its been an interesting year...

Happy New Years everyone... i really hope this year has been better for you than for me.

i dont know what or why im writing this but its new years eve and i have nothing but world of warcraft to distract me.

this has been a year ill never forget but probably want to. the most difficult and trying year of my life i have no doubt. the year i got married. the year i got a divorce (pending). the year my health took the ultimate nose dive. and the year i possibly found a doctor that might actually be able to fix this 8 year nightmare for good (also pending).

he has put me on a strict diet of no sugar no yeast among other things. i have no idea how long i will have to do this but so far its not been super fun or super easy. there is sugar in EVERYTHING. im also on a drug called diflucan (when my mom picked this one up from the pharmacy the guy asked her if i had cancer...) im also on a crazy german made drug brucella melitense nos or something. im also taking something called vital 10 with every meal which is a probiotic. it also seems that one of the things i picked up in bolivia back in 2001 was Lyme Disease. so i guess ive had freaking Lyme Disease for the last 8 years. whether that is the cause of all my suffering i dont know.. but im sure its been a good portion of it.

ill really be glad if i live to see the day where i have my life back. no one knows how much ive endured over the years. no one knows what its like now. not even my family. i have no hope of getting better. i gave up a long time ago. however this doctor is the first one to tell me anything that actually makes any sense. so there may be a chance ill pull out of this awful mess. my family seems to be convinced.

ive never been is such bad shape before. the stress of my failing marriage has tested my limits. i moved back to lehi a while ago and have been living with my parents. ive taken some time off work for the holidays and have been trying to recover somewhat. i spent more than 10 days doing nothing more than sitting in this chair. my family has been completely wonderful. i will never be able to repay their kindness. i have trouble walking and driving. the pain is crippling. im completely disabled. simple tasks are exhausting. chemicals like perfume and cologne ruin my life when even im around it but even candles and dryer sheets effect me. the list goes on...

this whole thing has been such a mind trip. i dont know if ill ever be the same again. i got married july 25th.. we only lived together for like 2 and a half months. life is crazy sometimes.. but im hoping that good will come of it. for myself though.. i dont have a clue what that might be yet...

its been an interesting year...

this post was more for me than for anyone else. i really dont need any comments here. you dont need to say anything to me the next time you see me. ok.. now i think im going to go back to what ive been doing for the past month.. playing wow..


happy memories

another old phone pic

this is a pic of my dad working on his science_hover_projector.

Like Father Like Son.

i once looked like this

was going through some old pictures on my phone and this was one of them lol


new song

warning it has the word "@$$" in the chorus so be warned. this has been a theme song during certain times of my life. enjoy.

archived MP3's here


meteor hits canada

this is from a police dash cam

freaking awesome. why cant this happen in utah county.


Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world

I found this a while back and thought it was incredible. I thought about it again today and thought id post it for yall.


remembering diablo 2

this is the ending cinematic. it was cool then and it is cool now.

here is a render of the same Archangel Tyrael taken from the diablo 3 website. kinda boring but cool looking.

click here for another sweet video from diablo 2


Large Hadron Collider eats another $21 million

so someone didnt solder a connection on one of the magnets very well and it caused an electrical failure that brought down the whole thing. $21 million dollars later and next summer.. it will be back online.


does anyone else see what a huge joke this is?

this almost gave me goosebumps



wrath comes out today.  ill be in my nerd lair all night. 



i am completely serious!


i just want to let everyone know that davy has been seen out and about wearing tight pants and a new hair style. its somewhat shocking i know but let this be proof. what has caused this drastic change in personal style i ask?



garit's blog music revolution

ok. so there is going to be a new addition to this blog. im going to start showcasing music on here. in the top right corner there will always be a song you can play directly, just hit the button.

so.. this is big for me and ill tell you why. im going to be putting music on here that is meaningful to me. music that i love currently or that has been a huge part of my past. this is going to expose a part of me that no one knows about and therefore i will probably be exposing myself to unending ridicule as well. but who cares.. blogs are about expressing yourself right? here goes nothing.

some songs ill will give explanations for.. some i probably wont. just keep checking the current song playing. im guessing it will change a lot. im going to put a link under the current song that lets you play all the past featured music.

there will probably not be any organization of the music i post on here.. totally random but all meaningful and important to who i am. so be prepared to hear NIN one day and a classical piano arrangement the next.

