The roots of Dirt

How The Mountain Bike Evolved. This video goes well with the short history of mountain biking included in my popular route guide book: Exposed Routes
The 1979 Cunningham prototype later in the film looks great, the same geometry as modern mountain bikes.

Glentress Seven - race

Did this as a solo. Pretty happy with 14th in my category and 8 exhausting laps. Was loads of fun. Not sure I'd do it solo again though. Bit more technical than I thought it would be. Billions of slippy roots and a couple of properly scary sections.


"Bill's fifty-two years old, has a mountain man beard, and delivers pizza on a fixie in Brooklyn. Over the course of several shifts, DELIVERY unveils an intriguing man rushing food to your door while it's still hot and fresh."

Cashless society

Maybe we shouldn't be rushing towards a cashless society if we value our freedom? Pushing all transaction through a small number of bottlenecks makes it easy for governments to censor and control what you do. Using terrorism and crime as an excuse to collate spending data isn't good for everyone else.

A great article from The Atlantic investigates and discusses the issues.

Kinetic Sculpture

These kinetic sculptures are amazing! Created by Anthony Howe and completely wind powered these curved-metal designs reach up to 25 feet high, and are on display in public spaces around the world.