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Why Robot Trucks Could Be Headed To Afghanistan (And Everywhere Else)

blind biker Upvoting stories in the firehose is an exercise in (135 comments)

FUTILITY!!!! I've tried to upvote countless topics related to the suckiness of Slashdot's new UI. Or even topics that were just trying to discuss the issue (no bias in the title). NONE of these gets picked. Not one.

Fuck Slashdot Beta even more, because the admins are gaming the system to protect the beta UI from criticism.

about 7 months ago
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Soyuz Breaks Speed Record To ISS

blind biker My last post on Slashdot, after visit ArsTechnica (58 comments)

I went to see what's ArsTechnica been up to lately, and holy cow has that site grown in the last couple of years! They have all the topics I'm interested in, and apparently, not days late. Also, they don't have contempt for their members.

So, I'm going to type in a random password for my Slashdot account and log out.

G'bye Slashdot editors, go fuck yirselves!

about a year and a half ago
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Fairy Penguins Send First Email

blind biker Re:You do realize that getting a rise out of you (68 comments)

You do realize that getting a rise out of you,

IS the joke, right? It's funny to the people doing it, and yes does reveal the contempt that just about anyone has for most other people.

While I agree that the "stories" are lame and unfunny, there are several levels of joke here.

While your reply may contain a kernel of truth, let me qualify my statement: the only person I've ever seen "joking" like this - repeating essentially the same unfunny joke over and over and over - was one with IQ of about 65. And yes, he was laughing his retarded ass off, for sure.

about a year and a half ago
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Fairy Penguins Send First Email

blind biker Re:It's not an April's fool joke (68 comments)

Just one day out of the year can't you relax and read some jokes?

If you think these are "jokes", your IQ is the same as Slashdot editors' - about 65.

about a year and a half ago
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Fairy Penguins Send First Email

blind biker Re:Other sites (68 comments)

Some sub-sections of Reddit (like /science/) are awesome and WAY above the Slashdot story quality.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

blind biker Re:So? (144 comments)

Personally, I'm happy to see USPTO make another decision that makes sense.

I agree, but am worried that it may be just a fluke.

about a year and a half ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

blind biker Re:My answer (525 comments)

I was refused entry into Holland decades ago and while I now hold a different citizenship, I have never bothered to to try to go there again. There are so many other, more interesting and friendlier places to visit. Who wants to see boring wind mills, stinking canals and dirty old Rembrands anyway?

That's too bad because, to be honest, The Netherlands is an awesome country, and Amsterdam... is IMHO, the most interesting city in the entire world (and that's compared to some pretty interesting places like Bangkok, Seoul or Atlanta).

Also, I'll never forget the almost universal, genuine kindness of the people in Amsterdam.

about a year and a half ago
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Fairy Penguins Send First Email

blind biker It's not an April's fool joke (68 comments)

It's not an April's fool joke if you can tell by looking at it for 2 microseconds.

April 1st is just the day when Slashdot is utterly useless. Every Single One of the news stories is a ridiculously badly camouflaged "joke".

Too bad, 'cause I'm in bed with a flu. Oh well...

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

blind biker Re:So? (144 comments)

The whole day, and right now, this story is in the top 10 most read articles on BBC News
So clearly, someone does give a rat's ass.

about a year and a half ago
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Cuban Video Game Recreates Revolutionary History

blind biker Re:In other news... (199 comments)

Dude... 50 million without healthcare.

You know which other first world country doesn't have universal heathcare?

None.

about a year and a half ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

blind biker Re:My answer (525 comments)

FWIW, in my case cutural differences didn't play a role. It was a misunderstanding about Schengen countries vs. visa requirement.

Also FWIW, I was told that the Belgian border policemen had no business telling me about the 10 year ban on entry. No such thing exists in such cases. Stil, the memory was bad enough that I never went back. I remember that, sometimes 4 or 5 years ago, I just realized "hey, I actually didn't visit Belgium this whole time!!". :D

about a year and a half ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

blind biker Re:Yawn (525 comments)

He did make the situation worse by being an obnoxious asshole. I don't work for the TSA and would give this guy a hard problem too.

There are only 1-2% psychopaths in the world - psychopaths like you. This place would be heaven if your kind were removed.

about a year and a half ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

blind biker Re:My answer (525 comments)

The exact same thing happened to me, just replace Poland with Croatia, Mexico with Finland and USA with Belgium. The asshole border police at the Bruxelles airport let me fly to Finland finally, but admonished me that "I am not allowed to come to Belgium for the next 10 years". This was 15 years ago and I now have a Finnish citizenship and have traveled all around the world, visited four different continents. But funnily enough, by pure chance I never went to Belgium again. Maybe it wasn't chance, maybe the bad experience made me put Belgium in the "fuck that country"-category.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Bad Directors Aren't Thrown Out

blind biker Re:The free market selects for bad personalities (205 comments)

So I make a very ordinary salary as a software engineer, but could probably raise it by 25% by changing jobs but not venturing too far outside my comfort zone.

However, I've got friends who went from earning roughly as much as I did, to quadrupling what I'm making, simply because they play fast and loose: lying about past salaries, standing job offers, etc, to get raises; and taking jobs they're not always qualified for, simply because they're good at bullshit.

