Archive for January, 2011

Hurricane Ice Cubes

A hurricane is a drink concocted from fruit punch and gasoline (lots of rum). They’re popular in New Orleans and quite delicious, and for some reason I decided to pour one into an ice cube tray.

Only good can come from these 1 inch x 1 inch frozen alcohol cubes. No longer will you get to the end of your drink and be bummed to see ice cubes, because hurricane ice cubes keep the good times rolling.

Now that ice cubes for the New Orleans drink are taken care of, we can move on to Fernet and Ginger Ale ice cubes for San Francisco…

Four Loko Jewelry

[photo via REFINERY29]

Thank god these Four Loko earrings came out before Valentine’s Day…

Spotted by Art of Moda blogger, Yasemin.

94117.org, A Hyperlocal San Francisco Blog That Never Was

Back in the day (2005?) some Internet-savvy people who loved the area of San Francisco they lived in decided to start a website dedicated to all the interesting people, stickers and artwork that encompassed their neighborhood. That website was 94117.org and that neighborhood was The Haight. Its mission statement simple:

The web site is dedicated to the hippies, dot commers, deadheads, artists, musicians, and dreamers that make and enjoy the neighborhood art of the Haight District.

There was so much promise in this site that never was. You can see its thoughts on street art were years before its time:

Some visitors balk at the stickers and flyers that adorn our streets. But neighborhood art is a product of our dreams and thoughts. The messages swirl in a cultural whirlpool that defines our city and who we are.

So what happened to capturing the dream that is 94117.org? Just like the amount of licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Roll Pop, the world may never know… But if you know why not tell us, c’mon.

ASP World Tour Gets In A New York State Of Mind

The Quiksilver Pro and ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) have made it official – they will host their first ever east coast stop on an ASP World Tour.  The Quiksilver Pro 2011 will hold one of it’s three contest at Long Beach, NY.  If you thought pro surfers wouldn’t make the trip to come surf our “less than world class” waves, think again. Quiksilver is putting up a $1 million dollar prize purse, which should ensure that everyone shows up.

Long Island and New York City have a strong surf community, and maybe more importantly for the contest we have people – lots of people.  Check out what Coney Island looks like on a hot summer day:

Both Quiksilver and Billabong already have large stores in the heart of Times Square to cash in on the New York market, and I’m sure they are betting on this tour bring in more advertising dollars.

Ice Fishing

Battling the cold, not the crowds, while ice fishing on Goodyear Lake in Upstate New York.

How To Use A Skateboard Security Rack

San Francisco is a progressive city. The recent supporting fact for that statement is the availability of skateboard security racks located side-by-side with bicycle racks and cars in our city’s parking lots.

Now I’ve only seen one skateboard rack in the city (the one above hangs in the Koret Center parking lot at the University of San Francisco) and I must admit I had no idea how you would go about locking your board up to this thing. So I Googled the Internet and found a company that makes these “skateboard security racks”. The image below shows how you can safely lock up your board.

Would any skaters out there use a rack to lock their boards up?

The Future Of Bike Lights – LED Teeth

[photo via The New York Times]

Imagine biking The Wiggle at 9pm and cracking a smile to let the other street traffic know you’re on your bike. This is the future, people. LED your grill!

According to The New York Times:

The new fashion accessories were originally created as an experiment by two Japanese designers and are now being used in a commercial [...]

The LED smiles can easily be affixed to your teeth and glow different colors while you smile. The colors can be changed wirelessly through a computer interface. Of course they work best in the dark.

The NYT article has more info, including some sweet videos of people with LED grills.

One Victim Identified In Long Island’s Serial Killer Case

Desolate in the winter, Gilgo Beach, our home surf break (pictured below and included within the Ice Tubes header) drew media attention in the latter part of 2010 when four women’s bodies were found among the beach grass on the side of the road, presumably the work of a serial killer dubbed by Ice Tubes as the “Burlap Sacker“.

NOT the "Burlap Sacker"

According to The New York Times, one of the victims was “identified by Suffolk County officials on Wednesday as Megan Waterman, a Maine woman who had been missing since the spring.” Waterman posted ads on Craigslist offering her services as an “escort”.

The New York Times article had an accurate depiction of what Gilgo looks like during winter, saying:

the parking lot was empty except for two vehicles filled with surfers, who were later seen walking along Ocean Parkway. The highway, a faded strip of blacktop that connects a series of barrier beaches, is desolate in wintertime, a wind-swept landscape of sand dunes, the Atlantic Ocean and ice-covered marshland.

Here’s a picture to paint those words.

Surf Film Trailer: Sight|Sound

This is the official trailer for Sight|Sound, the new surf flick from High Seas Films and DAMP productions, directed by east coast longboarder Mikey DeTemple.

Is the Jets Airplane Celebration Too Much?

[cartoon via Newsday]

At first I thought the New York Jets might be doing a little too much talking and celebrating, but now I’m on board. I have my arms out wide.



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