Podcast #59 – Watch Yo’ Self!

We’ve turned the corner on the summer and time will start moving quickly. We’re all out there running, biking, working out getting ready for those sweet powder days, but don’t forget, it can be dangerous out there, so you better watch yo’ self. The bums share some of their recent experiences where failed to do so.

Weekly Flavor - It's IPA Day

  • Mario: Beer Camp Moxee-Moron Imperial Session IPA, 7.5%

  • Brian: Rampant Imperial IPA, New Belgium, 8.5% ABV

Ski News

  • Here's What El Nino Has in Store for 2016/17

    Overview: El Niño is transitioning to La Niña. In other words, the water in the South Pacific near the Equator is cooling off. Why does this matter? It matters because it will change the average position of the jet stream this winter. The jet stream guides storm systems around the globe ultimately determining where the heaviest snow falls in any given winter season.

    Outlook: A low grade La Niña (aka La Niña Lite) will be the dominate player by late fall and continue through the winter season. What does that mean? It means the storm track will favor certain areas for heavier than average snowfall. Those areas may be different than last winter. I believe we'll see the heaviest snow in the Pacific Northwest, northern Intermountain West, Great Lakes and possibly parts of the Northeast.

    Biggest Winners: La Niña tilts the odds in favor of above average snowfall for Mount Baker, Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, Mount Bachelor, Whistler, Lake Louise, Schweitzer, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Discovery, Whitefish, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Steamboat, Buffalo Pass, Squaw Valley, Northstar and Heavenly.

    Mildly Favored: Aspen, Snowmass, Copper, Vail, Loveland, Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Park City, Jay Peak, Smuggers' Notch, Stowe, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf and Killington.

    Tomer's Take: The above forecast percentages are a broad-brush look at the winter as a whole rather than any specific month alone. It is a forecast. I'll be closely watching the south Pacific trade winds and water temperatures in the next two months. If you're planning an early winter ski trip it will be important to know those two details. For example, will we have good snow coverage by Thanksgiving? How about by Christmas? Those answers will become more apparent in the next two months.


  • TGR’s New Movie - Tight Loose (Coming Fall 2016)

    Come join us to celebrate TGRs 21st Birthday. The tighter your show the looser you can be. With over 21 years of traveling the globe and pushing the boundaries of what is possible we have experienced the full spectrum of adventure. It has been a constant evolution of refining a lifestyle - keeping things as buttoned-up on the front end in order to seize the moment when things reach the edge of control. Our latest film "Tight Loose" is TGR's highest achievement to date. From India to Alaska, come join us as we discover unridden spine walls, massive airs, and full throttle riding in some of the wildest and most spectacular places on earth. Witness the 21-year athlete roster as they come together for a reunion-style massive group shred of the Palisades at Squaw Valley. Tight Loose is living to the fullest!


  • Matchstick Productions - “Ruin and Rose” trailer

    RUIN AND ROSE Official Trailer - 4K from mspfilms on Vimeo.

    Acclaimed writer/director Ben Sturgulewski joins the award-winning team at Matchstick Productions and their two decades of filmmaking expertise to deliver "RUIN AND ROSE," an epic creative vision brought to life by the talents of the world’s top skiers. Winter landscapes across the planet contrast seamlessly with a thoroughly-crafted story of environmental apocalypse, shot entirely within the incredible expanses of Africa’s otherworldly Skeleton Coast. Unlike anything seen before, the dreamlike setting of this film sparks the imagination of not only action sports enthusiasts, but anyone with a beating heart.

    Presented by Under Armour in spectacular 4K resolution, "RUIN AND ROSE" features veterans and newcomers alike, including Mark Abma, Sammy Carlson, Markus Eder, Zack Giffin, Sander Hadley, Russ Henshaw, Eric Hjorleifson, Lukas Joas, Sean Jordan, Bene Mayr, Evan McEachran, Michelle Parker, Ole Pavel, Tanner Rainville, Austin Ross, Fabio Studer, Cody Townsend, Noah Wallace, and others. “RUIN AND ROSE” was filmed on location in Alaska, Austria, British Columbia, Bulgaria, California, France, Switzerland, and the breathtaking sands of Namibia.


  • Jay Peak

    • Documents suggest state ignored warnings about Jay Peak in 2012

      Tram Haus Lodge was one of the early projects the Jay Peak developers built with money from the EB-5 program for immigrant investors.

      State officials ignored warnings as long as four years ago that the Jay Peak developers had potentially misused immigrant investor funds, documents indicate.

      Douglas Hulme, owner of the EB-5 consulting firm Rapid USA Visas, had the ear of state officials in May 2012, public records obtained by VTDigger show, and Hulme had challenged the very business practices that became part of the charges the Securities and Exchange Commission brought this year.

