Friday, June 23, 2017

The Power of the Hand

Been riding since mid-April and I have found using the raised hand a pretty effective way of asking drivers to stop when I'm moving down bike paths or sidewalks. Most of the time it works really well and the drivers acknowledge you. 

Unfortunately, my knees are absolutely hurting some days after riding. I don't think I can sustain this for years. I think next year I'll be looking at possibly getting a small motorcycle like a Honda Grom or Kawasaki 125. I'll need to take a driving course, they're about $600 near McMahn stadium & they provide everything. But no need to rush, I'll never own a racing bike. Too damn dangerous.

Picture perfect day. Clouds visible on the bonnet of the car.

The sun dominates the iphone's dynamic range.

 Massive clouds in the distance.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This is madness

OK, 760 Km on this over-powered motorized skateboard. I've been called asshole, Casey Neistat, skater... whatever... and the most challenging part is not actually riding at speed or navigating terrain. It's the assholes in cars that scare the crap out of me. In one day alone I had 2 seperate vehicles cut in front of me. The first one I *just* managed to slow down before T-boning some jackass in a delivery truck. The second was a fucking Ford Mustang who decided to turn before looking in front of me. I had to jump off my board and stop. Fortunately I wasn't going too fast for either ride. But it still scares the hell out of me. 

My knees are taking a beating. Specifically, my lead left knee. I've tried riding goofy but it doesn't work too well so far. 

My pain isn't too bad. Not as bad as when I had the manual skateboard and needed to push with my right foot. That was agony.

I'm thinking I'll keep this board until next summer. By then I might get a Honda Grom and get a motorcycle license. I wouldn't need anything larger the 125 cc and the bike is pretty cheap ($3500 cdn). Time will tell.

But until then I'll keep riding and taking photos along the way.

Stampede 2017 starts in less than 3 weeks. Pretty stoked.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Riding Shots

No further failures of the boosted board since I swapped the motors back to their original positions. @ 770 KM right now, ordered and received 6 spare belts from a place in the states ($6 a belt plus 15$ to ship). 

DT bike paths are perfect for riding at speed.

Although pedestrians can get in the way.

A creative artist in Calgary decided  to add the words "B and R" to the word "ONE" to make "BONER". Quite an accomplishement.

Bike lanes are clearly green and fairly smooth - for the most part.

 Various clouds.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Where Have I Been ?

I think I have covered this before years ago. I used to be on Facebook and LinkedIn. I remember stripping back all the features of Facebook, I realized there was no value in it for me. The entire balance of power was in Zuckerberg's company and not a single thread of power was in the users. I even went to the extraordinary legnth of opening a support ticket with Facebook to request official deletion from their database.

Even when you remove your account you can still be placed there inactively. And then linkedin. I never landed any jobs or special connections. I found the process of inputting your personal information very tedious. Whoring for recommendations and praise was never my kink. I ended up deleting my account a year into use. I did re-join very briefly for a few weeks but quickly realized how useless it was and pulled the trigger on that bitch once again.

When Twitter came up I didn't start into it until 2010. Those 2 years were pretty glorious and bittersweet times for me. Many people I loved died and I found it comforting to tweet about it. 5 years in I pulled the trigger and deleted my entire twitter archive.

I did the same again in 2017. But this time I keep a strict week archive and anything older than that disappears via TweetDelete. Then I decided to try out SnapChat and WhatsApp.

I found SnapChat to be a glorified picture blogger that deletes your information after 48 hours. I found the interface kludgy and very basic.

WhatsApp is pretty awesome. It looks through your phone contacts and you can basically "chat" with people you know who have the app. Very neat.

But back to Twitter. It has stagnated significantly since it came out years ago. I've reduced who I follow and trimmed back how much I post because I simply don't give a shit anymore.

Above: My protek Helmet and red backpack.

Below: My beloved addiction to 7-11 slurpees. Read my old posts on how much I loved these things. So good. 

Below: My beloved and super-affectionate cat Kitty. He can't be left alone, he'll follow you everywhere. Loves to spoon and won't take no for an answer. Extremely lovey but scared of new people.

Went to a skate park with a buddy at work. I tried to Ollie on the right skateboard but could barely manage it. I took the boosted up a ramp, and when I went backwards I fell flat on my ass. I did manage a few runs up a hill but this board was meant for cruising, not stunts and shit. 

Caught a kid on a scooter doing some neat tricks.

Yeah, that's Laszlo and he's a better skater than me on that board he has. I didn't believe they were the same size as my boosted but it is, except my board has far larger wheels and wider, larger trucks. 

Boosting around downtown. One of my motors is starting to die and I opened a ticket with boosted. Just today it died 4 times on a ride. Going to swap connectors but it's pretty damn tight.

Boosting around the bridges is easy.

The river is pretty but very, very dangerous. it's flowing super fast and deep.

 Storm clouds in the distance.

Chilling out.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Did my Boosted Board Die?

600 KM in, 5 goddamn belts, and my board suddenly stops working while coming home from 7-11. The remote control is beeping continuously. Both remote and board are showing green LED's. But only one motor works - at reduced speed I might add.

I turn off my phone's bluetooth, no change. I manage to get the board working with a power cycle but the weakness returns after a block and the remote is beeping again. I contacted BB support and hopefully I won't have to send this fucker back to California for repairs. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

So Long Twitter

New in box, 10 year old 19 inch monitors.

Some asshole smoking in the bathroom triggered the fire alarm at the Superstore.

Doctor offices are now selling "IV treatments" promoting better health. Pure bullshit.

I'm moving to snapchat from twitter. Too many useless distractions. I've deleted my tweets and am moving on.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Downtown Geese

Using the electric skateboard has expanded my photography locations dramatically. I can now blast down  a few miles in literally a minute or two. The goddamn board is as loud as ever. People always stop and ask me how fast it goes, can you brake....  I think boosted should start paying me residuals I've told people where to buy these expensive toys.

I lucked out. I arrived year 7:25 AM and the sun had just hidden behind the Calgary tower.

Lunchtime boost near the sketchy bridge. 

Love the shadows and the river. 

The fancy pedestrian bridge... so smooth, the skateboard just blasts over this thing.

Sideview looking west.

Looking straight up from the fancy pedestrian bridge.

Some cute geese. I was running over bird shit because they poop everywhere.