What this is REALLY saying, is that they're doing well because the free market values liars and bullshitters. The people who are the most profitable to employers however, are the people whose personalities and personal moral code precludes them from earning too much, allowing employers to get a bigger spread between 1) what they pay employees, and 2) what those employees contribute to their bottom line.

The reality is a bit more complex than I make out (bad directors persist, because big institutional investors want stability and don't want to rock the boat; nepotism (sometimes a good thing!!); information asymmetries everywhere, etc., etc.). Simply put, being a slimy, lying cunt pays -- and not everybody can be a director, because not everybody has the stomach to do what they need to do to get there.

I am tempted to declare this, one of the best posts in Slashdot's history.

about a year and a half ago
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North Korea Declares a State of War

blind biker Re:Nothing New (628 comments)

recently China returned 12 NK soldiers that tried to escape.

I shudder at the thought of those soldiers' fate, considering that NK has concentration camps where entire families are kept in sub-human conditions, tortured, experimented upon etc.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Mulling Smaller Windows 8 Tablets

blind biker Re:Great! (145 comments)

A $200 Win 8 RT tablet could be compelling,

I know: it's that extensive software library for Windows RT.

about a year and a half ago
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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea

blind biker Re:OT of course, but not the answer either (567 comments)

Like most things it's not that simple. At 13 I would've agreed with your final conclusion. Then I grew up and learned the world is more complicated than that. I've also worked with and taught HS kids, where I learned things get even more complicated when you know even more of the backstory. Bullying often stems from problems, many of them at home. Abusive parents, neglectful parents, absent parents, actual mental issues, economic problems, familial stress, physical injuries, drug and alcohol issues and many more things all can play a part.

Bullies are often not evil kids, and a countrywide reaction to bullies Hammurabi style would do an enormous amount of damage too, as would simply overlooking competence, however fair it seems. Yes, there are some kids who would stop bullying if they get punched in the nose but there are many more who stop bullying *you* and move on to a easier target, and that's obviously not an answer from a societal view of things, since not all those bullied can punch the bully in the nose. The best approach is not a blanket one, but one that would take bullies and send them social workers to figure out what the hell is going on to begin with.

All of what you wrote, I agree with. In addition, I am a left-leaning person (and live in what Americans would deem a "socialist" country).

But none of what you wrote means that bullies should be given free rein and inflict childhood trauma onto other kids. Hence, I'll teach my son to defend himself, and if push comes to shove, a bully will have a finger or nose broken. That may actually be good for the bully in the long run, too, as the social services will be spurred to intervene (if they haven't already).

So yes, let social services and other institutions take care of the root cause of the bully's asocial behavior. In the meantime, my son will stay safe by engaging in self-defense.

about a year and a half ago
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Library Journal Board Resigns On "Crisis of Conscience" After Swartz Death

blind biker Re:Information wants to be free (128 comments)

Well, the whole quote is actually:

Anybody that worked in the field would tell you that mostly that part of the job is not properly done, especially text layouting.

So I thought the author wanted to emphasize layouting. I had (and still have) a gripe with poor orthography and grammar, that is so merrily left unadulterated in the final version of so many manuscripts.

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

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Go Daddy still officially supports SOPA.

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 2 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "Much has been said in the previous few days of Go Daddy's support for the SOPA and PIPA bills. Go Daddy has helped draft SOPA, but reacting to a boycott campaign initiated from a Reddit post, the reviled registrar decided to engage in a half-hearted PR move to stop the exodus. Many have warned that Go Daddy hasn't truly changed stance, only that they will hide their true intentions from the public view from now on. Well, it turns out Go Daddy's general counsel and corporate secretary (who helped draft SOPA) still throws the company's weight firmly behind the bill. In her blog post, Christine Jones signs in her official figure of Go Daddy representative, and states: In our view, Internet policy should strive to balance the sometimes competing goals of the global free flow of information (which is clearly critical to U.S. businesses), with enforcement of the rule of law. We don't see those competing goals as mutually exclusive, but rather, complimentary. In fact, that balance is essential to a flourishing, yet safe, Internet. As you can see, there is absolutely no reason not to take part in the Dump Go Daddy Day by moving your domains to an anti-SOPA registrar. Here is an easy, step-by-step illustrated guide on how to move your domains out of Go Daddy."
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Does space belong to China?

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "I will not bother providing links, as it has been reported by all news outlets: China sent another exploration mission to the Moon on October 1st: this time it is a satellite provided by a laser altimeter and a high resolution 3D camera. The purpose of the mission is to find a suitable landing location for the next lunar mission, an unmanned landing of a rover.
I watched the take-off of the Long March 3C (the one that carries the current probe to the Moon), and realized that China is very serious about their ambitions. Their Moon program will certainly have a seeding effect on Chinese science and technology."
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New Gulf oil well off Louisiana approved by feds

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "AP reports that federal regulators approved Wednesday the first new Gulf of Mexico oil well since President Barack Obama lifted a brief ban on drilling in shallow water, even while deepwater projects remain frozen after the massive BP spill.

While there is a huge difference between drilling at 5000 feet and at 115 feet (the newly approved project), I am not at all sure that we have any credible technical means of stopping a new spill, nor the laws necessary to hold the culprits of an unmanaged accident financially responsible."

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Resisting other's ideas? You are unsure of yours.