I confess that i am very passionate about music. i love music. i always have. its a huge part of who i am. however many of you probably dont see me as a "music savvy" person. in fact most of you probably think im retarded when it comes to music. not that i blame you.. the fact that i continue to hate the wallflowers still baffles most of you and i doubt anyone will ever understand me. lol

anyway.. I guess ill get on with it and introduce my first featured song. dan's new version of "red and yellow" he put together the other day. dan's music has always impressed me. his music has a lot of what draws me into music in general. music that has passion, music that makes you feel something. dan does that well with his meaningful/cool lyrics and the way he sings, i call it "rippin vocals" lol. so there ya go. enjoy the song and the new blog music revolution.

grats california

just want to say im super relieved to hear california ban gay marriage.



oh how i hate it.  i dont watch tv AT ALL.  its been months since i even had a way to watch tv.  even then the only thing i really watched "regularly" was conference.  but.. there is one show that i have been sorta watching (from the internet) from the begining.  heroes.  and yeah somethings are cool about the show ill admit.  but mostly im disapointed in a lot of ways.  for the most part i feel that all tv is the same.  absolute crap.  i hate it all honestly.  never ending commercials.  bad acting.  innapropreate content.  and a million other annoyances.  i dont think it will ever get better either. 

if the sun suddenly let out a titanic solar flare that damaged our ability to broadcast television i would think of it as the coolest thing that ever happened.


syler = spock

in a previous post i told you that syler was going to be spock in the new star-trek movie. here is some proof.


the world has gone crazy

i just learned something that blew my mind. apple and google are openly opposing the proposition 8 thing going on in california. apple has donated $100,000 to a campaign that is opposing it. i dont know if goolge is giving money to these people but holy crap! i dont believe it.

if proposition 8 gets shut down we are all in trouble. i cant believe this is even happening.

im not really an apple fan so i dont really feel any betrayal there but i use google services every freaking day of my life. makes me want to go start using yahoo for all my online needs.

this is weird but cool

i guess he is the same guy that mark posted about the other day. anyway the audio is all live in one take but hes standing in front of a blue screen to give you all the colored after effects. very cool i thought.


there is something that has been bothering me lately. the word "jones" or "jonesing" in a sentence. its been a long time since i heard people using these words. but over the last few days i have heard it 3 times by different people. dan you are one of them. the other two were adults in their upper 30's.
thats all i have to say about that.

moving on, i admit that i have been using a certain word a lot lately. the word is "radsauce" best word ever in my opinion.

i like that we can make up words and say what ever we want. as long as people still understand you then everything is ok. however some words i wish would die. "jonesing" is at the top of my list. #2 would be a word i hear a lady i work with say all the time unfortunately. the word is "poopytray" and it makes me want to find a trident and impale myself on it immediately. weird though huh.


the earth

just wanted to remind everyone how awesome the earth is.

this is a picture from national geographic from a while ago but its still cool. these 600,000 year old 100,000 lbs selenite crystals are from a sort of extreme cave found in mexico. the suits these guys are using are not because its cold in there. 112 degrees F and about 100% humidity due to a magma intrusion only a mile beneath the cave. the crystals were formed due to cooling groundwater that used to fill the cave, unfortunately miners unknowingly drained the water from the cave a few years before they found the cave which means the crystals that took more than half a million years to form will now stop growing and will probably soon weaken and collapse from their own weight and from new gasses introduced into the cave.

anyway.. the earth is cool.


chained to a bed

i saw this on jim and les's blog and quickly stole it. pretty funny i think

I could survive for 1 minute, 6 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

here ya go adam

adam said he missed my blogs so here goes. this will be a 2 part blog. with both parts having nothing to do with the other.

FIRST: warcraft

warcraft is a funny thing. you always get to a point where you think you are done with it forever. but then you come crawling back. sometimes you come back and it was just as lame as when you left. other times you come back and its so amazingly fun that its something you look forward to doing. i have been in this cycle for years. i have stopping playing many times. i sold my first account long ago even. but then i came back. then i almost sold that account for 200 bucks like 4 times. but in the end i still have it and im glad i do.

the last week or two i started up again. this time its been one of those amazingly fun experiences. found a guild almost right off and started raiding which is what i love. the first raid i did i got like 6 epics. it was awesome lol. the next day i got another 4. its been the fastest gear up process in history lol.

so thats fun. but now my wife is getting into it. she started playing 2 nights ago and she loves it. so this winter will be full of lots of nerding from the heaton family.

SECOND: science

i know i have not posted the epic blog explaining my new found favorite science. i want to do that and im sure i will in the near future but here are some video's to start it off. the THUNDERBOLTS project has put together a few different resources. these are segments explaining things from a DVD they made a while back. recently they released a simple E-Book intended to be used in a classroom. you can download the first chapter here. this is all very exciting and interesting stuff to me. hope you all enjoy it as much as i do.




i recently found out that i like this song...

should i be concerned?


myspace treasures!

dan posted a new song on myspace and that got me poking around until i found this old treasure... please enjoy this relic from the past.

