Finally YouTube is Awesome

Want to see just maybe one great internet video every day? Check out Devour:

Devour sifts out the best videos and posts the well-curated collection every weekday. Fewer cute kittens, fewer skateboarding nutshots, fewer tween heart throbs, and lots more awesome.

It works. And if you’re looking for one awesome video for today, here’s one of my all-time favorites:

That video is too old to have appeared on Devour, but “Words” is maybe the best thing I’ve seen from the new service.

New Belgium Ranger: clear amber beauty

If you’re looking for a great beer this summer, check out Ranger IPA from New Belgium. It’s supposedly their answer to the demand for “more hops!” Whatever it is, it’s full of flavor with a nice hoppy bitterness that finishes light and smooth. It’s great cold and perfect for a bit of refreshment after a hot and humid summer day. As far as I’m concerned, New Belgium answered the hop call last fall with its seasonal Hoptober Golden Ale, which is absolutely my favorite beer of the moment by a good margin. Alas, it’s not available until the fall; until then, Ranger seems like it will fit the bill just fine.

Speaking of New Belgium, if you’re going to be in Chicago on September 12, 2010 and would like a partner for the Urban Assault Ride, leave a comment below or contact me by email. I’m in if you are.

The simple pleasure of a bike ride

Bicycling Magazine gave 50 bikes to 50 people to see how biking might change their lives:

What could be more mundane than what John F. Kennedy called “the simple pleasure of a bike ride?” And yet even on the simplest ride, so much happens: We feel things, see things, think things, and say things that we otherwise might not. It all adds up to something more powerful, and more ineffable, than a few sentences can express.

I biked to work two days this week for Bike to Work Week and loved loved loved it! for exactly the reasons mentioned here. There’s something about a bike ride, so simple, so pure… The two days I rode to work I arrived refreshed and energized, and both of those were overall just great days all around, thanks in no small part to the fact that I started and ended them on my bike.