Friday, May 15, 2009

LOLcoons


Ever heard of LOLcats? Well here's LOLcoons, fresh from my recent visit to Stanley Park:



"Bravo bravo, encore encore! Excellent!"

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bike Dancing, Part One


The year was 1986. Vancouver hosted the World Expo, the Montreal Canadiens took home the Stanley Cup, and Kevin Bacon starred in Quicksliver, a film about bike messengers in New City, featuring this famous compilation of tricks dubbed "the Bike Dancing Scene":



This gives me an idea - Coming this summer, Bike Dancing Part Two: bike dancing with Bulletproofcourier!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Latest Cool New Socks!


I just added another great pair to my collection:

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bulletproofcourier for Mayor!


Participating in a Canadian (or any) democratic election is a great feeling, isn't it? But I think it would be better if write-in candidates were allowed...


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Of course the above photo is a paper & paste parody created by me in the voting booth - it's a provincial election, not a municipal one - but one day a blogger will indeed be voted into public office: perhaps Mayor of Vancouver, Premiere of BC, or even Prime Minister of Canada!

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Burrard Street Bridge Bike Lane


When the Burrard Street Bridge bike lane is congested, can cyclists jump off the sidewalk and ride between cars? In this helmet cam video I give it a try:



Please don't try this yourself - I have years of experience which keeps me safe.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pacific Spirit Run 2009


Today I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and rode 60km before 12 o'clock to help raise money for the Tapestry Foundation. Check out this video, see what a blast it was!



If this looks like fun to you, please shoot me an e-mail - we'll need more people next year.


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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Follow Me, Lioudmila Kortchaguina!


Volunteering for the Vancouver Marathon Cycle Escort Team this year was absolutely thrilling.


nice legs LK!

Lioudmila Kortchaguina took the early lead and won the woman's half marathon as I led her through the course on my bike, doing my part for the Cycle Escort Team. Watching her strong performance from up close was amazing. From the start, she maintained a powerful pace and finished with a time of 1:17:11, averaging about 16km/h. I had to ride hard to stay ahead of her on the hill up to Prospect Point!

Being part of the Marathon Cycle Escort Team was an awesome experience. I met some great new friends; we had tons of fun together. On race day we were treated to an insider's view of the marathon and the awe-inspiring runners who push the limits of human power and endurance. I am left with many fond memories that will last a lifetime, and plan to do it again next year!

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Tweenbots Demonstrate Social Navigation


In my old job as a bike messenger, my purpose was to get from one place to another. In a social experiment conducted by Kacie Kinzer, cute human-like robots successfully achieved the same goal with a little help from passersby.
Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.



Surprisingly, no one kicked or stomped the robots, or squashed them with their bikes. In fact, people seemed eager to shepherd them along, perhaps - as a recent study suggests - because they were adorable and human-like. After all, what's more human than struggling to find your way in the world?

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