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Windows wants to Format GoPro (Hero3)

I have the GoPro Hero 3 Black with a 64 gig sd card in it. I haven’t had any issues with this thing in the past. However yesterday on the trail I decided to format the card using the onscreen options of the GoPro because I forgot to delete my old files off. I went through the options and it deleted them no problem. Then I proceded to video the next three hours of mountain biking.

Then this morning I plug my GoPro into my laptop and it asks to format the drive. I knew that wasn’t an option because I didn’t want to loose my videos. From there I did some searching and basically no dice. I decided to boot into Linux (Ubuntu) to see if I could see the files there. Ubuntu wouldn’t mount the drive. I tried loading some things to get exFat working. It looked like it was going to work but then just ended up with other errors.

While searching for a linux fix I ran into a Windows program that would let me connect to the camera using the WiFi. I thought I was golden. LOL, then it took me like 20 minutes to remember my WiFi password to the GoPro. Go figure, after all of that….it didn’t work. I kept searching. I eneded up running into this post that the guy said Windows was seeing the drive as RAW in Computer Management > Disk Management. I tried right clicking the drive going to properties and trying the error correcting option under tools. Nope…still wanted to format. Basically windows is thinking the disk is RAW and not exFAT. However reading a little more of the forum post the guy said that if you run command prompt in windows as admin then do a chkdsk on it you can get it to repair the card to find your files. However when you checkdisk it recognizes that it’s exFAT and will allow you to repair.

My computer recognized my goPro as the F: drive. It may be different on your computer. If you go to start and type in cmd you will see the little dos command prompt in Win7. Then right click it and choose run as administrator. The command you need to type is:

chkdsk f: /F

After that I could see the files and copy them to my machine. Thank god I didn’t loose my three hours of video from yesterday!!!


GoPro Fun

I purchased a new GoPro Hero3 with my REI refund check and the 20% coupon that comes out at the same time. It has been a lot of fun shooting and editing video. If you would have asked me a few months ago I probably would have told you that I have no intention, nor do I ever have any intention of making videos while I ride. LOL, I guess I was wrong. The first night I got the camera I made a quick video of Katie and I riding our single speeds around town. I haven’t had a chance to get out and ride some good mountain biking trails on my own but I did get a chance to go out with the kids and Katie on Sunday and shoot a couple hours of video. I just got it up on YouTube last night. Check it out and tell me what you think:



Red Bull Divide and Conquer

Check out this video for the Red Bull Divide and Conquer race.  Looks pretty intense.  The mountain biking looks sick!



A short trip to our closest neighbor

space-shuttle-launch3aI read this thing this morning that was talking about how they found evidence of planets around our closest neighbor galaxy Alpha Centauri.  I didn’t do an assload of research on what I’m about to say, nor am I going to go into all of the logistics of why or why not this is even possible.  The article also claimed it was approximately 5-6 light years away.  To make things easier let’s just say it’s 5 light years away.  None-the-less, I wondered to myself, “How fast does our space shuttle go?”  Some unvarified source on the internet said 17,000 – 18,000 mph.  Which to me sounds like a decent number to work with.  I’ll give the human race the benifit of a doubt and just assume that we will be working with 18,000 mph.  So from that point I wondered to myself,  “How long would it take us to fly to our closest neighbor?”  This is what I came up with:

18,000 mph x 24 hours in a day =  432,000 miles per day

432,000 mpd x 365 days = 157,680,000 miles per year

Let’s just say a lifetime is 70 years.  If that’s the case we could travel this far in a lifetime:

157,680,000 mpy x 70 years = 11,037,600,000 (That’s billion) miles in one lifetime.

That’s pretty impressive.  so just around 11 billion miles in 70 years.  Shit why don’t we at least send an unmanned craft over to Alpha Centauri and see what the hell is up.  However we need to think about how long it will take to get there at our current top speed.  Once again, I have to say the plain and simple truth is the logistics of us maintaining that speed for a lifetime, or even for the person to stay alive for a life time in space is a whole other issue.  Let’s just go with the best case/perfect world senario.  So back to the numbers.

The speed of light: 670,616,629 mph x 24 hours = 16,094,799,096 (That’s billion) mile per day.

16,094,799,096 mpd x 365 days = 5,874,601,670,040 (That’s trillion) miles per year

As I said earlier let’s just say it’s 5 light years to Alpha Centauri.

5,874,601,670,040 mpy x 5 light years = 29,373,008,350,200 (Still trillion) miles

Now let’s see how many lifetimes it would take to get there:

29,373,008,350,200 miles (5 light years) / 11,037,600,000 miles (one lifetime’s distance of travel) = 2661 lifetimes.

And for a little perspective.  If we left today, someone would get there roughly around the year 188,283 AD.


Gearing up for Riding

IMG_0724May is Bike Month is just around the corner. Last year I pledged 300 miles. I ended up completing 700. I’d like to do more than I did last year. I was originally thinking I’d shoot for 1000 miles. I’m not sure if I can actually do it though. 22 Commuting days would mean I would have to do about 43.5 miles a day. I think I can handle that. But I also know that it will be hard to commute every day. However there are also weekend rides and I was mountain biking on top of commuting last year too. We’ll see how it goes. Either way I need to start riding into work a few days a week now to get the legs ready for the full on every day. I’m excited. I really enjoyed the challenge last year. Hopefully it’s just as much fun this year.


Guitar with Twist

I just got this passed on to me. Figured I’d drop it here for the rest of you that aren’t on Facebook. Pretty impressive twist. I like the effects he used to make it really sound like a trance track.


In Case of Emergency


The differences between an Obamaphone and a regular phone:

I ran into this on a friends Facebook and thought I’d put it up here because it made me laugh

* It automatically rejects calls from people with a different opinion.
* Every time you take a picture, it produces a grimmer image of America.
* It doesn’t have a plan; it just keeps telling you how bad the other guy’s plan is.
* When it crashes, it blames your previous phone.
* All 3 AM calls go directly to voicemail.
* It has a really useless app called “Biden.”
* Pairing it with another device sucks all the energy out of the other unit.
* Type in “job search” and it gives you directions to the welfare office.
* The navigation feature covers all 57 States.
* The default ringtone for international calls is “I’m sorry, so sorry, please accept my apology.”
* The healthcare app downloads and installs itself without your permission.
* When you make a call, a teleprompter pops up to help you speak.
* Restaurant reviews are all written by Michelle Obama.
* There are never any winners on Angry Birds.
* Instagram takes two months to process a photo and you have to fill out 3 PDFs to do so.
* Paypal app is replaced with ReceivePal app.
* You can’t find “Jerusalem” on Google maps.
* It turns all your Facebook friends into enemies and all your enemies into friends.
* Don’t want to work? There’s an app for that, too.
* It automatically bows down to phones made by foreign companies.
* When you watch a YouTube video, a US ambassador gets killed.
* When you dial “home”, it calls Kenya.
* As opposed to the iPhone, it’s called the mePhone.


Talk about a Grow Room

I ran into this on the internet today. This is pretty impressive. It’s amazing what extents some people will go to in order to break the law.


Useful Fixes

I ran into this twice in the last few days. The first time I saw it I thought to myself I should save this so I don’t forget about it. Then I forgot….now that I ran into it again I decided to post it here for eternity.