The downside to switching to colemak on my home computers is that my typing at work is all screwed up. They won't let me change layouts either 😅

I should really try to make something other than a cylinder, though. 😑

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I had a burst of creative energy / burst of annoyance at how I do things at work. I've been using an old pie dish to hold screws etc when I'm pulling things apart, which is fine but sometimes they bounce out. So I made a little bag out of leather with a 3d printed hook. Of course I haven't needed to use it yet 😅
The shoelace is to hang it from something, if the hook is too small. But most of the stands have 25mm railings.

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Today I had another crack at riding up the big hill to work. I didn't make it, but I did get halfway up, which I'm pleased about. I think that was a 30m climb in a fairly short distance. An opafiets is not made for this! But the larger rear sprocket thing was a good buy. I might actually make my goal of riding to work before the snow shuts me down!

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Someone in our neighbourhood has been putting up transphobic stickers, can anyone recommend a good source of trans-supportive stickers that I can replace them with, ideally UK based?

Today I found out my boss (not my direct boss, a few rungs up) is a climate change denialist, conspiracy theorist, etc. I'm just so tired.

Plot twist: I am!? And it turns out the grocery store has some decent bike parking just off to the side. I'll have to add that to OSM.

It was literally a 5 minute ride, and I got the green traffic light both ways. So that's fun 😂

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Hrm. Am I brave enough to ride my bike to the pharmacy? It's not the road that worries me, it's the lack of bike parking. I have the alarm on the bike though so it should be ok?

Today I repeated yesterday's experiment, except I went a more direct way home, through some semi-official trails. It was half the distance, but still took the same time because of all the bumps and such. But it's a much more pleasant ride than playing in traffic. One problem is that the drum brakes make a horrible honking noise as I come to a stop. Which is amusing in small doses but hilariously embarrassing when I'm trying to keep to a safe speed down a steep gravelly hill!

My experiment was a great success! It's only a kilometre from my wife's workplace to mine, so the morning was easy. Though I was a bit early. It took me just over 20 minutes to get home, and most of that was downhill. The brakes didn't fail, either. Which is a bonus!
I'll try the shorter, offroad route tomorrow though it's probably not worth the extra stress in the little 35mm wheels.

My bike isn't great with hills. It's got a 3 speed hub, and that's it. Also my legs are noodles. My workplace is on top of a big hill that I can't ride up, not yet at least.
So tomorrow I'm going to experiment: My wife works close to my workplace, and starts about half an hour before I start. So I'm going to cheat a bit and put my bike in her car, and ride from there to my work. Then I'll ride home. If it goes well I'll do it more often!

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Aaand I woke up too late to ride to the pharmacy before other errands interfered.

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Bike fixed (though it may need some tuning) and beer is retrieved. It is a good day. Tomorrow I need to go to the pharmacy so it looks like I'm taking the bike out again 😁

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When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.

By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.

The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.

It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)

Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.

Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.

How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_St

Customer at work is from Mexico. Their english isn't much better than our spanish, which makes things tricky. Lucky for me I don't usually have to talk to them (being one of the junior guys), but even though it's a long shot I keep wanting to ask "ĉu vi povas paroli ?" But throwing another language into the mix will only confuse things more 🤣
It would be cool to put what little esperanto I know into practice, though.

I rode my opafiets 10km today! Mostly along one of the few separated (multiuse) trails in my town. It was pretty nice! But I paused strava while I took a quick breather about half way and forgot to unpause it, so it only says 4.6km. Damn. I guess I'm gonna have to ride my bike again tomorrow 🤣

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