Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Body and mind

Turns out the kid I collided with at my soccer game yesterday is fine, just a little sore or so I hear.

I, on the other hand, feel like someone filled my legs with lactic acid impregnated cement. I went on the Wednesday night hill ride up in Chester county PA, around Landenberg. I didn't realized hills that painful existed around here. None of them are any longer than a half mile or maybe a little more, but there are a lot just sitting there with around a 10 % grade. It seemed the whole time like we were either going up or down. One downhill had to be 14 - 15 %. This is a magnified 3-D map of the area:


I think my poor performance was due to a combination of lack of intensity in my recent riding, and residual dead legs from yesterday's soccer game. Anyway, Michael (a.k.a. Jan), Dave, and Jay Cimini (of Gore) schooled me.

I got home to a URL left from Chris that started a chain of events in action (which is ironic once you click the link):
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kvdq8cRNBM
This link had links to these following videos which I'd argue are more impressive:
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWfKVJQ9MSw
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ofdql52zHs
>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwuKD0FuT4I
The finesse and attention to detail got me thinking about these videos I once saw:
>http://www.ebaumsworld.com/ag-machines.html
And of course of Larry Kagan's amazing art (click gallery):
>http://www.arts.rpi.edu/~kagan/gallery.html
I then jumped in the shower and this popped into my once-blown mind:
>http://www.steelcitysfinest.com/HondaAccordAd.htm
On the commercials train of thought I came up with this:
>http://www.bravia-advert.com/commercial/braviaextcommhigh.html
And the song in that last commercial was Jose Gonzalez's cover of Heartbeats by The Knife (you'll have to click the link to play the song):
> http://www.myspace.com/silentshout

Anyway, the power of the human mind to create all of these things will never cease to amaze me. I guess equally impressive is the power to file away all of these things and then bring them all back to consciousness at the blink of an eye.

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