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A Ferret Called Wilson

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February 2016

TEDtalks and Intelligent Information Consumption

I try not to read the news because it makes me sad. However, TED talks are just long enough for me to listen to while I eat my breakfast and usually they’re of a higher quality with real content, so sometimes I’ll indulge.

However, I’ve noticed a marked decline in the quality of even the TEDs since they first came out. When I was a graduate student three or four years ago, the talks were these 15 minute summaries of a respected academic’s work. They served as a trailor for getting to know the thinker in greater depth should one choose to do so. Then I noticed some speakers weren’t academics or researchers or even policy makers, they started to include inspirational speakers. I remember one woman talking for 8 out of 15 minutes about how she knew the secret to finding happiness and it was simple, but not easy. It wasn’t until the 12th minute of the talk that I learned that her secret was, “patronize my books and consulting courses to learn more.”

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朝の絶望

朝なの。朝は一番私の頭が空回りする。昨日できなかったこと、これからやりたいこと。色々頭の中を飛び回る。

今日は平和を考えている。平和と、人間の現在と未来。どちらも悲しく見えるからね。 Continue reading “朝の絶望”

The War Within Our Midst

I try not to read the news. It almost always makes me sad. The other day I took a risk and decided, for the first time in half a year, to see what was rolling through my twitter feed. I picked up this article from Films For Action because I trust their coverage to be meaningful.

Source: John Pilger on ISIS: Only When We See the War Criminals In Our Midst Will the Blood Begin to Dry

And it made me sad. It made me so, very, very sad.

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LOVE Infinity

Recently I received an Infinity L-series test saddle in awesome brilliant pink. I had heard about the saddle before and was eager to try it. Perhaps this would be the one to finally end my search for taint-bliss?

My first moment in the saddle can only be described as

(O。O!! HOLY WOW!!!

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一ヶ月ぶりのパフォーマンス

今日は3週間ぶりのユーキャン練だった。前回は力入らずに恥ずかしい走りをしていた。師匠にも怒られて、ずっと落ち込んでいた。

最初は焦っていたが、結局こう思った。ゴミ脚で練習にでることはトレーニングのはずれがあるわけ。シーズンが始まると練習じゃなくて、レースになるから今一番つかめなきゃいけないコツは毎週日曜日に自分のベストをだすこと。
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Amber loves her milks.

This is a weasel. She makes my heart happy. I love her. I tell her this frequently, but she doesn’t care. She’s too busy stashing tubes and murdering jingle toys.

At nine years old, she’s quite the old lady, but I’m pretty sure she doesn’t notice. She only seems bothered by my inadequacy as a human to better predict her desires.

I don’t know how much longer I’ll have her. Every day that she wakes and makes demands of me is a treasure.

Weasels is wonderful.

Un-Hero

I’ve read stories about this woman, Evelyn or something, who made this “amazing transition” from high powered business woman on Wallstreet to top level athlete with now Boehls-Dolman (or however you spell that). She bought her first bike in 2008 and trained at home on the turbo “every night” for a year, debuting in 2009 and winning the US time trial championship in 2010.

…or something like that.

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こんなことをやっていた

カーボンの競技用ホイールを借りた。自転車に付けて。遊んだ^^

そろそろ返す時間が来たら、カセットの交換をしなきゃいけなかった。やった。できるメンテのリストに追加。

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なんか、本気を出す素人のみなさんにおすすめ。25万円の余裕を持っていないなら、絶対にカーボンのホイールを試乗するな。ハマっちゃうからやめといてね。


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I Did This

 

Borrowed some carbon race wheels. Put them on my bike. Played.

When the time came to send them back, I had to transfer my cassette back to my old wheels. I did that. Add it to my list of maintenance skills.

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Also, a recommendation for all you semi-serious race noobs: unless you have two grand to spare, don’t test carbon race wheels. Just… don’t


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