Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sustainable Logging

I will be investigating this concept and practice of sustainable logging for my research project. I will be covering who the major players are in the industry, from the tool makers, logging companies, mills, etc.

I will shine light on how the process works, the different approaches to the job, the benefits of this form of tree harvest, as well as some of the controversies and red tape around the practice. I want looking into who the top advocacy groups are, as well as the whistle-blowers. My target groups will be the people for the practice, as well as the people against the practice. I would like to make an inforgraph in the end as a display of the pros and cons, as well as what I have concluded personally, through my research.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Moral Compass

Here is an interesting article from NY Times columnist, David Brooks, that discusses our current generation's inability to articulate and formula opinions focused morality:

What do you think?

David wants you to dig a little deeper than, "I feel".

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Something to think about...

Attack of La NiƱa Teaser from Shelby Meinzer on Vimeo.

Certain changes in climate will effect different industries e.g. tourism, manufacturing, transportation, etc. This video is awesome, hands down amazing - however, the ramifications of climate change could either make it go away, or become too much to deal with, as the opening credits discuss. Just something to consider, especially living in the snow-mecca that we do up here.

Dumb Awesome

Random, silly, "LOL", hilarious, awesome. Check 'em.

asdfmovies, #1-4. (They are quick).

Albert Einstien is sad because he wishes he came up with these ingenious videos instead of the atomic bomb - it's ok bud, we know you meant well.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Release the Kraken! But first, let me introduce it:

I'm Zach. This is me on a lift tower this summer at Whiteface. My friend Deb took the picture. Pretty cool, eh? Hiking is a grand ol' time.

I like riding pedal bikes down mountains too. Above, is an edit I cut together from a race a few weeks ago at Sugarbush (Lincoln side). And here is a picture of me at the US Open from May of this year.

At the ripe age of 21, I am facing down my senior year here at Champlain. It has been a tumultuous experience so far, but hey, if life was easy, it wouldn't be exciting. This summer I worked doing land reclamation and landscaping in Lake Placid, NY. This involved being a lumberjack, handy man, painter, and strongman; good times. I race bikes professionally on the side, which is quite fun, and in the winter I return to the mountains on skis.

Future plans are up in the air, but flying by the seat of my pants is my style anyways. Thanks for joining in and keep it locked here as there is a lot more to come.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Welcome to the age of being cantankerous and crass without being in a barroom. This little space on the web will now be home to words of wisdom, whining, observation and generally off-topic thought. The sky used to be the limit, but then we cancelled NASA, so this will be the new Final Frontier. That is a lot to live up to, but hell, we all need some aspirations to get through the tedium of the school and work week. Here is a video of people getting rad to start things off: