car-ifornia: We Have The Three (Four?) New Top Gear Presenters

Gotta Say... With Chris Harris and Sabine Schmitz added they finally got my interest. I will definitely give the Top Gear reboot a watch, of course I will be watching Jezza May and Hamster on Amazon but my interest is piqued. And here I have placed them in the order of familiarity, interest and draw that each person has with me.

Chris Harris

 Sabine Schmitz

 David Coulthard

Chris Evans

2015-12-16

Current Events: Michael Moore Writes An Open Letter To Donald Trump


Found on Michael Moore's Facebook Page

"Today I went & stood in front of Trump Tower & held a sign until the police came. Then I went home & wrote Donald a letter. Here it is:

Dear Donald Trump:

You may remember (you do, after all, have a "perfect memory!"), that we met back in November of 1998 in the green room of a talk show where we were both scheduled to appear one afternoon. But just before going on, I was pulled aside by a producer from the show who said that you were "nervous" about being on the set with me. She said you didn't want to be "ripped apart" and you wanted to be reassured I wouldn't "go after you."

"Does he think I'm going to tackle him and put him in a choke hold?" I asked, bewildered.

"No," the producer replied, "he just seems all jittery about you."

"Huh. I've never met the guy. There's no reason for him to be scared," I said. "I really don't know much about him other than he seems to like his name on stuff. I'll talk to him if you want me to."

And so, as you may remember, I did. I went up and introduced myself to you. "The producer says you're worried I might say or do something to you during the show. Hey, no offense, but I barely know who you are. I'm from Michigan. Please don't worry -- we're gonna get along just fine!"

You seemed relieved, then leaned in and said to me, "I just didn't want any trouble out there and I just wanted to make sure that, you know, you and I got along. That you weren't going to pick on me for something ridiculous."

"Pick on" you? I thought, where are we, in 3rd grade? I was struck by how you, a self-described tough guy from Queens, seemed like such a fraidey-cat.

You and I went on to do the show. Nothing untoward happened between us. I didn't pull on your hair, didn't put gum on your seat. "What a wuss," was all I remember thinking as I left the set.

And now, here we are in 2015 and, like many other angry white guys, you are frightened by a bogeyman who is out to get you. That bogeyman, in your mind, are all Muslims. Not just the ones who have killed, but ALL MUSLIMS.

Fortunately, Donald, you and your supporters no longer look like what America actually is today. We are not a country of angry white guys. Here's a statistic that is going to make your hair spin: Eighty-one percent of the electorate who will pick the president next year are either female, people of color, or young people between the ages of 18 and 35. In other words, not you. And not the people who want you leading their country.

So, in desperation and insanity, you call for a ban on all Muslims entering this country. I was raised to believe that we are all each other's brother and sister, regardless of race, creed or color. That means if you want to ban Muslims, you are first going to have to ban me. And everyone else.

We are all Muslim.

Just as we are all Mexican, we are all Catholic and Jewish and white and black and every shade in between. We are all children of God (or nature or whatever you believe in), part of the human family, and nothing you say or do can change that fact one iota. If you don't like living by these American rules, then you need to go to the time-out room in any one of your Towers, sit there, and think about what you've said.

And then leave the rest of us alone so we can elect a real president who is both compassionate and strong -- at least strong enough not to be all whiny and scared of some guy in a ballcap from Michigan sitting next to him on a talk show couch. You're not so tough, Donny, and I'm glad I got to see the real you up close and personal all those years ago.

We are all Muslim. Deal with it.

All my best,
Michael Moore

P.S. I'm asking everyone who reads this letter to go here (http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim), and sign the following statement: "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" -- and then post a photo of yourself holding a homemade sign saying "WE ARE ALL MUSLIM" on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreAllMuslim. I will post all the photos on my site and send them to you, Mr. Trump. Feel free to join us.

P.P.S. - To sign my statement for #WeAreAllMuslim, go here on my website: http://michaelmoore.com/weareallmuslim"

2015-12-08

Found Coolness: WOAH All Billet, Quad Turbo, 4,500 HP


The car itself is looks like it is in beginning stages of development but the heart of the Devel Sixteen supercar is amazing!




Found Here: horsepowermonster.com

Found Usefulness: You Have the Right To Remain out of Prison


Found Here: upworthy.com

Current Events: Crystal Pepsi Is Making A Comeback!!! Sort Of...

Image Souce: LA Beast Facebook
Kevin Strahle, The LA Beast, has been rallying people to bring back Crystal Pepsi for years!  At first unintentionally, I think ever since he posted a video of himself drinking a 20 Year Old Crystal Pepsi and then vomiting,nearly 3 years ago now the video has almost 13 million views and his original channel skippy62able has almost 1.5 million subscribers.  He has even expanded his YouTube presence to a second channel L.A. Beast Live where he posts vlogs about his day-to-day life to varying levels of entertainment.


