Me and DaNece watched the 'Mr. Brooks' movie last night, and I have to say it was pretty impressive. It was definitely a darker movie, with a few slightly-gruesome parts, but overall it was fairly slasher-free. Kevin Costner stars as Mr. Brooks in what I would call a backwards-whodunit movie. You know who dun it, you just don't know who he dun it to. Very cool. Check it out.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Well me and Scrappy-Doo went to Goldwater lake this weekend for a darn nice hike.
We started by heading directly to the dam, away from all the people, and saw a really cool crane-type bird.
After getting too close and scaring him off, we opted to go under the fence that keeps people away from the dam. Once on the other side, we hiked to the back of the Upper Goldwater lake damn, and took some pics.
Then we hiked around Lower Goldwater lake (something few people ever bother to look for, let alone go to the trouble of climbing under and around barbed wire fencing to go down to).
While we were down there we also saw a really cool little sapling that was changing colors.
Along the lake, all the oaks were changing color. Absolutely gorgeous.
I have never been past the second dam today, but after seeing a bunch of abandoned buildings I had to climb down. So we followed a little Javalina gametrail down to what looked like an old water processing center.
So we puttered around a bit, then hiked back to Upper Goldwater, and took the long way around the lake back to the truck. All in all; a GREAT hike. I can only hope that the warm weather lasts long enough to get a few more hikes like this in. :)
Friday, October 26, 2007
So while watching Criminal Minds the other night, I heard a good song right at the end. After DaNece doing the gruntwork of figuring out who it was, i downloaded a couple of her albums, and i really dig it for the most part. The artist's name is Imogen Heap, and from what I can tell she records and overlays her own voice and instruments to create all these songs solo. Pretty cool.
My favorite track - not sure why this is on youtube, since there is no video, but oh well.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Check out this guy: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4224763.html?series=37
He created a 'wind-belt' to harness the wind's power and convert it into electricity with minimal materials, which is 30-40% more efficient than scaled down wind turbines! Imagine where this could go with some big money behind it.
Monday, October 22, 2007
For the Douglas Adams fans:
If there was ever a doubt that the answer to the question of life the universe and everything is 42, then how about this:
Yet another nail in the coffin that 6 times 9 really does equal 42.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Friday, October 12, 2007
So as anybody that knows me can tell ya: I'm not a big sports guy. I don't get excited about football, basketball, baseball (possibly the most boring sport in the universe). But I do like going to hockey games. Why? Because every now and then you get to see guys beat the snot out of each other (the same reason I like watching the UFC and things like that). There is just something great about watching guys fight, especially if there isn't a lot of skill involved, but tons of emotion.
I think I would feel at home in the stands of the Colosseum during gladiatorial times!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I have to admit, the little science geek inside of me loves this type of stuff.
Physicist Elmar Fuchs and his colleagues from Graz University of Technology are investigating why water, when exposed to high voltages, forms this strange liquid bridge as the liquid moves from one beaker to another. They published their research in the Jouranl of Physics D: Applied Physics. The water bridge was cylindrical with a diameter of 1 to 3 mm and spanned as much as 25 mm. From PhysOrg.com:
The group’s analyses have shown that the explanation may lie within the nature of the water’s structure. Initially, the bridge forms due to electrostatic charges on the surface of the water. The electric field then concentrates inside the water, arranging the water molecules to form a highly ordered microstructure. This microstructure remains stable, keeping the bridge intact.Link to original article
Monday, October 1, 2007
Me and Scrappy-Doo decided to go for a hike out by Aspen Creek this weekend, and happened upon my new favorite trail! We hiked all the way from Copper Basin to the Tr. 9415 Trailhead (probably about 1 1/2 miles) along a jeep trail. Next time we might get adventurous and drive the 4Runner up to this point.
From here, the trail turns into a narrow footpath that follows the mountains around to Quartz Mountain. It's got some pretty good up and down hills, and is a bit slippery at parts, but filled with views to kill for. Eventually you start catching glimpses of quartz mountain.
Along the whole path there are tons of neat looking little flowers and plants.
After about 2 miles on this path you finally get to Quartz Mountain. After a quick climb to the top, you get a great view. Prescott on one end, S. Highway 89 at the other end, and forest at your back.
Then it is back to the truck and off to some well-deserved lunch! I'll definitely be doing this trail again.