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Monday: Time to set fire to all of last week's "work" and start fresh.
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+Ben O'Keeffe I am. Today was pretty rough tho. Stretching and a massage helped a bit. Physio tomorrow will help. I think I figured out the problem. 
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+Max Luong​ be warned
Walkers have been warned to be on the lookout for a feral pig on the loose at Mount Jerrabomberra in south-east New South Wales, after a woman and her dog were set upon in a vicious attack. Canberra woman Michaela Vodvarka, 22, was walking her parent's dog Zeus, on Sunday, July 19 when she was ...
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Probably, but they'd just think of it as a game. They're boofheads.
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Got to attend my own, very exclusive birthday lunch on the Centenary Trail. People say there is a view from One Tree Hill, but I couldn't find it.

Found the hill, found the trail, found lots of mud, but no view.
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Happy birthday. I wish you KOMs in the coming year! 
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Let the Birthday Festival begin!

It's not my birthday yet, but the good vibes have already started with music-related gift cards from Mum when she came to visit on the weekend.

Didn't take very long to splurge on the first few things - the new Ratatat and Tame Impala albums - but now I think I should slow down, and be more judicious about what is next. Maybe something different.
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Even after riding to work through frost and frozen puddles, there comes a time that you have to get out of the hot shower and rejoin the world.
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The price for pushing too hard without a functioning back brake

The rear brake pads on my single-speed are worn down to the base plates, and do nothing except squeal when applied. I'll get some new pads next pay day, but thought I'd manage one last ride without them. Hell, after riding it like a fixie last week, minding the back brakes would be simple right?

Fixing the chain-dropping issues from last week meant that I was carrying more speed into corners. Having built up way too much confidence I found myself going too fast into a steep, loose, downhill hairpin, with the only way to slow down being to apply more front brake... too much front brake. 

Front wheel skids.
Front wheel crosses up.
Back wheel lifts.
Ben is tossed over the bars.

Will be getting those new brake pads in as soon as possible.
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And your phone in your back pocket? Might have to re-issue your rookie card!
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Found this fella inside my bike tyre while repairing a puncture from the ride to work this morning.

Guess I hit that rock harder than I thought.
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Stuff you, fortune cookie!

Had a nice dinner out with the extended family last night, finished off with a round of fortune cookies. Most fortunes were positive and definitive. Mine felt a little insinuative:

You should be able to make money and hold on to it

The sub-text:

You should be able to make money and hold on to it, but you can't, can you? What's wrong with you, loser?

Stuff you, cookie! You don't know me!
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Damned cookies!
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The only solution is to have two things to throw
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After a self-imposed, polar-vortex-inspired, school-holiday-supported week away from cycling, running and healthy eating, it feels nice to get back onto a bike.

Was only a short roll into the city for coffee and lunch, but it still counts as a ride.
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Ha ha! The sealant is plentiful! Just needed to reset a little bit.
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Single-Speed Tuesday: Like riding a fixie

Wasn't until the first trail that I realised how loose the chain was, dropping on every drop, step or rough corner. With no chain breaker and a seized EBB, there was no way to take up the slack. 

Should I bail and just head back to the office? NEVER!

The chain would stay on as long as I kept it under tension, so time to pretend I was riding a fixie! No difference on the climbs, but keeping the brakes on and pedalling downhill and pedalling all the way through corners was a new mental challenge. 

Ended up as a very pleasant cruise through the bush, with much more attention paid to the look and feel of trails I normally just try and blast through.
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+Ben O'Keeffe yes, a loose EBB is what I'm worried about. Horizontal dorpouts have issues when it comes to brake adjustment - be that disk or rim. Sliding dropouts have a similar problem, but at least there the axle of the wheel can be adjusted to stay perpendicular to the plane of the bike, unlike with traditional track or horizontal doropouts.  In MY experience, the least flexible solution is using an eccentric hub.
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  • Oracle Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
  • Department of Human Services - Medicare
    Senior Java Developer, 2009 - 2011
  • CrimTrac
    Senior Java Developer, 2006 - 2009
  • Centrelink
    IT Consultant, 2006 - 2006
  • Jade Direct Australia
    Senior Software Engineer, 2003 - 2006
  • Logica CMG
    IT Consultant, 2001 - 2003
  • Department of Defence
    Software Engineer, 1998 - 2001
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Family friendly geek and dirty cyclist
Introduction
My world has a number of very different moving  parts. Some times they seem to move in random directions, other times they move in harmony. Either way, it is a very interesting experience.

Husband of a beautiful, talented photographer who is way more popular than me on Google+... and I'm okay with that.

Father of two boys that just won't stop moving. They keep me on my toes and make life very exciting.

Bicycle enthusiast, with a particular affection for mountain bikes and single-speeds.

I don't believe you can force your musical tastes upon anyone or argue with them that the music they like is no good. If the music makes you feel something, then that is the music for you.

Professional code monkey, spending the work days ploughing through very strangely formed sentences.

Amateur tinkerer of technical stuff and gadgets, just because I don't get enough of that at work.
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Taller than at least 50% of the population!
Education
  • Australian National University
    Information Technology - Software Engineering, 1994 - 1997
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Booked some tables on the covered deck for a birthday dinner on a Saturday night in July, and it was great. Despite the cold, winter night, we were very comfortable on outdoors thanks to the insulated roof and plentiful gas heaters. Food was priced well, and the servings were so generous that not many of us finished our plates. Nice atmosphere, and friendly staff.
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We have found our new family dentist.
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Fantastic spot for a family holiday! Our villa was well maintained, and much more spacious than I expected. Food was very good but expensive, but with a kitchenette it's easy enough to take care of that yourself and save money. Plenty to do and keep us all entertained. Good beaches for kids, plenty of exploring to do in the national park next door, lots of wildlife roaming the resort. Will definitely be coming back.
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Mitchell's Glass Works provided the glass splash-back for our new kitchen and the final product is excellent, but there were some problems during the installation. Despite having all cupboards and benches installed beforehand, the initial measurements taken by the glaziers were incorrect. When the splash back was delivered, it did not fit. Apologies were made, measurements were re-taken, and a new splash-back was ordered with priority service requested. The second splash-back came in just under two weeks (half the time of the first one), an installation time was booked, but the installers did not arrive. Turned out there was an admin problem, and the installation was not booked properly. More apologies were made, and the installers came out later in the day. Overall, the product is very good and I'm sure we were just the victims of bad luck with the unavoidable/minor problems we experienced. We had to wait a little longer than we wanted, but in the end we have just what we wanted and we have it forever.
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Utterly surprised by the number and variety of animals they have. Fantastic day out for the family.
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Small restaurant, fantastic food.
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Can't recommend these guys enough! Our boys - 6 and 9 years old - have been struggling at school, and were apprehensive when we first suggested tutoring. From the very first meeting with Michael, that all changed. Both boys enthusiastically look forward to Wednesdays, with the tutors making the time there so positive and engaging. After only 5 weeks, the boys are already showing improvements in both their attitude and achievements at school.
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