Various Contrivances

Finished reading: Tiamat’s Wrath by James S. A. Corey. I’ve enjoyed each book in the series and this one was not an exception πŸ“š

Best tree on the street 🍁

Black Lab Brewery 🍺

Rival Consoles' new album Now Is is out and well worth listening to 🎧

Finished reading: Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive by Carl Zimmer. A really interesting book that explores the surprisingly difficult problem of defining what it means to be aliveπŸ“š


I’ve been trying out more of the radio features on Apple Music. At least two features would help out: some way to mark episodes for later listening (I’m sharing to an Apple Note for now) and saving progress, so that the episode doesn’t always start over from the beginning 🎧

Lucy has settled into the couch

Dog lying on its back on a couch surrounded by a blanket

Are rising profits fueling inflation? - The Hub

There are of course important issues to explore and debate when it comes to the level of competition in certain areas of corporate Canada, and there are also many overlapping causes of rising consumer prices. But when it comes to claims that β€œgreedflation” is a key driver of recently rising inflation rates, the data is very clear: it’s not.

As we move into Fall weather, time to switch to indoor riding. The setup is a bit cramped, but I have coach Lucy to keep me company from the couch 🚴

Indoor bike in front of a TV with Zwift. Black lab watching from the couch

A Day in the Life Photo Challenge: Walking to the dentist with unsettled weather in Toronto, Ontario πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ at 15:57

Path through a park with dark clouds

I’ve registered for the Ironman 70.3 in Muskoka πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈπŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Screenshot of email confirming registration

Long runs are great in Fall weather πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Path through trees with red leaves

After putting up with this nonsense of cables for too long

I put in an hour of work and tidied everything up. A good example of how something that bothers you for months can just be fixed with a little bit of effort.

Finished reading: Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, 1) by Brandon Sanderson. I really enjoyed this one. An interesting origins mystery, well conceived magical powers, and good world building πŸ“š

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 🎢

Morning rides are getting chilly πŸ₯Ά

Finished reading: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke. A classic sci-fi story. Hard to believe it was written in 1953 πŸ“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 πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ

Our worries that the morning glories wouldn’t recover from the replacing of the fence were unfounded. They’re as exuberant as ever.

purple morning glory flowers climbing the fence

Finished reading: Shift by Hugh Howey. I’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, I’ll read the last book in the series πŸ“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 πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ

Sheared metal from the hangerRear derailleur tangled in the spokes

Fun ride to Unionville today πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ

Finished reading: Exit Strategy: The Murderbot Diaries (The Murderbot Diaries, 4) by Martha Wells. I’ve enjoyed each of these novellas, though the first one is a standout πŸ“š