31 December 2008

WOD 31DEC08

"THE 2008 COUNTDOWN"
as far as you can get in 20:08 :
100 squats
90 sit ups
80 supermans
70 pushups
60 kb swings, 20kg
50 pullups
40 squat thrusts
30 lunges
20 windshield wipers
10 handstand pushups

i finished the lunges when time was called.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

30 December 2008

Video Home System

Rest in peace VHS


Read this article by Harry Knowles (Ain't It Cool News) as he reminisces about the good old days...

Excited for the new year?

I am... because LOST is back!

Deleting

"Out with Old, In with the New", right?

It's so weird how moving out of your comfort zone helps you in the long run. Temporary uneasiness for long-term comfort. Is it worth it? I think so. I hope so.

I am about to push myself out to something so uncomfortable that this better turn everything out. Baaaah. Life is a beautiful struggle.

Oooh wee! Nike SB

Part of the Nike SB Spring/Summer release pack:


Nasty. I'm excited.

Swiped from Hypebeast.

29 December 2008

"DYLAN, DYLAN, DYLAN!"

"... BECAUSE I SPIT HOT FIRE!" (c) Chappelle:



Oddisee is one of the sickest producer-emcee's that you've never heard of. Tell me that both THAT rhyme and that beat weren't dope shit. I always thought his flow could improve, but DAMN. Can't wait to hear a mastered version... LOW BUDGET CREW IN THE BUILDING!

All Because She's Gone is still my jam.

WOD 29DEC08

First real workout since 15DEC08

5 rds for time:
20 oh kb lunges, 16kg
30 kb swings, 16kg

14:46


(This felt like crap. Maybe I should start working out! )

followed by

3 x 20 kb floor presses, each arm (16kg)

then 3 reps of each side, in succession w/ kb:
clean, push press, side press, windmill

Start slow, build gradual!

this Christmas

Spent the eve and the morning back home in Bremerton with la familia. spent the rest of the evening back in Seattle with Sam and we had our own little celebration.

best gifts:
  • watch and shoes (from myself)
  • cologne
  • dinner w/ shelle and Baby Isa
  • Starting Strength
I'm still planning to buy some Coosh headphones. I still need to trade gifts up with Nicole Diva when we get the chance. Still owe Marc, Mike and Dan.

Thanks to all. Hope y'all had a great holiday.

26 December 2008

So I lied

and it snowed a little after I posted my last entry.

I MISS 'NEW'.

Time to get uncomfortable!

Snow's finally melting

I need a brand new jones. These old ones are doing anything for me

That, and where'd all the excitement go? I'm getting old and (even more) boring.

Bah humbug.

22 December 2008

A slightly negative introspective

I keep telling myself that this is the calm before the storm.

What happened? I fell off and somehow became comfortable with being, in a sense, on the ground. I've been walked all over, kicked, ignored and frowned upon. You think that'd be enough motivation to pick myself back up and get things rolling again, but there's nothing. This is the lowest point I've ever hit.

I'm not faking everything, but I'm content. I know that I shouldn't be comfortable with this position, but regardless of what I say, do or think it remains. Am I not surrounding myself with the things I need right now? Is it visa versa? Why do I let myself remain uncomfortable (in the long run) for this temporary "happiness" (for lack of a better word). It all lays on me and I know it's my doing (or rather, undoing) this to myself. Where'd my motivation go? Why am I sitting on my hands waiting for something good to happen when the only real way to do is to get out there and take it myself?

Many thanks goes out to all of my friends who support me, who hold me up, who take care of me and let me know what they think about me and about the things I do. If not for you I would've completely given up a long time ago. Some time ago, a newfound friend pointed something out to me about who I am, even though we weren't close. She told me that "[I'll] never be happy because although [I] act confident, [I] only stay within my comfort zone." I took offense to that, but obviously that means there's truth to it. I tried to lie to her (and myself) immediately and retorted that she didn't know me. I'm sure we both knew right then that she was right.

I know that my friends also don't approve of a lot of other things I do, but for whatever reason don't confront me about it. Dudes- I'm stubborn as shit. Please... if I do anything that isn't right tell me. Don't save face. Tell me straight up before I get too deep. Before I'm fucked up beyond my own good. I hate when people beat around the bush. A couple of things are particular- I hear about how "[I'm] fukcing dumb." or "[I'm] a fool." Wow. Thanks for letting me know. All I ask is that you tell me straight. Please.

New year, new chances. New opportunities to take advantage of. Every year I say to myself "tabula rasa", but rarely do I really mean it. I don't usually need it. This time I do and it's too important to brush off. My future depends on the movement I do or don't do today.

