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giftedhands Name Michael Lowry
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"Excuse me while I kiss the sky." 
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Gender: Male
Age: 28
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Years Riding: 3
Average Days/Year: 60
Skill Level: picking up speed
Riding Style: all mountain
Area of Expertise: general knowledge
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry, park, groomers
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Height/Weight: 5'11, 185 lbs
Board Size: 159
Boot Size: 10.5
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: L
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: L
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Region: California
Location: Nor-Cal
Resort: Northstar-at-Tahoe
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11/22/2011 7:04:11 PM Yoo! I'm starting this to hopefully bring a few unfamiliar faces together from the Bay Area. There's also the meetup section, but if you don't use that feel free to post in here. If you're lookin for somebody from the bay to ride with, carpool with, have a beer with or whatever.. post in here! 
11/5/2011 12:24:03 PM Looking for some new pants.. New or Used. I normally wear large, but can rock medium depending on the company and fit. Looking for something well waterproof, and higher end. No slim fits, or tye dye pink colors. If you're selling, I'm buyin. 
10/27/2011 12:17:46 AM So the 2012 season is {almost} here, depending on where you live, and it looks to be a good one. Last season we were blessed with a great La Nina, especially here in Tahoe. It was an absolute snorkel year, as Northstar recorded 688 inches of snow. I doubt we'll be as blessed as we were last year, but the  NOAA has released their forecast, and the 2012 season should be another good one. We're currently setting up for quite a interesting weather pattern, this could become two back-to-back La Nina years. Most, but particularly the PNW and the Midwest should expect both cooler and wetter temperatures this season. Pacific Northwest:  colder and wetter than average. La Niña often results in below-average temperatures and increased mountain snow in the Pacific Northwest and western Montana during the winter months. This may set the stage for spring flooding in the Missouri River Basin; California: colder than average and wetter than average conditions in northern California and drier than average conditions in southern California.  All of the southern part of the nation are at risk of having above normal wildfire conditions starting this winter and lasting into the spring; Northern Plains: colder and wetter than average.  Spring flooding could be a concern in parts of this region. Ohio and Tennessee Valleys: wetter than average with equal chances for above-, near-, or below-average temperatures. Potential for increased storminess and flooding; Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: equal chances for above-, near-, or below-normal temperatures and precipitation. Winter weather for these regions is often driven not by La Niña but by the Arctic Oscillation. If enough cold air and moisture are in place, areas north of the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast could see above-average snow; Great Lakes: colder and wetter than average; Alaska: colder than average over the southern half of the state and the panhandle with below average precipitation in the interior eastern part of the state. The PNW, who it seems is always spoiled with great snow, should expect another good season. The Denver area should expect to start drier, and continue strong in December. Generally speaking, La Nina is expected to return and strengthen towards late January. For Tahoe, I would expect this to mean we start getting good around later in the season, and hit it heavy. Last season we were riding powder Thanksgiving weekend, this year, I wouldn't expect it to get good until December. But when it does, it will be grand. If you remember the middle of December, we had a pineapple express setup right on the coast, and it dropped 13 feet of snow on Tahoe in a week. This kind of effect looks likely to replicate itself this season, but how often and when, we'll just have to wait and see. In other bright news, the snowguns are going at Northstar, and they are on track for a November 18 opening date. Here's to having another awesome year. Be safe, pray for powder, and have an awesome season all. Will update this thread with more and more weather info, feel free to add your own as well.
