California Pt.4: McWay Falls

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When Annie and I went to California, McWay Falls was at the top of the list.

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If you look closely, you’ll see a waterfall that flows into the ocean.

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The view from this park was pretty incredible, especially around sunset.

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I’m surprised we found it—we saw a bunch of people parked on the side of the road and figured we’d get out to check it out.

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California truly has everything.

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And here’s a pic of Annie with her mountain, waterfall, forest, beach, ocean and sunset.

Trap: DJ Snake

DJ Snake is killing it with the trap.

Definitely be sure to hear more from him.

Man, I need to get back into the game and write some more stuff. These kids writing trap are just owning the billboards now.

Uninstalled Skilt Theme

Skilt

After messing around with the theme for the last day or so, I finally gave up. And a bunch of folks preferred this template better.

I’ll probably keep the Skilt theme for a future project, but man, the combination of WordPress, Dreamhost and 3rd party themes/plugins can be challenging. Damn, I should have just saved my $40 instead.

Cars and Coffee

Not a huge turn out at Cars and Coffee today—I guess it was because it was Father’s Day.

370Z’s

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Nice Subaru with a matte white finish.

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GT40

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Evo’s

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Smart car with tow hook and Lambo style doors.

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Aston Vantage

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M6 with a bold license plate.

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Over the top Viper.

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Not sure exactly what this is, but it’s pretty cool. Looks like a variation of the GT40.

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Anyway, I detailed my car for about 3-4 hours the day before, just to have a bird take a big crap on it the next day.

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The worst part is that the turd blemished the finish a little. I’m hoping that I can buff it out.

Old vs. New Design

I decided I’d try playing around with some a theme I found recently. I’m not sure I’m 100% in love with this new theme, but I’d figure I’d give it a try. I wanted to see if folks like the multipost card look. Let me know which one you like better—pick left or right.

PS. the combination of WordPress, Dreamhost and f’n around with a 3rd party template is a total headache.

California Pt.3: More Highway 1 Scenery

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Literally every mile there was another beach or incredible view of the ocean and mountains.

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Here’s a photo of Annie trapped on a rock as the waves surrounded her.

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The photos don’t really do it justice.

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Massive falloffs everywhere. Death was just a step in each of these photos.

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I once asked Annie what kind of landscape she’d want if we bought a house—water front, plains or mountains? She said she wanted all of them.

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Stay tuned for more photos.

California Pt.2: Highway 1 Scenery

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As we drove down Highway 1 in California, Annie and I saw some of the most incredible landscapes.

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The waves around the rocks brought out the most incredible bluish tones I’ve seen in a while.

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It was literally mile after mile of ocean and mountains.

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Just to give you a sense scale, that’s Annie next to the edge.

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Seriously, no filter.

The New AddThis

AddThis Tool Dashboard

We’ve been making some serious headway at AddThis recently. We’ve transformed the entire product—and it’s great feeling to see everything come together.

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Kudos to the entire team for pulling it together so quickly. I’m really proud of our new direction. It’s been a while since we’ve had so much momentum. I’m excited for what’s next.

California Pt.1: Carmel River and Monterey Bay

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When Annie and I went to California, we took some photos and videos.

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Here are some of photos of Carmel River.

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This was my first beach in Cali, and the first thing we noticed was how incredible the scenery was.

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Notice the background. The mountains and water—at the time, we didn’t know that this would be the entire theme of our trip.

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Here’s a video of the water.

Monterey Bay was pretty impressive as well.

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The waves were pretty strong here.

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There were signs everywhere, warning people not to go into the water.

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As you can see, outward current could easily pull someone out.

The scenery was absolutely stunning. Since we wanted to see so many things, we hardly had time to really soak it all in. I’ll try to post a couple daily now that I’m settled back in.

Test Drive: R8 v10

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It’s rare that I get to drive such an exotic car—so, I wanted to thank Vinny for letting me be his designated driver for his wedding.

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There are faster cars out there, but the R8 v10 is probably the true starting point for the word “super car”. It turns heads, it makes nice sounds, and goes very fast. Yes, a 911 Turbo is more expensive, is much faster, and looks great…

But the R8 v10 convertible will make an extraordinary entrance of epic proportions. This *is* the rock star image.

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Power

The version I drove had a v10 (the same engine they use in the Lamborgini), with 525hp and 391 lb-ft torque. Pretty much when you put your foot down, you hear all sorts of explosive sounds and enter warp speed. And things start getting *more* insane as you reach 9k RPM… You get a very high pitch whirl—the sound of german precision and engineering. Speaking of sounds, this car makes lovely symphony of burbles, pops and howls… The R8 v10 has the bite to match its bark. The specs say it does 0-60 in 4 seconds, but it feels faster. You hit triple digit speeds in an blink of an eye. Perhaps it’s only down fall is its transmission—the automatic version I drove was sluggish and harsh. Other than that, you’ll probably need to get a GTR or sport bike to keep up with this bad boy.

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Handling

Yep, it handles. Being a mid engine, it stays balanced and feels well planted. After you accelerate, the second thing you notice is how strong the brakes are. You literally feel like you hit a wall when you want to stop. So feather the brakes gently.

Whether you’re stopping, turning or accelerating, you always feel like your pulling G’s. Handling on this car is superb, and the ride isn’t as harsh as you would imagine. The car is well dampened and can corner like it’s on rails.

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Comfort

Surprisingly, the R8 is comfortable place. The cabin is compact, but put the top down everything seems to feel right. I could easily see myself carving the twists for hours in this car with little fatigue. However, I couldn’t see myself commuting in it as an every day car. It’s really for weekend thrills.

One annoying thing about the car was that radio always wanted to turn on when we started the car. I’m not sure if that’s how it’s supposed to work, but this car does not need a radio. LOL.

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Style

Everything about this car is designed to attract attention… from the design, to the sounds. Literally, Vinny and I were getting thumbs up gestures from everyone left and right. Going to refill on gas was a huge ordeal as well, with people bombarding you with questions. Pretty much every stranger on the street yelled out “nice car”. Even a homeless guy asked us for a ride.

Styling on the outside is phenomenal. My only critique on the inside is that it looks a little dated, and some of the buttons are in weird places. I accidentally engaged a couple of features while I was resting my hand near the shifter. Oops.

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Conclusion

The R8 v10 is designed to crush 24/7. It turns heads. It’ll get you laid. And you’ll probably lose your license. If you don’t like that sound of that, this is not the car for you.

If you want something flashy, have a thirst for speed, and have really deep pockets, then this is a great value. It’s also a driver’s car, so be warned, it’s addicting. Very, very addicting. It’s a head turner, and you’ll feel like a celebrity anywhere you go.

Thanks Vinny, for the opportunity to check the R8 off my bucket list. It was epic!