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "According to a paper published this month by the American Psychological Association, people tend to avoid information that contradicts what they already think or believe, while certain factors can cause them to seek out, or at least consider, other points of view. The analysis included data from 91 different studies involving a total of almost 8000 participants. The paper concludes, among other things, that "people who have little confidence in their own beliefs are less likely to expose themselves to contrary views than people who are very confident in their own ideas"."
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Catcher in the Rye "sequel" banned in the

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "Judge Deborah Batts ruled that a novel centering around "Mr. C", a character resembling Holden Caulfield from J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye", was "an infringement on Mr Salinger's main character, Holden Caulfield.". The book is now indefinitely banned from publication, advertising or distribution in the USA. Fredrik Colting's book is, however, available in the UK."
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Hummer takeover blocked: environmental concerns

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "Apparently, the takeover of the Hummer brand by Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery was blocked by the Chinese authorities, on environmental gronds. Quoting the article: "Hummer is at odds with the country's planning agency's attempts to decrease pollution from Chinese manufacturers." While China and concern for the environment don't often come in the same paragraph let alone the same sentence, the world is definitely changing, and maybe the climate is less friendly (pun intended) towards gas-guzzlers, i.e. energin inefficient vehicles."
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Jammie Thomas-Rasset fined $1920000!

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "Apparently Jammie Thomas-Rasset lost her retrial and was sentenced to pay $80.000 per song — she was found guilty of downloading 24 songs. Interesting quote from the article: "Steve Marks, executive vice president and general counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America, estimated earlier this week that only a few hundred of the lawsuits remain unresolved and that fewer than 10 defendants were actively fighting them." Probably after this sentence, even less will be encouraged to defend themselves against the RIAA."
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Iranian blogger dies in prison

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "The Iranian blogosphere had its first casualty on the 19th of March when Omidreza Mirsayafi died in prison where he was incarcerated. Most of his blog was about traditional Persian music, but he did dab occasionally into politics, and the topic of "freedom". According to a doctor who is himself incarcerated "The death of this young blogger is entirely due to a failure to provide assistance." What got him into trouble, I think, are statements like "I feel like a stranger in my own house...Is it really the ancient Persia I am living in? Is it the land of Cyrus the Great?... It must be a nightmare I am having. This is not Persia. This is the Islamic Republic.""
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Mistakes haunt US automakers, begging for bailout

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "According to this AP report, Democratic leaders are pressuring the Bush administration to give more of the $700 bailout package, to ailing automakers, who have nobody but their very own mistakes to blame for their current situation:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that the administration should consider expanding the $700 billion bailout to include car companies. Critics say leaders over the years at Ford Motor Co., General Motors Corp. and what is now Chrysler LLC were slow to take on unions, failed to invest enough in new products, ceded the car market to the Japanese and were ill-prepared for the inevitable rise in gas prices that would make their trucks and SUVs obsolete.

Whether this is a good or bad idea, I don't know, but I am at least a bit surprised because I had the impression that president-elect Senator Obama is very pro-environment and against CO2 emissions. But maybe this is the carrot-approach to get the big US car manufacturers to start finally producing fuel efficient cars — albeit on the taxpayer's tab."

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Syrian blogger sentenced to three years in jail

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

blind biker (1066130) writes "The AP reports (via the Herald Tribune) of Tarek Bayassi, a 24-year old Syrian blogger sentenced to three years in jail for "undermining the prestige of the state and weakening national morale". The original sentence was 6 years but it was commuted on appeal. Apparently, this isn't an isolated case in Syria."

Journals

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September 2007

blind biker blind biker writes  |  about 7 years ago

1st, Saturday:
to Deesport and back (about 9.1 Km), to downtown, met Milla and then went to Milla's through Lauttasaari. 35 Km tot RSS (add 5 Km to matkamittari).
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2nd, Sunday:
about 8.5 Km Tandem, and then home from Milla - 16 Km RSS
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5th, wednesday:
To work and back on KHS. Home to Laurinolli, then Laurinolli to Milla, then back home. 36 Km on RSS
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6th, thursday:
To work, to Otaniemi, then back to work. Then back to home. About 30 Km KHS. Then to Leppävaara and back home on RSS, 12.5 Km
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7th, Friday: to work, to Otaniemi and then home. Maybe 25 Km HKS
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8th, Saturday:
To Milla, to Tapanila (Jäkäläntie 15P), to home, to Myyrmänni and back and then to huoltoasema and a bit around... 71 Km RSS
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9th, Sunday:
Milla and back, about 32 Km RSS
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Chain change journal

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

10th of August 2007 (circa):

New 3/32" chain (the Chinese one) on the KHS.
New 1/8" chain (KMC 410) - The odometer was 880 Km.

