Systematically and mercilessly disassembling, flushing, greasing, and re-packing the cycling culture. That’s the BikeSnobNYC’s mantra. If you’re serious about riding, you’re probably already familiar with the blog. But wait–there’s a BikeSnob book coming out in May from Chronicle Books:

“Cycling is exploding in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC cycling’s most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse. Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners. Throughout, the author lampoons the missteps, pretensions, and absurdities of bike culture while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Bike Snob is an essential volume for anyone who knows, is, or wants to become a cyclist.”

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Who knew origami had gotten so complicated and fascinating since we folded our last crane? Independent Lens–the PBS series which showcases terrific independent films–presented Between The Folds recently.

“Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.”

These artists and scientists have gone way beyond the old “kootie-catcher” to create pieces of exquisitely folded paper that sometimes don’t even resemble paper in the end. Take a look at the film’s site and be sure to follow the links to the individual artist’s sites where you can see what they’re up to and interested in.

Thanks to Centerbrook Architect’s Ken MacLeod for bringing this wonderful film to our attention.

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/between-the-folds/film.html

Free Online Tech Manuals

December 21, 2009

Manuals-Search-Engine.com is a Google-powered search engine that allows you to search for all kinds of manuals online for free. You can find manuals for: motorcycle repair and maintenance, electrical wiring diagrams for home construction, elevation drawings, study guides for AP exams, as well as all kinds of manuals for software and tech gadgets. This is a very handy place to go when you’ve got a question about almost anything.

http://manuals-search-engine.com/

If you’re a woman and you love to ski, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll find ski news, a directory of women’s ski resources, and a forum where you can chat about anything that has to do with skiing — gear, technique, resorts, and more — in a way that you can relate to.

Wendy Clinch, who founded and runs the website is also the author of Double Black, a mystery that takes place on the slopes of Vermont which is garnering positive reviews. The book will be released in January.

Perhaps you’re already an expert tweeter but in case you could use a little polish and finesse, here are 16 tips:

http://econsultancy.com/blog/4129-16-bitchin-commands-and-shortcuts-for-twitter

PBS Video

April 30, 2009

pbs-videoOn PBS Video, award-winning national programming and locally produced shows are just a click away. Watch your favorite shows and catch the episodes you may have missed, all on your schedule. Click “Share” to send your favorites to friends and post to social networks, and purchase your own copy by clicking “Own It.”

http://www.pbs.org/video

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of a dust storm as it swirled over China in April of 2001. A strong temperate cyclone spun counter-clockwise over China, pushing a wall of dust as it moved. The deep tan dust is not only thick enough to completely hide much of the land surface below, but it almost forms its own topography, with ridges of dust rising up below the clouds. The spiral arms of white cloud are approximately 200km wide. (NASA/Jesse Allen, Robert Simmon/MODIS science team)

“The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, entries are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery – with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.”

The photos on The Big Picture bring the viewer an additional level of understanding to the story they help depict; whether it’s an explosion of an undersea volcano near Tonga or the wreckage left in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008. As they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” You can search the photo archive back to May, 2008.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/