Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A video this time....

I really enjoy the wheelie/sliding/tankslapping antics of the MotoGP boys.

They EARN their cash.

This video shows a lot of the drifting, powersliding action that the guys do to get these 240hp machines around the track at speeds approaching 200mph.

Like the soundtrack, too.

Alcohol.... I have a love - hate relationship, as do probably many of you.

I built a bar in my home, it's become the focal point of more than a few parties and get-togethers, and I have become a fair-to-middling mixologist.

Then, some guy decides to vaporize alcohol, mix it with some oxygen, and sniff the mix directly into the bloodstream via the lungs highly efficient drug/blood delivery system, bypassing that pesky liver and delivering the hit directly to the brain.


A new way of consuming alcohol that offers an immediate hit with no hangover the next day has been introduced in the United Kingdom.The new method is known as AWOL, an acronym for 'Alcohol With Out Liquid', and could become a hit in the global club scene due to the euphoric 'high' created when alcohol is vaporised, mixed with oxygen and inhaled. Billed at launch as the 'ultimate party toy', AWOL machines serve bar customers via tubes and could be seen as a modern version of the 'Nargile' or 'Hookah' water-pipe.
Like the Hookah, the AWOL machine has a central body and a number of tubes running from it.The user chooses which spirit will be used and the spirit is loaded into a diffuser capsule in the machine. The oxygen bubbles are then passed through the capsule, absorbing the alcohol, before being inhaled through a tube. The resultant cloudy alcohol vapour is then inhaled from the end of the tube via a device akin to an asthma inhaler.
Once inhaled, the alcoholic gas goes straight into the bloodstream to give an instant 'hit'. The potent combination of oxygen and alcohol creates a feeling of well-being which intensifies the longer the vapour is inhaled.This high-tech 21st century 'Hookah' is the brainchild of 30 year old UK entrepreneur Dominic Simler, and has a patent pending.
"The vapour produces an instant 'high' with no hangover the next day,' said Simler, who will market the machines to clubs and bars in the UK to provide 'partygoers and hedonists with a radical new way to consume alcohol."
The outcry by the British media has been predictably damning of the new device, with an article in the Sunday Times dated 15 February quoting the Chief executive of the UK Alcohol Advisory Service referring to AWOL as 'solvent abuse for adults.'Professor Oliver James, the head of clinical medical sciences at Newcastle University in the UK was quoted in the article as saying, 'by snorting the alcohol it can go directly into the brain without being filtered by the liver. What is getting into your brain could be the equivalent of many times more than by drinking it.'
Professor James has since stressed that the comments that he made to the Sunday Times were purely speculative and theoretical, that his statements were made without first seeing or trying AWOL and that he made it clear to the reporter that he has no previous professional experience or clinical evidence of alcohol being consumed via vapour.
Professor James has now agreed to carry out independent tests on AWOL and Simler is hoping that the tests will 'remove any element of doubt regarding the safety of AWOL.'Until the results of the university tests on AWOL are available the company has advised all customers that the application should only be used to inhale alcohol vapour orally and not via the nose. Professor James has confirmed that AWOL is safe to be consumed in this manner.
The first venue to offer the AWOL experience is il Bordello, an exclusive members-only club built on a Dutch barge located in Bristol. Club proprietor Liz Lewitt has been 'overwhelmed' with bookings for AWOL - the shots are consumed at the rate of approximately one shot per hour (maximum) and cost UKP'6 a shot.

I think you'd be passed out like our friend here in a VERY few minutes.


I've been drooling over these cars for about 8 years now... motorcycle powerplant, three fat wheels in a tadpole configuration, no weight, ridiculous lateral g's.

Built in Quebec, Canada. Now popping up in boutique dealerships everywhere for 40-50 g's.

Campagna T-rex.

Expensive and fun little toy I'd quicky lose my license with.

Check them out...


Interesting site... This slightly off-kilter biker chick takes regular trips through the still hot " dead zones " around Chernobyl.

Really neat photos.. things just left where the fell for years. She carries her own geiger counter to monitor her exposure.


Sept 19 th .... National " talk like a pirate" day.

I have nothing futher to say.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Hey, Wanna waste hours of time??

Often rude, crude, Not safe for work, odd, interesting, funny slices of life.


Don't say I didn't warn you.
A rant.....

As much as I hate to bring attention to a crazy man whom already has too much attention, Fred Phelps and his inbred band of religious zealots have really stuck a chord of hatred in me.

