Tuesday, November 20, 2007

1976-77 Polska Olympic Weightlifting

Considering I don't speak Polish very well... or not at all, I don't have much info on this video.  What I do know is that it is UNBELIEVABLE!  I love the stoic faces on these guys as they pull, clean, and press some serious weight.  

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Classic Nike Print Ads

Obviously, Nike is worth billions.  They revenued 16325.90 million last year and a ton of that goes to marketing.  I love Nike ads almost as much as I love some of their sneaks.
Check out some of these past Nike print ads.  These first two are some of the more recent ones. 

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sunday, November 11, 2007

YiA Battle of the Bands 2007

Well I just finished up the banner for this year's Youth in Action Battle of the Bands and I figured I'd post it.  ...I guess that means I'm somewhat proud of it.  It still needs a little touching up but a good start nonetheless.  Click it (or ticket) to see the enlarged version.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Parking Garage!

Ahh, the weekend.  Tonight was really nice.  Andrea and I had dinner at one of our local favorite spots, Trulli Flatbread.  Located on Kirkwood, it showcases a Mediterranean-American menu that features only locally grown produce, meats and cheeses.  Extremely good stuff!  Afterward, we went to Border's for a little bookstore/coffee date.  

On our way home, I talked Andrea into stopping by the parking garage right next to our apartment.  I admit, it was pretty easy "talking her into" this brief little stop since I was the one driving.  I had my skateboard in the trunk and I thought it would be fun to skate around for a little while.  She was a good sport and actually took some pictures of me whilst in action.
"If you're not out of control, you're not in control!"  Good words to live by.

Such a poser

I think Andrea is ready to go.

Back in the day when my dad was a little younger than I am, growing up in Champaign-Urbana, he and his buddies would frequent the local parking garage as optimal venue for them to skateboard.  It's kinda cool that I am able to do the same thing nowadays, here in Bloomington. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Parkour Meets Skate?

I've seen plenty of parkour videos before, and I've also seen my fair share of skate vids as well. Combining the two? Well this is just insane; especially the stunt this fella' pulls off at the very end.

Credit to Sneaker Freaker for posting this.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Chuck Taylors

Recently I've resurrected these Chuck Taylors that have been hiding up neath my sleeping quarters (under my bed).  An icon of casual footwear for decades, I've challenge myself to incorporate these shoes into my weekly wardrobe.  

Some people make these look really good.  Some people make them look kind of stupid.  Honestly, if you want to know the truth.  Ever since silly Paul Walker kicked them in Fast and Furious, I knew I had a chance.

Silly Paul Walker sporting some Chucks, next to his homey Tyrese

A nice fitting t-shirt, high quality jeans (designer if you will), and some Chucks are typically a safe bet.  It doesn't hurt to be in great shape too.  Sorry, but it's true.

Step One: Tidy them up.  All twisted and boring, the laces were the main eye sore.  I Googled "lace styles" and "Ian's Shoelace Site" popped up.  This guy Ian is a lase-ical genius.  


I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Karl doesn't want a motorcycle. Karl wants an Ariel Atom.

Ever since summer I have seen this speedy go-kart vehicle zipping around town.  Numerous times have I tried to snap a pic of it.  After a late night at Nick's I spotted it parked on Kirkwood.  Finally!  Camera in hand, I documented the occasion.  Click here to check out the manufacture.  

Do yourself a favor and check this video out.  You have got to check out the 3:10 mark!

Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello

     Once Andrea and I heard that Bob Dylan was going to be playing at Assembly Hall in Bloomington we decided we HAD to go. Talk about a once in a lifetime experience. The man is an icon, a legend, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. The chances of us having another opportunity to see this man in concert were extremely slim. I logged on to Ticket Master the minute tickets were available. A few minutes, and one ridiculous service charge later, I had two medium level seats 27 rows back from the stage.  

     Elvis Costello opened up for Dylan. He was really good. Everything was acoustic. Some of his hit songs were sung to a different tune. The only hints of these classics were the lyrics. Despite sounding a bit rehearsed, he interacted to the crowd by interspersing songs with stories, segueing to the next song. Andrea and I looked at each other at the intermission and thought, "that was great, and it's only going to get better."

