Carrera Crossfuse Ebike review

This is not my review, but it comes from someone I respect, if only because of the miles he rides… in 18 months he managed 4,500 miles on the Crossfire-E. Now he has a Crossfuse and by the sound of it, he loves it more than the Crossfire. With no cut-outs that plague the Crossfire-E, though these can be reduced dramatically on the Crossfire-E, it’s not an issue at all on the Crossfuse, and with now several thousand miles on the Crossfuse, Drewpyfz6 definitely enjoys electric cycling.

One day… one day I’ll get to ride this bike and I’ll be able to give it my review.

This next video shows how you can overide the speed limit of 15mph and increase it to 20mph (this is naughty but it’s only 5mph so no big deal). This is the same person, Drewpyfz6 and one of his commute videos.

Climate Change Allan Savory

Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert,” begins Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And terrifyingly, it’s happening to about two-thirds of the world’s grasslands, accelerating climate change and causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes — and his work so far shows — that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

 

I’ve watched this video several times because it’s fascinating. Can we really put a stop to climate change simply by bringing cattle back to deserts? On the one had it makes perfect sense, cattle produce copious amounts of manure and nitrates. Plants love these, in fact, plants cannot survive without them, so plants will thrive. But you still need water. Fertiliser isn’t enough on it’s own, so you’d need to plan the grazing a few months before the wet season to maximise growth.

Movies – The Hit List

What does the Merovingian say in French?

“Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperie de connard d’enculé de ta mère!’.

Translates to: “Goddammit, fucking piece of shit, fucking asshole, fuck your mother in the ass.”, “It’s like wiping your ass with silk.”
I was always curious about this.


The Shawshank Redemption

And to think Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks almost got the role of Andy Dufresne, just look at the trivia around this movie

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111161/trivia

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) 2h 22min | Drama | 17 February 1995 (UK) Summary: Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Countries: USALanguages: English

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What to do with these?

I have x35 (7×5) 18650 lithium ion batteries I’ve ripped from dead laptop battery packs. These batteries were all recharged to a minimum of 1800mAh. So not the best and their longevity is dramatically reduced due to already being hammered.

So what ever I do with them cannot be mission critical, and some got very hot to the touch, so nothing strenuous either…

So what do I do with them? Run an LED light(s), build a portable speaker (I like this one), a raspberry Pi battery power or something else?

What ever I end up doing, it’s going to be new to me and the whole process will be an opportunity to learn.

18650

battery pack 18650

I DID IT! I quit Smoking :)

It’s been 35 years since I started puffing away on cancer sticks, and while I have quit a few times along the way, the longest I’d managed was 6 months. But this time it feels different. It’s like I’ve learned from my previous mistakes and I’m certain I won’t start again.

I do get the odd pang for a smoke, but they really are minor and 2 minutes later it’s gone.

  • Why did I do it?

Well obviously there’s the health benefits, but that aside my desire to quit was more immediate, I’d finally developed a smokers cough. I’d noticed that I only coughed after a fag, and after a while it stopped. Then I’d light up again… and again I’d start coughing. Rinse and repeat.

I was worried that maybe it was cancer, and this played a big part too, but after a little experimenting I did narrow it down to just a smokers cough as outlined above. So now was the time to quit.

  • How did I do it?

I had some e-lite curv electronic cigarettes and I started using these exactly 7 weeks ago today. I tried tobacco flavour, but they were bland, so I jumped to menthol, and while they were tastier, they too were bland… but both are a lot better than smoking tobacco.

The first couple of days were tough no doubt about it, but looking back they were only tough because of fear. My fear and every smokers fear is living life without that little friend, without their crutch. That dependable little friend that is also used as a comforter. Once I realised that the e-cig was giving me enough nicotine I then started to relax, and even enjoy quitting. After a week though I was over-eating, and I’d started to replace one habbit with another. So I upped the nicotine with an Endura T18 vape kit and liquids. This helped a huge amount, it seems the e-cig just didn’t give me enough nicotine. Now I’m much happier and less anxious, and with a huge plethora of flavours to choose from instead of just two bland types.

Along the way I also had some lapses, in all I’d smoke 7 real cigs. Now I don’t look at it like a let down, I looked at it as a positive, you see by the time I had my first lapse my taste buds had woken up again and the first fag was utterly vomit enducingly digusting. Then a few days later I had two more, and again they horrible beyond belief. A week later I had a big lapse, for me there’s nothing better than a couple of beers (Innis and Gunn) and a few cigs. So I bought some baccy, some beer and smoked my head off while I drank one of the best beers in the world. Needless to say I didn’t enjoy the beer and after the cigs… I vomited. My body just wasn’t used to the poison any more. It was at that point that I decided to just put smoking behind me and get on with being a proper non smoker.

I haven’t looked back since, and that was 5 weeks ago.

So this was my process, it worked for me, but it might or might not work for you, we’re all different and have different reasons and methods of quitting… don’t give up on giving up. If you want it badly enough… you WILL manage it. Eventually I’ll also quit vaping, but I’m not ready for that just yet.

Here’s a breakdown of what happens to your body as you quit.