Eventually he decided to take the leap and try to organize his fans to get Pepsi to bring back Crystal Pepsi (possibly spurred on by the successful long term campaign to bring back Surge), which involved a Twitter and phone-call campaign and eventually a rally at the Pepsi Headquarters.  The final culmination was a song and music video he created (with some help) that was pretty successful.


It seems like they heard him (and others I'm sure)...




Current Events: The 35th Anniversary of John Lennon's Assination





2015-12-07

Of Interest: You Don't Have To Be Gay To Have This Happen


Sometimes choosing to not get married in the Catholic Church is enough... Anyhow I read the article and felt for this couple and share a large amount of the letter writer's emotions. Maybe read it yourself and build some empathy for the LGBT community if you are lacking in that area.

Pink News: Read this gay man’s emotional letter to the parents who refused to attend his wedding

Of Interest: I Fit The Description (Black Lives Matter)


Read the full article that W. Kamau Bell shared, I've had a few interactions with police in the past (only one where I had to get out of the car) and never had to feel that way at all. There is a double standard in our country.

"It was at this moment that I knew that I was probably going to die. I am not being dramatic when I say this. I was not going to get into a police car. I was not going to present myself to some victim. I was not going let someone tell the cops that I was not guilty when I already told them that I had nothing to do with any robbery. I was not going to let them take me anywhere because if they did, the chance I was going to be accused of something I did not do rose exponentially. I knew this in my heart. I was not going anywhere with these cops and I was not going to let some white woman decide whether or not I was a criminal, especially after I told them that I was not a criminal. This meant that I was going to resist arrest. This meant that I was not going to let the police put their hands on me."

 Art and everything after: I fit the description...

2015-12-05

From The Archives: 36 Class Project Videos Circa 1998





Class Project: Throat Culture (Circa 1998)

This was a class project for an art class that I took at University of Wisconsin Madison the idea was to capture what life was like for a college student.

  

Class Project: Music Video For The Crystal Method - Bad Stone (Circa 1998) 

This was a video that was that myself and a former dorm floormate created I think back in 1998 for his class project.  The concept was 75% Joshua Dobson 25% Juan Delgado (myself).  I am in the "radiation suit" and Josh did the filming and editing.


Class Project: Grip of Fall (Joshua Dobson Class Project Circa 1998) 

Another class project video this one was all conceptualized, shot edited and produced by my dorm floormate Joshua Dobson circa 1998.

Founf Coolness: But I don't want to buy a PS4...





I so want to play this though!!!

2015-12-03

Car-i-Florida: We've Reached Peak Florida


The only way this could get more Florida would be if they were going to or coming from a Donald Trump rally!

"...what he found was raw, unadulterated, nuclear-grade pure Floridium: a white-hot ball of the very soul of Florida, manifested as four drunk naked people in a speeding Cadillac."

Quite possibly the greatest sentence I've read in a long time!

Found Here: Jalopnik 


Meanwhile Back In Madison: Outpouring of Support for Transgender Youth in Wisconsin Town

A good showing against the collective intolerance ingrained in the majority of Wisconsin's population.  For those of you not familiar with Mt. Horeb... 600 people is nearly 1/3 of it's  total population.  Great motorcycle roads near there, we called it, "The Alphabet Soup." Because of all of the twisty county roads (that have letter designations) intertwined with each other.


"Last night, nearly 600 people gathered at a public library in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, to show their support for transgender inclusion in their schools and community. The parents in the community hosted a reading of I Am Jazz, a book by transgender teen and HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador Jazz Jennings at the Mount Horeb Public Library."

Read more here: Human Rights Campaign

2015-11-26

Music: Pink Floyd The First In Space


"Pink Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder became the first rock album to be played in space, when Soviet cosmonauts took the cassette of the album with them on the Soyuz TM-7 which was launched on this day in 1988. David and Nick were both in attendance at the launch, audio of which was recorded for potential future use on a Floyd project. Around this time, this apt image was seen in various places including tour t-shirts."


2015-11-19

Found Coolness: You Don't Get Into a Spitfire You Put It On


A former co-worker shared this with me recently.  Christie's auctioned off a fully restored Supermarine Spitfire earlier this year for charity you can still read the entire story of the plane here.




Current Events: President Obama's, "Folks wanna Pop off" Is the Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week


You have to read this article on verysmartbrothers.com; not a website I frequent (maybe I should) but it showed up in my Facebook feed when W. Kamau Bell (pictured below) shared it.



