Cycle “Adventures” Volume 119

Rain.


This time of year isn’t good for my state of mind, but the almost constant rain is making my, normally mild, S.A.D. a bit more severe. What’s normally a minor irritant is causing major stress. I should be happy, my outlook on life is better than it has ever been, but I’m not, and that’s down to the weather and long, dark nights.

In this video we can clearly see that Christmas is approaching, because traffic levels go up, and driving standards go down. I let my frustrations and stresses begin to show through in the captions towards the end. No apologies, these videos aren’t meant for kids anyway, and what I say is heard on a daily basis, so there.

There will be two more videos before Christmas. The next one will be normal but the last I’m expecting to be rather large, so take heed, there’s a monster approaching 😉

Cycle “Adventures” Volume 119

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 118

Back with another compilation of clips from my regular commute rides.

Not quite so much rain this time but still more than enough. We also see the return of the paint scrapers. Otherwise quite short with a couple of new features, including a short clip of me “singing”, so ear plugs may be advisable 😉

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Frantic Freddie

My copy of the Zzap! 64 2020 album arrived, and while perusing the contents I noticed that Frantic Freddie 2 exists for the C64.

Frantic Freddie, while being a fun game with some jaunty music, was, and still is, the most frustrating game ever, so in a masochistic way I went looking for V2 and found it’s a fre download. This video is of me playing both versions and giving you a rundown as I go.

Frantic Freddie and Frantic Freddie 2
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New YouTube Channel

I’ve started a new YouTube channel dedicated to the Retro Scene.

Mostly retro games, but I’m happy to include any retro tech, and maybe even old board games, if I ever find any.

At the time of writing this post, there are 4 videos available. The title screen is rough and ready, and I intend to add more games and slides in the short time it runs. The second is just plain gameplay and the other two are commentary comparisons.

I plan to do regular live streams of emulated retro gaming on this channel, the first being Thursday 8pm UK time (subject to change).

I’m keeping this separate from my normal channel because, even though it’s just a hobby, I intend to build up a following. Maybe even attend some Expos next year!

If you like this sort of thing, please subscribe. The retro scene is vast so I’ll have no shortage of material 🙂

Ponder’s Retro Goodness is here!

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 117

Rain, rain and more rain feature heavily in this video.

I’ve been playing with more effects in the video editor I use (kdenlive) while creating videos for my retro channel, so added a few here. Nothing over the top, but enough that I hope you enjoy.

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Cycle “Aventures” Volume 116

I was surprised that there was only the one close pass this time, but that was more than made up for by impatient bastards who hate cycles being in front of them in traffic. Most of the time they don’t have anywhere to go, but they still have to get in front, and some are so close as to warrant a change of underwear to a less wary cyclist.

I’ve finally figured out freeze frame in Kdenlive. I used it twice in this video. I may be called evil in certain circles for the second occurrence 😉

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 115

Rain.

Rain, rain and more rain.

No shortage of paint scrapers again. One I can’t show because it really was too close for comfort and I’m taking it further. I still don’t know how he missed my handlebar with his wing mirror!

Otherwise, quite a mixed bag this time. Plenty of impatience, a motor cyclist taking chances jumping a red 2 vehicles behind a police van, a totally clueless pedestrian, and darkness becoming more a theme.

Did I mention the rain?

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 114

As a driver, I’ve passed 5 driving tests, 4 of those in a professional capacity.

As a cyclist I follow the Highway Code, which I know quite well due to the above, and my desire to do the right thing on the roads.

The trouble is, there are too many idiots on bikes (I refuse to call them cyclists) who give those of us who follow the rules a bad reputation. There are a few examples in this video.

Just remember, we’re unprotected. Give us room and treat us with respect, especially those of us keeping to the rules. We’re not just objects in the way, we’re still someone’s father, son, brother, mother, daughter, sister or (finally becoming recognised in a more knowledgeable 21st century) non-binary relation or friend.

Speaking for myself, I give courtesy to others on the road and so quite often see it returned, but impatience is the real problem. Nobody has time these days, everyone’s in a rush. Slow down and enjoy the scenery. It’s less stressful that way too!

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 113

Given the start, I thought this was going to be dominated by close passing paint scrapers, but it turned out to have quite a bit of variety.

No shortage of cockwombles, that’s for sure, including a bus that passed so close I did brake because I was worried he was going to pull in too soon, and a pedestrian who, as I was planning to pass behind him, decided to move backwards! Dickhead! I’ve listened many times and what I said isn’t what I hear. I hear, “Watch where you’re going!” but what I actually said was, “Which way you going?”

Caught out with drizzle on Thursday morning. Accidentally muted the mic and have condensation in the lens. I think (hope) that will go given time in a dry atmosphere.

Anyway, 9:54 worth of video. Enjoy!

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Cycle “Adventures” Volume 112

Not as long a video as I was expecting. It seemed people were better behaved in general.

No shortage of paint scrapers but it’s pedestrians who stand out in this one!

On a technical point, rendering these videos is so much quicker and easier since I moved the swap file off the slow hard disk and onto freshly installed M.2 memory 🙂

Cycle “Adventures” Volume 112
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