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So today is my 100th day of duolinguism. They should do like AA and give you a little medal that you can show to people so they can commiserate. But bar that, here’s my bragging screenshot. I’m still very much not fluent in German, but I can now communicate with the strange people from the other side of the Roestigraben, given they speak slowly, make effort to articulate, and use simple words. But I can already give a roasting to people doing stupid things, and German is a wonderful language to do that kind of things.

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BTW – 2015-08-17. I’m beginning to have trouble finding things to take picture of.

So here’s my EveryDay Biking bag. It’s a Arizzon Wolverine “assault bagpack” with about thirty liters capacity. It got two open lateral bottle pockets, a little pocket on the outside, and a big main compartment. It got also three little pockets (two with zips) inside the main compartment, and enough PALS to carry Maxpedition catalog.

It’s rather heavy but very, very, very sturdy. I’m using it to bring water, food, a book, batteries, clean clothes, some EDC accessories (pen, notepad, folding knife, fork, firelighter, etc.), and a jacket to work.

Outside and quickly accessible, I’ve mounted a Petzl Tikka+ headlamp flashing in red, to supplement my bike’s tiny red backlight, another Petzl headlamp (a Myo XP) that is stored in a little Blackhawk pouch when not in use (I like the idea, when sharing the road with a lot of stupid people, not only to see well but of being seen from afar), my bike keys on a  vintage Simond carabineer, a can of synthetic pepper spray mostly for dogs, a Fenix UC40 flashlight I’m not using that much because of its lack of reliability, a SOG PowerPlier multitool and Panasonic shitty camera (it’s like a smartphone camera from 2009, so I don’t really care if it’s lost or broken). I’m also using a Camelbak “Chute” 75 cl bottle.

The whole rucksack weights about 10 kg when loaded but is still quite comfy to carry – and it supplement the three accessories I’ve got on my bike (a bicycle pump, a Princeton Tec Corona frontlight and a Cold Steel shovel).

About 17 km in 1 hour, mostly hills, main roads.

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 Today’s walking was blessed by a very nice and tempered weather. (2015-07-09: 14 km in 2:45, with a cumulated ascension of 192 m, mostly hills). 

I found a cool feather for my French slouch hat model 1949. I hope it’s from a cool bird of prey, like a hawk, but it’s probably from something lame like a flycatcher or a jackdaw. 

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J’ai enfin trouvé le titre de mon podcast (en cours de réalisation). Il va s’appeler…

MAGRITTE & MON COUTEAU. Bravo à toi fidèle lecteur si tu l’avais intuité grâce à la photo ci-dessus. Et oui, je vis plutôt bien le fait que c’est probablement un de mes pires jeux de mots de cette décennie. 

Pour le moment, tel que ça se présente, y aura des bouts de culture, un peu de bagnole, des gadgets, des flingues et de la musique. 

Les Soundomies vont continuer en parallèle. J’espère tenir un rythme d’une demie-heure mensuelle. Ce sera en français, because of my terrible French accent.

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J’ai enfin trouvé le titre de mon podcast (en cours de réalisation). Il va s’appeler…

MAGRITTE & MON COUTEAU. Bravo à toi fidèle lecteur si tu l’avais intuité grâce à la photo ci-dessus. Et oui, je vis plutôt bien le fait que c’est probablement un de mes pires jeux de mots de cette décennie. 

Pour le moment, tel que ça se présente, y aura des bouts de culture, un peu de bagnole, des gadgets, des flingues et de la musique. 

Les Soundomies vont continuer en parallèle. J’espère tenir un rythme d’une demie-heure mensuelle. Ce sera en français, because of my terrible French accent.

I can’t wait for the end of this awful 2013 year. I’m really surprised I was able to survive it and it was really twelve lost months.

Most of the great projects I’ve had (my novel, progress in photography, learning German, investing my time in new technologies, shooting more and better, militanting for Pirate Party, summoning the money and courage to go to a teeth doctor…) are on a standstill.

But it had nevertheless a few positive points :

I successfully stopped an autodestructive process and I’m far more healthier than I was at the end of 2012. 

I change my suicidal Shitroën for a more sensible, economical and stable car.

I don’t learn anything useful this year (and I’ve probably downgraded in a lot of domains) but I consolidated a few things and I’m doing a nice transition from superficialist chaos to a cool hardened, frugal and resilient organization.

My friends were always here when I needed them.

And also, thank you, dear followers, for letting me feel I’m still a bit relevant.

And for that, I wish you all a marvelous, healthy, full of love and adventure new year*.

(*) even if I think that beginning the year in the heart of Winter for the sake of astronomical phenomenons is bloody stupid, and that we should go back to the more sensible April the 1st. new year beginning, with the good days going back from their cold and foggy exile.