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August 2007

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

6th.
Monday, came back from holidays and did a Milla and back on RSS, 32 Km.
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7th
Milla and back, 32 Km RSS.
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8th
Deesport and back, then Milla and back, 42 Km tot, RSS.
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9th, thursday.
Went to work on new singlespeed (KHS Nomad steel MTB frame)
Then fooled around a bit around the local park, about 10 Km. Total about 20 Km KHS.
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10th, Friday.
To Milla and back, modified RSS (new, pink 42T chainring, new rear (V) brakes. NEW 1/8" CHAIN. 32 Km RSS.
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11th, Saturday.
To center and back, 22 Km RSS.
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12th, Sunday.
To Milla and back, 32 Km KHS. (NEW 3/32" CHAIN.)
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18th, Saturday.
Since last time, the KHS went some 150 miles, including at least one trip to Milla on Friday 17th. Today I went to Kauniainen (singlespeed bike shop) and back - 22 Km.
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During these days I mostly used the RSS.
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22nd, wednesday.
Did some 25 Km on the KHS (to and from work, to and from K-rauta, some cycling around).
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23rd, thursday.
Work, OP in Pitäjänmäki and back home. Then to Milla and back. About 45 Km KHS.
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24th, friday.
Work and back, Milla and back - about 41 Km RSS.
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25th, saturday.
Milla and back, martinkyläntie 39 ("factory outlet") and back, 42 Km so far, RSS.
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26th, sunday.
To Milla, 12 Km by tandem, and back - 32 Km RSS. Total of 44 Km.
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27th, monday.
To work, to TKK (Otaniemi) back to work, back home - 29 Km, RSS.
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28th, tuesday.
To work and back, to Prisma and back, about 17 Km tot KHS.
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29th, wednesday.
To work and back, to Regina and back. 29 Km tot KHS.
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30th, thursday.
Work and back, through Deesport while returning. About 11 Km KHS.
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31st, friday.
work and back, then to K-rauta in oulunkylä and back, some 28 Km KHS.

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blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

July the 2nd:
In the morning (around 11 AM) went to Partco (Teuvo Pakkalan tie 9) and back. It rained. 7 Km.
Then went to workplace, grocery shop and home - 9.2 km.
Then in the afternoon (left at 20:00) went to Saanatunturintie 1 o and back. Apparently that's about 37 Km. About 53 Km total, RSS.
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July the 3rd:
To workplace and back, 9.2 Km. To Slaven's and back, 19.5 Km. To Milla's and back (in Olari), about 32.5 Km. About 61 Km tot. RSS
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July the 4th:
To Milla's and back, 32.5 Km, RSS
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5th:
To Otaniemi, confirm participation in studies, passed by Sello, back home, 22 Km. To Valimotie 21 to measure pressure. 8.5 Km To Bikeplanet, 9.5 Km. To Mirja, and back, 33 Km. There we did almost 8 Km on tandem. Total 73 Km RSS, 8 Km tandem.
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7th (saturday):
To bikeplanet, then to Kauppaveljet, then back home in terrible rainy weather. Maybe 18 Km, RSS
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9th (monday), 12:30, To B-keskus and back, alubike, about 17 Km.
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12th (thursday), to Vanhakaupunki (Tekniikan museo), then to Regina, then home. Then to Katja in Kapteeninkatu 5 and back home late at night. 67 Km RSS.
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13th, (friday), Leaving at 14:25 to Milla in Olari (16 Km) then to the Baha'i center (21 Km) then home via grocery store (9 Km). Tot. 46 Km RSS.
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14th, saturday: went to Bikeplanet and back, 7 Km, then to Milla's, did about 10 Km on tandem, and then back home. About 40 Km RSS.
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15th, Sunday: around noon went to Länsiportti, was raining but still did my personal record of 24.09 Km/h. On the way back, in the night, I did almost 25 Km/h! 32 Km RSS.
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19th, Thursday: To work, to deesport (sold Mt. Lodge), to home and then to Länsiportti and back. 52 Km RSS.
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20th, Friday: To Länsiportti, then 8 Km with tandem, then back (late at night). 32 Km alubike, 8 Km tandem.
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21st, Saturday: To Länsiportti and back (late at night again), 32 Km, RSS.
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22nd, Sunday; Länsiportti again, 32 Km alubike.
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23rd, Monday: to work and back, fooled around with RSS a bit. 14 Km.
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24th: Tuesday: to work and back, passed by Deesport on alubike (about 13 Km). Then länsiportti and back 32 Km RSS. There did tandem 8 Km. Tot 53 Km
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25th, Wednesday: To work, then afternoon to Länsiportti and there went on tandem about 10 Km, and then back home. 34 Km tot. RSS.
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26th, Thursday: to work, to Länsiportti and back home. Was almost killed by bus on Kehä I, while it was turing right. 34 Km tot. RSS.
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June 2007

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

1st of June:
Went to
Afternoon, went to Meilahden Taidemluseo, then downtown, then back home. 30 Km RSS.
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2nd of June:
In the morning went to Deesport in Pastori Jussilantie, then back. 4 Km RSS.
Went to Itäkeskus (Ilotulitustie 16 A) and back. 40 Km alubike.
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3rd of June:
In the morning went to the Baha'i center, then back home. Took a longer route.
Afternoon went to Prisma and back. 23 Km RSS
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4th of June:
Afternoon went to Leppävaara: first to Everstinkatu (there is the Stella complex), then to Sello, then later to Lintuvaarantie. Then back home. About 20 Km RSS
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5th of June:
Morning went to Pasila (ratamestarinkatu 12 A), had a walk and back home. 17 Km.
Afternoon went to Baha'i center, then back, the longer way (animal cemetery). 19 Km.
Tot. 36 Km RSS
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6th of June:
Early afternoon: to Hiomotie 32, then to Deesport then back home. 12 Km.
Afternoon, went to Sello in Leppävaara and back home - 17 Km.
Tot. 29 Km RSS
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7th of June:
In the morning (9 am) went to Oulunkylä, walked with Regina, went to K-Rauta, went to grocery store and then home. 18 Km.
Afternoon, went to leppävaara, to Rastaalantie, then back home. 17 Km.
Tot. 35 Km RSS.
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8th of June:
Morning went to Poutamäentie 5 A 14, then to the Nordea in Hiomotie, then home. 11 Km.
Afternoon went to Myllypellontie 3 A(Oulunkylä) then bussed to Hietaniemen Hautausmaa, then walked to Kiasma, then bussed back to Myllypellontie 3 A and then biked back home. 17 Km.
Tot. 28 Km RSS.

