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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Already Spring or not?

We had a few days of sun with spring temperatures in the village.
But is spring already there or not?
Judge for yourself.

Spring:




No Spring yet:

Looks like a week of pow is lying ahead of us.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jibyard

Having a party in the backyard today, just a quick shot, more footage dropping in one of the upcoming Whistler Wednesday Episodes. Check number 2 if you haven't seen it yet.



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Whistler Wednesday Episode 2

There we go, Episode 2. Collecting shots hasn't been this easy this time, still pretty stoked on the final edit.

Enjoy and share if you like.


Sick in Bed

Not much to read on the blog in the last days as I have been sick in bed most of the time. Got this really nice tea today, green roibos with lots of frutis. sick stuff.

Whistler Wednesday Episode 2 dropping in a few hours.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Showcase Showdown

The Showcase Showdown Slopestyle Contest went down on Blackcomb today. Though the weather has been really foggy today, the level was pretty high, saw some double corks and 10s in all directions.

Too bad the weather wasn't like that during the day.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Drop In

Though being sick in bed all day, I got some shots this evening as Pierre has been digging in the backyard the whole day and dropped our neighbours balcony this evening.
Check the picture.



Friday, March 18, 2011

Finally some sun

After days and days with tons of snow finally some sun today. Been filming in Whis and Blackcomb Park today, has been pretty nice but I had to take it slow, as I got a little cold.

Lots of clouds, but clear weather and some sun at least


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Whistler Wednesday Episode 1

And there it is! The first episode of Whistler Wednesday. I would go as far as saying it is the best edit I made so far.

Enjoy and share to help me



Monday, March 14, 2011

Cutting all day long

I've been cutting for next Wednesdays edit pretty much the whole day. Stoked on that one.

Also stoked on cutting with iMovie. It makes cutting without an actual mouse, only using the trackpad, so easy.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

King of the Rail

King of the Rail - Rail Jam went down this evening at the Village, the guys were killing it.

Jamie actually killed himself.. a little.

Jamie

Oliver

Simon


Saturday, March 12, 2011

How to build an igloo(-jump) #2

The pictures speak for themselves.




Guys.. you're killin' it.


What's different #2 and how to build an igloo #1

Did you know ...

that black slopes have to look like this?





While I have been riding on my own, soul shredding, how it is called by the cool dudes, the other guys started building an igloo in the backyard.



Friday, March 11, 2011

Tits deep pow

Soo much pow today, more to come in the next days. Did some treeruns in the morning and headed to the peak as soon as the lift got opened. Had 3 runs at the peak in Whistler Bowl. That's the shit.. untouched pow, freakin' deep and soo nice.

It got really awkward when I did a few turns, couldn't see anything because of the spray and found my self in some kind of small avalanche, it looked like the snow has been sliding upwards, but it was me, going down that fast. After I figured out where I found myself in I just went straight and it was all good. So much fun, such good conditions. Check the pics.

This probably was one of the best days in my life.
Jordan and his brother Adam killing it today, they know every spot in the resort.



Whistler Peak

Good crew on a nice powder day




Choose your line!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Whistler Wednesday Teaser

I just decided that I will make weekly edits from now on. Whistler Wednesday, you guessed it, will be dropping every Wednesday.
Here is a little teaser, make sure to check back next Wednesday to watch the first episode.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Filming Whis Park

Been filming Whistler Park all day long. Had bluebird in the morning and it was super warm. Doing laps through the park and following my boys from Hamburg the whole day. An edit will be made by them soon.
Some pictures as a preview:




Great weather, great day. Had the biggest muffin ever seen after riding. And then self-made Käsespätzle. ;)


Sunday, March 6, 2011

What's different

Been up for a few hours today, unfortunately it's been a little cloudy and the pow was skied out.


You might already know about Canada that ...

the cars are a little bigger ...

the houses are made out of woods ...

the wires are aboveground ...

and that there is loads of snow.

But did you know ...

that the whole village has to walk down to the highway to fetch the mail?

that milk comes in 1, 2 and 4l bottles?


Friday, March 4, 2011

Tree runs all day long

We were able to get some fresh pow today on Whistler, even the sun showed itself from time to time. Got some shots, had loads of fun and being pretty exhausted now.

Check Olli and Simon going wild:



Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My thoughts on the iPad 2 and the use of it in schools.

Today Apple announced the iPad 2.
It is now slimmer, lighter, faster and has a cam on the front and the rear. So far nothing unexpected or super innovative.
There even seems to be no Retina Display as on the iPhone 4.
BUT Apple again does/did a super good job creating the feeling you need something, though you might/do not.

Watch this:
http://www.apple.com/ipad/#video

I really like the way the made the cover and the way it is shown in the video there seems to be no hassle applying it on the display.
Also GarageBand, especially the Guitar scene looks like awesome engineering.

source: http://www.apple.com/ipad/#video

But the scene of a young teacher standing in front of class and connecting the iPad to a tv-screen got most of my attention.
Some time ago I talked to some friends about using (touch) displays in school and said, that there should be more use of apps, like the Elements app for iPhone and iPad. Those apps do not only provide you with the needed information, they create attention, which is clearly needed in lessons of chemistry and physics, where apps can be used easily. But I am sure there is a way to use technology in every class.
I would recommend schools considering buying an iPad and a television before spending way more money on "Smartboards", which consist of a beamer and a touchsurface, but it seems to me this technology is not perfected at all yet.
If there aren't the needed apps by now, they will come one day or can be developed in school by teachers and students. Who knows, might be that one day developing an app for your own purpose is a basic skill for (nearly) everybody as it is using the internet right now.

Apple should consider giving schools a hand by giving lessons for teachers in developing apps and equiping schools with Macs, as this could pay off in way that more apps are developed, which means more reasons for buying an iPad. Just imagine if there are not only iPads for teachers but for students.

There are for sure greater problems in education, whether in America/Europe or Africa. But development has to start somewhere. And the perfect picture of a teacher standing at the blackboard in front of a quiet class has long worn out.

There is a page from Apple about this issue: http://www.apple.com/education/ipad/.

Chemistry is a wonderful example where you can create attention with graphics. But the Elements app is not enough. There definitely is a need for apps, that can illustrate reactions, imaging the electrons changing, atoms forming new molecules.
Chemistry is subject where you need to get the background and understand how things are depending on each other. Imagine, you see the atoms and molecules and then fade out to see it in whole, from another perspective. But not in a movie but in an app, that is interactive.


Just did it haha

Had some great fun today with Oliver and Simon from Hamburg in Whistler Park. Snow was nice, not too much pow but sweet.
Leave you with some photos. Might be able to get some serious shots on my cam with both of them in the next days.

Nice weather yesterday in the village, little more clouds up on the mountain.