Natural Kids: Recent academic research shows that when nature elements are incorporated into playgrounds kids have more fun, are more active and utilize more motor skills. And getting them out of cars, and instead walking or cycling to school, improves their concentration:
The survey looked at nearly 20,000 Danish kids between the ages of 5 and 19. It found that kids who cycled or walked to school, rather than traveling by car or public transportation, performed measurably better on tasks demanding concentration, such as solving puzzles, and that the effects lasted for up to four hours after they got to school.
Pan This Book! Tireless Portland cycling promoter/writer/publisher Elly Blue is experimenting with soliciting funny one-star Amazon reviews for her book Everyday Cycling. She says,
My reverse astroturfing campaign made some people laugh (usually shortly after it made them confused) and seems to have resulted in a sales bump. But the jury is still out on whether or not it’ll continue to be a good thing in the long term, or end up a liability.
One Love: In honor of Bob Marley’s birthday this week, here’s a remarkable piece of audio history: Bob Marley interviewed in November 1979 by an award-winning local Philadelphia journalist named Mumia Abu-Jamal.