Monday Link Parade
A parade of links. This is the new incarnation of the Monday Link Parade email. With any luck, this baby'll be updated in a timely manner. Internets move fast.
My cousin photoshopped a picture of our dog and her name and made it into a Dr. Seuss book. I love this so much.
Here’s a gif of a vine of a video of a flipbook of a gif of a roller coaster.
This girl, in Odessa, might be saving Ukraine. Otherwise, at least she gets to take the horse out for a spin.
Check out these shots of the world’s tallest slum. It’s pretty wild.
This article in the Bangor Daily News does an amazing job describing what happened in Central Maine (both inland and near the coast) in the late ’70s and how the Back to the Land movement has changed the entire state. I became friends with many of the children who grew up in this culture, and their lives and experiences have had a profound impact on me. If you do anything today, please read this article and watch the footage. It is amazing.
Some folks are from here and some folks are from away.
maps badmaps lol
This is amazing. I could lambaste it, but I on’t really know where to start.
Maine: We are the 8%!
Things in Ukraine are absolutely crazy right now. I am having a hard time understanding it. It seems like we should be hearing more in the media about the story, but coverage has been somewhat scant. The Atlantic’s In Focus photo blog has been running profoundly disturbing photos and I recommend taking a look at them.
Here’s a rundown of the unrest.
Here’s a stop-motion animation of Kiev from before.
There’s word that Yanukovych is ready to have early elections.
It snowed last night and was lovely dog-walking weather.
Genesis in dough.
Cars are for squares. I drove yesterday because I have a flat tire on my bike. :(
100 year old game camera. Awesome.
A bull elk catches a camera string in his antlers, triggering a flash. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, July 1913.Photograph by George Shiras, National Geographic
The picture isn’t exactly right, but sometimes you just have to go with it. It’s Bourbon Day!
Note that broseph is mistaken about the really big ice cubes. I am of the opinion that regular to small ice cubes are best for both speedy cooling and proper dilution. Also, whiskey and water is not a bad thing (see, e.g. The Three-Day Blow).
They say 1948, but I think it’s really just from Instagram.
Girls in swimsuits sip from a water fountain in New York, July 1948.
Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic
This post from Adventure Journal has a sick pic of a sicker line on the Aguille du Midi and starts out talking about text messaging with JP Auclair. I figured it couldn’t be one of the normal contributors. It wasn’t. it’s Swedish gnarlbro Andreas Fransson mondaylinkparade. Oh, by the way, it’s getting to be steeps skiing season! Get it.
Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary dressed in the fur clothing he wore for the Arctic expedition, September 1938.
Photograph by Robert E. Peary, National Geographic
Here at MLP, we use Tumblr’s queue feature to keep things coming with
some very little regularity. For that reason, this morning’s post had the title “Well this sucks.” It does suck, but given the terrible business in Boston, I want to recognize that there are all kinds of sucky things out there. Yuck. Today you’ll get a two-post Tuesday and I’ll give you some radical if slightly pucker-inducing news: Two bros skied the north face of the Grand Teton. Wow.
get awesome dogs
aluminum foil helmets
A screenplay from The Hairpin. It’s weirdly right on.
bikes Politics science
This is fantastic work. Actually, I think that the tax stuff is more pernicious than the patently absurd CO2 stuff.
skimo skiing TRONBOT
Just milking one more medium.
Grey Lady loves Golden
bikes dogs dogsinbikes
What with the new tumblr, I sent a bunch of posts to the old tumblr. Now we’re back on track like a kid and a dog in a bike. How come sparky doesn’t have a helmet?
Here’s a picture of Clint Eastwood being a badass while filming The Eiger Sanction. Here’s the story of Hamish MacInnes (of modern ice tools fame) being a badass helping out with the filming.
Maine Memes on Facebook.
There’s a monster at the end of this post.
skiing cows CB
I’m ski racing at Crested Butte today. I’ll probably have to eat a bovine burrito though, in honor of the heroics of several backcountry skiers here earlier this month. Skiers found some cows atop Heart Attack Ridge, called around the local ranchers, and returned the next day to try to get the cows down. These cows were luckier than some in a similar conundrum last winter.
