|2013-06-12 18:32:00||News Quiz|
Why the iPhone Screen is too small for VNC
|Fitting a 20-inch image onto a 3·5-inch screen.
|It gets worse when the on-screen keyboard is used.
|2013-06-12 13:24:00||Dicky Trisco – Ruff Jams Audio 14|
Last year I was given an iPad1. Within a month I’d lost it – I left it in a tray in an airport security check. Rather than being returned to me, it was taken off the airport, presumably by a dishonest member of the airport’s staff. Despite the best efforts of Heathrow police, it wasn’t returned. Fortunately my gadget insurance covered this loss.
But I didn’t use the money to buy a new iPad. Instead I bought a refurbished 4GB MacBook Air. I’m very happy with it because it’s small and light, pretty fast and it runs Windows7 (via BootCamp) just fine. Of course I would like more RAM (not possible – RAM is soldered to the motherboard) and storage (expensive).
However, I do occasionally feel iPadlust, expecially when gaming or using VNC on the iPhone because the iPhone’s screen is just too small. I found the iPad too big to carry and game comfortably but an iPad mini should hit the sweet spot. My other big mobile need is route-finding but for this, I’d want the device to be waterproof. I’m almost entirely happy with the Lifeproof case on my iPhone, and Elly rates highly the Lifeproof case on her iPad 3. However, until now there has been no equivalent for iPad minis.
But Lifeproof have just filled this gap, so my iPadlust has become even stronger!
|2013-06-02 22:26:00||amused||radio 4|
I can’t stop giggling – the recovery track at Sunday Sundowner tonight was the Thunderbirds theme tune. Even without that, this session hit the spot. Thanks indeed Martin!
|2013-06-01 19:52:00||pleased||Now Show|
Our summer holiday plans are to cycle as much as we can along Eurovelo routes from Berlin, via Dresden, Prague, Ceske Budejovice and Linz to Vienna. That’s about 500 miles, and we want a few days enjoying Vienna before we return to Berlin (by train!). So we’ll need to average 60 miles a day, and be prepared to do 100-mile days if we have days off to explore the places we pass through.
We’ll be carrying our spare (and used) kit, arse-unguents, tools, waterproofs and anything else we’ll need en route. (We won’t be camping, so we should get away with 2 full panniers each). Despite all the spinning we do, we still need to train up to long distances with loaded bikes. So we’ve started gently today by cycling to Linlithgow and back. It’s reasonably hilly, and there was a headwind on the way out. But it was fun to get out of Edinburgh onto fairly decent tarmac and enjoy the sunshine and pretty countryside. Even better, it was warm enough to wear just one layer of leggings and a cycle-jersey over a thin base layer.
|2013-06-01 11:24:00||curious||Radio 4|
Ganja made by a former microserf!
|2013-05-30 16:05:00||OK||Good grief Charlie Brown – Carter USM|
So last week Elly and I made one of our far-too-rare visits to Worcester. I travelled down on Wednesday22nd. As usual, Lev Davidovitch Bikestein and I went by train to Birmingham, then cycled to Worcester. There was strong, gusty wind, so I didn’t break my 27mph record on the Rubery bypass. But, joy of joys, the roundabout at the junction of the A38 and M42 has traffic lights, so there was little to no danger of ending up on the motorway.
On Friday, Lev and I started out towards Birmingham to meet Elly. The weather was still windy, and a thunderstorm appeared to be brewing, so I considered dropping out at Droitwich or Bromsgrove. As Lev and I approached Longbridge, I realised I was behind schedule and that Lev was going much slower than he should have been. It turned out his rear wheel had been badly buckled by a pothole or expansion-joint dip, and the pannier-rack was off-centre, so there was severe friction between tyre and mudguard for 30° each revolution. So we ingloriously finished the journey by slow commuter-train to New Street.
Lev’s rear wheel has now been trued, and I’ve shifted the mudguard/pannier-rack combination back towards where it should be. I think the wheel won’t take many more truings, so I’ve ordered a replacement for as and when, along with replacements for my bike-shoes. June is going to be expensive!
Oh, and this morning’s shopping included aloe vera and coconut oil – recommended prophylactics/cures for cycle-induced arse-chafe!
Here’s some photos:
Elly is pensive
Elly and friend
The caffeine hits
|2013-05-30 15:32:00||bouncy||Billy’s smart circus|
After a week’s hiatus, ’twas so good to get back to spinning last night. Andy laid on a storming session, including Hell’s Bells and Shoot to thrill – serious fast-paced ‘uphill’ runs and jumps pulling out more than either Elly or I thought we had. I’d not eaten enough yesterday, and had forgotten my glucose tablets, so I flatlined with about 10 minutes to go – huge thanks to Ismini and Elly for the chocolate and energy gel.
Looking forward to other-bits training tonight, then the Sunday Sundowner, and then two back-to-back sessions on Monday!
Meanwhile here’s some photos…
|training for Tour o’ the Borders (movie)|
|happy people 1|
|happy people 2|
|A spinner needs sustenance!|
|2013-05-30 14:40:00||avoiding work||Ceasefire – Carter USM|
My current exercise/cycling playlist
|Faster||Manic Street Preachers|
|It ended on an oily stage||British Sea Power|
|Jerk it out||Caesars|
|Chicken payback||The Bees|
|Alternative Ulster||Stiff Little Fingers|
|As The Rush Comes||Motorcycle|
|Baby Elian||Manic Street Preachers|
|A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun||Manic Street Preachers|
|Bloodsport For All||Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine|
|California Uber Alles||Dead Kennedys|
|The Only Looney Left In Town||Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine|
|Cissy Strut||Butch Cassidy Sound System|
|Drugs For Everybody||Roy Harper|
|Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?||Buzzcocks|
|The Bad Touch||Bloodhound Gang|
|The Only Living Boy In New Cross||Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine|
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