My first brevet
I still can't believe I've finally done it
Last saturday I did ride my first Brevet, a 200km brevet organized by the
CCRiazor from A Coruña. Doing something like that has been in my personal
todo list since I started cycling (or, at least, since I started cycling
a bit more seriously). I guess having Super Randonneur (George Tellalov)
and the Randonneur of the cyclades (Sascha Welter) as friends helped a
bit with that desire.
I've to say that I totally fell in love with the whole Brevet thing.
The spirit, the people, the smooth ride (I was really really lucky about the
weather)... everything was just perfect. For sure one of the best experiences
I've had in my life.
Keep on reading if you want all the details!
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all geared up and connected!
A couple of days ago I went on a ride in the morning. One of the usual routes
I do around Lugo, first going southeast towards the mountains, then turning
west, then northeast back to Lugo. Around 58 kms on both main/bigger roads and
small and lovely secondary roads.
Something I do quite often this days, but this time something was different.
This time I had fun x 10. I felt so good, it was so much fun, I couldn't
stop smiling. I even laughed out loud some times. It was like having an extra
boost of adrenaline. It was real good fun there and, at one moment, I thought
that I'd love Dolo to be there with me, having exactly that same sensation,
feeling the joy and the fun.
"That won't happen any time soon" - I thought. I know, I know, not everybody
likes the same things, same sports... but I thought it would be really nice to
be able to share that with her.
And then an idea came to mind, like a lighting strike: SimStim!.
For those of you who hadn't read (yet) Neuromancer (seriously, go read it!),
a SimStim allows one of the characters on the novel (Case) to be able to
connect to another character (Molly) and live her experiences as his
own, seeing what she sees, feeling what she feels (pain, joy, surprise, etc).
That'd be just perfect for sharing all the joy I had the other day while riding
my bike. And, who knows, the future is just there, around the corner...
Sentry email notifications not arriving?
Hint: the timeout is the key!
I've been using Sentry for quite some time now in some projects, mostly all
of them running python based applications and systems, and recently I did a
major upgrade of a Sentry server to the latest version (8.3.1). It was an
update with lots of changes, both in the Sentry internals and the dependencies
needed by it (like the addition of Redis) but everything went more or less
Once I had the server ready, I did upgrade the Raven client accordingly and
I modified something in our staging server so an exception (IOError
actually) was raised and the proper notification was sent to the Sentry server.
It worked just fine, the error message was sent to the server and it appeared
on the Sentry web interface. Just perfect... or not?
Not really. After the error arrived in the Sentry server, a notification should
have been sent to a mailing list where developers/support would see it and act
accordingly. But that email never arrived and there was no error on the Sentry
When I took a look at the SMTP server logs, I found this
12:53:12 sm-mta: NOQUEUE: connect from my.sentry.server [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx]
12:53:12 sm-mta: AUTH: available mech=SCRAM-SHA-1 DIGEST-MD5 OTP CRAM-MD5 ANONYMOUS, allowed mech=LOGIN PLAIN
12:53:12 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: Milter (bogom): init success to negotiate
12:53:12 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: Milter (opendkim): init success to negotiate
12:53:12 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: Milter (opendmarc): init success to negotiate
12:53:12 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: Milter: connect to filters
12:53:12 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: milter=bogom, action=connect, continue
12:53:12 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: milter=opendkim, action=connect, continue
12:53:13 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: milter=opendmarc, action=connect, continue
12:53:17 sm-mta: u4JArC4c001534: my.sentry.server [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] did not issue MAIL/EXPN/VRFY/ETRN during connection to MTA
Which basically means there was an incoming connection which was suddently
closed by the client.
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Store python PersistentMapping objects into an objects TreeSet
When the OOTreeSet refuses to add new PersistentMapping objects...
I've been working with ZODB for quite some time now. First when I was doing
Zope based web development (oh, the ol' good^hard days), then in some
courses I gave about persistence and data storage in python, nowadays working
with pyramid and still using ZODB for some apps.
Some days ago, working on one of those pyramid based projects, I found
something really weird, something that was not working as expected, and it
took me some time to figure out what was it. I'd like to share it, just in case
it happens to any of you.
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The Flower Power Sprint
The third one already in naxos!
Exactly one month ago I had a long traveling day with r0sk. We left Lugo in
the middle of the night and we got in a plane in A Coruña while it was still
After a one-hour-and-something flight we arrived in Barcelona, where we got in
another plane, this time the destination was Athens, Greece. We were on our way
to one of our regular International Pizza sprints, when all the people
working on the same project meet to work hand by hand for a few days (and then
have lots of fun, of course).
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Finally, I did a +100km ride, and in the best possible company
10 of April, 2016
The alarm should ring at 07:00 (EEST), but I wake up way before
that. I'm too excited to stay in bed, so I get out of the room as stealthy as
I can, trying not to bother Oscar, sleeping in the other bed.
I left the clothes ready the day before, in the living room, so there is where
I go after preparing breakfast (coffee, milk, bread and cheese).
I take it easy, eating slowly. It is always really hard to have breakfast so
early, but today I manage quite well and I eat it all up. The bike is ready
already, I put my cycling clothes on and I double check again that I have
everything with me (Phone, Garmin, HR Sensor, GoPro, spare tube, tools...).
Then I pick up Sascha's Jake to get outside.
Today we have planned to go on a longer ride together, Sascha and me. We will
do the Apollonas round (clockwise), a route that covers something like 100
kms around the island of Naxos. We will pass by beaches, villages, valleys
And I am pretty sure we will have looots of fun
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Moving through the big city
It had been a while since the last time I did this
(image from the wikipedia)
Eleven days ago I hopped into a plane in A Coruña. That was the first part
of a trip that would take me to Barcelona, then Athens, then the island
of Naxos, in the Aegean Sea. We were going to have another
International Pizza sprint, but that's a totally different story, I just
wanted to add some context for this short story.
Yesterday I arrived in Piraeus around 15:00, as part of my trip back home. I
did step down the boat (Blue Star Naxos) and I went to the Piraeus Metro
I was a bit excited. Moving around big cities is something that always excites
me, specially if I'm not in a hurry to get quickly somewhere. I like to take my
time, see what is happening around me and try to stop and watch even the
Before going to the Metro station, I gave my bigger backpack to my friend
Panos, so he and Oscar could take it on their motorbikes. Then I picked up the
smaller backpack and a bigger piece of luggage, one of those harder suitcases
with wheels (that they couldn't carry on the motorbikes). I also checked I
had a book with me, real paper book this time, it was a novel from
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the shore.
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