Dan & Branden with my camera

holy crap this makes me laugh everything. as i recall they did this while as was at work after they found and abused my camera lol

i got a laugh out of this.



if i go back to wow.. it will be for this reason!



I hate worthless long meetings.


greek audiophile

found this the other day. pretty funny. i guess they are more into records over there. i have not really seen or heard of such crazy custom made setups like that.. lol funny.


interesting new technology

just saw this article. sounds interesting.


I play warhammer now and I shaved my head again.


Goofy gets surround sound

saw this today and it made me laugh.



Nothing sucks worse than vehicle registration. Time to buy some more de-natured super juice.



Movie night. Max payne looks cool.


i spent some time today downloading some magneto off the internets.  then i decided to upload them and bring a small magneto slideshow to the blog.  and this post has a large version.  i think we can all agree that mangeto has a coolness factor of 10.  please enjoy...

Fears of the dark

i thought this looked interesting. and maybe davy would think it was cool. "six of the world’s most renowned comic and graphic artists - Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, and Richard McGuire" put together a 5 creepy stories..

Cloud watching...

Watching the clouds and listening to hugh nibley's - time vindicates the prophets, while waiting for the bus..


Riding the bus

So I'm riding the bus to work today. First time in years. Kinda weird..


Blackbeard the Pirate!

one of my favorite movies of all time is coming back to the big screen. Blackbeard the Pirate is still being written but its on its way. Also the guy that is writting it is the same guy that wrote Gladiator.. which to me is good news.

one of my all time favorite movies is Blackbeard's ghost, an old(1968) disney movie. If you havn't seen it, you should.. its a classic.

The old disney movie makes him out to be sort of a nice guy in the end but in real life im sure he was pretty much murdering scum. take a look at some of these pics.. interesting how hes always drawn with smoke coming out of his beard...

Just saw this on thinkgeek

Branden.. im sorry you got robbed. this could have been you.


another day in uvu-paradise



Woo hoo! Dinner @ the ihop


I'm reading ';Brisingr'; the 3rd installment of the eragon books. I'm sort of embarrised that I like these books but oh well what can ya do eh? At least I'm not reading those wussy vampire romance books...


I've been using this iomega 1TB (MDHD1TB-UE) external HDD non-stop for the last couple months and I have to say that I'm very happy with it. Its been on the go with me all over the place and been used on like 50 computers with no issues.

however... The the last 3 usb flash drives ive used have all failed on the first use. (after a full reformat and everything) so i have completely lost all faith in usb flash drives.. i pretty much refuse to use them for anything now...


One of the many I get to play with ...


my old truck has seen better days. This thing is falling apart bad. It would be a miricle if it lasts another winter...

Mobile blogging...

I've noticed lately that adam has been pretty good at mobile blogging.. So .. Yeah.. Maybe ill give you a few shots of me on the run. This is in front of my office.


i have myodesopsia

i have always been able to see things floating across my eyes but i always thought they were very small particles on the outside of my eye that you pick up from day to day life. but i guess this isnt the case what we are seeing is not on the out side but on the inside(entoptical). they are actually little bits of stuff in your eye jelly. haha weird to think about ...

anyway.. are you myodesopsic?

life dream update

so back in december i talked about how i wanted to make a music video for this song:

yeah so i still really want to. ive listened to this song at least 100 times. i have a ton of ideas and i even started making story boards a while back. am i crazy?

maybe ill go find them and post a few of my ideas..



i added a few new and exciting features to my blog!

enter the periodic table!


a frickin air hockey table! beat my high score of 1977 !!!


Batman update

Phillip Seymour Hoffman has denied all the rumors of him as the penguin in the next bat man..

I don’t know. I think I’m more interested in seeing someone else do it. I don’t know if I’d be a good Penguin to be quite honest. [laughs]

so i guess we will see.. maybe michael caine was full of crap!?


New header

as you will now notice, i have a new header. thanks to dan for the inspiring new blog title. haha it kills me. i or dan will have to tell the story of trumpet thunder sometime. anyway the header is really ugly at the moment.. i just threw it together real fast.. i will make a new one later.

i may change the graphic from time to time.. but for sure Ball Lightning vs. Trumpet Thunder is the new name of my blog! lol

warhammer online

its been a long time since i last played wow. there is a new mmo coming out this month called warhammer online, here is a cinematic trailer for ya.

honestly.. it doesnt look that cool to me.. and none of the videos ive seen make me want to play it.

sadly though this video does make me want to play wow again.

but i really dont think im gonna play wow again.. diablo 3 is a differnt story though =)

Lotus Elise

I keep seeing lotus sports cars in orem! I've seen a bunch of different colors too. There is an orange one for sure by my house somewhere cuz I see it all the time.
its about a $50,000 sports car but they used to be really rare around here.. now i seem em all over.

for you ipod lovers..

i thought since in this very moment steve job is announcing their new ipods that i would take a minute and remind you that ipods and itunes still suck as much as they ever did.  the new nano is exatly like we thought it would be.  they are not changing anything that i hate about the ipod so thats means ill still never buy one.

