Monthly Archives: August 2009

Posting by email

It’s a voyage of discovery this social media lark isn’t it?

I was mucking around with Posterous yesterday and thinking what a useful thing it is to be able to post things online by email…then I discover that you can enable the very same feature on a WordPress blog.

So here’s my first blog post by email. I’ll even attach a picture and see how that works. It’s a rather lovely Fiat 500 I spotted a few weeks back in Mayfair. Very cool indeed.

fiat 500 london

The bicycle: the peak of man’s attainments

Just came across this lovely quote via Nick Hand’s blog. Nick’s currently cycling round the coats of the UK – 5,000 miles in all – and telling a good tale and taking nice pictures on the way. He’s well worth following. The quote comes from a book called “Hovel in the Hills” by Elizabth West:

“When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.”

I’m not sure that all progress should have stopped with the bicycle, much as I love them, but it’s a nice sentiment. If all new technologies were developed by the same principles, we’d all be in much better shape.

In other bike-related news, I’m becoming a bit obsessed with Independent Fabrication‘s beautiful frames, I’m keen to visit both the newly-refurbished Condor shop on Gray’s Inn Road and Tour de Ville in Hackney and I’m enjoying following Road.cc on Twitter.

Over and out.