*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Fuck Toronto

In case you didn't know, there is an epidemic of assholes in Toronto. Never go. It is a boring city of assholes, paying Manhattan prices to live in a Hoboken.

For all the good it will do, I sent this to Mississauga transit, with the driver's ID.

"Your driver went past the XXXXXXX Stop, even though the 'Stop Requested' light was on, and then refused to stop at any point before XXXXXXXX Station, because, he said, "I'm not allowed." He did this out of spite, even though I asked him politely the first time. Half of your drivers are jackasses like this one, and/or bad drivers. Since no transit in the GTA is to the standard of a civilized European or East Asian city of my experience, put in cameras to monitor them. I suppose nobody cares in the GTA though, only the poor use transit is the attitude. Fuck your town."

Didn't bother me much. Asshat works all summer; tomorrow is my last day until September.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

"Are there no true Scotsmen in the house?"

Those there English gerrunts are tramplin' all over my God-given rights! They've used me and my pals most direly. And we are in need of a wee bit of assistance!

Fuck the South.
I'm no Scot, and barely English,* but I do loathe conservatives and the cattle, strivers and rentiers** who hand them the till.  Should any British wish to understand what has happened, I suggest they study Québec provincial politics to understand Scottish national.
History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
Labour/Liberal, Conservative in either country?  "A pox on both."

*Half West Yorkshire, once-removed
**AKA their voters in the 90th, 9th and 1st percentiles.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Unlovable Toronto; Misanthrope Marathon

Nobody loves this place, unless in ignorance.  The reasons are legion, but I'll give an example to elucidate the whole.

I want to do this race in October, but I cannot easily get to it, and I live on a subway station!  What the everlasting fuck?!  The everlasting fuck in Toronto: fuck you if you don't have a car.

Here's the deal:
- all athletic events like this start early on Sundays*
- the trains do not start until nine in Toronto on Sundays!
- you can take buses before then, infrequently, and tardily
- but these will be diverted off the major streets, their normal routes
- instead of forty minutes to get there, over ninety
- I could cycle there far faster, which is probably something I don't want to do the day I'm going to run 42km
- did I mention one has to pick up the bib the day before the race at every running event in Canada (not so in Japan, but their mail works) and the location is far from any subway station?
- and nearly $100 CAD

There are no end of solutions. which can only not occur to an entire organization that has cars on the mind.  Fuck Toronto.

I may just do my Misanthrope Marathon: run on my own between two subways stations, at my convenience.

*I just missed one today, because it would take as long to get to it on a Sunday morning as it would take to get from Tokyo station to Nagoya.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

My Facebook: equal friend to blocked ratio

Mine's nearly equal.  Hmm...  If I were to look at it as an extrovert and optimist, I'd think I had a problem.  I am neither of those things.

Since this is Easter, and speaking of how much humanity sucks, let me retell the story.  There was a guy who came and said "be excellent to each other", so they killed him, and some self-hating Jew* with serious issues with women reworked the story to turn the guy's movement into a plutocratic death cult of pederasts, but without Saul of Tarsus we'd have never heard of the guy.  Fuck people.

*The Jewish part I'm fine with.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Gravel Bikes (modern touring) Under $2K

I built up my own gravel mutt from parts I had around, but it's too much the touring bike for long gravel road rides or modern unpaved touring: camping gear is now lighter, so too should be the bike.

Selection rationals:
- Off-the-peg, because one's own build is too spendy.
- Canti brakes are derided, but they are still easier to maintain, allow you to run a more compliant fork and allow plenty of tire clearance.
- Disks are the fashion now, but there isn't the need if you set up your cantis right, and use wide-profile like the CR720.    I will not suggest hydraulic brakes for use far afield.
- Steel frame for best value by pricepoint.
- Shimano Tiagra quality grouppo, or better.
- Geometry more slack than road, but less than touring.
- Bar-end shifters or brifters?  There's an argument for both.  Certainly not on the down-tube.  Gevenalle Retro-Shifters might be best, but never come standard.

Here's my list of the bikes.

Cantilever Brakes

All City Space Horse is the closest to a one-bike to rule them all, but 2015 Tiagra chainrings are ugly!

Surly Cross Check is nearly the same thing, but has a bottom-bracket higher than ideal.

Disc Brakes

Raleigh Clubman Disc: not a real gravel-bike, but works in a pinch and a hell of a price-point.  Best all-around bike with discs?  That ugly chainring again!

Raleigh Tamland 1

Salsa Vaya 2


Kona Rove