Poetry Corner: It is ever thus

The aurochs is proud and has great horns

The aurochs is proud and has great horns

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The aurochs is proud and has great horns;
it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns;
a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle.

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Poetry Corner: Koeeoaddi There

Puppy in footbike basket photo

© All rights reserved by Mika Okamoto

Earth water fire and air
met together in a garden fair
put in a basket bound with skin
if you answer this riddle you’ll never begin ~Robin Williamson

Electric vehicle company notices footbikes

FootbikeThis review of the Footbike™ has appeared on The Electric Cyclist | E-Motion Blog. It’s nice when our sport is noticed by those whom we might write off as uninterested.

My first ride, apart from the small 1.3mile push back from the shop was a 14 mile loop. I felt like I’d been using a Footbike for months after this ride out, I didn’t feel lethargic or out of breath like a normal cycle or run routine but quite the opposite and ready to go out again. The FootBike is certainly a great exercise alternative for someone who doesn’t want to use a gym or isn’t keen on running or cycling.

Turns out the E-Motion company also sells Footbikes™. Well, that’s nice, too.

It’s official: I’ve too much time on my hands

ASCII-art footbike

I’ve long been a fan of ASCII-art – old-time computer art made with characters from the basic ASCII letterset that all computers share. I used to include little ASCII-art drawings in my email sigs, but nowadays you never know who still reads their email in a fixed-width font (which ASCII-art requires). Even tiny one-line ASCII drawings, which don’t require the vertical alignment of fixed-width type, can look crappy with the wrong font. And more than a very basic footbike, like O\_o, which most people wouldn’t recognize, is impossible, although in HTML (which goes beyond ASCII) it’s barely possible: Õ\_ø. (But HTML in email is bad.)

But a big drawing (lettering? a form of calligraphy?) is pretty easy, although to share it a graphic screen-dump is the safest way. Here’s the full version of the above image.

Poetry Corner: Spring has sprung!

Nags Head Kickbike  VII

The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven –
All’s right with the world!

~from Pippa Passes, by Robert Browning.

It’s about Time – Magazine

Kickbike CrossMaxThis could be big – at least in America. “Kickbike and Enjoy It,” a play on “kick back,” is appearing in the 15 March issue of the venerable news magazine.

It may be the work of “KickbikeAmerica’s laid-back chief, David Nadolski, who recently quit his day job to focus on selling and promoting kickbikes.” At any rate, the momentum seems to be building.

Joy to the Whirled

Joy to the WhirledJoy to the world! Get on your marks
  Let’s kick for everything;
Let every bike – remain upright,
   and tires on pavement sing,
   and tires on pavement sing,
and tires, and tires on pavement sing.

Joy to the earth! O’er hill and dale
  We guide our footbikes through;
And fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains
   will see the stepcross too,
   will see the stepcross too,
will see, will see the stepcross too.

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