The new iPhone camera is reallygood.
Posted by: Ian on 19 September 2014
Five years after getting my 3GS, it was finally getting past its best (and held together with sellotape). I managed to get get in on the pre-order and TNT dropped off a shiny new toy yesterday.
Posted by: Ian on 5 September 2014
From now one, time before 11:47am today shall be knowing as BC – Before Cronut.
Posted by: Ian on 26 July 2014
Note: In this post, I use ‘Kickstarter’ as the generic term for crowd-funding websites, the same way that all vacuum cleaners in the UK are referred to as ‘hoovers’.Crowd funding platforms have been around for a few years now – allowing someone to propose a project, and for the general public to ‘back’ these projects with up-front cash in exchange (typically) for reduced price products if and when they are backed and developed. I don’t have a problem with the majority of projects, and have backed several myself, including the Mio Alpha, Misfit Shine, LIFX, See.Sense, Kensei Fantasy Creatures and the Scanadu Scout. There are however plenty of Kickstarter products I have issues with, or more accurately, i have issues with how they are using these crowd funding platforms.
One thing to remember – these are often projects that venture capitalists have passed on.
They were back on Kickstarter again in May 2013 with ‘Revolight wheels’ – wheels with permanently installed lights and with which they achieved 6x their goal, and once more in April of this year with ‘Revolight Arc’ – a light-up mudguard, which failed to get its $100,000 goal.
Given that the idea of Kickstarter is to get an idea or business off the ground, you would think that going back for a second and third round with new products was a bit much. If the first product was funded, surely they should be using profits from those to fund new projects. It is worth noting that Revolights raised $215,000 with the first round of funding and $85,000 for the second – surely enough to get a company running, if you have a functioning business model.
Essentially, Revolights model seems to be that rather than risk revenue raised from existing projects, running another crowdfunding round allows them to get free market research and offset the risk of launching a product that might fail.
Posted by: Ian on 25 July 2014
This years L’Etape du Tour was run on the classic Pyrenean stage route from Pau to the ski station of Hautacam, a total distance of 145km.
Before the half-way point, the route starts to ascend the fearsome Col du Tormalet, crossing the 2,115m summit with 50km of the stage remaining. A 35km descent into Ayros Arbouix leaves just the 15km climb back up to 1,520m.
In the ‘amateur’ race, Frenchman Loic Herbreteau crossed the line four minutes ahead of second place, with a time of 4 hours 47 minutes and 29 seconds. Vincenzo Nibali won Stage 18 of the Tour in 4 hours 4 minutes and 17 seconds, almost three-quarters of an hour faster.
The Tour organisers, gave todays stage a coefficient of 5 as a ‘very difficult short stage’, which, given Nibali’s average speed allows riders an additional 17% of the winners time to avoid elimination. So for todays stage, the elimination time was 4 hours 43 minutes and 29 seconds – this year, none of the Etape riders would have survived the ‘broom wagon’.
Lampre-Merida rider Davide Cimolai was the last TdF rider to cross the line, safely inside the elimination time by around 9 minutes.
Posted by: Ian on 18 July 2014
Picnic in the park today; fresh bread, good cheese and a Spice Weasel.
Posted by: Ian on 16 July 2014
Chicken is always popular as its high-protein and low in fat. It also tastes great and lends itself to a multitude of variations – perfect when you’re needing upwards of 6,000 calories per day in a Grand Tour.She is also the author of the Grand Tour Cookbook, which looks absolutely amazing, but is sadly only available in Danish at the moment, so hopefully the translated version will be available soon. However, given I have been watching original language versions of The Killing and The Bridge recently I guess I could give it a go1.
Posted by: Ian on 11 July 2014
The Belkin team car gives an insight into their training regime to get ready for this years Tour de France. I’m not sure this would work so well in less cycling-fanatic countries where the teams are less famous.
A few weeks before crashing out of the Tour, Chris Froome became the first person to ride from the UK to France. I think this would make an interesting TT stage, although there might be some challenges to overcome regarding live broadcasting.
You can also watch the making-of video here.
Posted by: Ian on 6 July 2014
More than half a century before Bradley Wiggins secured the first overall Tour de France win for Britain, Yorkshireman Brian Robinson was pioneering the way on the Continent to become Great Britain’s first Tour de France rider and also the first British stage winner.
In 1958, Brian was second across the line on Stage 7 into Brest. However, following relegation of Arigo Pavan for an incident at an earlier intermediate sprint, he became the first British stage winner. The following year on Stage 20, Brian attacked and took line honours by some 20 minutes; although he’d pay a heavy price the day after and narrowly avoid elimination1.
Brian Robinson in the 1959 Tour de France.
Today, at the age of 83, Brian still rides a couple of times a week, and was planning on riding some of the route of Stage 2 between York and Sheffield.
|1952||1st British National Hill Climb Championships|
|1954||Stage win, Tour d’Europe|
|1955||1st Tour of Pennines|
|1957||1st Grand Prix de Nice, La Forteresse|
|1958||Winner stage 7 Tour de France
Stage win Tour du Sud-Est
1st pursuit and omnium, de Guecho, with Jacques Anquetil
|1959||Winner stage 20 Tour de France|
|1960||Stage wins Tour de l’Aude and Midi Libre|
|1961||1st Criterium du Dauphine Libere
Stage win Circuit d’Auvergne
Posted by: Ian on 6 July 2014
It was really disapointing to see Cavendish go out on Stage 1, so here’s my Rich Mitch/ Rapha Cavendish who is watching with me tonight.
Posted by: Ian on 8 June 2014
Miracle World in World Square never fails to deliver; not sure if these aid memory, reduce the need for sleep or something else a student needs.
Posted by: Ian on 7 June 2014
I, for one, welcome our new giant Leporidae overlords.