I was looking at some footage from last season this week. One of my biggest goals last season was to work really hard on improving my carving technique. After the first trip I had gotten the feel of the toe side carve down pretty well but I kept losing my edge on my heel side. Unfortunately the season ended before I really nailed my technique but I think the important thing is that I set some goals and I worked toward them.
For the 2011-12 season I worked on my dynamic carving. I didn’t really nail that either so going into this next season my goal is going to be to get my heel side carve down then use that to do some sick dynamic carving
We’re now less than 5 months away from the next season and I’ve started to hit the gym again. I started last season as fit as I’ve ever been and I think it helped out a lot with my riding. This season I hope to do the same and hit the slopes hard. Let’s do this!
I don’t tweet that often so when I saw this in my recent feed it made me laugh. Apparently the last time I went to get contacts my RX had expired and I had to get an eye exam. I recently went to get more contacts and the same thing happened AGAIN!
went to get new contacts.. prescription expired. pay 89 dollars.. no change fuu
— phidong (@phidong) November 30, 2011
I just set a reminder to order some new contacts the first week of June 2014.
At the beginning of May I was interviewing for a job at GoldenComm. As part of the interview I was given some homework; design a WordPress theme from scratch. I decided to go all out and actually do it from scratch (not even using the twenty-ten theme!). It was a great learning experience for me and made me realize how little I know. As part of the test I designed a theme that was based loosely off the BigPicture theme I was using for phidong.com.
Well, I got the job. I’ve been working there for a month now and learning as much as possible. I have done front-end web development for a long time but only as a hobby and freelance. Taking it to the next level and doing it full-time has been a great experience (mostly because everyone at GC is so smart and helpful). I’ve learned a lot of tricks and gotten much better at CSS which in turn has really helped me with jQuery and targeting specific DOM.
Anyway, I decided it was time to finally update this site. The design is based on the design that I did for my interview homework, which was based on the previous design (soup dawg). It’s semi-responsive but not really. It goes to single column for smaller devices but the layout is pretty narrow already. I’m thinking of doing a ground up build using WordPress Bones but for now this will do.
After 6 years owning phones with slide out keyboards (from the Mogul, Touch Pro, to the Epic 4G) I finally gave up the past for an Samsung Galaxy S4. So far it’s pretty awesome (much faster than my Epic!). I’ve been doing a lot of reading on responsive design and jQuery Mobile so I’m pretty excited on testing that stuff out on my new phone.
On Saturday I attempted to summit Mt Baldy via the Bear Canyon Trail in 7 hours. Unfortunately it took an hour to find the trailhead which left me with 6 hours. Needless to say, I failed miserably. About 3.5-4 miles into the hike I realized that there was no way I would be able to summit and descend in time so I turned around and headed down. The trail was relentless at almost 920 feet per mile the entire way. In retrospect I should have attempted to summit via the Ski Hut Trail. Time to plan my revenge…
The good news is I made it back to OC in time to hit up the Foodie Fest where I got to try out some pretty sweet food truck food. We were so hungry from the hike that all the food trucks and the smell of BBQ in the air was like heaven. Too bad you have to pay for your ticket, pay for parking, then get in 10min lines just to order food. It was a lot of fun trying out different food trucks though, although it was a bummer that the event organizers decided to prohibit trucks from selling drinks so that they could gouge people on $3 bottles of soda or water.
Pictures after the break!