The Walk to Rivendell : Sarn Gebir

Feb. 23 – Day /Nt. 8: 12 miles (3.5 – 4 hours)
335/536 0 Late in day Legolas sees eagle. Wait to full dark to leave (8:30 p.m.). Go slowly.
Reached: 2019-Sep-10
347/555.2 12 Midnight. Sam hears racing water. North edge of the rapids of Sarn Gebir. ORC ATTACK. Reach western shore. Legolas shoots a Nazgul’s flying beast. Move upstream to a small shallow bay. Huddle in boats rest of the night.
Reached: 2019-Sep-17

The Fellowship continues down the River Anduin, spotting Sarn Gebir (555.2km)

❝ ‘Come!’ said Aragorn. ‘We will venture one more journey by night. We are coming to reaches of the River that I do not know well; for I have never journeyed by water in these parts before, not between here and the rapids of Sarn Gebir. But if I am right in my reckoning, those are still many miles ahead. Still there are dangerous places even before we come there: rocks and stony eyots in the stream. We must keep a sharp watch and not try to paddle swiftly.’ ❞
— J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring
Book II, Chapter 9, The Great River

❝ The boats were all huddled together.
‘Hoy there, Aragorn!’ shouted Boromir, as his boat bumped into the leader. ‘This is madness! We cannot dare the Rapids by night! But no boat can live in Sarn Gebir, be it night or day.’
‘Back, back!’ cried Aragorn. ‘Turn! Turn if you can!’ He drove his paddle into the water, trying to hold the boat and bring it round.
‘I am out of my reckoning,’ he said to Frodo. ‘I did not know that we had come so far: Anduin flows faster than I thought. Sarn Gebir must be close at hand already.’ ❞
— J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring
Book II, Chapter 9, The Great River

❝ ‘Elbereth Gilthoniel!’ sighed Legolas as he looked up. Even as he did so, a dark shape, like a cloud and yet not a cloud, for it moved far more swiftly, came out of the blackness in the South, and sped towards the Company, blotting out all light as it approached. Soon it appeared as a great winged creature, blacker than the pits in the night. Fierce voices rose up to greet it from across the water. Frodo felt a sudden chill running through him and clutching at his heart; there was a deadly cold, like the memory of an old wound, in his shoulder. He crouched down, as if to hide.
Suddenly the great bow of Lórien sang. Shrill went the arrow from the elven-string. Frodo looked up. Almost above him the winged shape swerved. There was a harsh croaking scream, as it fell out of the air, vanishing down into the gloom of the eastern shore. The sky was clean again. There was a tumult of many voices far away, cursing and wailing in the darkness, and then silence. Neither shaft nor cry came again from the east that night. ❞
— J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring
Book II, Chapter 9, The Great River

Onto The Argonath (588.8 km)

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #294 – Big wheel keep on turnin’

The paddle steamer Mundoo being raised after sinking in the Murray River, Swan Hill, 1920s

The paddle steamer Mundoo being raised after sinking in the Murray River, Swan Hill, 1920s.
Source: Museums Victoria
Public Domain (Licensed as Public Domain Mark)

♫ Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary

❝ Big wheel keep on turnin’,
Proud Mary keep on burnin’,
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river. ❞

♫ J.J Cale – Riverboat Song

❝ Yeah, that river boat whistle blows
I know she’s getting near
River captain, bring my baby home ❞

♫ Lazy Harry – A Nautical Yarn

❝ I sing of a capting not unknown to fame;
A naval commander, Bill Jinks was his name,
Who sailed where the Murray’s clear waters do flow,
Did this freshwater shellback, with his Yeo heave a yeo. ❞

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This weeks links (2019-09-16)

In brief:

* Abbott & Turnbull right on the NBN … for all the wrong reasons (2019-Sep-16) []

❝ The National Broadband Network is an unmitigated disaster not just for broadband delivery in Australia, but for how it has contributed to the devaluation of a whole industry sector. ❞

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Planet Man – Single Episodes []
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
This is the fascinating story of Dantro, The Planet Man, troubleshooter for the League of Planets organization, the law enforcement body for peace and justice in the celestial world — whose headquarters and center of operations are situated on the capital of all planets, Planteria Rex.
From Mercury to Pluto, where ever danger threatens the universe, you will find Dantro the Planet Man fighting for fair play.
The Planet Man was a juvenile science ficton series of the 1950’s transcribed and syndicated by Palladium Radio Productions.
The stories are campy and predictable, but silly fun none the less. Good for a laugh or for bedtime stories for younger listeners.

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Be kind.

Work hard. Participate fully in your life.

Take on the hills, don’t just stick to the flats because they are easier.

Stand up for what you believe in.

Use your voice.

Head for the top of the mountain but enjoy the effort of getting there and the route along the way.

Be part of nature. Learn about it, be in awe of it, spend time really in it.

Get into the wilderness. Full your lungs with fresh air and take in the view.