Apparently President Obama used the aforementioned coloquiolism to describe some of the extreme reactions to the Violence in France as of late.  The writer, Damon Young's (pictured below) excited reaction to the statement is crystallized perfectly in his piece:


"So Black, in fact, that instead of attempting to determine and assess exactly how Black it was, I’m more interested in how “folks wanna pop off” found its way into the President’s lexicon. Does he possess a reservoir of culturally relevant slang terms and colloquialisms that he employs when White people aren’t around? We know he code switches — we see it with every seven-step handshake, and his rendition of Amazing Grace during Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s eulogy is a first-ballot entry in the Code Switch Hall of Fame — but he’s also a 54-year-old man who hoops in Sam’s Club Nikes and tucks his shirt into his sweatpants. (No. seriously. He does.) He is, and will always be, cool in a macro sense. But, in micro sense, he, again, is a 54-year-old man who hoops in Sam’s Club Nikes and tucks his shirt into his sweatpants. This is not what cool people do. Cool people do, however, reflexively use “pop off” to address haters. President Obama is a paradox."

Click through to the whole article to enjoy a few good laughs: President Obama's, "Folks wanna Pop off" Is the Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

Current Events: 7 Things I Learned Reading Every Issue Of ISIS's Magazine (Cracked.com)


Oooh! Did you see who's in the latest issue of Dabiq?!?

An interesting article on Cracked.com: 7 Things I Learned Reading Every Issue Of ISIS's Magazine, people need to realize that ISIS WANTS us to invade.

2015-11-08

MotoGP: A Marc Marquez First At Valencia Final


Just a thought on Sunday's Race.  I definitely think that he (Marquez) was sandbagging... I've never seen MM not attempt a pass for that long. Now he decides to revise his win it or bin it mentality!?! If he wasn't up to shenanigans before Rossi's accusations, his performance today was definitely brought on by the accusations.

2015-11-02

Current Events: Bay Bridge Shutting Down When Caltrans Implodes Part of (Old) Bay Bridge

 Image Source: NBC Bay Area

Did anyone ask the question, "Can't we just leave the piers in place?" I hope all the homeless people in both SF and Oakland enjoy watching 160 million dollars that would be better spent on assisting them go up in smoke. What a waste of money.

Read More Here: CBS SF Bay Area

2015-10-30

MotoGP: Marquez Accosted by "The Heyenas" (Italian Satirical News Show)


I still like Marquez (less than Rossi) but anyone who takes the time to make and present a mocked up trophy in the form of an erect penis and balls deserves a slow clap.

Read more on Jalopnik:Moto GP Racer Involved In Controversial Crash Allegedly Assaulted By Reporters

MotoGP: Future Backmarker? (KTM RC16 MotoGP Race Bike)


Read and see more at: Asphalt & Rubber

MotoGP: Seems the Marquez/Rossi Beef Has Been Simmering for Some Time


MCN: Has provided some insight into what may have started the unraveling of Marquez and Rossi's relationship.

"Paddock insiders have since said that they believe the day marked the start of a change in the relationship, when Marquez arrived with some of his Repsol Honda crew to set up his bike in an effort to ensure he beat Rossi on home soil.

Going against the ethos of Rossi’s home-built track as somewhere for fun and friendly competition, the move was said to have infuriated not only the Italian, but a number of other riders that were present on the day."


Read the article in it's entirety here: (MCN) Reed: Rossi and Marquez were literally ready to die at VR46 Ranch

2015-10-27

MotoGP: My Thoughts on Repsol's Press Release "Without sporting values it makes no sense to be a sponsor"


Sporting values like insisting that the Factory Honda team, if it does not have two Spanish riders (which is of course preferred) favors the Spanish rider regardless of merit??? Get over it...

"Dani Pedrosa achieved a great victory today in the Malaysian Grand Prix -a win that was unfortunately overshadowed by the unacceptable and unsportsmanlike conduct of Valentino Rossi against Repsol Honda Team rider, Marc Marquez. On the seventh lap of the race, with Marquez and Rossi immersed in a battle for third place that involved several overtaking moves between the two, the Italian -in an absolutely intentional action- dealt an unsportsmanlike kick to the Repsol Honda rider that knocked him to the ground. Although Marquez was fortunately able to escape unharmed from the attack, for Repsol the conduct of Rossi is absolutely unacceptable because it endangered -in a premeditated and unsportsmanlike manner- the safety of the Repsol Honda team rider. Repsol consider this an unsportsmanlike act incompatible with the values of sport and competition.

Repsol are deeply saddened that situations like that which occurred today in Sepang exist, especially as the company feel proud of sporting values: Companionship, competitive spirit and commitment from riders. Without these values, it would not make sense for Repsol to participate in the sport as a sponsor.

Repsol also call for a clear and strong regulation in the interest of the safety and physical integrity of the riders, which punishes behaviour like that seen today clearly and decisively.

The positive thing about this race was the great performance of Dani Pedrosa, who gradually pulled away from his rivals to score his second win of the season -following that achieved in Japan two weeks ago."


