Posts in the "Soapbox" Category

  • 3 Million Years 3 million years of evolution has produced an animal whose natural environment probably consisted of walking the distance of a full marathon each and every single day*. Now take that animal (also known as a “human being”), and stick him in a small cage, rob him of natural sunlight, make him sit […]

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  • I was doing a presentation for a grade four class today at Elbow Valley Elementary School. I was having a hard time believing in what I was telling the kids. To be honest with you, I felt like a total fake. What the hell am I doing here, and what I am trying to impress […]

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  • This is horrible news. I am deeply concerned, but still hopeful that Andrew will be found. From the Sunday Herald Sun, Victoria, Australia: “Search continues for McAuley February 11, 2007 08:01am NEW Zealand rescuers will resume their search this morning for missing Australian kayaker Andrew McAuley. The adventurer’s upturned kayak was spotted by a New […]

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  • “‘Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “WOW! What a ride!”‘ That’s how I’d like to close 2006 – what a fantastic quote. That just says […]

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  • I’m on a roll now – somebody stop me. I’m on a roll now – somebody stop me. Styrofoaming Within’s deck is very tedious work – like assembling a giant three dimensional puzzle, and I’ve found that I need to take short breaks or I start to get sloppy. Unfortunately for you, the breaks are […]

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  • Why I like human power and finally, a name for the boat!The day before the Las Vegas marathon, as I lay in my lawn chair trying to maximize my angle to the low December sun, I got to do some deeper thinking about why “human power” is so important to me. I mean, some people […]

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  • Helen and I attended Colin and Julie’s presentation and documentary premier “Beyond the Horizon” last night in Canmore. What an inspirational event! Wow – it’s absolutely incredible what Colin and Julie have achieved. Colin Angus – the worlds first man to circumnavigate the globe by human power and his wife to-be and Julie Wafaei On […]

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  • Unusual Ocean Crossings This really puts my somewhat pedestrian human powered Atlantic crossing objective into perspective. If you think crossing an ocean with a row boat or pedal boat is crazy, then check out what these guys have done! Benoit Lecomte SWAM across the Atlantic in 1998 On 16 July 1998, Texan Benoit Lecomte set […]

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  • Sepetmebr 29, 2006 I don’t want to dwell on this danger assessment topic, but I have a couple more thoughts. First of all, I need to stress that this ocean crossing idea is still just a concept. Something that I will endeavor to work toward, but an adventure that I am definitely NOT going to […]

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  • Ocean rowing is much safer than I had originally calculated. I changed my method of analysis, found some ‘exposure hours’ fatality data and the more accurate comparison is that Ocean rowing is slightly more dangerous than motorcycling and safer than general flying or skydiving. Since I made my human powered ocean crossing announcement, I got […]

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  • Aug 17 August 17, 2005 The worlds Last Great Firsts: an attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the globe using only human power There is a very dramatic and exciting race unfolding before us! Two teams who are attempting to become the first humans to circumnavigate the earth by human power, and they are […]

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  • Dec 1 Dec 1, 2004 Alexander the Great and Jonathan Livingston Seagull We saw the movie Alexander on the weekend and I found it extremely motivating. I found the homosexual/bisexual sub story really distracting and bothersome at times. I am not much of a history buff, so I don’t know how realistic that part of […]

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  • August 19 update Question for the day: Greg K – Innovator or just a really big Geek? Let’s take a look at some of the evidence: Greg’s Three Wheeled Recumbent Touring Bike Innovator GK: Clearly Greg is innovating here. Everyone knows that a bike seat is uncomfortable and can cause impotence in males due to […]

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  • August 12, 2002 update The Taliban’s next terrorist attack is UNDERWAY! I have finally figured it out. No, it’s not any kind of bomb. It’s not going to be any killer virus polluting our water supply or nasty chemical sprayed over our cities. It’s a lot simpler than hijacking a 747, way deadlier than the […]

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