some people get to have all the fun =(


Lunar Eclipse on the Winter Solstice

Utah probably didnt see much but here is the view from Florida.


podcast action

a couple shots of our first podcast attempt "episode zero!"
i am guessing we will upload it somewhere soon?  maybe?  
more is on the way, we want to do this every other week.

Insane Cravings

i suddenly have an insane craving to listen to ENYA, the spontaneous enya marathon begins now!


amazing video

music video showing off an incredible video effect plugin called twixtor.  want!


I cant help but love this

star wars has changed the way we see the world i think =)



Raiden plays guitar

there are a few reasons im posting this video but mostly its because this guy looks like Raiden and plays an acoustic guitar but makes it sound like a techno song.  i love this man.  and in case you forgot who Raiden is and why he is cool...


Star Trek Door

this is a giant step in the right direction.  just need to make it silent and buttonless.  one day...


knitted gloves

my sister made these for me recently. (i picked the colors!) they are awesome cuz i can still use a keyboard and mouse comfortably with these.

Late Night Confession

I think Jodie Foster is hot.


mini-disc resurrection and future podcasts?

Davy, Mark and I, may or may not be planning a semi-regular future podcast.  Today was our feasibility study (below is a video representation of the encounter) we are still deciding on what to name it though, maybe ill put up a poll or something, but we are pretty excited about it.  im not sure if we will garner any fans but i know we will really enjoy it.

buried in the depths of my electronics & cables box i found my long neglected but once dearly loved MiniDisc player.  7 years ago The Sony Walkman MZ-NHF800 was a big deal. 
It was one of 3 players that came out that year with "Hii-MD Audio" discs with 1GB capacity.  I remember buying a couple discs from a sony store down in Las Vegas.
after spending years in the bottom of the bin and surviving untold horrors the LCD stopped working but luckily this bad boy comes with a backup screen on the remote.  
a fresh battery and some ancient software soon proved this thing can still lay down some pwn.

i recorded these with the little guy soon after =)




why not eat insects?

this is pretty fascinating i thought.  i do not relish the idea of eating bugs but if i could get used to it.. i think it would be much better than eating a disgusting pig full of disease.


Tom Lowe is my hero

I wish i could be out doing this stuff like he is. amazing.


another reason to visit norway

besides the amazing fjords and best base jumping in the world its also a good place for watching the aurora borealis.  enjoy this beautiful time-lapse.


Here's to you Voldy

He finally convinced me to join his side ;)


Trumpet Science!

this post is for you dan.  3000 year old trumpets from peru!
read about it here and more importantly.. listen to them here!

trumpet science


snow white remix

this is silly but i still love it.

the turtle bite is my favorite.


Josh Groban's new CD

in random order and with a few extras.  enjoy.
  Latest tracks by Josh Groban



here is some cool new tech coming out next week

and here is some news for the Dark Shadows fans i know


Heaven is a late night snack

not sure what kind of bagel it is exactly but its got herbs and some kind of cheese baked into it.
a small piece of divinity, buttered and toasted.


Facebook from a phone

Sometimes I'll open up facebook from my phone when im getting ready to lay down for the night.  Recently I went to my own profile for the first time.  When I clicked on the "Info" tab this is what I saw...

well.. thats what was there.  this.. is what i saw:

Not a big deal but I thought it was kinda funny.


how can you not love this?

