"It is not a contradiction that people want a lot of information fast and they want a lot of information slow. I think it’s just a paradox. The more there is—the tweet way to sort of keep up with what somebody is thinking—the more there is a reason to engage somebody in some depth."
GARRETT CHOW FOR MAVIC 125ANS PROJECT Lots of yellow and black custom bicycle goodness over at The Radavist celebrating Mavic’s 125th year anniversary. This Argonaut designed by Garrett Chow for me is the true winner. Here’s what Garrett had to say about the project:
"On the top of the Top Tube, the 7 color blocks represent the 7 eras of Mavic’s logos’ lineage. 1923 to the present. While this timeline does not extend to 1889, and the company’s inception, the 4 additional color blocks on the bike’s rear-triangle reference the company’s 11 (7+4=11) innovation milestones, extending from: 1) 1889 Idoux & Chanel begin manufacturing bike parts, including the Apron Mudguard; 2) 1923 first Mavic logo and trademark, and manufacture of rims, mudguard, and handlebars; 3) 1934 750 grams Duralumin rim first made: Magne wins TdF by 27 minutes; 4) 1973 first fiberglass lenticular wheel, and neutral support; 5) 1975 anodized rims; 6) 1975 double hook bridged rims for high-pressure tires; 7) 1979 Le Tour Mavic complete system; 8) 1997 Helium Wheels; 9) 1993 ZMS Electronic Derailleur; 10) 1999 fore drilling process on Crossmax and Ksyrium; 11) 2012 CX01 Technology Wheel and Tire System. Joyeux anniversaire, Mavic!"
"Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.
"Coal Rollers" are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, "rolling coal" has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.
"The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal," a roller named Ryan told Vocativ. "I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me."
Weigel spoke to a seller of coal rolling customization equipment who described why some drivers see spewing smoke as a political protest.
"I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all," the salesperson said. "If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you."
This is, in a very real sense, why we can’t have nice things.
Richard Feynman discusses why there is a difference between the past and the future, in this clip from his legendary 1964 lecture series at Cornell: The Character of Physical Law.
It’s well worth taking 45 minutes out of your day to hear Dr. F explain why the workings of nature unfold in one direction. You see, while we innately know that the future is different from the past, and so much of our conscious experience is built around the fundamental just-so-ness of time moving forward, the equations of physics describing phenomena from gravity to friction can be run in either direction without breaking the rules. Yet irreversibility is what we observe.
That’s where entropy and probability come into play. When we take into account complex systems, like the jiggles and wiggles of the uncountable atoms that make up our bodies and this chair and my coffee and our world and even out to the scale of the universe itself, there is simply a greater chance that things will become more disordered than less. It’s not that the universe can’t run in reverse, it’s just that there are so many other ways for it not to.
Or as Feynman says, nature is irreversible because of “the general accidents of life”.
This seven-part series, which Open Culture has assembled in its entirety, captures the physicist in his prime, one year before he won the Nobel Prize and became a household name. Feynman was seemingly born for the scientific stage. He had this uncanny ability to weave profound observations of the universe’s inner workings with off-the-cuff (and often brash) humor. James Gleick wrote of Feynman’s unique style and skill:
He had a mystique that came in part from sheer pragmatic brilliance–in any group of scientists he could create a dramatic impression by slashing his way through a difficult problem–and in part, too, from his personal style–rough-hewn, American, seemingly uncultivated.
This clip was a huge influence on my recent video Why Does Time Exist? Although my take scarcely measures up to Dr. Feynman, you can watch below: