Tom and Essence

Deflator-mouse Tom Brady.

Deflator-mouse Tom Brady.

Love, Love, Love —
Love’s the very essence
Of everything I think, of everything I do.
Give me, Give me, Give me,
Give me detumescence.
That means you.

Aldous Huxley, Ape and Essence


Here, I think, I’d rather be sitting

He smoked a Ferrari F430 Scudiera, a 503-horspower beast that hits 62 mph in 3.6 seconds.

He smoked a Ferrari F430 Scudiera, a 503-horspower beast that hits 62 mph in 3.6 seconds.

François Gissy hit 207 mph on a bicycle powered by three rocket engines. From Wired Magazine:

The bike, designed by Gissy’s friend Arnold Neracher, is for the most part normal. Aside from those rockets, of course. The frame is elongated, probably to improve stability, but the pedals still work. It rides on a pair of fat tires, and the brakes are standard stuff, albeit essentially useless at that kind of speed. Gissy can use them to stabilize himself, but mostly leaves them alone. Yes, brakes are the type of thing you usually improve before subjecting yourself supercar velocities and 1.96 Gs of acceleration, but whatever.

It’s a long, cold winter

'October Nuts' by Frank Patterson

This excellent Frank Patterson illustration perfectly captures the ennui of the cold-season (foot)bike enthusiast. We’re exploring exercise and transportation variants and tweaking our rides. That nut must have rolled under the bed.

Something new under the tum

Not much of a belt, you think? Wait; there’s more!

Koheleth” might say there’s nothing new under the sun, but Ádám Török would disagree. He’s designed a scooter that you can wear around your waist! No, really!

And speaking of belts …

No contest

The front (left) and back (right) of RocketSkates, motorized chariots for your feet. (Andrew Cunningham)

From Ars Technica: While they aren’t actually propelled by rockets, [these] motorized and battery-powered skates will scoot you along at speeds of about 12 miles per hour, and creator Peter Treadway has high hopes that they’ll compete with skateboards, bikes, regular skates, and plain old feet as a form of urban transit.

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Something’s missing

Wait! Where’s my dog-scooter?

Take that last corner a little too fast?

Where's the progeny?

Where’s the progeny?

More fun with kids here. A tip of the Kangol to “duggy.”