I hope everyone has a friend like this guy.


new music site

been enjoying this site today, its kind of a fun way to hear new stuff. you can watch the videos or just click "music" for an easy to use player.


ill add my voice to the throng

taken this morning at 5am
always the first snow draws a reaction from us all.  to those few lucky ones who love the snow and cold winter season, who plan on taking full advantage of the slopes or who embark on snowmobile adventures, i envy you.  i can only look forward to a few attempts at capturing that perfect stillness that happens after a night of peaceful falling snow.  i can indeed admire the beauty of winter in those rare moments.  and perhaps some, in homemade soups and stews or hot chocolate and wassail.  but for the vast majority,.. i add my feelings of trepidation to those that will wake up this morning and give a heavy sigh at the sight of the beginning of another long winter.  my first thoughts are always on how little i enjoy having cold wet feet for the duration.  having to wear flip flops all year is not my favorite.  i suppose i can feel lucky im not going to be out in it much this year.

good luck to you all.  the first snow is always bad news i think.  everyone seems to lose their minds and forget how to drive in utah.  but in all that misery i hope you also find one of those rare moments to admire the perfect stillness and beauty of the season.



mac boot up

in case you were wondering what your mac is doing while you wait for it to boot up.


here's to 2nd verses

love these words

thanks for showing me this, miss Daisy


i dont know what to say

just watch this.  its what dreams are made of,..  well some dreams.


new blog template

i like it.  you might not love it.  

Finally a good gmail mac app

Sparrow - I love you.  Its just a beta so im sure it will get better, but the only thing that i would change is to be able to run it exclusively from the status bar.. or what ever its called. very minor.  but this is just what i wanted.  growl notification with a sound.  updates fast.  i can do everything i ever need to do from its very minimalist window.  it doesnt try to download my million email inbox either.  lovely.


So it begins again...

Sweat pants and fuzzy socks, first time since last winter.  Oh goodie? 


Update VLC -> Cog

Decided to ditch VLC in favor of Cog to run my music.


State of my mac address

Ive had my 27'' iMac for a few months now.  I've had plenty of time to poke and prod at it, enough that i finally broke the OS.  I'm actually pretty surprised it didnt happen sooner.  I have broken windows computers in less than a day, so a few months is pretty good.  Anyway I reloaded it as I mentioned in my last post and now I would like to give a quick (hopefully) overview of how my mac is looking these days.

Browser: I've decided to make an executive decision and stick with safari.  Ive messed with other browsers.. they all bother me in one way or another.. safari seems to be the best for me.  I use the following extensions - GleeBox [this gives you the ability to navigate any of the 3 major browsers all from the keyboard, it rules faces, also it can do a ton of cool stuff like post a shortened URL of what ever page you are on to twitter, awesome]
Google Reader Compact 2.0 [i use google reader a ton, this cleans it up a bit] Ultimate Status Bar 1.2 [cant live without this one, i like to know where links go when i hover over them. its got lots of built in stuff]
GMail Counter [more on this later] Readable Facebook [cleans up facebook a lot] ScribeFire [read my last blog] A cleaner youtube 1.4 [makes youtube look clean and snazzy]

Here is a look at my desktop.  Click to see actual size.  I added some notes in there.

Music: VLC is my champion here.  This pic shows how I do it.

  • SilverKeeper for data transfers
  • VirtualBox for VM's
  • Adium for chat
  • Dropbox for hosting and sharing
  • TinkerTool for hacks i cant live without
  • Ommwriter for when i need to write without distraction, its still awesome
  • Interfacelift.com for all my wallpaper needs
  • Perian/Quicktime for video
  • The Unarchiver runs all my zip/archive files, does everything
  • uTorrent for torrents
  • TrashMe is the ultimate app uninstaller, everyone should use this one
  • I installed handbreak again but ive still never once used it..  *shrug
  • Burn for burning ha!
  • I still occasionally use Skype
  • Skitch a completely lovely program.  Probably my favorite mac app.
Special love goes to BetterTouchTool it will ALWAYS be the very first thing I install on any mac computer.  Best app ever.  Ever.  Makes using magic mouse a pleasure instead of a technological torture, or any mouse (or trackpad) for that matter.

