This weeks links (2019-07-08)

In brief:

* The Recovery I Needed (2019-Jul-08) [Amelia Boone Racing]
Well worth the 10 minute read.

❝ In March, after sustaining my fourth stress fracture in the past three years, I wrote that it was time to take a step back and re-evaluate – to stop “fighting the water.” I’ve fought like hell these past few years to try and keep myself healthy and running like I love to do. And while I was tired of fighting for many reasons, internally I knew I had one big fight left in me. Because there was one thing that I hadn’t tackled head on in a very long time: my eating disorder. ❞

* What happened to broadband in Australia? (2019-Mar) [The Monthly]
It’s not a Netflix issue, it’s a crap design. Thanks Tony …

❝ Tony Abbott’s government replaced the largely fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) model initiated by the Labor government with a Multi Technology Mix (MTM) model, which is still being deployed today.
The MTM, which uses a range of fixed-line architectures and technologies including fibre-to-the-node, fibre-to-the-curb and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial (HFC), will end up costing Australian taxpayers billions of dollars more than if the original deep-fibre NBN had been allowed to continue. It will also result in a network that is considerably less capable of meeting the nation’s future broadband needs. ❞

* Why the NBN isn’t delivering on its promise of fast broadband for all | 7.30 (2019-Jul-09) [ABC News]
This report is where we see the “Netflix Effect” being quoted, again this is just poor design and service delivery. The ABC news reporter should have gone back and checked the ABC archives, especially Nick Ross’s articles, rather than quote NBN PR bullshit.

❝ When the National Broadband Network was first dreamed up about 10 years ago, the promise of allowing people in remote areas to work in high-tech industries was a big part of its appeal. Now, in 2019, the NBN’s regional rollout is pretty much complete. The vast majority of people who don’t get the NBN via fixed-line services – such as fibre, copper or cable – are connected via “fixed wireless” – broadband delivered over radio waves. ❞

* Walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive (2019-Jul-05) [The Conversation]

❝ This study also finds that middle-aged (35-54) commuters who walk or cycle – known as active travel – have better self‐reported work performance than public transport and car commuters. This result may reflect the health and cognitive benefits of active travel modes.
Finally, this study finds the short-distance and active travel commuters reported they were relaxed, calm, enthusiastic, and satisfied with their commuting trips, and were more productive. ❞

Tour de France 2019
* ŠKODA Tour Tracker | Cycling

STAGE 3 Monday, July 8 : 214 km : Binche (BE) → Epernay
STAGE 4 Tuesday, July 9 : 215 km : Reims → Nancy
STAGE 5 Wednesday, July 10 : 169 km : Saint-Dié-des-Vosges → Colmar
STAGE 6 Thursday, July 11 : 157 km : Mulhouse → Planche des Belles Filles
STAGE 7 Friday, July 12 : 230 km : Belfort → Chalon-sur-Saône
STAGE 8 Saturday, July 13 : 199 km : Mâcon → Saint-Etienne
STAGE 9 Sunday, July 14 : 170 km : Saint-Etienne → Brioude

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Ports of Call – Single Episodes [Internet Archive]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
An obscure series from 1935 or 1936 in which each episode deals with a voyage to a different country where events of that country’s history are dramatized. They each begin with the low moan of a tramp steamer’s whistle and the announcement of the series title, followed by a musical interlude.

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Hugfanginn (Icelandic, a.)
To be enchanted or fascinated by someone or something.
lit. mind-captured

📷 Cape Liptrap Coastal Park

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Wednesday Win (2019-JUL-03)

60 Minutes Australia has recently been uploading a lot of footage onto YouTube; here is a selection from their archives.

Everest ER: Where doctors rebuild mountaineers’ broken bodies
In 2013, 60 Minutes travelled five and a half thousand metres above sea level, at Everest Base Camp, where mountaineers launch their quest for the summit. It’s a deadly pursuit and more people than ever are risking their lives to scale Everest. But even the most experienced climbers can develop deadly altitude sickness and they end up in the world’s highest hospital. They call it “Everest ER”, a tiny tent where volunteer doctors try to rebuild broken bodies, and shattered dreams.

Death defying sport – Frozen waterfall climbing
In 2013, 60 Minutes witnessed an incredible death defying sport. In the bitter temperatures of winter, a growing number of adventurous and audacious climbers around the world are now scaling frozen waterfalls. As they cling to brittle ice their every move is heart-stopping, one false step and they can fall to their death. Even for the most experienced it is a serious test of their physical and mental skills.

