Archives for: "April 2015"

Spinning to Samsaya

April 25th, 2015

Yesterday I was spinning while listening to Samsaya and her new album Bombay Calling. Did enjoy it while working out, has a couple of potential hits as well. Simen did previously ask me to provide more details about each album I listen to, to much work, instead providing a link to a review of the album

And here showing how easy it is to loose focus while working out. Just by reaching out my hand I am able to grab a beer, or booze for that matter...trying to stay strong.

One old birch down

April 25th, 2015

Last Sunday I had to take down the old birch standing next to "Grete-huset". Plenty of branches was dead and we feared that it could tip over any all time. By the help of my neighbor securing it by the help of the tractor and winch it did fall down as expected. Due to the wind helping me I did not actually need the wire rope, but better safe than sorry when it comes to doing stuff like this.

Did also cut down a tree for my neighbor close to their stable, this one we did pull down with the wire rope.

Funfact about my motorcycle

April 25th, 2015

Heading for work a couple of days ago, had to stop and take a picture of the milage counter

Yellow is the new black

April 22nd, 2015

At Oslo MC this morning, bought myself a BMW rain suit. So from now on - not wet and as sure as I can be that I will be seen when driving in bad weather

Image is nothing, safety is everything...but I did not get naked...

Road washer truck out where we live

April 22nd, 2015

Just had to take a picture of the road washer truck passing by two days ago. I was by our old barn picking up some birches and was just about to leave with the tractor when it came. They where preparing for painting of road lines which they did yesterday. Yesterday when on the phone with my dad I saw two trucks and three cars just by us doing the painting. Both of them where as strange as this one.

Powershell - Loop all regex matches

April 20th, 2015

Using log4net in this example to write output, replace with Write-Host etc if needed. Piping to Out-String being the magic here, or else you just get the object class


foreach ($m in $matches.GetEnumerator()) {
    $log.debugFormat("Matches are {0}", ($m | Out-String))

Gourmet hotdog

April 12th, 2015

Last weekend, enjoying my kinda gourmet hotdog, in a burned bread

Manual labour part #4 - Finishing it up

April 12th, 2015

Boring tv on a Saturday evening, no problem, going out to finish up my drainage project done manually with a shovel. Using the wheelbarrow to dump shingle over the drainage pipe, before covering it with non woven and then soil at the top. If I where to do it totally by the book I should have used more shingle, but since the ground is steep downhill just 1 meter from the wall there won't be to much water there anyhow. The most important part was to cover the concrete wall with foundation plastic which is done.

Using the KTS timber trailer together with my Valmet 865

April 11th, 2015

I got to borrow the KTS timber trailer which was very handy when moving many loads of timber. My Valmet 865 is very handy together with the trailer since the seat can be turned 180 degrees. Only one problem and that was to mount the hydraulic controller. It cannot be mounted on the windowsill (?) due to the trailer contact which is just below. It was possible to mount it on the arms lifting the hitch, but then I had to be really careful not touching the hydraulic button since the controller then also would go up and down. So I got Gøran at Gørans Sveis og Rep to make me a bracket. Using this the hydraulic controller is mounted much higher, which makes it easier to operate as well. If the trailer had been mine we could have created the bracket so we would not need the cargo strap, but now I use it just to be all sure that the controller want fall off.

Last three loads (for now)

Manual labour part #2 and #3 - Digging, landslide (small scale)

April 11th, 2015

After several weeks of doing nothing I continued digging. Actually it was a good thing that I had waited such a long time. The snow that had covered my ditch and then later melted had actually made the clay soft so now it was way easier to shovel it. Problem was that since it was easier to shovel the wall of the ditch was pretty unstabel. So this happened twice, imagine how much I did curse.

But, last Thursday I got to cover the wall with plastic and threw a load of shingle to cover the pipe. So at least now if I get yet another landslide the damage will not be that frustrating. Hoping to finish up everything later today.

