Patagonia Black Hole Duffel

Whether you are packing for a ski trip or a business trip, you need a bag that can take some abuse, keep things organized and also look sharp.  Although i’ve tried to use “nicer” duffles like my Barbour, I always tend to revert back to using a backpack.  Backpacks are great and easy to haul around but they are not easy to pack and unpack and face it, you don’t always want to look like you are about to hike a mountain when you hit airport security.

The cure?  Meet the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel, available in 3 sizes (60L, 90L and 120L), there is one for every trip.  The other week I bought myself a bright blue 60L and it was love at first pack.  It is a perfect size for a long weekend trip and although not officially FAA carry on size, it easily fits in airplane overhead compartments and it lives up to its name the “black hole” as you can fit a lot into it and still have it look pretty compact.  The best part are the backpack straps that make it super easy to haul around, without looking and feeling like a true packpack.  Once you take it off your back, it loads and unloads easily with it’s U-shape opening.  Oh and I almost forgot to mention, it is waterproof so if it’s pouring rain or dumping snow on your way to your next destination, no worries.

Head to Patagonia to get yours.

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel 60L

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Learn To Code In Minutes At Codecademy

If you are looking to learn how to code, there are plenty of classes, books and tutorials out there but none are too exciting.  Working for a start-up in a semi technical role, I have had to learn the basics of JS and HTML but I haven’t had the time to really devote myself to taking a course or reading a book to learn more.  A couple days ago I read about on TechCrunch and after spending only a few minutes on the site, i’m already hooked.  Right now the only “courses” offered are in Java Script but the courses that are offered are interactive, fun and straightforward.  They also add a gaming feature to it so you can earn points and trophies as you learn and pass lessons.  Plus as you move through lessons, you can track and share your progress which is shown as a percentage in your profile.  I am definitely going to keep at it and hopefully they expand to other languages like PHP and Python in the future.


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The Shooting Brake – An Overlooked Car Design Makes A Comeback

Although most Americans say no to wagons, the European in me would much rather a wagon than most of the SUVs or crossovers that are out there today.  Recently, automakers are trying out new “crossover” bodystyles that combine elements of different types of cars and trucks to try and broaden their range of offered vehicles.  Although some styles are completely new, a few companies are bringing back some old styles and putting a new twist on them.

One of those styles is The Shooting Brake which is a two-box car body style that takes styling cues from both a wagon and a coupe.  Although some may view it as slightly awkward looking, I think the design makes for a very sporty looking wagon.  Although the design won’t likely be mainstream or used by most of the automakers out there, new models like the Ferrari FF  and Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake are starting to be unveiled.

First a look at an older Shooting Brake, the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 – maybe James Bond would have driven this if he had more gear to haul around?

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Shooting Brake

The latest Shooting Brakes to hit the streets:

2012 Ferrari FF - Oh and the FF is all wheel drive – could be the ultimate ski car:

Ferrari FF

Ferrari FF

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake Concept:

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

What do you think?  Wish the design never made a comeback or let’s see some more?

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Suunto Core All Black Military Edition


For most of my life I have been a classic watch guy.  For the past 10+ years I have relied on my trusty Tag Heuer, but after years of abuse I decided that I needed a true sports watch to handle some of the heavy lifting.  Following the advice of many of my Colorado friends, I decided to go with a Suunto.  Not only are Suuntos big, bold and stylish, I’ve seen them provide some very accurate info in a variety of outdoor scenarios.  After a month or so with my new Suunto Core Military Edition, I have yet to take it off (other than to hand it to friends to try on).  Out of the box, the compass and altitude seem to be pretty accurate but you can tweak and calibrate it to be even more accurate.  For my general use of skiing, surfing, biking, running and camping, it’s exactly what I need.  It has just the right amount of functionality to be super useful but isn’t over the top.  What sets the Suunto apart from other digital/outdoor watches is the style.  Most digital watches with a boatload of cool functions look pretty geeky and made for sport and not a night out on the town.  Suunto combines outdoor capability with a bold style that gets more compliments for it’s cool design than any watch I have owned.  If you are looking for a solid do everything watch that you can feel comfortable wearing all day and night, check out a Suunto Core.  For a special tour of it’s features head here.


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Suzy Barnard – SF Artist Captures The Beauty of Cargo Ships

A few months ago, I was eating dinner at a restaurant in SOMA and noticed the bold, bright paintings of cargo ships that were lining the restaurant.  The artist, Suzy Barnard has a studio on the water here in San Francisco with a view of all the cargo ships that come in and out of San Francisco.  Of all the beautiful things to capture in this city, a cargo ship is not usually the first thing that pops into ones head, but the bold and colorful works of Suzy really do make you appreciate the beauty of these massive boats out there in the bay.  To learn more head to her website:



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Too Early To Think About Ski Season? Nope! The 2011 MSP Trailer Is Out!

