Who are you?

I woke up in a social network, the internet policeman knew my name…

Google now let’s you peruse the various bits of demographic information they store about you so they can try and sell you stuff.

Google says:

Many websites, such as news sites and blogs, partner with us to show ads to their visitors. To see ads that are more related to you and your interests, edit the categories below, which are based on sites you have recently visited.

Your interests are associated with an advertising cookie that’s stored in your browser.

So who does google think you are? You can find out here - https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb

This is who google thinks I am…

Your categories
Below you can review the interests and inferred demographics that Google has associated with your cookie.
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Arts & Entertainment – Music & Audio
  • Arts & Entertainment – Music & Audio – Rock Music
  • Computers & Electronics – Programming
  • Games – Computer & Video Games – Simulation Games
  • Internet & Telecom – Web Services – Web Hosting & Domain Registration
  • News – Weather
  • Sports – Individual Sports – Cycling
  • World Localities – Europe – Western Europe – United Kingdom
  • World Localities – Europe – Western Europe – United Kingdom – Scotland
Your demographics
We infer your age and gender based on the websites you’ve visited.
  • Age: 35-44
  • Gender: Male

Scary that it’s pretty much spot on? Or sad that I’m so predictable?

 

You can go sleep at home tonight, If you can log off and walk away…

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The Happiest Man in the World

Ed Hamell AKA Hamell on Trial is recording an album titled The Happiest Man in the World. He needs your help.

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I will beat my ass today to kick yours tomorrow

As part of the ongoing winter training effort for the year of cycling events ahead I’ve been working my way through the various sufferfest videos.

Tonight was the turn of ‘Revolver‘ which describes itself as – This is a simple workout with one purpose: Beat the crap out of you as quickly as possible!

And boy does it deliver! The poor old legs will be feeling it tomorrow. Hopefully it will all pay off  when the sponsorship money starts rolling in :O)

Full work out details over at cycleography.com

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Tragic O’Hara

I saw this guy for the first time supporting Lach and Viv Albertine at Mono in November last year and was blown away. One man, a guitar and a little box of tricks for recording loops and the like coupled with some killer lyrics it made for a seriously good set of songs.

So when Mr. O’Hara kindly notified us, via his facebook page, of a free gig at King Tuts as part of the King Tuts New Years Revolution I jumped at the chance. I even managed to rope in the drinking services of Mr. Imrie :)

We were not to be disappointed with Mr O’Hara putting on another fine display, even while suffering from a sore throat. I put my new phone to good use and recorded some video of a few songs which I shall present to you here for you viewing pleasure…

You can find the others over on youtube, enjoy!

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Graeme Obree Sportive

Signed up for the 2012 Graeme Obree Sportive. A tough 68.5 miles around South Ayrshire.

Hopefully I’ll be able to put my copy of Mr. Obree’s new book to good use :)

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The Grim Reaper

This makes pretty grim reading - Every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010.

It would seem if you’re a cyclist and you want to stay alive then you should avoid riding during the Monday to Friday rush hours and not bother heading out on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Strangely, looking at the map of bike casualties in the Glasgow area, most of them seem to occur in fine weather during daylight. There also seems to be a disproportionate number of old men (60+)  involved.

If the map is accurate and to be believed it looks like one guy died while cycling along the M74.

Thankfully though, the general trend for the number of cyclists being killed on the roads between 1999 – 2010 seems to heading downwards. This has got to be a good thing considering the number of cyclists on the road during that time has most definitely been on the rise.

Don’t let the doom mongers put you off and get out and ride!

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Dead power supply

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After many years of faultless silent powering of my htpc my Silverstone EFN-300 seems to have bitten the bullet and shuffled off this mortal coil. A very sad day in the Cockburn household :(

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Bealach Mor

Just signed up for the Bealach Mor (140km, 3000m ascent) and the Ullapool Sportive. Help ma’ boab!!!

Two more sportives to add to the ever growing list along with the New Forest Spring Sportive, Etape Caledonia, the Wight Ferry Sportive and the Glasgow 100.

It’s going to be a busy 2012!!!

Full details on the cycleography calendar here…

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The return of the net

Well after a couple of years hiatus I’ve finally got round to putting something back up at netclectic.com. I’m not sure where it’s going to go just yet but I’m working on it, hopefully it will evolve in to something resembling a website in the coming months.

It feels good to be back :)

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