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Friday, January 29, 2010
11 minutes of football I've often wondered how much time is actually spent playing football during a regular 60 minute NFL game? 11 minutes. No wonder it's such a boring game, not unlike baseball. How much time is spent playing soccer in a 90 minute match? 90 minutes.
Organic Bikes We like the idea behind Organic Bikes:
We began Organicbikes.com to re-think the way that bicycles and cycling products are manufactured, used, and recycled. While we do not claim to be fully "green", or sustainable across the board—we think we have some great ideas and we are very excited to present them here! We hope that people will not only choose a bicycle over their car for transportation, but that they will consider Organic Bikes as a more sustainable choice in Bicycles!
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Saturday, January 23, 2010
Gary Snyder's Mac My favorite poet, Gary Snyder, lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. He built his first house from local materials with the help of friends, with no electricity or many other modern conveniences. Now he writes poetry on a Mac as discussed in the New York Times article Digital Muse for Beat Poet. The short article includes the following poem:
Why I Take Good Care of My Macintosh
By Gary Snyder
Because it broods under its hood like a perched falcon,
Because it jumps like a skittish horse and sometimes throws me,
Because it is poky when cold,
Because plastic is a sad, strong material that is charming to rodents,
Because it is flighty,
Because my mind flies into it through my fingers,
Because it leaps forward and backward, is an endless sniffer and searcher,
Because its keys click like hail on a boulder,
And it winks when it goes out,
And puts word-heaps in hoards for me, dozens of pockets of gold under boulders in streambeds, identical seedpods strong on a vine, or it stores bins of bolts;
And I lose them and find them,
Because whole worlds of writing can be boldly laid out and then highlighted and vanish in a flash at “delete,” so it teaches of impermanence and pain;
And because my computer and me are both brief in this world, both foolish, and we have earthly fates,
Because I have let it move in with me right inside the tent,
And it goes with me out every morning;
We fill up our baskets, get back home,
Feel rich, relax, I throw it a scrap and it hums.
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Recumbent stuff The Recumbent Blog, which was abandoned when EcoVelo was started, was taken over by Penny and Rob Mackenzie of Alberta, Canada and now has regular postings. While perusing the latest info I happened across a couple of interesting videos:
2009 Australian International Pedal Prix – Round 3, a 24 hour human-powered endurance race:
and two videos of a talk in 1989 by Steve Roberts about his 16,000 mile journey by bike. He carried solar-powered computers and wrote extensively about this travels and the equipment he used. I recall hearing about him at the time. He now travels by boat and publishes the Nomadness blog among other things.
Friday, January 08, 2010
TransAm route in around 6 minutes It's been too long since my first cross county bike trip, the Southern Tier route back in 1999. One day I'd like to ride the Adventure Cycling TransAm route, which begins in Virginia and ends in Oregon. This short slideshow is a series of photos that give a good feel for the route (via Biking Bis):
Monday, January 04, 2010
Profile of John Mackey of Whole Foods Trying to find the time to read Food Fighter: Does Whole Foods' C.E.O. know what's best for you? by Nick Paumgarten
Are electric cars the solution? Some people think we can help solve the climate crisis by switching to electric cars. While it is certainly one part of the solution, an over reliance on fossil fuels, there are many other problems associated with depending too much on cars for transportation. What would happen if Seattle switched entirely to electric vehicles?
...the full electric conversion would cut Seattle’s road transportation emissions about in half, which would reduce the City’s total carbon footprint by about one fifth.
Of course, there are also many downsides left out of the above analysis:
Sunday, January 03, 2010
From Virginia Intelligent Transportation Systems: "Unveiled at the COP15 United Nations Climate Conference, The Copenhagen Wheel transforms ordinary bicycles into hybrid e-bikes that also function as mobile sensing units. 'The Copenhagen Wheel' allows you to capture the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need a bit of a boost. Controlled through your smartphone, it also maps pollution levels, traffic congestion, and road conditions in real-time."
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