Archive for February, 2009

Craig Kelly

Even the athletes we have on a pedestal have their own icons.  Terje Haakonsen for one looks up to the legendary Craig Kelly.  He was dubbed as the ‘Godfather of Freeriding’.

He was the perfect epitome of a well-rounded person.  He took up chemical engineering in University of Washington and was a member of Delta Upsilon.

We have already encountered idealistic riders like Terje who refused to be in the Winter Olympics because he believes that riders should not compete but rather nurture each other.  Craig shared the same philosophy in a different level.  He refused to be part of lucrative agreements to carry on with his passion for riding the mountains.  He was notorious for his spectacular action shots which usually have him looking right through the camera.  Like Terje, he too was smooth as a cat on the mountain lines.

Tragedy struck the snowboarding community when Craig died in an avalanche in Revelstoke, BC on January 20, 2003 along with six people as he was earning his certification as a Canadian Mountain guide.

And Let There Be Light

Back in the day, it was only on Bewitched where you can turn appliances on and off with literally a snap of a finger or by saying it out loud [eg ‘lights off!].  Now, if you have the dough, you can hook up the entire electrical system of your house to another system that can recognize voice commands.  You do not have to fidget with the remote in the dark and break an ankle to get to the light switch just to see where the exact button you are looking for is.  Just say ‘lights on’ and the light will be turned on.  Say ‘lights off’ when you are done.  Again getting up to get to the switch and feeling your way back to the couch is now a thing of the past.

When they began having the voice dialer on mobile phones, I excitedly thought that was the beginning of a new revolution on innovation.  Indeed, it was.