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I am pretty alarmed to see an online offer for Wavejet arrive in Lady Schaudenfreude's in box from "Urban Daddy" just now:

Prepare for the coming aquatic-segway apocalypse.
Here is the copy:

November 29, 2011Farewell to ArmsA Surfboard with an Engine    VITALS    WaveJetofficial website            Every once in a while, a great machine comes along and turns laziness into a virtue. Letís review:1885: The first internal combustion automobile makes walking far less necessary.1955: The remote control makes getting up a thing of the past.2011: This thing comes along to end the scourge of paddling.Introducing WaveJet, a surfboard that takes care of the paddling for you, available for preorder and giddy wish list-ing Thursday.Picture a surfboard. Now picture a small, flat engine on the bottom of it. There you have it. Just you, moving faster than everyone else, catching all of the choicest waves (and carefully avoiding eye contact with your increasingly jealous fellow surfers).Thereís not a whole lot to learn here. Thereís a charger. Thereís a board. (It comes in long-, short-, body- and stand-up paddleboard versions, and you can also mount one to a kayak.) And thereís a wristband. The wristband lets you control your speed (up to 20 mph in still water) and keep track of the battery. And if by some chance you wipe out, itíll turn off automatically, lest your surfboard run away into the sunset without you.So there youíll be, out on the water, lying across the board. People all around you are getting knocked back despite textbook duck dives. Theyíre exhausted. And you gracefully float on by to a huge set of waves, no arms necessary.Next: footballs that throw themselves.Note:    WaveJet, sign up now for preorder Thursday    FORWARD    this article to a friend    INVITE    your friends to join UD    GET    the UD mobile app    PERKS    check them out       

Wow. Honestly, I'm speechless.  Avoiding eye contact?  How about avoiding fist contact? I've always been ambivalent about--but respectful of--localism, stink eye, window waxing, general intimidation, etc. but I am starting to reconsider the dark side...  I've been to some of this company's food events, and if any of the dbags who I saw there decide to try surfing and start taking waves outside, I'm pretty sure people will have a problem with that.

Marioville! Sports, Politics, Humor and more... / 3rd place
« on: November 13, 2011, 05:56:16 PM »
I just got 3rd place in a beer mile in a field with a bunch of  Ironman triathletes.  I guess the many reps of "one-arm-curls" finally payed off.  That is all.

I'm sure it's all just part of the elaborate hoax meant to destroy capitalism, but thought this article might be interesting to those of us who follow storm tracks like some people follow celebrity gossip...

It's short, so here's the full text:

  Mid-latitude storm tracks are major weather patterns that account for   the majority of precipitation in the globe's middle latitudes, which   includes most of the heavily populated areas of North America, Eurasia,   and Australia. Due to atmospheric circulation and the dynamics of   weather systems, these bands of low pressure form repeatedly in the same   locations. Apart from being meteorologically important, theyíre also   major players on the climate sceneóclouds in these regions are   responsible for reflecting much of the incoming solar radiation that is   bounced back to space before penetrating Earthís atmosphere. 
  Many climate models have predicted that the positions of these storm   tracks would slowly migrate toward the poles, but so far this trend had   not been detected. However, analysis of 25 years worth of data from the   International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project now indicates that   this shift is probably already taking place. 
  The International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (or ISCCP)   operates a network of geostationary and polar orbiting satellites that   have been collecting data on clouds since 1983. A team of researchers   carefully analyzed data for Northern and Southern Hemisphere storm   tracks in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to look for trends in storm   track positions. (The Indian Ocean could not be included because of   issues with satellite coverage.) The results indicated a slight poleward   shift of the storm tracks.
  These satellites have known data issues: measurement changes when new   satellites came online, lower data quality at the "seams" between   coverage from different satellites, etc. So the authors tried several   different analysis techniques to test the robustness of the observed   trend. Each technique decreased the rate of the observed poleward   movement somewhat, but the general trend remained. 
  Thatís mainly interesting because it had been predicted by many climate   models. But the data also shows something that may be much more   important, though there are some considerable uncertainties involved.   The satellite observations also show a roughly two-to-three percent   reduction in total cloud cover since 1983. This occurred through a large   decrease in low-level cloudiness, and it came despite a slight increase   in high-level cloudiness.
Both of these changes act as positive feedbacks to warming, and, as we recently covered,   cloud feedbacks are among the largest sources of uncertainty in   temperature projections. High-level cirrus clouds arenít thick enough to   reflect much incoming solar radiation, but the increase in water vapor   means more trapping of outgoing infrared radiation (the greenhouse   effect). Most reflective action is in the low-level clouds, so a   decrease there means more incoming solar radiation penetrating to the   Earth's surface.
  Although the same models that predict the poleward movement of storm   tracks also predict reductions in total cloud cover, the paper is heavy   on caveats here. The most interesting data comes at the limits of   detection for these satellites, making it unclear how robust the signal   is. Like the storm track positions, the trend is consistent among the   regions studied, though. In addition, satellite observations of   atmospheric radiation fluxes (from the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment) corroborate the changes in cloud behavior. 
  Studies like this underscore the importance of Earth-monitoring   satellites operated by NASA and the ESA. Global climate data isnít easy   to come by, and the analysis is often difficult under the best of   circumstances. Increasingly accurate projections require the kind of   data only these satellites can provide. 

I have two Strida folding bikes for sale ($400 ea, $750 for the pair)   and a brand new NYC Bikes "Third Ward Member" commuter ($100).

The Stridas are super awesome bikes for the city. Lady_Grind and I are only selling these because we've splurged on the latest models.  You can easily throw them in a cab, get through a subway turnstile, fit on a crowded train, and you don't have to lock them up because you can bring them into places.  Obviously, they're easy to stash in your place.  They fold up faster than any other folding bike, and don't require tools. Also, they use a rubber belt instead of a chain, so you won't get grease on yourself.  They're as good as a puppy for starting conversations.

Here's more info on them: 

(also, if you are interested in folding bikes in general, there is a big event this weekend fyi: )

The Third Ward bike is brand new, and has a front hand brake and optional coaster brake.  It rides great--perfect for the boardwalk or getting around town.  These are all in Park Slope if you want to check them out.  Holler are me at 646-334-8205, or [email protected]

I hoping to locate a decent deal on a <5 year old medium or 56 cm-ish time-trial/triathlon bike if anyone out there knows of one...

Holla at me.

Maybe everyone's seen this already, but it's new to me.  Nice combo of surf stoke and original-idea stoke.  Makes me want to do a road trip...


Marioville! Sports, Politics, Humor and more... / LaX Game?
« on: November 21, 2009, 07:15:09 PM »
For whatever reason, I'm dying to watch some Lacrosse right now.  Are there any winter leagues in the city or Western LI?  I know there is some little kids' league that is starting up right now, but I want to see some high level play.  Even a good pick-up or scrimmage would be fun.  I remember there used to be indoor at Chelsea Piers years ago, but I'm not coming up with anything in my googling.


This is really a big deal that not that many people seem to know or talk about, but it is farking up the the ocean/world in short order.  Mods: move to Marioville if need be, but I honestly don't think it's "off topic" on a surf message board... :-\

This looks like a pretty compelling film, hopefully it gets some publicity going on the topic:

Got a BS red light violation for getting stuck in an intersection in Manhattan.   >:( Somehow I feel like a couple of you may have been to traffic court before... :-*

Any recommendations appreciated.  I have over a decade+ of clean driving record I don't want to torpedo.  Also, what's a fair price for this kind of thing?


I've entered some of my fashion photography into the Surface Magazine Avant Guardian Awards, and as is the practice with things like this now, there is an on-line voting component. (yay) So, I find myself in the position of reluctantly hassling as many of my friends as possible to click on it and leave some stars.  There is no log-in or account required, so it is totally painless.

 What's in it for you, you ask?  Why, there are nice looking models (and part of a dope 1969 corvette)!

Thanks for checking 'em out!


I was just hearing a thing about great deals in Hawaii this summer due to downturn in the economy, so I was wondering where might be good places to get a couple of waves.  Last time I went, around Christmas a couple of years back, I got totally skunked except for some little  thigh-high closeouts at Pine Trees.  I don't need big waves, just fun waves without too much hassle.

When I was a kid I stayed with some family friends on the North Shore in August, and we went snorkeling at Sunset, and there were some guys getting some nice mellow shoulders outside.

What do the experts say?

 ;D <-this is the goal.

So, after knocking a fin off my beloved "fun" shape, which lived up to the name in every way, I've decided it is too tired to repair and I probably need to start thinking about another board that can work on days that are too small or too big for my 6'2" thruster.  Is this an unreasonable expectation?

I've taken a few test rides on friendly people's quad fish, and that seems like it might be the ticket.  I'm wondering what ballpark dims I should be on the lookout for: my personal dims are 5'11", 150 soaking wet, very pale and a bit weak in the arms after a long winter of survivin'.

Any thoughts appreciated!

I need to find a good hosting service to put up a Pixelpost photo-site and maybe a blog.  My head is spinning from reading obvious troll-shite hosting reviews on line, so I'm hoping for a recommendation from someone who actually has some experience with a host.  SC?  Anybody?  I have a Speakeasy DSL/hosting account, but it is crazy $$ and they charge an extra $50/month for MySQL--which is TOTAL lunacy.  I've been seeing stuff in the $4-6/month range, but I don't know if any of them are really workable.  I'm not really deep (read: "not at all") into scripting, so some level of support is probably necessary.  Thanks in advance for any input!!


Hopefully the link works for everyone, but anyway "Finding Aloha" looks like it could be good.

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