Adventure and perseverance on two wheels

I came across the wild story of former Hells Angel, Author and Martial Arts Champion Glen Heggstad on the Biography Channel. The show was “I survived” and it features interviews of people who have survived extreme near death experiences. Glen Heggstad’s story was one of the most memorable for me.

Glen decided to go on a one man motorcycle expedition from California to the southern tip of South America. Along the way he was kidnapped by Colombian rebels for 33 days. They beat, humiliated, and tortured him. They had also setup many mock executions to break his will to live. For example they made him stand in front of an open grave and pointed a gun to his head. Glen came up with an even more amazing plan to regain his freedom. After Glen was released Glen continued his trip despite being severely underweight and malnourished. Glen resumed his mission to the southern tip of south america despite his horrific ordeal. He has since traveled across the world on his BMW motorcycle. In total he has visited 57 countries

Glen’s website is strikingviking.net You checkout the video of his numerous interviews and appearances. His story was also featured on Locked up abroad. He currently lives in California as a martial arts instructor.

Checkout the following inspirational video for his abbreviated story and where hes been. Its incredible!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yR4ySssrig

The worst post accident pictures I have ever seen. *update*

When visiting a mechanic friend told He me the story of a 25 year old’s unfortunate accident. According to my friend the another mechanic worked in a shop next to his.  This 25 year old guy took the shops client’s car to “test the new brakes”.

Unfortunately for this car, the mechanic and the client. This guy thought he was james bond and drove at speeds higher than 90mph and attempted to drift the car into the shop parking lot. Instead he nearly cut the car in half with a telephone pole sideways. I know he wasn’t killed Instantly and was rushed the hospital. Did he survive his stupid recklessness? I’m not sure. Bang everyone loses.

*UPDATE*
The driver not only survived this wreck. Hes made a complete recovery and is back to work at the same shop! 

Notice the telephone pole damage in the middle and how the back end is elevated.img_20111229_162329img_20111229_162352img_20111229_162404-1img_20111229_162449-1img_20111229_162500

Glacier Ridge Mountain Bike Video

Here is a great video of one of my favorite mountain bike trails. I am lucky to live only a few minutes from the trail entrance. The name of the trail is Glacier Ridge and it is maintained by an organization of mountain biker enthusiasts called CLIMB. They build and maintain many mountain bike trails and fight the local governments on bicycling Long Islanders behalf.  I take this path regularly. Its one hell of a fun ride and not for the faint of heart. This Video is a good way to see what the trail looks like. However Its way more intense in person.
Video taken by Chris D. on Vimeo.

4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

I recently read the 4 hour body by Timothy Ferriss in one sitting by Audiobook download. Its like a shot gun blast of information. I do recommend the book. Its fascinating. Its a completely geeked out diet sourced by years of research by the author using himself as a guinea pig.

Timothy Ferriss used doctors and the scientific method to figure out what works best to reach his fitness goals. This wasn’t a fly by night affair but more like a 10 year research project.
Tim has researched why and how the body reacts to different foods and combinations and why and how we gain weight rapidly after a successful diet.
I highly recommend the book to any geek who is considering a big dietary change with a totally nerd approach.
He has forums on his website too.
Hell, The freaking guy even made a trailer for his book.
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIVmsIJyj3A&feature=player_embedded

I would like to hear from anyone who will use this diet or is using this diet.

Timothy Ferriss is best known as the author of the 4 hour work week and was recently featured on Morgan Spurlock’s show a day in the life. The show is exclusive to hulu plus members and pirates everywhere.

Custom Original NES consoles are just not a money maker

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I had an idea that there would be some kind of money to be made customizing The original NES or Nintendo Entertainment system. There are some really nice modifications that can make the current classic console work 10x better from disabling the problematic lock out chip and straightening the 72 pin connector.
I was curious to see if people would pay for nicely painted console with new LEDs or how about extra LEDs lighting up and all that crazy shit. After all there is a huge market for customizing computer cases and people even go as far as building them into into everything from toasters to fish tanks.
I did a few searches and found few people will pay for these mods. There are some really nice mods out there and they wouldnt even sell for $250. I saw a few sell for around a $100 with free shipping. Obviously customizing NES systems isnt going to be a lucrative business for anyone.
Maybe Xbox 360 modding? Sounds like a possibility.