    Elivs Costello  

     About 10 minutes after Costello left, Dylan took the stage with the rest of his band. All were dressed in black, all wore hats. Dylan wore this wide brimmed number that made me question if that was even him. However, once he let his voice travel to the microphone, it was undeniably Dylan. "Heeenyyahh, sugahh ninnahhh heeyAhhh." Honestly, Andrea and I didn't understand one single fragment of a lyric until halfway through his second song. Something about "the sunnnnn don't shiiiinnne ennnymorrrre."

     "Indecipherable lyrics" was apparently the theme of the show. Not only did we not recognize 90% of what he said, it was ALL new stuff. No Like a Rollin' Stone, no Lay Lady Lay, no Mr. Tambourine Man, no Watchtower! It was conclusive that a number of other concert goers expected the same thing. Halfway through his set we noticed the attendance dwindle down to two thirds of it's original size. People were LEAVING Dylan! This legend, this icon! The quality of his band was unmistakable. However, his monotonous chainsaw rev of a voice left people less than excited. During one song, Andrea nudged me to point out some middle aged fellow with his head back, mouth gaping open and on his second cycle of deep REM sleep. What was going on?!

Bob Dylan and his band

     Unfortunately, we walked away from the show sadly (and surprisingly) disappointed.  Making our way back to the car, we listed over a dozen songs we expected and were looking forward to hearing. None of which were played.

     Bob Dylan is a legend. He always will be. He has most likely made more dollars than the millions of ears who have heard his classics. However, I'm sure he feels that if you buy a ticket to hear him play, that is exactly what you are going to get. It will be him playing whatever he wants. He's not there to entertain you. He's there to play his music. Which is why we went to see him. So I guess we can't complain. I just wish I could have understood what he was singing about.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Bellarmine Student Rec Center

This past weekend I took Andrea down to Louisville to show her around Bellarmine.  It felt SO good to be back there and see all the changes.  Here is a video of Curran my old roomie, and me shooting around at the Bellarmine Student Recreation Center.  

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Great Design...

There's something about great graphic design that makes me happy.  Wherever my "happy place" is, if there are any walls, I'm sure they are covered with cool posters.  Kind of like the ones found at ISO50.  Smooth.  Simple.  Easy.   There has got to be some connection with Scott Hansen and Tycho the musical group.  I don't know.  I didn't necessarily feel like doing too much investigative reporting.  Check it out for yourself.  

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ad for "Girls Skateboards"

For those of you who don't have YouTube blocked from your work computers...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Last Saturday...

Okay, so I told you that I had some interesting stuff go down recently that I wanted to blog about.  Well  here it is.  It might not seem like much, but last Saturday was pretty eventful, so I figured I'd post a few pics to help me explain. 

Last weekend, IU had this bike auction where they made an attempt to sell a large amount of the bikes that had been confiscated from various campus locations over the past year.  Andrea, our friend Erin, and I decided it was worth a try to find a decent deal, as the two of them were in need of a bicycle.  

As we walked up and down the aisles of bikes (they were all parked in the bottom of a campus parking garage, hence the dark picture) it didn't take long for us to realize that the condition of each bike was pretty bad.  The reason why most of these bikes were confiscated was due to abandoment by their owner.  Considering the rust, faulty mechanics, and all around neglect, nothing seemed worth bidding.  
Which brings us to this place; the Bloomington Bicycle Project.  A nonprofit with the main purpose of taking in old, broken down bikes, fixing them up, and selling them for VERY reasonable prices.  Did I mention that it is primarily volunteer driven.  The majority of people you see in the "maintenance area" to the left are there out of the good of their hearts.  

Thankfully, Andrea found a Schwinn in excellent condition and made a purchase of only $60!  We are both thrilled that we can go on bike rides together.  

Here are a few pics of the inside of the repair shop.  It is EXTREMELY tiny.  However, it has a great location and wonderful functionality.  Eric, the guy in the white t-shirt has been with the BBP for the last 3-4 years or so.

Part of their mission is to provide the community with tools to make their own repairs on their own bikes.  If you have a problem with your bike, just bring it by and fix it on your own, use their tools and extra parts for free!  Pretty cool, 'eh?

My mode of transportation on this day was my new skateboard.

Later that evening, Andrea and I cleaned up and went to a concert at the IU Musical Arts Center and heard the IU Symphony Orchestra.  We arrived early, to the free showing and had exemplary seats.  
Surprisingly, Andrea and I had never been there before.  The architecture on the inside is so distinct I'm sure people either love it or hate it.  I feel as though I'm more towards the former.