Austere by The Joy Formidable is most awesome

If you haven’t heard this song yet you need to. I’ll wait a minute while you listen. Ignore the trippy music video.

Pretty awesome, no? It sends shivers down my back at certain points. The song is called Austere and the band is “The Joy Formidable” . Anywho, Austere, and most of their original album, is available for download at the link provided up above. So quit reading and get with the clickin!

GoTime For iPhone & Free Tickets To Seattle International Beerfest 2009

GoTime

I’ve been using GoTime’s iPhone App “Happy Hours” for the last month and a half or so and so far I’m liking it. Basically Happy Hours uses the GPS location of your iPhone to tell you where the nearest happy hours at the nearest restaurants & bars are happening. So how well does it work?

So far pretty good. I’ve been able to find good places to eat & drink around downtown Seattle &  Bellevue so far. I never would have thought about checking out the Lucky Strike in Bellevue, but Gotime said they had half-price pizza & beer for happy hour so I had to check it out. Let me tell you it is really good pizza, and so far all their bartenders have known how to pour a mean pint of Guiness.

On the negative, sometimes their info on the exact happy hour specials can be lacking occasionally. But this can only improve.

(Note: So far GoTime is only deployed in the Seattle and Portland,OR regions, so if you aren’t in either areas it’ll probably be of limited value to you in the near future. Though I have heard that they are getting ready to expand into more regions on the west coast)

So besides having a pretty awesome iPhone app, GoTime is also holding a contest to win free tickets to the Seattle International Beerfestival. Who doesn’t like free beer? Full details can be found on their blog here. Basically entry requirements are that you have to pimp them on twitter and your blog (Cough, Sellout, Cough). But like I said uptop, their iPhone app has helped me find some good places to eat a couple times which gives them some brownie points in my book.

A Ridiculous Example of Badassery?

I can’t decide if this motorcycle jacket makes this guy look more badass or just completely ridiculous…

The badass idea holds up for awhile, but then that red triangle logo points the eyes to his bare midriff and I just can’t stop giggling like a schoolgirl to myself. It just gets worse from there…

Anywho if you think you can pull off the bare midriff look on your motorcyle you can pick one up from Dainese, the manufacturer.

Via The Awesomer

Coal Creek Falls Waterfall Videos

I ended up taking a second hike to Coal Creek Falls a couple weeks ago and recorded some video while I was there.

Enjoy.


Coal Creek Falls from Erik Persson on Vimeo.

Coal Creek Falls Stream from Erik Persson on Vimeo.

Girl Scout Cookies: Oh How The Cookie Crumbles

I like Girl Scout Thin Mints. They taste awesome and you’re helping a Non Profit whose goal is to turn  little girls into trained assassins for hire.

But I found a problem with this years batch of Thin Mints… They tasted a little off and the box became empty much to soon. Then I found a box of last years thin mints hidden away in my cupboard and made a startling discovery… There are less of them…For reference, the bigger box is last years crop. As you can see from the image, last years box garnered you 36 cookies while this years only gives you 28…

But wait theres more! While the serving size of 4 cookies remains the same, the Nutrition factoids have changed… And not for the better… If you look closely you’ll see that Saturated Fat has increased by .5 of a Gram. Additionally Total Carbohydrates have increased by Over 2 Grams!

I leave you with the other side of the box to mull over. As you can see the Girl scouts no longer tout to promote Strong Friendships or Strong Values. Assassins don’t need those, instead they need financial skills such as goal setting, decision-making, customer-service, and money management. Does this mean that the Girl Scouts are ready to move onto stage 2 of their plan?  I can’t talk much longer for I fear they’ve already tracked my location… Already I can hear the whir of a helicopter overhead… Be very afraid America… Be very afraid… The girl scouts are coming for you!

Wolverine Heritage Collection Boots Look Rather Spiffy

I’m liking the look of Wolverine’s new Fall line of shoes. Funny thing is they’re actually their old line of shoes. About 125 years old. They pulled a bunch of designs from the archives and are making then anew. They look pretty spiffy and are all leather among other things. Probably doesn’t help that I have a thing for the red leather and the photos are so shiny looking. Anywho check the link at the end for more shiny boot pictures and a bunch of other interesting Americana related posts

Via A Continuous Lean

Bathymetry Haiku

I had to write an oceanography themed poem on my timed Oceanography test. My knowledge of poetry is limited to limited to haiku, limericks, and iambic pentameter. So you work with what you know. Without further ado, I give you this hastily written literary splendor

Bathymetry Haiku

Bathymetry is
the measuring of the sea
How low can it go?

First they used a rope
to measure the oceans depth
that takes way to long

Then Echo Sounders
Ping Ping Now you know the depth
This is much faster

Even using a
multi-beam system to map
One centuries time

The eye in the sky
could be used to map the sea
how, is the question?

Distortion of Sea
lets Satellites measure the
depths of the ocean

Erik Persson

Coal Creek Falls Hike in the Winter

Over the weekend I hiked up to Coal Creek Falls in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park. Its a nice little hike with this great looking waterfall & stream in the center of the trail. Look below for some more pictures. I’ll definitely be coming back with the Camera in the coming weeks.

Total distance traveled was about 4 miles. Most of the hike is a super highway but it can get pretty muddy in some areas… Lots of people on the trail.

I originally found out about this trail through the Washington Trails Association, which is a cool website that lists all the great hiking trails throughout Washington state. Here is their article about Coal Creek Falls, and here is an article about other great winter trails that I plan on hiking in the coming weeks.

From Seattle, take I-90 east. At exit 13, go right onto Lakemont Boulevard SE and drive 3 miles. Just before a long bend in the road, go left into the parking area.

All photos taken with the iPhone

Awesome Art of the Day: Zombie Playground by Jason Chan

Found this awesome zombie themed art while browsing the web. Its drawn by an artist who goes by Jason Chan. He has some pretty cool imagery on his website, though some of it is a tad Not Safe For Work. You have been warned. His gallery doesn’t seem to be updated anymore. Instead he seems to be opting to post his latest art directly to his blog.

Also if his artwork looks familiar to you, its probably because you saw it in the special features section of the I Am Legend DVD. Jason was commissioned to do two of the comics for the movie. They turned out really well plus you can even view them online here. Warning blood and sad music.