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For video viewing pleasure
6�� 17th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,equipment,recumbent bike,vids,website
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I was never too happy with the fact that viewing videos on my site required viewers to click on a link, and be taken to an outside site (Google Video). Therefore, I have changed things around a bit where the videos now open in a popup window, along with a short description of the video. The videos are hosted at YouTube, which in my opinon has better playback quality.

There is also a new video on the videos page that shows how to remove the hydraulic damper cartridge from the HPVelotechnik Meks Carbon AC suspension forks. Some moisture had found its way into the sanchion tubes of the forks, so I needed to take it to bits to dry it out. A simple enough procedure of removing the bottom 6mm bolt, and then removing the damper cap along with the cartridge.

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Peeking in on the duck carver
6�� 12th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,China,vids
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What trip to Beijing would be complete without some Peking Duck? That was the main dish tonight. My Japanese workmates were quite adamant that the skin was the most delicious part of the duck. A bit too rich for me…

And for those who need to brush up on their roast duck carving skills, here is your very own how-to video. Kinda sped up, so keep your eyes peeled.

How to Carve a Peking Duck (WMV 45sec – 11MB)
(after being taken to the vids page, right-click and save – it’ll be going on Google Video pretty soon, so download it in good quality while you can!)

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Tianjing, China
6�� 12th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,China,vids
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Those Chinese make a mean birthday cake. ‘Twas very good indeed. I dunno how my workmates found out that it was my birthday, but at dinner with some local school teachers, they got a cake made just for me…stoked. I will post a couple of pics to the site once they finish uploading.



I have my laptop with me here, so that means that I was able to chuck together a very quick video clip of the eatery that we went to tonight:

Of Ducks, Noodles, and Round Tables (Windows Media (WMV) 1min20sec - 18MB)

Bed time.

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I be in ‘da China
6�� 11th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,China
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Yes folks, I am again in China, interviewing nervous high school kids to see if their English is up to par for studying at Asia Pacific University, my workplace. I had some time to take a wander this evening in Tianamen Square and the Imperial Palace. I realised that I am obsessed with roofs. These oriental tiled roofs are great…

Imperial Palace Roof

Imperial Palace Roof

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New video
6�� 4th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,planning/prep,recumbent bike,vids
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On a scale of cheap processed cheese to thick and creamy Swiss fondu, this video is dripping with fondu. I have made a video where I am describing the recumbent that I’ll be riding on this trip. It sounds more like an infomercial than anything else. But the goal of the video isn’t so much to introduce the bike, but to assure potential sponsors that I can actually speak Japanese. Already I have had a nibble on the sponsorship side of things, so it will be interesting to see how things pan out over the next couple of weeks.

Check out ‘The 14degrees Bike‘ video.

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