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TWW Daily Feed (4.20.2010)

I am intent on finding a job that involves spending every single day of my life playing outside. I don’t know what such a job would entail, but I know it would involve a lot of pretty girls, helicopters, really good parties and buffets and a ridiculous amount of gear. This job would involve traveling all over the world and experiencing hundreds, if not thousands, of different cultures. This job would involve minimal oversight from management and would let me make my own hours. I’m going to dream the impossible dream. And try not to freak out on the next client that calls me complaining about how “unconstitutional” it is that they have to pay taxes. The Feed:

9:30am

I realized yesterday that I have been doing a poor job of updating later in the afternoons. Mostly because by the time the afternoon hits I have a hard time getting back in front of the computer. Which really means I’m brain dead by about 3:00pm everyday. Which means that anyone I give advice to after 3:00pm is really not getting what they paid for. My solution: waffles from Heidi Swanson. I don’t know how they help, but picturing Heidi in a cooking apron and not much else always makes me feel better.

Dhani Jones basically has the job I want. He travels the world, checks out sporting culture in a variety of global locations, and gets paid for it. Dhani, I am simultaneously loathe/worship you. Please don’t hold that against me.

My little computer screen is not doing these pictures justice, so hopefully yours will. The photographs are literally out of this world. And as Casimiro points out, the captions aren’t working. I think Venice is in there along with Mt. Fuji or Mt. St. Helens.

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TWW Daily Feed (4.12.2010)

Person with the stupid bluetooth headset; please get off of the trail.

I’ve noticed in the past two years or so that people with cell phones on trails are becoming an increasingly common sight. Part of me understands; trails are often isolated and treacherous, and having a cell phone makes complete sense. What I don’t understand is why people choose to use their cellphones while they are hiking or exercising. To me, this defeats the purpose of being outside and active. Sitting in an office all day, interacting with people, carrying the burden of responsibilities; these are the reasons why being active is, and should be, a necessary part of the day. It provides a break from the craziness of life and lets us experience life in a more stress reduced environment. Until the a-holes start thinking that it’s a good idea to bring the phone on to the trail in order to get business done. Now, not only are you missing the whole point of what you set out to do, but you are impeding on the serenity of everyone else. So buddy, please take your stupid bluetooth headset, and yourself, off of the mountain. You are killing my vibe. The Feed:

9:30am

I haven’t thrown up anything from the glorious Heidi Swanson in a while so when I saw her recipe for Chocolate Cherry Brownies I was immediately swept back in to the magic of her existence. Head over to her site to check them out. I realize that brownies are not really great for training, but you have to indulge every once in a while. Especially when you get stressed out thinking about the fat bastards on cell phones getting in your way on the trail you are trying to run.

Breathe.

I have never been to the Little Red Bike Cafe in Portland, OR, but it’s on my list. Especially after reading their post about some of their favorite breakfast spots. The best way to gauge the quality of a restaurant is to gauge the quality of their influences. The Little Red Bike seems to be in good company.

Google Earth is an amazingly fun program to have on your computer. Unfortunately, my computer does not like it so I have yet to see this map in action, but our friend Jake seems to be very excited about it. How do I know he was excited? He sent me the link with a lot of exclamation points in the email. And pictures of unicorns. Thanks Jake. I think.

Robert Downey Jr. Badass. Check out a preview of his interview with Men’s Journal here. And thank whatever God you pray to that we still have actors of his quality. I swear if I have to watch another movie with Ashton Kutcher I’m going to freak out.

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TWW Daily Feed for February 15, 2010

I’m suffering from a bout of age at the moment. I spent the weekend both working and working out, which has somehow resulted in a incredibly sore and stiff back. I’m not sure if it was carrying boxes of beer up stairs or doing a lot of uphill running that has me feeling like an old man, but regardless I’m definitely NOT feeling like a 21 year old anymore. Damn aging. I hope everyone is working their way into the week with minimal regret about it only being Monday. The Feed:

12:35pm

The Winter Olympics are all over the TV right now and so far most of my event watching has been focusing on speed skating. Why? Mostly because it’s fun to watch and the anticipation at every turn of an epic crash involving skate inflicted wounds keeps it interesting. And, of course, the awesomeness of Apolo Ohno’s facial hair. I especially like Apolo because there are rumors of him doing the Incline. And you know what I found today? Rumor confirmed! My journalistic abilities are astounding.

Whoa, this is crazy: Floyd Landis – bicycling star/pariah, always interesting interviewee, and now internationally wanted hacker? WTF. The cycling world is crazy.

