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taxicab geometry

May 17, 2021

Riding along the Jimmy John -- John Forester continuum on a 120 pound electric assist bathtub tends to be a little closer to the vehicular cycling end of the spectrum than it would be rolling a traditional 20 pound bike. However I like to think it’s kinda sorta still cycling and not strictly rectilinear distances adding up.  I can still take the hypotenuse through the park or take the bike path and get a little Euclidean. But I’m not hopping curbs and splitting lanes and jumping on the escalator with my bike like a real messenger.


I'm not saying Jimmy Johns are real messengers but I like the sound of JJ - JF continuum better than urban utility cyclist - vehicular cyclist spectrum. 


"grandpa, what's a taxicab?" 

Taxicab geometry versus Euclidean distance: In taxicab geometry, the red, yellow, and blue paths all have the same shortest path length of 12. In Euclidean geometry, the green line has length 8.49 and is the unique shortest path. -the Wiki


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p asser said...

rectilinear? nearly killed him

Posted May 17, 2021 08:52 AM | Reply to this comment

pilder asser said...

if you really want to get off the grid don't give me some hipster on gravel bike in a faux flannel shirt. To truly optimize and connect the dots give me a drone and a budget like Bezos. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travelling_salesman_problem

Posted May 17, 2021 09:53 AM | Reply to this comment

10 jobs in the bags with free call said...

Thats on my line

Posted May 17, 2021 09:56 PM | Reply to this comment

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