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Theory Thursday: Making Ball Bearings

This one goes out to all my skating friends and some of the cyclists I know might take interest in it too. This is a video from Nachi on how rolling element bearings are made. This one follows the manufacture of deep groove ball bearings so it’s a good one for skaters to watch.

YouTube Tuesday: Inline Skating Crossed With North Shore Mountain Bike

What do you get when you cross inline skating, Red Bull Crashed Ice and North Shore style mountain bike trails? The Couch Garden Crew Movie Project of course.

These Austrian inline skaters, and most likely ice hockey players, have taken inspiration from Red Bull’s Crashed Ice race series to create a course in the forest reminiscent of the North Shore trails originally scene in Canadian mountain biking. This movie project follows the crew from their inspiration through building the course, preparing custom rigging for the film and skating the roller coaster of wood. I wish I could have a roll on it, it looks like a lot of fun.

YouTube Tuesday – How To Be A Hockey Player

Remember that time I played A-grade inline hockey? I may now be the one with too much team spirit…or the one that chirps too much.

What’s Going On – 3rd Edition

Well, I have managed to schedule a few posts as you may have seen. I have also updated my ‘About’ page per the Problogger Community challenge from last week, or perhaps it was the week before. I probably should post that to the Problogger Forums since it was part of a challenge.

Over on Loaded Trolley we’ve done a few posts in the last few weeks. In wandering around the Docklands and Ringwood Costco Warehouses there have been a number of what I call a ‘.97 Special‘ which has generate some posts. I also use that to drive a little bit of traffic to Loaded Trolley via OzBargain. There has been one troll on OzBargain that seems to be upset with me doing this but he is just a prolific poster who seems to have nothing better to do than post a comment on almost every deal.

I still have a mountain of data analysis to do for Loaded Trolley. We spent 12 weeks gathering comparative prices from Costco, Coles and Woolworths so it is time to slice that data up and get some results.

LivingRoomRaceway.com is still in its infancy but traffic is inching up each week especially with more posts. I am about to start on making some terrain for the modular micro RC track so there will be a lot of content soon. There is also one more flat track video to come to show the modularity of the system, I just need to shoot it!

It’s going to be a bit of a hectic couple of weeks for my family with a major sporting event looming. Once that is done some it will be time for more projects. I keep promising to myself I will get onto some light painting but so far no dice. And in the true Corey fashion I have five great new projects ideas and only one brain and body, or perhaps two, to consider working on them. I will add them to the list. Anyone want an idea to run with and develop? I have a bunch I cannot get to.

Oh, and in the midst of all this I am trying to watch all of the Detroit Red Wings playoffs games. It was a 5AM start this morning for game 2 only to see them lose 4-1 to Boston. I was so hopeful of two wins on the road after the first game with a 1-0 win over the Bruins. Well it’s 1 game a piece and they are are heading to Detroit and are still in it. Go Wings.


Unbreakable Ice Hockey Stick (Nearly)

If you’re an ice hockey or inline hockey player or fan you know that while composite sticks have advanced the game they also tend to break at the worst time. Many ‘goalie out of position’ one timers are not realised when the offensive player’s stick breaks like spaghetti and or goals are allowed in on power play defensive situations when a defense-man has to drop their broken stick.

Colt Hockey claim to have solved the problem by combining a nano-technology metal with a composite hockey stick to provide what they suggest is a breakthrough product. The new hockey stick is now available through Colt Hockey’s website for around US$270 (or perhaps Canadian dollars).

The video below shows the apparent strength of Colt Hockey’s new stick which has been tested by professional and amateur hockey players in its development. Colt Hockey says they have a short list of NHL players that want to try the stick too but making it onto the ice in an NHL game might be a while off while they make sure the new stick will meet NHL regulations.

What’s Going On

It’s been a while since I posted here. I had planned to at the very least set a weekly auto post of a video from my YouTube favorites list but I haven’t even got there yet.

Apart from that, I keep plugging away at my other web project, Loaded Trolley. That one is holding fairly steady with traffic even though the last month or two were somewhat lacking in content being added. I will be interested to see what happens with traffic to Loaded Trolley when the Ringwood Costco Warehouse opens in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs.