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10th of June:
Tried the Big Apple's on the RSS, just went for a short round, 1 Km.
Afternoon went to K-rauta in Oulunkylä, then to the north along Vantaa to Haltialan Kartano (Tuomarinkylä) and then back home. 43-44 Km.
Tot. 45 Km RSS
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11th of June:
In the morning, went to Hesburger near the crossing of Kaupintie and Vihdintie. And back home. 5.5 Km
Early afternoon: to the Baha'i center, and back. 18 Km.
To K-Rauta in Oulunkylä and back. 17 Km.
To Leppävaara Lintuvaarantie, and back home. 16 Km.
Tot. 60 Km RSS.
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12th of June
Went downtown, picked up the Ritchey ohjaustanko at the Railway Station, and then back home.
24 Km alubike.
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13th of June:
Went to Poutamäentie 5 A, and on the way back, at the bridge over Mätäjoki, while turning left, slipped (washed out) on the wet gravel (it was raining). Details in the Falls journal. 6 Km RSS.
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14th of June
Went to Alppikatu and back, in the morning.
Bus "accident" - took photo.
Afternoon I went to Myyrmäki (Jönsaksentie 6, Apteekki).
Tot. 22 Km alubike.
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15th of June:
To Sampo bank on Mannerheimintie and back, alubike, 20 Km.
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16th of June:
In the early afternoon went to Myyrmäki (Jönsaksentie 6, Apteekki) and back. 5 Km.
Later in the afternoon, went to Otaniemi and back. 25 Km.
Tot 30 Km RSS
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17th of June:
Early afternoon left for Länsiportti 4 a (Mirja). Then 4 Km on her tandem. Then early evening (9 PM) back home. 40 Km RSS
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18th of June:
To work and back.
Then in the afternoon to Ratamestarinkatu 13 and back. Tot. 30 Km alubike.
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19th of June:
To work and back, and then to Myyrmänni/Okopankki palvelupiste.
Tot. 13 Km RSS

20th
work and back, to prisma and back, to myyrmanni and back
17 Km RSS
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21st
to work and back, to deesport and back.
Tot: 13 Km RSS
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22nd
myyrmanni, then jaybiked a bit around till met neighbors and went to Lidl, and then home. 7 Km.
In the evening, went to the river Vantaa using the Kehä I, and did a loop there, back home, 40 Km.
Tot: 47 Km RSS.
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23rd
pur lithium grease on chain (using tärpätti as a colloidal solvant), but it's not a very good chain lube.
Went to Itäkeskus, then to Saanatunturintie, and back. 50 Km RSS
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24th
To Saanatunturintie and back. I believe it's about 45 Km. RSS
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25th
To work and back. Then to Ratamestarinkatu and back.
about 25 Km RSS
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27th
To work and back.
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28th, Thursday
To Pengertupa (pick up ruokalista in Braille), then to Pompei restaurant, then home. In the afternoon, to Kamppi, and then later in the evening, back home. About 45 Km alubike.

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May 2007

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

1st of May:
Went to the Baha'i center but actually took a really long way to get there, as I had time. Found out a new way to get from the path parallel to Hämeenlinnanväylä to Metsäläntie. There I also found a pet graveyard. Cool! Cycled around Käpylä a lot. After the Ridvan feast, I went back home. Probably about 30 Km. RSS.
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2nd of May:
Just to work and back. 9 km. Rainy both ways, very windy on the way back. City.
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3rd of May:
To work, to prisma and then back home, City. about 12 Km. It was raining while going to work.
Later in the afternoon I tried the new "kilpapyörä" build, with only a front brake. It wasn't nice. The handlebar is too narrow, and don't like to lean forward so much.
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4th of May:
To work and back home. City.
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5th of May:
To Ratamestarinkatu 13 A, then to Fredrikinkatu 20 A, and then back home. About 20 Km. RSS.
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6th of May:
I have test-driven the Alu-bike (previously called "kilpapyörä build") with the 36T chainring. This was much better, now. Went to Vantaa river and back. About 20 Km. alubike
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7th of May:
Took the alubike to work, then to the tax office, then back home. 14 Km.
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8th of May:
To work, to the tax office, back home with the city bike (I thought it will rain). 14 Km. Then to a rather long bikeride with Laurinolly (first went to Teuvo Pakkalan Tie 4 E, then to various places). Maybe about 15-17 Km - with the alubike!
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9th of May:
To work and back home with citybike, 9 Km.
In the afternoon, to meet Helena Kekkonen at her place, then went to Petikko forest, walked 4.7 Km. Then biked back to her place. She liked my bike (alubike). Then back home. About 20 Km.
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10th of May:
To work and back home (9 Km). Then to Laurinolli's, then to Mea's place for Euroviisu, but then we (Laurinolli and Missaghi) left earlier and went to Laurinolli's place and then Missaghi and I went towards Käpylä. Then home. Maybe 18 Km? Alubike.
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11th of May:
From home to Rajatorpantie taxoffice, then to work. 12 Km Afternoon: towards Mea, then up and down on eliel saarisen tie - 10 Km. Alubike.
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12th of May:
Morning: went to Kamppi, then to Oulunkylä, then home. I think this was about 28 Km. RSS.
Evening: to Soheila's place, and then back home - 15 Km, alubike.
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13th of May:
Morningwent to Ratamestarinkatu 13, then to the shop near home, then home - here I hit a stone with front wheel, pinchflat. 17 Km alubike.
In the evening I went to Teuvo Pakkalan Tie 4 and back. 7.5 Km RSS.
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14th May:
Went to work and back home, RSS. Did an upgrade work on the alubike and went for a short ride. ~10 Km.
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15th of May:
To work (was raining badly), to Elielinaukio, to home. Then to Poutamäentie 5 A, and then back home. Alubike (now with 34T and Schwalbe Big Apples). ~20 Km
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16th of May:
To work and back home and then to the B-keskus, and then home. Alubike, about 25-27 Km.

