I decided to get an exercise bike after a few months of inactivity led to pain in my knee joints (I’m not getting any younger) that made it difficult to go up and down stairs.

After using it daily for the last couple of weeks I can feel a huge difference already. The pain is virtually gone and I just feel what I can only describe as springier. The bike has been one of the best buys I’ve made in ages.

My next plan is to lose the extra weight I seem to have accumulated since the end of March.

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This week 5 years ago, I was winding down the last few days at my regular job. It was a great job working with great people, but I knew I had to move on to be able to create Micro.blog. In a blog post on my last day at the job, I wrote about starting over and the hope for what would come next. The y...

Toshiro Mifune
  • Mifune-The Last Samurai – Short but informative documentary on the life and work of Toshiro Mifune.
  • Stray Dog – Early noirish Kurosawa thriller about a rookie cop who loses his gun. More Mifune.
  • Silicon Valley – Very late to this but I just watched all of season one and loved it. Looking forward to the rest.
  • Muggington Lane End – The excellent new album by Lavinia Blackwall. I’m sure this is going to be in my end of year top ten.
Read Anti-Algorithmic Music: How Bandcamp Is Helping Artists Beat The Odds by Matt McDermott ( )
It feels endless and anarchic, a riposte to the algorithmically determined monoculture behind everything from the Spotify Recommended section to ghost kitchen-reheated delivery food. Bandcamp, and the half-billion dollars it has paid to artists since its inception in 2008, is real.

Bandcamp is great. It’s refreshing to find a company like this that really does care about artists and music. I’ve built up quite a collection of Bandcamp purchases now.