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In Bruges (2008) and Ava (2020)

Calendar

Sun. 3/28/2021 : Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields men
Sun. 3/28/2021 : Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields women

Sun. 4/4/2021 : Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres men
Sun. 4/4/2021 : Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres women

Sun. 4/10/2021 : Paris-Roubaix
Sun. 4/11/2021 : Paris-Roubaix Femmes

Sun. 4/18/2021 : Amstel Gold Race
Sun. 4/18/2021 : Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition

Sun. 4/25/2021 : Liège-Bastogne-Liège
Sun. 4/25/2021 : Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes


My moves

March 27 (Saturday)
March 28 (Sunday) Gent-Wevelgem

April 3 (Saturday) Oudenarde
April 4 (Sunday) De Ronde van Vlaanderen

Aprl 10 (Saturday) Denain
April 11 (Sunday) Paris-Roubaix

April 17 (Saturday0 la Redoute
Maastricht
April 18 (Sunday) Amstel Gold Race

April 24 (Saturday) la Redoute
Bastogne
April 25 (Sunday) Liège-Bastogne-Liège

"Ava (2020)"

A reprint of "In Bruges (2008)" or a "John Wick" spin-off?

I saw "Miss Sloan (2016)" several months ago and immediately recognized the actor who played the main character (Jessica Chastain). When I saw a character (played by Colin Farrell) who is the kingpin of an assassination organization, I immediately thought of "In Bruges" which I saw a year ago or a bit earlier.

Overall, the movie was entertaining.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [In Bruges (2008) and Ava (2020)]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2021/03/04(木) 22:23:30|
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MIA or sloppy job by Luxembourg Post Office?

MIA

I noticed a status update of part of the Amazon (Germany) order that it had been cancelled and would be reimbursed in the following days. WTF? MIA?

The order had been divided in three parts due to the fact that they (5 items) had three different shipping origins.

One of them had been cancelled because there was an error during the delivery. The last delivery agent is Luxembourg Post Office, or POST. They did something.

It happened before. It was delivered in the end but it was officially cancelled and reimbursed. I don't know what happened but someone at POST was nodding in sleep when he/she came to contact with the package.

Probably this time I will not be so lucky as I was last time and have to re-order them again later.


When it rains, it pours

I was out with Hannah in the woods but our excursion was briefly interrupted by a sudden rain mixed with slight sleet. I had to wipe off the mud on her paws after coming home. We were there only around 20 minutes but she was lucky to catch a mouse (gerbil of some kind) and enjoyed herself doing so.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [MIA or sloppy job by Luxembourg Post Office?]の続きを読む

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  1. 2021/03/04(木) 15:27:54|
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Spring Classics and Hell of the North

Time has come!

"September 24 th 2020 - 16:30

-The inaugural edition of the Women's Paris–Roubaix will be held ahead of the men's race on Sunday 25 October. The peloton will roll out from Denain at 9:10 am and tackle a 116 km course featuring 29,2 kilometres of cobblestones divided in 17 sectors.
-A provisional live broadcast of the Paris Roubaix Femmes on both general interest channels with large audiences and on sports-dedicated channels in almost 130 territories on 5 continents.
-24 teams representing the world cycling elite have been invited to be part of this momentous event.


Their time has come. The world's top female cyclists have long watched their male counterparts do battle and get rattled on the cobbled sectors of Paris–Roubaix with a mix of jealousy and awe. Now, their first foray into the Hell of the North is approaching fast. The town of Denain, in the Nord department, will host the start of the race. The "fun" starts after 20-odd kilometres, especially when the riders get to Hornaing, where the courses of the two races converge. At that point, 86 kilometres and two sectors with the maximum difficulty rating will stand between them and glory: Mons-en-Pévèle and the Carrefour de l'Arbre, which have witnessed numerous make-or-break moments for cobble-gobblers over the generations. This year, the ladies will also know how it feels to go head to head on such hellish terrain, which only makes the entrance to Roubaix Velodrome that much sweeter."


