Monday, May 23, 2011

My Frustration...

When I'm frustrated the whole world stops. It's as if I'm so focused on one concept that all the other neurons in my brain just stop firing until I can solve the problem at hand.

A great example is when I am programming and something just goes wrong. Sometimes I've gone too far to trackback and find the mistake. From there it's on to sorting through hundreds of lines of code until I find just that one so insignificant yet extraordinarily misplaced quote or semi-colon that crashed and burned the whole application. What's worse is that sometimes these little frustrations add up into full-fledged anger, and then it's a good bet something will end up broken. God forbid that during this small programming frustration my computer decides to lag for even five seconds, because it will pay the price through dents, scratches, and nicks (it's got enough already).

I've learned over many years of having a horrible temper just to pause, even for one second, and take a deep breath. There is some mystical healing properties of breathing (go figure) that just melts away all your problems. Another great technique I have is to just have your "happy place" in mind, and try to do nothing else but visualize and feel it for a minute or two. I imagine myself sitting in a hammock stretched between two palm trees dangling over the shallow water on a beach in Hawaii with the wind slowly rocking me back and forth (hopefully some day I'll get there). Just try and escape your frustrations for a few seconds if you can and you will feel infinitely better.

What do you get frustrated at, and how do you overcome it?

Friday, May 20, 2011

XTREME: Motocross

Welcome to the first article in my XTREME Sports series. Today I'll be covering Motocross. This is the how-to, where-to, and know-how you'll need to get involved and start watching or participating!

(Very) Brief History:
Motocross dates back to the 1920's. It is the evolution of the British sport of Scrambles, a freestyle motorcycle event. Over the years as bikes have developed, the sport has also expanded. What differs in motocross today is the customization of bikes, addition of obstacles, terrain, and jumps. For an expanded history please see the additional links below.

Alright let's just get right into it, what will you need to get started?

Safety:
Motocross is dangerous, there's no doubt about it. You should always be safe and wear your safety gear (gloves, helmet, goggles, and if you're especially cautious a chest protector, and hip pads). How are you going to get good at the sport if you break a bone the first week and have a 6 week - 6 month recovery time?

So now you've got your gear, what about a bike? If anyone else is like me then you put a Dirtbike on your Christmas list, but Santa just never had room on his sleigh. For you youngsters, you'll have some chores around the house to do for the next few months to convince your parents, but for the rest of us here are some great starter and intermediate bikes to look into:
- Honda CRF250R
- Kawasaki KX250F
- Yamaha YZ250F

Ready to Ride:
Alright let's do it, we're ready to test out the new bike, and we've got all our safety gear on. Well, where do we go? Your dirtbike is not street legal, so better to stay away from the roads. You may live near a large clearing in the woods, or have some dirt paths going around town, but I live in a much too rural area for this, so what to do?

Your best bet on finding good riding places is to ask your friends and look for flyers in your area for events and open courses. It seems like a daunting task, but you'll be surprised at how many of your friends heard of "an ill course" less than an hour away. One thing to note here is that if you feel you aren't experienced enough to enter an event, then don't! Maybe tear up your backyard a bit first and get a feel for the movement of the bike, no reason to rush things.

Entering an event is a great way to get some quick experience, learn a thing or two from the other riders, and meet new friends that one day could help you get sponsored!

Final Notes:
Riding motocross, or doing anything really, should be for fun. If you start to pursue money then you'll miss out on the fun of competition and meeting new people. On the other hand, if you are already an expert then contribute with a comment below and give all those newbie riders a chance to learn something from your $0.02. Remember, everyone was a newbie at some point, no one ever plobbed down on a bike and knew how to weave in and out of jumps, or use the bike's weight to your advantage. Below are some additional links and resources for you, there is a lot of information about motocross out there, take advantage of it.

Additional Links:
- Freestyle Motocross (History) (Awesome website and great history article on Motocross)
- Dirt Rider (Great magazine for all things motocross)
- Transworld Motocross (Another all-around Motocross website)
- Motocross (Wouldn't be right not to mention Motocross.com in all of this)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

QUESTION: Your (most/least) favorite TV Shows?

I watch a variety of tv shows, and whether it be Entourage, RJ Berger, Fantasy Factory, Dexter, Modern Family, or South Park, I always find myself cracking up at those re-runs we've all seen 1,000 times and eagerly awaiting new episodes. Recently though I've noticed several of my friends getting hooked on Glee, which I have no interest in, but it got me thinking, how different is everyone's taste in 21st century television?

So let me know, what are YOUR favorite TV Shows and which ones do you stay away from?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blog Update!

Welcome to the blog! If you've been around for a while I'm sure you've seen the erratic posting, but this is the official turnaround of that. This blog will now be better oriented towards more interesting topics, whether it be extreme sports (car racing, motocross, and a thousand others), poking a hole in the space-time continuum, or just some viral videos! I also would like to announce the new weekly posting schedule, so you can always expect miscellaneous posts of cute cats with hillarious captions!

Check this Friday for the introduction to my eXTREME Sports series, where I'll cover the who, what, where, when, and how you can get involved in motocross, hang-gliding, sand boarding, and more!

Stay tuned in!

Monday, May 16, 2011

T-SHIRTS IN STOCK!!

Check out the NEW T-SHIRTS we just got in. Now available on our website! Keep in touch on Facebook and follow Apollo Clothing on Twitter for contests, giveaways, and more!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

PICTURE: Reading Your Own Palm

Here's a cool picture about reading the lines in your palm! I don't know about you but it says I am an extremely temperamental, selfish, very emotional person with a long life line...


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Follow Apollo Clothing!

