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By crispyduck (Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 07:10:25 AM EST) cycling, business, geocaching, cows, moo, dorset, cheese (all tags)
I've been meaning to post one of these things forever, I have been lurking somewhat but then some people said some things and I realised it's been quite a long time... At least I've still posted more recently than spiralx. ;)

If you asked me to sum up the last week I could probably do that (it's been pretty boring actually) but to try and write about the last however many months I'm either going to gloss over a lot of stuff or bore you all (and myself ) to tears. I'll stick with the former.

So dgym and I left our jobs, sold our house and went off cycling. We had loads of fun and there's quite a lot to say about it all, you can read about it here. We were originally considering emigrating but were never really convinced enough about anywhere to make the move so for now are living in the UK. France would still be nice if it were easier to run a business there but is off the menu for now.

The whole cycling thing left me with a bit of a problem in that I'm somewhat addicted to the whole thing and am rather opposed to returning to a full time job because there's just not enough holiday. So I haven't. I've since been cycling in Ireland and Scotland, and last autumn I cycled all the way from home to Corsica. Which was awesome and blessed by many a pain au chocolat.

While travelling, we started work on Game Pixies, a site for german boardgames and japanese puzzles, aiming for both fun and advertising revenue. We've achieved the first at least and have a small core of dedicated users, unfortunately it's not taken off amazingly well and we recently had to take down a couple of games, also the ad revenue is terrible so we ended up focusing on other stuff.

I was also working through Rentacoder for a while. The idea seemed great at first - working whenever you want on fixed-price coding projects for people all over the world. It was vaguely feasible while we were considering life in a different country with a lower cost of living... but once we returned to the UK, the rates just weren't worth bothering with, and the lack of physical presence aspect started to really work against us. Too many people able to offer lower rates from other countries, too much effort filtering through the crap to find a project that might be worthwhile, too much competition and not enough value placed on good programmers... bah. I did however pick up one UK based client on there willing to pay decent rates, who I still do occasional work for.

At the start of this year, Blue Room Hosting was born, selling Linux virtual private servers. It's growing slowly but the customers we do have seem very happy so far (we love and value each and every one of them) and we're hoping things will eventually start to sell themselves once we grow a bit more and start getting recommendations, reviews, etc. We're now at the stage where things are running pretty smoothly and require very little attention unless something happens (which is quite rare) so I'm thinking about getting some proper contract work, maybe that'll help pay for the next cycling adventure :).

We're living in Dorset now which is where I grew up, we are renting a lovely farm cottage with fantastic views, we overlook many miles of open farmland and can often see cows from the window. Moo! We've been here for over a year now. It's a bit of a social dead zone though, the people I knew when I was younger have mostly gone to the city for things like jobs and fun. They don't know what they're missing out on, it's the local cheese festival in a couple of weeks time!

I've taken up geocaching this summer, which makes cycling around the local area a bit more interesting... Any other geocachers around here?
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Great by crispyduck (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 07:12:35 AM EST
My first diary in goodness knows how long and Google's advertising cat litter stuff on it...

Getting better by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #7 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 10:49:09 AM EST
I'm getting freelancing and cottaging.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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What part of Dorset? by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 07:48:01 AM EST
Is the cycling nice round there? Is it near Bath where I'm now based? And would you and dgym be up for meeting up for a bike ride sometime (and obviously not just so I can have a go on his 'bent)?

Also, rentacoder: looks nice. Might help me get some portfolio together so I can look for nicer jobs.

North by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 08:05:13 AM EST
You're in Bath?! I obviously haven't been paying enough attention around here... We're in north Dorset, near Stalbridge - It's quite nice cycling around here, lots of quiet lanes. I guess we're about 40 miles from Bath so we could meet half way or something or there's a train line down into Yeovil... It's very hard to get dgym onto his trike these days despite all the money he spent on it, but I'll strap him down and glue his feet to the pedals if I have to :-)

I guess Rentacoder's good for building up a portfolio, if you can wade through all the "clone youtube please" and "do my homework" requests there are a few good ones in there. There are a few other freelance sites out there too - elance, scriptlance, guru and some others but never really used those...

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Wahey, welcome back by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 08:22:00 AM EST
I've still got bikehippies in my RSS reader, but I've always been too lazy to comment.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
It's the snailman! by crispyduck (4.00 / 1) #5 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 08:58:31 AM EST
Good to hear somebody still reads that. :-)

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I just read through by ni (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 12:52:24 PM EST
about 10 pages of entries. Thanks for writing them.

"These days it seems like sometimes dreams of Italian hyper-gonadism are all a man's got to keep him going." -- CRwM
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buy an ad by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 09:26:12 AM EST
er, wait, sorry, wrong site. Ads are free here.

Yeah... by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 12:44:41 AM EST
... now there's one of those things I've been meaning to do ....

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geocaching by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 10:58:02 AM EST
I go a few times a year.

When I'm imprisoned as an enemy combatant, will you blog about it?

me too by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 02:56:25 PM EST
i should go more than i do.

if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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Woo! by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #12 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 12:43:54 AM EST
Yeah, I go quite frequently at the moment, since I'm quite new to it there are still quite a few that are close to home. I guess that will change as I gradually find all the nearby ones... or I'll have to get into planting them myself :)

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a local park has a microcache by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #16 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 01:48:56 PM EST
a multi-part micro, at that. i still haven't found all the bits, but i'm close!

if de-virgination results in me being able to birth hammerhead sharks, SIGN ME UP!!! --misslake
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me too by TurboThy (4.00 / 1) #15 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 11:05:41 AM EST
Plus I'm a map geek, which leads to stuff like this :-)

Sommerhus til salg, første række til Kattegat.
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What a surprise! by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 04:53:06 PM EST
Welcome back to England.

With your love of biking maybe you should explore some business in that direction (guided biking tours or something like that).

bikes by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #14 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 12:55:23 AM EST
Somebody needs to pay me to go off on long and exciting cycling adventures. Maybe I should try to get work with one of those bike touring companies... Another thing that really appeals to me is building beautiful bikes ::drool:: There's a frame building course I'm thinking about doing...

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That sounds like great fun. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #17 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 07:10:20 PM EST
Wish I had the resources to do the same. Good luck!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Oh, great pics too! by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #18 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 07:34:47 PM EST
I don't have a Flicker account, but these are tamarinds.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Aha by crispyduck (4.00 / 1) #20 Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 08:06:09 AM EST
I always wondered what a tamarind was...

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Oh, and another: by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #19 Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 08:01:27 PM EST
"Here Mandrin prevails."

Make sense in the context.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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OK by crispyduck (4.00 / 1) #21 Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 08:07:00 AM EST
Yes, that makes sense. I'll add your info to the photo pages... Thanks!

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Real jobs are rubbish by DullTrev (4.00 / 1) #22 Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 05:47:16 AM EST
I heartily endorse avoiding them as long as possible.

I'm trying my best by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 08:13:11 AM EST
even though my bank account has a few objections, life is so much more interesting this way. Sounds like you're having a good time of it too :-)

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