Spring cleaning

April 11th, 2015

About 35 years ago me and my friends enjoyed playing around with water from snow melting during the spring, shoveling sand and such. Two days ago I did the same as back then, only difference is that the tooling has changed. Had to clean the walkway after all the timber has been picked up. In addition I had to lead away the water which made the road to the old barn all soaky and wet, creating small ditches.

Royal view

April 11th, 2015

Using the spinning bikes at work here the other day, all alone so I used the instructor bike so I could control the music as well. There I noticed the royal view from the bike - I could see the royal castle from there.

To my right I could also spot the employees working across the central station doing some stretching outside on the roof.

Rough start to motorcycle season

April 11th, 2015

Last weekend it was time to prepare the motorcycle for a new season. Charged the battery and mounted it, engine started at first try, all as it should be.

First ride on Tuesday to work. All fine until I was about to park the bike when I noticed that the battery indicator was flashing. Stopped it and tried to start it again, but no, not enough power on the battery. What to do now? Bought a charger at Claes Ohlson and charged it during the day. I also realized that I had forgotten to connect the ground wire, could that be the cause? After work when heading home I mounted the battery and hoped for the best. Pressed the start button and .... click ... dead, no electricity. What could I have done wrong, could it be that the blue wire was not the ground wire ("Husqvarna TE610 not charging"). But in my frustration I came to touch the positive wire and suddenly the display light up. So, disconnected it and connected it again, mounted the seat and tried to start - YES! Drove home, same thing happened after a while, no power on the battery, but at least I could drive home (just hoping I had enough petrol).

At home I recharged the battery, but before doing that I found some sandpaper and used it on both the poles and the wires. The day after when mounting the battery I also used a good amount of WD-40, fired up the engine and from that day no problem.

My latest book - "Gullgutten" by Jon Michelet

April 6th, 2015

The third book in the series about Halvor Skramstad "Skogsmatrosen" and his work as a WW2 sailor in the Norwegian mercenary fleet. Have spent quite a long time finishing it, but not because I did not like the book, have simply had to little time reading the past few months. Anyhow, good one, and the good news is that Michelet has promised to write two more books about Halvor. Looking forward to them as well!

Rowing to Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts

April 6th, 2015

Yesterday rowing while listening to Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts and their album Blaster. Was actually not aware of it when picking the album, but I have listened to him a lot before when he was part of Stone Temple Pilots. Anyhow, Blaster, quite enjoyable, but not really work out music. Not really sure if I will listen to the album several times, but I won't turn off the music if it comes on the radio.

Spinning to The Sonics

April 6th, 2015

...The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, originating in the early 1960s.[1] Among the Sonics' contemporaries were the Kingsmen, the Wailers, the Dynamics, the Regents, and Paul Revere & the Raiders. Their aggressive, hard-edged sound has been a major influence on punk, garage, and hard rock music worldwide, and they've been named as inspirations by Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, The Fall, and other major artists....

"This is the Sonics" was released just now, and was quite enjoyable, might listen to the album several times when working out.

Spinning to Teenage Bottlerocket

April 6th, 2015

Three days ago, spinning to Teenage Bottlerocket. In the car I won't listen to them again, but I might actually listen to the album several times when working out. Enjoyed all but last song which was a ballad which is not enjoyable when I want to work out.

Finished trimming the spruce hedge

April 3rd, 2015

Finished trimming the spruce hedge this year. Had not done it last year so it was a pretty hard job this time, takes a couple of hours. It is starting to get as high as it can be allowed to, so I need to cut the top of it pretty hard each year now.

Iver said that he could see the whole world from the top of the ladder.

Panorama view using my iPhone.

Headlight bulb replacement

April 3rd, 2015

Had to replace the headlight bulb on my Mondeo, which is quite easy and one of the things that the engineers at Ford actually has planned very well. The most difficult part is actually to remove the grill, not because that itself is difficult, but I'm always afraid that I will damage it. But, it is just to be firm when pulling it off, and then it is removed within two seconds. The whole operation is done in less than 3-4 minutes.