Here is a trick I came up with to keep my applications folder clean and easy to see and sort.  I created a new folder in there called "a unused" [the "a" is so it puts it at the beginning as its alphabetical] then i put everything i dont use regularly or dont want to see when i click on apps in that folder, magic.

up until this point every app and trick i use is completely free.  here are the ones that cost money if you buy them: 
  • Lightroom 3.2 - has become my favorite photo manipulation app, in conjuncture with ...
  • Photomatix Pro 4.0 - HDR 
  • MS office - hate it but sometimes you just gotta have it.
  • Roxio Toast - This is a pretty ultimate burn program for everything that "burn" cant do.
As you can see I run a pretty clean ship around here?  Questions?  Comments?  Let me know.

Now here are a few problems I am still trying to find solutions for: 
  • Backups - I still need a backup solution that doesn't make me crazy...
  • Rip DVD's - Occasionally I need to rip a DVD into a good usable format, I hate everything ive used so far. (update! handbreak might do the trick .mkv might satisfy me.  ill keep testing)
  • Gmail - I use gmail exclusively and I am not satisfied with anything I have found so far.  I would like a free app that works amazingly well with gmail.  I need control over what labels and inboxes sync/download locally and i need a sound notification instantly when a new mail arrives.  Any ideas?  For now I'm just using the gmail webpage in safari with the GMail Counter extension.  Not my favorite.
And as an added little treat I decided to have "Vicki" announce to me the hour.  So far I like it, makes me laugh every time.
Bonus Tip: Spotlight can be a powerful tool if you use it.  At any time hit command+spacebar then start typing the name of a program or document or song or pretty much anything, it will find it quickly and you just have to hit enter most of the time.  Bam instant awesome.  example: i wanted to run iPhoto without having to use the mouse to click around and find it.  command+spacebar, ip+enter = magic
this is very customizable too.  i use it a lot and highly recommend it.  love. 

there ya go.  the end.



I went to a yoga class tonight.  It was completely fantastic.  Taught by Jen Ford's aunt in lehi, every wednesday night @ 7.  I'm going to try and start going every week.  Her class is free or donation only (goes to humanitarian aid).  If you are up for some yoga ill see there.

Here is the website.  Eire Yoga


This is a test

I just reloaded my mac for the first time.  Pretty painless it just takes a lifetime to do when you are being particular.  Backing up 560GB of data over USB.  Had to make sure I had all the right stuff backed up (Libraries and such).  Im using SilverKeeper to do the big data moves, its free from LACIE, I like it so far.  Then I formatted "erased" my HDD by writing zeros to it (only took 3 hours judas) Then the custom install, then the apps (I think ill write up another post after this when I get everything settled and tell you guys everything I use now and why, that should be fun)  Anyway im typing this blog mostly to test out a new safari extension called ScribeFire (not sure how old this add-on is but its new to me) So far I really like it.  Only thing that sucks is i cant upload pictures from here onto the blog unless they are already hosted.  but this is extremely simple and nice for just writing up blog posts.  

guess thats it for now.. just wanted to do a quick test while i setup my browser stuff again.


Black Strings?


nice one guys.. completely brilliant.  im so glad you are furthering science for us by making imaginary ridiculous objects in space.. somehow.. incredibly even more ridiculous.  why cant you guys do something useful like figure out the weather?


panda cheese

best commercials ever.  seriously.


time lapse video

This is beautiful.


Does your passion show through?

I love this article.  I believe in the great advice it offers.  "Find your passion first"  please read it.
from The Art of Manliness 

ps this is my 700th post on this blog.  kinda cool i guess.  I've been blogging for a long time, almost exactly 5 years.


The Cosmic Thunderbolt - 15min preview

Here is the first 15 minutes of the next episode of Dave Talbott's "Symbols of an Alien Sky" called "The Cosmic Thunderbolt"  I am really excited about it and have been looking forward to its release for a long time.  enjoy.

I have a copy of the first episode if anyone would like to see it.  And here is a link to some selections of the first episode if you are curious.


oh my fail

im sorry for laughing!!!

Glen Hansard - Sad songs

My favorite song today is:


Dear Internet

I would like to be friends with this dude.

Earth Time-Lapse

Very cool.