I'll be posting up my actual list of goals to accomplish another time, but these are a couple of things I need to do: look out for #1 and make real money again, if I am working on my dream then it's got to take the backseat because my livelihood has suffered enough due to previous sacrifice, prioritize and chop off what I need and what I want, get my health game back up high- workouts, nutrition and knowledge, etc.

I need a fire under my ass.

Weird rant/emo post, I know.

I just need to vent more.

19 December 2008

Haha: Filipino Barack

Courtesy my sister:

Check the other picture on my MySpace.

18 December 2008

Mmm mmm good!


Thank you German Maxim. Thank you.

Check out 2dopeboyz for the rest of them.

Just in time for the snow...

A MILLENNIUM FALCON SLED!


This awesome plastic one-person sled is available online at Target or Amazon for $35, but it's temporarily out of stock. I want this- maybe then I'll play in the snow.

Props to Marc for the find!

The Original Rice Krispies Treat

From the official Kellogg's site.

Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz) marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg's Rice Krispies
  • a whole lot of love (optional, as I prefer angst)
1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.



MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.



Note

For best results, use fresh marshmallows.

1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.

Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.

Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Kellogg's has reduced the sodium content of Rice Krispies to meet current consumer flavor- and nutrition-preferences. Rice Krispies Treats made with the lower sodium cereal taste great without any added salt, but, if you desire, add 1/4 teaspoon salt to the butter before melting. Continue with recipe as directed.

17 December 2008

"Motherfugga I'm ILL!"


Exile "Milli" Video from Jonathan Kim on Vimeo.

Producer extraordinaire Exile shows of his MPC skills with this video.

Flagrantly jacked from Hyphen!

"MOTHERFUGGA I'M ILL!!!!"

16 December 2008

Lego Hip Hop Album Covers

LEGO has recreated some classic hip hop album covers including EPMD, Red & Meth, Big Pun, De La Soul, Jedi Mind Tricks and more. Here are some of my favorites:







Click here for album cover goodness.

WOD 15DEC08

"Tabata This!"

subbed (2) kb sdlhp per 1 cal on rower

63 (PR = 67)

LOST: Jack & Ben s5 sneak peak



Episode titles for the first six hours:

5.1 “Because You Left”
5.2 “The Lie”
5.3 “Jughead”
5.4 “The Little Prince”
5.5 “This Place Is Death”
5.6 “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”


The amazing Season 4 was recently released on dvd on Blu-Ray. Season 5 premieres January 21st @ 8pm

AotS ftw

Here's a clip they played for their Viral Video today:

BUTTERFLY KNIFE (BALISONG) TRICKS


Check the clip they played afterwards. The other talents of David Fettig- Butterknife tricks, Butter tricks and Butterfly tricks:



Yeah.

15 December 2008

The return of Battlestar Galactica

BSG returns to complete the series Friday, January 16th @ 10pm on SciFi.


SciFi.com has new webisodes in preparation for the final 10 episodes. The first two has been released with two new episodes playing every week. Watch them here.

Catch up with this fracking dope summary!

The next Metal Gear?


This screenshot appeared on the Konami's Kojima productions website. They've used the "!" plenty of times within the games, but is that the letter "i" or is it an upside down exclamation? It's obvious that the last symbol belongs to the Xbox.

Could it be a hint to a Metal Gear Solid (or just Metal Gear?) game for the iPhone? They used plenty of Apple products in MGS4: Guns of the Patriots. Are they porting any existing games to Microsoft's gaming console? Only time will tell...

Jacked from Kotaku!

14 December 2008

Spaghetti Carbonara

from GQ Magazine, December 2007. Props to Dom for catching it and making it first

Absolutely Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara


(serves two)
1/2 box spaghetti
hunk of pancetta or thick-cut bacon
extra-virgin olive oil
2 eggs
parmigiano-reggiano
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. put the pasta into lightly salted boiling water

2. put a handful of pancetta, cut into quarter-inch matchsticks, into a frying pan over medium-high heat. add a tablespoon or two of olive oil

3. while the pancetta and spaghetti are cooking, break the eggs into a mixing bowl. pick a good bowl since you'll be using it both to prepare and to serve the spaghetti. add half a handful of freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano and a pinch or two of pepper. beat the mixture together, only enough to combine everything evenly.

