It’s freezing again, which means that I am once again too hot. This may sound like a contradiction, so I will explain. When it’s freezing my parents turn up the central heating, which creates a fairly nice temperature throughout the house, but in my room (which is directly under the roof) it gets too hot. It doesn’t help that I have a PC in the room that’s always running at 100% capacity. Today I added this optimization between my balcony door and PC:
No, I did not drill that hole there just for my PC. In the summer that tube is connected to an airconditioning unit. In winter, I can use it to cool my PC and prevent the room from heating up too much. Results so far: CPU temps have dropped ~4C and the GPU fan is running at 40% instead of 44%. Meh.
It’s much less bleak today. It felt like the first day of spring. For a couple of hours. Then the sky turned gray again. Keep trying, Holland.
Bicycle status: bad. The chain is rattling. The brakes are weak. The front brake line has a hole in the protective plastic and is starting to rust. The handlebars are already rusting, which is visible through the gum tape that’s sliding off in some places. In other words, it’s ready for a good old adventure trip!
Well, except for the leak in the tire. After a couple of days I find myself with a flat rear tire, yet I cycled for an hour today and didn’t notice any trouble. It’s just slowly deflating. Fortunately I’ve still got a spare inner tube. Unfortunately that spare inner tube is a used one that I replaced because it was also slowly deflating. I guess it’s time for a new one.
The weather here is getting better. It’s been storming for almost a week non-stop, but finally the sky is clearing up a bit and the wind is slowing down. The sunlight is harsh. Bleak. It’s one of those hard-to-place things that I don’t like about Holland. The sun might be shining at its brightest, yet it doesn’t make you feel warm. It doesn’t make things look warm, even. It limits photographic opportunities and it limits my excitement to go out and take photos. The sun plays no tricks here. In Holland, the colors are always the same.
I tend to prefer warm colors when I take photos, and I usually edit them in if they’re not there in the first place. At least to my own perception this tends to make places look nicer than they really are. In the next two photos, rather than just slapping on a bunch of warm colors, I tried to represent reality a bit better.
Webster says this about ‘bleak’:
1. exposed and barren and often windswept
2. cold, raw
3. a: lacking in warmth, life or kindliness
3. b: not hopeful or encouraging
3. c: severely simple or austere
Without a doubt, all of these definitions apply to the part of Holland that I am living in. If only it could be more colorful.
What is about Holland that makes it just not fun to go out? Is it the cold weather? The gray sky? The continuous rain? The strong winds? The long boring stretches of road?
All of the above.
I am in poor physical shape, and I am doing another cycling trip in April. I will have to train a lot, but the motivation is just not there right now.
I happened across an awesome gif of it today, thought I’d share.
But it does make for some beautiful scenery.
As I’m going to be moving away from here soon, I decided to put my precious bicycle into storage in the attic at my dad’s working place. Cycling there at -1C made it seem a lot farther away than I remembered, and my feet froze off. I also realized once more that my stamina completely disappeared because I didn’t exercise at all during the past three months. All that built-up stamina from cycling around Japan, gone. I’m a little sad about that.
Winter started early this year. I can’t remember the last time I was in Holland seeing snow in November. Ah, I miss Japan’s warm winters… The sky would be a clear blue and it wouldn’t be too cold to cycle. Although Japan’s summer is probably worse than Holland’s in terms of temperature and humidity, I’d say that Holland’s winter is worse than Japan’s summer. I realize that does not make a lot of sense.
A busy week next week. I’ll be moving out soon.