Car Free Day

Cars are smelly, noisy, heavy, dangerous and ugly. Even still, I drive a car just about every day. But on September 22 I will not be driving my car. People in the USA drive cars and trucks millions of miles every year. And many of those trips are ridiculously short. Most US cities are designed to accommodate cars and this sucks for people who like to walk or bicycle. Check out

Human powered transportation Bicycling inspiration and other Human Powered Vehicles is a recumbent bicycle?

Most people in America think of bicycles as toys, but they are just one kind of human powered vehicle. Sailboats, canoes, and bicycles are just a few examples of vehicles which require no fuel other than the fuel you ate for breakfast. A human powered airplane called the Gossamer Albatross crossed the English Channel on June 12, 1979. The Cycling World Hour Record is over 55 mph. The one-mile speed record for a human powered vehicle is over 78 mph. This was accomplished by building a bicycle which has the rider in a recumbent position and covering the vehicle with a lightweight fairing. In races where they are allowed bicycles built with a recumbent riding position hold all the records. Unfortunately they are not permitted in UCI sanctioned events. The good news is that you can buy your own recumbent bicycle.

Incredible Costume Creation

I went to a costume contest as part of Dragon*Con 2004 . The best of the show was Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem . No one else in the contest came close. There were other elaborate and beautiful costumes but they just don’t play well on stage. It’s hard to appreciate hand-made lace and intricately sewn beads on a fairy’s gown when you’re looking at it from the seventh row.

Edit: I can no longer find photos of Electric Mayhem on, but you can still see lots of other cool costumes. If you do a google search for Electric Mayhem Halfmoth you may find some photos.