Sunday, November 27, 2005

Make Mine Mod

One of my interests is architecture and I am always on the lookout for cool and innovative designs. I stumbled across this website from the L.A. based architecture firm of Marmol Radziner that designs and sells these solar powered modular houses. Their prices start at $215,000 for a 1,000 square foot one-bedroom home. Not exactly affordable housing, but with today's rising real estate and construction costs, these modern designs might catch on in some locales. Looks like a cool company as well. The prefab has come a long way for sure.

Marmol Radziner & Associates AIA

Listening to: Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder- Talking Timbuktu

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Pirates and Crackheads

I'm sure you have all heard about the cruise ship getting attacked by pirates. I don't know about you, but I find some comfort knowing there are still pirates out there. I do think if you are going to call yourself a pirate though you should have to carry a sword and wear an eye patch.

You gotta read this. Too funny!

Listening to: Talking Heads- Fear of Music

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Head of the Weir 2005

Rog and I competed in the 18th Annual Head of the Weir in Hull on Saturday. We had planned on doing this race last month, but it was postponed due to heavy rains. This open water rowing race is open to all rowing boats, mostly lifesaving rowboats and ocean rowing shells, but there were about 10 kayaks, including us. A raucous and friendly crowd for sure, everyone was out to have fun and nobody seemed too serious, well except for that one dude in the spandex tights.

Because of the heavy fog on Saturday, the course had to be adjusted some. Originally we were supposed to go from the Weir River in Hingham, across Hull Bay, and ending at the Windmill Point Boathouse in Hull. The new course began in the Weir River, we then paddled to the mouth of the river, out near Bumpkin Island where we turned around and paddled passed the tip of World's End, and ending at the town pier in Hull. The paddling was fun, though the fog made it tough to navigate. The fog was so thick at times that I couldn't see the boat in front of me, in fact I almost missed the finish line. We finished in just under an hour, which I think is pretty good, considering the fog. Official results should be posted in the next couple of days.

This was a great event, cool people and a challenging course. We will definitely be back next year.

Listening to: Calexico/Iron and Wine- In the Reins