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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's heart rate rose as he testified to Congress — Quartz at Work
He reportedly meditates and works out daily, and for the past two years has been doing his five-mile commute on foot for the extra exercise and thinking time.
4 days ago by craniac
Walkingworld - Britain's walking community
On Walkingworld you can find over 7000 routes, contributed by more than 500 walk authors. This huge library of carefully prepared guides means you can find a selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the country. The walks come in a unique format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper OS 1:25,000 Explorer map.
walking  walks 
6 days ago by realjimbob
Hiking a new mega-trail in the Balkans | Travel | The Guardian
A long-distance wilderness route will eventually link seven Balkan countries. We walk a stretch from Bosnia to Montenegro
balkans  croatia  travel  walking 
7 days ago by mvh
The Mind-Expanding Ideas of Andy Clark | The New Yorker
o what did the brain do? It focussed on the most urgent or worrying or puzzling facts: those which indicated something unexpected. Instead of taking in a whole scene afresh each moment, as if it had never encountered anything like it before, the brain focussed on the news: what was different, what had changed, what it didn’t expect. The brain predicted that everything would remain as it was, or would change in foreseeable ways, and when that didn’t happen error signals resulted. As long as the predictions were correct, there was no news. But if the signals appeared to contradict the predictions—there is a large dog on your sofa (you do not own a dog)—prediction-error signals arose, and the brain did its best to figure out, as quickly as possible, what was going on. (The dog is actually a crumpled blanket.) This process was not only fast but also cheap—it saved on neural bandwidth, because it took on only the information it needed—which made sense from the point of view of a creature trying to survive.

In a way, though, the structure of the brain itself had some of the qualities that attracted him to the extended-mind view in the first place: it was not one indivisible thing but millions of quasi-independent things, which worked seamlessly together while each had a kind of existence of its own. “There’s something very interesting about life,” Clark says, “which is that we do seem to be built of system upon system upon system. The smallest systems are the individual cells, which have an awful lot of their own little intelligence, if you like—they take care of themselves, they have their own things to do. Maybe there’s a great flexibility in being built out of all these little bits of stuff that have their own capacities to protect and organize themselves. I’ve become more and more open to the idea that some of the fundamental features of life really are important to understanding how our mind is possible. I didn’t use to think that. I used to think that you could start about halfway up and get everything you needed.”
cognitive  science  philo  walking 
8 days ago by bradleyrturner
Four U.S. Senators introduce bipartisan act to promote better transportation measurement, responsiveness | Sen Tammy Baldwin
U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ed Markey, (D-MA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve transportation access and help break down barriers for workers and families getting to jobs, local businesses and health care services. The Connecting Opportunities through Mobility Metrics and Unlocking Transportation Efficiencies (COMMUTE) Act provides data to states and local governments to measure accessibility to local businesses and important destinations, and inform investments in transportation systems.

“In Wisconsin and across the country, inadequate or unaffordable transportation options can be a significant barrier to employment and hold potential workers back from joining the workforce and helping grow our economy,” said Senator Baldwin. “At the same time, employers, particularly those located just outside metro areas and in rural communities, may be missing out on potential workers. This bipartisan legislation is about investing in better and more efficient transportation so workers and families can get to job hubs, health care services and other important destinations, and keep our Made in Wisconsin economy moving forward.”

MoBikeFed comment: This bill is likely to be one of the top national priorities a the 2019 National Bike Summit. The bill is at the start of its legislative process and is likely to be included in a future Transportation Bill or funding reauthorization.

Introducing it now with high-profile, bi-partisan sponsorship helps position the idea well for inclusion in these bills over the next few years.

The approach is strongly supported by bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups because we know that accurate measurement of transportation needs--especially when it goes all the way down to the neighborhood level--invariably shows that bicycling and walking are underserved and have high demand that is not yet met.

So initiatives like this help build crucial support for better, safer bicycling and walking infrastructure across an entire city, metro area, or region.
congress  cycling  walking  planning 
14 days ago by mobikefed

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