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## l'Alpe d'Huez

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2006

Last night stage 15 of le Tour de France finished up on l’Alpe d’Huez, fantastic racing and amazing scenery as always. I did think that with the camera cutting back and forth you just couldn’t get much of an idea of how steep that mountain really is. From the http://www.cyclingnews.com/ special page on l’Alpe d’Huez: Unofficially, the top twelve times are as follows: Marco Pantani (1995) 36' 50 Marco Pantani (1997) 36' 55 Marco Pantani (1994) 37' 15 Lance Armstrong (2004) 37' 36 Jan Ullrich (1997) 37' 40 Lance Armstrong (2001) 38' 05 Miguel Indurain (1995) 38' 10 Alex Zülle (1995) 38' 10 Bjarne Riis (1995) 38' 15 Richard Virenque (1997) 38' 20 Iban Mayo (2003) 39' 06 Giuseppe Guerini (1999) 41' 52 … and from Friday the 13th, July 2001, the very non-competitive time:

## Viva le tour!

Monday, Jul 26, 2004

A coworker asked why I was yawning this morning, I explained that the live coverage of the tour didn’t finish until 02:30. Then came the question that dumbfounded me; “Have you ever ridden in the Tour de France yourself?” laughing I tried to explain that it was like asking me whether I’d ever competed in the Olympic games — they shrugged. What can I remember about this year’s tour? The rain and crashes in the first week.

## Tour de France

Wednesday, Jul 21, 2004

The tour continues. In today’s paper there was a humorous human-interest story as the author hired a bike at l’Alpe to ride down to Borg d’Oisans and back up, to get some idea of what is was like, and to see how his time compared with Pantani’s 38 minutes. I don’t think he knew what he was getting himself into, his two and a quarter hours to climb the mountain certainly don’t sound earth shattering!

## SBS & Le Tour

Monday, Jul 12, 2004

Oh good, it wasn’t just me… The chat forums hosted by SBS show that other viewers were thoroughly annoyed by the poor timing of ad-breaks over last night’s tour coverage, and the general lack of knowledge of the Australian studio commentators.

## Tour de France, Live coverage...

Sunday, Jul 11, 2004

With impeccable timing we arrived home in time to throw ourselves on the couch for the start of SBS' live coverage of the eighth stage of the tour — except that the first half hour is excruciating studio commentary from the Sydney studios. I have nothing against Stephen Hodge, as one of five Australian cyclists to win a yellow-jersey he has my utmost respect — but I don’t think he’s one of the world’s great commentators, or even one of the world’s acceptable ones….

## Journal for [2002-07-21 Sun]

Sunday, Jul 21, 2002

Spent an interesting afternoon exploring parts of the CBD. It started as an optimistic trip to the shops, but the ones we wanted weren’t open on a Sunday, so we delved into the arcades and alleys. Found places I’d heard of, but only had vague recollections of where they were — on the other hand, I’m not sure I’ll be able to find any of them again… We also wasted a little of our time and a little of someone else’s time by visiting an apartment that is for-sale and telling a few lies to a real-estate agent.

## Journal for [2002-07-11 Thu]

Thursday, Jul 11, 2002

Cold Brr! Another frosty morning, and a very cold ride to work. Almost reminded me of Canberra. MLP http://www.cofax.org/: yet another content management system. Java based, much nicer design, no ugly URLs… need more copious spare time to investigate further. Stupidity Received an interesting email today. In February I read a number of papers on possible future operating systems, all published by Microsoft. All were hosted on the website http://research.

## Journal for [2002-07-10 Wed]

Wednesday, Jul 10, 2002

PHP and emacs Useful snippet for formatting PHP files. Handy if I’m going to try and delve into postnuke any more. It is generating some abominable HTML, a mix of HTML 4.01, XHTML and just plain wrong. (defun php-mode-hook () (setq tab-width 4 c-basic-offset 4 c-hanging-comment-ender-p nil indent-tabs-mode (not (and (string-match “/\$$PEAR\\|pear\$$/” (buffer-file-name)) (string-match “\.php\$” (buffer-file-name)))))) TV and le Tour I carefully left work so I could drop in on friends and watch SBS' 6.

# …The Owner

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

# …The Site

Vanity site? Technology experiment? Learning tool? Blog? Journal? Diary? Photo album? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you…

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.

Its all been here a fairly long time. Like the papers on my desk, or the books on the bedside table, the pile just grew… and it all grew without much plan or structure. I try not to break URLs, so historical oddities abound.

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.

# …The ISP

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