Friday night’s alright with me.
Anyone seen this? I guess it’s the 26 minute short film that the video below was the trailer for. Wondering if it’s worth watching. Bet it is.
I love everything about this commercial for the Pannier Skaterack. It’s all gold.
Andrew Dickey tears up the streets of Melbourne in this street trials video. He’ll remind you of Danny MacAskill, but the videography isn’t as tight, and, well, he’s just not Danny MacAskill. There are a couple points, riding off a parking garage, and hopping from tiny barrier to tiny barrier, where it feels good, though.
Via The Daily What
If the folks developing the Dark Sky weather prediction app have their way, you’ll no longer have the ability to misjudge the weather and get caught in a storm when you’re riding your bike to work last Thursday, the Tuesday before, and pretty much every time it rains I get stuck in a storm, and I’m fucking sick of it. Sorry. Anyway, how do they do it? Who knows! What’s the catch?
Well, the catch is that it only works over a short period of time: a half hour to an hour in the future. But, as it turns out, this timespan is crucially important. Our lives are filled with short-term outdoor activities: Travelling to and from work, walking the dog, lunch with friends, outdoor sports, etc.
Got a request for more BMX/Skating/Snowboarding/Skiing/Surfing/Trials videos. Will try to comply. Starting tonight.
Michael Lewis’s latest chapter length depresso is about California and how many of the cities there are pretty royally fucked because of pension promises that will begin to come due very soon, and in some cases have already begun to cause problems. One thing I learned, the states won’t ever have to bust their budgets because they can force more and more costs on to the cities. (I guess counties can do this, too, because this is exactly what happened in Topeka yesterday, where the city council voted to decriminalize domestic battery in order to force the county district attorney to start trying these cases again. He stopped last month citing budget concerns.) Anyway, we’re screwed, so here’s Lewis talking about a bike ride he took with Schwarzenegger.
He hauls a bike off the back of the car, hops on, and takes off down an already busy Ocean Avenue. He wears no bike helmet, runs red lights, and rips past do not enter signs without seeming to notice them and up one-way streets the wrong way. When he wants to cross three lanes of fast traffic he doesnâ€™t so much as glance over his shoulder but just sticks out his hand and follows it, assuming that whatever is behind him will stop. His bike has at least 10 speeds, but he has just 2: zero and pedaling as fast as he can. Inside half a mile heâ€™s moving fast enough that wind-induced tears course down his cheeks.
Heâ€™s got to be one of the worldâ€™s most recognizable people, but he doesnâ€™t appear to worry that anyone will recognize him, and no one does. It may be that people who get out of bed at dawn to jog and Rollerblade and racewalk are too interested in what they are doing to break their trance. Or it may be that heâ€™s taking them by surprise. He has no entourage, not even a bodyguard. His former economic adviser, David Crane, and his media adviser, Adam Mendelsohn, who came along for the ride just because it sounded fun, are now somewhere far behind him. Anyone paying attention would think, That guy might look like Arnold, but it canâ€™t possibly be Arnold, because Arnold would never be out alone on a bike at seven in the morning, trying to commit suicide. It isnâ€™t until he is forced to stop at a red light that he makes meaningful contact with the public. A woman pushing a baby stroller and talking on a cell phone crosses the street right in front of him and does a double take. â€œOh . . . my . . . God,â€ she gasps into her phone. â€œItâ€™s Bill Clinton!â€ Sheâ€™s not 10 feet away, but she keeps talking to the phone, as if the man were unreal. â€œIâ€™m here with Bill Clinton.â€
As a bonus, here’s a profile of Lewis from NY Mag.
This is just wonderful. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Great music, fun tricks.
Via Matt Haughey.
It’s late, but there are some of you out there in Europe and what not, right? Your day is about to begin.