New Tires! I coughed up for some Challenge Strada Biancas ’cos I’m riding more cobbles and less cyclocross lately. Plus my current gravel tires are thrashed to bits. They arrived folded up; I thought they were open tubulars they’re so light. I really wanted the Paris-Roubaix ones, because Paris-Roubaix, but they’re 27mm and I like a bit of width for off-road bashing. So, Strada Bianca. Giro d’Italia, Strade Bianche, these are my favourite races along with the Cobbled Classics. Which start in less than a week!
I am actually reading – to explain lack of book blogging. Merely finishing off a few in my pile of the non-fiction type I realised I’d left part-way through when I unpacked all my shelves a couple of months ago. New shit pile is currently getting dealt to, plus imminent arrival of a dozen or so tasty numbers.
I spent Sunday half immersed in Humans, and the Swedish original, Äkta människor, and half in code, following a passing musing to its conclusion. The former were and are quite brilliant; the latter was and is fiddly and peculiar, like all intersections of code and design. The latter began with me wondering exactly how difficult it might be to implement image overlays for supernaut without recourse to a plugin. This led to much reading and research, and deciding on Lightbox2 (instead of a plethora of others), taking half an hour to set up, and a few hours to get all nice looking (and nice-playing with caching). Of course it probably breaks all over the place, but the idea was to have the images fill as much of the browser as possible, with as little clutter as possible, and generally this seems to have happened.
A pile of new books; more photos & a podcast from Stockholm; the delightful ‘Straayans Virginia & Francesca of VNS-FUCKING-MATRIX in Berlin; off to Brussels next week for Hans’ premiere … (the terrible, terrible thing that is Mette Ingvartsen’s 69 Positions (I wanna call it 69 Shades of [something offensive]); the almost as-terrible Xeno-Feminism Manifesto Launch (hashtag-haley-joel-osmet-i-see-white-feminists-dot-gif); close brackets) … head==explode!
Because it’s that time of the month, and it’s Spring!
Yoga & Shibari monthly workshop with Dasniya Sommer
When: Tuesday, March 31st
Time: 7-11 pm
Cost: 20€ for the evening
At: Teatris/Alte Kantine in
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt in Wedding, Uferstraße 8-11, 13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr
Please call when you are in the courtyard, in case you don’t find it, or the door is locked:
+ 49 174 393 70 49
Dasniya Sommer’s monthly Yoga & Shibari workshop takes place this month on Tuesday the 17th. All the info:
Hours: 7-11 pm
Costs: 20€ for the evening.
At Alte Kantine Wedding
Uferstraße 8-11, 13357
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr
In case you don’t find it, or the door is locked, please call when you are in the courtyard (by Café Pförtner): + 49 174 393 70 49.
I’ve been avoiding doing the cleaning of several years of posts, but somehow fell into it a couple of days ago, trying a few different approaches to get through the task until I found one that’s methodical, quick, and requires very little brain use. The problem is supernaut existed in a couple of different platforms before WordPress, and there remains (currently from August 2005 to December 2010) a lot of mess and pretty much all the images not properly linked. So I’m working through that, one month at a time, and while it’s certainly not exciting, I am getting to read back over ten years of blogging and my life.
After three years of riding my bike pretty hard, it was long past having bits replaced. The headset had a groove worn in it so when turning it would resist then ‘hilariously’ oversteer, and the entire chainset was worn to the point of looking like someone took a mallet to it. So, off to the bike shop. Yesterday I got it back, which meant I threw a lot of Euros around, explosive decompression of bank account; it cost as much as a cheap-ish new bike (still cheaper than der Öffis). But it is beautiful. When I change gears it doesn’t go “grrrr–grrrr–clunk” anymore. It goes “snick!” and sometimes “ching!” And it’s shiny beyond belief. It looks fucking beautiful. I’ve also finally found about the best setup for the canti brakes (the brakes that don’t), as evinced by throwing myself over the handlebars while testing (yes, I really did). Almost a pity that it’s going to get hurled in the mud again and have Berlin sand and forest ground into it.
Last week, Dasniya and I rehearsed with Jennifer Evans for a video to accompany her music, which we will be spending the next couple of days shooting. Keeping it amongst friends, Valquire Veljkovic, with whom I worked as choreographer for the video of Noblese Oblige is doing all the camera work and editing. No photos at the moment though (bah!), it looks very pleasing though, and Dasniya and I spent Friday in the climbing shop buying static rope and pulleys which we’ll attempt to put to use.