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04 June 2018

Snapped Gear Cable... or Matrix-style Probe?

Snap goes the shifter
Is it a matrix-style implant... or just the head of a snapped gear cable?

This morning I rode down to the next village for some shopping. As I was going up again, I looked at my gears... "hmm, in the hardest gear, let's shift some up", I said to myself. The gear lever went part of the way, showed some resistance and then moved free with a clack. Classical case of a snapped gear cable. It was snapped right inside the shifter housing.

Now if I was out on the road somewhere, I'd pull out the remaining cable and fix it under the bottle cage to keep the gearing in a manageable position. But as I was only in the next village, I had no problem to get back home. Lucky for me, this didn't happen on my last ride on Saturday. There I was in the middle of the Naxian mountains, on some steep climbs in the noonday heat.

This afternoon I went to Giannis' bike shop to replace the cable. Most of the time for the job was spent to get this little piece of twisted wire out of the shifter. As the cable slowly breaks, the strands go one by one. I had actually noticed the shifting deteriorate lately. When it broke totally, it left this tangled mess that is then difficult to get out. And as Wu mentioned, it looks a bit like that robot probe thing from the Matrix movie.


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29 May 2018

Zeichen- und Klappstuhl

Marke MABEF
Klappstuhl MABEF aus dem Künstlerbedarf

Eines meiner kleinen Hobbies ist das Zeichnen oder Skizzieren. Hier auf Naxos natürlich bevorzugt im Freien. Olivenhaine und hübsche weisse Häuschen sind bevorzugte Subjekte. Wenn man beim Skizzieren schnell genug ist, braucht man sich nicht hinzusetzen. Wenn es eine passende Steinmauer gibt (und man geprüft hat, dass sich da keine Skorpione verstecken), kann man sich auch hinsetzen - vorausgesetzt, der Standpunkt passt zur gewünschten Komposition.

Die bessere Variante wäre es, einen Klappstuhl mitzunehmen. So ein Teil hatte ich in der Zeichenschule schon mal, aber nach so vielen Jahren ist es natürlich schön verschollen.

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Also habe ich vor ein paar Wochen ein schönes Geschenk erhalten. Einen Klappstuhl der Marke MABEF in Holz und Leder. Es ist eine Dreibein-Konstruktion. Leicht genug für einen Zeichen-Spaziergang, aber viellicht nicht das richtige für eine Bergtour wo jedes Gramm zählt. Die Sitzposition ist angenehm... man sitzt ja nicht stundenlang auf dem Ding. Zur Haltbarkeit kann ich noch nichts sagen.

Aber auch mit dem neuen Klappstuhl... ich zeichne im Moment auch nicht mehr als sonst. So ist das mit den kleineren Hobbies, da gibt es immer erstmal alles mögliche andere, bevor ich daran denke das Skizzenbuch und den Klappstuhl mitzunehmen.

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26 April 2018

Wasser 2018

Kein Wasser dieses Jahr
Wasserstand im grossen Reservoir, April 2018

Diesen Winter hat es auf Naxos stark unterdurchschnittlich geregnet. Von Zeit bin ich mit dem Fahrrad bei den beiden Stauseen / Reservoirs in Naxos vorbeigefahren. In der ersten Hälfte des Winters konnte ich so mitverfolgen, wie die Wassermenge langsam zunahm. Ende Januar war der Stand ungefähr wie im gleichen Monat des Vorjahres. Es regnete zwar nicht ganz so stark, aber dafür regelmässig und oft.

Doch dann blieb der Regen mehr oder weniger ganz aus. Seitdem ist natürlich der Wasserstand nicht mehr angestiegen. Das Foto ist vom 22. April 2018 und es ist deutlich zu sehen, wo der Wasserstand sein sollte. Auch das Grundwasser ist tiefer als es sein sollte. Brunnen in der Nähe des Meeres haben jetzt schon salziges Wasser - was normalerweise erst im Herbst passiert.

Dazu kommt auf der Verbrauchsseite, dass Naxos seit einigen Jahren steigende Tourismuszahlen hat. Mehr Besucher verbrauchen auch mehr Wasser. Die Landwirtschaft verbraucht auch mehr, denn dadurch, dass der Frühling wärmer als normal ist, wird mehr bewässert.

Theoretisch könnte es auch im Mai noch regnen. Aber ich bin nicht allzu optimistisch. Es müsste sehr, sehr viel regnen, um den Rückstand auszugleichen und es sieht im Moment gar nicht danach aus, gerade scheint es so, als ob der Sommer jetzt schon startet. Vor zwei Jahren hatten wir Ende August zwei Wochen mit Wasser-Rationierung (nur ein bis zwei Stunden Wasser pro Tag), ich gehe davon aus, dass es dieses Jahr noch schlimmer wird.


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20 April 2018

First Swim 2018

Splish splash this year too
 
Beach in Agios Prokopios

Almost forgot to record that during the EspressoSprint I also did my first swim of the season. It wasn't a big thing: As we were on the beach in Agios Prokopios anyway, I just jumped in one sunny morning. The water was still icy. In fact, Agios Prokopios is well known to have cold water even in summer, let alone now in spring. So "jumped in" can't be taken literally. In fact I stuck around with only up to my knees in for a while, considering if I should chicken out. But I persisted a bit longer, and then I warmed up and in the end I even swam properly for a bit. At that point it was quite nice.