    • Raymond James fights back in $350M Vermont fraud case

      Raymond James Financial is striking back in a large fraud case over a failed $350 million ski resort and real estate project in northern Vermont tied to the Miami branch of the St. Petersburg-based brokerage firm.

      Raymond James — which previously agreed to pay a $5.95 million settlement to Vermont regulators in connection with the case — last week sued 21 people who had filed arbitration suits against the company with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

      The investors had accused Raymond James of negligent supervision, common law fraud, fraudulent transfers, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty, among other claims.

      In its suit, Raymond James counters that the 21 — all of whom were believed to be living in Florida at the time of their arbitration filing — do not have standing for a claim because they were not Raymond James' clients. The suit also maintains that the allegations are already being addressed in a separate class action complaint.


  • Ski Pass Merger Creates Largest Land Mass Ever Covered Under One Pass

    Two of biggest ski passes on Earth are merging this winter to create the world's largest networks of ski lifts and ski terrain under on pass.

    The Salzburger Super Ski Card & the Kitzbühel Alps All Star Card will become one this winter providing access to 916 ski lifts, over 1,700-miles of ski trails, 25 ski regions in 6 provinces, for 199 days a year.

    All this for the very comfy price of €680.00 ($760 USD). Damn, that's cheaper than many single ski resorts in North America that have less than 30 lifts. It's less than $1 per lift.


  • Follow Up : Snowbrains Trip to Antartica

    Miles from SnowBrains got back to us about this fantastic sounding trip so we thought we would share some info with everyone. Anyone interested can email [email protected] about the trip to get information and book if they are interested.

    For November 2016, we have sub-chartered a 117 passenger ship for a 13 day, 12 night expedition. It is a great mix of international and local adventurers, explorers and humanitarians.

    There are 3 levels of activity available on the trip.

    The first level will include zodiac cruises, lectures by historians, scientists, ornithologists and marine biologists, visits to science stations, and light hiking at any landings.

    The second level of activity will include al the above plus the option of trekking or kayaking and this as well as skiing, is included for an additional adventure fee.

    The third level will involve ski mountaineering in which clients will need to have backcountry and safety gear.


  • Main Topic - Watch Yo’ Self

    The bums talk about their recent experience of getting hurt doing the things they need to do to prepare for ski season. It’s dangerous out there, so you better watch yo’ self!


    Around The Horn

    • Follow-up: Eternity NY/NJ

    • Italian army aims to produce 'the best-quality' medical marijuana after finding current batches deficient

      The Italian army is growing large crops of cannabis in order to force the price of the drug down to about €8 per gram, according to the colonel overseeing production.

      In September 2014, the country's government announced the army would help increase the production of medical marijuana, with the first secure growing facility unveiled in Florence in April last year.

      It is hoped the sterile chamber will produce up to 100kg of cannabis every year, strictly for use by cancer patients, multiple sclerosis sufferers and those with other medical conditions which could be alleviated by the drug.


    • Why People Think Potheads Are Lazy: A History

      "I no longer doubt that marijuana can be an intellectual stimulant," wrote the Harvard professor Lester Grinspoon in 1994. "It can help the user to penetrate conceptual boundaries, promote fluidity of associations, and enhance insight and creativity."

      Those sentences are from his introduction to an edition of Marihuana Reconsidered, his groundbreaking 1971 book that aimed to challenge the public outcry over marijuana use.

      The original edition of Marihuana Reconsidered also included an essay by someone who referred to himself as "Mr. X," and he noted how being high in the shower helped him figure out how racism worked—a revelation that inspired him to write 11 essays in an hour. The claim sounded crazy, until it was revealed that Mr. X was Carl Motherfucking Sagan.

      Sagan is a great example of a pothead who's accomplished amazing stuff while high-and he's not alone. Steve Jobs used marijuana to aid his creativity in the 70s, while weed was one of many chemicals it took to get Hunter S. Thompson's mental engines revving. Francis Crick was one of the scientists who discovered DNA, as well as an unlikely pot advocate who was a founding member of the proto-legalization group called Society of Mental Awareness (SOMA). The famed neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote that pot allowed him to reconcile with his own atheism; author Lee Childs-whose Jack Reacher novels are a favorite among the Fox News set-recently admitted he's smoked every night for 44 years and writes while stoned. So why the hell do people generally think of potheads as lazy do-nothings?


    • Wyomong Man Found with 30 Eyeballs in his Anal Cavity

      Police made a routine traffic stop early Thursday morning and got more than they bargained for when Roy Tilbott, 51, stepped out of his El Camino for a field sobriety test and Casper police noticed several eyeballs slide from his right pant leg onto the road.

      Feeling they could have a potential murderer on their hands, police quickly drew guns and cuffed Tilbott. Tilbott assured police the eyeballs were not human, but instead cow eyeballs he had pilfered from Johnson Meats (a slaughterhouse) where Tilbott is employed as a butcher.