Have fun! Never grow up entirely.

Get dirty. Build a massive rope swing and give yourself a thrill.

Stay fit and healthy. Keep moving. Dig lots of holes.

See the world. Embrace diversity. Empathise with people less fortunate than yourself.

Get to know people from all walks of life.

Get involved in your community. Pitch in.

Create opportunities for everyone to thrive.

Love your work. Do something that makes you proud.

Surround yourself with people who help you grow and succeed.

Get up early and make the most of each day.

Love your children.

Spend as much time with them as you can.

Teach them to look after themselves and to be good people.

Encourage them, cuddle them, make them feel safe and supported always.

Find someone to share your life with who helps you to grow, who supports your passions and who lets you be you.

Bring them cups of tea and pancakes in bed.

Find happiness in making others happy.

Don’t wait. Make things happen.

Part of a speech given by Dave Blair’s wife, Sera, at his memorial service on Sunday.
Hansard – Senate 10/09/2019 Parliament of Australia

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Wednesday Win (2019-SEP-11)

The Ultra Addict with Courtney Dauwalter | Salomon TV
In 2018, Courtney Dauwalter battled for two days and 205 miles on the steep, dry Tahoe Rim Trail. Lack of sleep, race mishaps and a relentless competitor pursued her as she was pushing her limits, running towards the overall victory. You can learn a lot about yourself when a race goes well, but you can learn even more when it all goes sideways.

CHINA | Arc’teryx
‘China’ follows Arc’teryx athlete Jonathan Siegrist through a month-long trip across one of the most stunning and unique places in the world, where the climbing is as diverse as the landscape. From massive limestone arches to the sheer overhanging faces, the area is home to some of the most difficult climbing in all of Southeast Asia.

❝ It’s one of the most unique landscapes in the world… These vegetation-covered, crazy dots on the landscape in every direction that just go on forever. ❞

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This weeks links (2019-09-09)

In brief:

* iPhone Hack: Google Warns 1 Billion Apple Users They May Have Been Attacked (2019-Aug-30) [Forbes]

❝ Google’s Project Zero team has disclosed that a number of “hacked websites” have been used to attack iPhones for two years. And every single up-to-date iPhone has been vulnerable. “There was no target discrimination,” the researchers reported, “simply visiting the hacked site was enough for the exploit server to attack your device, and if it was successful, install a monitoring implant.”

The nature of the attack also dispels the belief that iPhone’s are not susceptible to serious, indiscriminate security breaches. This is not the type of targeted attack we’ve seen from government agencies. This was an attack that only required a device to visit and load a hacked webpage. ❞

* Lifestyle Changes Aren’t Enough to Save the Planet. Here’s What Could (2019-Sep-12) [Time]

❝ There is a long history of industry-funded “deflection campaigns” aimed to divert attention from big polluters and place the burden on individuals. Individual action is important and something we should all champion. But appearing to force Americans to give up meat, or travel, or other things central to the lifestyle they’ve chosen to live is politically dangerous: it plays right into the hands of climate-change deniers whose strategy tends to be to portray climate champions as freedom-hating totalitarians. ❞

* Moving Your JavaScript Development To Bash On Windows (2019-Sep-11) [Smashing Magazine]

* How to Run Graphical Linux Desktop Applications from Windows 10’s Bash Shell (2018-Mar-01) [How-to Geek]
You need an xserver on Windows to run graphical Linux applications in the Linux subsystem for Windows.
Xming X Server for Windows [sourceforge]
export DISPLAY=:0

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Murder By Experts -Single Episodes [Internet Archive]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Murder By Experts ran on Mutual from June 1949 through December of 1951. Its total run consisted of 130 episodes of crime and mystery that quickly birthed a loyal following of listeners and swiftly gained the respect and approval from the radio world at large. This show boasted the genius of Robert Arthur and David Kogan of Mysterious Traveler fame along with famous mystery writers like John Dickson Carr and Brett Halliday who hosted the program and also included many familiar names from the deep pool of New York acting talent like Lawson Zerbe, Ann Shepherd, Santos Ortega, Ralph Bell, and William Zuckert. The program featured stories by well known writers of the time and chosen by “guest experts” like Craig Rice, Bruno Fisher, Lawrence Blochman and other household detective fiction names. …

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Wednesday Win (2019-SEP-04)

UTMB® 2019 – Best of
Best moments of UTMB® 2019 – Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

❝ The only people for me are the mad ones
The one who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved
Desirous of everything at the same time…❞
— On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Johanna Åström and Daniel Antonioli take home the title at the incredible Matterhorn Ultraks « EXTREME ». Top athletes label the brand new 12th race of the Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series the most challenging course of their skyrunning career.

The Best Part | Merrell
Meet Meadow, Merrell’s first ever Dog Ambassador! With so many incredible reasons to love going for a hike, find out what Meadow thinks is the best part of a day on the trail.

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