I won't give his particular brand of crazy any more press here, but his choice of protesting at funerals makes him an intolerable commodity in my view.

A journalist recently wrote this about him..."You probably think he's crazy. And not ordinary crazy, mind you, but 20 pages, typewritten, single-spaced, both sides of the page with scribbles in the margins crazy."

I don't particularly agree with all the American foreign policy, but I respect the choices of others. It's beyond ironic that the freedom and liberty these young people die for ( I'm speaking about the deceased US troops Phelps has recently taken advantage of ) is EXACTLY the ideals that allow Phelps to pervert and demean their funerals to broadcast his own messages.

My personal opinion is that he and his band of oddities be taken somewhere into the middle east and released, thereby giving him the freedom and ability to see firsthand the lives of those he touches on such a personal level. He can protest and grandstand all he wants...for a while.

Funerals are SACRED, you idiot!

A shining light, however, has been keeping this band of oddities away from the grieving families.

They're called the Patriot Guard, a band of motorcyclists and other concerned parties who take it to task to shield these families from the horror and atrocity of having someone yelling and protesting at your loved one's funeral.

Riders often ride hundreds of miles to be part of this nonviolent shield, lining up in front of the Phelps brood, drowning out the chanting with the bikes, and ensuring the families get the respect they deserve without the moronic grandstanding of a splinter cult.

Sign me up. I don't think there's a single person who thinks a funeral is an acceptable soapbox platform, and I'm filled with pride that there's this groundswell of opposition by bikers to combat this perversion of solemnity and respect that is the Topeka cult. I'll be watching the right hand column of the following website for any needs near me. Might have a tough time sticking to the "nonviolent" part, though.


Hey, in the spirit of sharing with you the interesting things I find on the net, rather, the things on the net I find interesting, there's a guy basically building a car from scratch... body, frame, riciculously powerful hybrid motorcycle engine with an innovative 4 wheel drive system.

LONG story, lots of pics, he's still got a long way to go, but I like this kind of out of the box thinking.

O.K., I'm a 35 yr old married guy living in Seattle. I work at a Trauma hospital, but my main passion is my love of two wheeled travel. I mountain bike and/or motorcycle every day.

Since the mountains are now snow covered and the trails are closed, I either snowboard ( that's a whole 'nother story ) or ride my motorcycle, a 2001 Honda Valkyrie that I've EXTENSIVELY modified to fit my idea of a perfect bike.

See above for the latest incarnation.

I run a local motorbike group called " Bob's random rides " as my work schedule's fluid and I tend to hop on and ride at a moment's notice.

Wanna join? It's a Yahoo group, just search for the title above. If you can't figure it out, you're obviously pretty thick and I probably don't want your dumb butt anywhere near me, let alone drafting down a twisty road at hyperlegal velocities.

Currently ramping up to ride much more frequently, as springs' inexorably creeping nearer, the gray numbness that is Seattle in winter is loosing it's vitality-sucking grip, and the wanderlust is beginning to stir.

Related to the above, I currently spend inordinate amounts of time simply reading about the exploits of others.....like....

WWW. Life is a road.com.....Fellow valkyrie rider has a true storytellers heart, some of his tales will have you laughing out loud at the keyboard, tears streaming down your face. ( As a complete aside... I truly HATE the moronic text shortcuts and abbreviations that I believe are contributing to the stupidification of America, you'll NEVER see a cutesy smiley or retarded LOLSNMPRTHF in this blog.)

This is Daniel Meyer, Texan valkyrie storyteller.

WWW. Pashnit.com.... A perfect blend of info, pics, stories about the motorcycling world. A bit Californicentric, but huge. You'll spend a lot of time here.

Guy on the left is Tim, creator of Pashnit.

WW.Killboy.com... This guy makes a living photographing people riding the "Dragon" a stretch of twisted two lane in North Carolina that's become a mecca for riders and sport car guys both. Killboy's blog gives you a glimpse into the culture behind this road, and his sample pics are excellent quality. Check his archives for lots of great shots,

This is Killboy's ride.....

Alright, enough for now, go get busy.

Oh, OK, one more..... My favourite tshirt site has something to offend almost everyone, and his monthly newsletters are pretty clever too. I support this guy. A few months ago, he was hospitalized due to an attempted poisoning. Seems someone took offense and decided killing a "bad" man was less evil than a tshirt business. He actually took down his more offensive area but fairly quickly regained his F-you attitude and put it back up. Kudos.

Latest round of shirts pokes fun at the Cartoon killings... don't get me started.

WWW. tshirthell.com