Cycling Diary: Day 138

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Time in: 48 mins (34 cycling). Time back: 48:30 mins (36 cycling). 722 calories.

Still not up to full stamina yet, but I was pleased that a week of drinking beer in Bavaria hadn't set me back.

The junction heading north into Hyde Park from Exhibition Road continues to be a mystery. It is completely unclear to me how it is meant to work for cyclists. Are we meant to cut across traffic to reach the cycle lane, or gum up the pedestrian crossing, awaiting the crossing to go green so we can cross halted traffic and reach the cycle lane?

Untwangled pony

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:26 pm
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David our osteopath was out to see Dino today. It’s been six months as we missed a visit due to the Strangles epidemic so this was a long overdue untwangling for the pony! Good news is: neck, shoulders, chest, thorassic spine are all fine. Bad news: pelvis and lumbar spine are not great. This is a continuation of his usual issues but it’s a bit worse than usual due to the break and him having been stuck in with no movement basically for six weeks. His left pelvis is tipped up a bit, and that’s causing the lumbar spine to be stiff (or the right pelvis is dropped – it’s hard to say for sure) but David did some loosening work. We need to get moving more! Start and finish on the right rein, lots of serpentines starting on the right bend and don’t worry too much about canter for the moment is the plan. Overall though he just needs to move more.


He’s had a bit of a quiet week. Work has been difficult and an accident on the A406 meant I couldn’t even get to the yard on Monday evening! And it’s been raining. Hopefully this next week will clear up a bit. Good news though – our hacking buddy, Jake, is back in work so we should be able to go for a mooch tomorrow! YAY!


ION: Looks like Tony has a new flock of chicks for the summer –

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Reread.

Second of the Spatterjay (sub-)series in Asher's Polity universe. Takes place about ten years after the end of the previous book. We do, again, follow several different viewpoint characters, on all sorts of moral sides of any situation that may happen in the book. Some are returning characters, some are new.

I'd definitely recommend starting with the first book in the series, but all in all an eminently readable book.

mostly for myself

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:05 am
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Today I should:

- do two lessons. Weirdly, one is a banjo lesson. Until last week I had never even been near one.

- tidy flat (it might happen)

- change the toilet seat (oh, my glamorous life)

- practise guitar (technical stuff and exercises and run through my programme at least once) for recital on Thursday -FB event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/140330019879766/

- change concert guitar's strings (and the three days of constant re-tuning that ensue) for said concert.

- Go to Dead & Buried -on that line of things, check whether a friend who wants to come along (and for whom I have a ticket) is able to make it. D&B FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1726237230999554/

Brave pants pony!

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:35 am
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As we were wandering down to the school the other day we noticed that Karen’s 7.5T ‘proper’ horsebox had the ramp down because people were using it to practice loading. Dino has never been in a large box before so we took the opportunity to have a go! He wasn’t hugely impressed with the idea but a bit of targeting and clicking and we got up the ramp!



We did it twice. He was reasonably content to stand whilst I was faffing with the phone to take a photo but you can see he’s not completely relaxed. There was no force needed though, I gave him lots of time to think and just let him come to the target so I’m really pleased he felt able to trust me enough to do what I was asking even though he was unsure about it. Clever pony <3

Other than that this week has been pretty quiet. He had three nights off in the end, one scheduled, one due to bad weather and one due to me being an idiot and writing him down to be turned out even though I didn't want him to be! I feel like he's improving though. His in hand ST work is improving and his ridden lateral work is beginning to come. We did a bit of cantering in the field on Sunday which gives a bit of a more forward canter down a longer straight line which I think is helpful to build some stamina so I think it's all going the right way. Still not managed to get our hacking as my schedule has been nuts though! Hopefully soon.

Plan for this week:
Monday - didn't happen as a traffic accident stopped me getting to the yard
Tuesday - ST/CT tonight I think. We did a brief session learning to stand on a mat on Sunday which I'd like to do more with.
Wednesday - day off
Thursday - ridden schooling
Friday - day off
Saturday - field/hack ride
Sunday - pole/jump work. We really need to do some jumping again!

Going back to Garching

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:09 pm
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I'm currently at a conference at the European Southern Observatory in Garching, near Munich. I lived and worked here for 2 years in the mid-90s and the last time I visited was in 2012.

