Jul 112014

LinkedIn and Pulse announced that Pulse was acquired by LinkedIn quite a while ago. For whatever reason, the Pulse webpage continues generating the following pop-up message even after dismissing the message and restarting the browser:

Pulse is part of LinkedIn. Your continued use means you agree to our integrated LinkedIn Terms of Service.

This message is getting quite tiring now. Luckily the message can be blocked (at least in Firefox) using the Adblock Plus plugin to block the following item:


with this filter:


or by blocking the following item:


with this filter:


Not sure which one is more elegant, but removing the JavaScript would be my preference.


Jun 122014

I recently came across Hans Rosling’s Gapminder. This site has some of the best statistics, videos and other resources that provide realistic representations of global population growth, life expectancy, health, wealth, etc. In the last couple of days it has certainly displaced quite a few myths that I was harbouring. Gapminder has also reinforced my optimism for our future. Certainly challenges remain, but we are an adaptable and intelligent species.

This is a good Gapminder video to get you started!

Gapminder is at http://www.gapminder.org/

Casio Pro Trek

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Jun 072014

I’ve just bought a Casio Pro Trek watch. Not too expensive, looks robust enough, with some nice features.

Casio Pro Trek watch

I’ll probably use it mostly whilst mountain biking and also on travels.

Jun 072014

This sketch was inspired by my visit to Taungthaman Lake, Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma). There are quite a few boats on the lake to ferry people around, but I imagine most are for sightseeing U Bein Bridge.

Hand-sketched on A4 paper using charcoal and chalk, and then coloured over.


Apr 272014

I’ve had Point One Racing Podium pedals (the original version) for a while and they’ve been really great and have taken quite a few hits. But the main issue that I’ve had with these pedals is that the o-ring seal is quite tight which results in a fair amount of drag. I’ve tried lightweight lube to make the pedal spin better and this has helped but not enough. These pedals are actually notorious for having a high rotational drag; some see this as a feature but it wasn’t really for me.

Although Point One Racing have brought out a new version of their Podium pedals which are lighter and with less rotational drag, I thought I’d try another brand. I had heard great things of the DMR Vault pedals so bought the MG Superlight version of these pedals. These have very good grip and are also very light made from magnesium with titanium axles. The only minus for me with the DMR Vault pedals is that they not as thin as the Podiums. Time will tell if this is going to be an issue with the sort of riding I do.

When I first saw the demo Vault pedals in the shop mounted to a board they spun quite freely which I really liked and is one of the criteria I used for helping me to choose a new pedal. However, when the new pedals arrived I was a bit surprised that they had a fair bit of rotational drag. So I dismantled the pedals and noticed that the axle was liberally covered in grease. I’m sure this grease is great for keeping the elements out but I’d argue that it’s not critical with an assembly consisting of sealed cartridge bearings and DU bushings. So I wiped off all that grease and applied a very lightweight grease at all the contact points; I trust the rubber seals to keep the elements out!

Anyway, these Vault pedals now have a really sweet spin to them. I really like!


Apr 142014

Another great video from potholer54 where he explains the need to get facts regarding climate change. Truth matters.

And potholer54’s playlist is simply brilliant:

Feb 152014

Are they serious? According to the Brunei Times, the Brunei legal system states that it is “an offence to propagate religions other than Islam to a Muslim or atheist”. And this bit:

Additionally, it is a crime to expose the child to any ceremony, act of worship or religious activity of any religion beside Islam, or to participate in any activity held for the benefit of other religions.

Go read the rest at the Brunei Times!