4. since the pancetta will take only about five to ten minutes till it's nicely browned, turn down the heat to low until you're ready to assemble the dish. when the spaghetti's done, strain it and add it to the egg mixture in the bowl. add a small handful of cheese and toss the mixture well with a couple of forks until the spaghetti is coated. a lot of people put the pasta in the pan with pancetta, Pesce (Pietro Pesce, chef of Hostaria Romana- the creator of this recipe) says, which ruins the delicate flavor of the sauce- and you'll end up with scrambled eggs

5. immediately turn the heat back up on the pancetta for 30 seconds, until it's sizzling, then pour off about half the fat. dump the pancetta and remaining fat onto the pasta and sprinkle with more cheese and some pepper. let it sit for about 30 seconds before mixing- if the pancetta's too hot, the sauce won't blend well.

6. serve yourself in a clean bowl and give the bowl the pasta was mixed in to your guest- this is the orginale, which has the good stuff at the bottom and is considered good luck. as for you, you can whip up fine pasta in fifteen minutes. who needs luck?

The Want List

Notice that it is not the "Need List".

[ ] Coosh Headphones - black
[ ] colognes
[ ] Star Wars-related gear. must be dope.
[ ] Bodum French Press
[ ] New Era Fitted Caps
  • 5950 Filipino Flag, red [hatclub.com]
  • Navy Blue
  • Black
  • Green
[ ] Ogio Messenger Bag - "Hip Hop" brown



















[ ] Ninjatown, Nintendo DS
[ ] gift cards: iTunes, , Best Buy, Costco, Express, Vans stores, H&M, The Northface, Barnes & Noble,
[ ]
[ ]
[ ] Nike Dunks - highs, mids
[ ] Vans Chukka - lows
[ ] Vans Half Cab
[ ] Nike Free 3.0

yellow = last update
red = purchased

13 December 2008

Star Trek 90210

Y'all know I'm a big STAR WARS fan... and so I naturally disliked STAR TREK, but never gave that mythology a chance. Maybe that'll change once the new Trek movie comes out.



It better be like this dammit. Don't disappoint me Abrams!

WOD 12DEC08

CrossFit Seattle's "12 Days of CrossFit" WOD

for time, rep-scheme works like the carol goes:

1 100 yard sprint
2 bear crawls (approx 30ft)
3 sec handstand
4 db clean & jerk, 40lbs
5 dive-bomber pushups
6 k2e
7 kb swings, 24kg
8 hanging leg raise (toes to bar)
9 ring dips
10 squat thrusts
11 pullups
12 rocking pistols

36:54

Last year my time was 42:20. I was so much stronger in everything BUT the running. How lame, I would've had a time in the 20-odd min mark. Well at least I know my real GOAT now. Time to get on it a beat it up! I'm going to workout more regularly with Coach Dave at CrossFit Seattle and also Craig at Urban CrossFit. There's another goal to add (AND ACCOMPLISH!) in 2009.

Anywho, dope times. Brady, Ann-Marie, Chris, Hyphen, Max and Dwinson joined in the festivities and got in a good sweat. Great potluck afterward- meats and cheeses, caprisi, veggies, fruit, noodles, etc... and while everyone was drinking beer I drank a ROOT beer!

Training starts now.

11 December 2008

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS

I am now accepting job offers. (=

I'm sitting on my ass too much. That and I've been pretty much a LEECH the past couple of weeks.

(That's how it'd work in my world)

10 December 2008

sneak peek: Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

Someone was able to snag some of these little sneak previews from ABC Family. Check out the footage!

Part 1: The Story


Part 2: Love Is In the Air


Part 3: Meet Professor Slughorn


Part 4: The Story of Tom Riddle


News courtesy of C.H.U.D.

trailer: Terminator Salvation

CHECK THIS OUT NOW.


I have full support and trust in McG now. He and the cast will hopefully give us a great chapter in the Terminator universe and not a Charlie's Angels 2.

CLICK CLICK CLICK!

09 December 2008

Vision FAIL*

Taking a L- Pink Eye aka Conjunctivitis

*Metal Gear Solid WIN

08 December 2008

The Lonely Island

Their newest joint (click here to watch the widescreen video)



... and apparently the first single from their long-awaited album INCREDIBAD.

Dan and I have been fans of The Lonely Island for a long time now. From their failed tv pilot Awesometown to them joining the staff of Saturday Night Live! Andy is obviously the feature player. Jorma and Akiva are part of the writing staff. Good thing they joined, SNL was going downhill. Anywho, they're funny dudes.

download: The Heist - Incredibad. "CHAMOMILE MOTHERFUCKAH!"

Speaking of INCREDIBAD here was the ACTUAL first single from their overdue album:

The Bing Bong Brothers - "Wait":


Download the mp3 here. [right-click to save]

Speaking of SNL, an update on that 9-year-old relationship advice dude:



They have some real gems, but some misses too.

