I needed a self-test to tell me that?

September 4, 2007

I just took a quiz at CNN.com called “Which hobby best suits your personality?” It contained several inane questions, like “Stranded on a desert island, what could you not live without?”

Despite the obscurity of some of the options, the result of the quiz pretty well nailed it.

You can’t be cooped up! People like you need to breathe fresh air and commune with nature. Feeling the dirt, rocks, water or sand beneath your feet and hands and having the wind in your face makes you feel alive. You’ll take the outdoors any way you can get it, whether you’re dangling from ropes, paddling a boat or speeding down the countryside on a dirt bike. You might like hobbies like spelunking, motocross, hiking, deep sea diving, white water rafting, ultimate Frisbee or other outdoor team sports.

Now what I need is a test to tell me how to find time for the hobbies I have.


We interrupt this program…

December 28, 2006

Glued Web pagesI was messing around with my FeedBurner account last night and plugged in some info to my Flickr account. I wasn’t sure what the result would be to my RSS feed, but now I know.

FeedBurner merged the RSS feed of this blog with that of my Flickr account, and now that I’ve seen what it does it seems kinda dumb.

If you want to see my photos, fine. You can find them easily enough. But I didn’t mean to subject you to unrelated items in this way. So if you subscribe to the feed, I’m sorry.

I’ve disabled that feature.

And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, never mind. It’s just geeky stuff.

UPDATE (two days later): This morning I found my last 10 posts in my feed reader. I don’t know what happened to FeedBurner, but I didn’t do that!

Stream of consciousness

December 8, 2006

John Fedak shares some photos taken by his brother on their recent trip to Southern California. Apparently, everytime he stopped to pee, his brother memorialized the event with a photo.

A brother with a camera. That pretty much says it all.

Oh, the things I do for the Boy Scouts

December 7, 2006

View from near Camp Creek Bald, Cherokee National Forest
Cherokee National Forest

It was tough to take a day off from work. I hated to, but I had to go hiking. I needed to check the route for this weekend’s backpacking trip with my Boy Scout troop.

Wouldn’t you know it, but the weather was incredibly gorgeous. The scenery was spectacular.

I’m just glad I was able to make the sacrifice.

And now that I’ve checked out the route, I have to go again this weekend.

Oh well.

Not giving herself enough credit

August 2, 2006

Bison at Instapundit.comAnn Althouse, filling in for Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit while vacationing out West, posted a nice profile shot of a bison she took in Yellowstone National Park. She writes,

“How did Althouse get that shot? Like many a candyass Yellowstone tourist, this way:”

The next photo reveals her vantage point, the inside of an automobile.

So is Althouse a candyass? Not hardly.

American bison can weight up to one ton, yet can charge at someone at up to 45 mph. In fact, according to Wikipedia,

“Between 1978 and 1992, over four times as many people in Yellowstone National Park were killed or injured by bison as by bears (12 by bears, 56 by bison).”

I remember several years ago coming upon a bison while walking along a trail near Old Faithful. It seemed docile, but its size commanded immediate respect.

A treasure to behold

July 31, 2006

IcelandUntil today I only knew of Jonathan Ley as a PCT hiker who has helped other hikers by publishing a set of annotated PCT maps.

But Jonathan is more than just a helpful outdoor enthusiast, I’ve learned. He’s also an accomplished professional photographer.

I’ve just taken a few minutes to check out his photos from a recent trek across Iceland he made with fellow photographer Dave Cobb.


I purposely didn’t try to reproduce one of his photos here. In addition to violating his copyright, I would never be able to do justice to how he’s displayed them in his site. And to enjoy them most you should also read his comments.

Each photo is more breathtaking than the last.

With one Jonathan comments,

“The Icelandic landscape never ceased to amaze me. I’m not sure I’d ever even imagined scenes like these.”

Yeah, that’s about right.

So go spend some time on this site!

But I should add a word of warning: Once you get started you won’t want to stop until you’ve seen all 75 photos.

(Thanks to Sly on AT-L for the tip about this site!)

Do what you do best

July 19, 2006

National GeographicNational Geographic has added an online feature to go with a report in the August 2006 print edition about Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

As the information goes, it’s pretty basic stuff. Nothing much there you can’t get in other online and offline sources.

The feature does contain a few beautiful photos taken by freelance photographer Michael Melford.

I’ve seen these photos published before, but one photo is unique, at least to me. It’s a four-photo sequence showing the same tree in a cycle through the seasons.

It provides one of those, “Oooh, cool” moments in otherwise ordinary content.

I was disappointed to not find more of that sort of thing. But I guess when you see a line like “Get the whole story in the pages of National Geographic magazine,” it means the best stuff has been saved for the magazine.