If a Blogger Doesn’t Blog, Does He Exist?

I’ve been on quite the blogging hiatus. My only excuse is that work has been busy but in reality, I’ve been busier and managed to write. I worry sometimes that I’m losing my passion for this blog. I’ll write reviews and articles and then let them site for weeks, even months.

Stunning San Francisco Sunset

I think when we last left off I was visiting New York City and Washington DC. There I had just an incredible time. I should thank so many people, Luis, Steven, Chemda, Lauren Hennessy, Ian, Scott, David, Joseph, Whitney, Rosa, Benjamin, Brandon, Landon, Dipal, Thomas, Anthony, Josh and Shannon, Bethany, Kramer, Justin, Lauren Reid, Andres and others. That will have to be a post all its own.

After that I went to Houston and Austin a few times. I even did a Houston Twitter Meetup (Tweetup). We had around twenty people show up and even earned ourselves a prank call from someone who called the restaurant where we were hosting the shindig. Huge thanks to Kristen for setting up the whole thing.

I hit up Florida again and had a wonderful time hanging out with Justin and Mike out there. Frank even let me crash in his room while he was out of town. Still haven’t met him! I even scored some time with Joey, who is visiting San Francisco soon along with Alexandra and Corey.

This weekend Ryan and I hosted around thirty friends over for hors d’oeuvre, wine and fondue. We had a blast and I think everyone else did as well. We love having friends over, sharing our home and chitchatting over drinks and fun food. Host Adjustable Wine Aerator and Esoterica Petite Syrah

We played around with a new wine gadget of mine. It’s the Host Adjustable Wine Aerator. It promises to age your wine through aeration simulating anywhere from less than 1 hour of aeration all the way to six hours of aeration. I am not one to trust wine gadgets but this one peeked my interest enough that I bought one from Kenneth Wingard.

But for what it’s worth, that is what has been going on. I hope to get out some reviews pretty soon. Here is a list of items on the list:

  • Bose QuiteComfort 15 noise canceling headphones
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M50 studio headphones
  • Fiio E6 Headphone Amplifier
  • Das Keyboard Model S Pro
  • Enqueue
  • MEElectronics M6P headphones
  • ZAGGkeys PRO+ iPad keyboard case
  • ZAGG iPhone 5 bumper case
  • ZAGG ZR-Six in-ear headphones
  • ZAGG ZR-LE headphones
  • iFrogs Aura headphones
  • Host Adjustable Wine Aerator
  • Graze Healthy Snacks
  • NatureBox Healthy Snacks

So many things I have to review. I should do my best to try and do a review or two a week. In reality that should be totally doable. Let’s just hope I can commit myself to it.

I also have a post to write about Instagram. It’s actually a two-parter and it’s actually already done, I just need to re-work it. The first post is about Instagram and my thoughts on it. Most people understand me to hate the service and anyone who uses it. I mean to correct people. The second post is a belated in-depth piece about Instagram’s, and other web services’, use and user rights policies.

Eventually I’d like to get back to writing here daily, as I did for years. But let’s start with baby steps. I’m also working to be better at posting photos on my photo site, Justin Moore Scott. Photography is perhaps my greatest inanimate love. I have even recently purchased a handful of fantastic fine-art photography books.New Photography Books

I have a tendency of buying or receiving great photography books like this and then never taking them out of their cellophane wrapping. Maybe I’ll actually open a few of these up and find some inspiration to bring back the passion in my photography.

I suppose the only other thing that is notable enough for writing is that I started again the 4-Hour Body diet, aka slow-carb diet. This time I’m doing it with my friend Kevin. Since starting I’ve dropped over 5 pounds but this time around I’m not as worried about the weight as much as my muscle to fat ratio. So I’ll allow my weight to go up as long as I’m building muscle. Hopefully that will come as I’ve started personal training again. Sadly with a new trainer, my old one was amazing. I picked up a new one that didn’t work out but I have another new one that seems to be pretty awesome.

So there you go. You’re mostly caught up to date. Now I head to bed so I can wake up and be ready to have my body abused at the gym until I’m so weak, walking up the stairs is not unlike summiting Everest.

This is how I ride in San Francisco

I recently got my road bike tuned up and beefed up for riding around in the city. My normal bike for pedaling around San Francisco was stolen a few months ago. It was much better suited for jumping curbs and dodging potholes. So I’m down to a road bike, not so bad but it makes for one hell of a rough ride. Last night I picked up my bike from the great people at Everybody Bikes and rode it home from the Inner Sunset to the Castro. It went a little like this:

Danny MacAskill is a professional street trials rider and a man who knows more than most about power and control. His unique bike stunts have earned him international recognition and his films have been watched by over 30 million. Street Trials demands focus, skill and above all, precise control – all of which are needed for complex jumps and balancing on extremely narrow obstacles. Danny has these qualities and more which mean he makes conquering formidable urban landscapes look truly effortless. (link)

Well except I was way cooler and did it at night time… Hats off to my friend with the best curation skills in town, Lauren Kilberg, for finding that video. If you aren’t already reading her blog, do it. She finds the most amazing things from all over the real world and the Internet and shares it on the regular.  Continue reading

We’re having a Seattle Tweetup!

