Vattugatan 15, Stockholm, Sweden
 

Vattugatan 15, Stockholm, Sweden

A summary of my biking to Husby Gård. See the map below for the exact route. It was all filed using the GhettoPro Zero, and the only correction I've don is to straighten the video as the camera ended up tilted on my helmet. The total size of the source video was 6.1 GB. Since I used a small memory card the first ten minutes or so were automatically deleted by the camera to make space for later video.► 3:46

A summary of my biking to Husby Gård. See the map below for the exact route. It was all filed using the GhettoPro Zero, and the only correction I've don is to straighten the video as the camera ended up tilted on my helmet. The total size of the source video was 6.1 GB. Since I used a small memory card the first ten minutes or so were automatically deleted by the camera to make space for later video.

The music track is "City Flight"[a] from the album Ambient Pills Update[b] by Zeropage[c]. The track, and this movie, is released under the CC-BY-3.0[d] license.

GhettoPro Zero

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Video

Then I replaced the by now very worn tires with a pair of Continental Contact Travel 37-622, trading some off-road ability for greater speed on-road.

Then I replaced the by now very worn tires with a pair of Continental Contact Travel 37-622[e], trading some off-road ability for greater speed on-road.

16 Year Old Bike

2017-06-26 19:19

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

By 2019 the bike was showing its age. The gear shifters didn't work well - the front gear could not go above the middle chainring and the rear not below the fifth. Expecting that the whole groupset (gear shifters, sprockets, the whole lot) would have to be replaced, I decided to turn the bike in for maintenance. If I could get it fixed for less than 3000 SEK, that'd be worth it. I found a nearby bike repair shop - Cykloteket Service Store - booked a time for maintenance online, and when the day came I rode the bike over there and turned it in.

By 2019 the bike was showing its age. The gear shifters didn't work well - the front gear could not go above the middle chainring and the rear not below the fifth. Expecting that the whole groupset[f] (gear shifters, sprockets, the whole lot) would have to be replaced, I decided to turn the bike in for maintenance. If I could get it fixed for less than 3000 SEK, that'd be worth it. I found a nearby bike repair shop - Cykloteket Service Store[g] - booked a time for maintenance online, and when the day came I rode the bike over there and turned it in.

One day and 1200 SEK later, I had what was basically a new bike. That's less than $10 / year in maintenance!

I was very impressed by the service. For example, I expected the gear shifters to need a complete replacement. In reality, they just needed a bit of cleaning and some oil. Cykloteket could have replaced them, charged me for it, and I would have been none the wiser. But they did right by me.

16 Year Old Bike

2019-10-09 14:21

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

When covid-19 hit in 2020 public transport went from routine to something to avoid, and the bike stepped up. It was now that I really started using it regularly, and to go longer distances. As a result, I did some comfort upgrades. First I replaced the seat post with a dampened one, and added a padded seat. Together these made the biking shorts I had previously worn unnecessary.

When covid-19 hit in 2020 public transport went from routine to something to avoid, and the bike stepped up. It was now that I really started using it regularly, and to go longer distances. As a result, I did some comfort upgrades. First I replaced the seat post with a dampened one[h], and added a padded seat[i]. Together these made the biking shorts I had previously worn unnecessary.

Then I did the most complex operation so far: I replaced the front fork with one with shock absorbers. This took a lot of measuring and guessing, as mountainbikes had gone from the threaded forks and quill stems of '04 to the threadless forks and Ahead/threadless-stems of today[j]. Unlike the first fork replacement, I had to replace part of the top headset bearing and the steering stem. The measuring and guessing worked out in the end, though, and after a couple of failed attempts I was the proud owner of a hardtail bike with front shock absorbers[k].

This change really made a difference to the ride comfort. Biking over roots, rocks, and bike path curbs suddenly felt very smooth where before I'd feel the bump in my hands.

I also bought a new chain lock that I could easily transport (unlike my old u-lock that I had to carry in a backpack), so I could lock the bike while out and about.

16 Year Old Bike

2020-07-11 09:05

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Nine Flowers

2019-06-22 12:13

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Nine Flowers

2019-06-23 11:37

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Just look at that delicious bokeh!

Just look at that delicious bokeh!

Carl Schmeiss Postitar 44mm f/32

2018-07-26 12:17

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Nineteen swabs later.

Nineteen swabs later.

How to Clean a Digital Camera Sensor

2018-06-27 17:01

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Homey Bee

2018-06-09 08:40

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Music: Waltz Into the Moonlight by Tryad. The music, and this movie, is released under the CC-BY-SA license.► 0:16

Music: Waltz Into the Moonlight[l] by Tryad[m]. The music, and this movie, is released under the CC-BY-SA[n] license.

Snow Motion

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

cc-by-sa-2.5

Video

Cash

2016-04-25 09:54

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Cash

2016-04-25 10:00

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

-17°C

2016-01-15 14:56

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

First Snow

2015-12-28 11:49

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Cranes

2015-10-15 21:54

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Cozying up in one of my Moroccan babouches, a present from Orientalista for writing articles for them.

