Fitness Log August 2018

Starting to move again This year has been a difficult year as far as my strength and fitness are concerned. I had a few 100 mile and 100 kilometer milestones in the last few years, but when I injured my hip last winter, it all fell apart. Last January it was particularly bad - I couldn’t even walk or stand for more than half an hour. I started to build up my fitness slowly again with a daily half hour routine or stretches and light strength exercises, and eventually I was able to ride the bike again in spring.
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Steve Jansen - The Extinct Suite

Steve Jansen’s new album The Extinct Suite arrived yesterday, and I’ve kept listening to it on repeat ever since. What a beautiful album. It’s absolutely fantastic and inpiring to me. I’ve always been a huge fan of David Sylvian’s more ambient recordings including Flux & Mutability, Plight & Premonition, Ember Glance and Approaching Silence (hence the name of my blog) - and Steve’s album fits perfectly into the collection. What makes this and the other albums so special to me?
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Mood

Last weekend started quite productive, but my mood turned dark and heavy again Saturday evening and even worse throughout most of Sunday. It’s a strange thing; I find it hard to describe, and even harder to predict and control. It’s almost like a software bug that occurs sometimes, but not always, and I don’t have an idea what’s causing it, how to reproduce or fix it. The only difference: this here is not a bug but real life.
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Two and two are five

“Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as “the truth” exists. … The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, “It never happened” – well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five – well, two and two are five.
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KaTeX, Khan Academy's Math Typesetting Library

Khan Academy has published the fastest typesetting library for the web. IntMath’s KaTeX and MathJax comparison demo shows some impressive performance improvements. The demo page took 177 ms to process on my laptop. The MathJax version on the other hand took 4777 ms. The performance comes at a price that not everything is supported in KaTeX (yet). I wish aligned equations were supported, but I can live with it. Until I run across more serious problems I’ll happily use KaTeX instead of MathJax.
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How to stop a hanging Windows service

Windows processes and services can be controlled with the task manager, but occasionally I found hanging processes that required a reboot. Windows has some useful command line tools that could help avoiding a reboot and save some time: 1) Open command line prompt (cmd) as Administrator 2) Find process id with sc queryex {servicename}, e.g. sc queryex Apache2.4. You can also use tasklist|find "{executable}", e.g. tasklist|find "httpd" 3) Kill the process with taskkill /f /pid {PID}, e.
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