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