10/4/2011 11:46:39 AM New phone just dropped. iPhone 4S. Form factor is about the same. Processor - A5. Dual Core, 1 Ghz. 2x as fast CPU, and 7x as fast graphic display. This has to be seen to actually be seen. Battery - 8 hours of talk time on 3g, 14 hours of talk time on EDGE, 10 hours of music, 40 hours of video.  Antennae - has been redesigned to switch between two, thus making theoretical download speeds twice as fast. Thats 14.4 mbps as opposed to the 7.2 on the iphone 4. Also, 4S is now a true world phone, GSM as well as CDMA. That means you get 4G speeds for the cost of a 3G antennae, without the heavy drainage on the battery life.  Camera - New 8 MP sensor. Not to be confused with an 8 MP camera, like your traditional point and shoot. An 8 MP sensor means a world of a difference, this packs 60% more pixels than the previous camera, and has a resolution of 3264 x 2448. That means its shooting 1080p, and shooting it very well. 5 layer lens increases white balance by 25%, 30% more sharpness, and aperture gets down to 2.4. 2.4! For comparison, my best professional dSLR lens gets down to 1.8! 2.4 in a phone is ridiculous. The new camera shoots 3x faster than a Droid Bionic. iMessages - Apples answer to BBM, send free texts to any iOS device, ipod, iphone, desktop, or ipad. Take that ATT. Voice Assistant - Called Siri. Easily the most comprehensive voice control I've ever seen, not just on a phone, but on any electronic device. You can speak into your phone and pretty much ask it anything. 'Find me a good mexican restaurant in the area'. 'Do I need a raincoat today?' 'Define mitosis'. 'Wake me up tomorrow at 9:30 am'. 'Remind me to call my wife for her birthday.' Has to be seen to be realized. Looks like something out of minority report, or Jarvis from Iron Man. Price - iPhone 3GS is now free. iPhone 4 is now $100. iPhone 4S is 200, 300, 400, for 16gb, 32gb, and 64gb, respectively. Available October 14, pre-orders start October 7. http://www.apple.com/iphone/#video-4s
10/3/2011 10:45:59 AM Sup all, clearing out some gear that I have absolutely no intention of using this upcoming season. So without further ado -  2011 Thirtytwo Mobb Jacket - (SOLD) Jackets in superb condition, only wore it maybe once or twice last year, the fit isn't for me. Was their most technical jacket last season. 20k waterproofing, Waterproof zippers, 60g insulation, pit zips, and wrist gaiters. The right waist sinch snapped on one side, still works, but ya know.. disclaimer works just fine! (see below) (SOLD) Oakley Crowbars, HI Persimmon Lens - (SOLD) Worn once and realized they dont fit me well, at all. Can't find a scratch on the lens. Will be shipped with Oakley bag/cleaning thing.  (SOLD) Ol School Sims Jacket -  Loved this thing. Kind of a herringbone tweed, really warm. Size large, $50 shipped. Union Contacts, L/XL - (SOLD) From the 2009 year, brand new. (SOLD) Burton Ozone Boots - (SOLD) Size 10, weren't ridden at all last season as I've been on Celsius. Will ship in the original box, (SOLD) My first setup.  (local sale only, SF Bay Area) Ollll school Burton Bullet, I wanna say from the 2004 year maybe? Coupled with some Drake Mikey Leblanc bindings ( pure class haha)  and some Northwave Freedoms, size 10. Really wanted to basically give this away to somebody that could put better use to it, as its just been sitting in my garage for years. $50 bucks takes the board, boots, and bindings, or 30 for the board and bindings, 20 for the boots. 
3/10/2011 11:23:45 PM I'm sure theres some dirt bikers out there who will appreciate this.. just nuts.  [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmNrngxV_aw&feature=player_embedded[/tube]
10/10/2010 8:43:57 PM i dig that you're new.. but there's a bunch of threads about this subject already. You can add your choices to any one of those threads.. just use the search bar up top, and make sure you select 'site' before you search.
10/5/2010 3:50:00 PM So what are you diggin? For the most part i think 2010 was a better year graphic wise, but here are my favorites.  #3. Love the monochromatic topsheet, and the base colors really pop off this thing. Capita Charlie Slasher. #2. This one might be 'cheating', because its actually not a graphic per se. But after seeing it in person, its simply gorgeous. Most web pictures show it as a glossy yellow, but its really just a natural wood top. Jones Flagship. #1. Hands down, the best graphic of the year. Francoise Nielly is awesome. Kind of one dimensional, but awesome. Burton Lipstick (late release edition).   
