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YAY! Today I notched up a shade over 1000Km (1007, if you must know) since installing activity tracking app +Strava at the beginning of April.

I know that's not a massive amount in cycling terms but it's not bad for someone who hasn't ridden a bike in almost a decade (and had three weeks off to get married/honeymoon)

I am going to celebrate with a large burger and some ice-cream. Maybe a sit down.
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Can I just say to all my Australian friends... ha ha haha hahaha ha ha haha haaaa not even three days and with eight wickets to spare, take that you fuckers

(also I'm well aware I will probably have to eat those words when the Trent Bridge match rolls around, especially with Anderson injured, but for now..)
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Ping after Trent Bridge :-p
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Chicken and mushroom salad with pickled baby beetroot and a honey mustard dressing. Restaurant style plating vs fuck that I'm actually hungry.
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Whaaaaa? You ate that and I didn't! Admittedly, I was in a restaurant at the time and you were not. But still. You should just eat crisps when I'm not there. 😜
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Meanwhile, holy crap.
Canon has announced a new multi-purpose camera in the ME20F-SH. Dedicated to night owls, the camera is able to capture full HD colour video in pitch black conditions with an ISO of 4,000,000.
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My first thought was natural history. Lots of animals doing cool stuff in the dark.
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Why yes, I do like to pair my fancy high tech sportswear with a nice pair of pink slouchy socks, what of it? 
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I was thinking this afternoon how useful it would be to be able to have some sort of convenient wrist mounted device which could somehow wirelessly connect with and interact with my phone while my phone was in my bag so I don't have to pull it out of there just to see what the time is.

It's a watch.

What I need is a watch.
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Pebble Time!!! 
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Pretty regional, these, but funny. Double points for anyone who can get the Macclesfield reference without googling it.
Don't take it too personally Chorltonites and Didsbury-dwellers, it is just a bit of fun
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I, I, I, I love Macclesfield, Doo de doo de dooo!
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Making a faintly Momofuku-inspired stock for ramen next week, with miso, onions, chicken wings, mushrooms and big chunks of smoky bacon. Kitchen smells amazing. Fighting the urge to pop the lid on the pressure cooker and just gobble the whole lot right now.
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Ladies, of interest?

h/t +Helen Brown
No pad, no tampon. Just panties. AND I BOUGHT THEM. You're welcome.
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I thought that, but the article seems very positive ...
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"There is no swarm. There are no hordes. There are merely a handful of people who’ve had the wit and resources to get as far away from genocide, slavery, rape and murder as they possibly can.
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This is the most humane, decent article I've seen in any newspaper for a while, let alone the Mirror.
It’s hardly a surprise some of them want to come here, if only to lodge a formal complaint
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It's worth noting that I was provided with this link by a friend who happens to be a trucker and goes through Calais a few times a week.

He's had his windscreen smashed, his trailer broken in to, people hanging off bits of his truck and he's still absolutely, furiously defending these poor, desperate people who are making his life so difficult (not to mention scary!) to the hordes of morons on FB calling for them to be "sent back home" or usually far worse. He really is an absolutely top bloke.
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Well, that's Windows 10 then. Multiple desktops are nice (finally!), but apart from that seems pretty much identical to whatever it was I had before, either 8 or 8.1, I can't remember. The only other thing that stands out is that chrome (as in window chrome, not the browser by google) seems a bit less consistent. I keep seeing windows that look like they've come from XP but wrapped in Win10 borders.

That kind of nonsense is just poor design, but Windows has always been super sloppy about visual consistency.

Time to boot back into a proper OS.
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To be fair, that is a ThinkPad. Those things are awesomely well specced compared to most machines. I'd expect an x120 to outperform a lot of modern laptops regardless of OS.

This chap, back in 2012, reckoned the x120e was only slightly worse in linux (5 hrs vs 6.5hrs), but power management has come a long way since then.

http://fortysomethinggeek.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/goodbye-thinkpad-x120e-long-term-review.html
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Genuinely a little surprised that I can't keep using my machine during this process. Seems a bit shit. 
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Software engineer turned jewellery hacker.  Making things is fun!

Also dogs. Expect dog stuff.

Assortment of food, music, photography and general geekery. Occasional political rage but I'm trying to cut down.  Moderate to low spam for my Etsy store.
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We held our wedding at College Farm and it couldn't have been better. We had a double hatted tipi in the garden and our guests camped in the adjacent field - those who wanted a bit more luxury took a room in the beautiful grade 1 listed b&b. College Farm is a venue with plenty of character but still offers many opportunities to add your own touches and make your day your own. There's plenty of space for children (and adults!) to run around and the resident llamas, alpacas and goats are a great entertainment for your younger guests (although you mustn't feed them or they'll get spoilt!) Katherine was an absolutely splendid host - she made us so welcome and really understood what we were trying to achieve. We will remember our wedding as an incredibly happy and enjoyable day and Katherine and College Farm have a great deal to do with that.
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Knowledgeable staff, always helpful and friendly - not to mention amazing value for money. My dog has been at a number of practices over the years and All Creatures is the best by far. Definitely recommended.
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