Friday, January 28, 2011

Chicken Point Cabin » ISO50 Blog

Wow. It seems to be made of a lot of found materials and or cheap materials (i.e. cinder block, scrap metals, random construction materials, etc). I wonder how much it is to rent this place? Beautifully utilitarian. And the 30' x 20' pivoting window wall ... epic!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Piccadilly Journals - Essential Notebooks *New Pricing

This is the pricing I am used to and have come to expect from Piccadilly notebooks. This is a great Moleskine alternative, and dramatically cheaper! I know, I know ... blasphemy.

Carry on.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gear Test: Columbia Bugatech Lite Omni-Heat Boots

Columbia BugatechTM Lite Omni-Heat® Boot

It has been a delight to test out these stellar boots by Columbia.

These Bugatech’s are remarkably light. I noticed their lean design the moment I picked up the package from my door step.

I paired the Columbia BugatechTM Lite Omni-Heat® boots with my 24” TSL “High-Road” snowshoes. The Bugatech’s locked into my TSL snowshoes like they were made for each other. As I tromped around in my snowshoes, they felt like an extension of my foot.

The Bugatech’s lean and efficient construction made it a joy to snowshoe for 2 hours, even in uber-deep snow. Their lightweight design minimized fatigue and clumsiness.

We have over 2.5 feet of snow on the ground here in Fargo, North Dakota. I was able to get out and snowshoe in a wooded park near our home (Island Park). I tromped through 24”+ of fresh powder for about 2 hours. It was all trail cutting so I was pretty tired; I was sinking up to my knees with almost every step. It was a beautiful day, clear and crisp at about 10˚F.

The warmth of the Omni-Heat® technology and the 200g Thinsulate® is impressive. I was in knee deep powder for 2+ hours with a 10˚F air temperature, and my feet were warm and dry the entire time.

The waterproof technology was also superb, there was not a fleck of dampness on my sock or foot during the hike or afterward.

I feel the fit is true to size. These Bugatech’s were nice and snug with a good thick sock; I felt no slippage in the heel or any rubbing anywhere.

Fit & Feel:
The boots felt stiff enough to support the ankle and arch, but not too stiff that they were uncomfortable over a longer period of time.  Even when I walked over more rough and uneven terrain the boots offered solid stability and control.

General Wear:
The Bugatech’s are great even for just wearing around town, shoveling the drive, or running errands, etc. Again, the comfort and lightweight design make them ideal for active snowshoeing or just wearing around town. The boots feel and fit like quality hiking boots made for snow!

I highly recommend these boots to anyone looking for a lightweight, capable, and versatile boot that can go anywhere and master the elements, whether that be slugging through 2 feet of powder in subzero temperatures or beating the chill while shoveling the driveway.

For more information check out the Columbia® website.
See the rest of my photos on Flickr.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Spin Cycle, High - A Moleskine's Demise

Just in case you were ever wondering what would happen if you ever put a Moleskine through the laundry cycle, let me enlighten you (see photo, exhibit A.)
This WAS a Moleskine Extra Small Volant notebook, until it got the thrashing of its life as it whirled through the washer's spin cycle at a modest 75MPH. Oh yea, and then it got dried, probably on high.
*Sigh* So long.

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Fresh Moleskine

Feeding the fetish.
Large Plain Hardcover Notebook (LPHN)
Large Plain Black Cahiers (LPBC)
If you are wondering, I use the LPHN for work notes, to-do lists, planning etc, and the LPBC's are for Bible study notes.
Do it.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

6 New Moleskine Passions Notebooks for 2011

This might be getting a bit excessive at this point? Maybe? Dogs?
Also, does the "Traveling" Passions Notebook seem a bit redundant with their Moleskine City Notebooks? Maybe it's just me ...


Moleskine Press Release

"Six New Passion Journals for 2011. The Six new pieces in the Passions Collection will be launched starting from the 1st week of February: the new Passions Journals are dedicated to Gardening, Style, Baby, Cats, Dogs, Travelling. You can download the media kit here. The respective six new videos will be uploaded on the Moleskine YouTube and Vimeo channels in launch time. The media kit for the previous 6 pieces in the Passions Collection is available here."

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011