I'll leave this here. It's pretty self explainatory.
I've met two new riding buddies. Khoi Bui and Henry Li (click on thier names to check em out.) Its cool these guys are into photography as well, they're much better than I am, and have far superior gear than I have. We all rode out to Pescadero CA. this weekend, and stopped anywhere and everywhere in between SF and Pigeon Point. Here are the photos I manage to take while distracted by all the fun.
Taken by Henry during our weekend ride. Color correction and crop all his doing, I'm uploading them here because they're rad, and I haven't gotten to edit the footage I've taken. Check Henry's photography here.
If you're in Ubud for rice terraces. Tegallalang is highly recommended. It's super close to the main city, it's not a two hour drive through pot holes and thin dirt roads, It meets all the criterias you look for in rice terraces, and to be honest, they all feel the same after you've seen one. The cool thing about Tegallang is the bamboo boat hidden up in the hills. Our friend Adi (local farmer) built it to overlook his crops. The boat should be done in a couple of weeks. Check It out. Remeber to mention HoBo hoang with the two body guards, he'll remeber (refer to last photo.)
It's been awhile since we've done a community design projects. One year now to be exact. Last one was the watchdogs, and it's turn out was dope. Karim Rashid himself loved it. See the project here if you missed it.
This time let's design inhalers. Here's some info on "Metered Dosed Inhalers" if you want to geek out, but don't be constrained by all that data. Go wide in your explorations, have fun and explore unique materials, crazy mechanisms and bizarre shapes. We want to keep this loose so design criteria's are simple. Use the CAD provided. Must have a counter, 200 count to be exact. Use what ever tool you want, just as long as the idea comes across. Have Fun.
Click here to download CAD
PS. Included are quick sketches that are inspired around the insecurities of using inhalers. Hiding the pMDI cartridge under a softer durometer material, this still allows for cartridge compression, and opens up some fun opportunities in design.
If you're interested in design, entrepreneurship and process. Steve Vassallo's online book is just the thing for you. As an IDEO designer, Business man, and author, Steve give incredible insights on entrepreneurship and design. Give it a read.
I really admire how thoroughly designed the site is.
On success. "More often we judge our success by what others have done, and not forge our own path. " - Chris Burkard & Ben Weiland
If you haven't heard about Chris Burkard. Well, he's your moms favorite surf photographer. Check him out. He was in town last night for the premiere of his short film.The film documents Chris and friends chasing a storm in the northern tip of Iceland for ten days. What's amazing is, He's been to Iceland more than 25 times and never has the conditions, weather, swell and night sky align so well to be able to shoot the northern lights, and surfing all at once. It's an impressive body of work and film, go see it.
There is so much to say and share about Bali. In short, I want to retire there. I just love everything about the country, the people, and importantly- the surf. Here's a minute of the hundreds of gigs of footage I took in Bali. I'll edit individual events soon. Enjoy this for now.
Regretfully I should have brought my nice camera. The GoPro did a fine job though don't you think?
Just a short walk from the ubud market is a jungle full of sly, clever, bullies. Don't be fooled by thier cute puppy eyes, and smaller proportions, zip your shit up, and lock everything down. I saw a monkey pull a bottle of water from a person, untwist the cap, pour the water onto the ground, then proceeded to drink with his homies. These monkey's open bags, rummage through your things, take loose articles of clothing, eat your lunch, then growl and show their fangs if you attempt to retrieve your stuff. Don't worry though, there are workers to help with stolen goods, but if it's food, consider that gone.
There are a lot of "LOL" moments as you hike through the forest. Beyond the monkey heist that leaves you in shock and awe. The Macaca fascicularis or Balinese long-tailed monkeys are majestic. If you stand back and observe, there is a sense of community. They are so human like, because they have a long history of living along side humans. They fight, mate, groom, and care for each other just like we do. Unlike what pop culture demands, these monkey's feed on sweet potatoes, not bananas. Although bananas are sold on location.
Fun fact: These monkeys are opportunistic, they've been documented to use tools to gather food. I saw this first hand. One monkey wrapped an acorn neatly inside a leaf, then carefully scraped the package back and fourth on a concrete slab, making sure he's not causing too much friction, thus damaging the nut. I've got a video, I'll make it into a gif.
AKA. TEMPLE OF ENTHUSIAM
If you're into motorcycles and surfing, then you'll love the brand Deus Ex Machina. Founded in Australia. The name translates to "God of Machines" and yes, they build some mean god given surfing and road machines. Unfortunately my hundredaire lifestyle doesn't support a new bike, or board, but since I'm in the neighborhood I grabbed some swag, lunch and drinks at their in store cafe and bar. Check them out if you're in Bali.
ps. If you dig the art scene. They have an in store art gallery that's always updated.
pps. If you skate, there is a half pipe in the back near their Moro garage. Check the photos.
I'm almost done reading "Barbarian days" by William Finnegan. Saw this nice quote, he quoted Horace Walpole in the book. Thought I'd share it with you. Take it however you feel, or think.
Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel. --Walpole
I picked up a cheap-o headlamp from cvs a couple of years ago when I hiked Pinnacles. Ive never got around to hiking late at night again, so never looked into buying something actually decent. As I prepare to hike Mt. Rijani in Bali. I picked up this nicely designed Black Diamond Spot.
Here are photos of the lamp. It's a 200. Features: Power tap, dimming, strobe, red, proximity, lock mode and uses 3 XAAA. Photos of the illumination later.
Cause of the overwhelming rain fall we had this year, parts of California is experiencing a wild-flower "SUPER BLOOM." The phenomenon will only last another two weeks, so plan a trip to the closest hill of wild flowers near you. Here's a link to a few spots.
Anna and I had planned a backpacking trip through Channel Island National Park with her mom as a birthday gift. Turns out Channel Island charter's are not operating. Conveniently enough, its because of the record rain fall we had this year. We made the best of our situation and went on a day hike at Carrizo Plain to experience this years Super Bloom. Here's a quick edit I made for IG.