Chikashi Miyamoto

Attracting, Cycling, Drinking, Eating, Giving, Persuading and Travelling

A New Follower on Twitter

I have a new follower whose handle is @InstAssMan.

#flattered

Heartbleed? What?

Unless you have been under a pretty big rock, you have heard or read about the Heartbleed bug. Based on the reports, it is a serious and widespread security problem across the entire Internet. There has been some chatter about the fact that the NSA knew about it and kept quiet, possibly because they wanted to exploit the vulnerability for their own use. To be honest, the discussion about the NSA is so abstract to me that it is almost irrelevant. However, I do wonder about something much closer to my little world and likely your little world, as well.

The world has been talking about Heartbleed for more than a week now. Like many people, I have numerous accounts on the web: email, social media (like this one), e-commerce, banking, charity, etc. The list is quite a long one, as I realised. You would think that service providers and web site owners would contact you without delay to inform you about Heartbleed and to urge you to change your passwords immediately, regardless of whether you have been hiding in a cave the last couple of weeks.

But, no. Most, including WordPress, have not bothered. When they are not actually trying to sell you something, their restraint is quite remarkable.

I received just 2 emails to explain why I should change my password promptly: one from social media platform Tumblr and the other from charity challenge organisers Classic Tours.

It says something about Tumblr and Classic Tours, namely, their sense of responsibility and their approach to issues / crisis management.

What does it say about everyone else, particularly those who do not already have a two-factor authentication as a standard process for every account holder?

Do you have an Amazon account with your credit card details stored for a quick check-out? They do have a rather broad assortment of products these days, don’t they?

Compromise Agreement Reached Between China and Italy?

Verona ramen

China and Italy have been in a longstanding dispute about who invented noodles.

And then I spotted this today.

OK, perhaps something got a bit lost in translation…

Mourning the Loss of Rizzoli Bookstore

A Mamil Problem

How to do laundry

OK.

So, what am I supposed to this with all these Lycra thingies? ’40 (cotton)’?

Good Luck with the Paris Roubaix Sportive Tomorrow!

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Mark D, Sven, Mark H and everyone else that’s riding to the Roubaix Velodrome tomorrow, have fun! Try not to break anything…

Mountain Bikes with Aero Bars?

So, I’ve seen a few, albeit just a few, people who have aero bars installed on their mountain bikes. I am not a mountain biker, so I have no idea about the breadth and depth of mountain biking. Is there something like MTB time trials? Is that on an unpaved trail? They look a wee bit wrong on a MTB…

An Excellent Edition of Ronde van Vlaanderen Sportive

2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen sportive finish line
16,000 spots were sold out as expected, and unlike last year, we had glorious weather with the temperature reaching in the high teens. The wind was negligible, at less than 8 kph. I don’t think we could have hoped for a better condition. (Ruth, Tim, Luke, you chose the wrong year to skip the ride!)

Furthermore, my legs were feeling surprisingly strong. Going up some of the nastier climbs like Molenberg, Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, I even thought to myself that I had remembered them being much harder work. Even Paddestraat seemed smoother than usual. There was massive congestion on Koppenberg, making it look like central Mumbai during morning rush hour. Riders left and right were falling off their bikes, so I had to dismount and walk up the first half of the climb; I got back in the saddle the second half, and it seemed slightly easier than before. The congestion on Paterberg, the last climb of the day, was not as bad so I was able to ride up without incident.

The 134 km route was just perfect. Not too long, not too short. An excellent day out on the bike.

2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen

An Abridged History of the Tour of Flanders

Just a little bit of history before the amateur version tomorrow… If you are participating, then I hope you can make it up Molenberg, Koppenberg and Paterberg without dismounting because there is sure to be some congestion and lots of riders stalling and falling off their bikes — I hope I won’t be one of them…

 

 

 

An Exception to the Rules, a Story Worth Sharing

I thought it was worth sharing Jeffery’s recent blog post as there are so many good things in it despite the brevity.

There are always exceptions to the rules…

Part of our business is making made-to-measure clothing. We have a library of patterns to which almost two hundred alterations can be done to account for size, posture, preference, etc. The alterations are pretty comprehensive but there are limitations and parameters. The pattern can only be stretched so far before you have to draft something from scratch, not something that is generally done in the industry because of the amount of time involved in getting a draft trued and production-ready. Today we hit some of those limits.

The lady who is in charge of the blue pencil department (the department that applies the alterations to the patterns before the garments are cut) came to see me with a problem. A client had requested some alterations which were well outside the usual limits. By several multiples. Shorten sleeves by six inches, shorten the coat five inches. And so on. I sent her to see my boss, our president. His answer, as expected, was a very firm NO. We would not be able to accommodate these requests.

Some time later he came to see me, his tone softened.

“About that pattern”, he said.

“It seems the customer in question is a thirteen year-old boy. And he has leukemia. Make this boy his suit.”

And with that, I will get to work on a new pattern.

A Flemish Climb, According to Google Translate

The original Flemish description of Taaienberg is

The English translation by Google Translate is

  • Very narrow cobble, short but very pissed off, 475 m
  • Climbing ability: ± 9.5% – Max: 18%

 

I have doubts that I can ever go up Taaienberg again without cracking up. Thanks, Google.

 

 

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