Something that is not so good for me at the moment lack of time I sem to have for my photography. I have not shot many frames in the last year and with so much going on I guess something had to hit the back burner. What I have been planning on doing is light painting photography. A few months ago (OK, it was almost six months ago) I bought some interesting bits and pieces for light painting, but I am still yet to really give that a go. My target is to try one light painting photography shot by the end of this week.

I have also bought a timer remote for my Canon 1D so I am hoping to have a go at some time lapse photography. The biggest problem is that time lapse really does take a lot of time both to shoot and in post processing and I really feel time poor right now.

On the photography front, I posted some time go about attempting to get into microstock. I still have the same small batch of photos up with three agencies – iStockphoto, Dreamstime and Fotolia. iStockphoto and Dreamstime have done a whopping $40 each on 13 and 19 photos respectively in what is nearly two years now. Fotolia is about half that. I might give that another go and focus on those two former agencies and drop Fotolia. Perhaps I should also give Shutterstock another go.

I have rejoined the local library system again and that is helping me find inspiration for photography. I currently have a couple of Scott Kelby’s books out on Photoshop and Lightroom so I will work my way through them. I have also loaned some books on driving website traffic and improving my Google rank, so let’s see how that goes.

One of the other books I am reading is by Blake Beattie on achieving goals. Whilst I find Blake’s book, ‘Bullseye!: The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Your Goals‘ a little to happy or uplifting for my frame of mind, I guess that is what you have to be in his line of business. I think I prefer things a little dryer and more technical. Perhaps that is part of my problem, as well as too much cynicism and not enough positiveness. Oh well, maybe time for a new tack on that front.

Anyway, you lot should keep me in check on getting that light painting and time lapse stuff done. If I haven’t posted any either here or on my Flickr in the next few weeks, give me a rev up here or on Facebook. Oh, Facebook….I probably didn’t get to light painting because I was spending too much time on Facebook just waiting for other people’s boring status updates. Time to put a stop to that.

Until next time (and given my form, that could be six months or more away), STAY FROSTY.

YouTube Favorite – Top NHL Bloopers for the 2011-12 Season

OK, the last post was only a partial success for publishing to my FaceBook timeline, so now I will have two posts in a matter of minutes where previously I have not posted on this blog for months….go figure.

Anyway, here is another YouTube favorite showing the top bloopers from the 2011-12 NHL season. Rather fitting given the 2012-13 season is in lock-out and I foresee little chance of getting it back. I, for your information, am on the players’ side of that negotiation.

YouTube Favorite – Red Bull Crashed Ice St Paul 2012

I would love to try and skate a Red Bull Crashed Ice course, but my skills on ice are lacking

Check out the latest installment in full (1.5hrs) from the 2012 season that took place in St Paul, Minnesota. There are more videos, including highlights, on various Red Bull YouTube accounts from other Crashed Ice seasons and races, just search YouTube. Also check out the Red Bull Crashed Ice website.

A Brief History of Hi-Lo Inline Skates

Back in the early days of inline skating, that is the late 80’s into the early 90’s, it was easy for skate companies to decide on what size wheels came on each skate in their product range. In general entry level skates came with 4 x 72mm wheels, mid range skates came with 4 x 76mm wheels and high end skates came with 4 x 80mm wheels. Then there were the specialty skates for competitive disciplines. In that arena is was basically hockey skates with 4 x 76mm wheels and speed skates with 5 x 80mm wheels. Continue reading →

IceHouse: Ice Skating in Melbourne’s Docklands

With the post Winter Olympic buzz still in the air and the recent opening of Icehouse in Melbourne’s Docklands, I got together with a couple of friends at works for a skate on tight a$$ Tuesday last week. I also backed this up with another skate there on Sunday with the family.

The first time out on the rink was ‘Tight A$$ Tuesday’ which is half price entry (but not half price skate hire). I hired ‘premium’ hockey skates and hit the ice with a Canadian (ice in the blood?!) and another work friend who used to play ice and inline hockey. Just a note on the Tuesday night session…it is BUSY. I asked on my return visit on Sunday how many they put through the doors Tuesday night and they said 700 skaters…HUGE. Previous weeks had been between 250 to 400 skaters. Continue reading →