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  1. First rule 9 ride of the year!

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    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      But bear in mind you would prob need new rear mech, new shifter, new wheel - all for two more gears?

    3. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Thanks. Yeah, I like spending money on it. I like modding things to my taste and fit even if it makes no financial sense. It's my pleasure pursuing my idea of functional perfection. I wouldn't go as far as, say, buying Ultegra stuff. Being a gear tart is not what I'm about but I do like things to work the way I want them.

    4. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      I know you hate them but I've just put the best Clarkes Brake setup on my bike and they great; very responsive and reliable;much better than the Shimano brakes that were on it... they were only low-end ones though.

  2. My big brother died yesterday in a bike accident in his beloved Lake District. I might be a little distant for a while

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    2. ajb

      ajb

      Sorry to hear this.

       

    3. DrmDoc

      DrmDoc

      My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Many thanks to everyone for their kind words. Just got back on my bike for the first time today

  3. Any good suggestions for holiday reads! Off to the islands next week and need to stack the kindle

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    2. too-open-minded

      too-open-minded

      If you like sci-fi, you can't go wrong with enders game. Theirs a second one I think i'll be getting around to reading it soon.

    3. Moontanman

      Moontanman

      Better late than never but I suggest the Gaean trilogy by John Varley. Outrageous genetic engineering in Science fiction.

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Will give Varley a bash. I loved Enders Game. Audiblized (I know it doesnt exist) Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon as well - good fun

  4. Bloody punctures, bloody whitechapel road

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    2. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      You are either very fit or motorised (or both!).

      I guess you could outrun the police with a push-bike in the Metropolis!

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Not motorised - don't feel very fit either! Legs nearly seized up this morning due to cold and wet - but then it is the 6th of July so what should I expect - Sun??

    4. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      Not being totally logical I never considered (or neither!) lol. I was given an electric bike as a present a couple of years ago - but being retired it only comes out now and again on a nice day.

  5. Come on Alastair and Jonny!

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    2. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      If that's the case it sounds a good time to ask if you could lend me fifty quid. :)

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      happy, well fed, but poor...

    4. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      Any excuse!! Take pity on a poor old pensioner. :-D

  6. Happy New Year Revolutionaries!

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    2. Function

      Function

      5th of November sticks better to my mind.

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      we had three succesful revolutions in England - yet the only date anyone remembers is a failed plot

       

    4. Function
  7. Oh for Fucks Sake!

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    2. koti

      koti

      I hate to break it to you String but it's not just the UK and US - it's the whole planet.

    3. Phi for All

      Phi for All

      It's a sad fact that the easygoing people who would be smart, insightful, and tolerant politicians aren't very good at telling people what they need to do. For that, you need a bunch of idiots who think they know best.

    4. koti

      koti

      "I know that I know nothing"

  8. Scientists had to delete Urban Dictionary's data from the memory of IBM's Watson, because it was learning to swear in its answers.

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    2. DrP

      DrP

      I saw a documentary about Watson - it was on a game show and started swearing for some of the answers like Q-What is Homeopathy? Watson: Bullshit!

       

    3. DrP

      DrP

      I think it searched for Homeopathy and found that the highest percentage of answers to that question were 'BS'. So it spouted it out - they had to adjust it. lol.

       

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      brilliant. it's right and it's about the only thing on TV which is brave enough to say that Homoeopathy is bullshit

  9. I love olympic lanes - all the way from the city to parliament square without touching my brakes once. Sure I am not allowed in them - but the illicit thrill just adds to the enjoyment of passing miles of queueing traffic

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    2. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      I still think the hood and scarf is a good idea. Apart from anything else you can snatch the odd old ladies handbag! Just joking!!:-D

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      when I am up in front of the beak I know who to blame

    4. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      I've got broad shoulders. I get the blame for most things - one more won't matter!

  10. Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya

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    2. Amaton

      Amaton

      I've never understood the true meaning behind the original lyrics.

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      well for a start the person bathing on the roof was Bathsheba and the peeping-tom was King David

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      there are something like a hundred verses that cohen wrote and some people perform dofferent verses. the jeff buckly version is based on John Cale's first cover.

  11. Still smarting from getting a fine from a copper on my ride to work!

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    2. Iota

      Iota

      Depends how badly you're speeding I think.

    3. WWLabRat

      WWLabRat

      It varied, but usually cops around here won't pull you over unless you're 10 mph or higher than the limit.

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      I would love to get pulled over for speeding - 30mph on a bike is really moving

  12. So drunk I cant type!

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    2. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      Start the ride home? Drinking at work? Sounds like promotion - if so congratulations. I am spending a lot of time on poetry at the moment, but I also look in quite often to see if I can contribute anything.

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      I am very lucky with my job - a large proportion of it is being entertained by brokers - and sometimes it gets messy.

    4. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      Messy sounds good :)

       

  13. Vote Early! Vote Often!

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    2. MigL

      MigL

      Don't forget to throw in a couple of extra votes for me too.

    3. Function

      Function

      Even we Belgians are on the ball. I wonder in what kind of world I'll wake up Wednesday.