(It is a quote from www.paris-roubaix.fr. So if there is some spelling issues, it is not my fault.)

I did not know until I looked for some information this evening that there was a women's version of Paris-Roubaix this year.

Time has come for me too to start planning for the race watch trips!

Screenshot clips from Gamin BaseCamp on my MacBook Pro. I am a proud owner (of a lot of Garmin GPS products like 4 automobile navigation devices and Edge 800 and GLO) and user (of BaseCamp and its predecessor software) since around 2005.

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(1: The yellow bold line is a simple automobile route between Denain and the velodrome in Roubaix around 53 km)

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(2: The green bold line is a simple automobile route between my place and Denain around 280 km)

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(3: 2018's version of Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sections close to Roubaix)

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(4: 2018's version of Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sections down South from above)

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(5: 2018's version of Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sections down South from above)

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(6: 2018's version of Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sections down South from above)

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(7: 2018's version of Paris-Roubaix cobblestone sections begin here)

The red cube (waypoint symbol) signifies the cobblestone section. The skull and bones symbols are detour points. One can not trespass the race course nor can one cross them. One must make necessary detours to avoid doing so at all costs.

When ASO (or above URL) puts up the detailed race course information, I make the modifications to my precious waypoints and update them for the 2021 version.

I am thinking of traveling to Denain on Saturday and stay there with Hannah. I don't have to go to Compiègne to see the men's start. The real action or "fun" according to the quote above starts after the cobblestone sections, which is where Denain is.

4/4/21 : Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres men
4/4/21 : Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres women
I will be there to see them.

3/28/21 : Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields men
3/28/21 : Gent-Wevelgem In Flanders Fields women
I will be there to see them.

4/18/21 : Amstel Gold Race
4/18/21 : Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition
I will be there to see them.

4/21/21 : La Flèche Wallonne
4/21/21 : La Flèche Wallonne Féminine

I won't be there to see them.

4/25/21 : Liège-Bastogne-Liège
4/25/21 : Liège-Bastogne-Liège Femmes
I will be there to see them.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Spring Classics and Hell of the North]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2021/03/04(木) 01:17:20|
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How to spend my paid holidays in August or September

Holidays in August or September

I don't know when exactly I can take one. If and when I take them, I think I can spend around 2 weeks in August or early September based on this calendar, Luxembourg School Holidays 2021.

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(Click on it to magnify)
I would like to spend my holidays during late June and July to follow (by car) the stages of the Tour de France but it won't be possible. So I have to come up with something else. Naturally I took a look at the UCI calendar.

During the suspected holiday window, I saw Deutschland Tour, BinckBank Tour and La Vuelta ciclista a España. Except for the BinckBank Tour, I don't really think that I will be able to follow them. BinckBank Tour stages are held in Belgium and the Netherlands, so they are within my reach. First I will see if my holidays overlap these dates.

8/14/21 to 9/5/21 : La Vuelta ciclista a España

8/26/21 to 8/29/21 : Deutschland Tour

8/30/21 to 9/5/21 : BinckBank Tour

I also remembered that the biggest bike show in Europe takes place during the same time.

EUROBIKE in Friedrichshafen

EUROBIKE (https://www.eurobike.com/en/)

"The City

Around 60,000 “Häfler”, as the locals call themselves, live here, and some 700,000 guests flock to Messe Friedrichshafen on the lake every year. This Baden-Württemberg city is located at the point where three countries converge – Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and Liechtenstein is only a 1 ½ -hour drive away as well."



I know they have a temporary camp grounds near the venue and there are also private camping sites around. I have been to Austria and Lichtenstein before. I know there is a nice camping site and climb in Lichtenstein. I was once there.

Anyway, I have to see if I can make it there.