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19 April 2018

EspressoSprint

5 days of work and a tiny bit of fun
Working into the sunset at the cafe Santana in Agia Anna

Twice a year me and the friends who work together on this project get together and work concentrated for a week or so. Usually we're remote working and part of the team is in Spain, part in Greece. So putting our heads together once in a while "in real life" is a Good Thing(TM). Apart from work days, we usually also leave some days free to do something all together, the so-called "social days". The last few years, the cyclists in the team go on a long ride together. This time it was all a bit condensed...


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11 April 2018

Χρόνια πολλά πριν το Πάσχα

Μόδες στους χαιρετισμούς

Ένα πράγμα που με διασκεδάζει πάντα στα Ελληνικά είναι οι διάφορες ευχές που έχουμε για όλες τις φάσεις της ζωής. Το "καλό δρόμο" είναι διαφορετικό από το "καλή συνέχεια" (η όποια είναι λίγο η ευκή για τις πολλαπλές χρήσεις). Η διαφορά του "καλησπέρα" με το "καλό βράδυ" μου πήρε λίγο χρόνο. Γύρω από γάμο υπάρχει ένα ολόκληρο ναρκοπέδιο από ευχές που θέλουν την στιγμή και τους ανθρώπους τους. Το "αστειάκι" ότι θα πει κανείς "και του χρόνου" σε έναν γάμο μάλλον είναι πανάρχαιο. Και το Πάσχα έχει τα δικά του, τα όποια όμως κατάφερα να μάθω αρκετά καλά μετά από λίγα χρόνια.

Τώρα τα τελευταία μια, δύο χρόνια βλέπω όμως μια αλλαγή στις ευχές του Πάσχα. Ενώ κανονικά το "χρόνια πολλά" το λέμε μετά το Πάσχα, τελευταία το λένε και πριν. Από τους ειδικούς που με συμβούλεψαν έμαθα ότι αυτό είναι απλά λάθος και να μην το ακολουθήσω. Θα κάνω αυτό που μου λένε!


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23 March 2018

Today we learn a new word: Poroductivity

It's brand spanking new

Yesterday one of my colleagues created a new word through the process of anorthografogenesis. At first I didn't make much of it, but then it struck me as a word that we actually had missing in our dictionaries. Here it is, complete with the dictionary entry we all should add in our dictionaries:

poroductivity

[poh-roh-duhk-tiv-i-tee]

noun, adjective

When you are doing a lot of the stuff you need to do, but still a lot of small tasks slip through.

I'm making good progress on updating all my printed and digital dictionaries, but there are still a lot of words I haven't yet gotten around to.


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21 March 2018

A Different Mistery Puncture

It's not always what you can't see

Quite often when you have a puncture in a tire, there is a bit of mistery about it: What caused it? Can't find any stones, thorns, pieces of glass inside the tire, can't see where the hole came from. A few days ago I had a different level of mistery.

My spare bike sits on the trainer in the downstairs room. It's seldom used, so I wasn't too surprised when the tires were flat a while ago. I pumped them up, and that was that. And then, some days ago, the rear tire was flat again. Ah well, I found an old spare tube and headed down there to switch out the one that presumably had developed a slow leak.

The usual procedure, take out the wheel, take off the tire, rip out the inner tube, put your hand in the tire to sweep left and right to see if you can find anything that caused the pu... outch! Not only did I find what caused the puncture, it nearly punctured my hand too and it hurt like hell. There was something like a 1cm long nail stuck in the tire, sticking up vertically on the inside. The thing had no "head", and the outside was flush with the tire surface. But the inside point was sharp. Quite obviously this is a condition that does not fit well with keeping the air in an inner tube.

Now the big mistery is there: How did that thing get into the tire, while the bike was on the trainer? It's not like it's going anywhere to pick up stuff from the road surface. Quite unlikely to have the trainer's roll push that thing into the tire vertically. And if it was there before, how did the inner tube survive so long? This bike has been on the trainer for months. Sticking out 1cm is not a situation where the nail works itself slowly into the tube. The tire was flat only twice in those months, so the nail having punctured the tube already, but having "sealed itself" only with a slow leak sounds also quite implausible. Your guess is as good as mine.


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17 February 2018

Haircut

... or rather: no haircut
 
Barber shop

I wanted to have my hair cut at my preferred barber yesterday, but his shop is closed "for a few days". I like this kind of sign, you could actually leave it on indefinitely, as there is no indication when the "few days" start. The guy had some health problems a year or so ago, so I hope it's not related to that. I like going there, because he knows how I want my hair cut, so there is never any discussion about what fashionable thing I might want.

The downside is that he is slow. Not as slow as the last barber I went to in Athens, who was slow on an epic scale - I would calculate in at least an hour to spend in there, but slow. Some years back in Athens I used to go to a really old barber. He was excellent, and he was damn quick. I never timed him, but I think I'd sometimes get out in 5 minutes or so, with a perfect haircut. But like most of these old fashioned barber dudes, he got pensioned. Actually, looking back, I went to about 3 barbers in Athens in a row who then each got pensioned after a while.


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03 February 2018

Fast, how unexpected: Brevet Nemea 2018

Yeah, sure, we will take it easy
Lots of cyclists on the first kilometers (picture from George)

Been there, done that, but maybe it's time for some repetitions. Last Sunday I was riding the "Nemea" Brevet again, which I had done 4 years ago. Another repeat: I was going to be riding with George again. And same as for my last brevet (Tatoi), I had to travel from Naxos to get to the start.

The plan was: We are going to take it easy, because George is not in shape. But then, even the best plans go to hell when fun arrives on the scene. Actually it was George having fun, since he found out after the first few kilometers that his form wasn't that bad after all. So we went fast, how unexpected.


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