It’s rainy, it’s windy, and I can’t shake this tiredness today. Time to hop on the bike and go for a ride, then.

I just realised once again that I would really like to have one of those nice RadTech RadSleevz but for my iPhone 7 Plus. I loved them on my old iPads.

Ein sehr lesenswerter Thread, in dem meine Frustration mit den Reaktionen zum neuen SPD-Vorsitzendenduo gut zusammenfasst wird.

Ihr alten Herren der SPD habt Deutschland maßlosen Schaden zugefügt. Haltet den Rand!…

On the one hand it’s nice to have reached my daily calorie goal with one taxing activity today, on the other hand it means I should really increase my daily calorie goal to something more challenging, on the other hand that’s great because I’ve been at this level for too long.

Odd, today’s one of those days where music has an even greater effect on me than usual. Listening to Andra Day — Rise Up right now is sending shivers down my spine.

Angekündigt ≠ Versandt

Es ist irgendwie jedes mal das Gleiche: ich möchte etwas per Internet bestellen, finde einen Onlineshop mit angeblich zügiger Lieferzeit, kaufe den Artikel und dann heißt es warten.

Meistens kommt im Laufe von 24 Stunden eine E-Mail die mir mitteilt, dass die Ware versandt wurde. In Vorfreude öffne ich die E-Mail, klicke auf den Sendungsverfolgungslink und … … … bin enttäuscht.

Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann ich in den letzten Jahren etwas im Internet bestellt habe und mit dem Eintreffen der “Versandbestätigung” war die Ware auch tatsächlich in den Händen des Versanddienstleisters. Fast immer ist der Status, den ich sehe ein “Die Sendung wurde dem Versanddienstleister elektronisch angekündigt.”

Es gibt genug Onlineshops, bei denen weiß ich, dass wenn ein Artikel lagernd verfügbar ist und ich vor 14:00 Uhr bestelle, die Sendung tatsächlich am gleichen Tag auf den Weg kommt. Es gibt aber auch genug andere Läden im Netz, bei denen zwischen der Ankündigung der Sendung bei DHL, Hermes, DPD, UPS, etc. und dem tatsächlichen Paketausgang durchaus einige Tage vergehen können, selbst wenn das Produkt auf Lager ist.

Ich frage mich in solchen Momenten dann immer ob die Onlineshops wirklich denken, dass es in ihrem Interesse ist, wenn ein Kunden sich kurze Zeit nach der Bestellung verarscht fühlt. Es kann nicht so schwer sein, den automaticshen Versand einer E-Mail-Versandbestätigung an den Status “Die Sendung ist im Verteilzentrum eingetroffen und wird für den Weitertransport in die Zielregion vorbereitet.” eines Versandunternehmens zu koppeln.
Für mich als Kunden würde das weniger höhnisch, deutlich aufrichtiger wirken, und die E-Mail hätte einen tatsächlichen Informationswert.

Achievement unlocked: a second wheel set for my bike

Two DT Swiss CR 1600 Spline 23 wheels with different tyres leaning against a wall

After my failed experiment of trying to mount 650b wheels on Battle Cat, my gravel bike, I couldn’t get the idea of having two wheel sets out of my head; one for off road riding and one for road use.

After a bit of searching on eBay classifieds, I found a lightly used (e.g. ridden for ~ 700 km) set of DT Swiss CR 1600 SPLINE 23 wheels for a decent price. These things don’t come cheap when new and the person selling them had used them on a Canyon Inflite AL as well, before upgrading to carbon rims.

For me, this is ideal because a) I know that these will fit my bike well, b) changing between wheels for road and off road use is going to be almost seamless with no need to readjust the brakes or the rear derailleur (I’m using the same Shimano XT CS-M8000 11–40 cassette on the road set up, and c) these rims will likely last me for years.
I’ve ridden the existing set I have hard over the past two years and while they do have a couple of scratches and one of two dings, I have not yet managed to get them out of true. In addition to that the DT Swiss Ratchet freewheel system is great to ride and easy to service. Having it on both wheel sets is another bonus.