Best comments of 2008

Was going through my old blog posts today and reading some of the comments.  Thought it might be fun to post some of my favs from that year.  in somewhat random order here they are.

Davy J said...
So where was your camera? Was it under your perm supplies or inside a science_jector?

Ross said...
there's nothing wrong with a little Brady Bunch in your hair. My problem would be I would look more like Art Garfunkle because of my receding hair line. But maybe Art Garfunkle is hot, how would I know I'm a dude.

Davy J said...
that little bear never had a chance. it was a gummy holocaust.

Barb said...
50 copper

-- Garit said...
the only way i could ever eat a salad is if i put everything in a blender.. leave out the dressing of course and throw in some fruit or something..
in the end it tastes like lawn clippings..
which is actually better than how salad normally tastes..

Daniel T said...

Daniel T said...
hey, when did you get the new keys? Wow those keys look like the best keys you've ever had.

Daniel T said...
I hear that bridge between San Diego and Tijuana is really nice this time of year. You can stock up on chiclets and antibiotics.

Daniel T said...

Daniel T said...
Forget that boring stuff, i want more pictures of you braiding wires.

Daniel T said...
The Paul Walker myspace experiment was a raging success. No single experience has made me lose so much faith in humanity.

Daniel T said...
I would give them death threats just for wasting my time with science.

-- Garit said...
MS Paint has an eraser tool?

Daniel T said...
I totally believe you. Once I was out in the middle of a field, and I kid you not, I heard TRUMPET THUNDER!

Caleb said...
Also it should have Barack Obama and John McCain in with supernatural powers.

Caleb said...
Barack Obama and John McCain with AXES?

Bob Smith said...
Garit You're such a Delbert Sudweeks.

Davy J said...
where's middle class magneto?!

-- Garit D said...
YES! soul patch revolution!

kevone said...

Mark Nott said...
but hey, you no longer have worthless long hair

JethRobyn said...
Oh wow, Dan, that hair toss was magnificent...reow. I liked the drop spin move Branden did near the end. Awesome.

Caleb said...
why do you hate us?

-- Garit D said...
actually nothing to do with chest hair.. its all to do with freaking amazing beard skills!

-- Garit D said...
right.. except for the fact that the office makes me want to set myself on fire...
but other than that im sure youre right...

Davy J said...
Is that a picture of you in the not too distant future trying to complete your semi-imaginary boat_hover_science_jector?
The years have not been kind to you my friend.

Davy J said...
Mark my words... the second they prove the Higgs Boson I will laugh in your freaking face and make you wear a shirt that says, "My name is garit and I know nothing about science because I play with small fluffy animals."

Daniel T said...
The god particle lives! All they need is 21 million more dollars and 1.21 jiggowatts of lightning energy, and you will know the truth.

Davy J said...
Come on Garit, even if it happened in utah county, your wow goggles would be on so tight that not even light could escape from them.

Caleb said...
Umm what's up with the butt pants?

-- Garit D said...
those are not pants. they are chaps. little known fact, they are actually much better than pants. they are like super pants 2000. and for the record i was wearing a helmet in the bottom picture.. you just cant see it...
i think you guys have chaps envy. and i understand.. being the proud owner.. i can see why you would be.

Daniel T said...

-- Garit said...
well the only reason i did it was because they make you return the bottles. and they are not the normal wussy plastic bottles as i found out the hard way. they are a force to be reckoned with. able to hold in an atomic blast..
so do you think i'll die now from milk anthrax?


ive always loved liquid nitrogen

I would do this.  No doubt in my mind, I would do this.

if the video doesnt work go here (popular science)

the best fail i have seen?

not sure if its the best ive seen from the fail blog but wow.. i love this!
what did he do to make it so angry!?


