Way to go Tesco Mobile – cut off your paying customers..

See here: http://www.boards.ie/ttfthread/2057590673 Pretty much if you’re on Tesco Mobile as a PAYG customer, they can and will randomly cut customers off until they provide a scan of a PASSPORT. Absolutely dismal policy. They didn’t require that level of documentation to set up the account and start taking the cash. To see then that they’ll actually completely stop service without any warning? Preposterous!

Fox 40s arrived and are on the bike.

My new Fox 4o forks are now on the V10. The 2016 Fox 40 Factory air sprung front forks had to be custom made as the 26″ option is no longer available from the UK distributer, so I got an option of what colour decals went on, so of course I picked the gold option. They look absolutely fantastic, with the gold decals, black lowers, and the golden colour of the Kashima anodising on the stanchions. I took the bike for a quick ride around the estate and the first impressions are that they are more plush, and definitely a better …

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Wishlist for a new trail bike – musings, hopes and dreams.

If I were building a new trail bike, what would I have? Well, it would be replacing the Reign X1 that I currently use as my XC bike. Any new bike will have to be light, full suspension, and able to handle my riding inaccuracies.. So far with a quick look around at what’s out there, this is what I’ve come up with. Santa Cruz Bronson V2 CC frame. Fox 36 Talas 160 forks Fox Float X shock XT groupset, 2×10 (or XTR Di2 if it’s more affordable) SLX or XT brakes (200/160) Enve 27.5 m60 wheels, Shimano hubs 760mm bars …

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Fox 40s on the way

I’ve just ordered myself a set of 2016 Fox 40 26″ forks, for my Santa Cruz V10.4 carbon framed downhill bike. The ability to adjust the forks is something that I have wanted to play with for a while. I’m looking forwards to giving these a run down the trails in Bike Park Ireland in a few weeks.. As a result of this upgrade, I’ll have a set of 2012 Boxxer forks, with J-Tech uprated internals for sale, with a full professional service on them. Great condition too.

Chopsticks!

At lunch recently with a friend at a newly-opened Thai restaurant nearby, I decided to try using only chopsticks for the meal.. Surprisingly (for an Irishman brought up with knife and fork) it wasn’t that hard to do, once I figured out how to eat the rice with them.. At least I’m not likely to really embarrass myself with them in the future!

Getting to use the astro kit

I’m learning how to take better astrophotos.. This photo is of the current setup that I’m using for taking star photos. I’m using a Celestron Onyx 80ed refractor (black scope on the bottom) with the Canon 600d, with a field flattener and Astronomics CLS clip-in filter to take the actual images. To guide, I’m using my IKI 70ed refractor with a recently sourced Synguider self-contained autoguider, which sends corrections to my new Celestron AVX mount that I got before Christmas. Wednesday night I tried to take lots of sub images of M51, the whirlpool galaxy. All looked good, the first …

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Fun and Games in Kerry for the Kayaker’s New Year!

2015 turned to 2016, and I spent it in the depths of Kerry once again. Spending time with ULKC members on an unofficial trip to the Kingdom, it’s the only way to ring in the new year! Sharing the Sleepy Camel with UCDCC was enlightening, listening to the best of acoustic music, and seeing the social interactions between the club members, as well as seeing old acquaintances once more. It was good to bump into a few of the oldies from my original era of uni paddling, Joxxer, Richie Gillespie, and a few more. Paddling? There was some for sure. …

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Black Friday deals.. A bit of a splurge!

Black Friday / Cyber Monday. Lovely little words that mean decent deals on techie things, and an opportunity to get a few bits and pieces that I’ve been meaning to get for a while. On the astronomy front, I’m ordering a Celestron AVX mount. After a year without a computerised GoTo system, I’ve been missing the ability to just select an object and have the scope slew to wherever that object was. Plus, I’ve got my low-light security camera all ready to do electronically-assisted astronomy, to get a look at all those little smudges of light.. So, I’m getting this …

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Back in college officially.

Yes, the time has finally come, where I get my arse in gear and forge ahead with the completion of my Master’s Thesis, and to finally complete this Masters of Engineering course that I’ve been pursuing over the past while. My letter of re-admittance arrived this morning, I’ve contacted the relevant Department personnel with regards to my supervisions and other relevant internal matters, and all looks good. I’ve been given a deadline to complete the document by in order to graduate this January. It’ll be tight but certainly possible. A nice side effect will be being properly of student status …

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