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AC 35

The 35th edition of the America’s Cup is underway.

I’ve followed the Cup since I was a small boy. I had scrapbooks and dutifully cut and pasted (haha!) articles I found wherever I could find them. Newspapers mostly. So probably 45 years of fandom.

This year the boats are smaller and large components are identical between teams. The idea is to cut costs and emphasize skill, rather than depth of pocket. It’s estimated the last regatta cost Team Oracle between $250 and $300 million.

One surprising innovation this year is New Zealand’s use of pedal power. Here they are

Maximum speed is probably in the 45 knot area, about 52 miles per hour.

A closer look reveals 4 of the sailors in their pedalling positions

The energy is used to power up hydraulic cells, later, or slightly later, to be directed at trim of sails or foils.

This year I’m supporting the Kiwis.

bitcoin bubble

Is bitcoin in a bubble? Who knows.

I have a small amount. I use the Mycelium app for my wallet on my iPad. Paying for something using my QR code, iPad camera to laptop camera, makes me smile, it’s so slick.

Mycelium looks like this (not my account)

In Japan you can pay your taxes in bitcoin, as of last month.

Chart as of moments ago, click to enlarge

Here’s a live link. It’s $2391.25 now. Check in to see the change. Crash or more blue sky?

The very first bitcoin machine in the world is several blocks from me here in Vancouver. The ancient-looking blue and silver machine was installed here in October 2013. Another first

Installed here in Waves Coffee, opposite the Law Courts


This might be valuable to read as I suspect this blog is going to leave the rails shortly.

A blog I check in on daily is Althouse, written by Ann Althouse, an American retired Law Professor. She’s famous. She blogs several times a day and claims not have missed a day in 13 years. It’s attracted a strong commentariat who hotly debate the topic offered.

Here’s a representative pic she’d approve of

Then the excellent additional story that made literary blog headlines in the NYT, worth a click.

Two things from an Althouse interview from 2004:

Q. Why do you blog?

A. To live freely in blogging. 

Q. What would your advice be to a novice blogger?

A. Be concise and write a lot. You must do both.

track girls

Rare. We need more of this. So cool. I wonder why it’s only 1 in 500 or whatever

A similar mid-corner shot of Maverick Vinales on a wet track at Le Mans 2 days ago

motomavericks 2

Riding with Colebatch isn’t the only rockstar CJ and John will have ridden with. They’ve ridden with the Finn, the rolling hobo, for a while in Eastern Europe.

If you’re interested in the best solo ADV rider/photographer combination in the world currently, click on this.


I went out for beer and tacos with CJ and John, the famed “Motomavericks” as they’ve branded themselves. They’re flying back to continue their ride tomorrow, a 4000 kilometre route including a line never ridden before in the Pamir Mountains of Kyrgystan and Tajikistan (although it could be one or the other too, I didn’t ask). They’re being joined by Walter Colebatch, an Englishman and one of the legends of the sport.

Two days ago. They look ready, lol

They’re possibly the boldest ADV duo in the world right now. Their style is to ride off-road (no road or trail) as much as possible, for very long distances, often routes that have never been done before. Broken bones, epics. Hard core in the pub too. From Vancouver on WR250’s.

Somewhere, South America

Also from Vancouver going around are Dan and Sara, who I met for the first time last year, although we’ve been following each other’s rides since 2012. When I think of these guys I think how social they are. They make friends everywhere in the world and are always having a good time with others in their photos. They have truly massive mileages on this long term ride so far. Very cool. He’s on a 800GS, Sara on a 650

Lastly, there’s Kevin from here. He’s just started and is nearing the end of Central America. He’s on a GS with a big load of gear. The record though still goes to Alex from Germany who I met in Belize. Or that Danish guy in Panama. I’ve seen some of Kevin’s videos, he’s a very good rider. Photo below with an ADV girl, Claire, he met recently

So those are your Vancouver representatives going around the world on bikes.