The Life-Sized City Blog: Complication and Simplicity

Overcomplicating a simple issue.

William sent us this the other day. The Science and Fear of Repairing a Tube.

"Thought this would amuse you. Lord help anyone trying to mend a puncture from these instructions, from a Blackspur puncture repair kit."

William added this piece from an article, asking the question: "Haven't they heard of bicycles?!"

General Motors Corp. is teaming with Segway Inc., maker of the upright, self-balancing scooters, to build a new type of two-wheeled vehicle designed to move easily through congested urban streets. The machine, which GM says it aims to develop by 2012, would run on batteries and use wireless technology to avoid traffic backups and navigate cities.

Funny... I've been moving easily through congested urban streets for years, in cities all around the world, on a bicycle. And by the looks of that machine, I'll stick to my bicycle. Although fat, lazy people will probably love it.

Simplicity. The cover of a Danish childrens book from 1968. Lars Peter's Bicycle.

"On his 6th birthday, Lars Peter gets a new bicycle. On the very same day he meets different people who tell him about the history of the bicycle - and he also learns to ride his own."

Wonderful. The fearmongerers begone.

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