It's nice to be back. I'm pleasantly reminded what a quiet, sleepy little town Garching is, and this makes a great contrast to London. ESO itself has also bloomed with 3 huge new buildings, a lovely new auditorium that we're using, and a new outreach centre, Supernova, currently being constructed.

The sun and the beer also help!

Programming ideas for "17776"

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:09 pm
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If you loved 17776 (MetaFilter discussion in case you want to know what the deal is), I'd love to talk about it with you at WisCon next year. I'd appreciate help coming up with programming ideas and am casting about without much success. Some stuff I've thought of:

* Anyone know enough about Google Earth to demo how you can make videos that look like that?
* Feminism in scifi about sports
* The psychology of immortality

Comments? Thoughts?

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Jul. 16th, 2017 08:56 pm
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I stopped by Livejournal just to check up on a couple of people. Saw a couple of notices from the administrators. You can now embed LJ posts elsewhere, and you can now import your Facebook public posts automatically into LJ. But they haven't admitted defeat. Not yet I sense it's close. there's a distinct waft of desperation.

Baby shower for wee Bree next Saturday. I've given her a start on her library, chipped in on something Mom bought her, one of those cross body slings, and I've ordered 3 dozen decorated cookies from the woman at work that also was the one, with her niece, that did our wedding cake. Her cookies are really REALLY good, too.
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Previously unread.

This is the, what, ninth? eighth? book in Stross's The Laundry Files and the wheels on the hand-basket are truly on their way out, along a radial trajectory.

This book sees the return of many faces from previous books, as we slowly see things unwind around Bob. I am trying real hard to not let anything slip here, you see, as I feel that approaching the book spoiler-free is the most, ah, enjoyable? way of reading it. Surprising at least.

Anyway, Laundry Files, if you've read some of them before, you know what to expect. If you haven't, might I humbly suggest that this is perhaps not the best starting point (although it may well work as an intro novel). We do a fair bit of POV shifting in this book, even if it's primarily a "Bob" book (we also follow Mo, Mhari and Cassie, as well as the occasional follow-the-baddies).

All in all, a gripping read. I shall blame technology (and not being completely done with the previous book in time for the release) for taking this abysmally long to finish off something that was released a whole 4 days ago.

2017 - #72, "The Skinner", Neal Asher

Jul. 15th, 2017 01:55 pm
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Reread.

This is the first book in the Sptterjay series, set in Asher's Polity world.

Time-wie, the Spatterjay books fall well after the rest of the series (bar, possibly, Transformation), but as the first two books takes place entirely (or almost entirely) on the planet of Spatterjay (see how the planet meshes with the name of the series...), it's not massively important exactly how it lines up timewise.

We follow a couple of different viewpoint characters. Ehrlin is a Hooper (that is, someone who's been infected by the leech virus, present in most (if not all) lifeforms on Spatterjay), who's been away from Spatterjay for a while, having adventures. Janer is employed by a sentient hornet hive, that he (some decades ago) spent two years indentured to, for killing one of its bodies at a football match. Sable Keech is a reif (basically a cyber-enhanced walking corpse), and ECS monitor. Sniper, a war drone. And Windcatcher, which I shall say nothing about. And a few more, who get walk-on POV roles.

Fundamentally, this is a story about loss and revenge. And how these things change, as time passes. I guess there's some talk about life and what immortality may mean for the human condition.

Again, this is a Polity book so it's kinda grimdark, in places.

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Jul. 14th, 2017 02:02 pm
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 Bloody Air Canada! I suppose they are no worse than most airlines but they do piss me off sometimes. I got a call from the travel agent last night to say that Air Canada had changed the flights for our Hawaii trip, they weren't offering the return flight on the date we'd booked anymore. Or at least not that date. So the options were to shift the flight and hotel by a day later or cancel. But a day later has us on an overnight flight, arriving back in Vancouver first thing in the morning and then on another overnight flight to Toronto that same night. Nooooooo. I might have been able to do that 30 years ago but it would wreck me for a week now I think. But I asked if it couldn't be shifted back a day instead so she checked and said yes it could. I also asked if we cancelled and changed over to a Westjet package (they had a similar one with the same hotel) would we get charged anything by AC. Considering it was AC that moved the goal post, I expected the answer to be No and it was. She got back to me this morning and said it could be rescheduled for one day earlier so that's what we're doing. We'll head to Hawaii out of Vancouver on Nov. 14th instead of the 15th. We get back to Vancouver early early on the 20th instead of the 21st and head home the night of the 22nd. 

