Archive for March, 2014

Shwood and Louisville Slugger make a baby

Alright so this is baseball post #2 of the day, but man is this SMRT. Portland eyewear designer Shwood teamed up with Louisville Slugger to release limited edition sunglasses on opening day. The glasses are made from the very same ash wood used in bats and the video really sells it by conjuring up all my little league memories. They might not flip up, but who’s going to be the first MLB player sporting these? [via Hypebeast]

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It’s opening day, time to throw out the first pitch

Today is opening day for most MLB squads and it made me think about the ceremonial first pitch. It turns out this has been a presidential tradition for nearly a hundred years and it’s interesting to see how our leaders of yesteryear didn’t even toe the mound. Other highlights? JFK throwing out the first pitch was like the bride tossing her garter, George W. Bush throwing like a boss (you have to give him that) and Obama in need of some practice.

Now for what you really wanted to see, the worst first pitches of all-time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8jVKoR2QB4

Is a reflective bicycle the answer to less ghostbikes?

Ghostbikes are tragic. That’s why I really appreciate what Mission Bicycle Company has been up to with their new Lumen bicycle, a reflective bicycle for city riders. The inspiration for this was born out of wondering how reflective street sign technology could be applied to make cycling safer at night. I won’t get into the intricacies, but it turns out reflective coatings previously only worked for 2-D surfaces until Mission Bicycle got together with some friends at Halo Coatings to make it possible. The result is a frame that returns light directly to it’s source (cat-eye effect) and is visible up to 1,000 feet away.

This bike has gotten tons of press, but as I write this it’s still a little shy from it’s Kickstarter goal to get the project off the ground. All the folks over there are ace and I personally couldn’t be happier with my bicycle from them. Here’s to many more Midnight Mystery rides and safe trips home.

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