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17th of May (Helatorstai):
To the Baha'i center, prayed with the Ruhi 5 people, went towards Ratamestarinkatu 13 A (got a bit lost along Mäkelänkatu, but then I was fine - also, discovered the velodrome!) then to meet Tuula in her palsta, then home in a round-about way (went next to the lemmikkien hautausmaa), then from home to the Hessburger and then back home. About 40 Km, RSS.
Later in the afternoonb, tried out the alubike after tightening the crankset bolts.
Went to the pet cemetery and back, then did a looong bikeride. Perhaps 25-30 Km. Alubike.
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18th of May:
Went again to the tax office, then to work and then home. 13 Km RSS.
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19th of May:
Morning, went to B-keskus, Ruhi 5 started at 9 so I missed the prayers. Still prayed a bit, and then went to Sello using the new way, calculated by the bike-part of reittiopas. Very nice! Just went along Asesepäntie, then arrived at Valkeatalo, crossed, went on a bikepath through a park until crossing Eliel Saarisen Tie, where I turn left and go towards theHuopalahti juna-asema, where I turn right and go along the railways (which are on my left) all the way to Turuntie, which then leads to Sello. This is about 10 Km (B-keskus - Sello). Then home. Alubike (now all bolts are tight, no sounds!), 26 Km.
Then I went to deesport, Prisma and back home. 6 Km, RSS.
Later, went to Myyrmänni and back, 3 Km RSS.
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20th of May:
Morning went ot B-keskus, then to Ratamestarintie 13 and then, in a roundabout way (got lost in the keski puisto), arrived home. 30 Km RSS.
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22nd of May:
To work and back home. Then afternoon to B-keskus and back home. 26 Km alubike.
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23dr of May:
To the blood donation center and then to Valimo 21 and then home. 13 Km RSS.
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24th of May:
Went to "work" then to deesport with the citybike, to sell it. 7 Km.
Afternoon went to Helena's in Martinlaakso. Then to Petikko and ... About 20 Km alubike.
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25th of May:
Morning: To Hiomo 32 (pick up Muvo 200, 512 MB)then to Prisma, then to home - 10 Km RSS. Then to Sello and back home. Then to Prisma and back home. 21 Km alubike. Then later to Pöllänen and back - 18 Km alubike.
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26th of May:
To ratamestarinkatu, then to the center, (then walked to Kaisaniemenpuisto, met Helena, Mila, Marietta and the Baha'is) then home. Maybe 25 Km. Alubike
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27th of May:
Morning went to Sello, met with Mirja, afternoon went back home. About 20 Km.RSS
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28th of May:
Morning went to Deesport, then back - 5 Km. Then in the afternoon went to B-keskus, and back. 20 Km. Alubike
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29th of May:
Morning: went to Diacor in Alppikatu 2 and back, 22 Km, alubike. Afternoon went to Myllypellontie (Oulunkylä) (then to Itäkeskus and back to Oulunkylä) and back, then to Myyrmanni and back - 20 Km RSS.
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30th of May:
Intended to go to Ratamestarintie, but it was raining like crazy, so I only made it to Prisma and came back. 5 Km alubike.
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31st of May:
Went to Verkkokauppa (Itämerenkatu 21) and back home (making a detour through the center) 26 Km RSS.
Afternoon went downtown and then back. 23 Km alubike
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Journal of blood-pressure (and maybe other) measurements

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

19th of April:
Went to Valimo 21 for lunch, and measured 117/85. Notice that I didn't sleep enough the previous night.
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26th of April:
Afternoon (15:50), in Valimo 21, measured it myself: 119/73.
Weighed 64 Kg.
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4th of May:
Afternoon: 108/74 !!! Probably because of the cacao drink of the previous day. I felt quite dizzy yesterday afternoon after it.
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11th of May:
Afternoon 105/72
Also, 63 Kg weight and 13.1 % bodyfat.
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23rd of May:
Around 13:00 115/81 pulse 75.
61.5 Kg.
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Journal of my cycling falls

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

- 20.05.2006 First time happened on the second (I think - might have been a later one, or maybe even the first) day of my learning to cycle with Slaven: - the "Rib Breaker". Also, some rather deep road rash on my right hand, but today only visible traces are on one of my knuckles. It happened on Johanna's old terässipi.

