New Investment...

So I found this bike somewhere to-be-unnamed on the internets... A Cannondale Prophet 600 in need of some TLC, up for sale for $600 and included in the sale is an 80s Cannondale road bike. Pretty sweet find if you ask me, even though the bike (Prophet) needs new cranks, new front derailleur and wheel straightening or possibly new (disc-brake-ready) wheels. Actually now that I type that out it seems like kind of a lot, but at least the plan at this point is to buy the bike and try to repair it and turn it for a profit, however much I'm sure I'll want to keep it by the time it's ready to be sold. If I play my cards right I may get to keep the road bike as a party favor, but I'm not counting on it. At this point it's an insurance plan in case I can't get as much for the Prophet as I want upon its sale. I'm very serious about this... Unless he sells it out from under me the bike should be in my hands some time shortly after new year's... Anyway, here's some eye candy...

Hey! Christmas is day after tomorrow...
Happy Holidays to everybody!


Archiculture Film

It's been quite a while...

Check this one out: Archiculture Film.

Christmas is going to be interesting/anticlimactic this year. I just know. No one has any ideas for anyone else in my family. Blah. I'm going to bed.

From Archiculture... - Big Coat - Love Is Not In Love - Words of the Wise

Check them ^ out. I PROMISE you will like them.


PS, the "2000 Trek 4500, XS frame" I had for sale has morphed itself into a "2005 Specialized Hard Rock Sport, Large frame" complete with original price tag as evidence that it really hasn't even been ridden and an Andrew Jackson to spare. I'm so clever.

Oh boy...

So here was the final product on that poster...

I finished earning the Trek 4500 today at 1304 Bikes.

Got a SWEET new saddle too... A Concor Supercorsa Confort... It's comfy and, even better than that, is made of real terra cotta red Italian leather that is as smooth as any I've felt... I love the way it is wrapped so nicely around the bottom and not just stapled in a wrinkled mess like most seats.

I think I'm going to get some new tires again... I'm such a sucker for those. Most likely some slicks like these, which also happen to be dirt cheap compared to road bike tires...

Some day I'll save up enough to throw down for a Nikon D90 and then you guys will always have good pictures and not cell phone ones... In other news, I have an exam... today... And I'm kind of freaking out about it.

Listening: Jason Mraz - We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things
^good stuff


change in plans
more renderings to come
Long way to go still...

Renderings here. They look messy on the edges because they're PNGs... I'll not elaborate.

The final week...

And so begins a week of pure Hell. Final review Wednesday, ARC432 Presentation (yet to be done) Thursday, Studio final submittals Friday, exams all the following week. According to my calculations I have about 32 hours of work to do in the next 36 hours. There's also about 6 hours of class in there. Better get to work.

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

See you on the flip side.


Gone are my over 12,000 songs, gone are my more than 80 movies, gone are all my pictures dating back through college to high school and earlier, gone are all my documents, gone are all my 3D models, gone is my entire portfolio. Gone. Gone gone gone.


So my fat dog just waddled by and tripped a cord, taking my new 1TB hard drive to the floor. And now it's broken. Really. Pffffff.

Miami comes to town...

Man, I REALLY want to go to this football game... Like, really bad. I also have a buttload of work to do before my FINAL REVIEW on Wednesday followed by a totally separate project presentation on Thursday. Wauuugh, why are life's decisions so hard? And I need a haircut.

Some crappy renderings, now with faintsy louvers! I don't know why some of these rendered the louvers as grass colored. Obviously that will need to be fixed.



A Jalopnik post reminded me about this car, one of my all time favorites.

È così bello.

Removing stupid NoFS tags

So if you happen to be downloading a mixtape or other legally exchanged album over bittorrent, and that album happens to be tagged with a NoFS image in the ID3 tags where the album art should go, here's how to remove it...

First, you CAN'T just go into "Get Info" that's what I tried first and it doesn't work.
Second, don't bother using another program like AOL's WinAmp... waste of time.
Third, follow these steps:
----- Select the whole album with "CTRL+click" or "SHIFT+click"
----- Right click on one of the songs and click "Convert ID3 Tags"
----- Check the box next to "ID3 tag version"
----- Drop down ID3 tag version and select V1.0
----- If that doesn't work (it did for me), select "None" in the drop down menu instead, then OK, than go back and do it again, selecting V1.0 this time. You may have to correct the song/album/artist name if you do it this way though.

Then just add the album art yourself by dragging an image over from the mixtape or album's page on Amazon or your place of choice.

Speaking of mixtapes, Lil Wayne's Dedication 3 is out now...
Check it out...

Happy Turkey Day guys.

Guest Tickets?

So, uh, I reserved a Student ticket and a Guest ticket (for my cousin) for the NCSU vs Miami game. I get an email to claim my tickets...

*Click through to confirm*
*"Credit card information?"

It turns out that a guest ticket costs $30?


Sunday, Sunday

I have lots of work to do. Why is it that I always post when I need to be writing something that actually counts towards being productive? Oh well. If Thanksgiving Break could work its way in BEFORE Tuesday... that'd be great.

News? NEW COMPUTER! WAUUGHILOVEITSOMUCHAMAZINGNESS. I would like to point out that rendering a Sketchup model at 1280x960 in VRay would have taken my old laptop somewhere around an hour and a half. This beast spit out that rendering in LESS THAN A MINUTE. Still, it's too bad that Sketchup isn't configured for multithreading support. Oh well. I love this. I had a dream the day before this came in the mail that I had a computer problem and Dad told me to throw my (old) laptop away. It made me laugh. Also, orange Detonator tires are on the Moto now and the brakes are finally working well. I'd be riding it more, but it's COLD outside. Moreso than usual for sure. It has already snowed twice! Through admittedly it didn't really stick either time.

