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Slow / fast biking?

The Guardian / Treehugger:

Just because the fixed gear rider gets to work first – does it count as the best commuting method if he or she is so sweaty and out of breath he needs a shower? If the slow cyclist comes in minutes later but doesn’t need to clean up, is that really the faster method? And what about if the fixie rider saves their morning shower until they get into work (keeping in mind they’ve got to get home too…)?

I for one have never really bought into the need for fancy bikes in an urban setting – after all, theft is usually rampant, and I’d rather keep my head up than sacrifice vision for streamlining. Better 5 minutes late, sweat-free and alive than on time, sweaty and, errm, dead. I’d love to hear from our bike commuters out there – what do you ride and why? And is slow cycling the new fast? ( by Sami Grover, USA)


TTommi Taipale, Siiri Anttila, Selja Eskonen and Heikki Tuorila cycling in Russia. Photo: Tommi Taipale

Tommi Taipale, Siiri Anttila, Selja Eskonen and Heikki Tuorila cycling in Russia. Photo: Tommi Taipale

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Moon Geese have arrived to Helsinki

Agnes and the Moon Geese on their stop in Helsinki, URSA observatory

Agnes and the Moon Geese on their stop in Helsinki, URSA observatory

Finissage for the Expedition to the Total Eclipse: Eclipse Happening 4th June

Eclipse Happening

The first exhibition of the new artworks born in the Expedition to the Total Eclipse will finalize next week, 7th June. To celebrate that and also the end of Pixelache Season09 before the summer, Eclipse Happening will be performed on 4th June, 2009. To start with, Agnes Meyer-Brandis and professor of Observatory of Helsinki, Tapio Markkanen will give their presentations in Kiasma Theatre at 15 pm. The focus is in space traveling and in eclipses from art and science perspectives. After, the MoonWalk Workshop for Humans and Moon Geese will take place in the same stage of Kiasma Theatre. Dance teacher Milla Koistinen leads this playful session accompanied by remix collection of Michael Jackson´s Billie Jean, featured by French artist Jean-Baptiste Bayle.

From Kiasma we invite people to join us for an urban expedition to Kaivopuisto. The expedition will be done by feet and partially by tram. We will pass by the library of Rikhardinkatu, the Faculty of Astronomy of University of Helsinki and some other relevant places. Once in the URSA observatory in Kaivopuisto, we can enjoy of russian music played by guitar and sung by Punch, russian snacks and view how the famous Moon Geese by Agnes Meyer-Brandis fly to the Moon  in URSA portable planetarium. The relaxed astronomical evening continues around the observartory and hopefully the sky is clear so all can observe the Sun by the telescope.

The event is organised by Pixelache and Capsula.

Thank you for Finnish Ministry of Education, Goethe Institute, HIAP, URSA, Kiasma Theatre for their support.