This little piggy joined the gym

Apr. 19th, 2014 04:50 pm
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Specifically, the new University Sports Centre, which is conveniently located about 5 minutes' cycle ride from my office.  It has a gym with lots of machines, a big free weights room, and a big sports hall.  I've joined on the staff-discounted lowest-rate membership, which gives me entry to the gym from 8am-4pm weekdays and 8am-8pm weekends. I'm pleased to find the centre uses my university card for entry and also for locking/unlocking lockers in the changing rooms.

My plan is to replace my lunchtime runs with a short hard session on the cardio equipment, and my long weekend runs with long easier sessions ditto.  (From Tony's point of view, me cycling off for an hour or two in the gym is not any different to me disappearing on foot for a long run.)

Yesterday afternoon, which had been planned as a long run, I went over and tried out different cardio equipment:
Notes for my reference ) 

Link soup

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:30 pm
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Haven't done one of these for a while, but it's always fun (and will reduce the number of tabs I have open)

Captain America: Winter Soldier
We went away on holiday just after the film opened in North America, and the great outpouring of fannish response happened.

So, there was [personal profile] musesfool posting after seeing an early preview in New York: and [personal profile] selenak who posted after seeing it in Germany shortly after I saw it in the UK:

Two different long thoughtful pieces on the politics of the film:

A links roundup so I don't have to (which includes a link to [personal profile] coffeeandink 's links roundup):
A couple of fic-rec posts: (also includes review/meta) and


Changes in the population / behaviour of people in public space (in New York) between the 1950s and now (a couple of months old, but I looked it up for someone else this week, so may as well mention it again).

Unisex toiletries aimed at the teenage market (which for sure needs it): Once I've caught up my accounts, I'm seriously tempted to see if I can afford some of these pour encourager l'auteur

A lovely poem (The Sciences Sing a Lullabye, by Albert Goldbarth):

This little piggy turned purple

Apr. 16th, 2014 02:53 pm
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The broken toe is very colourful today. The full impact of yesterday morning's clumsiness is beginning to sink in.  Google autocompletes "running with a broken toe" awfully quickly, and the results generally indicate Do Not Do This.

No neolithic half-marathon on 4th May.  Probably no meeting up with my dad that weekend either.  More of a question mark over Flaming June half marathon on 1st June as that's 6.5 weeks away.  No lunchtime runs in the spring sunshine.  I had just got to the point of running 3 short and 1 long each week comfortably.  (Zombies Run 3 is now confirmed to release tomorrow.  Bah, etc.)  Six weeks of sitting with my foot up is going to put me how far back in my fitness?

I can cycle without it hurting, if I tape the toe up, so at least I can still do my daily commute / childcare runs.

I am investigating the university sports centre, which is about 5 minutes' bike from my office.  If I can do some lunchtime & weekend cardio work that doesn't hurt the toe (elliptic? rowing? bike machine?), I might keep up enough fitness while the toe heals so the June half marathon is still possible.  In any case it might help my mood; chronic pain + lack of runs to work off stress => grouchy Rachel

This little piggy needed strapping

Apr. 15th, 2014 08:11 pm
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I bashed the little toe on my right foot this morning by walking into my own bedroom furniture (I have form for this).  From its state this evening I suspect I broke it.  NHS Choices assures me that there is little to be done but strap it up and wait for it to get better.  I am supposed to be running another half-marathon in 2.5 weeks, and doing a long training run this weekend.  Humph.

To cheer myself up, three good things:
  1. ALL THE BLOSSOM.  There are multiple trees in blossom outside the window of my office.  SO LOVELY.
  2. I actually used "On your left!" appropriately while cycling past a pedestrian on one of the shared-use paths on my commute.  Then I felt terribly self-conscious.  But I will probably do it again when appropriate, because it makes me giggle inside.
  3. The children are being lovely: Nico is using "Dada" and "Mama" consistently, and Charles is being very solicitous while I sit with my foot appropriately raised.
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We got back yesterday evening from a pleasant six days visiting Tony's father in France, leaving the house in charge of Jonny and our latest lodger.  While we were gone, the lodger managed to overcook something in the microwave to the point of filling the kitchen with smoke and setting off the smoke alarms (as observed by J).  Jonny has done the obvious: cleaned the microwave inside, opened windows to set up a through-draught for a few hours yesterday, but the house is still rather fragrant with eau de char.

Any suggestions other than the obvious (giving the microwave another really thorough cleaning, keeping up the through-draughts until morale improves)?

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Apr. 8th, 2014 08:00 pm
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Today, I discovered that mozilla's color management mode 2 breaks some images' color mix very badly (as in, the Tux in LWN's logo had hot magenta feet and beak) on the fglrx driver (it appears to work fine under the radeon driver, but unfortunately the radeon driver is hopeless as a thing to run Europa Universalis IV under).

Nonweasel registrar wanted.

Apr. 6th, 2014 01:24 pm
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  • The horrible story of How The Woman Got Her Period.

  • Did you know web users are "design-starved"? Me neither. There's not enough Comic Sans in the world to deal with some people.

My domains are with 123-reg. Looks like that's changing. Suggestions for nonweasel registrars?

Three NewsTechnica in quick succession! Mozilla announces Javascript For Heterosexuals, New Wu-Tang Clan album available only as no copies at all, Pounding techno and shedloads of pills “exciting” new depression therapy. The trouble with writing more is that the actual news makes me want to stab it, not write about it.

Also, a pile of Rocknerd: February, March, April.

Things I swore I would never do again: accept a position on the board of a small charity. I am now on the RationalMedia Foundation Board of Trustees. And we have actual stuff to do! Fun times!

There may be no whiter musical style than Christian Rock Blues. Syncopation is on another planet.


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