So now, I had to shift some other stuff around. I was planning that we would go to stay with my cousin for the two nights before Hawaii but this would only leave us with the one night. Not a lot of time for a good visit. I'd also have to do something about the airport hotel we'd booked for the night of the 21st. I thought maybe, if it wasn't too inconvenient for my cousin, we could go to hers when we get back from Hawaii. That would be a couple of days even if we might be a bit jet lagged from the overnighter. We might even get a day trip in somewhere, perhaps up to Whistler in the mountains. 

I messaged her and she said that would be great, she'd even pick us up and deliver us from/to the airport. I wasn't assuming, though I'd hoped she would. But we could have taken the skytrain from a station out in the burbs where they live. Anyway, with that done, I cancelled the airport hotel and rebooked it for the night before we go to Hawaii. We can take our stuff out there in the evening, have breakfast in the morning and either go into the city on the skytrain or do some shopping and get some lunch in the large mall that's close to the hotel. There's an airport shuttle from the hotel I think. THey'll hold on to our bags until we need to leave. 

Sorted. 

Thwump!

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:14 pm
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Io story submitted to Apex.

God war story submitted to Deep Magic (after rewording of one profanity).

Cycling Diary: Day 138

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Time in 52:30 (35:30 cycling), time back 53:00 (36:30 cycling), 679 Calories.

Hard work being back in the saddle - definitely some condition lost over the long period off. Some changes on the route - there's a hole where a building used to be - but mostly not so bad. The junction at the top of Exhibition Road is still a mystery for cyclists. Whoever thought that was a good idea must have never ridden a bike in London.

A little sore now.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 08:36 am
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 Yesterday was our "First Face Day" anniversary. G. and I met in a chat room through a mutual friend and we got to know each other through long chats on MSN back in the day when that's how you communicated online. Chatrooms and MSN or ICQ. His dial up connection was not good for any video chat. We did try once or twice but it was frustrating to say the least. I really had a time getting my head around the feeling that I was developing feelings for someone I had never met face to face as was he. It was not in our plan, either of us but it happened. I was planning a trip to the UK, first to London and then to Manchester where I had friends anyway and he offered me a place to stay. Hmmm... I was fairly confident he was safe. I had a friend of mind meet him and have a chat, to see what he thought. G. was perfectly happy to do that which was scored points. He always said and did all the right things. I never caught him in a lie or mixing up his stories, which is something you have to watch for when meeting someone new, sight unseen. I had feelings for this man so I decided to take the chance, since I did have friends not far away I could go to if it didn't work out.

I was going to do my few days in London as planned along with a couple of nights with a friend there. I'd hop on a train to Manchester after that and spend three days at G.'s, seeing my mates and hanging out, seeing if this really was what it felt like. Then I was on my way to Ireland for a wedding and I persuaded G. to come with me so that we could spend a few more days together. I had to get a hotel anyway so I bought him a cheap flight. Again, could always cancel if things weren't working. 

I missed the train. Really. Not being used to these things, the sign I was watching was for arrivals not departures so I was at the wrong platform when the train to Manchester left. Doh. I had to go back down to the ticket wicket and buy a new one way ticket! Luckily I had bought a mobile phone in London so I could contact him to meet me a bit later. The trains between the two cities are frequent so it wasn't a long wait, just an hour or so. I finally arrived in Manchester Picadilly station. 

We had arranged to meet by the Burger King in the station. I went that way and saw him, but he didn't see me because someone had stopped to ask directions. The next thing I know, we're face to face and it felt like the world faded away. I know that sounds corny but that's really how it felt. It felt right. It still does 13 years later. 

We finally got married 2 years ago. Yep. 11 years long distance, bi-continent. We moved over to Skype so communication was a lot easier now that we could video-chat rather than type. It took that long because he had an elderly dad to keep an eye on and he really didn't feel comfortable leaving the country. His dad passed away at Easter, 2014 and we started to plan our wedding that summer. He's living in Canada now officially and with all the paperwork. 

A happy ending :) 
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