      Tilbott claims that the company won't let anyone take animal scraps home and instead toss them in the landfill, which is very wasteful. He wishes workers would be allowed to take scrap meat and other parts home as part of a green initiative.

      Tilbott explained his actions: "I enjoy eating bovine eyeballs and smuggling them out in my colon was the only way I knew how to get them out without potentially getting caught and fired."

    • We Spoke to a Scientist Making Craft Beer out of Human Pee

      According to one of the better-known Bible verses, Jesus once crashed a wedding in Cana and turned six jars of water into six jars of pretty decent wine. It's hard to beat Christianity’s most famous party trick, but two Belgian scientists might have done it. Sebastiaan Derese and Arne Verliefde, both professors at Ghent University, have created a machine that uses solar energy to turn human urine into drinkable water and-probably because they’re Belgian—they are using that pee water to brew beer.

      Derese and Verliefde have spent the past two years researching how to recover potable water and nutrients from urine, in the hopes that farmers in developing countries could soon use these techniques to fertilize their own crops. But, in the meantime, they’re testing the process by turning that piss into beer. They recently took their "installation," as Verliefde calls it, to a music and theatre festival in Ghent, collecting enough pee to yield more than 1,000 liters of water that have been delivered to a local microbrewery. The resulting beer will be bottled and sold under the name From Sewer to Brewer, which is a less disgusting name than Roskilde music festival's similar initiative called "From Piss to Pilsner" (yes, believe it or not, there are multiple groups trying to turn your pee into beer).


      Orange County Police were called to Burkart’s Marina near the Louisiana state line early Friday morning after reports that Tommie Woodward, 28, and an unidentified woman were swimming in a bayou and had been attacked by a large alligator.

      There are numerous "No Swimming Alligators" signs posted around the bayou. Woodward even ignored several verbal warnings before saying "f**k the alligators" then removing his shorts, taking his billfold from his pockets, yelling cannonball!!" and cannonballing into the water.

      Woodward yelled almost immediately for help as a 10-foot alligator attacked him. A witness heard a man yell "a gator's got him!". Woodward pleaded for help "somebody shoot this thing! It's eating me!"


    • Bacteria made to turn sewage into clean water – and electricity

      A self-powered waste water treatment plant using microbes has just passed its biggest test, bringing household-level water recycling a step closer

      THEY’RE miraculous in their own way, even if they don’t quite turn water into wine. Personal water treatment plants could soon be recycling our waste water and producing energy on the side.

      Last month, Boston-based Cambrian Innovation began field tests of what’s known as a microbial fuel cell at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Maryland. Called BioVolt, in one day it can convert 2250 litres of sewage into enough clean water for at least 15 people. Not only that, it generates the electricity to power itself - plus a bit left over.

      This is a big deal, as conventional treatment plants guzzle energy – typically consuming 1.5 kilowatt-hours for every kilogram of pollutants removed. In the US, this amounts to a whopping 3 per cent of the total energy demand. If the plants could be self-powered, recycling our own waste water could become as commonplace as putting a solar panel on a roof.

      Existing treatment plants use bacteria to metabolise the organic material in waste water. "There's lots of food for them, so they reproduce fast," says Cambrian chief technology officer Justin Buck. At the end of the process, the microbes can make up a third by weight of the leftovers to be disposed of. Before being put in landfill, this "microbe cake" itself needs to be heat-sterilised and chemically treated, which uses a lot of energy.


    • Buffalo Trace has Craft Your Own Bourbon Site

      Cool site that guides you throught he distilling process, lets you select options for what you think you would like to craft and lets you know what typd of bourbon is closest to what you picked. Very intersting and informative.


    • Solar Impulse Just Completed Its Momentous Flight Around the World

      Sun haters, to the left. Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Abu Dhabi today, becoming the first fuel-free plane to successfully circumnavigate the globe. OK, so the 22,000-mile trip took a minute: The solar-owered bird lifted off from the same city in March 2015. But despite a few setbacks, the plane and Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard (who took shifts with fellow flyer André Borschberg) touched down without incident.

      Solar Impulse 2 is a seriously nifty machine. Its 236-foot wingspan makes it wider than a Boeing 747, but the thing is just 5,000 pounds. 17,000 rigid, photovoltaic panels charge four uber-efficient batteries, which make up nearly a third of the weight. Its four 17.4-horsepower motors definitely aren’t the fastest: The plane tops out around 90 mph, and traveled at an average of 38 mph across the Pacific. (Yeah, we’d honk at it on the highway, too.)


    • Burning Man 2016

      Burning Man 2016 takes place August 28 – September 5, 2016 in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Participants join in the effort to co-create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to art and community.

      Burning Man isn’t your usual festival. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.


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