Seahawks Win: Bennett Rides a Bike

In a Hollywood, storybook ending to a game that returns them to the Superbowl for the second time in a row, Bennett celebrated by taking a cop’s bike and riding around the field. The fans went nuts, we went nuts at the La Ronde bar, all of Seattle celebrated, and for a time, Bennett’s bike ride trended.

He probably could have ridden that bike all the way to Super Bowl XLIX. – Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times.

NYT summed the game up the best

After a 1-yard touchdown run by Wilson cut the Seahawks’ deficit to 19-14 with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter, after Matthews fell on the ball, after Marshawn Lynch scored from 24 yards out to put Seattle ahead, and after Crosby made his fifth field goal of the game to force overtime, Seattle won the coin toss, and that was that.

About the ride Bennett said, “just took it. You go to the Super Bowl you can do anything in this city.”

For his next ride, got to get him a Seahawk’s bike, like this one. He’s got three more at his house.

Super Bowl Bike

Custom Rodriguez



A City With No Children In It

City with No Children in it

The satisfaction I got from this ride on a stormy day was composing the shot in my head, riding to the scene, and getting it…

I was riding through a city with no children in it.



Who is the Strongest?


Observed by Richard McClung

The French National Championships…what happens when the 2nd strongest guy in the race treats the strongest guy like the golden goose…or maybe plays it to make him lose.”



Before the Sunset

sunset

Popular on our Instagram this week, got out for a ride before the sunset this week.



Glass Explorers Stop Exploring

at the Wired Offices

At the Wired offices

As Google Glass closes its Explorer program everything I have to say about wearing a computer on your head, I did for WIRED in 2013. Like the other explorers I know, I stopped wearing it after several uncomfortable moments and my family refused to engage with me when I had it on. I did capture interesting POV videos and photos with it, and shared most of those on G+, like this Strip ride. The creative workflow for a blogger was remarkable and Google did an excellent job with the Explorers themselves, it failed because…it was a computer on your head.

Socially, a little silver box recording video is OK and I’d recommended in my article and to Google that they redirect the design to action cams and do something absolutely remarkable, like voice-activated, hands-free POV, and maybe that’s what they’re doing. In their email to Explorers, they promised us the next version at some time in the future.

During an adrenaline-rush moment on a Park City trail, I was pedaling downhill on a thin strip of single track with hip-high grass pulling at the handlebars. Don’t look right, lean left, pedal. And breathe. Getting through that section unhurt and alive, I paused and said, “Ok, Glass. Take a picture.”

I’m sure the reactions to Glass were very frustrating to the Explorer dev team. It was Google tech built for people, instead of machines, and intended to stop us from looking down constantly at our phones.

The technology was supposed to liberate us, but I ultimately felt trapped by it because the distraction was too great, even when I was in a city like London where Glass hadn’t launched yet.

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A view of London through Glass

They likely made a marketing error also by launching it first with alpha geeks, not realizing that consumers don’t aspire to or want to look like Robert Scoble. The team later got Glass on the runway and into the hands and on the heads of celebrities. The Explorer program certainly did achieve the goals of getting different perspectives, stabilizing, and socializing the tech.

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Glass with Cap

The world just wasn’t ready and isn’t likely to accept the computer on your head form factor. What I hope isn’t lost and we’ll see again in another more discrete form is the OS – what I called glanceable computing. So much of what’s on our phones now is distracting instead of enhancing our days, and I have little interest in the current crop of wearables.

We’ll see what Apple does with their watch and if it’s more than a satellite of your phone. More media I made with Glass:



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