Over Wednesday and Thursday this week my friend Benny and I got inspired to go to Seward (a 2+ hour drive) just for the night. At first I was reluctant – I had a lot to do at home and gas isn’t cheap – but the idea sounded too good – so heck yea – we went. Honestly – trips like this don’t come around every week, well they do for people who have normal weekends off, but I have the middle of the week off and have to work during weekends, so it’s just a little tougher for me. So yea…I’m glad I said yes.
The drive there was filled with new music…I think we listened to the new Relient K, some Dubstep, threw in some metal with Bring Me The Horizon, and a couple ToC mixes (Yes…I listen to them too).
Got there around 6:30 – and ready for some good eats. Luckily my bandmate Ronnie was in town for work, and came and hung out with us. Our plan was to walk around Seward, since it’s not that big, and find somewhere to eat that we all agreed on. We walked like 20 steps and saw the very young Seward Brewing Company – and I was immediately enticed.
The Seward Brewing Company is less then a year old, so they don’t have that much beer, but what they do have – I was a fan of. I tried a sample of 4 beers (which you can see in the above picture) – the Golden Ale, White, Red Ale, and IPA – which I just found out my friend Kevin helps in the consulting of the brewing process for each.
My favorite was either the IPA or the White. I’m usually not much of a white fan, but I read the description of the beer before drinking it – “with hints of chamomile, coriander, sweet and bitter orange peels” – and I could taste every ingredient like it was the main one. Spot on description. I think I liked that experience of tasting the ingredients more then the beer though. I’ll have to try it again.
After beer and an amazing bowl of clam chowder, we headed down to the docks. I like to do this whenever I’m in Seward – the process of seeing the boats in the water and coming up with stories of the owners or dreaming about owning a yacht someday. It’s a good mind relaxer – and I have so many memories that I’ve made in Seward – that it makes for a very nostalgic time.
This video was one of the first Instagram vids I took – I was so impressed with how this turned out, because of the image stabilizer and the filters. It definitely makes your video’s look more professional and I couldn’t get enough of it.
After rock climbing and dock exploring, we headed to a buddies house where we were gonna sleep. We staid in his RV outside his house and brewed up a campfire a little ways away and talked for several hours. A perfect way to end the night.
It was an amazing time – even though it was less than 24 hours – I still had a blast. The rain clouds stayed away and let the sunshine through – which made the drive there even more beautiful.
Here’s another video I had to share of Benny and a waterfall right before we left Seward. You can see that this seems like pretty quality stuff, but it’s just Instagram on my iPhone. Really stoked on how this one turned out.
Specific architecture has a way of drifting me off and into a daydream. I don’t have to be there to be put in this trance…it’s mostly the pictures that does it for me. Makes me feel warm and inspired just by picturing myself walking down these halls. The architects at Bates Masi have made a fantastic building – dubbed Genius Loci, an architectural term meaning “spirit of the place.” Located about two hours outside NYC this location screams summer for me, even though it’s probably pretty rough in the winter.
I’ve never been to Montauk, New York, but after seeing these pictures and the ones below…I’m surprised I haven’t. The only downside to living there is it is on the tip of a peninsula – and to drive anywhere would be hectic. But that’s just one downside…I think if I lived here I could look past that.
Check out more pictures after the break…
In my journeys through the internet – I see a lot of really cool houses. Some that I actually post on here, others I just mutter to myself how it’s sweet looking, but it’s not worthy to post about. This Lemperle Residence…I can literally say…I have no hesitation posting about on here. It fills all my requirements for finding inspiration through architecture. The color palette that goes along with these pictures might be a huge reason why I love them so much…they took these photographs at the perfect time of day when the sky was blue and the sunset was pink. The colors of the house go so well with what is happening outside.
One of the first things I notice with looking at these pictures is that it seems to be a nod toward the 60′s architectural design work – with the furniture to the layout. I love the 60′s – so it’s only appropriate that I notice that. Also the house is very open…with giant glass windows overlooking the ocean – giving it a huge spacial feeling. Built in La Jolla, California and designed by Jonathan Segal.
I would hate to live in the houses next to it – I would be envious every day.
Check out some more photos of The Lemperle Residence after the continuation…
I found out about a new app today called – Coustea Collection, which is a count of all Cousteau’s expeditions, crew, inventions, dreams and aspirations” – needless to say it reminded me that I forgot to review a book I read recently about him.
I found out about this book in August on the boardwalk of Ocean City, New Jersey, in a great bookstore called Atlantic. I was in there looking for a book to read while on the beach, and stumbled over The Sea King. Before I read it, the only Cousteau I knew was the one Wes Anderson put in my head with red beanie wearing Steve Zissou. So I really didn’t know who the man was. I picked up the book and like they all say, I couldn’t put it down.
In a nutshell – he started diving to train his muscles back to normal after a bad car accident – and fell in love with the ocean. As he spear hunted fish for food, he got sick of not being able to hold his breath for enough time as it took to get the fish – so he invented the Aqua Lung, one of the first breathing apparatus’. On top of this – he traveled the world on his ship Calypso researching the ocean and what it had to offer. Cousteau and his rough tough group of hooligans succeeded in making the first underwater box they could put a camera in, push record and film underwater. With their new device they made documentaries, movies, and TV shows with underwater footage that the world had never seen before.
Needless to say this guy had escapades galore, and this book runs through them all. It’s a good read and very well written. Brad Matsen does a good job sucking you into Cousteau’s life and every once in a while he gives us visual people a picture or two.
RATING: 8 out of 10
Also download the app if you have an iPad or iPhone, from just spending a few minutes on it, it seems like they’ve made it a game. The more you read…the more rewards or “Cousteau Cards” you get. I’m stoked.
This video needs no explanation…except to say that I want one.
The pack itself is called the Jetlev.
Watch the video below for the full demonstration.
Here’s how it works.
The jet pack in the video runs off of water. It’s the first of its kind. The tube you see attached to it, that goes into the water, goes into a gas powered small boat that follows whenever the jet pack pilot is flying.
“[This was taken] while standing neck-deep & fully-clothed in the ocean, with a ziplock bag and some rubberbands over the camera. The waves were making such lovely shapes as the hands of the storm stretched overhead.”
- Cole Rise