Adventures in Smarshland

April 29, 2007

More Parkour

Filed under: Worth Sharing — Tags: , , — smarsh @ 2:15 am

So after posting the Urban Ninja video, Theo informed me that this type of urban gymnastics is part of a larger genre known as Parkour. I searched Youtube for Parkour and found numerous other awesome videos, the following being one of the best:

If you really can’t get enough go here, here, and here.

Tomorrow, the regular cycling crew, Dominic, Will, and I are going for a ride. This time I will bring my camera.

April 15, 2007

Human Powered Vehicle

Filed under: Athletics,Design — Tags: , , — smarsh @ 10:54 pm

Check out these videos of human powered vehicles going really fast. These are recumbent bikes fitted with aerodynamic fairings.

Here is what we hope doesn’t happen:

This video gives you a sense of just how fast these bikes are going:

An interesting video about the Battle Mountain HPV speedweek

April 10, 2007

More Youtube vids and other news

Filed under: Design,Politics — Tags: , — smarsh @ 7:50 pm

I think this Youtube video could be a sign of the increasing voice of grassroots democracy that the modern internet era may help to embolden.

In other news, Dominic who is equally crazy in terms of being willing to try very unorthodox things showed me this kit that you can put on a standard mountain bike that will propel it at 40 mph and still give you about 150 mpg. Link to the site that sells the kits is here. Additionally we are interested in putting together aerodynamic recumbent bicycles along the lines of those seen on this website here. Oh, and FYI every human power speed record has been set using a recumbent bicycle.

For Ryan here is the physics simulator I was using to estimate fuel efficiency of the highly aerodynamic recumbent vehicle.

Taxes according to Mankiw

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Worth Sharing — Tags: , , , — smarsh @ 12:12 am

Alright time for some economics, I know lame, but a great parable that anyone who has gone to a bar with coworkers or friends can relate to. This parable was found on Gregory Mankiw’s Blog. Anyway just read it here.

April 8, 2007


Filed under: Life — Tags: — smarsh @ 5:39 pm

These are pictures out the windows of my apartment. I got stuck in the snow and had to shovel my car out twice on the way to Easter church service and a third time just to park my car in my apartment complex parking lot.

April 5, 2007

Very cool Youtube Video

Filed under: Worth Sharing — Tags: , , — smarsh @ 9:25 pm

Check this craziness out:

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