Sunday, January 22

Ridazz In The Media

Don't know if anyone else caught it, but on last night's (Saturday, Jan. 21)) "Eye on L.A." show on KABC, a segment was devoted to the Midnight Ridazz with footage filmed during last November's "Dead Theater" ride. Nice.

Wednesday, January 18

bici film fest in LA

I want to see LA all up on this one!
I am posting this for my friend Brendt but I think this is something worth contributing to and supporting.
Especially while rocking the helmet cam!

SIXTH ANNUAL BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL Call for Entries

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The Bicycle Film Festival is seeking submissions for its sixth annual Festival. The event will feature dozens of different films on a variety of bicycle styles - from BMX to urban bike culture, cycling to commuting. The 2005 Bike Film Fest was attended by 15,000 people with many sold out showings. This year's festival is larger then ever before and will include 10 cities throughout the world including last years cities New York, Los Angles, San Francisco, Tokyo, and London! It is bound to be a lot of fun again in 2006!

We encourage YOU to submit films with these guidelines to enter: All lengths. Short is great and easier to program. All genres: BMX, animation, narratives, docs, experimental, Hollywood, cycling, and so on. The festival is more than films, it also features music, parties, fun bicycle parade, and art exhibitions.

For info:
http://www.bicyclefilmfestival.com
brendt@bicyclefilmfestival.com

The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2006.

Thanks,
Brendt Barbur

Bicycle Film Festival
70A Greenwich Ave. #307
New York New York
10011
212 463 8891

Saturday, January 14

How To Make A Helmet Cam

helmet camAs witnessed in my virgin Midnight Ridazz tour last month and again with last night's awesome trek, the general consenus is that helmets are for pussies. Or republicans. Is that redundant? But since a helmet saved my life back in those medieval times before the web was born and I used to cruise the city upon a two-wheeler that boasted a 1000-cc engine, I'm since kinda partial to rolling around town with things that will assist in keeping my brains in their respective container should an accident attempt to bash them out upon the pavement.

Wanting to capture last night's Friday the 13th (kuh-kuh-kuh, ah-ah-ah) rolling derby on video from start to finish, I decided to put my helmet to use not only as a protective device but as a camera platform. I'd grabbed clips of last month's ride (visible here and here) with a digicam mounted to the front reflector post but for the most part there was just a whole lotta shaking going on.

helmet camSo yesterday, I made a trip to my local hardware store for the extensive array of equipment I would need to secure my Canon DV unit to my cranium case. And by "extensive array" I mean a quarter-inch bolt two inches long and a handful of 1.5-inch-wide washers*. That's it. All that's required from there is finding the air vent nearest the top and center of your helmet to run the bolt through bracketed by washers inside and outside the helmet and enough of 'em so you can screw the cam on nice and tight via it's tripod mount. I'd then recommend a bit of foam or fabric inside the helmet covering the screw's head so that it doesn't bop against the top of yours. Sure, it ain't rocket science but I just wanted to pass it along in case anyone was interested in giving it a try.

helmet camAnd in the aftermath of the most excellent ride I'm pleased to report the contraption worked beautifully. Quicktime clips forthcoming. Gawd bless all Ridazz, especially the adorable Ruthie in her disco-ball adorned "grocery getter."

UPDATE (01/15): Photo set found here. Videoclips forthcoming.

UPDATE (01/30): Fuck Google Video. I uploaded videoclips two days after the 01/13 ride and more than two weeks later only one's been "verified" (whatever the hell that means) and made available for viewing. So this morning I uploaded all three to youtube.com and less than two hours later they're all live. Here are the links: 1) Rolling With Ruthie 2) Rolling On the River, and 3) Rolling With Gary. Sorry it took so long.

* Your size may vary depending on the thickness of your helmet and the width of your vents. Void where prohibited by law. Member FDIC and the Bicycle Kitchen.

Friday, January 13

Bici Blog

Bici Blog JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER

The UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics is going down at the ADT center JAN. 20 - 22. Last year there was a ride from the BK to Carson to check out the races and it was a blast. Check out photos here -http://www.thgallery.com/bikerace.html
Dont miss this this years action!

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Judging a book by its cover

Cruising through the book store, I came across this book on the shelf. The cover actually made me browse through it.

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Wednesday, January 11

Drive by...

Saw this on my ride to work yesterday over in West LA near Giant Robot.

- Nhat

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Monday, January 9

Fashion Ridazz...

I shot a look book for fashion designer Corey Lynn Calter and was using people I met on the street around the Ivar/Hollywood Farmers' Market. Ended up meeting three fellow Ridazz. These were three of my favorite shots from that weekend. I know two of you were Laura & Colleen (forgive me if I misspelled your names). But I didn't get one of your names (holding bag of tangerines). I've been meaning to post these here.

Thanks girls. Email me at nhat@orangefunk.com and I'll get ya photos.

- Nhat

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Monday, January 2