You might have to look at this baby for a while. Also, check out the other one:
Dynafit has released information about some of their new products for next year and they look fantastic. Details are available over at Wild Snow. Here’s my take:
Actually, the beast binding looks terrible. It’s huge and heavy and I don’t need a DIN* of 16. On the other hand, cliff-hucking clydesdales will certainly appreciate these hogs. It will make a tour a lot more bearable than with Dukes. The TLT 6 looks fantastic. I’ll probably buy a pair of these as they solve a number of issues I have with my current favorite boot, the TLT5. The wider toebox means I can probably drop a size, I think the meatarsal flex is dumb, and if the lower buckle is actually improved then I might not have to carry extras. The Steve Romeo skis look cool light weight on a 106mm-waist rockered ski is perfect for (North American) human-powered powder missions. The other product I’m awfully excited about is the featherweight Cho Oyu ski. 89mm at the waist and 1080g in my size makes these skis sound perfect for light and fast ski mountaineering. I’ll take two.
On the aesthetics front, the beast is hideous, TLT6 doesn’t is slightly better, but no pageant winner, Grand Teton looks cool but those graphics scream PNW, and Cho Oyus are spartan and ugly (a difficult and unlikely combination). Oh well, not everyone can ride beauts or even buttes.
*Yeah, DIN certification! This basically just means that we can start taking the obnoxious caveats out of conversations about tech ski binding release settings.
Gerdy language rhymes OED sandbagged
And why don’t gain and again rhyme? This is a
fun only slightly heavy actually pretty heavy piece about the etymology of again. One particularly interesting bit refers to the pronunciation of g- sounds (they sometimes sound like y-). The only reason we still have g- in the alphabet is the vikings (see, e.g.). This explains does not explain the correct pronunciation of my Swedish friend’s name.
Phonetic system is like a modern democracy, which faces chaos and in trying to overcome it produces even greater chaos. There is no end to this process.
Get it Gain it. Again.
Extra points for describing the “parasitic” addition of final letters to words as excrescent. My personal favorite example is the excrescent -s on the end of the word anyway.
This old guy was on his way to the DMV and tried to take a shortcut down a bike path.
I would have used a King Headset though. Also, I really like the gold star bolt star.
There are only 14 peaks in the world over 8,000m. That makes them a pretty impressive and sought-after bunch of mountains. French alpinist Maurice Herzog led the first team to successfully summit (and return from) one of these peaks, climbing Annapurna in 1953. His account in the book Annapurna is riveting.
Herzog died last week.
So apparently I’m not the only one who likes to hunt and listen to NPR.
The hipsters are ruining everything.
Google Maps for iPhone. Get it.
There has to be a rant out there for this topic, but I’m going to give you the three sentence version:
Vector maps make more sense in a world where we are charged for bandwith, but carry very powerful computers. Basically smartphones are the opposite of the thin clients that some folks used to think were the future. If you only have to download vector data and then use the power of the phone’s processor to draw your maps then the whole thing can be much faster.
Apple is on the right track even if they blew it on the first try. Come to think of it, that’s pretty weird for them. Releasing an unpolished version as a sort of proof of concept is what all of these startups and Google were supposed to be into. Historically Apple has been late to the game to make sure that whatever they released would work flawlessly (see, e.g.).
skiing bros photography
The uberbros at earlyups are sick of your crappy pictures and videos. OMGTJK, they love it. But srsly, get your content up to snuff.
So this yourllbeanboyfriend is happening.
I want to be a guy with a plow.
I'M THE MOST GRACEFUL
Ryan Dunfee of Powder Magazine appeals to all of us to focus on skiing pretty this winter. He has a point. Skiing and riding can be beautiful to watch let’s make that our goal. Check the comments if you disagree.
DaBrim. It’s for real.
So there are these things that are popular in a certain subset of the kayaking community: old dudes who have been boating whitewater since fiberglass. (This group notably does not include squirt-boaters, a wholly different breed of kayaker.) It seems that DaBrim is trying to bring this questionable fashion move to the teeming helmeted masses. Practical arguments aside, I’d only get one if it made me look like a mounty.
Which is the best one (park, not logo)? I’m partial to Acadia. And Grand Teton and RMNP. And I really want to spend some time in the Grand Canyon, Rainier, Glacier, and especially Wrangell-St. Elias.
Abe Lincoln Grew a dank beard because an 11 year old girl asked him to theweekmagazine.