Ghost In The Machine

Watching how people drive cars is a study in their true nature.  In a car, much like being online, people feel anonymous and powerful.  They are less fearful of physical response and more likely to be adversarial, aggressive and greedy.  After driving a couple of thousand miles in the past…

Closer To Genius

I just spent a brain busting three days wandering around Amsterdam.  It was my first time there, and like all travel to new places it pushed my thinking in a number of ways. Mastery is hard work The Van Gogh Museum is one of those must visit places while in…

One Lap of Japan

7940kms... according to Google MapsAnother dream trip. I've done most of the north end of the main island in a car, and traveled as far south as Kyoto by train, but the motorbike offers a new way to see the archipelago.Google maps suggests that this can be done in 6…

Sabbatical Rides: Riding the Americas

Previously I've thought about various ways I could do a four years pay over five years and then take a sabbatical year off work and still get paid.  From circumnavigating North America to tracing my grandfather's route through occupied France in 1940 during World War Two, there are a lot…

Trans Canada

Last summer I was driving past the bike on the right over and over again.  Had I the means to ride it home, I suspect I would have snapped it up (they were only asking six hundred bucks and everything on it worked).The idea of picking up an old bike,…

13 days

July 2-18th I was commuting on the bike every day from Elora to Milton.  The ride took me on country highways, country backroads, down the escarpment, on a 13 km blast down the 401 to James Snow Parkway, then 5 kms of urban riding in Milton. At 70 kms a…

Royan’s Delemma

This post originally published on Dusty World, Thursday, 18 July 2013 Royan Lee's Spicy Learning Blog (it's in my list of favourites on the side of Dusty World), asks some hard questions as digital technology matures and reaches mass appeal... "How are we going to do this, folks? How will we foster critical…