Cozying up in one of my Moroccan babouches, a present from Orientalista[o] for writing articles for them.

Further Adventures of a Small Camel in a Big World

2015-07-18 01:14

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

orientalista

Camella

Surgery complete! The "pegleg-tripod" (with two damaged legs) to the right.

Surgery complete! The "pegleg-tripod" (with two damaged legs) to the right.

Velbon Ultra Maxi L Leg Repair

2015-01-10 13:45

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Two jars of honey, in an urban setting this time. The blurred shapes of Hötorgshusen can be seen in the background.

Two jars of honey, in an urban setting this time. The blurred shapes of Hötorgshusen can be seen in the background.

Bee Urban

2013-11-04 15:31

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Camella

2013-07-22 21:10

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Camella

Camella

2013-07-23 10:01

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Camella

Here's my first attempt at focus stacking using the rail: A random potted plant. Being able to compare this to not using a focusing rail, I can say that this was a whole lot easier. I shifted the camera about a third of a millimeter between shots and then stacked it all using Hugin and Enfuse. The Enfuse command line was --exposure-weight=0 --saturation-weight=0 --contrast-weight=1 --hard-mask --contrast-window-size=9. As you can see, it didn't quite get rid of the out-of-focus areas; they can be seen as haloes around the buds. It does give the shot a very dreamlike appearance, though.

Here's my first attempt at focus stacking using the rail: A random potted plant. Being able to compare this to not using a focusing rail, I can say that this was a whole lot easier. I shifted the camera about a third of a millimeter between shots and then stacked it all using Hugin[p] and Enfuse[q]. The Enfuse command line was --exposure-weight=0 --saturation-weight=0 --contrast-weight=1 --hard-mask --contrast-window-size=9. As you can see, it didn't quite get rid of the out-of-focus areas; they can be seen as haloes around the buds. It does give the shot a very dreamlike appearance, though.

Macro Focusing Rail

2011-03-08 14:50

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Raynox DCR-250

Balconized

2010-06-23 12:26

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 1: Preparing the hallway and switches, electrical outlets, etc...

Day 1: Preparing the hallway and switches, electrical outlets, etc...

Paint it White

2010-02-28 13:39

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 2: Preparing the living room.

Day 2: Preparing the living room.

Paint it White

2010-03-01 08:30

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 2: Painted the edges & switches.

Day 2: Painted the edges & switches.

Paint it White

2010-03-01 15:22

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 2: Rolled the hallway with the first coat of paint.

Day 2: Rolled the hallway with the first coat of paint.

Paint it White

2010-03-01 15:23

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Living room done!

Day 3: Living room done!

Paint it White

2010-03-02 11:31

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Hallway done!

Day 3: Hallway done!

Paint it White

2010-03-02 11:31

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Kitchen done!

Day 3: Kitchen done!

Paint it White

2010-03-02 11:31

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Happy!

Day 3: Happy!

Paint it White

2010-03-02 11:31

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Preparing the office. The wallpaper had to be cut and covered with spackling paste, which is drying here.

Day 3: Preparing the office. The wallpaper had to be cut and covered with spackling paste, which is drying here.

Paint it White

2010-03-02 16:29

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Spackling paste, being sandpapered.

Day 3: Spackling paste, being sandpapered.

Paint it White

2010-03-02 20:42

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Done sandpapering. This is where a lot of the dust went. I wonder if the spackling paste isn't mixed with Bolivian marching powder, because by you just keep going like a sandpaper robot...

Day 3: Done sandpapering. This is where a lot of the dust went. I wonder if the spackling paste isn't mixed with Bolivian marching powder, because by you just keep going like a sandpaper robot...

Hey, there's a concept!

Paint it White

2010-03-02 21:06

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3: Two layers of paint later.

Day 3: Two layers of paint later.

Paint it White

2010-03-03 03:10

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Day 4: Touch-ups & done!

Day 4: Touch-ups & done!

Paint it White

2010-03-03 13:16

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

My little Christmas star, with the Haymarket houses in the background.

My little Christmas star, with the Haymarket houses in the background.

Christmas Lights

2009-12-16 00:28

Kista Centrum
Stockholm, Sweden
Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden
The Coffee Place
Stockholm, Sweden

Kista Centrum, The Coffee Place

Test image using Macro Zoom mode.

Test image using Macro Zoom mode.

Macro Photography With The Panasonic DMC-TZ7/ZS3

2009-12-03 16:42

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

Test image using Macro mode.

Test image using Macro mode.

Macro Photography With The Panasonic DMC-TZ7/ZS3

2009-12-03 16:58

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

In case anyone is wondering, the sign says (approximately) - "cozy wozy".

In case anyone is wondering, the sign says (approximately) - "cozy wozy".

Update 2010-06-21: Yes, li'l Cozy Wozy is still alive and well.

Julpyssel

2008-12-14 02:03

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden

New Pad

2008-10-21 20:22

Vattugatan 15
Stockholm, Sweden