Mika, our small red-haired dog laying on my bed in a ray of sunshine

This is from yesterday but Mika really knows how to Sunday.

Liebe Bundeskanzlerin Frau Angela Merkel,
ich denke es wird Zeit, dass Sie Herrn Andreas Scheuer Ihr vollstes Vertrauen aussprechen, damit die Mautaffäre baldmöglichst aufgeklärt werden kann.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather tomorrow is going to be as good as the weather report suggests. I’m aching to go for a proper gravel ride again. Already have a route picked out.

gravel bike leaning against a railing on the Mosel river overlooking the bridge in Mehring

My first longer road ride in a while and I got caught in a heavy rain shower almost immediately. FML. I need to invest in some sort of easy to remove fenders for this bike. I’m happy that I finished the ride not feeling completely exhausted but the coffee stop was necessary.

shot of a gravel bike leaning against a counter with a pastry and coffe on the counter

Road ride on 12 December 2019

Re: last post
The Campfire Audio Comet cost me € 200.— whereas the UM Pro 30 cost twice as much. Yes, we’re talking about expensive earphones but in terms of bang-for-buck, Campfire products are right up there and the build quality is really something else.

My new Campfire Audio Comet earphones just arrived and I’m stunned. These little buggers have only 1 balanced armature driver yet they play on a much higher level than my old 4-driver Westone UM3X. What kind of magic is this?

I’m so very tempted to do the Festive 500 this year. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t get too cold.

PSA: Lightroom for iPad updated with long-awaited SD card support

Adobe updated Lightroom for iPad yesterday and added a few very welcome features, chief among them direct photo import from SD cards and other storage devices. Many people, myself included, have been waiting for this since Apple announced at WWDC that it was opening up external storage devices natively to third party applications in iOS and iPadOS.

The other big feature that I really appreciate having in Lightroom on my iPad now, is the ability to export data to external devices in different formats, including the RAW files and with predefined settings.

If you’re using Lightroom on your iPad, this application has just become a lot more useful and powerful.

Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful to work with the people at 1Password. It’s a great team comprised of wonderful, kind, intelligent, and funny people.

Three trailers that have me giddy with anticipation

Over the past week three upcoming movies had their trailers released that I just cannot wait to see in the cinema.

James Bond — No Time To Die

This is, once again, supposed to be the last Bond movie starring Daniel Craig in the leading role as James Bond. I may have grown up with Pierce Brosnan’s Bond but I still consider Craig to be “my Bond”. His portrayal of the character and the movies as a whole have brought a new grittyness, realism, and emotional component to the franchise that I find very enjoyable.
Still, I think the Bond movies need a bit of a shake-up and for that reason, I’m very excited to see a female 00 agent in the next film. I really hope we’ll be treated to the mantle of James Bond being handed to someone who’s not a white male actor.

Black Widow

It’s sad that this wasn’t released before the character of Black Widow has been sacrificed in “Avengers: Endgame” but I’m glad that it’s coming nonetheless. My secret hope is that they’re not going to hold back on the character and explore some of Romanoff’s past misdeeds and her quest to clear the red in her ledger.

Wonder Woman 1984

This came out yesterday and I was squealing like a little girl. I’m not entirely sure about the fact they’re bringing back her love interest and I’m also not sure if I need another look back, I think I’d rather see Diana Prince/Wonder Woman kick ass in the present after the events of “Justice League”.

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.