Science rant


that is the integer for how much more powerful Electricity is over Gravity.  that's a "1" with 27 "zeros" after it.  that is a big number.  it is obvious that space and the universe is literally filled with magnetic fields, plasmas, filaments and every other form of electricity, yet scientists and astronomers still think that gravity alone governs the structure of the universe.  that to me is more than a little ridiculous, in fact its embarrassing when you think about all the stuff they have had to invent in order to give mass and gravity enough energy to do the things we observe in space like black holes powering galaxies, neutron stars powering pulsars, dark matter/dark energy powering the big bang, it goes on and on.  All of these things are made up, fiction to save a failed model that has no relation to reality.



about beds

i love weird beds.  maybe it has something to do with my non-conformist heart.. or maybe its somehow my parents fault?  nah its probably just me.  anyway ive slept in water beds mostly growing up, and after my mission.. mostly in hammocks.  when i moved back to lehi a while ago i slept on an air mattress.  its been almost a year sleeping on that thing.   2 weeks ago i went camping.. and took my air mattress with me (as i often do) but when i got home.. i was to tried to re-inflate it, so i slept on a plank of wood with a few blankets on top.  the next day it became an experiment to see how long i could sleep on a bed of rough particle board.  turns out i am completely fine with it.  it was just as good as the silly air mattress.  i slept on the bed of wood for just shy of 2 weeks without any discomfort.

thats all over now though.  today my room got a few upgrades.  the hammock of kings is back!

simple and perfect.  

now as you can see by the overalls.. im off for adventure.  gonna go up AF canyon for some night hike and silver lake action.  


music and betos

went to betos today for a wonder burrito combo platter and a medium horch.  it was what dreams are made of as usual.  today however was special.. they were playing spanish music like always but this time for some reason i started remembering some of the music i heard in bolivia.  this song came to my mind and i started to grin stupidly as i thought about it.  when i got home and listened to it for the first time in nearly a decade, i laughed out loud repeatedly.  this song is pure hilarity.  i loved it back then and just as much now.  i give you "te compro tu novia" (I'll buy your girlfriend)

i couldnt find any decent english translations and im to lazy to do it myself, (sorry) but its pretty freakin fantastic.

i think the rest of the night will be marc anthony though.  


this is awesome

adam showed me this and i love everything about it.  everything.


New blog project

Me and Jen Ford started a new blog called "Quote War 2010"  its pretty much a back n forth of our favorite quotes.  Mine are mostly scientific as you might guess.  But they are all really good so far.  Its been fun and I think we will do this for a long time.

Let me know what you think.. or if you want to be a contributor.


human car

this is amazing.  i love the idea of human powered cars!  this thing can get up to 60mph apparently.


a perfect moment.

a plate full of homemade rolls and gravy, and a key lime pie yogurt.  this moment is perfect.


lightning and brooke fraser

first of all this is her brand new single.. like only minutes old.

and i just got done trying to chase some lightning
the window with the light on is my room =)


tonights music

the civil wars' "poison & wine" EP is fine company tonight.

poison & wine


pressing flowers

tips of my tongue



update: looks like its been removed.  you gotta be quick to get this stuff i guess.  early leaks get shutdown pretty fast.  it was a sweet 6 minute long THOR trailer.


summer solace

today was great day.  started with an extended motorcycle ride.  then lunch with dan at wallaby's.  they were having some kind of anniversary deal where a plate of food was only 2 bucks.  so that was a totally random score.  then spent some time in work meetings, had fun talking to friends.  eventually came home to a nice little summer thunder storm.

drawn outside by what could have been supernatural powers, i walked into the night
i found myself walking in the middle of the road and straight into the storm
summer storms hold a special childlike power over me
there is just something magic about it, something ethereal
 such terrible noise, such terrible power
i can think of few things more beautiful
intensely terrifying yet equally attractive
mysterious to all, understood by few
it harbors a very unique set of emotions
and its all kinds of awesome to me
but tonight it was simply
a summer solace


secret jeep project continues

more tomorrow. we are not done yet =)

secret jeep projects: update day 2

things are going smoothly