We love this story. A strong-willed, charismatic, rogue protagonist with an alternative and edgy lifestyle that becomes involved in an ultimate challenge and finally rises to the occasion.
Premium Rush chase scene
We love this story when it is told in the context of embellished history, like William Wallace in Braveheart - back when Mel Gibson just seemed mostly harmless and not scarysad.
We love this story when it is told in classic works, musicals, and various movie adaptations, like Valjean in Les Miserables.
It's Vin Diesel in almost every movie he's been in. It's Aeon Flux, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Resident Evil, Beowulf, Batman, Pac-man (the pill popper), Sanjuro Kuwabatake in Yojimbo, Aragorn.
We are drawn to these faulty characters because they seem more real, more like us. They are flawed in some understandable way, a way we can relate to. These characters are likable despite their human faults, and they become the kind of person you want to win, to bring back order and prove their worth to us, the audience that is now vested in their victory. In this story it becomes the audience that would now be cheated if the bad guys won.
But somehow, the bad guys won't win. Our fractured character, the anti hero, will win and be our champion.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt after crashing through a window on the set of Premium Rush
Cycling is about to get an new anti hero, and I for one have been wanting and waiting for this to happen.
This is a sibling post to my thoughts during my analysis of flight N48DL, the purpose of this post is to share some of my analysis, as well as the data I produced. I am not involved in any official capacity to research the cause of the crash of flight N48DL on April 19th, 2012.
Here is a graphic showing the original flight plan and the actual path of the flight.
This is another view of the flight path which shows the westward descending and eastward ascending flight pattern.
Earlier today my coworker Bill and I were riding back to our office from a lunch outing in Harvard Square. At one point he bumped into me in a manner recently joked about by local area artist-blogger @bikeyface in a post about being surprise-bumped from behind by another cyclist. Bill made contact with me because I slowed suddenly and with a slight panic when I realized I might get crashed into by a bike salmon in the lane we were in.
Nothing too terrible happened this time, and I managed to keep my curses contained to my inside-voice. This little stretch on Eliot St in Cambridge has two vehicular lanes and a bike line in one direction (the one we were going in) and one lane in the other direction (which she wasn't using). It's often quite packed with traffic, and I was happily surprised there wasn't a car right next to us adding complication to the situation - I can only imagine whoever was driving near us was sharp and saw what was coming their way, and did the right thing by slowing down. The wrong-way rider did not do the right thing, which would have been to stop and get out of the way as soon as the error was realized.