One for 2017

Haven't posted here since the start of 2016, so here's one before 2017 is officiall over. Using Jekyll as a platform to power this site seemed cool at the time, but it's a pain to update.

Here are my yearly ski movies for the past two seasons. Can't top the 2014-2015 season with Japan and Alaska though. Did try AK one more time in 2016 but had terrible warm conditions.

2014-2015 Ski season video

My yearly ski season video took a long time to finish this year but is finally done. The amount of footage I captured was way more than in past years, and I lost interest in the project during the summer months. But in the end I'm happy with how it turned out. This makes 4 years in a row!

Last season was horrible for snow on the west coast but trips to Japan and Alaska helped make it an amazing winter. I ended up with 30 days on snow which is more than I've had since high-school days!

My favorite part about making these videos is being able to watch the ones from previous years and gauge my progress as a skier. With improvement in mind, here are three goals for this upcoming (in-progress) season:

  1. Be able to consistently land a clean 360. At the end of last season I was still having a lot of trouble getting keeping my weight forward.
  2. Ski bigger lines (like AK) with more speed and power. The Blizzard Spurs I just picked up should help give me confidence there unlike the jibby and playful Line Mr Pollard's Opus that I've been using.
  3. No injuries. :)

HipCal's 10th Birthday

The first real product I ever worked on, HipCal.com was "launched" a decade ago today. I use quotes there because it was a pretty uneventful launch. We uploaded a few hand-selected PHP files to our shared webhost via SmartFTP and then posted a barebones blog post. I have no memory of what we did after that, but it certainly didn't involve pitching tech blogs, posting on social media, or sending out an email blast. I don't think we even had a way to see how many users had signed up besides manually running a SQL query from the ugly cPanel admin interface our host provided.

It's fun to look back on this as a way to measure how much we've all learned since that point. Members of the team have since gone on to found HipChat, ToutApp, and Balanced, among other projects.

Here's to the next unpredictable 10 years!