# Adrian Tritschler's stuffMy website, an agglomerative mess, probably half-eaten by a gru

Friday, Nov 12, 2010

Bah, Friday, who needs it. Family circumstances altered, toddler sleep requires a no show at Goat. Normal commute home, hopefully avoiding the wind and rain. First ride home on the new road bike. First ride on a road bike for about a year. First ride in Shimano road cleats for about five years. East Oakleigh: approaching little roundabout down a gentle hill, there’s a Falcon coming down the street from my right but he’s way back and I’ll be across the roundabout before he’s even got there.

## Ride to Work day + 1 — a bus, again

Thursday, Oct 16, 2008

Bloody typical! Yesterday was “Ride to Work day” and I rode from home — Oakleigh — to Federation square then back to Monash and had a near perfect ride. Maybe it was all the publicity about the cyclist’s death last month but everyone seemed to be pretty well behaved (which I always find a miracle on St Kilda road, whether they’re on bikes, on foot, or in cars). Had my coffee and roll and made it back for a slightly latish 9.

## Victoria, Gardenstate or road-rage state?

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2008

There I was riding to work along North road, same as I always do. Obeying the law and riding in the lane adjacent to the bus-lane, same as a I always do. Nearly every other person using the road seems to be able to safely and legally pass me, same as the always do. But there’s always one… The driver of a tow-truck from Gardenstate towing, registration TOW-###, was somehow unable to pass me and instead drove along for 400-500m blasting on the horn, yelling abuse and gesticulating wildly for me to get off the road and into the bus lane.

## Abused by motorists for not breaking the law!

Thursday, Jul 31, 2008

Twice in two days, given a mouthful of abuse while riding to work … for not breaking the law! This morning the driver of Subaru (Forester probably) Victorian registration ###-### felt he couldn’t overtake me legally and safely in my lane or the lane to my right, so he swerved into the bus-lane to overtake on the left, meanwhile blasting on the horn and screaming at me to “Bloody move over”, then swerved into my lane when he was only half-way past.

## In the dark, in the cold, on the bike…

Friday, Jul 4, 2008

Ah, Friday night in the ‘burbs, dinner with the parents in law and a 9:30 ride home from Mt Waverley to Oakleigh. A simple task it seems! It was cold, damn cold. Less than 10 °C as I left the comfy warm house, then 58km/hr down Forster road is an eye-wateringly shocking wake up. Onto the bike track from Mt Waverley to Oakleigh, No moon, no lane markings, overhanging bushes and no lights on the path.

## Just stop it will you!

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2008

On it goes… Drivers find cyclists a road hazard from Herald Sun; State News MORE than 60 per cent of Victorian motorists find cyclists are a road hazard, according to research carried out by insurer AAMI. … Anything to sell more newspapers, split the population into “us vs them,” pick a minority and stir, this is the way of the little paper. It contains such gems as “47 per cent of Victorian car drivers have had a close call with a cyclist,” but somehow seems to neglect to ask what percentage of motorists have had a close call with another motorist.

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2008

How odd… as I was riding along North road this morning I was thinking that I really should write back to VicRoads and thank them for their clarification of the use of the bus lanes. Less than a minute later I had to bite my lip to stop from laughing as a VicRoads maintenance vehicle drove out of a side-street, safety orange light busy spinning around on the roof, assorted warning signs all sitting in the back… and the driver chatting away on THE MOBILE PHONE.

## Amazing, a religious document I agree with!

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2007

Very rare I’ll admit, but the Vatican on Tuesday 19-Jun-2007 issued a set of “Ten Commandments” for drivers. I saw a couple of newspaper articles about them, but none of these seemed to print the list out. Finally I found a copy. The “Drivers' Ten Commandments,” as listed by the document, are: You shall not kill. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

## More of Victoria's finest road users

Thursday, Feb 22, 2007

At the moment, Thursdays seem to be crap days. Woken — yet again — at 5 am by garbage trucks then while riding to work I was hit by a truck at a set of traffic lights. At the corner of North road and Clayton road I know that there’s usually a left-turn arrow, so I’d stopped at the far right-hand side of the lane to let traffic turn with the arrow, five or six cars turned through with plenty of room, then the small tow-truck pulled up on my left, the driver yelled out the window “Fucken idiot get out of the way” and with that promptly drove left around the corner — striking me with the tray of the truck as it went around and pushing me half a metre over into the car next to me!

Sunday, Nov 13, 2005

Sunny day, no wind, definitely time to get out on the bike. Jo and I did our usual ride down North road to the bay, then down Beach road to Mordialloc. Interesting mix of barricades around Mentone since there was a triathlon running and the road had been closed, but only closed to motorised traffic! Apparently other cyclists are allowed to mix with the competing triathletes, which sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

## Motorists...

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2005

Yow! After some contradictory reports of the Bicycle Victoria ride in Tasmania I finally got to chat with two cow-orkers who had been on the ride. Both had a good time, despite hills and rainy weather — both things that they had been expecting. What they hadn’t expected was the motorist who lost his temper, blasted on the horn and drove through a pack of riders while towing a caravan! Knocked eight people off their bikes and one had to be taken by helicopter to hospital.

Monday, Feb 23, 2004

Today was going so well until I turned right from the bike path into Drummond street in Chadstone, a 50km/hr zone, and was riding towards my normal left-turn into Cole crescent. As I got to the corner, Mr agressive petrol-head in a white ford falcon station wagon (Victorian registration ###-###), came flying over the speed hump behind me, half overtook me then attempted to go screaming around the left turn into Cole crescent.

## Bogans in cars

Sunday, Mar 17, 2002

I just had to laugh. Cycling up Beach Road on a Sunday afternoon, literally hundreds of cyclists about, traffic is at a crawl due to the enormous number of events that are on. A red Ford Falcon (rego. ###-###) drives past in the right hand lane and the passenger sticks her head out the window, screaming her lungs out “Get off the F@#$ing road, get on the F@#$ing footpath!” If she yells that much at each cyclist between Mordialloc and St Kilda, she’ll be hoarse for a week!

## A world first

Friday, Dec 7, 2001

A first apparently, a motorist in Chicago who deliberately ran down and killed a cyclist has been charged with murder. It’ll set a precedent, and in one way I’m pleased with the verdict, but it sure is disturbing reading about the case … especially knowing the number of times I’ve exchanged words with motorists after they either try to “scare me” by going a little close, or just don’t look and don’t care.

## [1998-05-14 Thu] — Abused, then deliberately run into

Thursday, May 14, 1998

I was riding home from work along Willesden road Oakleigh at 17:05, there were parked cars on the opposite side of the road and traffic from head on passing. The driver of a car behind me couldn’t pass and gave me a long blast on the horn which I ignored. The car, (white Holden Commodore sedan, black tinted rear window, Victorian registration ###-###), then pulled alongside with the occupants yelling abuse, then swerved in at me, clipping my front wheel with their rear bumper, then spun the wheels and drove off.

# …The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

# …The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.