Riding BST On Sunshine

The weather was sunny and warm Saturday, so Jolene and I did an out-n-back on the BST. There were a few spots of shallow mud on the north faces. But overall conditions were good.

I ride this trail a lot and riding it now, in early Spring, is a bit sobering as it clearly shows me how much fitness I've lost. But the sunshine and fun single-track easily won out and we had an enjoyable ride.

Bonus: I was watching an episode of Scientific American Frontiers about Cars That Think. They mentioned a fascinating phenomenon called the McGurk Effect which demonstrates that watching a speaker's mouth augments what we hear. In the episode, IBM researchers are increasing the accuracy of speech recognition by adding visual information via a camera aimed at the speaker. Watch the video below to see The McGurk Effect in action - it took me by surprise and freaked me out a little.


Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Looks like a lovely day for a ride!

KanyonKris said...

It was! Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

When I watched the first clip I heard & saw only "ah." I guess that means that my ears and eyes were working together to pick out the only consistency between sensory inputs—the only _accurate_ consistency between sensory inputs—ignoring other input as superfluous.

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