Using The BNL Core Principles : Cartoon Edition – Bicycling To Work

After wrapping up my “Core Principles” series, I thought it might be fun to follow up some articles on how certain lifestyle examples of the Brave New Life (BNL) can be explained to the common cubicle dweller, since we all deal with them.  In doing so, I came up with the idea to add a little animation (literally) and some humor*. Using the Xtranormal.com desktop application (for free, by the way) I put together a little cartoon to explain the BNL/MMM/ERE practice of riding your bike to work.

Let me know if you enjoy the cartoon.  I actually have the idea of a series of several follow up episodes if ya’ll enjoy it. So let me know through comments and/or “likes” on youtube.**

(*) I’m not an expert in the field of humor, so I’ll beg your leniency if you find this lame.

(**) I really had fun learning the xtranormal software tool and feel I got a lot better at it as I went, and I’m excited to write some new and better videos on the same theme.

 

25 Responses to Using The BNL Core Principles : Cartoon Edition – Bicycling To Work

  1. Nice job! I’m assuming it goes that way every time right? :)

  2. Josh Hickman says:

    I’m pretty sure the most delightful part of that is the contrast between the monotone computer voice of the lady and how much the guy’s arms move at the end.

    BOOYAH…

    …!!

  3. Haha, very nice job! Definitely keep them coming. I am sure you could start a sensation with these kinds of videos.
    Humor was definitely well used as well.

    Great Job!

  4. hahah. I love XtraNormal videos. It’d be nice to live in a place where public transportation or biking is viable… maybe for our next move!

  5. Shawn says:

    I need to ride to work……..Despite all my excuses.

    • Yep. Send me your list of excuses and I’ll have the computer animated version of myself explain to you why you’re wrong. 😉

      • Shawn says:

        Deal! this is going to be funny.

      • Shawn says:

        Why I cant ride my bike to work.

        Its 17 miles.

        Its all uphill on the way home

        I have not ridden much lately, gained some weight, and it will hurt like hell the first few days.

        It will be dark on the way in. *

        Its cold

        If I don’t hustle on the way home, I may be late to chauffer the children to their practices.

        The traffic is truly bad. I may be hit and killed (or worse maimed.)

        I cant find my cable lock.

  6. Adam says:

    You can’t say no to the rational man in a track suit!

  7. Debbie M says:

    I’m not a fan of these videos except that the monotone is so horrible that people have to write really good content to make them palatable.

    Your first one is a little cornball. The happy ending seems so fake!

    But hey, if you’re having fun, you should keep playing with these.

    I don’t promise I’ll listen to all of them, though. I can’t deal with that sound that’s usually a monotone, and even when it isn’t, it’s likely to still sound wrong. Anyway? (That was a little example.) I’ll read the comments and listen to the ones where the comments intrigue me. (No pressure, other commenters!)

  8. jason says:

    Yeah, I’m “That guy”.

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  10. “It’s so cold outside. You really need to get an automobile.” LOL! For some strange reason, I found that statement to be hysterical. You make a compelling case for riding your bike to work. You almost convinced me to fix the two flat tires on my bike that’s been out of service for about 3 years. Keep these videos comin’. I find video content refreshing.

  11. bryce says:

    Keep them coming

  12. Not going to lie, I really thought I was clicking over to read about the Barenaked Ladies core values!

  13. AEBinNC says:

    In 2006 I spent around 1500 on a very nice road bike. I used to bike every weekend but I got married, moved to a new city etc. The Last time I seriously trained was in 2008 for the MS bike ride. I’ve been considering commuting to work. I know it would be good for me but 13 miles each way is a bit much. There is a free shower connected to the weight room here at work. I am taking some accounting courses in the evening and will be finishing up with those in about 6 weeks. Once that is done I will bike to work at least twice a week.

    Someone on the board also suggested getting a bike rack for my car, driving the car to work and biking home at night. The next morning I would need to bike to work and then ride the car home. It’s a really good idea and I’ve been on the look out for a bike rack on craig’s list.

  14. Mike says:

    Nice video. XTranormal humor could be its own field of endeavor. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMvARy0lBLE

    • I’ve thought about it. Not sure how much money there is to be made, but if you create one that gets a million views like the one you linked to, I have to believe there’s a decent payout. Could be a fun project.

      I’ve had just 315 views since I marked the video for monetization, and I made $0.78. Obviously not a lot, but if you extrapolate that to a million views, it’s about $2500. Maybe I could cover my grocery bills that way. :)

  15. Chris says:

    I am about to buy a used Surly Cross Check and start commuting my 4 miles to work. Do you have any tips for a newbie bike commuter?

    • Hi Chris,

      There’s not too much to it. Just a few basic points:

      1. Safety first. Judging from your bike choice, I’m assuming this is a road commute. For that, I would definitely get a red blinking light (not just a reflector) and also a headlight. Here’s the set I have. It works fine, although you can definitely buy higher end headlights for better visibility. Even if you don’t think you’ll be caught in the dark, sometimes it happens. And you never know when some new pothole or large debris will be in your path if the lighting isn’t good.

      2. Always have a portable pump, and spare tube with you in case you get a flat.

      3. Get a bike patch kit. If you’re commuting daily you will inevitably get flats – some roads are more prone to sharp debris than others. I usually end up patching a hole at least 1-2 times per month, but the cost is probably $0.20 by patching, vs. buying a $10-$15 tube. It’s not hard to do, and less time consuming than going to the store for a new tube. I think my current front tube has 4 patches and they work great.

      That’s really about it. My commute is a similar distance so I usually take it at an easy pace in the morning so I don’t sweat. I don’t have a shower at my office. On the way home, I sometimes push the pace to get a little workout in.

      • Jeff says:

        I’m a new reader and loving your stuff.

        I’ve never owned a road bike. I understand the advantages of a lighter bike, particularly lighter tires, but it seems like a flat every 2-4 weeks is a little excessive. Isn’t there something you can do to beef up the tires a little without adding too much weight? I’ve read your explanation of how patching tires with your kids is fun, but every month? It seems like that would get old.

      • On some bikes, you can get some fatter tires. I used to ride my road bike for my commute, and got tons of flats. I switched to my hybrid bike and put on some 700×32 tires (those wouldn’t fit on a road bike because the fork is too thin) and I haven’t had a single flat on my commute.

        There’s also better tubes and tougher tire options, but since I’m not getting flats anymore there was no reason to switch up.

  16. On some bikes, you can get some fatter tires. I used to ride my road bike for my commute, and got tons of flats. I switched to my hybrid bike and put on some 700×32 tires (those wouldn’t fit on a road bike because the fork is too thin) and I haven’t had a single flat on my commute.

    There’s also better tubes and tougher tire options, but since I’m not getting flats anymore there was no reason to switch up.

  17. JD Cullum says:

    A riot!
    Nothing like getting exehsize and saving gasuleen at the same time!

  18. Sportsfan says:

    Been reading through the articles and am finally posting for the first time. I’ll start by saying that there was enough humor in the cartoon above to laugh out loud, especially the bit about the hot biking body. Really admire the new mindset you have decided to pursue and have enjoyed learning more about it. Keep up the good work.

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