~Repsol Honda Press Release

As far as the result of the incident at Sepang, I think that the outcome while unfortunate for Rossi and for me as someone who wants to see him win a 10th World Championship.

I think that there are three ways you can see the last two races; Through Rossi-colored glasses, Marquez-colored glasses, or through impartial glasses. I have Rossi-colored glasses on. The impartial glasses of race direction at Sepang penalized Rossi but did make a point to state that that there was evidence that Marquez was trying to hamper Rossi's race though there was no rule against such a thing as long as there was no contact which there wasn't.

When I watched the Phillip Island race I all I saw was an amazing race. When Rossi came to last Thursday's press conference and laid his accusations down and then armed with time sheets he claimed proved that Marquez was trying to interrupt his race laid even more accusations to bear with the Italian press. I didn't go back and re-watch the race but in all the years I've watched Rossi in press conferences I've never seen him behave in such a way. At that point I was thinking that this was some sort of classic, brilliant Rossi mind game.

After the events on race-day these are my thoughts;

-Rossi must have really believed (true or not) that Marquez was trying to interrupt his race,

-Seeing how easily Jorge got past Marquez and how hard he then fought Rossi only would have served to reinforce that belief in his mind.

-Rossi wanted that 3rd, but if he believed that Marquez was actually faster than and just messing with him what would slowing down to attempt to settle for 4th do? Wouldn't Marquez just slow more and continue to fight?

-If those were his beliefs I could see how he ended up slowing and trying to give Marquez a physical warning. I could see him believing that this guy will not stop hounding me and will eventually force me into an error where I end up on the ground.

-I believe Rossi's story that Marquez's handlebars hit his leg and pushed his foot off the footpeg and that he did not kick at him.

-I do think that Rossi made the move knowing that there would be a post race investigation but thinking that he would be able to argue his way out of a stiff penalty "because he's Rossi". I don't think he anticipated that Marquez would crash and the eventual outcome.

Since I am a fan of Rossi I can excuse all of his actions by justifying them in the way I just did. Having said that I have never seen a single thing that makes me think that Marquez had anything but maybe a lingering annoyance with Rossi for some moves made this season.

I would say overall that there is a 49% probablilty that Rossi was right about Marquez, and a 100% chance he picked the worst person to make an enemy of... Unnecessarily.

Found Here: MCN

2015-10-16

From The Archives: 35 Digging Deep For This One

1995-12-22 My 17th Birthday Party: Brian Miller, Jasiah Hansen, Shan Gardener, Jeshua Hansen, Me, Rosa Delgado (Duffy) Josh Bachim, Maliesha Taylor


1995-12-22 My 17th Birthday Party: Brian Miller, Jeshua Hansen, Shawn Gardner, Jasiah Hanen, Maliesha Taylor and Rosa Delgado (Duffy)


1995-12-22 My 17th Birthday Party: Jason DiLorenzo


1995-12-22 My 17th Birthday Party: Bryan Miller, Shawn Gardner, Jasiah Hansen, Jeshua Hansen, Tera Tremain, Me, Rosa Delgado (Duffy), Maliesha Taylor, Jason DiLorenzo, and Josh Bachim


1995-12-22 My 17th Birthday Party: Jasiah Hansen, and Shawn Gardner


1995-12-22 My 17th Birthday Party: Me And Maliesha Taylor: Rockin' Da Luniz Operation Stackola in Mauston WI


1995-12-22 My 17th Birthday Party: Jason DiLorenzo


1997 Summer After our Senior Year: Jason DiLorenzo Me and Josh Bachim 


1997 Senior Picture: Tucked in t-shirts and gold chains!


1997-04 Class Color Day: Beth Jax, Danielle Williamson, Me, Penny Siebecker, Charlee Steiner and Jamie Hompertz in Mr Dziewiors Room: Seniors wear black...



1997 My first wop party in our dorm room 934A Witte Can't remember the girls' names but we've got Peter Berg, Jason Dilorenzo, Josh Bachim, Alan Abrahamson, and Brian Klides just a bunch of drunk kids trying to not get caught.


1997-12-22 My 19th Birthday: Erich George, Jasiah Hansen and Shawn Gardner in my parents basement.


1997-12-22 My 19th Birthday: Josh Bachim, Shawn Gardner, Jasiah Hansen, Me, Jason DiLorenzo & Erich George.


2000 Halloween in LaCrosse: Alan Abrahamson, Shawn Gardner & Me


2000 Halloween in LaCrosse: Jason Dilorenzo & Girl


2000 Halloween in LaCrosse: Jason Dilorenzo & Girl


2002-05 Rosa's Grad Party: Jasiah Hansen and Melia (He was the first Dad of the group)


2002-05 Rosa's Grad Party: Jeshua Hansen