You should join the Apollo-Clothing Facebook page and follow ApolloClothing on Twitter for upcoming clothing announcements, contests, and giveaways!

Stay posted for more random content including pictures, videos, articles, and everything else of interest!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

FREE Apollo Clothing iPhone Wallpaper

If you haven't done so, check out the iPhone wallpapers we've put up! We have more on the way for iPhone and Android phones!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

VIDEO: Backyard BMX and Motocross park - Farm Jam (5min - HD)

Here's an awesome video from Redbull on YouTube of Farm Jam. It's a yearly BMX and Motocross event taking place in a backyard dirt park. These guys pull off some amazing tricks. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

HOW TO: Remember where you left it...


A common problem I believe everyone has at some point is simply remembering where you put down your keys, or your wallet, or your phone. At least three times a day before learning this technique, I would be searching frantically for the car keys, my ipod, or even my phone. I could just never remember where I had set these things down, it's like the underpants gnomes came and hid them from me. Well worry no more, those devious underpants gnomes won't be back to steal anything! By using this simple technique you can always remember where you left that oh-so-important yet never-where-you-left-it item!

I use a simple technique, well more of a habit, of making a physical and mental motion to firmly set the object's location in my brain. For example, before putting down my wallet I open it up, show myself a quick glance of all the bills, credit cards, licenses, IDs, and everything else within the wallet, then I put it down. This works because you know that all of those things are valuable, and by seeing it your brain will make an effort to keep in memory where these items are. You are essentially associating the location of your wallet with things of value, instead of just a leather wallet.

This works in a similar way to writing down something you don't want to forget. If, for example, you make a note to get milk while at the grocery store, you'll generally notice that at the grocery store you won't need to look at your note to remember it. Just the act of writing and seeing it further ingrained getting milk in your head, just as the act of physically opening your wallet and seeing everything inside will aid you in remembering where it was left.

You can use this technique for anything really. Before putting down your car keys, imagine walking into your car, and physically make the motion with the keys to start the car. I bet you'll be amazed next time you need those pesky keys that hid themselves on the upstairs bathroom sink.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Origami!!

You should all visit the Origami Resource Center and check out their tutorials on using paper to make simple and advanced creations like a flower, dragon, and complex geometric shapes! They even have tutorials for folding money! Pictures below!





Tuesday, March 29, 2011

VIDEO: Speed Flying. What I would give...

SPEED FLYING (or Speed Riding) requires "a combination of paragliding and skiing skills". It involves skiing enormous slopes very quickly with essentially a parachute and skis, not for the faint of heart. Just a cool video, I would give my left leg to do this on my right. Enjoy!

  



Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Is your life worth 15 minutes? (how to make your own survival kit)


What if right now there was a flash flood, or a hurricane, or even a tsunami just minutes away? What is your plan, where will you and your family go to stay safe, and how will you survive? Sadly, these simple questions are often left unanswered until it is too late. As seen after hurricane Katrina and the most recent earthquake/tsunami in Japan, hundreds and even thousands of people are left stranded from society by the sheer devastation. Emergency respondents are often broken up to provide relief to specific areas hit worst by the disaster. This leaves thousands of people without rescue, electricity, running water, phone service, and even food for days. Hundreds can die from the aftermath of a disaster because they lacked the necessary provisions to simply LIVE.

DON'T LET THAT BE YOU!!

Take 15 minutes of your day right now and possibly save your life years from now when a freak disaster occurs. More often than not, it takes rescue teams 3 days to reach most effected areas. 72hours.org takes the guess work out of being prepared for the longest 3 days of your life. Learn how to protect your family and even pets, what to have ready, and what to do during various types of disasters.

Is your life worth 15 minutes?
Visit 72hours.org to get started.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tsunami in Japan: The Aftermath

The damage is done, thousands are dead, homes are gone, families uprooted, and relatives missing. I'm sure you've heard of the historic earthquake and tsunami that rattled the very fabric of Japanese infrastructure on March 11th, unless of course you live under a rock with the Geico caveman. The final death count and damage is still unknown, and the effect on the Japanese economy is incalculable.

Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed, either by the earthquake itself shaking all of Japan at a massive 8.9 magnitude (the largest recorded), or the unstoppable floods that followed. Homes have been literally shaken to powder or just swept up and washed away under the ground-shattering quake and huge tsunami swells.

To top it off, the Fukushima nuclear power plant suffered power outages after the backup generators were flooded, causing several cores to slowly overheat and leak radioactive material into the surrounding, which now holds 1,000 - 10,000 times the normal amount of radiation.

Rebuilding will take upwards of 5 years, the costs have been estimated at anywhere from $145 billion to $320 billion, and there is fear that leaked radiation is in the drinking water and will effect small children.

I'll leave you with several on-scene videos of the earthquake, incoming tsunami, and the efforts that are now going towards rebuilding (all short videos 1-3 minutes in length each). Extremely powerful stuff.

 

 

 

Hillarious Video: Drunk History

If you haven't seen it, Drunk History by funny or die on YouTube is one of the most brilliant video ideas ever conceived. The idea here is to get a historian flat-out wasted, have her tell a historic event, then have famous actors re-enact it word-for-word. This episode features Will Ferrel, Don Cheadle, and Zooey Deschanel. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Apollo Clothing Blog!

Welcome to our new blog! This will be base camp for behind the scenes, sneak peaks, giveaways, and other bonuses/coupons from Apollo Clothing! We will also continuously post new videos and pictures that you'll enjoy.

To start off the excitement check out these amazing video effects in First Person Mario by FreddieW over at YouTube. Enjoy!