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This was taken after the steepest stretch of cycling I’ve experienced.  Way too busy thinking about how much hill remained to worry about the consequences of a pre-peak rest. Really loved being confined to that moment. Flow (baller idea put forth by psychologist  Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in his book, Flow.) moment for sure.

According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents 

perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning.

In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand.” ~ T. Wikipedia

Further, there are 6 tell-tale signs of flow, via Wikipedia:

  1. intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  2. merging of action and awareness
  3. loss of reflective self-consciousness
  4. a sense of personal control over the situation or activity
  5. distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
  6. experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience

So, hell yes, wretched hill.


“Casual” Sunday Ride

Photo credit: Patrick Bolling.


Finally found a non-boring bike route. According to Google maps, it’s about 10.2 miles. (Note: Google Maps, while awesome, does not do the ridiculous hilliness of this route justice.) Rolling hills and endless awesome views. Met an a nice old man with a tree-stump problem while water-breaking it. Highly recommend.

Directions: Miller > Left Houston which becomes Old Farm Road > Right Popular Hill.




Daily Grind

All aboard!

This is the first cinemagraph I’ve made using Cinemagram (iOS). They’re a visually-striking hybrid of static images and moving .gifs.

These are a bit more difficult to capture than a picture as these really require a still hand for maximum contrast of motion.

It’s pretty basic:

1. Take a video of something you want to capture.

2. Choose a few seconds of the video to eventually transform into a .gif (that’s what these files technically are).

3. Choose the area of the video that you want to have move in time. The non-selected areas will retain the initial frame.

4. Customize the speed & direction of the .gif as well as add a filter.


More cinemagraphs

(This .gif should be moving, pending your connection speed.)