9:30am (working my way into the week slowly)

Let’s start the week off with a hearty recipe from Heidi Swanson; Kabocha French Lentil Soup. I’m fully entrenched in my typical boredom with cold winter days, so little nuggets of goodness from Heidi, especially soups, seem like a more appealing way to spend the evening than running in weather that makes my eyebrows freeze.

A little late for Valentine’s Day (the scourge of my holiday season) comes this guide to Sweet Shops and Chocolate from Portland Food and Drink. My suggestion; check out these shops for post-Valentine’s Day deals on their heart shaped confectionery, purchase it, and freeze it for next year. “Romantic” is my middle name.

Finally into some sports related posts. Check out Bicycling Magazine’s breakdown of some of the Tour of California stages and where it’s going to get hard and nasty (their words, not mine).

Last week saw the Eastern Seaboard getting annihilated by storms. And this week? Satellite pictures of the end results of those storms. Slightly reminiscent of The Day After Tomorrow.

I know Lindsey Vonn is America’s darling right now, but if you like brunettes then Julia Mancuso is the girl for you. The downhill skier is an underdog favorite for Vancouver, but her training regime, based in Maui (as in Hawaii) has elevated her to the top of my girlfriend podium:

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TWW Daily Feed for February 10, 2010

The Front Range is emerging from two days of bitter cold and snow, and while I hate how confined nasty weather can make me feel, I love how a good storm seems to clean the sky. The morning drive has been much clearer and the mountains look more striking; a result of the winds of the storm clearing the ever increasing smog that hangs over the cities down here. It truly bums me out that for all of the talk about “green energy” and sustainability, the thing that is going to make the most difference is getting rid of entrenched political leadership that thinks there is nothing wrong with a brown cloud hanging over its constituents. The Feed:

12:05pm

A new study is demonstrating that TV is not necessarily a culprit in the rising obesity levels in children. Rather, it’s the amount of commercials that they watch. I have no idea how the scientists came up with this one, but does monitoring a kids commercial viewing pose a viable option to fighting obesity, or is getting your chubby little bundle of joy outside and into some running shoes the way to go? I vote the latter.

I housed a almond croissant this morning, which my assistant informed me was composed of “one stick of butter plus some flour” so I’m feeling in the need of some healthy eating. A veggie sandwich on ciabatta sounds just about perfect.

A nice, soothing video to keep you entertained today when it feels like work is taking forever. Not as nice as Brooklyn Decker down there, but still pretty.

8:02am

I’m on a little environmental kick right now, but I was dumbfounded by this poster, which depicts the surface area required to power the world’s energy grid via solar power. I was dumbfounded for two reasons; 1) I have no idea how to read this thing and 2) if I’m reading it right, we could basically get rid of Arizona and be carbon free in 2030. Brilliant!

This morning Heidi Swanson (one of my unicorns) has an amazing recipe up for Chocolate Puddle Cookies. And, unlike most of her other recipes, she doesn’t try and make these things more healthy than they should be. Oh, and she spotted the original cookie in Portland. What’s not to love about this woman?

I really, really hate Valentine’s Day. But I really really love Portland restaurants. So I’m going to post the Portland Food and Drink Valentine’s Day Roundup, even though I’m opposed to the very reason for its existence. Have fun on a manufactured holiday, eating good food that will be endlessly scrutinized by your lady friend who will spend the next day comparing notes with her girlfriends about how great/crappy your idea was. Awesome.

What’s that? You want a video preview of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition? Okay.

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TWW Daily Feed for February 3, 2010

After a whopping three hours at the office yesterday I took a trip over to Red Rocks Canyon and got in a run before heading back to work. A mid-work run is one of my favorite ways to break up the day. It gets me energized for the afternoon and lets me think about what I need to get done. It also gets me out of the office for an extended period of time. And there are way more attractive girls in Red Rocks than there are in the building. The Feed:

12:45pm

Oatmeal on a cold winter day is one of life’s little treats. It’s even better when you add blueberries on top of it. Check out this simple and delicious sounding recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal. Thank me later.

I don’t know why this video is so funny. But it is. The captions really add to the laugh value.

6:45am

Vancouver, BC, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics (in case you didn’t know) is also home to some of the best food in the northwest. Thankfully the NYTs bourgeois sensibilities have stumbled upon this fact and wrote this story. On top of your game aren’t you?

This is one of the weirdest but apparently most effective ways to battle global warming. So start saving the planet, and start painting your roof white. I suppose it makes perfect sense, but it just sounds so simple. We’ll know it’s effective when the GOP starts speaking out against it.

