Why Walking Helps Us Think: [The New Yorker]
In a variety of ways, going for a stroll keeps our brains on their toes.
Will Self and Robert Macfarlane Walk Wild Britain
We met on the sea wall beneath the lowering weirdness of Bawdsey Manor and bonded over the bizarre extent of its rock garden: how had it come to be there? Xenoliths – Robert said – that was the technical term for rocks brought from another place. He was indeed handsome, fit and disarmingly charming; and as we loped on along the shingle crunching and chatting it became abundantly clear that our problem that day was not going to be an awkward silence.
There are two main types of walk so far as I’m concerned – and I expect Robert would agree: the determining factor is not a walk’s length, whether up hill or down dale, if it is sleeting or shining, but only accompanied/unaccompanied. [more inside]
is an imgur album about the uncanny similarities between Pixar's Toy Story
movies and AMC's zombie apocalypse interpersonal drama The Walking Dead
. [more inside]
Don't you just hate it when you're late for meeting
after going to the store
Boston Dynamics ( Previously
) recently released video of its brand new 4-legged running robot - Introducing The WildCat
: for our latest
mission we posed as city workers providing a ridiculous solution to the “texting and walking” epidemic in New York.
Raccoon walking across phone lines
I could never do this. I'm so scared of heights.
For the release of the Hobbit, Lindsay Ellis
of the Nostalgia Chick (previously
) has decided to look back at all the LOTR films in order to analyze how they changed genre film-making, expected movie length, extended cuts, the problems of adaptation, and why Eowyn and Merry are made for each other. (Fellowship Of The Ring
, Two Towers
, Return Of The King Part 1
, Part 2
) Still need more? Then why not watch Kerry Shawcross and Chris Demarais of Rooster Teeth (previously
) try to walk the 120+ mile journey across New Zealand from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata to the filming location of Mount Doom, Mount Ngauruhoe in A Simple Walk Into Mordor.
Walking With Walken
, a short film [10min]
from 2001 about an amateur comedian who maybe takes his Christopher Walken impressions a little too seriously.
American paratrooper Arthur Boorman suffered debilitating injuries during the first Gulf War. Doctors told him he'd never walk unassisted again. 15 years later.... [more inside]
"I'd like my work to be found in a skip, in Southgate or somewhere, in forty years' time". Nick Papadimitriou walks
, as he ventures around London and its fringes. He eschews the term 'psychogeography', preferring the notion of 'deep topography' to describe what he does. The London Perambulator
, a short documentary about his work, was released in 2009
and features Will Self, Iain Sinclair, and Russell Brand talking about his impact on their work. His first book, Scarp
, will be released by Sceptre this summer.
Will Self: Walking is political A century ago, 90% of Londoners' journeys under six miles were made on foot. Now we are alienated from the physical reality of our cities. Will Self on the importance of walking in the fight against corporate control
Having confronted the problem of how to walk past someone without running into them, it's time MetaFilter dealt with another pressing social issue: How to deal with slow walkers
, home of the amazing bigdog
), has released an impressive video
of their new bipedal robot PETMAN
walking, squatting and doing pushups.
The Solitary Walker
- a blog (mostly) about walking.
Where the sidewalk ends:
A new walking code of conduct, 10 proposed rules for New York City sidewalks.
Walking Home From Walden
is a 5 part series by Wen Stephenson
describing how a middle-aged resident of Wayland, MA got advice from Henry David Thoreau about responding to global warming while living in suburbia, by taking a 12 mile hike.
Walking Home: stories from the desert to the Great Lakes.
Laura Milkins is walking home. Home is Grand Rapids, Michigan. Laura lives in Tucson, Arizona. That's 2,000 miles (3,219 km), or about 4,473,976 steps. Right now she's in the shoulder of the road somewhere around Holbrook, Arizona. She has a pack on her back, a webcam streaming 24 hours strapped to a sun visor on her head
, and hopefully, a place to stay tonight. You can follow her every step of the way, by watching live video broadcast from her hat.
Or walk with her
. [more inside]
Every Anime Opening Ever Made
(an admittedly exaggerated title) is a SLYT romp through the repeating themes in 93 different opening sequences, compiled by Derek Lieu
) [more inside]
For the past month or so I've been daily watching YouTube episodes
about Mike "LionKing"'s 2008 hike across the USA on the American Discovery Trail
. There are 66 episodes (4-8 min ea) which is a lot and probably difficult to absorb in a sitting or day, but if you spread it out, you'll get the impression a long haul experience from Delaware to California, w/out the sore feet. He is the first to hike the entire trail non-stop, including both parts of the mid-country loop.
Badass Japanese Precision Walking Competition.
Craziness starts at 1:45, and just gets better from there on.
(Not everyone thinks they're a good idea.)
Also see "The Deepest Trash Can
". Both videos are from Volkswagon Sweden, whose new English-language website, TheFunTheory
is still under construction. But here's the Swedish-language version
Hooray for New York City! They just had their first
(of three) car-free days
along a long stretch of Manhattan roadway: it's the Summer Streets
program. How refreshing! [more inside]
Too much traffic? Can't find parking? Choking on smog? Worried about climate change? Gas prices too high, but you still have
to drive? Send your city planner a link to the Online Encyclopedia of Transportation Demand Management strategies
. [more inside]
You Walk Wrong.
"It took 4 million years of evolution to perfect the human foot. But we’re wrecking it with every step we take." [Via]
UK native Karl Bushby
has been walking around the world
since 1998. No, literally
. It hasn't been without its trials
, of course (resolution).
He isn't expected home until 2012.
Why New Yorkers Last Longer
. Interestingly, urban theorists believe it is not just the tightly packed nature of the city but also its social and economic density that has life-giving properties. When you’re jammed, sardinelike, up against your neighbors, it’s not hard to find a community of people who support you—friends or ethnic peers—and this strongly correlates with better health and a longer life. [New York Magazine article]
Joggers decked out in short shorts and iPods running alongside the road are common, but have you ever seen someone running backward
? Backward running
has been growing in popularity
for years in many countries across the world where competitive races vary in length from sprints to marathons
. This very different form of exercise is reputed to have many health benefits
, despite the very obvious dangers of not being able to see where one is going. Think you can beat the current world records for backward running
? If so, then this is the person
you're going to need to try and beat...
Ever wondered what Art Garfunkel does when he's not walking across one continent
? No? Well he'd like to tell you anyway. He reads. A lot.
When you drive on local streets you can be a Wingman
for Grandma. Help make Grandma
safer when she goes out for a walk.
Drive the speed limit on local streets.
Help set the pace
for your community.
Small increases in vehicle speed
increase the threat to pedestrians.
By helping to calm your local streets
you can make it safer and more pleasant
for you and your family.
"Bathed in fire, flood, love and turmoil And While London Burns
is a compelling collision of thriller, opera and guided walk."
is a website for planning walking journeys. It gives you a map and directions for the best route, and info on distance, walking time, calorie burn and even CO2
potentially saved by avoiding the car, taxi or bus. London only, at present, alas.