Dave Moulton writes with a bit of mustard about fixie fuckers . It's a bit disturbing the way the retard fixie crowd creates so much antipathy towards cyclists. The question is - is the hipster bicycle craze as a whole good or bad for cycling? The interesting thing is that there actually two completely independent cycle booms going on right now. There's the "Green cycle commuter" boom. These guys tend to be middle aged, upper-middle-class liberals, they buy practical bikes and kit them with paniers and lights from REI and ride responsibly and put soy milk in their water bottles. This movement is pretty small, but they are politically strong because they are older and organized, they tend to be the people who join Bicycle Coalitions and raise support for better bike lanes in cities and things like that. As much as we might hate them for their oft "holier than thou" attitude, these people are clearly a force for good and give cyclists a very good name (mostly - the exception is the militant anti-car faction of this movement who are mildly damaging). OTOH the hipster/fixie movement is very large, and has gotten lots of kids into cycling. The good thing is that many of them discover they love it and become serious responsible cyclists over time. It's also just a massive benefit to have so many more people riding.
Current/recent TV watching list :
James May's * (Toy Stories, Big Ideas, Moon, etc.) "Life" (BBC nature show) Wild China (BBC nature show) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alec Guiness in lots of makeup) Full Tilt Million Dollar Cash Game Season 4 (Andrew Feldman is a huge donk) The Thick of It Season 3 Wallander Season 2 Peep Show Season 6 (I forgot I was waiting for this) The League : mmm not bad, in an age bereft of comedy options this is one of the least bad Modern Family : yuck no, couldn't stand it Top Gear Season 14 : the food's terrible and the portions are too small
Current/recent reading list :
New Ideas from Dead Economists : terrible so far, will slog through a bit more Vanity Fair : great mag, good fun, some depth The Economist : meh, the lack of depth and superior tone makes it frustrating and worthless The Atlantic : liberal intelligentsia pornography The Intrepter of Maladies : utter rubbish, terrible writing, Pulitzer my ass The Spanish Tomb : boring boring dry dry dry 2666 : so pretentious and boring and pointless, read book 1 and couldn't continue