August 2014, Meet the Morpher Helmet, Meteors, Chingu Korean Restaurant


Meet the Morpher


More and more Americans, and people all over the world, are choosing to ride bikes as their primary mode of transportation. This is of course no surprise to you Eugenians. Sadly though, less than half of Americans wear helmets, which are proven to save lives. Enter Jeff Woolf. Years ago Woolf was struck by a car while riding his bike in London and owes his life to the helmet he was wearing. Somewhere along the way Woolf realized that the reason many cyclists do not wear helmets may be due to their size, and the hassle involved with storing them. Twenty years after his accident, Woolf has invented a helmet that collapses into the size of a text book 3.5 centimeters (1.4 inches) thick. It's called the Morpher, and it will fit in a laptop bag easily. We can expect to see these distributed at kiosks in metropolitan areas, just like bicycles are. It's being manufactured by Strategic Sports LTD, and com boasts: "Even as a prototype, Morpher has already won three International Innovation Awards..." So it seems it may be some time before we see them here in Eugene but I think it will be a nice addition to the quirky can-do atmosphere surrounding cycling here.

Speaking of which, you can see some of the snazzy pedal powered machines on my brand new blog: I have such an appreciation for new and extremely useful inventions, I can't wait to see how the world embraces this one.

~ Keith Fox

“Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.”

~ Zapata Espinoza

“Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.”

~ Mark Twain

“The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.”

~ John Howard

"“Bicycles are almost as good as guitars for meeting girls”

~ Bob Weir, Grateful Dead

Oh My Stars!


Heads up stargazers! The Perseids Meteor Shower is upon us! If you enjoy a good flurry of "shooting stars" mark your calendars and hope for clear skies on the night of August 12th. That night is when the Perseids Meteor Shower will be at its' peak, and can produce a whopping 60 meteors per hour! You can thank the comet Swift-Tuttle for this one, the shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. There will be a decent amount of moonlight on the night of the 12th due to the waning gibbous moon, but the meteors will still be bright and quite visible if the weather cooperates. The meteor showers peak rides right on the tail of the full Moon, which you will be able to see on the night of August 10th. This will be the closest full Moon, closest to the Earth that is, of the year. If it will be closer than usual, then it should appear larger in the sky. The media has grown fond of calling such an event a "supermoon" but to be honest, the difference is so slim that most people will not be able to notice. Perhaps on the 10th you can see for yourself!

-Keith Fox

Chingu – Your Friendly Neighborhood Korean Restaurant


If you're looking to try some delicious authentic Korean food, look no further. Chingu on 1466 W 7th Ave is the best in town. The chef is very gracious and always puts great energy into the dishes he serves. Frequently he will come out himself and greet you to make sure your satisfied with your meal. Chingu actually means “friend” in Korean, which is well suited to their name. Formerly “Burger Lovers” they also serve american burgers & fries for the less adventurous in your family. Personally my favorite dish is the Stonebowl Bibimbap – a flavorful dish of stir fried beef, vegetables, and rice with a fried egg on top, served with a spicy sauce and kimchi in a sizzling hot stone bowl. Or if your just looking for a burger with a little Korean flare – try their kimchi burger. Yum! Don't forget to read the Chef's monthly letters, they give you a little insight into his adventures to moving from Korea to open a restaurant in Eugene!

Kamsahamnida! (Thank you in Korean)
~ Tony Burroff Here is a picturesque salad, or snack platter, depending on if you decide to share, or have it as an easy meal. It's based on an old favorite appetizer, but with some added crunch.