Yep… Pipe dreams (quad Superpipe dreams) from Tony Schmiesing on Vimeo. It’s not often I get overwhelmed to the point of being rendered speechless, but as you can see at the start of this video (and why I made it over 2 days), as I began to tug at the threads that connected all the… Read More


Yes, another video from my home away from home on the Cal track, but stay with me here, because this one has a little bit of everything. Just before Christmas I experienced, or more appropriately, was slammed with (yes, slammed sounds right) something I’ve never experienced in all my time as a quadriplegic, something I’ve… Read More


While there is no shortage of stoke and gratitude captured on the above video (hell, even pushing half a mile in a cold December rain couldn’t dampen my enthusiasm. Though, in retrospect that wasn’t the wisest of moves), I do feel the need to further explain — albeit briefly — why these grants have meant… Read More


It’ll be 2 years this month since my ridiculously beautiful service dog, Shadow, slipped her mortal coil and chased the proverbial kibble filled tennis ball into the ether, and into her new role as my goofy spiritual shadow (yes, I couldn’t resist the play on words). Why did it take me so long to spread… Read More


Change is in the air (in so many ways) and I figure what better way to celebrate it then to… well… change. So in the spirit of this celebratory state, instead of writing blogs I’m going to video them for a while. Now I know if anything has been consistent here on Fasterbarnacle, its been… Read More


Having one’s head buried in sticky, Sierra cement snow, unable to breathe, after a heavy wipeout, isn’t generally what one would call a good ski moment. But here’s the thing, without that wipeout in the spring of 2010, my skiing trajectory wouldn’t have been the same, and my pursuit of the more extreme side of… Read More


“Wouldn’t it be ironic if you got this new ski and there wasn’t any snow in Tahoe this year?” Travis joked, well aware of the journey behind the ski in my living room and how stoked I was to get it on the mountain. Well, that was the beginning of December and as unlikely as… Read More


A year ago today I said goodbye to a very radiant being; my eternally brilliant, beautiful, goofy, transcendent service dog Shadow. Sigh. I’ve written at length about her on this blog, but I believe this particular slideshow says everything so much better. Even still, it seems slight. She was without a doubt one of the… Read More


  *If you happen to be viewing this on a mobile device and you find the videos are loading slowly, tap the youtube logo on the bottom right of the video. I’ve weighted down this post with lots of treats! 50. Jamie Woon Mirrorwriting (post dubstep, r&b) 49. Wolfram Wolfram (elctro pop) 48. Seun Kuti… Read More