The deadliest disaster on Mount Everest
In May 1996 on the roof of the world, groups of exultant mountain climbers congratulated each other on completing the ultimate adventure. They had scaled Mt Everest — all 8848 metres of it. But their celebrations were premature. The weather was closing in. With 30 climbers on, or descending from the summit, a blizzard hit. In the next 36 hours, eight climbers would die in Everest’s worst tragedy. But not before extraordinary heroics and terrible suffering. For the first time on television, two Australian survivors tell the dramatic story of death and courage on Everest. And from America, a third survivor, Beck Weathers, tells of his ordeal and the frostbite that could mean both his hands being amputated (1996).

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #291 – Mountains

♫ Aaron Copland – Appalachian Spring

❝ There is a kind of supernatural beauty in these mountainous prospects which charms the senses and the minds into a forgetfulness of oneself and everything in the world. ❞
— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

♫ Richard Strauss – An Alpine Symphony

❝ My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. ❞
— Aldous Huxley

♫ Edvard Grieg – Evening in the Mountains

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The Walk to Rivendell : Camp, Day 4 on the River Anduin

152/243.2 2 High wolds of the Brown Lands on east. Downs seen on the west.
155/248 3 Boromir mutters to himself. Just at dusk, Sam spots Gollum on a log.
Reached: 2019-Jun-23
163/260.8 8 Camp on small eyot near western shore. Sam and Frodo watch. Gollum appears during Frodo’s watch. Aragorn wakes. Watches until morning.
Feb. 20 – Day/Nt. 5: 72 miles – Continue through much of the night (18 hours)
163/260.8 0 Leave early morning. Paddle long periods. Still overcast, east wind.
Reached: 2019-Jun-30

Having left Lothlórien the Fellowship heads down the River Anduin, spotting Gollum on a log (248km) before camping on a small eyot (260.8km).

❝ ‘The log’s all right,’ said Frodo. ‘There are many in the River. But leave out the eyes!’
‘That I won’t,’ said Sam. ‘’Twas the eyes as made me sit up, so to speak. I saw what I took to be a log floating along in the half-light behind Gimli’s boat; but I didn’t give much heed to it. Then it seemed as if the log was slowly catching us up. And that was peculiar, as you might say, seeing as we were all floating on the stream together. Just then I saw the eyes: two pale sort of points, shiny-like, on a hump at the near end of the log. What’s more, it wasn’t a log, for it had paddle-feet, like a swan’s almost, only they seemed bigger, and kept dipping in and out of the water. ❞
— J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring
Book II, Chapter 9, The Great River

❝ At Aragorn’s bidding they paddled now for long spells, and the banks went swiftly by. But they saw little of the country, for they journeyed mostly by night and twilight, resting by day, and lying as hidden as the land allowed. ❞
— J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring
Book II, Chapter 9, The Great River

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Melburn Roobaix 2019

Event: Melburn Roobaix 2019
Distance: 45km (ish)
Date: Sunday 30th June 2019
Location: Melburn
Organised by: FYXO

The Hell of the Northcote is looming! No two Roobaix’s are ever the same – and here some things that are new about the 2019 Melburn Roobaix that you definitely want to stuff in your mental musette.
A brand new START location that is only a short ride from the finish at Brunswick Velodrome with easy access by bike trail, train and a only 2.5km ride from a central place to park your car during the day if that’s your plan.
The slighty shorter route of 44.44km but packed with more pavé and laughs. 3 Brand new cobbled sectors, a selection that haven’t been used in over 10 years, and parts of Melburn never pounded.
Get your gruppetto together, brandish your bicycle, cobble your costume together and prepare for the best day in the saddle of 2018, culminating in a lap of the glorious Brunswick Velodrome where you can sink a beverage, belgian frites, dutch donuts and more to celebrate an epic day of fun.

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This weeks links (2019-07-01)

In brief:

* The Bikes Of Wrath [iview]
Five Australian friends cycle from Oklahoma to California in honour of the Dust Bowl migration. The group explores whether America has progressed since the book was written, discussing the wealth gap and the American Dream.

* I Am the Trail

Some reading/listening:

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209 [Internet Archive]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Candy Matson was the private eye star of Candy Matson, YUkon 2-8209, an NBC West Coast show which first aired in March 1949 and was created by Monty Masters. He cast his wife, Natalie Parks, in the title role of this sassy, sexy PI. Her understated love interest, Lt. Ray Mallard, was played by Henry Leff while her assistant and best pal, aptly named Rembrandt Watson, was the voice of Jack Thomas.
Every show opened with a ringing telephone and our lady PI answering it with “Candy Matson, YU 2-8209” and then the organ swung into the theme song, “Candy”. Each job took Candy from her apartment on Telegraph Hill into some actual location in San Francisco. The writers, overseen by Monty, worked plenty of real Bay Area locations into every plot.
Candy was bright, tough, and fearless. She used her pistol infrequently, but was unintimidated by bad guys, regardless of circumstances. Threats, assaults, and even bullets would usually produce a caustic, but clever, response for this blonde sleuth. She and Mallard were frequently working the same case, but she usually solved it first. …

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