Various Contrivances

A three hour and seven minute album from Nils Frahm! Definitely on the ambient end of the spectrum and good for staying in the zone ๐ŸŽถ

Morning rides are getting chilly ๐Ÿฅถ

Finished reading: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. A classic sci-fi story. Hard to believe it was written in 1953 ๐Ÿ“š

I’ve enjoyed a couple of Time to Run sessions. The coaches are relatively restrained, while offering useful tips, and the music fits in well. They’ll be good for days when I don’t have anything specific planned and have about 40 minutes to spare ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Our worries that the morning glories wouldnโ€™t recover from the replacing of the fence were unfounded. Theyโ€™re as exuberant as ever.

purple morning glory flowers climbing the fence

Finished reading: Shift by Hugh Howey. Iโ€™m not sure that Wool needed this prequel. Part of the enjoyment of the first book was the mystery of how people ended up living underground after an apocalypse. That said, Iโ€™ll read the last book in the series ๐Ÿ“š

The hanger for my rear derailleur broke on my commute this morning. So, a shortened ride, along with a minor crash when the freed derailleur ended up in the spokes of the rear tire and I tumbled over the handlebars ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Sheared metal from the hangerRear derailleur tangled in the spokes

Fun ride to Unionville today ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Finished reading: Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries (The Murderbot Diaries, 4) by Martha Wells. Iโ€™ve enjoyed each of these novellas, though the first one is a standout ๐Ÿ“š

Ten questions about the hard limits of human intelligence | Aeon Essays

Despite his many intellectual achievements, I suspect there are some concepts my dog cannot conceive of, or even contemplate.

A fun (in a nerdy sort of way) essay on the limits of our understanding

Iโ€™m enjoying the Really Specific Stories podcast series from @martinfeld. I’ve been listening to podcasts for a long time now and hearing people talk about the medium and associated technology has been fascinating

Finished reading: A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers is a charming story about a human and a robot on a quest to find purpose ๐Ÿ“š

Plague Birds by Jason Sizemore is quite the story: advanced AIs living in peopleโ€™s blood, genetic manipulation run amok, the collapse of civilization, and a mysterious alien. A fun read ๐Ÿ“š

An early start for todayโ€™s ride to avoid the heat and catch the sunrise ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Among Others by Jo Walton is very good. A celebration of SF, despite being about magic and fairies๐Ÿ“š

Back in the city for todayโ€™s run. A bit strange after all those quiet, hilly cottage runs

Relaxed and happy

son and daughter arm in arm and looking towards the camera

Found some rapids on todayโ€™s run ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ

The Kobo Libra 2 is great for cottage reading ๐Ÿ“š

As a follow up to my earlier post, now that I’m on the eleventh book of my vacation, I can confirm that the Kobo Libra 2 is exactly what I’d hoped.

The screen has been easy to read in all lighting (especially bright sunlight on the dock), the page turn buttons are reliable, and the public library integration has been seamless.

Perfect for cottage reading!

holding the Kobo with the cottage lake in the background

Although the book is unfinished, I enjoyed Starlight by Richard Wagamese. The theme of appreciating the land resonates well with my cottage vacation. I also found the themes of fatherhood and adopted families compelling ๐Ÿ“š

Ominous clouds for todayโ€™s swim

Lake with some dark clouds rolling in with Strava stats: 3,110 m in 1 hour and 11 minutes

A fun Upgrade episode on automation with Jason Snell, Federico Viticci, Rosemary Orchard, and Matthew Cassinelli ๐Ÿค–๐ŸŽง

Tunnel 29 by Helena Merriman is an engrossing book about students that escaped from East Germany during the Cold War, only to then tunnel back under the wall to help more people escape ๐Ÿ“š

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan was a perfect vacation read. A long and immersive fantasy story with both familiar elements and novel ideas๐Ÿ“š

Back on the gravel roads for todayโ€™s run