Thursday, October 30, 2014

un-social media


Thoughts on Social Media

Or why I just dumped facebook

I’m in shock aft er setting up a facebook account to follow the kids and communicate with my fellow conservators several years ago, I was quite wedded to it but it also bugged me. Too intrusive.. I found G+ nicer… Amazingly it was another site/app that made me dump facebook. I have previously had apps pinch all my contacts but this time it was the fact that an site/app pretending to be a message for me from someone I wasnted to talk too… I got suckered and did not uncross all of the permissions when signing up. So it spammed everyone in my facebook account. All 1400 of them. So in a fit of peek I deleted both accounts. Felt sooo good. I may eventually set up a very private account so my family can keep in touch but after having a similar thing happen with Linked-in I was not in a mood for a repeat. So sorry to all of you who want to follow my mianderings on “facebook”. I will be doing some things on Twitter and G+ but those will be limited. Did feel nice deleating all FB apps and contacts… Ok I’ve played with everything I can as a social account; what works for me..

And what are my suggestions;

  • keep professional, personal and business separate.
  • manage the personallity of each
  • manufacture your business and professional peronas.
  • be clinical with the information you release Problem is this is impossible for mear mortals

Hence my other recommendations are to use Social media wisely.

  • Linked in for profesional discussion and publicity
  • facebook for family, if you must use it profesionally or for business use another account.
  • Twitter for news snippets
  • G+ for your interests. Make use of the pages feature to have several posonas.
  • Blogger for writing about things that are worth reading. One blog per persona..

Thats all folks…

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Soma GRAND RANDONNEUR build stage....

Overview as at 11 October 2014

Bought a Soma "GRAND RANDONNEUR frameset"

For some time now I have lusted after a 650B bicycle. Thought about several conversions from a 700c but never got round to it. Conversions always seemed so much of a compromise. After I sold two Volvos I rewarded myself by getting a Soma frame set from Commuter cycles in Brunswick.I also acquired;
  • 650B wheels
  • Hub generator
  • SKF gut axel

The build

Stage One

I assembled the Frame with the bits I had in shed;
  • Suntour headset
  • Sugino Chainwheel 24, 34, 44
  • Suntour Cyclone II front changer
  • Suntour Superb Rear Longarm changer
  • 7 speed Suntour rear hub
  • Suntour change leavers - indexed / friction set to friction
  • generic aluminium seat tube
  • generic head stock adapter and forward style headset?
  • touring figure 8 type handle bars
  • rear rack
  • blackburn front bag mounts
  • shimarno v brakes and brake levers with coolstop pads.
  • A great rear changer
  • Oh and 650B x 42 mm - “Hetre” (red) Grand Bois tyres

Sugino crankset and NOS chainwheels

The Ride

I still have to get a feel for how fast te bicycle is but... it is well glued to the road and responsive. I'm happy with the gears .. yes I could have gone for a more modern setup but my heart still lines in the 70's so this was a good compromise. Brakes.. more work needed.. dito the bars and bags.. but it can wait till I have the money. Now to get some miles under the belt and build fitness.
Bars and brakes needs redoing.