Renderings (very basic and un-touched-up or tweaked) for your perusal. I kind of fell in love with VRay's fish-eye camera setting the night I did these. The horrible weird shapes on top are supposed to be ferns, or some type of growy-things. Didn't work so well. Anyway...

Blog Post:
The hearings on the American Auto Industry bailout...
1. CEOs of the Big Three (GM, Ford, Chrysler) get railed (and rightfully so) for coming to beg for money in private jets.
2. Congress urges CEOs to "jetpool" or maybe consider the irony of their actions. "The American taxpayer doesn’t have any business subsidizing this failure." OUCH.
3. Congress tells Big Three to come up with a believable plan for where the money would go while they take a break to eat some Turkey.
More on all that ^ later.

Watching: Top Gear Season 12, Episode 4 and a very very honorable mention to Stranger than Fiction... Excellent movie, one of the best I've seen in a while.

Listening: Kanye West - 808s and Heartbreak. Especially "Amazing" "Coldest Winter" and "See You in My Nightmares." I'm wondering if Vocorder and Auto-tune are just a fad or here to stay... Jury's still out for me on how I feel about them.

Passwords and Images

I guess that posting links to images doesn't work too well if those images happen to be in a password protected directory... I'll fix that in a bit, but speaking of images that are tough to get your hands on... Flickr. One of the most helpful computer tips I have given a lot of my friends is how to pull images that are otherwise copyrighted off of that wonderful photo-sharing website.

Say you're looking for a picture of mountains, and you search it... one of the first results that comes up is this beautiful picture...

But right-click on it and try to save it and what do you get? Spaceball.gif... oh man, did I struggle with spaceball for a while. This is especially tough when you're doing an architecture project and all the best pictures of the building you're researching are like this. So here's how to get that image here...

It's very easy. On the flickr page with the image that you want to grab, right click in a blank area and hit "View Page Source". This will open up a new window with a bunch of html code that you most likely don't understand. What you're looking at is the guts of the page, and the image is in there somewhere. To find it, start by hitting "CTRL+F" (the 'find' command) and typing "spaceball" which is the thing it's putting over top of the image to keep you from getting to it. Once it finds spaceball, and there should only be one result, scroll horizontally left from it and you should see the URL of the image. It will look something like this...

<img src="" alt="Glass House Mountains by bridgepix." title="" width="500" height="333"
Now copy and past that URL into a new tab or window in your browser.
Voila! Now you can right-click and save image as all you want...

The Dream Garage

I really hurt my foot today when the chain derailled on the Moto... so I'll make a car list, to be updated whenever... I've been meaning to do this for a while, for my own weird reasons.

In no particular order... my dream cars within some amount of reason...  Here I kept it to what can be had for $35,000 or less.  Some of these would obviously be used.

I'm sure I'll add to this list, and I promise I had no idea until I was ordering these how absurdly high the ratio of BMWs to everything else is.  I never really considered myself as THAT much of a BMW fan, but I guess I should...

Moto is Finished for Now

Finished the Moto today. It took a lot longer to finish than I expected, and it will continue to be a project for me, but at this point it's pretty much done. Crappy cell phone pictures...

Busy Week

Busy week... Test, site visit for a project, etc. News most exciting is probably that I'm going skiing in Canada at Tremblant. Except, I'm not, or at least I'm worried that that'll become the case. So many things like this always look like they are going to work out for me and then don't. Today the trip went from being full-on to on hiatus, and that pisses me off, as one of our "for totally sure going" guys dropped on us. I really couldn't care less who I go with, I just want to ski... And I doubt anybody I can get to go would be able to keep up anyway. I miss my skis... Wish they were here right now, I'd hot wax them tomorrow. I went to see "James Bond: Quantum of Solace" tonight... and it sucked. I had heard that, but I really wanted to see the AM DBS scene from the trailer, so that led me to go ahead and go... Except what stinks is that I got there like 5 mins after the movie started, during the opening credits. That scene is the opening one of the movie... Before the opening credits. So I missed it. This was directed by the guy who did the Bourne films, or at least one of them, and I didn't like it, film-wise, for the same reasons. The camera panned WAYYYY too much, and much of what was in the action scenes was in constant blur because of the speed of the panning. Many of the shots during these scenes were considerably less than a second long, and I really don't like that. You have got to have time to register what is going on to follow what's happening in an action scene. There is also way too much unbelievable this and that in the movie, and that sours things as well.

I need to clean my room, although contrary to popular misconception, those clothes all over the floor are in fact clean, and just await the day when I take the time to fold them.
Tomorrow I should finish earning the Motobecane and be able to fix it up by quitting time at 1304. I'm really excited about that. I'm also excited about two packages that come in this week (both probably on Wednesday). One is my new laptop (!) and one is a pair of orange and black Maxxis Detonators for the bike.

To bed. Later.

Listening: Jack White and Alicia Keys - Another Way to Die
Watching: The Dark Knight



A list of things to give you an idea of where the Moto project is heading...

It's similar to this now... Add white magnesium pedals...

Yellow tires, maybe these Michelins.

A white seat, but not this one because I only wish I could afford it... Similar maybe?

Finally, some light pursuit bars wrapped with white grips...

Oh, and maybe a white chain to top it all off...

Can we tell I'm getting excited? I won't be able to work on it Thursday, though, as I'll be headed towards home to go to a service honoring a good friend's father who recently passed. From talking to Suzanne...
me: i know, i wish i could even start to sympathize but i just can't imagine losing one of my parents at this point... mine are starting to get old though... it's so weird to see my dad who i once thought was like he-man writhing in back pain and unable to do much about it... i suppose it's something we're all going to have to deal with sooner or later, she just has the misfortune of having to deal with it sooner than most

Jess, my very deepest condolences...