I can’t say that it’s been cold at all in Colorado this winter. In fact, it’s been scarily balmy and dry, making for crap skiing and shorts rich running. But in case it does start to get cold, and in honor of my upcoming trip to Milwaukee, a recipe for cassoulet, a french stew involving beans, meat, and lots of other hearty ingredients.

Ever wonder whether the size of a country’s GDP had any correlation to its medal count at the Olympics? Is it really true that richer countries win more medals (with their attendant nicer facilities, farm systems, etc)? Apparently, not really.

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TWW Daily Feed for February 2, 2010

A late night is making for a long and stressful morning and as a result I’m running behind on almost everything, including the ever amusing and fun Daily Feed. I’ll get to the links in a minute, but I wanted to share this little nugget of awesome from the bar last night, where the burnout patrol was in full effect; “bro, I never have any money. Do you think I can stop paying my child support? I can’t even buy a six pack tonight!” Wonderful. The Feed:

3:45pmmy late lunch run in Red Rocks Canyon has me energized for tonight

I’m always starving after I work out so this post from Outside on the Top 10 Recipes from ski town restaurants is a cruel joke. I’m emailing it to the Girl in a not-so-subtle effort to get her to try some of these things this weekend. They call me Mr. Smooth.

I was not aware that Jackson Hole has a famous Air Force. Apparently they are the subject of a new, completely objective and not at all sensational documentary. Rad.

11:00am – yep, almost noon before the first post. On top of the day!

The Astana cycling team is a curiosity in the cycling world. Sponsored by the Kazak government, lead by a Spaniard and possessing an array of past scandals and drama, Astana seems poised to be a strong contender in this year’s Tour de France. A good look at the team and where they are going in 2010, along with a good shot of Alexandre Vinokourov’s freakishly giant legs.

Nike has undertaken some environmental initiatives that seem to have reduced its carbon impact, but as a result the company has decided to abandon buying carbon offsets. I like how the company is trying to be innovative in its approach to design, labor and manufacturing, but an industry leader abandoning offsets is not going to set a good example. Of course, utilizing children in the manufacturing process for pennies on the dollar isn’t good either, but small steps Nike, small steps.

A Men’s Journal profile of Jeret Peterson, the only aerials skier to land what is called “the Hurricane” (twist on the first backflip, three twists on the second, and one more on the final backflip) in competition and a gold medal favorite for Vancouver. The angle of the story?: disturbed kid goes from small scale arson to Olympic glory and back again. Good read.

For someone electronically inclined with a love of cooking food in elaborate, electronically controlled ways. I’m at a bit of a loss on how to describe this thing.

This is awesome: the Top 10 Winter X Games moments. Make sure to watch the video of Shaun White. And then put on your red wig and dance in his honor.

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TWW Daily Feed for February 1, 2010

The greatness of Boulder in a stream of activity: hiking Mt. Sanitas at night under a full moon, with the threat of a mountain lion visit, followed up by the Japango late night sushi happy hour. A morning run up the Mesa Trail in Chataqua Park, capped off by a visit to Spruce Street Confections, home to one of the best Americano’s to be had east of Portland. A late afternoon gym visit to the new Colorado Athletic Club’s Boulder location followed up by burritos and happy hour margaritas at Illegal Pete’s and drinks at Salt’s basement bar. All capped off by a huge take home breakfast from the southern infused Lucile’s on Sunday morning. Boulder, I love you. The Feed:

1:30pm

I’ve spent the last hour putting together a filing cabinet. Time to think about food and being outside. Head over to 101 Cookbooks for the lovely Ms. Swanson’s recipe for Palak Daal, an Indian grain dish that is pretty common in Indian restaurants, and fairly easy to make.

Looking for a new career path? Check out this company and its business model. Great idea, great service.

A little trailer action for the new film North Face, about a 1930s climbing expedition up the Eiger that did not end so well. Apparently the movie is supposed to be pretty good.

5:45am

This article in the NYTs about a new renovation in Portland in an interesting turn of events for “living” sections of the building. Instead of a garden top roof this building will have an entire side of its facade covered in vegetation. Expected energy savings? 65% per year.

There have been a lot of Portland restaurants closing in the last couple of months, so instead of posting something about that let’s celebrate the expansion of the Portland Farmers Market, with new locations on NW 23rd and the Pioneer Courthouse Square.

An interesting little guide to what food packaging really means when in trumpets things like “boosts your immune system” and “high in fiber.” Not cool food companies. If you’re going to lie to us, try to do it about things that we don’t put into our body, such as your company’s profit margin and crap like that.

Travel for only a few days in Europe and you’ll notice the abundance of trains. Travel in America and you notice way too many cars. So this project has me excited. High speed rail between Portland and Vancouver, BC? Yes please.

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