Outbound: day dreaming, adventures and philosophy

In Outbound by Claire

I’ve just moved house. As such, this is a very short intro because cardboard boxes have temporarily taken over my life, but the stories below are some of my favourite adventurey stories from around the web in quite a while – especially where it all goes a bit philosophy towards the end. I use the word gorgeous a lot. In other news, said new house has been described as “a bit like a Wes Anderson film” which has made me inordinately happy.

  • Homesick In The Modern World
  • I had no idea this even existed: Aurora Australis (the Southern Hemisphere version of Aurora Borealis!) in New Zealand. Gorgeous.
  • This old school Parkour from the 1930s is absolutely rad.
  • What’s it like to walk all the way around the London Overground’s main circle in just one day? London Overground, by Iain Sinclair
  • The London Bike Beer Group have put some lovely creative effort into this Dungeness cycle ride route (Sunday 19th). I love the idea behind this route (despite not being able to join in).
  • Iceman. Vice met a real life superhuman, who took them on a psychedelic journey that circled the chasm between science, spirituality and mystery.
  • Bloody hell this cycling site is GORGEOUS.
  • Bike round the East End of London’s coffee spots. Although, I’ve gotta say – I reckon there’s a far more entertaining way of pulling this off that involves more than two miles of cycling.
  • In Scotland, Bothies are a remarkable part of our outdoors’ culture. The word bothy can really mean any form of very basic accommodation, but to hillwalkers the term is usually applied to ‘open’ bothies – buildings which are left unlocked for anyone to use.”
  • Kent is one of Europe’s top holiday destinations, according to Lonely Planet. Their weird, archaic retro arcade, Dreamland, has just reopened. Visit it.
  • This is what real female surfers of the UK look like. A photo project.
  • This project is ace and interesting, too. “Take a look with me at the modern day bike messenger. I started this photo collection to help open up the eyes of the enthusiast. Hopefully one can have a better relationship with these men & woman who ride their bikes for a living. Checkout The Individual, Their Bike & Their Gear.
  • Bike portraits
  • Loving these dreamy photos of hills by Liz Seabrook, who takes some snaps for the equally lovely Oh Comely magazine.
  • The longest day has passed and we’re on our way to winter, someone helpfully pointed out this week. Seeing Sidetracked’s video about ‘A challenge to ski a trilogy of the biggest, baddest faces in the Alps‘ makes me care a whole lot less.
  • Self-Deprecation and the Female Cyclist. On point article, by Machines For Freedom.
  • “I loved this article about how a woman took up surfing in New York and her life completely changed.”
  • A bicycle that plays records. Silly nonsense.
  • Crushing on these Restrap pedal straps as mine have been beaten up and destroyed. Check this company out – they do an ace line of camera straps and other useful jazzy things.
  • And now on to the section where it all goes a bit philosophy:

  • Hugh Garry did a talk at the excellent DOTS conference last September titled ‘The Joy of Staring out of Windows. “The point being that distractions are just as import as the work you are being distracted from. Distraction creates moments of serendipity and can help burst your filter bubble. This New Yorker piece looks at the many views and theories on distraction ranging from Nietzsche to Louis CK.”
  • This article about meditation and being in the now is excellent. “When we tell people we meditate, many seem interested in trying themselves, some have even tried in the past, few count it as a regular practice. And it seems to be because most people think they’re doing it wrong. You’re not. Probably. But there are some techniques to help, which Farnam Street has outlined here.
  • How To Not Let Work Explode Your Life by Alain De Botton explains that Modernism is to blame for our persistent “busyness” affliction. It’s a very good longread on the historicity of “work” and its place in “life”. (Bonus: Everything I Know I Learned From TV explores some of the same problems with Modernism, using the lens of shows like Buffy and The Simpsons. It’s great, if you like philosophy smashed into popular culture.)”
  • A fantastic video about first world problems by The School of Life. First World Problems are a form of time travel: a glimpse into the future of 2250. They are the problems that everyone in the world are all going to be facing in about 300 years time.
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