    4. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      It'll be rathe Louis Carroll to find Trumphas his finger on The Button.

  14. "Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic."—Derek Walcott,

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    2. CharonY

      CharonY

      Yes I was being facetious and tried to use an amusing example. Setting up the bench in a certain way just did not have the same ring as a ritualistic sacrifice, but would look similar to the observer (and blood was actually involved).

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      and the hexagrams purely coincidental?

    4. CharonY

      CharonY

      Well, they seem to increase yield.

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    2. ajb

      ajb

      Reading about him, the US army should never had deployed him or allowed him access to the data. That said, they did and he became a traitor. I am not sure if he should be in a mental hospital or shot.

    3. too-open-minded

      too-open-minded

      Mental hospital or shot? He uncovered war crimes, unless i'm misinformed. His sexual orientation is irrelevant if that has anything to do with your statement in my opinion.

    4. ajb

      ajb

      "His sexual orientation is irrelevant if that has anything to do with your statement in my opinion." Actually, it may have some relevance, but not in the way you imply. This individual had lots of emotional and psychological issues. This I am sure played a big role in what happened. In my opinion the US army should never have deployed him, but then hindsight is 20-20.

  15. Bad Friday Agreement

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    2. Strange

      Strange

      It does sound like a disastrous outcome for Ireland. As if sorting out the border issue wasn't going to be hard enough.

    3. StringJunky

      StringJunky

      Ahh, I didn't realise the Irish connection. This could be our Donald Trump. :)

    4. Prometheus

      Prometheus

      It doesn't sound like the DUP will try to push an ultra conservative agenda. But it seriously undermines the peace process and makes a return to the Troubles more likely.

  16. Crumby Crappy Central Line.

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    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      I think the problem is that they havent done any maintenance since then! Water main flooded the tunnels around Stratford. Back to normal now

    3. zapatos

      zapatos

      I thought you were having trouble with a catheter...

    4. Joatmon

      Joatmon

      I can tell you this from experience. If you are in hospital with a catheter fitted leading to a container on the left side of your bed its a very bad idea to jump out of the right side of the bed when the nurse comes round with the bedtime drink! Tears in your eyes doesn't come near!

  17. 802x is hard!

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    2. imatfaal
    3. too-open-minded

      too-open-minded

      I was hoping you meant hard in a gangster rap manner.

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      God I must be old - I don't know if "hard in a gangster rap manner" is good or bad. And no I mean it really makes me work to understand the ideas, remember the models, and see the true path.

  18. A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston by-pass. Motorists are asked to be on the look-out for 16 hardened criminals.

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    2. arc

      arc

      I understand most of them served time for aggregated assault. :)

    3. arc

      arc

      CORRECTION: That would be aggregated basalt. :)

    4. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      lovely; very fitting tribute

  19. And the Bartender says: "We don't serve neutrinos here." A Neutrino walks into a Gran Sasso pub. :)

    1. Aristarchus in Exile

      Aristarchus in Exile

      Did the neutrino bounced off the pub or pass through it?

    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      carried straight on without even interacting ;-)

       

    3. Aristarchus in Exile

      Aristarchus in Exile

      Too bad .. it should have at least stopped for a shot of something.

  20. Hope all our East-Coasters are OK

    1. Lightmeow

      Lightmeow

      :), wasn't on yesterday because all me and my dad were doing was cleaning up ALL the snow, but this is in the US, don't know were you are.
    2. Lightmeow

      Lightmeow

      We have 3 feet in NH now

    3. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      Good luck with that sounds dreadful. weatherwise I am fine in London - but I did mean the USAC and ECC

  21. Strawberries and Cream! Wimbledon bound! Let's hope at least some seeds stay in the competition.

    1. MonDie

      MonDie

      I can never figure out your statuses.

    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      I was off to centre court with my bosses tickets to watch the tennis. Wimbledon is a great day out - even if you do not like tennis

    3. MonDie

      MonDie

      I'd much rather be playing the tennis. Sports are boring.

  22. It's been a struggle to make up what is left of my mind

    1. physica

      physica

      what is it that you had to make your mind up on?

    2. imatfaal

      imatfaal

      :) most of my status updates are lines from songs that are just stuck in my head. That one is from I am Kloot
    3. MonDie

      MonDie

      Why are there so many (lyrically) different versions of IAmKloot. :( "I don't know what to say, I don't know what to say, I could say I crave you still you little brat, I could rant and rave you no I can't do that"

  23. Stand up, all victims of oppression For the tyrants fear your might Don't cling so hard to your possessions For you have nothing if you have no rights

    1. MonDie

      MonDie

      really nice guy

    2. too-open-minded

      too-open-minded

      I feel like culturally the general population values general consumer products more so than education. Yeah in a sense we're taken advantage of, their's the elite tyrants who turned college into a profit center. Among many other things. But the general population doesn't care, it's partly our own fault.

    3. dimreepr

      dimreepr

      Tomorrows right is today's privileged, it's important to focus on the right's that really matter.

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