atomicules

Push propelled program tinkerer and picture maker.

State Of Their Own Affections

"...there is nothing people are so often deceived in, as the state of their own affections..."

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

True.

Note: Saturday night tea was brought to you by Blessed Ethel - much underrated (now, anyway) and under loved.

People That Marry

"People that marry can never part, but must go and keep house together. People that dance, only stand opposite each other in a long room for half an hour."

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Didn't really get going for me until the end and then it ended. Perhaps I should have gone for Lady Susan instead? Love this quote though.

View From The Cittadella

View From The Cittadella

Not a fan of, nor great at, landscapes, but I like this one.

Kodak Portra 160NC, Yashica Mat, Aug 2016.

Marsalforn

Marsalforn

Might actually be my favourite shot of the whole holiday. Maybe 50 ISO films are where it is at? Probably knew that though.

I'm not a film snob (ok, I am), but just I don't see Instagram filters comparing. Maybe it's just me: My wife can take nice photos on her phone, but I'm just left underwhelmed. Whereas when I get shots like this back I just think everything else can just fuck off. I just love it.

Ilford Pan F Plus, Yashica Mat, Aug 2016.

Gozo Motorbike

Gozo Motorbike

Fujichrome Velvia 50 RVP, Yashica Mat, Aug 2016.

Mgarr Ix Xini Mouse

Mgarr Ix Xini Mouse

Velvia. It just never fails to disappoint. I mean: the photographer can disappoint, for sure, but not Velvia.

Probably the only one I'll post from this roll. It wasn't exactly what I was after and I'm annoyed about a few bits of it, but it was taken in a hurry as it's on a steep hill and meant standing in the road and you have to get out of the way if cars are coming as it is not a hill you can stop on if an idiot with a camera decides to get in the way.

So with all that said I like it. I might post one of the others, but the more I look at it the more I just don't get excited about it. I know what I was trying for, but I'm not sure it worked. We'll see. I keep forgetting I have photos to post anyway!

Fujichrome Velvia 50 RVP, Yashica Mat, Aug 2016.

Sprints

Since the clocks changed it's been a real struggle to get out for a run in the week, even with working from home. There is only about six hours of daylight to play with and other things need to happen during that time and then there's the weather to contend with. The wife's exercise DVD is proving a good substitute as far as exercise goes (it's hardcore), but I still prefer the outdoors.

So I've decided any running is better than no running and have started doing sprints on the track up to our house. It's about 300m long and has a gradual incline with a kick at the end (last 100m? Or just after halfway?) where it's got even more of an incline. It's not what I'd classify as "uphill", but it is noticeable; Cycling up it when it was icy was "fun".

So far all I can manage is a jog down, sprint up, jog down and sprint up. The first one I can get in 50 secs (did I say it's a MASSIVE hill? I'm old), the second sprint is always 5 secs longer and I'm spent by then - I try to give it my all.

Like most things that are good in life it's over in a few minutes. I'm intrigued to see if this provides any physical benefit and whether I can improve my times and/or add in a third sprint or whether it's purely going to provide mental relief.

French Cyclist Robert Marchand Sets New Record Aged 105

"The French cyclist managed 22.547km (14 miles) at the national velodrome, taking the top spot in a new category - for riders over 105."

Also AMAZING.

LINK: Kajsa Tylen: Cyclist's 32,000-mile ride smashes world record

I'm a bit delayed with mentioning this, but saw it at the time and wanted to. I was well impressed until I got to this bit:

Ms Tylen, who took a year off work...

I kid! I kid! It's amazing. On one bike as well. For reference it's the same amount of miles in one year it took me almost four years to rack up when commuting. I.e: AMAZING.

End of Year Review

I'm not saying things are perfect, but if I don't do it this year who knows when I'll next get to (See footnote). This year started off just as shit as last year, then got even worse, then was ok again, then was AMAZING and then settled to good.

I'm just sulking a bit really having had that brief glance of a stress free life and haven't come to terms with that it is a LOT LOT better than last year, but can't be as good as I glimpsed.

Push

Almost did this and then stopped cycling altogether. Meant to have a few months off, but it's now looking like it'll be a year since I can afford to be a fair weather cyclist; it might actually be over FOREVER if I think of it in terms of actually affording it: I spent about £65 on a pair of running shoes when I decided to have a break from cycling and they are easily going to last me a year. I just can't see me being allowed to spend the money I need to on my bicycle for what will now be a "hobby" seeing as how incredibly tight my budget was when I was arguably cycling for (to) a living.

On the running front I achieved what I wanted to do: Learnt to run 5k without crippling myself and then ran 10k. Unsure next year whether to work on running further or faster.

Program

I started the year off as a good open-source maintainer on Oysttyer and Simplenote.vim/py and ended the year as a bad maintainer. It's utterly bizarre that I used to write more code when I didn't work in software/technology; There has been a tonne of stuff to learn though.

On that note though: finally! Officially; I do feel as though those years of tinkering have paid off.

Part of the reason for my drop off in maintainership (I'm not intending it to be permanent) is that when I did find time for personal projects in the latter half of this year I decided to be selfish and spent time getting to grips (ish) with Haskell again and got this little project working again - it ain't pretty, but I am happy I managed to get it going again.

Picture

For the first time in six years managed to shoot a roll of film and get it developed in the same calendar year. Amazing. True.

Spent so long not doing it though that I don't feel back in the swing of it yet.

Prose

(I've actually thought about wrangling further Ps into my website instead of using owtelse. Can't quite bring myself to do it though).

The youngest is still out reading me, by far, by volume, but I made a good effort this year to catch up on a backlog of classics and modern-classics from my list:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • A Room of One's Own
  • Wuthering Heights
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Waves
  • A Modern Mephistopheles
  • Northanger Abbey (almost finished this)

Quite a few Virgina Woolf books - I like her; I already have another lined up for the start of next year.

Phonographic

In a year that saw LOADS of famous musicians pass away there was also a huge amount of great music released. This year I have very much enjoyed:

  • Gurr - Moby Dick
  • Honeyblood - Ready for the Magic
  • tc - Hold On Mind blowingly good
  • DBFC - Autonomic
  • Slaves - Fit but you know it (Streets cover) Not on the album, but good all the same
  • Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve - Creation
  • All Tvvins - Darkest Ocean
  • De La Soul - Royalty Capes
  • Kate Tempest - Don't fall in
  • M83 - Go!
  • Boxed In - Jist
  • Ladyhawke - Wild things
  • Friction - DARE (Hold it down)
  • Primal Scream - 100% Or Nothing

I've picked just one song from each, but I liked more. Gurr's was my album of the year.

Plans

After this year (and actually every year since I graduated thinking I knew what I wanted to do) I have given up making plans. I am just along for the ride. 99% of life is down to luck. You can make yourself feel better and work-hard (should that suit your mentality, like mine) and believe that the last 1% is having an influence, but it isn't really. So no plans beyond carrying on listening to music, going running, reading, taking photos, learning - a lot of learning.

And that's it. I wonder if I'll be writing one of these next year? The last time I felt things were positive enough to warrant an end of year review was for the year 2010.


[EDIT: 2017-01-14] Did this come off sounding more negative than I meant? The fact that I even wrote it shows how good things are. Also: I no longer have to eat porridge made with water everyday! How did I forget to add that! That alone is a great thing.

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