Loch Loyne

Here are a few photos from a bike ride up at Loch Loyne a couple of weeks ago.

The loch water levels are drained every September in anticipation of the winter rain/snow melt. On occasion the old main tarmac road (the original "road to the isles") which took travellers north-west to Ullapool before the valley was dammed, emerges, along with a couple of old humpbacked bridges. It's possible to follow the road through the loch bed and across the hill at the far side to eventually reach the Cluanie Inn.

Unfortunately, as you can see from the pictures below, the loch wasn't in fact drained that weekend! The alternative route we took was fantastic anyway though. I plan to go back and try again at some point.

Space station spinning handle

Here's a great example of the intermediate-axis effect. Basically the tool is actually spinning on all axis, but the centrifugal force of the main spin holds the other axis in one (apparent) direction until it slowly increases it's wobble. When it hits a certain critical point in the wobble it's enough to quickly continue the flip on that axis.

Bee and Puppycat

This is odd, but strangely mesmerising.

"Bee, a reluctant hero, becomes entangled in the adventures of a puppy (...or is he a cat?) as they travel between reality and the void of Fishbowl Space. Created by Natasha Allegri, character designer and storyboard artist for Adventure Time."


Here's the Capital Trail bikepacking ride I did the past weekend.
I rode for 22 hours 15 minutes and stopped for 3 hours of sleep.
I'm very broken, but it was amazing.

Kitchen tools

This cross between technology and disappointment, is called the Eggmaster vertical grill.
According to the advert, cooking and eating eggs is beyond many people and so they need a little help.
Also, why struggle with egg shaped food at the table, when you can walk around holding sausage shaped food in your grubby hands instead.
Now, you can even cut them to add to salads and sandwiches!!


Do Not Track

This is an pretty interesting new interactive documentary series called Do Not Track.

This first episode prompts you to take a closer look at your cellphone. Your apps share a lot of the private info on your phone with marketing agencies, phone operators and others. Where does all that data go, and what happens with it?

The video is embedded below, but for the full interactive experience, and further episodes go here: Donottrack-doc.com