Oh and my Clement/Donelly X’Plor MSO tyres have made a quicker comeback than I expected. Yes, they’re not dedicated road tyres but they are starting to show signs of age anyway and I’m going to use them for winter riding, enjoying the extra grip they provide, instead of buying a new pair of road rubber.

It’s 1 AM and somehow a really large wasp gets into the flat, you go to fetch a glass and a bit of thick paper to catch it but lose sight of it, and then you knock on every high-up surface and ruffle ever piece of clothing to find it again, so the dogs don’t eat it at night.

I love how easy wide-angle lenses make capturing panoramic photos with interesting views/angles. Even though Bijou appears to have a big butt in this picture.

Bijou on a bench overlooking a valley

The next few weeks are going to be horrible for my waistline unless I’m going to keep myself in check and get enough exercise. I love the holiday season and I hate it at the same time.

Trees and shadows and a dog happy to be in the forest

We visited family over the weekend in a rather unplanned manner. On Saturday the weather was better than expected and we immediately used this opportunity to fuel up on some sun.
The northern part of the Kottenforst forest has suffered in the storms over the past few years and a lot of trees had to be cut down so it’s not the prettiest area to take a walk in right now but the seasons’s characterstics and low standing sun made for beautiful views.
I still find it hard to edit high-contrast scenes forest scenery like this to properly capture what I saw and the mood of the moment but these two came out pretty well.

Trees creating high-contrast shadows in front of a late autumn afternoon sun

Forest path covered in red leaves with trees creating orthogonal shadows

Our two dogs (only Mika pictured here) had a lot of fun and their noses got a good workout because there’s still many wild animals in that area. Mika cracks me up every time because unless you capture her in action, she always looks like she’s posing.

Mika running towards me through a forest clearing covered in leaves

Portrait of Mika in front of a blurred-out forest

(For those interested, all photos were shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 with the XF35mmF2 R WR lens and edited in Lightroom mobile with the Velvia film simulation. Side note about the last part: I find that LR’s version of Velvia has a slightly too strong magenta tinge so I typically remove 5–15 points in the white balance settings.)

I still haven’t gotten used to the naturally aspirated 4-cylinder boxer engine in front of the CVT of our new car. Coming from a torque converter automatic transmission and a turbo charged engine, this is quite a different feeling.

My hips don’t lie … … … about how many cake pops I’ve eaten over the last few days.

Oh my.
I just discovered that macOS now offers more highlight colours than before. Any selection on my machine is now in glorious purple and this makes me smile.

Gerade “Zeit der Geheimnisse” auf Netflix zu Ende geschaut. Schöne Miniserie, wirklich empfehlenswert.

I’m listening to the Matrix 2 & 3 soundtracks again because I can’t for the life of me remember which of the two had a track in it that reminds me of “aeterna fac” from Bruckner’s “Te Deum”. Been driving me loopy for a couple of weeks now.

Zefrank delivers. Every.Single.Time.
PetsTalk Holidays

Break Ya Neck by Busta Rhymes just came up in my recommendations in Deezer and the impulse to skip it because I had been in a quiet mood up until then, evaporated after the first few beats and now I’m sitting here bouncing my head.

The feeling of accomplishment I get disassembling a defective household appliance, determining the issue, fixing it, and finding the device usable again. Even if the only thing that needed to be done was soldering resistor back onto a board and it took 10 minutes at most.

I’m so here for this kind of riding. Smooth, hard-pack gravel going down a hill at speed. So much fun.

Good morning.

Es ist so ein Luxus einen Backshop mit wirklich guten Brötchen fußläufig zu haben. Schräg, dass dies in einer Tankstelle ist, aber hey.

Reading this makes me incredibly happy. Seeing that Twitterrific’s subscription scheme is resulting in solid revenue is great.
Twitterrific Subscriptions Going Well

Just saw an article about how Apple removed ratings from their online store. It mentioned that the various dongles receive a lot of negative feedback and in that moment I wanted to give the Lightning/Audio adapter a hug because it’s one of Apple’s best products.

200 Million Reasons to Watch 1Password by Rebecca Sadwick

I’m part of this team and the article captures the company pretty damn well.