10/3/2010 3:34:37 PM Finally in production, GoPro releases its 960p camera. At $179, this thing is a steal. I'd expect to see these everywhere for the upcoming season. Also interesting, they're allowing dual mounts to shoot in 3D, if you so choose. Pretty damn cool. GoPro releases its budget-friendlier $179 HD Hero 960, teases 3D case for moneybagsBy Tim Stevens  posted Sep 30th 2010 11:05AMIt's been almost two months since GoPro announced it'd be releasing a cheaper helmet cam, the HD Hero 960, positioning it beneath the $299 and 1080p HD Hero we enjoyed last year and give those doing professional stunts on amateur budgets a chance to capture their glory. Now here it is, yours for the taking today -- if you don't mind a resolution capped at 1280 x 960 and a deleted "Hero Bus" expansion port, meaning no external displays or batteries. That port is what you'll need to use the company's next accessory, a dual camera mount shown off at Interbike (and pictured below) pairing two of the HD Heros to film in 3D. You'll need to manually stitch the resulting footage together, but there is at least a sync cable included so that the two start and stop at the same time -- something sadly lacking on the Tachyon XC 3D. That mount is set to retail for $99, but the requirement for dual $299 cameras will price this out of most budgets. However, the $179 MSRP on the HD Hero 960 makes it a compelling alternative to Contour's $220 720p ContourHD.  [Thanks, Jonathan] 
9/15/2010 6:48:27 PM and you should too. [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77C47XYm_3c&feature=player_embedded[/tube]
8/12/2010 3:02:34 PM Grab your blanket, your girl, and hope for no clouds. Should be a good show, starts early too, round 11pm or so. Try to find a place away from the city lights for best viewing possible. http://lexington.patch.com/articles/perseid-meteor-shower-peaks-tonight-2
8/3/2010 6:08:32 PM Actually, its not too soon to start this! The NOAA has already begun the winter forecasts, due to stronger and more consistent signs than usual. Looks like the PNW, including AK and West Canadia is going to be pummeled, East Coast is going to catch a dry spell opposite to their last season, and Tahoe should enjoy a wet, stormy season. Blurbs up next.
6/4/2010 7:31:42 PM Alright gang, lets get it started. World Cup is here in 6 days, let the brackets begin! I had started a bracket on ESPN, but looking at the yahoo bracket, yahoo is a bit more thorough. I think that might be the better option. If you don't have a yahoo account, you will need to create one, obviously its free. I've also created a group, called 'sierrasnowboard'. the password is 'giftedhands'.  Let the international trash talking begin!
6/1/2010 10:18:33 PM 8 month old jonathan aka 'holy crap i can hear' , gets cochlear hearing implants and hears sounds for the very first time. I dare you not to get warm and fuzzy inside. [tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDD7Ohs5tAk&feature=player_embedded[/tube]
5/31/2010 11:35:24 PM Absolutely. Nuts. This looks like something out of the silver surfer comics. Guatemala Sinkhole: Earth forms a Crater after Agatha & 100 or more People DieThe Guatemala Sinkhole occurred after the tropical storm Agatha on May 31, 2010. This spontaneous sinkhole is scientifically referred to as “hundimento.” According toSevenSidedCube, the scientists considers the sinkshole of Guatemala an pretty typical occurrence after a major storm, such as the Agatha storm was.The Guatemala Sinkhole is typically caused by unstable geology during one of those large storms in the Guatemalan area. Though this sinkhole is more common then we realize, it has killed more then 100 people! It is being reported that the Guatemala sinkhole even killed a security guard because it opened so widely and so quickly.It is actual not typical for a sinkhole to open so quickly, instead they usually open more slowly then the Guatemala sinkhole did. It opened wide and quickly which would account for why so many people died. People were not given enough warning to run for safe ground.The Guatemala sinkhole “is a natural depression or hole in the surface topography caused by the removal of soil and or bedrock caused by water.”


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