UCI 2021 Road World Championships Flanders

(https://www.flanders2021.com/en/)

I did not know that this year 2021 the Championships take place in Flanders. How lucky I am! I can easily get there. Antwerp and Leuven are also places that I have been several times.


"Greyhound (2020)"

An OK movie.



In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [How to spend my paid holidays in August or September]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車ロードレース - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2021/03/02(火) 21:14:14|
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Garuda Linux and dash cams

Garuda Linux

It is like Ubuntu but based on Arch Linux distribution. Ubuntu is based on Debian distribution.

I have never used Arch Linux before.

As Ubuntu, Garuda Linux has many flavors, in other words, Garuda has many different looks using various desktop environment sets. Gnome, KDE, Xfce and others.

I took a look at its official site and understood that it would be easy to install Japanese Input Method (like mozc, I hope) because there was a screen shot where I saw "あ" (a Japanese letter -one of many phonetic letters that translates into "A" in most Western languages).

This distribution's suggested system requirments are a bit higher except for some of its variant where lightweight desktop envirnment sets are used, of course.

Its policy says the unused RAM is wasted RAM. It is true in a sense. Garuda Linux uses a bit extra RAM to cache more in the RAM to make the desktop operations snappier.

Should I give it a try in near future?

It is appealing but it is only my curiosity that I have never used any of Arch Linux distributions. Or is it because some of the desktop screen shots look so appealing? I have to remind myself that looks are deceiving.

Ding Ding Pai or DDPAI dash cams

Currently I am using VIOFO WR1 so some time. It has served me well and it really saved my life once when I successfully recorded a BMW 1 series model and its driver who hit my MX-5 and ran away. I went to the local (French Police where the accident took place) and filed a report and submitted the video. The recording did not actually include the incident as I had killed the engine before it happened as we were sitting in a total standstill where the roads were still closed after a stage (Tour de France). The recording showed the license plate as I had followed her car for a while before we both entered a roundabout where the traffic got to a total standstill.

I could not have caught her without the recording as I had never paid any attention to the license plate nor had I memorized it even if I wanted in a flash of moment when she attempted to flee.

I am currently looking for another one as a second backup camera or a rear view recording camera.

It has to be inexpensive to begin with. Eventually I found these dash cams from DDPAI.

First I thought I would opt for it basic "mini" but its prices (from various sellers) were a bit unstable (inexpensive seller's stock went out as expensive seller's price is more than other dash cams with more features). This model entered the market around 3 to 4 years ago as some of ther review videos on YouTube are as old.

Then I found DDPAI Mola N3 model. It must be relatively new (reason ditto). A GPS module is available. It is relatively small and the price is also not so high.

It does not have a LCD display built in so all the operations (like changing settings or viewing and managing the footage) are done on a smartphone or tablet with an dedicated app (iOS or Android) like my old VIOFO WR1.

The "mini" model was much smaller and one of its features (not many) that I liked was it ability to rotate its camera so that it can record front or rear without messing with the adhesive foot on the windshield.

The Mola N3 can not rotate but flip. The foot (which includes the GPS module) connects to the camera body with USB C style plug. As the USB C plug does not have sides, the camera body can flip (turn around).

I was thinking of installing one on the wind deflector which is located in the back of my right shoulder.

When the roof is covered on my Mazda MX-5, the rear view is really limited. When it rains, you can forget about recording the rear view through the glass pane as it does not have a wiper.

Currently the WR1 is neatly tucked behind the rear view mirror in my point of view. I don't see it in action. I wanted it that way. No obstruction, no distraction. I wonder the Mola N3 can be as discretely coy as WR1. If it is I may install Mola N3 in front.

VIOFO WR1 can be used on the wind deflector but it may require some kind modification as most dash cams are designed to stick to a windshield that has about 45 to 60 degrees of slant angle.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Garuda Linux and dash cams]の続きを読む

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  1. 2021/03/02(火) 00:25:15|
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