- 22.08.2006 - On return from "business lunch" in Kallio with Aki. It happened around 2 PM, just as we were getting near Pitäjänmäentie from the shortcut from Huopalahdentie (shortcut to avoid the roundabout). It was a curb from the road into the park, and I endo'd. I was on my MTB, and I made a very nice, soft landing. 94 days since last fall. Thanks to the calculator at
  http://www.convertit.com/Go/ConvertIt/Calculators/Date_and_Time/Date_Time_Diff_Calc.ASP

- 22.10.2006 - Night-time (it was dark, probably not later than 10 PM thought), after a rainy afternoon, lots of dead, damp leaves on the roads and streets - on Urheilukatu, crossing Nordenskiöldinkatu probably, or maybe Reijolankatu. Front wheel lost traction very suddenly and I fell on my right side, my head hit the ground and I think I might have forgotten a couple of minutes of my life. I was disoriented for a few minutes. Happened on my MTB.

- 28.12.2006 Winter morning, loose snow on ice - slid rather gently (on my ass) as I was turning right and downhill in the park along Vihdintie. I was on thecitybike.

- 02.04.2007 Around noon, nice spring day (around 12 C, sunny), I was turning from Kaupintie (coming from south-west) into Näyttelijäntie, and at the bus stop, trying to avoid a lady waiting for the bus in an exaggerated radius, I went a bit too much to the left and onto the road, and fell at the curb. Broke the fall with my hands (luckily had leather gloves). Got a blow on the right calf which started hurting badly 2 hours later. Happened on my red singlespeed. This marks 95 days since my last fall - that's OK, but I hope it increases.

- 25.05.2007 Around 14:30 was going towards Prisma, the cycling road was blocked because of some works, so I had to go carefully next to a fence, and then this guy was coming from the left, from a place where bikes are not allowed so perhaps I didn't expect it. I hit his rear wheel and fell. Did not hurt myself at all. Even the jacket had only minor scratches, even though I veritably hit the ground.

- 13.06.2007 Washed out on wet gravel on a sharpish turn from the park to the bridge (left turn). RSS, so the tyres are rather smooth and it was raining. And it was gravel. 3 extensive and in parts deep rashes, on my knee, forearm and shoulder.

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Long pause in reporting my falls. There were some, though.
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- 17.04.2008 Same bridge and bike, but this time going from the bridge to the road, turn to the right. Fell on my right side, hurt but had my jeans on, so I thought I didn't cause any rash. When arrived at work (Micronova), went to bathroom and found that, in spite the jeans not being damaged at all, I had a large road rash on my right thigh/side. Used Tegaderm to heal it.

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Cycling journal, 1st of April 2007

blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Earlier today I did a couple of Km on my FG MTB. This time I went on a few hills, too, and it wasn't pretty. I decided FG is not for me.

So back home I swapped out the sprocket ("cog") and threaded on a 19-tooth freewheel. Tensioned the chain really well, in fact, too well...

Later in the afternoon, at 18:00, Pöllänen came to my place, I borrowed him my geared MTB, and off we went - and my single-speed MTB felt wonderful! One of the most enjoyable rides of my life.

We first went to Kartanonkaari and Malminkartanontie, so he could learn how to get to my place. Then we went for a ride to the river Vantaa. All in all, 20 pleasant kilometers of fun.

All without a cyclecomp, by the way.
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2nd of April.
With my red SS: Went to Deesport to order the rims (one for me, one for Pöllänen) and a set of spokes for such rim and Pöllänen's Shimano Nexus 7 hub. Should be here tomorrow.

On my way, I fell while trying to avoid colliding with a woman waiting at the bus stop (near the crossing of Kaupintie and Näyttelijäntie (the stop is immediately as you turn right into Näyttelijäntie). Well, I wouldn't have collided with her anyway, I just wanted to be a gentleman. Serves me well. Got a blow to the right calf, which 2 hours later started to hurt like hell and caused problems while pedaling.

After Deesport I returned home to check the number of holes in my Grimeca 7-speed freehub hub, called Lauri and so the 2nd rim could be ordered. Then I went to Nokia (valimo 9) to print out my resumes. Then I returned home, with an aching calf.
About 18 Km in tot.

