Friday, November 30, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wherefore art thou gone, Dublin polo?
Anyone fancy trying to bring some life back into it?
For some inspiration NYC styleeeeeeeee... check out this nice wee documentary. You may recognise a lot of the faces on this from CMWC and St. Paddy's Day.
Sunday School from Luke Stiles on Vimeo.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Created by the Japanese company Murata Manufacturing, Murata Boy is a 5kg, 20” (50cm) high robot whose sense of balance is so acute that he can even come to a complete standstill on his bike without even putting a foot down.
Developed to showcase the capabilities and achievements in current technology concerning balance (balance is a notoriously difficult concept to realise in robotics) Murata Boy can not only come to a complete standstill whilst remaining perfectly balanced he can even ride his bicycle backwards as well as forwards (at up to 30” per second) whilst navigating obstacles.
Murata Boy’s means of balancing comes courtesy of two gyro sensors – one which detects position, the other detecting slant angle – as well as an ultrasonic sensor to detect obstacles. Further shock sensors detect the surface roughness. All of these sensors transmit their data to a computer that then offers the continuous stream of necessary control inputs to keep Murata Boy balanced regardless of whether he is moving or not.
To view Murata Boy in action you can either click on the image below to stream or click the download link to save to your own computer.
You can gain a wealth of further information from Murata Boy’s official website which you can access via this link.
As well as further videos the site also a PDF down load of a papercraft kit that will enable you to to make your own Murata Boy model - just don’t expect it to perform quite as impressively as the real thing.
Article taken from nexus404.com/blog.
So what are the IFBMA rules regarding robot messenger entries to trackstand and backwards circles events? A blanket ban on internal gyroscopes? Yet that could be described by some as specist(this word shall be in the dictionary soon). I think this debate will rage...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Found this print for sale on Ebay. Pretty sweet. They have multiple copies for sale and the shipping is next to nothing. Have a scroll through here and you'll find it.
They also have this print of an 11 year old bicycle messenger for Western Union from 1913. This was a photo taken for the National Child Labor Commission to highlight the explotation of children in the early 1900's. Looks like messengers had it shitty back then too.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
'What's that?' I'd hear you ask.
'Oh, what, this?', I'd noncholantly reply.
'Yes Graham, that.' I can sense you getting a bit tetchy.
'Well this just happens to be the new Fuji limited edition OBEY track bike' Smugness dribbles from my chin.
'*gasp*' etc. etc...
Unfortunately my utopian/dystopian(if you're not me) vision of the future may not come to pass. Excessive probing, yes probing, of the interweb has led me to believe that there were only 300 of these little beauties crafted, and they are beauties. Lugged steel, decent Miche components, gold nipples! And, of course, the fact that you're riding around on a work of art.
If I see someone riding around Dublin in the near future on one of these, and it's not me looking at my reflection, I may quite possibly turn green... with the envy.
For more specs on this see the Fuji site here, and anyone that needs to catch up on their OBEY direct your attention hereward.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Actaully it's pretty well filmed, and if I was off my face I'd probably be dancing my ass off to the song...
And then someone pointed this out:
Slightly similar huh?
There's a bit more to that video but the original has embedding disabled for some pants reason so go here to watch it.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Today is another big day for Dedan and Jamii Bora.
Thanks to Joe Hendry for that.
If this got you thinking at all check out this link for a really nice interview with some paralympian track riders... they are fast.
Check out these clips from the Australian Paralymic team as well:
And then there's always Dexter, a very real inspiration to everyone who chooses to do this job:
Makes you feel a bit rubbish doesn't it? :) Moaning about the rain...
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Check out more droolworthy builds here.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
And while I have your attention, anyone wanna start planning the mayhem for St. Patrick's Day, please get in touch. With our combined knowledge of what NOT to do from CMWC, we're going to put on a savage event. So start hitting me with ideas for races, logos, venues etc... I think we should change the format a little this year, bring to another level... well, anyway, lets talk.
Well, I've also got one that I CAN embed! Go me! This is a clip from waaaaay back on the David Letterman show. A candid and hilarious interview with David Leopold, the founder of Cavalry Couriers, which you may remember from the clip above. Good to see them still going strong after all this time. again thanks to MessNYC for the clip.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Video 1 shows why you should look before crossing the road (there may be a long skid contest in progress...)
You can see some nice still photos of the incident here.
Next is some instant karma. This asshole is trying to lean out a car door and slap some poor kid that's just riding his bike down the street. Well he certainly gets what he deserved, and then some... not for the faint of heart this one...
Saturday, November 3, 2007
About 30 riders set off from Tonehenge on a long course that suited the geared among the riders.
A couple of crashes and Ed and Kropa getting pulled by the cops were the only negatives to the race, but everyone seems ok and hopefully the lads won't end up with summonses.
2nd: Gyula (last years winner)
3rd: Tomas (Cyclone)
5th: Al (1st Fixie)
And I believe that Doricea won a prize for most blood spilled, ambulance was called for her but she refused to get in, that's the spirit!
Well done to the organisers.
After this race, I do feel that questions need to be asked for future races, the main one being: why the hell do organisers continue to have race starts/finishes on the Green? It makes no sense. 30-50 messengers drinking and smoking and then barreling off to do a race, it's no wonder people are getting pulled by the cops, and it's a miracle that none of the races have been shut down, it's only a matter of time.
What's wrong with Wilton Place, Barrow Street, Grand Canal? All places out of the public eye where we can drink and hang out to our hearts content. Just a thought, but it has to be said that no matter how 'cool' it is to hang around the green like 'we don't give a fuck what you think'... the reality is that what we do is illegal and if we shove it in peoples faces for long enough there will surely be a reaction.