Code And Cocktails

Sitting Down After Pleasant (but VERY WINDY) Bike Ride With Wendy to Pick Up a Book (Which Is Her Reward for Meeting Her NaNoWriMo Goal)

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The Black Schwinn is working out well even without first gear. However
there is some sort of shimmy in the front or rear wheel and the saddle &
stem are too low. Raised those some and will have to look into the

The ride down the Esplanade was lovely; but very very windy. Coming
back with the wind in our faces we decided to walk some - i think it was
faster. I knew we were riding slowly when a jogger passed us.

This afternoon's plan: reading Dark Heresy rules, laundry, other reading
and maybe some programming (Project Euler probably). Wendy will be
writing her novel. When she reaches her goal for the weekend she can
sit down and read the book she bought - but not before!

Goofing Around on the Interwebs Before Starting My Adventures in Bicycle Repair(tm)

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The 'plan' for the day is to see if i can fix or at least diagnose the
problem with the BSA. The last ride on Tuesday felt like the brake was
always partially engaging. It might be beyond my skills but i can at
least verify if that is the issue. Also i'll see if i can replace the
pedal on the black Raleigh so that it is more ridable (even without all
of its gears).

We'll see how this works out.

Adventures in Bicycle Repair(tm) Completed - Mostly Successful

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The rear hub of the BSA has some serious issue. It really seems like
the brake is engaged at all times. The pedals of the Schwinn were easily swapped - so it no longer has one
bent pedal. Since the BSA is out of commission for now i swapped lights
& reflectors. The rack couldn't go on due to the short bolts used for
the fenders but i did put the basket on. Actually went to Cambridge
Cycle and got a smaller basket because the one i had was The Biggest
Basket Ever!(tm). Which is all well and good but not great for this

So - small repairs were accomplished - but there are bigger repairs that
are still needed. Must find a local bike shop that can work on
three-speed hubs - specifically Sturmey Archer.

In Flanders Field

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
— Lt.-Col. John McCrae

Disliking the Very Deep 'Monday-ness' of This Monday

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Build machine and file server off network due to two ports on the
switch suddenly being dead.
Services on Server did not start up correctly because its C: was full.
Then it wouldn't boot well and it is in a locked server room on the
9th floor so i had to call someone to boot it for me.

It's only 10:20. There is still plenty of Monday left to be
fundamentally *Monday*. I hope however that this batch of Monday-ness
is sufficient to meet my weekly quota of annoying Monday-crap so i can
get on with my workday.

Writing in Journal While Listening to Skeptics Guide Podcast.

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It is National Novel Writing Month ( and while Wendy
has decided to do that it is not something that i am interested in.

However i have chosen to do something writing wise every day. I will
write in my Journal every day. Along with that i'll be trying to update
Twitter/Posterous every day as well. (I missed out on the first day of
this self-goal due to a really nasty headache last night and i had
stupidly left the journal writing until the evening... i have learned
that lesson).

(Hmm there seems to be a National Blog Posting Month
( I'll look into that.)

Our week off in honor of our anniversary was good, but at the same time
disappointing. First i came down with a cold on Saturday and then Wendy
caught if from me. So we were both sick, but we were together. That
was the important thing. We can have a anniversary dinner sometime in
the next week when we are both feeling better.

Just Back From an Presentation Given by Damon Poole About Multi-stage Continuous Integration in Which I Surprised Myself by Being Social!

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While i thought the talk itself was interesting it was the chatting
afterwards that really surprised me.

First of all - i was social!

Second of all - the discussion i had with Damon and Brian (from an Agile
coaching company) really were pretty good. About the issues i am having
with XP adoption etc. They really bolstered my mood again about
sticking with it.

I've signed up for the mailing list and i will see if my boss will ok to
expense me going to the conference in November here at MIT.

The Ting-ting of a Part Falling Off Your Bicycle Is NOT What You Want to Hear When Riding Quickly in Traffic.

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Luckily it seems to only been a bolt that holds the rack to the seat stays.

Very chilly ride this morning. First really cold morning of the
season. Even so i still managed to build up a bit of a sweat. I ride
too fast and dress too warmly.

Wendy picked up her bike from the shop yesterday and it was good to go
for a ride with her again. Unfortunately she opted out from the
commute this morning given the really cold temps.