Podnutz At Night has been canceled.

Podnutz At Night is now over. Its been allot of laughs, crazy and ridiculous at times all with entertainment in mind. I feel as though the show was a humor based tech-centric show with internet trends in mind.

It was the first podnutz show with a regular co-host. I enjoyed doing the show 100% of the time especially when It was my turn in the barrel. Ive learned so much. I shared some of my personal life and I’ve met some amazing people. Some of you are friends I will continue to keep in regular contact with.

Steve C. was the reason the show existed in the first place. He has kept the show alive and on the road while I was going through a major personal crisis I’m still struggling with. Few will recognize the amount of work it takes to do each show behind the scenes.

I am grateful for the time I had on the show and the listeners. All of the positive feedback has been shocking and humbling.

My favorite application is Google maps.

google maps logoI am obsessed with Google maps. I have a damn good reason. I hope this post will explain my obsession and enlighten a few. Please send your comments!

Technology, Computers and the internet are just fun detraction and entertainment if they arent used to expand your world or help you accomplish real world things. Thats why Google maps is my favorite app period. You can find awesome restaurants, businesses, better directions, hiking biking and horse trails, beaches, parks, scenic drives, subway bus and ferry routes… the list is endless.

Find your next favorite restaurants, hotels and businesses and laugh at the crap.
Restaurant reviews are a huge help in avoiding another dining nightmare. You can easily find a new favorite restaurant and impress your loved ones. Google has combined the reviews from a huge list of sites. Yelp.com, urbanspoon.com, Yahoo local, Tripadvisor.com, zagat.com, hotels.com, tvtrip.com, travelpod.com, expedia.com, mytravelguide.com, priceline.com, travelpost.com and googles own reviews are just some of the best known.

There used to be a way to filter the search results by review stars. Google has quietly removed this feature. My assumption is that many review sites don’t have a 5 star rating system and Google couldn’t properly sort them.

Keep in mind fake reviews are usually posted all the same day and some reviewers cannot be pleased. Many amazing businesses have a couple unfair negative reviews from some narcissist who found a single hair in a bathroom or a waiter who stood up for himself when being bullied. However when a business truly sucks the terrible reviews can be hilarious. If you find any reviews that are so bad they are funny please submit them to thecrappycrapcrap.com

Vacation planning with map making
When you sign into your google account you can create place markers by clicking on “my maps”. A big factor in planing a trip is the distance between between places. Wouldnt it be great to know that the hotel your staying at has an extremely popular restaurant a block away? or that everyone loves the the hotel you booked but the restaurant downstairs is overpriced crap. Make a list of places you would like to be and map them in the unfamiliar city your in. Now you can group them by their proximity and accomplish more by traveling less.
Google maps even has features for directions by car, mass transit, bicycle and even walking. Planing a trip to NYC and would like to bike in central park? Wouldn’t be nice to have the reviews that explain the conviently located boat house restarant is shit? How about bicycle directions to an excellent casual restaurant 5 blocks away? That cool Island off the coast is reachable by 3 different ferries and where they depart from?

ohhhh yeah the features
Do I really need to mention every feature? like streetview? Browser built in google earth? photos in panoramio.com? Customisable printed directions?

Discover new trails and hikes.
When you look into wooded areas the satellite view allows you the ablity to discover new trail systems. Do enough research into the park and you can get proper park trail maps and permits.

Traffic!
Google maps has a layer for realtime traffic reports!

Take it all with you!
Personally I hate limitations. I want what I want here… and NOW! Take Google maps with you on your android or iPhone. Take your map creations, searches, and reviews with you.

A healthy alternative to sunshine