Some of their gems:

"Dick In a Box"


"Body Fusion"


"People Getting Punched"


"Natalie Raps"

ladies: Sarah Shahi


Aahoo Jahansouz Shahi, also known as Sarah Shahi (born January 10, 1980), is an American actress and model of Iranian and Spanish descent. A former NFL Cheerleader, she was named #90 on the Maxim magazine "Hot 100 of 2005" list; she moved up to #66 in 2006. She has starred in The L Word and currently stars in Life.

(from Wikipedia)





I wish I was that cake.

06 December 2008

De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao


Pacquiao took the W at the end of the 7th round when De La Hoya said he could not continue because Pacman was "too fast". The Filipino was, in fact, too fast. The shorter southpaw was too unconventional (see: New School), his hand-speed too quick. De La Hoya brought in plenty of amazing trainers to come in, but he had too many and they were too conversed in the older approach to training. Fighters of today have much more resilience, better conditioning and more energy. Freddie Roach had the right idea that speed would be the defining factor in deciding the victor. The Pacquiao vs. Diaz fight was nearly the same. Diaz said "he's just too fast!"

Manny Pacquiao is a durable fighter- one who can take a beating, preserve his energy and release havoc when he feels necessary. De La Hoya couldn't hold up- he falls back on dealing punishment in the fight and hopes to finish them early. A strategy for the De La Hoya camp was to stand tall. It would exploit the only real weakness Manny had- being shorter. I that I think if De La Hoya's reach was longer, he would've had greater confidence and would've landed more punches.

From the start of the fight to the end of the 7th round, Oscar could not keep up with the Filipino fury. He didn't seem to have his head in the game after actually exchanging a few punches. Great fight. These two didn't give their footings at all.


Thank you for passing the torch Oscar. Manny will definitely carry it with pride.

05 December 2008

"Strange I have not... Forseen this.."

Too many quotables in this one. I love G4. Numerous STAR WARS quotes and they play them so inappropriately.

Props to Hyphen



The Sith and the Dark Side are so pause worthy.

04 December 2008

WOD 05DEC08

Today was Chris' birthday.

"In Honor of Chris"

5 rds for time:
5 deadlifts, 135lbs
10 hang power clean & jerks, 135lbs
15 sec overhead active shoulders, 135lbs
20 sec handstand
25 knees-to-elbows

30:24

Damn this one hurt. I think I pulled something in my back because it's going crazy right now. The cleans were definitely the hardest part. I breezed through everything else, but would then get caught up by the knees-to-elbows. My midsection is getting weak!

PUAs keep getting younger

Word to Sheena for the post.

hey it's me!

Advice for relationships:

The right thing to do when you have a crush is:
  • Never show off too much
  • Don't be silly and goofy
  • Control your hyperness (cut down on sugar if you need to)
  • Make sure you have good friends who won't try to take the girl you like.


    Finally, you have to be able to get over a crush if it doesn't work out. A crush is like a love disease. It can drive you mad.

    Try not to let it get you down.

02 December 2008

STAR WARS photography


by Cedric Delsaux. He uses toy models and superimposes them onto the photos. Check the actual site, find series and look for these pictures. You'll find Jango Fett, Boba Fett, C3PO & R2D2, Darth Vader, Jabba, Darth Maul, various Stormtroopers and Clone Troopers, Yoda, various creatures, and Imperial Guards. They automatically receive the AB Stamp of Dopeness.






fragrantly jacked from Hypebeast.

WOD 02DEC08

Quick workout

Tabata Pushups

Score = 11 (20-18-15-15-15-15-15-11)

Boo, I started fresh too. I don't know what happened but at the end I only had 11 in me.

01 December 2008

WOD 01DEC08

First workout in a while.

21-15-9 reps, for time:
ohs, 95lbs
pullups

4:13

I've done this workout before and I tied my previous time. I should've murdered that, but I haven't been up on my fitness tip. The overhead squats were surprisingly easy. I did butterfly pullups and those weren't hard either. Putting them together slowed me down. Then again I haven't worked out in over a week, nor did I warm up prior to the lift. I was hoping I wouldn't get injured and HEY! I didn't!

Eats Reviews

In future reviews I will be sharing local restaurants and eateries. Cafes & coffeeshops, happy hour joints, and family-style food stops will all receive the following criteria:

Location: Neighborhood, City

Price Range: $/$$/$$$

Type: What kind of cusine do they serve?

Known For: If they are popular for anything, it'll go here.

Description: Describing the eatery, atmosphere and

Staff: I'll give my take on the staff as a whole and/or specific people you'll want or want to avoid!

Contact: How to get a hold of them

I'll edit this as I go on!

Enjoy!