What is the “Tour de France”?
photos* of and by thomas woodson, joey schusler, and sam seward biking the huayhuash mountain range in the peruvian andes. with a climb to over fifteen thousand feet, the route they planned for had only been completed once before by bicycle. as woodson puts it, riding a bicycle in this terrain at that altitude is “like pushing a wheelbarrow up a staircase while trying to breath through a drinking straw.”
Is this even real?
Today’s technologies – instrumented things, sensor networks, data – have the opportunity to deepen social relationships, to brings us new important kinds of social relationships that we don’t already have and to participate directly in those relations. When we start to think about our technologies as not simply providing incremental value – good recommendations or metrics for this or that problem – we give them room to grow.
Organizational metaphors can be helpful to think about what’s going on in work culture. Gareth Morgan’s Images of Organizationis a great compendium of metaphors: organization as a machine, organism, brain, culture, political systems, etc. I also find Joanne Martin’s analysis of contending…
As an example of the AWOL with a full load is Team AWOL’s Swiss Alp (r)adventures. Before we nailed the geometry of the AWOL, we did several long field test on our prototypes, looking for the perfect geometry for all the differed kinds of contexts the AWOL would be ridden in. Here, fully loaded on bad roads in the Swiss Alps, crossing Pragel Pass.
"Es set up for this weekend adventure was a fully loaded AWOL with all the necessities for both touring and hiking. The AWOL is dressed up with 45x700 Specialized Nimbus tires, Surly Nice Racks front and rear, a handlebar bag and a backpack in the rear for hiking. Front left low-rider carry the kitchen and appliances for two persons, for two nights. Front right low-rider is the cooler and carries all the food. Front panniers should always carry the heavy stuff, it balances the ride and makes it more stable. Left rear pannier keeps a Hilleberg Akto 3 tent, 2 sleeping bags and 2 sleeping mats. Rear right is the wardrobe. Just so that you know. The AWOL rides really well with 20 k + of gear"
Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
I love Rapha’s use of photography in their Spring Summer 2014 Lookbook shot on location in the Cévennes in France. You can see these and more over at Rapha http://pages.rapha.cc/products/springsummer-2014-training-racing
As a father of two boys, I am equally responsible for this kind of cultural outcome. I will not let our culture define our girls, our women-to-be, as ineffective participants. I will, in my own way as a father, help bring about a shift by teaching my sons that women are leaders and partners, not passive observers.
Let’s self-define. Please become who you were meant to be. The world needs you.
Like me! I always wanted to be an exhausted, computer nerd who writes things on the internet with no friends in real life. Progress!
Watch the full video here.
As Virginia Hughes noted in a recent piece for National Geographic’s Phenomena blog, the most common depiction of a synapse (that communicating junction between two neurons) is pretty simple:
Signal molecules leave one neuron from that bulby thing, float across a gap, and are picked up by receptors on the other neuron. In this way, information is transmitted from cell to cell … and thinking is possible.
But thanks to a bunch of German scientists - we now have a much more complete and accurate picture. They’ve created the first scientifically accurate 3D model of a synaptic bouton (that bulby bit) complete with every protein and cytoskeletal element.
This effort has been made possible only by a collaboration of specialists in electron microscopy, super-resolution light microscopy (STED), mass spectrometry, and quantitative biochemistry.
says the press release. The model reveals a whole world of neuroscience waiting to be explored. Exciting stuff!
Credit: Benjamin G. Wilhelm, Sunit Mandad, Sven Truckenbrodt, Katharina Kröhnert, Christina Schäfer, Burkhard Rammner, Seong Joo Koo, Gala A. Claßen, Michael Krauss, Volker Haucke, Henning Urlaub, Silvio O. Rizzoli