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Painful Micro-Moments Of Waiting

Technology has made us an impatient lot. Even the smallest of waits leads to frustration. Actually, the smaller waits – micro-moments of waiting, seem to cause more anxiety & frustration.

  • waiting for a web page to load
  • waiting for the lift to arrive
  • waiting for Excel to refresh its calculations after some changes 
  • the laptop freezing for a few moments to cope with an overload
  • waiting for a vehicle ahead recover from an engine stall
  • waiting for the presenter in that meeting to get to his point

Not only do these micro-moments of waiting cause anxiety, they usually trigger a switch to social media notification check & further unnecessary browsing. Or even a switch to a negative thought train.

How good would it be to eliminate these micro-moments of waiting? What if someone came out with a way to fill these with something useful?

MIT has recognised this problem & has embarked on an initiative to convert this problem into a business opportunity. They are building a series of apps called WaitSuites, to help you use wait time meaningfully. Transforming wait time into micro-moments of learning. Learning languages is the first learning objective they are toying with.

WaitSuite is based on learning apps such as DuoLingo, but instead of being a stand-alone app it introduces micro-learning into other tasks — sneaking knowledge into your daily idle moments. When waiting for a response to an email, a small box will pop up in the app you’re currently in and test your vocabulary.

 Read more about this initiative here.

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Why Peg Riding?

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Peg Riding

Peg riding is the secret sauce to riding a heavy motorcycle off road. There is wide consensus on this fact. And I have experienced this first hand in my few months with the Triumph Tiger. But why does peg riding help – is a topic I am yet to get my head around.

The often quoted reason as to why standing helps is that it lowers the centre of gravity by directing the weight via the lower pegs as compared to via the seat. This argument is hotly debated & seemingly defies laws of physics.

After another round of off-roading over the weekend, I read up a bit more (in the spirit of learning via reflection) on how standing up actually helps. Here are a few I compiled.

  1. By standing up, you are using your legs as an additional part of your suspension, that will keep you steady & make it easier for the rest of the body.
  2. By standing up, you increase your field of view & increase your chances of looking ahead towards where you want to go. Thus avoiding focusing on obstacles (where you don’t want to go).
  3. By standing up, you are separating your mass from that of the bike, thus enabling you to use your weight as an asset to control your bike. Standing up & leaning backwards transfers weight to the rear tire – allowing for front tire to glide over obstacles & increasing traction for the rear tire.
  4. By standing up, you can use also use your weight to control sideways steering of the bike by shifting weight to the peg you desire .. more difficult to do so while sitting.
  5. By standing up, you are separating yourself from all the jostling & sideway movements that result from going over rocks & the like. This helps you to avoid your own over reaction & allows the bike to do its own thing.

Some resources I referred to to make the above inferences are listed below.

  • https://motorbikewriter.com/does-standing-lower-centre-of-gravity/
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/askscience/comments/3056ec/does_standing_on_motorcycle_pegs_lower_your/
  • https://rideapart.com/articles/11-tips-for-riding-off-road?page=1
  • http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/03/25/adventure-bike-riding-tips

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