In 2006, thieves stole writer Patrick Symmes’ bike in broad daylight on a crowded, New York City street. This inspired Symmes to set out to catch a bike thief — any bike thief.
He tells the tale of this revenge-fueled, cross-country journey in the Outside magazine piece “Who Pinched My Ride?” The story is filled with GPS trackers, police stakeouts and undercover stings in what Symmes describes as “the dangerous underworld of vanished bicycles.”
Story has lots of good advice on keeping your bike safe and some good caller stories. Worth a listen.
Pentametron — which you can follow at @pentametron — watches all the public tweets created in a day. “It picks out the ones that happen to be in iambic pentameter,” says Ranjit Bhatnagar, an artist and the inventor of the program. “When it finds some of those, it looks for a pair that rhyme, and then it tweets out a couplet.”
Not because I’m in love with his new project really (only listened to it once so far) but because he does so much damn stuff. So that new project thing. It’s called Lovestreams:
In the early part of last year I started renting a room down in a basement a couple neighborhoods over from my apartment in Brooklyn and I started going in and working every day of the week there, just shutting the door and writing until evening. I decided to do a project there I’d wanted to do for years and years, which is to make an album by myself and for myself, an album that doesn’t owe anything to music I made before. When I finished the album I decided I’d give some the songs away for free since it cost almost nothing to make. So here’s one of the songs, over here on this site. The name of the project is Lovestreams.
Some of my favorite moments over the last year have been moments of creation brought on by necessity and boredom. That time I started my sci-fi novel over from scratch the tenth time and liked it. That time I wrote a keyboard riff I really liked after hours of practice with my bandmate. Rapid prototyping screenplays with friends, making silly claymation movies with about cats and pizza, designing my own tactical RPG with Legos… it’s been a good year for my creative side.
I’m torn by this project. I think it’s interesting, and I really dig his writing style. But the whole idea seems contrived. Why would I want to read an article from a website about a dude who’s giving up doing what I’m doing right now? Seems cool at first but the banality of it all is quickly overwhelming.
And also, it’s crazy that “offline living” is a thing.