Microadventure: 10/52 Watch the sun rise

The challenge to participate in a microadventure every week for a year.
#45. Watch the sun rise

There are not too many mornings where I am happy to see the sun rise, ANZAC Day is one of the exceptions. After arriving at the Scout Hall late for our pre-ANZAC ‘lack of sleepover’, I rolled out the swag near the campfire at the back of the hall not expecting to get any sleep but more to keep warm so I didn’t antagonize my already troublesome head cold. This plan worked out pretty well as there was no sleep, but I did manage to keep the night air off my chest.


After a 4:30am wake up call we made our way up to the Eltham War Memorial by 5:30am for the 6:00am Dawn Service. The Sun rose over our shoulder, the cockatoos gave the ceremony a fly by as the sky turned pink with the light of the dawn. Eltham does community well, and it was on display again this morning.


❝ They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget. ❞

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This weeks links (2016-04-25)

In brief:

* Papua New Guinea court rules detention of asylum seekers on Manus unconstitutional (2016-Apr-26) [Guardian]
Supreme court orders PNG and Australian governments to immediately move people out of detention centre on Manus island

* Lycra, cyclists and cafes: acceptable or controversial? (2016-Apr-28) [Executive Style]

* The road to hell is paved with SAML Assertions (2016-Apr-27) [Economy of mechanism]
A vulnerability in Microsoft Office 365 SAML Service Provider implementation allowed for cross domain authentication bypass affecting all federated domains. An attacker exploiting this vulnerability could gain unrestricted access to a victim’s Office 365 account, including access to their email, files stored in OneDrive etc.

* Twitter says barely anyone disables its algorithmic timeline (2016-Apr-26) [The Verge]
There are a few particulars at play. Some Twitter mobile users may not have even realized they were using the algorithmic timeline, despite Twitter turning it on by default for all users last month. There’s also no easy way to deactivate the feature unless you go actively looking for it. To turn it off, you have to go to your settings panel, click on “Account” and uncheck the box that reads, “Show me the best Tweets first.” On mobile, you have to navigate to settings, tap on “Timeline,” and uncheck the same box.


* London Marathon 2016
The winner of the men’s race, Eliud Kipchoge, set a course record (and the second-fastest marathon time ever) of 2:03:05 for the 42.2km averaging 2:52/km!


* 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège [OGE]

* How the Race Was Won: 2016 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

* Nicole Cooke: welcome to the world of elite cycling where sexism is by design (2016-Apr-25) [Guardian]
In readiness for the 2012 Olympics, the McLaren Formula One team were commissioned to produce special bikes for the British riders to take advantage of every possible “marginal and aerodynamic gain”. Which was good if you were a man but, of course, women were excluded. Custom-fit bikes were produced not only for every British male road rider but also for every member of the reserves. None were made available for the women’s road team. So Lizzie Armitstead was in the invidious position of her boyfriend [Adam Blythe], a reserve on the men’s team having the latest bike, while she was left, like myself, without access to this advantage. What would have happened if she had spoken out? I was certainly persona non-grata at British Cycling. She just had to look at my circumstance to see the consequences.

* Upcoming cycling on SBS (2016-Apr-8) [SBS: Cycling Central]
Giro d’Italia – Friday 6 May – Sunday 29 May SBS/HD – All stages live.
Tour de France – Saturday 2 July – Sunday 24 July SBS/HD – All stages live.

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
Nomade Orquestra by Nomade Orquestra

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Wednesday WIN (2015-Apr-20)

Salomon Running TV Season 5 Trailer
Salomon Running TV is back for a 5th season with a new series of short films from around the world.

Paradise Lost – Salomon Running TV S05E01

Trail Dog – Salomon Running TV S05E02

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #219 – Aerosmith

aerosmith Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including over 70 million records in the United States alone. With 25 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, and 12 multi-platinum albums, they hold the record for the most total certifications by an American group and are tied for the most multi-platinum albums by an American group. The band has scored 21 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, nine number-one Mainstream Rock hits, four Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and ten MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and were included among both Rolling Stone’s and VH1’s lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.wikipedia

And now for some music …
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This weeks links (2016-04-18)

In brief:

* Watch Guns N’ Roses perform with AC/DC’s Angus Young at Coachella (2016-Apr-17) [NME]
Guns ‘N Roses singer Axl Rose will soon be joining AC/DC on tour as their lead singer


* Boston Marathon 2016


* How The Race Was Won – Amstel Gold 2016 (via cyclocosm)

* How To: Get your mud on with Australian cyclocross national champion Lisa Jacobs (2015-Apr-02) [cyclingtips]
Ask any rider about her first cyclocross race, and you’ll probably hear something like this: “It was tricky and I got filthy, but afterwards I just had this big silly grin on my face and I couldn’t wait to do it again.”
Cross Season!

* Upcoming cycling on SBS (2016-Apr-8) [SBS: Cycling Central]
Fleche-Wallone – Wednesday 20 April – 2300 – 0100 AEST SBS
UCI MTB World Cup – Cairns – Saturday 23 April – 1300 – 1700 AEST SBS2 and online
UCI MTB World Cup – Cairns – Sinday 24 April – 1300 – 1600 AEST SBS2 and online
Liege-Bastogne-Liege – Sunday 24 April – 2230-0130 AEST SBS
Giro d’Italia – Friday 6 May – Sunday 29 May SBS/HD – All stages live.

Some reading/listening:

* There Will Always Be a Max (2016-Apr-06) [Tor]
Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction || A hero is missing. The post-apocalyptic wasteland is awash with violence and injustice, and the genrenauts’ own King must step in and show precisely why There Will Always be a Max.

Something from Bandcamp:
Love Letter for Fire by Sam Beam and Jesca Hooph

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Game of Thrones – Season 6

GoT6 Description:
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.
The sixth season of HBO’s popular fantasy series Game Of Thrones kicks off on Monday, April 25 once again Foxtel still has the Australian broadcasting rights so there are restricted viewing options (How To Watch Game Of Thrones Season 6 In Australia [lifehacker.com.au]).

❝ This year, after the shocking developments at the end of Season 5 – including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing – survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates.
Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south. ❞

(Beware! Spoilers after the jump)
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Wednesday WIN (2016-Apr-13)

2016 Paris-Roubaix – Backstage Pass – ORICA GreenEDGE

How the Race Was Won by Cosmo Catalano

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