Observations by Doug Allan…

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Artcrank - Opens April 5th at One On One

Artcrank Poster Show

I've got a poster in this year again.

Really good show that Charles puts on.

Big party, free beer, food, music you name it.
April 5th
One On One

All the posters will be up for a month or so if you miss the opening.


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Movie Round-up

So as I like to say - I have two seasons. Bike riding and movie watching…
Here's some of the decent stuff I've seen lately.

Really good.

Diablo Cody - localish girl done well on the screen play. She tells the story of selling the script here. Supposedly written in the Starbucks at the Crystal Target while she worked at City Pages. Filmed in Canada. Takes place in MN. Even mentions Mankato.

The Namesake
Kumar doesn't grows up in NY with a crazy Indian name. Highjinks ensue.

Mad Men
Ok not a movie, but better than most everything coming from Hollywood. Writer from the Sopranos did it up right, 1959, ad agency NYC. Really good series on AMC, rented it off iTunes.

My backup after Netflix, $1 cheapy rentals everywhere.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Google Calendar is my Friend

Pretty decent web-based shared calendar for the whole family.

With the little one - makes scheduling sitters, work, bills a snap.

Highly recommend it along with Gmail. I have all but given up my POP client in favor of this webmail. Heck why not use their servers instead of my hard drive. Their spam filtering is way better than Yahoo and I can route ALL my e-mail through them with these features. Sick.

Good Blogs

Signal vs. Noise
A List Apart

Cool HP and Burton Thingy

Neat. I went to the Burton HQ about 10 years back - even then they were big.
Looks like things have grown even more.
I know this whole microsite is an ad for HP - but still cool.

Charlie Miller: Designer, Photographer, Teacher, Flash Coder

I've been going to the Minnesota Flash Users group meetings off/on for a while. They meet the third Wednesday of each month at Easel Training in St. Paul

They had a great speaker last month, Charlie Miller a young guy with a Phd that teaches interactive design at the U of M. His company is and they have a lot of nice Flash modules that they give away the FLA code on their site. Great transitions and interfaces. Pretty inspiring stuff.

He is also a really good photographer. and his interest in Flash leans towards constantly improving interface designs, especially for artist galleries.

Two of the nicer ones he designed and programmed are:
Japanese photographer

And this painter

He also touched on this cool piece of code that is free

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Soggy Bottoms

Despite less than ideal conditions we decided to take on the River Bottoms. How THICK is Rick's calf compared to mine? Dang - I have chicken legs here.
Doug, Rick, Pat, Curt, Dan. MN River Bottoms 8-18-07.

Dan-O Coming into the berm. Shot too soon.

Curt rips it through the berm. Full-Sus.

Pat. Single. 29. (Yet very married)

Ricky Rippin.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

First off-road of the year - Lebanon Hills Rolling Nice.

It's about time…

Hit it up twice this weekend. Thursday night with a 6-pack of guys, Dan-O being ht guest of honor. Perfect 72 degree weather. Lots of cars in the lot, but still no congestion on the trail. Well done. Wings, burgers and beers followed of course.

And again - on Sunday morning early for a little "worship at the church of singletrack" with Stan. Drastically different. 45 degrees at the pull up at 8:30 am. Tacky from a little rain the night before. 1.5 laps. Good times.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Just got back from a whirlwind trip to Salt Lake City to visit Dan, Gretal, Pat, Sundra and many other transplanted flatlanders. And to get the crap kicked out of me by the rocks and dirt.

Ignore all the stereo types you've heard about Utah and just go.

Super-worthy. Wasatch Crest Trail.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Yeah, Yeah I know, slacker…

…but I can only blam the increase in better weather and my increase in riding as an excuse for not posting anything in almost TWO months. My bad. So I switched jobs, got the LHT built up and gotten out on the dirt for a couple of good rides already. Here's to an early and dry Spring for opening up the dirt trails a good month early.

Made it out to Levis/Trow Mound south of Eau Clair, WI last Sat. Good stuff.

All the shots here for those that were there. And this MOVIE of Scott shooting the crevaaassss.

Glowing Trucker

Cool shot of the whole thing built up. So yeah… those tires really do reflect well to cars eh?