Monthly Archives: January 2008

Biking Gear

As Reinhardt commented on my previous post, adopting a policy of ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time) is the most successful way to protect yourself when riding a bike. And so the day dawned where I had to start my own spending spree in search of the gear that would suit me most. I drew on the experience of two mentors here. In fact if you’re looking to start biking GET YOURSELF A MENTOR. …

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The Dreaded Learner’s License

The first step in my mission to acquire a speedy set of two-wheels is, of course, the Learner’s Licence test. It’s simple, in theory. So I phoned 0860GAUTENG, pressed the required random digit to get through to an operator, and requested a booking. My timing was, of course, less than stellar, as I phoned during late December, at a time when none of the scheduled test times were available. Nevertheless, I was put onto the …

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PowerAlert.co.za Says Keep the TV On [Idiots in the Dark Division]

Yes, at this time of crisis, with a desperate shortage of electricity, the best thing YOU can do is: Keep your TV on! Morons. TVs use huge amounts of power. Turn the damn thing off. Oh, but wait, if everyone turned off their TV how would we continue to brainwash the masses? [Link: PowerAlert.co.za] Not worth the time really. Oh, and I’ve solved Eskom’s problem: Implement Daylight Saving Time. It has a strong history of …

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To Bike or Not To Bike – There Is No Question

A little over a month ago I was lucky enough to have my first ever ride on the back of a superbike. It was on a beautiful, dry, wide open piece of road between Lydenburg and Dullstroom with a biker who I trust implicitly and it was incredible. It left such a strong impression that I’m now quickly approaching the day when I get a bike of my own. Yep, 28 years in and the …

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Learn a Language Online with Babbel [Failed New Years Resolutions Dept]

I came across Babbel.com today, which looks like an awesome language learning site that is also pseudo community/social network driven. So you can learn a new language from native speakers over the interwebz! They’ve currently got English, Spanish, French, German and Italian training modules on the site, and from my first six French words learned, it seems the learning interface is simple, intuitive and comfortable. I’m not sure how deep the modules go into sentence …

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