Bike tour in canton Jura

Summer is starting well...

Summer 2017 is off to a great start! I’ve been using every opportunity to get out and ride. Over the past few weeks I’ve managed to squeeze in 3 Uetliberg ascents / descents (with one over-the-handlebars crash), regular rides with the Zurich/Zug peloton group as well as other local rides. Last Thursday was a holiday so I took Friday off and made a long weekend to make the best out of the great weather. I cycled through canton Jura (rather a part of it) in 2 days. Jura is beautiful! And the tour turned out to be quite difficult…

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Sprechen wir lieber Deutsch?

not failing at language learning

Last Friday I completed German B2 examination. B2 is a fairly difficult level and it’s one step away (although a significant one) from complete fluency (C1). I’d like to share my experience of going from almost zero working German level to being employed at a German speaking company (I’m the only person at the office whose native language isn’t Swiss German or German) in roughly 1 year’s time. I should add that I started the job about 6 months after starting with German. [Read More]

Fail

in Madrid, no less

We humans are first to share our greatest achievements and “ups” in life but rarely do we like to admit failures, especially when it’s related to our most cherished values and strivings. Well, I’m human and I fail. More often lately than ever before. My most recent failure is the Madrid marathon 2017 which I was looking forward to…

After breaking a bone during my first 12 marathon in Lausanne in 2015 I had to take a long break from training runs. Fractures take patience. Despite my best efforts and a reworked training plan I experienced an injury about 4 weeks before the marathon date, right after finishing a nice 19Km run along the lake. I hoped for recovery but refrained from making the injury worse. Well, it didn’t heal completely so I took a decision to withdraw from participation. That didn’t preclude me and my DW from seeing Madrid…

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Hugo static site generator

migrating from Octopress to Hugo

I don’t like talking about blog platforms. Usually, you find such posts on abandoned personal web pages. As a rule, such a post goes on to talk in length about the technical solution and the configuration. Unfortunately, the author then posts a couple of brief updates and disappears forever. In other words, posting about the blogging platform is a bad omen. I have restrained myself from discussing this blog’s setup until now and I hope this won’t ruin it.

This blog is powered by a static site generator. I type content into plain text files and then a program generates a complete website with all the links, styles and pages. There is no admin console and no WYSIWYG editor. There is no database and no dynamic server-side environment. Last week I have migrated from one generator (Octopress) to another (Hugo). In this post I’d like to briefly share how I run this blog and how the migration went.

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Learning math

not because it's easy

$$ \int_{1}^2 x^2\,e^{2x}cos(x)\,dx $$

If you asked me early last year what these symbols mean I would not have had a clue! For the past 6 months I was on a mission to improve my understanding of mathematics from that of a rusty high school level to at least college level. One could call it a “side project” as I was averaging about 8-20 hours per week on it. I’d like to share the approach I took, explain my reasons for doing it as well as uncover the challenges I faced along the journey. Of course, this journey towards knowledge never ends and is still ongoing!

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Internet-connected motorcycle project, Part 2

In this second post I continue with the short hackathon project I worked on last week. The goal of the project was to hook into engine data of a KTM motorcycle and stream that data in real-time to the cloud. I explain how I reverse engineered the USB wire protocol of a proprietary device called Power Commander 5 from Dynojet and wrote a simple Java program that works on Linux. I also show the tools I used along the way and share my thinking process.

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