100km ride (“Death By Cedric”)

By , May 30, 2009 5:03 pm

This blog is in danger of turning into an anthology of cycle routes…

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post-flu 100km

By , May 23, 2009 6:25 pm

Today was my first ride since the monster 200km two weeks ago – the swine flu seems to be under control at last. Didn’t feel great until a well-timed second wind just before that absolute **** of a hill near Braested. Hard to believe it was only half the distance!

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Cycling to the beach + late night clubbing = no immune system

By , May 23, 2009 5:56 pm

Two weeks ago (9th May) I did a merry little 140km jaunt to Hastings with the tireless MWS, followed by fish/chips/pasties/coke on the beach, and a little 60km warm-down to Ashford before catching the train home. This was actually the longest single ride I’ve ever done (just over 200km = 125 miles) and my body wasn’t quite ready for it. My body definitely wasn’t ready to join Becky’s birthday party/clubbing expedition soon after – as a nice thank-you for staying out drinking till 3.30am, it rewarded me with something quite similar to swine flu, which has taken the best part of two weeks to shake. Bah.

By the way, when Matt got back, he promptly went for a 10 mile run with his mates, and apparently followed it the next day with another 20 mile run and an appearance at the swimming session…

Thanks Matt for providing the .tcx file of the route recorded by his Garmin, which I converted to KML using this converter. I also recorded the route on my phone as per normal, but it was so damn long that the phone ran out of battery before it finished recording…

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Advanced Cat Yodeling

By , May 22, 2009 5:57 pm

Unfortunately I don’t think Mr Bigglesworth would be very good at this.

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farewell KDE, hello GNOME

By , May 11, 2009 2:13 pm

Sad to say, I’ve jumped on the Torvalds bandwagon and switched from KDE 4 to GNOME. Sorry to all the hard-working KDE developers, but I just don’t have time to put up with a desktop plagued by numerous regressions, and worse, a crippled front-end to NetworkManager. There appear to be two versions of knetworkmanager – the 3.5.x branch which for some reason went under a significant UI redesign and is now harder to use and more buggy, and the 4.x branch which AFAIK is still unfinished and unreleased. That was the last straw for me – the NM front-end is arguably the most important component of any modern Linux desktop (from the point of view of laptop users anyway), so I find it fairly staggering that KDE still doesn’t have one which is stable, polished, and well-designed with respect to usability.

There were other things, like korganizer getting slower and more buggy, phonon not working right, plasma’s bizarre customisation UI and tendency to leak memory like a sieve, a device notifier pop-up which often makes new devices invisible and unclickable … but enough is enough, life is too short. GNOME does what I need (which isn’t much, thanks to the flexibility of openbox).

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