The Burryman

Tommorrow (8th August) marks the return of the South Queensferry Burryman. Covered entirely in prickly burrs from the burdock plant a man walks about for 12 hours. No-one really know the reason why.

John Nicol, the previous burryman said: "It's verging on some sort of bizarre psychedelic experience, by the end of it you don't know what's going on."

Thingful

Thingful.net is a search engine for data logging devices which are connected to the internet (sometimes these devices are collectively called the 'internet of things').

Interesting distribution of gamma radiation detectors in Europe:

2014 Highland Trail 550 race

An insight into the 2014 Highland Trail Race - UK's toughest bikepacking race along an uncompromising 550 mile route through the Highlands of Scotland.

Started as a practice run for races such as Ride the Divide, the Highland Trail has become a established challenge of it's own. It may not be as long, but the terrain and weather more than make up for it.

Maybe next year..if not the race..then maybe the route.

Skylock

This looks nice....well designed....if it all works:

Bluetooth controlled from you phone, allowing you to:
-Lock/unlock using your phone (keypad on lock for backup).
-Alerts you to potential theft attempts by hooking it up to a local wifi point.
-Charges from solar panels (apparently it uses very little power)
-Detects accidents and calls for help through your phone if you don't respond to the message it'll push to your phone.

Two years at sea

A surreal film about a childhood neighbour of mine that I vaguely knew, but heard about often.

"TWO YEARS AT SEA won a prize at the Venice Film Festival, and was TimeOut's number one pick of the London Film Festival. The title refers to the work Jake did in order to finance his chosen state of existence. The film extends Ben's relationship with Jake, a man first encountered in his short film THIS IS MY LAND. He lives alone in a ramshackle house, in the middle of the forest. It's full of stuff that might come in useful someday. Jake has a tremendous sense of purpose as he works around the house and surrounding forest and moorland. Rivers' witty and gracefully-constructed film creates an intimate connection with an individual who might otherwise be hard to get to know if we met him face-to-face."