Sunday, April 26, 2009

Music in the Wild

I’m reposting this from ClimbDFW.  These guys are hanging in a portaledge on a big wall in Patagonian Chile — about as remote a place as you can find.  The combination of the music and the scenery is mesmerizing to me.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

U.S. National High-Speed Rail Plan Announced


President Obama today unveiled his plan for a nationwide system of high-speed rail lines, naming 10 potential corridors that are eligible for stimulus cash and signaling that more federal funding will follow. "There are those who say high-speed rail is a fantasy -- but its success around the world says otherwise," Obama said. "Building a new system of high-speed rail in America will be faster, cheaper and easier than building more freeways or adding to an already overburdened aviation system, and everybody stands to benefit."

US DOT High Speed Rail Strategic Plan 2009 (3MB)

C-SPAN coverage here.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Burning It Down

"I feel fat!" That is what I used to say. I still feel it sometimes; you know the times when you are laying on your side and you look down at your body laying there like a puddle of flesh. I feel better now. I feel like I am doing something about it. I went to the gym and burned 543 calories during an hour and two minute workout. Then I went for a bike ride, rode 20 miles and burned 841 calories in an hour and six minutes.Clearly the bike burns it down faster but the gym helps me get that sexy musular physique. I hope that I can achieve my goals that I stated in my other blog.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

We built a world for cars!

Parking lots, Streets, traffic lights, freeways, and garages are all built around the car. If we had a penny for every time we had to drive around to find parking for our money pits we call cars we would be much wealthier. Or all the hours we've spent sitting at traffic lights; that time is not used for doing anything productive...waiting in itself helps people to be more patient. What if the world was built around the bicycle instead of the car? What would it look like? Could we fathom it? Would we feel vunerable or fearful to shed our protective covering? Would we be scared of the people around us? Would we be richer or poorer because of the loss of the marketplace built around the car? These questions are the ones that I will try to Get answered. meanwile I will ride my bike as much as I can and get healthier than the dude driving his Suv.