Now it's doing much better, I'll try to go to Sello.
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I didn't go to Sello because the way to Leppävaara ismore than half on the road, where I would have needed a rear and front light at this time of the day.
So I went around the park instead - found a way from PC Superstore to the park.
Did about 5 Km.
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3rd of April: at 12:00 left for Alppikatu, and apparently, got there in less than 45 min. Then on my way back home I passed by deesport. So that was about 22-24 Km, I think. With my red SS. Calf hurt a bit but it's ok. Strong wind while coming home.
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Went to deesport and back (carrying 700c rim, Nexus inter-7 hub and 36 spokes), 5-6 Km in strong wind. Tired.
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To the B-keskus and back - that's about 17.5 Km. Red SS.
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4th of April: went to Deesport (bought spokes), then to ABB in Pitäjänmäki, then to Prisma and back home. About 11-12 Km. RSS
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To the B-keskus and back (delivered mike for mea) 17.5 Km, RSS. I twas very windy!!
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5th of April: Around noon or maybe a bit later, went downtown, first to the ompelukone shop in Mannerheimintie 49, bought sewing machine oil. Then continued to kamppi to buy presents in the finnish made shop. Then back to urheilukatu and then to etelä esplanadi 22 A (Skandia).
Then back home. VERY WINDY! I had the helmet with large visor on, thinking it would rain - made cycling in the wind harder. Probably about 26-28 Km tot. Citybike.
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6th of April: in the morning, went to Martinlaakso to see Helena Kekkonen - got a bit lost, so the whole roundtrip was about 11-12 Km.
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Went to Slaven's, I think it's 18-20 Km roundtrip. RSS.
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Around 19:30 left for Gustavo's in Oulunkylä. I enjoyed this ride a lot, especially in return. About 16 Km, RSS. Oh yeah, fell as I was leaving Gustavo's place, too slow while turning.
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7th of April:
Did 8 Km total to Poutamäentie 5 and back. RSS.
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17th of April:
Back from Croatia. Morning: went to Poutamäentie 5 (4 Km), then to Itämerenkatu 21 (8.3 Km), then to Deesport (Pastori Jussilaisen tie 1, 8.4 Km), then Prisma (1.6 Km) and then back home (2.2 Km). About 25 Km.
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Late afternoon went to Prisma and back to buy BMX pot. That's 2.3*2=4.5 Km. RSS.
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18th of April:
To work and back, about 9 Km. Then, in the afternoon, went for a ridea round the park, found a way to PC Superstore etc. Biked for about 70 minutes, so perhaps it was about 13-15 Km total. RSS.
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19th of April:
Home-Work 4.5, Work-KRauta 9, KRauta-Home 7.5, for a total of about 21 Km. From KRauta to home it was raining, it was windy and cold. And I got sandy water on my back. RSS.
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20th of April, Friday: if I recall correctly, I went to work, then to Deesport and then home. Raining. City-bike.
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21st of April: rainy but the afternoon was OK. Went to the Rizvan party. 15 Km City.
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22nd of April: nice, sunny Sunday: went to see Anto Sikanen, blind guy who wanted to go on a tandem. Koskelantie 23 B. Then went around Kapyla and Pasila, found my way to Ratamestarinkatu 13 A where a blind couple lives. Then went to Radiokatu, and then home. Maybe about 25 to 30 km. Then in the afternoon I went around Myyrmäki and Malminkartano. Quite a long but relaxed ride. 15-20 Km. RSS.
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23rd of April: Bit rainy. Went to work, from there to Bulevardi 22 A in the afternoon (Muistikeskus). Moderately rainy, but I survived. Later, around 19:00 went back home (12 Km). About 24-25 Km. City.
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24th of April: To work and to home, and from there to Raivosuonmäki 4 (5 Km) on a new path, through Myyrmäki. Met Helena at the entrance. Then back home. Then later, a long bikeride around the park in Malminkartano. Probably 10-15 Km. About 30-35 Km, RSS.
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25th of April: To work, from work to Lauri ( Pastori Jussilaisen tie 1, 2 Km) - met some girl on the bike whom I asked "missä kypärä"), then home (4 Km). Did a bit of riding in the park and Myyrmäki, about 8 Km in late afternon. About 18-20 Km. RSS.
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26th of April:
To work and back home.
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27th of April:
To work, afternoon to home and then to Myyrmäki (suomenpolkupyörätukku), and then immediately to K-Rauta. And back home. About 30 Km on RSS. In the afternoon it was windy.
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28th of April, Saturday:
Went to Ratamestarinkatu 13 A. I always take the "long" way, Pasilankatu, crossing pasilansilta, up on Ratapihantie etc. Then went towards the center but returned back home at Ooppera. About 22 Km. In the afternoon I tried to go to the convention in Espoo, Flinnsinkatu/Flinnsinmäki/WTF the convention was at.
It would have been a long ride on Turuntie. I returned back halfways (after Rastaalantie), it was windy on the way back. About 18 Km.
So, about 40 Km, RSS.
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29th of April.
Went to Pasila, Radiokatu, and back home. Some 16 Km. City.
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30th of April:
Went to Kilo (Pöllänen) during the afternoon, and then, during the night, came back home. It was a glorious ride: no wind, not too hot, a bit dark but at least no sun in the eyes, and noone on the roads. Memorable. About 17 Km RSS
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blind biker blind biker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sat. 31.03.07 With the citybike; had a nice ride to Leppävaara, finally deciphred how to continue on Turuntie (but there must be a shorter way). Met with Antti, fixed up his spokes a bit, gave him advise re. his rear wheel with Nexus 7, cycled towards his home. Had a look around Kilo. Rather nice, cyclist-friendly area.

All in all, about 20-22 Km, but no exact figure as the cyclecomp acted up again (measures double the speed), cause still unknown. It seems to do this as the temperature rises above 10-12 C.

At home I found out that the MTB cyclecomp was dead - battery exhausted. I think it showed about 2650 Km.

And just to be on the safe side with the citybike's, it shows ODO 2849 Km, TTM 171:06.

Judging from the LCD, the FG cyclecomp's battery is in excellent order. I do hardly any FG biking; ODO is puny 116 Km, TTM 6:17. I did a few hundred more on this bike before I got the cyclecomp, though.

Not bad for 10.5 months of cycling (almost half of them winter).

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