This weeks links (2017-05-01)

In brief:

* Coastal Pathway [Connecting Bass Coast]
It would be great to have a running / walking trail from Inverloch to Cape Paterson.
Many people run around this road and take the risk with cars each time. Such a path would be a great tourist trail and would be widely used for walking and running.
There is a similar trail between Point Addis and Torquay on the cliff top. It is used to the After Glow fun run and is widely used by walkers and runners all the time.

This is a great idea, currently we run on the road verge with the traffic.

* Social media “filter bubbles” aren’t actually a thing, research suggests (2017-Apr-14) [VICE]

❝ Gentzkow and Shapiro stress in the paper, “Is the Internet Causing Political Polarization? Evidence from Demographics,” that it is possible social media can further polarize people. But people who don’t use the internet are already the most polarized, which suggests that the internet and social media aren’t a cause for extreme religious or political beliefs.
The nine measures by which the researchers tracked polarization include extreme attitudes and behaviors regarding religiosity, partisan affiliation, and perception of the beliefs of political parties. According to Gentzkow and Shapiro, age appears to be more closely linked to political polarization than internet or social media usage.
… it’s possible that TV is having the impact on polarization that has been more popularly ascribed to social media over the last few years. Matthew Gentzkow, in an interview with VICE News, affirmed that “cable television is a big part of this story.” ❞

* How to have an adventure according to Bear Grylls (2017-Apr-21) [GQ Magazine]
Many people dream of luxury holidays and first-class flights, but I believe the greatest travel experiences don’t have to cost a fortune. The most incredible ones our world has to offer are available to almost anyone who is willing to invest a bit of focus, a bit of saving, a bit of graft and a bit of imagination.

* Health Tracker: Do you live in Victoria’s fittest postcode? (2017-May-02) [The Age]
There are only three areas in all of Victoria where there are more people who exercise than those who don’t.
They’re leafy, they’re affluent and they’re close to the city. As you’d expect, they’re also flush with yoga classes, boot camps and just a stone’s throw from some of Melbourne’s best open spaces, running tracks and bicycle trails.


* The sub-2 hour marathon attempt: The pacing strategy (2017-May-02) [Science of Sport]
So the weekend is nearly upon us, and the Nike attempt at breaking the 2 hour marathon will happen in Monza, Italy.
There’s obviously considerable interest in the attempt, both positive and negative. I think for now, I’ve said what I think is negative about it, so let’s talk about the specifics of the race. What is most interesting to me is that we’re going to witness a scientific experiment where a number of different interventions (shoes, pacing, hydration and fluid, route, scientific training) are thrown at three great marathon runners, and the hypothesis is that these interventions will add up to an improvement of 2.5% compared to what a human being has run before. …


* Cyclists should be given priority over drivers on the roads, MPs say (2017-May-02) [The Telegraph]
“Threatening behaviour by vehicle drivers towards more vulnerable road users who are on bikes and on foot is routinely tolerated and rarely punished; our roads police are under-resourced; and people who have flagrantly and habitually flouted the law are allowed to continue being a menace on our roads.
“This idea there is a ‘right to drive’, when it is clearly a privilege, is taking precedence over the right to safety on our roads for everyone.”

* Police and courts fail cyclists over road safety, says cross-party inquiry (2017-May-02) [The Guardian]
Policing and the justice system are too often failing cyclists, making the roads too dangerous for people to ride on them, and then not properly prosecuting or banning motorists who commit offences, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned.
Dangerous drivers are increasingly likely to be permitted by courts to stay behind the wheel, the report found, with the number of driving bans falling 62% over the last 10 years, and ever-more people claiming exceptional hardship to avoid a disqualification.

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
Steam Train EP by Christian Monique

This entry was posted in 2017, links. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s