Free the Radicals

This may be the most influential book I have ever read. If you admire the works and transcendentalist ideals of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Into the Wild is a must-read. John Krakauer’s account of Christopher McCandless’ journey illustrates a modern application of transcendental principles. One could compare Krakauer’s book to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, as both works provide testaments of finding peace through isolation and individualism.
“In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.
Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.”

This may be the most influential book I have ever read. If you admire the works and transcendentalist ideals of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Into the Wild is a must-read. John Krakauer’s account of Christopher McCandless’ journey illustrates a modern application of transcendental principles. One could compare Krakauer’s book to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, as both works provide testaments of finding peace through isolation and individualism.

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.


Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.”

Today I salute you, Mr. Fridtjof Nansen, the most ruggedly badass pioneer the world has ever known.

This winter night skate session is the 3rd part of “Surfing the City”, a longboarding film shot in beautiful Madrid. The impressive range of camera angles gives a wonderful view of the surrounding urban architecture, while capturing the different aspects of longboarding that make it so enjoyable, especially in a nice hilly location. Crystal Fighters’ “At Home” is a beautiful song that flows nicely with the video, setting an upbeat tone for the winter night ride. All around, it is an excellent film that’ll make you want to grab your board and go cruisin’, which is exactly what I’m about to do. Holla!

Bon Iver - “Holocene” (Official Video)

This album is meant to be experienced. Find yourself a nice peaceful setting (preferably outdoors), some quality headphones, and immerse yourself in the music.

Georges Seurat’s classic A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte…The Office style.

Georges Seurat’s classic A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande JatteThe Office style.

Work Drugs

—Rad Racer Final

"I’m a rad racer, big city chaser, runnin’ away with you tonight"

Portugal. The Man - “Sleep Forever” & “Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now)”

A 13 minute, slightly disturbing masterpiece for your enjoyment. John Gourley has some serious pipes, and does a pretty damn good job of acting in the video, which was filmed in the Alaskan wilderness. Both of the featured songs are on Portugal. The Man’s latest album In The Mountain In The Cloud, a majestic indie/psych rock journey of epic proportions.

So heady maaaaannn.

The Paul Rodriguez version of Ice Cube’s classic “Today Was a Good Day”. Smooth as fuck.

*Kobe @ 1:02*

The Singularity - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal, as theorized by Raymond Kurzweil (click on photo for enlarged view). As computing power grows exponentially, just how serious are the implications? Should we be afraid? Bill Gates calls Kurzweil “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence”. Check out the article and illustration from Time magazine for yourself:
2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal by Lev Grossman
Illustration of The Singularity

The Singularity - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal, as theorized by Raymond Kurzweil (click on photo for enlarged view). As computing power grows exponentially, just how serious are the implications? Should we be afraid? Bill Gates calls Kurzweil “the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence”. Check out the article and illustration from Time magazine for yourself:

2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal by Lev Grossman

Illustration of The Singularity