Friday, January 27, 2006

detroit funk

Originally uploaded by pomgernate.

On my last trip to Detroit I had to step over the "safety line" by the Detroit People Mover ( I like to call it the "DPM"), so that I could take this picture. I Was recently introduced to this new blog about the city of Detroit.

The project was started as a photographic exploration of the City of Detroit in 2000. The presentation of images
and ideas here is strictly opinion. The style of writing is conversational and the commentary is, at times, humor of a
cynical nature.

VIA: Samanen

Sunday, January 22, 2006


candle and water
Originally uploaded by pomgernate.

PHOTO: Olso in Detroit

I rented to first season of Dark Angel because through bike forums I found out that in the tv show she rides the same bike as me. As soon as I got home I opened up the DVD box set with six DVDs and started scanning forward on my laptop DVD player. After going through about three of them I realized that I had only watched three or four seconds of actual bike footage, total!! It is amazing that bike nerds out there had identified the model and all the componentry Jessica Alba was using. PS I have decided to start wearing a helmet.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Auto Show


I am starting to fall in love with the city of Detroit. This weekend I got to cross off a few things from my "explore Detroit" list. Oslo is a sushi bar that I have been wanting to visit for a long time. Great sushi on top and even better music in the basement. Also, thanks to Mark, we also got a tour of the Detroit News.
Lastly, we took the DPM (detroit people mover) from greek town over to Cobo where the North American International Auto Show is being held. I was surprised to see that everything had been set up in only four days. A day before the Auto show starts the city holds a charity preview and they raise money for children's charities. This year was no exception and they raised ~ $7 million. It has been about two years since I went there last, so I was starting to miss the cars. Last year they had 68 new modles introduced at the show. BAM

Auto Show Favorites:

Audi RS4
Saab 93
Nissan Sentra SER

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Try this at home

HOW TO: unlock your car from thousands of miles away

Here is a list of things you will need
2 cell phones
A remote for keyless entry to your car
two people

1. Check if the remote for unlocking your car is in working order
2. Walk away from your car until you are far enough away that you can not unlock your car using a remote
3. Get a friend to stand about a foot away from your car and call the phone
4. After you have them on the line, click the unlock button on your remote and BAM your car will be unlocked via your cell phone!!

In case you are the type that locks their keys in your car often, this saves you from having to call someone to drive you an extra set of keys. Also, someone can call you from anywhere as long as they have a cell phone. I did some searches online and I found that this is an eRumor but I tried this today with my dad and it worked.


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Mac Daddy

PHOTO: Biking in the hot summer of Pakistan, by Adil.

The first week of class is always interesting. Since childhood I get nervous the day before school starts. Fortunately, I like all my classes and my professors give off good energy. I ran into Kark with a "K" after one of my classes and decided to bike to a coffee shop. Campus is packed with walkers these days because as the weather cools off people choose to lace up the sneakers instead of pedaling to class. Of course, this makes the life of a biker that much more interesting because we get to zzzzip through the slow moving kind.

In other news, Ian and I did pretty much the nerdiest thing today. We read the live text updates for the Macworld San Francisco 2006 seminar. This stuff is red freakin' hot off the press. I guess someone from the Mac world site is at the show and he is sending in exact quotes from Steve Jobs to the site. It is even before the Macworld video gets released. Thanks Ian

Look forward to:
The new MACBOOK! There will be no more powerbooks.
Macbook: 5.6lbs. iSight, Front Row; $1999 1.67 Core Duo; 667 DDR bus, x1600; $2499 1.83GHz.
The feaking iSight is built into the laptop + many many more things! gah! that is sweet. These will be shipping in February.

Saturday, January 07, 2006


PHOTO: Masjid Al-Nabvi in Medina, Saudi Arabia (2005)

Muslims from all around the world are in Saudi Arabia to make the pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca. This journey is one of the five pillars of islam and is mandatory for every muslim, if they are physically and fiscally able of course. It always amazes me to SEE millions of people in one place for the same purpose. People of every color and from every country come together in harmony to pray. Inshallah some day I hope to be in the same place. BBC news is keeping a very intersting Diary of the Hajj.

salaam (peace)

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Stealth commuter

bad boy 2
Originally uploaded by pomgernate.

PHOTO: Cannondale Bad Boy

I would say that I have a new woman in my life, but I can't considering her name would be "Bad Boy". I have wanted to buy a faster bike for the longest time and THIS is the one. Someone on a bike forum described it as a "stealth commuter" quality not BLING. As far as the ride goes, I couldn't have asked for anything better. It is a very stiff and rediculously manuverable. The mix between a mountain bike and a road bike is at a perfectly balanced equillibrium. It feels nice to give my mock fixed gear a break. I am going to slowly replace some of the worn parts on it from 4 years of HARD riding. Other than my old bike, my car is also feeling a little neglected. I hope they don't turn on me.

Check out this article from It made me excited till i got to the very last paragraph.