If you read Into Thin

If you read Into Thin Air, you will probably be interested in the Everest 2001 news site. I used to hike a great deal (that link is to a slow summer though, during 1995-1997 I was on a summit at least twice a month, year round) and I started rock climbing too, with visions on climbing big mountains someday.

I was a wreck every time I went above 14,000′ but I thought conditioning could take me to 16, 18, and even 20,000′ levels someday. Back then, I honestly thought I could scale everest if I made that a priority in my life and worked long enough on getting to that point.

Then I saw Jon Krakauer give a slide talk, shortly after Into Thin Air came out (before the movie and 2nd, 3rd, or umpteeth printings). In two hours he retold all his previous exploits and for an hour he walked us through that May in 1996.

A Knight’s Tale is getting

A Knight’s Tale is getting lots of good pre-reviews, but I have a hard time believing I’d ever like such a film. The trailer shows a pseudo-period piece with modern music, references, humor, and dialogue. After viewing it, a more accurate title came to mind:

Dude, Where’s My Horse?

I haven’t been writing much

I haven’t been writing much here, and I’ll be the first to admit what I have been posting lately has been mostly crap. I’m busy thinking of how to launch an online magazine, I’m still doing stuff for the scholarship thing (due in a week, get on it kids!), I’m judging the 5k entries, I wrote a review for a new design site, and I started a review of audible.com’s customer experience today.

But today I got an email. It’s the Greatest. Reader. Feedback. Ever.

The thing that cracks me up about it is that I merely allude to jokes we were making. If the writer heard the actual jokes, I could understand the sentiment, but just the thought was enough to turn him off forever. I’ve updated the copyright at the bottom of this page, so hopefully this doesn’t happen again.

The agency responsible for running

The agency responsible for running the Caltrain site should get an award for false advertising. On their TBI (Tickets By Internet) page, you order your pass (over the amazing internet!) by first printing out an application, mailing it in, then waiting for your own special PIN to come back in the mail.

After that, you can actually order your tickets, and it’s email only. Your tickets should then arrive 5 days later by post.

Ah, how wonderful it is to see the internet making everyone’s lives easier.

Attitude really is everything. I’m

Attitude really is everything.

I’m learning that it’s actually true, the older I get. When I was an angsty, pissed-off fifteen year old, my friend’s dad would remind me of the phrase “attitude is everything” as often as he could. I hated hearing it because I was so pissed-off at the world, and I insisted that world should change to suit me, instead of the other way around.

Years have passed and I’ve mellowed out a bit, but I don’t think I was the one that did all the changing to make that happen, the world has changed a bit for me, aligned with the things I hoped it would. I’ve seen and experienced being nice to people and getting nice things in return, and being a jerk to people and getting treated like a jerk in return. I’ve learned this from looking back at exchanges I’ve been apart of, when things went well, how did I act, and on the worst days of my life, was I in the mood to invite such bad luck?

What strikes me as odd are the people that don’t learn this fact of life. The ones that go through their teens and 20’s without ever re-evaluating their actions and their outlook, and insist that in the world’s game of poker, they got dealt a crappy hand and continue to get shitty cards.

The US lost its

The US lost its seat on the Human Rights Commission, and there’s not much more I can say other than “this really sucks.” I wouldn’t put all the blame on the current administration, the past one wasn’t terribly good at dealing with human rights abuses worldwide, but this feels like a major sign. A sign that the US is no longer a forward-thinking, compassionate government, a sign that in the latter half of the 20th century corporations and free trade became more important that opposition to human suffering, a sign that thinking of the US as a world leader began slipping.