Friday, September 18, 2009

Marshmallow Experiment Tests Kids' Mettle

Although off-topic, I'm a big fan of science and so felt compelled to share this gem.

The experiment gives children an opportunity to double their sugar bounty if they can exert self-control for 20 minutes without supervision. Cuteness is the overriding data point, as you'll see:

Studies like this have a long pedigree, as recounted recently in The New Yorker online.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fixed Gear Fahrrad Fräuleins sind Fabulös!

Here's a bike video from Germany, earlier this summer - truly wunderbar! It gets better as it goes, so keep watching till the end. The balance and focus demonstrated here is truly astonishing.

Imagine, the thousands of practice hours it takes to learn these skills and get the routine down pat. While it's generally believed that 10,000 hours of experience qualifies one as an expert at something, these two agile athletes probably have 30,000 hours or more in the saddle. Doing what they do requires a lifetime of dedication and daily practice, starting at a very early age.

Like this young lad here, preparing for his career in the Russian circus:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Remove Unwanted Car Passengers Safely

Drive through a car wash!

When Mythbusters' Adam Savage talked about "removing unwanted pests from the outside of your car" I was unfortunately reminded of the Michael Bryant case.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bike Trailer Homes for Vancouver Homeless

Yesterday I proposed a sarcastic solution to Vancouver's homeless problem. Today I bring you a real possibility, the bike trailer home:

This rent-free roadster was built by Paul Elkins from Washington USA - check out his blog for more photos and info about this and his other beatnik build projects.

A program to give these bike homes to the homeless would pay for itself in reduced medical costs. Even at $1000 a pop, that's less than one night spent in the ER by someone sick from sleeping on the ground without protection from the elements or disease-carrying pests.

Also, imagine the fun of traveling across Canada in one of these! If anyone's interested, I'll bet a major bank or mortgage broker would gladly sponsor some type of "Rent-Free Ride across Canada" promotion, extolling the values of owning your own home or condo (regardless of size indeed!). The bank could donate a bike trailer home to a homeless person for every X number of kilometres travelled...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tokyo is Bicycle Parking Heaven

In the future, every Skytrain station will have one of these! Well, maybe...

...Instead, this technology could be used to hide warehouse Vancouver's thousands of homeless people during the 2010 Olympics!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Who Causes Bike-Car Collisions?

While motorists often accuse cyclists of being the cause of bike-car accidents, a Toronto analysis of 2572 police collision reports demonstrates that
motorists are at fault more than 90% of the time.