Speedy Mass Transit Railway

I really like this video, and I think it’s a reasonably accurate reflection of how efficient the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) can be. Essentially it’s someone trying to see if they can get from one station to another faster on foot than via the MTR. In short, they don’t beat the MTR, but even then only by the sink of their teeth.

There’s a UK version of it for the tube, which has the result going the other way.

Obviously both are a bit contrived, but still a fun experiment, not that I’d want to do the running myself anytime soon.

Insane Downhill Bike Race

This video is just insane. The best bit is that it’s just one video from the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo Race in Valparaiso, Chile. The rider must brave jumps, stray dogs, and flights of stairs along the steep downhill path. The first person perspective provided by the excellent helmet cam lets us take in every glorious and frightening detail.

Respects to the competitors. This is just insane. See for yourself.

Joe Mason for President

I wrote last week about the need for Obama to grow a back-bone. I then stumbled upon an interesting blog called ‘Vote Third Party’ which features a number of pointed videos and articles regarding both sides of the political debate.

One in particular was brought to my attention by The Atlantic. A very pointed critique of Obama’s positions and repeated compromises. Whether this is a serious campaign remains to be seen, but some of the points brought up by the video echo many of the thoughts that Democrats will no doubt have.

Kill Bill

I’d heard, or at least known about, ‘Kill Bill’ for a good six years. But inline with my general lack of movie watching, I’d never bothered to watch it myself. Thankfully, I got my chance on my flight to the UK and watched Kill Bill Vol 1. For some strange reason, Cathay Pacific’s In-flight Entertainment System didn’t have Kill Bill Vol 2. So once I got back to Hong Kong, I googled on youtube for the movie and finally located it, enjoying the joy of finally completing the legendary Quentin Tarantino movie.

On youtube, you can review Kill Bill Vol 1 at and once you’re done, watch Kill Bill Vol 2 at