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Archive for May, 2008

Corbin and Louise

We went camping last weekend in Colfax (yes, it rained!) We also did a little unicycling there, and hung out with Louise’s aunt and uncle (separately, and they are really not related, but are like aunts and uncles). Anyways, a good picture of us, with my new 70-200mm lens: The depth of field on the lens is amazing!


Corbin’s Trials Course – 30th birthday movie

Back on April 13th I turned 30! I did a little camera filming on my trials course. Click below to download the movie. QuickTime format, H.264 encoded, 2:41 seconds. 15.6 MB.


70-200mm canon lens

I got a nice new lens a few weeks ago. It takes GREAT pictures. Here’s some examples from a few days ago: Bottlenose brush in the front of our house. Cactus flower at the Santa Cruz house (dad’s house).


Fire in Santa Cruz Mountains

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/feature?section=news&id=6158710 I really hope it doesn’t burn down my dad’s house, and my old treehouse….. UPDATE: I went to the house this morning (Friday) and it is still there. The winds have calmed down quite a bit, and things aren’t so bad. The fire is 20% contained, but it is still a few miles from my dad’s house. The treehouse has a broken window now…strange. I’ll have to board it up the next time I’m out there.


Unicycle ride log, entry 17, May 22, 2008

Ride: Home to work. RTL training ride. Totally tired, and I forgot to get stats. Something like 12-13mph average over the 20 mile ride, and about 10 minutes longer than usual. i crashed riding to work due to being too tired! Plus, there was a major headwind that made it really hard to ride in. I then discovered that the Santa Cruz mountains were on fire, and rode home at 5pm with Shane and Curt (on bikes). I barely kept up, and we averaged 16.0mph on the 9.66 miles from work to Los Gatos. 37 minutes of riding time, and... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 16, May 21, 2008

Ride: Los Gatos to work. With my MacBook Pro 15″ in a backpack that also contained my camel back with 2 liters of water. Time: 8:00’ish to 9:40’ish Riding Time: 0:38’00 Distance: 9.21 miles Average Speed: 14.5 mph Max Speed: 22.0 mph ODO: 960.7 Notes: Hit lots of lights red. It is difficult to ride with a 15″ computer in my backpack, and I think that slowed me down a bit. I also took it easy, since I rode yesterday. Before I left, I had a large bowl of cereal. At work, I had a small bowl of oatmeal. Now... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 15, May 20, 2008

Ride: Home to work. RTL training ride. I finally fixed my cycle computer to be more accurate. Time: 6:35 to 8:05? Riding Time: Distance: Average Speed: Max Speed: 26.2 mph (that can’t be right, but I reset it before the ride) ODO: Notes: I’m still pretty slow….my legs were a scosh sore from Sunday’s ride. I felt like I was riding slower because of that. I hit a lot of red lights on the way to work. ——– Ride: Work to home. RTL training ride. Time: 5:15? – 7:00? Riding Time: 1:44’42 (cycle computer) Distance: 20.28 miles Average Speed: 11.6... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 14, May 18, 2008

Ride: Strawberry Fields Forever 2008 – Watsonville, Corralitos, and Santa Cruz. Time: 7:15’ish to 3:30’ish Riding Time: 5:13’08, moving time on cycle computer Distance: 65.52 miles. Average Speed: 12.5 mph Max Speed: 25.3 mph ODO: 910.8 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub. The mileage should have been 62.55 according to the map. My computer is 2.97 miles off according to it! According to the mileage, my cycle computer should read 2740, but I had 2862 as the value input into it. I guess it is finally time to do a roll out test. I rolled... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 13, May 17, 2008

26’ish mile ride, “Rob’s ride” plus Sick and Twisted. On geared nimbus 36, with Chuck, Beau and Mike also on geared 36’ers, Tom on geared 29’er, and Nathan on a traditional Coker. Lots o fun. I like offroad better than the street. Tourists by the beach suck; I almost hit one as they hopped into the bike path by the boardwalk.


Unicycle ride log, entry 12, May 15, 2008

Ride to work on “Bike to work day”. Ride: Ride from home to work (Los Gatos to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA). The path: Corbin’s house to work. Time: 6:30 to 8:00 — then stopped at the Apple ride to work station to get a snack. Riding Time: 1:28’50 (cycle computer), 1:30 minutes by my watch. I hit most lights green again. Distance: 20.79 miles Average Speed: 14.0 mph Max Speed: 24.3 mph ODO: 795.8 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub. Clear glasses, instead of sunglasses. Half full camel back (1 or 1.5 liters). Cold... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 11, May 13, 2008

Ride home from work today. Louise also rode home, and I caught up with her going up old Santa Cruz highway. Louise crashed going down our super steep hill to the house; she had 125’s on her Coker and wasn’t using the brake. She has a bit of road rash on her arm and a bad scrape on her side, but she’s been healing fine. It was probably my fault; I was encouraging her to ride the hill, when she normally walks down it. I felt really bad, needless to say, but I took good care of her! So, I... [read more]


Unicycle ride log, entry 10, May 13, 2008

I rode to work today. Crashed down Mt Charlie going about 17 mph. Ran it out while skidding on my feet. Lost the battery for my tail light. Ride: Ride from home to work (Los Gatos to Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA). The path: Corbin’s house to work. Time: 6:30 to 8:00 Riding Time: 1:28’17 (cycle computer), 1:30 minutes by my watch. I hit most lights green. Distance: 20.76 miles Average Speed: 14.1 mph Max Speed: 24.2 mph ODO: 754.1 miles Notes: 150mm crank holes. Geared nimbus 36 with KH hub.


Yosemite rock climbing

Jason and I did a little climbing last weekend. We drove up to Yosemite on Friday night, camped outside the park at Hard n Flat road, and then drove in early saturday morning to secure a spot at Camp 4. We then climbed some 5.7 / 5.8 starting with After Seven (next to Nutcracker). After seven: Corbin halfway up: The last pitch I led, and I haven’t led in a while. It scared me a bit to do the 5.8 moves, but I made it through. Here I am at the crux: And a view of the roof after I... [read more]


Louise and Piper

Louise holding our super cute kitty, Piper: And a zoomed in shot with a new lens:


Maker Faire 2008

I was lucky enough to not only attend this years Maker Faire, but I also got to participate as a volunteer! I was a model in the Fashion Show put on by the Swap-O-Rama. Our friend Ashley is a marvel at all things fabric. She constructed some amazing articles of clothing for us to wear. Here’s the set of pictures: Maker Faire 2008 And a preview:


Unicycle ride log, entry 9, May 6, 2008

I rode to work again today. It was pretty easy going to work, but rather grueling coming home. I was pretty darn tired by the time I finally made it to my doorstep. My legs felt worn, and I was starving. Luckily, Louise is the best girlfriend ever, and said “Hey, I’m going to make us dinner. Give me 15 minutes!”. She was working in the garden and initially wanted me to work with her this evening. Riding made that not possible, but I didn’t want to let her down, so I stayed up last night and built a new... [read more]



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