I stop most mornings for my cup of “Joe” at the Alder Crossing Starbucks in South Surrey, British Columbia. It is not so much an addicted habit (OK it is), but a break from routine, to touch base with friends, a search for fun, or to work quietly on Soitsfun.
Seattle's Fremont area is an artsy and eclectic neighbourhood located in the north-central area of Seattle. Overlooking Salmon Bay, the small community of Fremont and humoursly dubbed the "center of the universe" by Seattelites. So Fremont’s one of my top places to go out, especially in the summer. The bars are fun, there’s music, and lots of summer patios. Not so many tourists (at night) as other places, and less touristy than Cap Hill or downtown.
It does lives up to its motto, to a point. This neighbourhood, less than five miles north of the heart of downtown Seattle, continues its legacy of public art, everyday weirdness and off-the-wall-events inclined towards nudity and costumes. Yet its popularity, soaring rent prices, new luxury condos and inundation of high tech company offices have transformed it into something a tad different than its tie-dyed forefathers and mothers anticipated.
In the early 1900’s, Fremont was centred around an assemblage of industries on the north shores Lake Union. When the interurban rail line and trolley cutting through the neighbourhood were taken out of service in 1939 and 1941, respectively, the area went into rapid decline. Commemorating this, a sculpture called Waiting for the Interurban remembers the fallen rail line. These days locals routinely decorate and costume the statues.
Neglect and low rents turned Fremont into an attractive option for artists and students in the 1960s – laying the groundwork for the funky and eclectic vibe that it is today today. Like many underdeveloped area's, tech and urban living moved into the area and giants such as Adobe Systems, Google, and Getty Images have made it their Seattle headquarters.
The woodsy, rail background of the Fremont area still survives in spirit as well as in local architecture. The folksy district is rife with arts, restaurants, bars and coffee shops that make it a "go-to" for the 20's-40's crowd.
Now experts say they have unravelled the mystery of why laces come undone. A pair of forces interact like an invisible hand, first loosening the knot and then tugging until the laces trail on the ground.
Using a slow-motion camera, scientists have revealed how knot-failure happens in seconds, triggered by a complex interaction of forces.
Lead researcher Christopher Daily-Diamond, from the University of California at Berkeley, said: ‘This is the first step toward understanding why certain knots are better than others, which no one has really done.’
OK, so it's annoying your laces keep coming untied, but why should science care? The researchers say understanding the mechanics of knots and how they fail could be useful far beyond simply taking the dog for a jog.
"When you talk about knotted structures, if you can start to understand the shoelace, then you can apply it to other things, like DNA or micro structures, that fail under dynamic forces," said Christopher Daily-Diamond, a graduate student at Berkeley and co-author of a study that will appear Wednesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A. "This is the first step toward understanding why certain knots are better than others, which no one has really done."
The study began with co-author and graduate student Christine Gregg lacing up a pair of running shoes and jogging on a treadmill while a colleague filmed what happened next.
Here's how shoelace knots come undone, according to the paper. When you run, your foot hits the ground with a force seven times harder than the force of gravity alone. All that impact makes the knot in your laces stretch and then relax while the action of swinging your leg pulls on the end of your laces. In other words, the very action you lace up for also conspires to untie them. As the knot loosens, the swinging leg applies an inertial force on the free ends of the laces, leading to rapid unravelling in as little as two strides.
Of course, we don't all have to re-tie our shoelaces every three steps. The researchers found that different knot-tying techniques, types of laces and levels of knot tightness all factor into how long it takes shoelaces to come undone. A really tight double knot usually gets me through a run, for example.
Sooner or later, things -- or at least the knot in our shoelaces -- fall apart, the researchers seem to be saying. But I have one pair of shoes I slip on and off without ever touching the knot in the laces that's been there for many months now. Have I found, uh, a loophole in the forces that inevitably act to untie my shoes?
Probably not, it seems, because I use those shoes almost solely for biking, which means they don't get that ground-stomping action seen while running.
"You really need both the impulsive force at the base of the knot and you need the pulling forces of the free ends and the loops," Daily-Diamond said. "You can't seem to get knot failure without both."
The Mojo Stars played their very first show at the 2007 Vancouver Jazz Festival.
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The Mojo Stars’ first CD, Devil’s Advocate was part of the Vancouver Province Special Playlist section, four times in 2009 and 2010.
Numerous songs by the band have been featured in a variety of Independent Films in Vancouver, Canada.
The Mojo Stars’ song 26 Banks, achieved semi-finalist status in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition.
The Mojo Stars’ second CD, Under The Influence, Debuted at #19 on The Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Blues Rock Album Chart for the Week of Apr 15, 2017.
Under The Influence, Debuted at #23 on The Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Canada Album Chart for the Week of Apr 15, 2017.
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