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Month: September 2018

On the origins of OK

On the origins of OK

If you’re a french speaker you will probably remember that scene from Les Visiteurs where they say “OK” over and over again. You might also remember it from films like “The Right Stuff” when they speak about things being a-ok. The history of the word dates back to the 1800s when people would say “all correct”, then “all Korrect” and because they liked abbreviations it eventually became OK.  Knowing this has no effect on the quality of our lives but…

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Listening to podcasts with the Apple Watch

Listening to podcasts with the Apple Watch

This morning I was listening to podcasts with the Apple Watch I have. I like that I can listen to podcasts that play straight from the watch because more often than not I have the watch on my wrist almost all the time. This means that I no longer need to keep the phone in the same room as I am in but it also means that I can leave the phone to charge in one room while roaming around. …

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Summer without a car has taught me to live locally

Summer without a car has taught me to live locally

This summer I was thinking of buying a car until I found out that my contract break was for six months rather than three. As a result of this my ability to buy my own car vanished. I used the scooter, my feet and eventually the bike to travel thousands of kilometres.  I rode the scooter for at least four thousand kilometres and I cycled for around 1000km. I also hiked  Self powered Break this year This year I have…

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Cycling to the Vallée de Joux

Cycling to the Vallée de Joux

Yesterday I tried cycling to the Vallée de Joux and succeeded. A few weeks ago I cycled up to St George and I saw a sign that said that the Col De Marchairuz was less than 6km away so I decided to try it. When I succeeded that I saw that getting to the Vallée de Joux would be possible.  On Sunday due to the weather I thought that I would go for a small 30km loop to avoid the…

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Cycling into the wind

Cycling into the wind

Yesterday I cycled my first 100km ride. It started as a simple ride towards Geneva and back but by the time I got back to Nyon I felt that I had enough energy to go further so I set the goal of getting to Rolle and after Rolle I set the goal to get to Morges before getting distracted and heading up towards Bière.  During this ride when cycling towards Geneva I saw a peloton cycling together and taking turns…

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The best edit suite is the one you have with you.

The best edit suite is the one you have with you.

You remember the old saying. The best camera is the one that you have with you. Today the same can be said about “edit suites” that you carry in your trousers or jacket pocket. I’m speaking of edit suites that work with your iphone or ipad. Lumafusion is one such example.  It differs from other mobile editing solutions in a number of key ways. The first is that it allows you to edit on a timeline with three video sources…

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Glacier Exit – A short documentary showing a glacier’s retreat

Glacier Exit – A short documentary showing a glacier’s retreat

Originally they meant to go out to have an adventure. They interviewed an individual about how the glacier’s rate of retreat has been increasing over the years. “I used to come here with a snow plow. Now I need a lawnmower”.  Global warming is visible around the world. Rockfalls have made hiking dangerous. There have been rockfalls at “Les Cosmiques” as well as along one of the routes I walked last year near Zermatt.  There are so many images of…

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Indoor Training With The Elite Qubo Fluid

Indoor Training With The Elite Qubo Fluid

The Elite Qubo fluid is a home trainer using a viscous fluid to provide resistance when you’re cycling with your road bike indoors. It is easy to assemble and within minutes you can start using it.  These devices cost less than apartment bikes and allow you to train with your existing bike within the comfort of your own home or garage over the winter months when wind, rain or snow would make cycling outdoors less practical.  They also have the advantage…

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