A great 10m overview on the key differences between backpacking stoves. Featuring MSR models.

Posted on April 16 2014

What is the sun, except the brightness of your love?

What is the moon, except the light of your abiding presence?

What is the wind, except your touch upon my cheek?

What are the flowers, except the colors of your radiance?

O Lord, all the earth is the caress of your beauty, and shows forth your faithfulness - strengthen my fidelity, to be like yours.

Posted on April 13 2014


I think Spring finally made it. :)
by yours truly

I think Spring finally made it. :)

by yours truly

Posted on April 12 2014


Really enjoying this cover by Ben Rector of the iconic Whitney Houston song, I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

He’s got some other fun stuff too on his channel — enjoy! :)

(via Ben Rector)

Posted on April 11 2014


Rise up, warriors, take your stand at one another’s sides, our feet set wide and rooted like oaks in the ground.

…learn to love death’s ink-black shadow as much as you love the light of dawn.

Here is courage, mankind’s finest possession, here is the noblest prize that a young man can endeavor to win.

Tyrtaeus, Spartan poet; heard in reference to the US Marine’s stand at the Battle of Hue

Posted on April 10 2014





Demo of Beat It composed using only Michael Jackson’s voice

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.

One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Reasons why I laugh when people say he wasn’t a real musician.

Dang. Dude was good.


Always had great admiration for MJ’s artistry - dude.

(Source: harrattanparhar)

Posted on April 7 2014 with 48,770 notes



Classic Architecture Studies by Chema Pastrana

These are some drawings and sketches from my degree of Architecture, in Spain. Indeed, they were done during the classes of the best teacher I’ve ever had: Mr. Joaquín Lorda.

He thoroughly explained to us every single aspect of classical buildings and traditional construction, and encouraged us never to give up learning, for which I am much obliged to him!

Love these sketches!

Visual illustration can bypass textual mediation.

Makes me want to get out a pen and practice more. :)

(via stjn)

Posted on March 28 2014 with 4,571 notes


New words enable new thoughts.
yours truly; from discussion with B about equipollance, and the connected terms of bijection and surjection

Posted on March 23 2014


My analog watches are my reminder that utility exists apart from an internet connection and usefulness doesn’t require the latest software.
Dumb — Shawn Blanc (via minimalmac)

Great thought.

Makes me think: “When our mind inhabits only what is possible within the four walls of the screen, it is limiting.”

(via minimalmac)

Posted on March 21 2014 with 121 notes


Believe that this life must be a continual preparation for the next, because we never know the day and the hour of our passing.
Pier Giorgio Frassati

Posted on March 17 2014


Can 10,000 hours of practice really make you an expert at anything?… The psychologists reanalyzed data from six previous studies of chess competitions (1,083 subjects in total) and eight studies of musicians (628 total) for correlations between practice and success, and found huge disparities in how much chess grandmasters and elite musicians had practiced. One chess player, for example, had taken 26 years to reach a level that another reached in a mere two years. Clearly, there’s more at work than just the sheer volume of hours practiced.
New study confirms the idea that the “10,000-hours rule” is a myth. (via explore-blog)

Suspected this was the case. Good points in here resonate true.

(via davemorin)

Posted on March 14 2014 with 1,511 notes


The Three Temptations and the Three Antidotes, by Timothy Cardinal Dolan.

Good stuff.

And if you’re interested to track his 2m videos the rest of Lent, check out
his website.

Posted on March 10 2014


A great exposition of how awesome people are using the iPad to further their activity: whether it be mountaineering, marine biology, Bollywood, stage performance, learning, medicine, filmmaking, or sports.

Click the pic above for the neat stories (and the apps they use). :)

(via iPad Air)

A great exposition of how awesome people are using the iPad to further their activity: whether it be mountaineering, marine biology, Bollywood, stage performance, learning, medicine, filmmaking, or sports.

Click the pic above for the neat stories (and the apps they use). :)

(via iPad Air)

Posted on February 25 2014 with 1 note


Interesting insight into illustrator/storyteller Craig Frazier’s creative process. Especially like the reference to the sketching at the beginning as he works out the idea he wants to pursue.

(via thinkprocessnotproduct)


Posted on February 21 2014 with 11 notes

Link: Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - Megan McArdle - The Atlantic

A fascinating cultural commentary not just about writers. Two excerpts that really popped for me:

—“the people who dislike challenges think that talent is a fixed thing that you’re either born with or not. The people who relish them think that it’s something you can nourish by doing stuff you’re not good at.”

—“The reason we struggle with”insecurity,” says Pastor Steven Furtick, “is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

Posted on February 20 2014

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