Ubuntu - Jaunty Jackalope [linux]

Ubuntu's got a new flavor coming out next april called "Jaunty Jackalope".

there are a few exciting things coming with the new flavor but mostly its cool that they are focusing on making the bootup time and resuming blindingly fast. which is crazy becuase its already faster than windows and mac by a long shot. also the other thing they are focusing on is web intergration. they want a desktop that seemlessly handle all the web-based software that just keeps swarming in.
which makes me think... we are getting to the point where most of what we all use computers for are all internet based. think about it. almost everything you do you can now easily do on the web.. for free. edit movies, pictures, documents, sounds files and what ever.
linux has only to perfect some of the virtualization/emulation and it would be something i would for everything i do and reccomend for everyone else.
anyway.. there some linux nerd news for ya.

the next dark knight

so poking around on the internet today i found something interesting.

WARNING: im about to give villan spoilers for the next batman movie.  run and hide if you dont want to know anything.

ok so i came upon this quote from Michael Caine (Bruce Wayne's butler) that said this:

I was with [a Warner Bros.] executive and I said, ‘Are we going to make another one?’ They said yeah. I said, ‘How the hell are we going to top Heath? And he says ‘I’ll tell you how you top Heath — Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.’ I said, ‘S–t, they’ve done it again!’” [Laughs]

my youtube session (not as cool as branden's)

i started this post back in june in answer to a cool youtube session branden posted on his blog. however i only had one video.. so i didnt ever post it.. till now lol

hope you enjoy this nerdy science video!

Kela is getting married in 9 days

my sister kela is getting married in 9 days! it freaks me out to think that one of my sisters is getting married. im really excited for her.

here is a blog im working on for the two of them.



Thor - Speaker

speaking of Thor. these are the speakers ive decided to build if ever have the money.

the seas thor diy speaker!


Thor has become my new life mascot of sorts, or nerd identity if you will. i have recently given my linux laptop a thor theme and have become slightly obsessed with the thunder god wielding the mighty hammer mjolnir. thats all normal and healthy right? at least im not stalking girls i had crushes on when i was younger from television shows right?

on a simularly nerdy point.. there is a new animated movie coming out on DVD.
warning: worlverine says hell.

sure you could mark...

see how easy it is? youre a natural!

New Header?

i was just looking at my header.. "TheAdventures.net" and i think it might be time to change it. my blog has changed a lot over the years. this isnt really a blog to capture all the cool things me and my bros are doing anymore. cuz frankly most of them are married now including myself and the last adventure i went on was probably a few years ago with dan to the grand canyon. i dont do crap anymore!

so.. propose a vote.. or a poll rather. look for it on the blog somewhere!

note: if you are using google's new chrome browser, the poll will not work right. just use firefox. edit: never mind now it seems to be working.

something for the girls.. [robyn]

engagement photos. for you girls who dont care about science...

The LHC [science]

here you go dan and extra dose of science for you! so the LHC is coming on-line tomorrow. pretty exciting.. im not sure how many years have gone into this thing but its pretty massive. 17 mile tunnel 80 ft underground, eight thousand physicists, -456.25 F operating temperature, 8 billion dollars and so on.

the reason for all this? to find the elusive Higgs Boson (or "God Particle").

pretty much to prove the particle physics standard model. and it would also be a big step towards having a complete theory of everything, by way of completing their theory of gravity.

the problem? poop science.

i have come to believe there is a huge flaw in the mainstream accepted model of the universe. especially gravity. black holes, dark matter, dark energy, the big bang, gravitons and oh yes.. the higgs boson... BUUUUUUUUUUGHZNT! wrong. poop science.

more on this later... for now enjoy some pics of the LHC.

oh yeah.. and the reason for this post.. (i totally forgot the point i wanted to make)

so there is a bunch of wackos out there that think this thing is going to destroy us all by creating an earth eating black hole or some kind of anti-matter reaction and destroy everything that way. so the people working over there have been getting a TON of death threats from these people. it blows my mind. i think its an absolute waste of time money, also of course that its all poop science but death threats?! come on!

anyway.. thats all for now..