24 January 2009

It seemed like a good idea at the time...

If you are actually reading my blog, there's a good chance you've seen this already on another blog, but its coolness factor implores me to share it again here: it's a concept for a bike light that laser projects a bike lane on the pavement around you as you ride. I think this is probably the neatest thing that any biker could ask for, and it could save a heck of a lot in infrastructure upgrades. If it were only on the market.



I think that this bike light will at some point come to fruition, and if so, I'll be in line to purchase it, for sure. Unfortunately however, unlike that laser thingy, I feel like LILAWAC is going nowhere, fast. It's not that I've purchased a car or anything - I'm still Living In LA Without a Car, for sure - but it's hard for me to blog about this topic when there's so many other people living in LA without god-knows-what anymore. For instance, how many people could start a blog about "Living in LA Without a Job"? Or "Living in LA Without a Home"? The crash of the economy and the housing market has left me feeling a bit hollow - like, who cares if I don't have a car?

All of this is to say that LILAWAC is going on hiatus. I'm going to be switching gears to focus on my new project very soon, and when that is released, I'll post it here so you know where to find me. In the meantime, if anyone has anything they want to share, ding me so I can add you as an "author". I want to leave the information out there in case it could help someone at some point.

So long, good luck, and Happy Obama 2009.

15 January 2009

Getting back into bike shape

Winter break in the Midwest was not conducive to staying in shape. Between the holiday eating and the lack of outdoor activities (it's hard to take a walk when it's 5 degrees outside), I am now trying to get back into bike shape. And it's fun, but I've got muscles that hurt that I didn't even know I had! The one really great thing about Los Angeles though, is that it stays great biking weather all year round.

One thing that I am interested in doing sometime soon is a critical mass ride. It looks like such fun but I have still never done one. Isn't that ridiculous? Anyway, I will be perusing the Midnight Ridazz calendar for upcoming cool rides, let me know if there is one I should pay attention to...

07 January 2009

Asphalt

Happy New Year!

I'm back in Los Angeles and reveling in my utter lack of funds. Oh the joys of being a grad student before the next semester's loans have been dispersed.

So I was listening to my favorite NPR podcast, APM's Marketplace, from yesterday evening (since it's free) and they were talking about asphalt. As in, that black murky stuff they use to make roads. And they were basically saying that Barack Obama wants to upgrade the country's infrastructure but that might not work very well if we have an asphalt shortage. It turns out that the price of asphalt has been inflated for the past year or so, causing many state and local governments to cancel infrastructure upgrades. And the reason the price of asphalt has been so expensive? Because it's made with oil!

I guess at this point I'm thinking:
  1. Do we have anything that's NOT made with oil?
  2. Is there something else we could use?
  3. Can't we come up with a substitute for asphalt that's not made with oil?
I mean, is this too much to ask? To have something that we can rebuild our roads with that's not made with oil?