Chances are you are currently sunburned and stuffed full of hot dogs and Budweisser after celebrating our glorious country this past weekend, but just because summer is in full swing doesn’t mean you can’t start to dream about steep lines and bottomless powder.  If you love skiing as much as I do, it’s a subject that is top of mind for most of the year.  Nothing, however gets you more fired up for ski season than the fall movie tours put on by the prominent ski film houses like MSP and Teton Gravity Research.  The first trailer of the season from the fellas over at Match Stick Productions is out and their film for 2011 titled ‘Attack of La Nina: The bitch is back’ looks good, real good.  The quality of the filming and the lines these athletes are hitting keep improving with every season so i’m excited to see the full feature.  Although it’s not quite time to scrape the storage wax off your pow boards quite yet, it certainly isn’t too early to sneak a peak at this flick and start to get excited for winter 2011-12.  Don’t forget to check the MSP movie tour to see if they are heading to a town near you this fall.

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Yeti SB-66: The Ultimate 6 Inch Bike

Yeti SB-66

The folks at Yeti have done it again.  The crew out of Golden, Colorado have managed to raise the bar with their latest offering, the SB-66.  As a big fan of Yeti and proud owner of an ‘06 575, I was surprised to see that their new model only boasts 1/4″ more travel than the current 575, but when looking at the specs, it is a whole different beast.  It boasts their new patent pending “Switch Technology”, which is a dual pivot design with an eccentric mechanism that switches direction as the bike moves through its travel.  What this means is a super smooth ride that will provide continuous, smooth travel throughout.  Initial reviews confirm that it is super fun to ride and will surely push other companies to try and copy.  The frame and shock come in at 7 pounds which is not super light but with the efficiency of it’s travel and geometry, it will ride a lot lighter.  If you are a weight weenie you can wait for the 6 pound carbon version but expect to pay a bunch more.  If you are looking to upgrade, look no further.  Head to your local Yeti dealer or click on over to JensonUSA to get yours now.  Prices are set at $3,500 for the Enduro build, $4,500 for the Race XT or X0/X9 build or $6,150 for the Pro XTR build.

Yeti SB-66 Switch Technology

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Altec Lansing Orbit: Big Sound From A Little Speaker

Altec Lansing Orbit

Recently I was looking for a portable iPod speaker to bring with me to the park or beach to blast some beats.  Most on the market are a bit bulky and require a backpack or bag to transport, but I wanted something I could fit in my pocket.  I found a deal on an Altec Lansing Orbit, which is about the size of my fist and runs on 3 AAA batteries.  It’s simple, well built and emits a clear, quality sound.  Unlike some no name portable ipod speakers that start to muffle and break up when the volume increases, this little guy keeps the sound quality up no matter what the volume is.  Although the volume is controlled through your ipod or MP3 player/phone, it is surprisingly loud for the price and size of the unit.  Don’t expect to blare it over a neighboring party or a loud street but if you are hanging with some friends, playing some corn-hole in the park, or want to play tunes at hotel room on vacation, this is your guy.  Available for around $20 on Amazon and it even comes with a little case and carabiner for easy carrying.

Altec Lansing Orbit

orbit speaker mp3 from altec lansing

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U.S.A! Everything You Need To Celebrate In Style On The 4th of July

Betabrand U.S.A. Pants

The 4th of July is less than a month away, which means it’s time to head across the border to stock up on fireworks, break out your red white and blues and drive on down to the grocery store to buy some grillables and adult beverages.

Although you might still be rocking the same classic American flag sweater your grandmother gave you for your birthday in 1996, it’s time to step into the 21st century and  wear your stars and stripes a little more fashionably.  Betabrand, a hot new mens clothing start-up based in San Francisco has made a name for themselves by cranking out fresh new designs on a weekly basis.  From their original Cordarounds which took the classic vertical cordory and flipped it on it’s side, to it’s super bright and popular “disco” pants, you can always expect something awesome and totally new to come out of their labs.  For the 4th they are serving up their U.S.A pants which will have everyone at your party singing the star spangled banner.  Get some now in time for the big day at


Betabrand USA Pants

Now that you have your legs covered for 4th of July, you need to outfit your whip to match.  Also based in San Francisco, Carstache promises to keep your car hip with one of their brightly colored car mustaches.  For the 4th they are offering the appropriately named Glorystache to keep your ride patriotic, even if it’s an import.  Head to to get your own.

Carstache Glorystache

Finally, you are gonna need some suds to wash down all the patriotic goodness you take in over the 4th so obviously you are going to do so with an American beer.  Forget the fact that a Belgian company technically owns Budweiser now, Bud is about as American as you can get.  To celebrate, Budweiser wrapped their cans with some stars and stripes.  Cheers America!


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The Home Alone House: Yours For $2.4 Million

Home Alone is an American classic and the big red bricked house that Macaulay Culkin turned upside down will forever be remembered.  Like most homes featured in films, it is an actual house that people have called home in real life for years.  Today it is on the market for the next family to snatch up and re-create their own Home Alone moments.  The price tag is a solid $2.4 million and although that seems pretty steep, it is located in the upscale Chicago suburb of Winnetka, IL and i’m sure it’s celebrity status has added a few $ to the price.

So if you are looking for a nice place to raise a family in Winnetka and want to own a piece of cinematic history, give Coldwell Banker a call.

Buzz’s room?

For the rest of the tour check out the site:

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