Imagine almost cycling around the world, every year

Bicycle handlebars and a long road ahead

Wired’s video about ultra-endurance bicycle rider, Lael Wilcox, is well worth watching if you’re interested in cycling (here’s a story on Wired.com):

I used to cycle everywhere in my teens because, well, that’s how I got around. My father was really into cycling, and I remember riding a pretty long race with him. We didn’t finish anywhere near the front (more likely somewhere in the middle-ish).

My son has started riding around the city as a way to get around, and I’d love to buy myself a bike so we can go riding together. Something to save up for, I think. There are some great routes for riding in our city, and it’s a great way to just get around, and get some exercise in.

For the time being, I’ve been getting back into running. I’m still getting started there (at least that’s how it feels), but I’ve managed five runs this week. Just on the subject of running, I found this article pretty inspiring too: When Your Body Says No | Outside Online.

Returning to Wilcox, what an inspiring person! Wow. Oh, and her site happens to be on WordPress.com. 😁

Not that being on WordPress.com will make you a super athlete, but it is a great place for your home on the Web. Just saying.

unsplash-logoFeatured image by Flo Karr

Israeli national anthem played in Abu Dhabi for the first time ever

The Israeli national anthem was played in Abu Dhabi for the first time ever, at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam. Israel’s Sagi Muki won the gold medal.

https://twitter.com/AviMayer/status/1056562140914556930

In previous tournaments, Israeli athletes couldn’t compete under our flag, let alone hear our anthem play when they won medals.

Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

My favourite Super Bowl ads (I can’t help myself)

I don’t have much interest in the Super Bowl itself but I love watching Super Bowl ads. Here are some of my favourites. I’ll add more as I come across them:

Avocados from Mexico – Secret Society

This is a subtle dig at Trump and his policies, I suspect, but it’s a fun ad!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This movie just looks better with each trailer. I am looking forward to seeing this.

Old Spice – Jungle Hero

Old Spice produces awesome ads. Self-deprecating and really funny. I haven’t seen this actor in their ads before. He is terrific.

Logan – Grace

This next Wolverine movie looks like it is going to be a huge departure from the X-Men movies we are accustomed to. I doubt this will be kid-friendly but I am pretty sure it will be really good.

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are real Big Screen spectacles and this next movie will be no exception. The effects already look incredible. I can’t wait to see it.

Honorary mention for Heinz – Smunday

Heinz took a different approach this year. Rather than run a super expensive Super Bowl ad, it launched a campaign to make the Monday after Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday with this YouTube ad. They’re calling it #Smunday. Love the idea (thanks to my lovely wife for pointing it out to me).


If you want to watch other ads that I don’t include in this post, check out the YouTube Ad Blitz channel:

Image credit: Pixabay

The stunning Israeli rhythmic gymnastics squad

Israeli Rhythmic Gymnastics squad

The Israeli rhythmic gymnastics team recently won the gold medal at the 2016 European Championships. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared a video showcasing the squad and it is stunning:

According to Times of Israel:

The five-member, all-girl squad took gold in the clubs and hoops category.

The team also won a silver medal for its ribbon routine, and, two days ago, captured the bronze in the all-around competition.

What a remarkable team. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do at the Summer Olympics in Rio.

Photo credit: Israel Gymnastic Association

Proctor & Gamble says #ThankYouMom

Running #ThankYouMom

Proctor & Gamble has published a touching video that says #ThankYouMom to all the mothers of the athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

It’s a bit of a tear jerker for parents so brace yourself.

Image credit: Freely Photos

Little girls can wear fairy wings and do skateboard tricks

Butterfly and a skateboard

I saw this and just thought about our daughter. I can definitely see her doing this in a couple years, with the wings.

The horrifying result of throwing a baseball at 90% of the speed of light

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried to hit a baseball thrown at you at close to the speed of light? I can’t say that I lie awake at night wondering about this but the answer may just keep me up a few nights:

What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

Being a true geek takes a lot of work and real knowledge of how the world works. The person who researched and answered this (very) hypothetical question is a real geek.

Impressive Mark Wainman Karate demo

I caught part of a demonstration by Mark Wainman Karate yesterday and created this short video of an impressive demonstration Mark and his fellow black belts put on for the crowd: