Our enlightening test ride of Specialized’s bike of the future (available now).
And then, from that first pedal stroke to the time, four weeks later, when I handed the bike back over, one thought never left my mind—this bike is pure fun.
A micro-home that you build yourself, then take with you wherever you go.
Some people like to live on the go. But at the end of the day, there's nothing quite like coming home to your own spot.
For the man with wanderlust who’s also looking for some roots, there's Portable House APH80 from Abaton Arquitectura. At 27 square meters, you can easily throw it on the back of a truck and take it with you anywhere you need to go.
The aquanauts of SEALAB who tested the limits of life on the ocean floor.
The year is 1965. Everyone’s eyes are fixated on conquering outer space. No one is looking to “inner” space. There’s not a lot of interest, nor money, nor fame to understand living in the deep, dark, cold, inhospitable ocean floor.
But, a few brave aquanauts—like Mercury crew member Scott Carpenter—hung up their space suits, stripped down to their swim shorts, and hopped in a big red vessel. They were going to live on the ocean floor.
We probably can’t colonize Mars or explore distant galaxies without it.
There’s not much history of humans in space, much less sex in space. Just over 500 humans have been there. And, likely because of the infinitesimal chance of ever visiting, it’s difficult to imagine ourselves there, in a routine, experiencing the same daily desires as we do on Earth.
But, we did. We imagined the most important thing regarding our future in space: what would it be like to procreate? Or, more frighteningly, is it even possible? The idea of space tends to conjure images of stars and space craft and astronauts; astronauts we tend to think of as superhuman, superhumans above everyday longing.
From classic JFK to Volcano Choir, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.
1. CLOONEY DOMINATES LEO: At least in pick-up hoops. 11-0, 11-0…you get the idea. / Grantland
2. JFK IN PHOTOS: 50 photos to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of his death. / The Atlantic
The bold, brash, unconventional—a series of alternative approaches to war. 1 of 3.
War is a declaration. An action. War is not won by egos but by wills. And among the most trying of times some truly brilliant wills are hatched into action and sent into the mayhem of war to succeed or slip off the edge of the plateau.
And of the abundance of extraordinary tales, we sought to find you, curious reader, something worth your time. Three tales, seeded deeply in the truth of research: The Archer, The Bear, and The Goat.
Ten of our (and your) favorite first lines from literature’s storied history.
All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. - Ernest Hemingway
Sure. It sounds easy. Write one true sentence, then the whole novel comes into place. One sentence, one truth. Simple. Sure. But it's not, and it takes a master to make an entire world materialize in the milliseconds of the opening line.
We asked for your favorite first lines for novels, and you collectively created a great list. So, we've assembled our and your favorite first lines. And, if we missed a few, feel free let us know in the comments.
We talk Macro- and Microadventure with a Nat Geo Explorer of the Year.
Alastair Humphreys has been busy at work. A lot of business—writing a book, making a movie. A lot of travel—rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, trekking the Arabian Peninsula. And a lot of hours in the office.
Of course, for Alastair, the office isn't a terrible place to be. When you're donning the title of Explorer, you've got, really, all of Mother Earth as your workspace. And when we talked to Alastair from across the pond (he’s currently in London), he didn't seem to sweat the hard labor.
Bourbon connoisseurs beware—Elixir just upped the amber ante.
Of all the saloons in San Francisco, H. Joseph Ehrmann (he goes by H.) owns one of the most notorious. Elixir Saloon’s been serving up cocktails since 1858, and in honor of 155 years of booze, we stopped by for a taste of the sacrament.
Ehrmann, the ninth proprietor of the bar, served up Elixir’s exclusive Four Roses bourbon flight, and he mixed up a custom cocktail—The Huckberry Pumpkin Sour.
He also invited everyone (that means you, dear reader), to Elixir's Tenth Anniversary Weekend for BBQ, bourbon, beer, and a whole lot of mischief. There are two afternoon parties on November 16th and 17th, from noon on.
Five tips to make your first run in the backcountry a powdery success.
A guest post from our friend Dan Abrams, the President and Co-Founder of Flylow Gear.
Skiing as a sport has now evolved to a world that extends beyond gates and boundaries. More and more skiers and snowboarders are venturing into backcountry terrain, skinning uphill in search of untracked powder without the hassle of lift lines, ticket prices, and the general mayhem of modern ski resorts.
However, to partake in the euphoric and rewarding sport of backcountry touring you must respect it. Follow the rules and understand the risks—or else your serene day in the backcountry can turn into your worst nightmare.
Exclusive giveaways. Behind the scenes. The articles we're reading. Be the first to know.Follow @Huckberry