I arrived from Texas and Orlando into San Francisco around midnight last night. Eight and a half hours later I was back at the airport but this time headed to Seattle. And this time for the sole purpose of having a great time going on adventures in the Emerald City.

Klout #2daysinseattle

The great people from the Seattle Department of Tourism and Klout have provided Ryan and I, along with Aaron and his friend, a free, all-expense trip to Seattle to explore the city and share our experiences with everyone we know. It’s called Two Days in Seattle. Ryan and I have already arrived at the Silver Cloud Hotel and Aaron is on his way!

Tomorrow night we’re hoping to get a group of people together for a meetup. Aaron’s got the details on his blog post here, but I’ll paste them below as well. Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, July 21st 7:30pm
Grim’s, Butterfly Lounge & The Woods
1512 11th Avenue, Seattle, CA 98122

We’ll also be doing dinner ahead of the meetup. If you want to join, just shoot me or Aaron a tweet and we’ll let you know where and when! Can’t wait to meet and explore your city.

You’re welcome to RSVP to the Facebook event. Follow the hashtag #2DaysinSeattle and the @2DaysinSeattle account to keep up with what we’re doing up here. Also you can follow Aaron (what you aren’t already?!) on Twitter.

What a difference a year makes

This time last year I was driving a moving van halfway across the country. The days before were dedicated to packing up our home in Columbia, for the second time in a matter of months. The first packing up occurred May 2010 as I moved out of my precious District apartment in the Fredrick.

My beloved apartment in the Fredrick

My beloved apartment in the Fredrick

It was my first apartment without a roommate. Leaving that home and moving in with Ryan was an exciting time for me. We’d been living between two homes for three years. Ending my time at the place that brought me so much independence and growth was intense. Continue reading

A Quick Trip to the East Coast

I’ll be jetting off to Washington DC and New York City in a couple of weeks. I’ll be in NYC for work and in Washington DC for fun. It’s been years since I saw Landon, which is crazy. I actually cannot really remember the last time I saw him only that I think it was for a mutual friend’s graduation back in 2009. I sure hope it hasn’t been that long!

The White HouseOctober 11th I fly from San Francisco to Washington DC. I hang out there for a few days and then take Amtrak on the 13th to New York City. The morning of the 14th I’ll be around Times Square to hit up the Today Show and Fox and Friends for work. I might have to make another trip to the area on Saturday but otherwise I’ll be pretty free. While in the Big Appel I’ll be staying with my friend Ian.

Having friends in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington DC, etc is great. They all know they can stay with me anytime here in San Francisco and in exchange, there is a chance I can stay with them while in their city. It’s like the ultimate in couch surfing, only no worries about being the victim of organ theft in your sleep. Nothing like waking up in a bathtub full of ice to ruin a trip to NYC.

It will be nice to visit the east coast for a while. Sometimes I wonder if living on the Left Coast is changing me. Not nearly as much hustle and bustle out here. It’s substituted with hoodies, web-startup parties and wine. The last time I was in New York (besides flights connecting to Europe) was with Ryan back in 2009!

Ryan at Times Square

During the limited free time I’ll have, I’d love to meetup with my Twitter friends. Let me know if anyone is up for it! I’d love to meet some more of my East Coasters.

Geology Porn – Rocks of the Marin Headlands

My trip to the Marin Headlands with Ryan brought me back to my final semesters at the University of Missouri and my introductory Geology course, aka “Rocks for Jocks.” A class that was about exciting at the time as a box of… rocks.

Geological features of Hawk Hill

Walking around the Headlands, you cannot help but be drawn to the geological features of the landscape. Now I wish I had paid closer attention to those 7:00 A.M. Geology labs. Perhaps if I had, I might actually, fully understand what was going on here. Either way, it’s beautiful. Oh and we may or may not have found a few of these brittle rocks in our pockets before leaving the area…

I would sure love for my geology nerds to give me some insight here. I have some theories including sedimentary rocks + shifting plates = awesome twisted rocks. Wonder how long this transformation took.

Put your thoughts in the comments! More pretty rock pictures after the break. Continue reading

There Are Two Rules…

When I’m working with someone who wants to start a blog, there are typically two rules I suggest they follow because they are the rules everyone says people should follow.

  1. Be consistent by update regularly and chronologically.
  2. Stay on topic or follow established, rotating topics.

Ironically, on my blog I follow neither of these rules. I post about things that are going to happen next week, followed by a post of what happend last month. The next post might be a review of some gadget or perhaps a political rant. With me at the helm, there really is no rhyme or reason to my blog. Though I do sometimes post some of the photos I’ve taken that I’m actually proud of.

I love how disorienting this photo is. It’s like Escher himself created this room, or this blog post for that matter. Let the fun continue! Continue reading