Hi, I’m Manu, a biking web developer. I’ve been writing on here since June 2002 about a bunch of different topics. My favorite posts are tagged with ✪.

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This definition suits my life pretty well.

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2017

In no particular order, here’s a list of notable facts of 2017 in the insignificant little life of mine:

  1. After reading Dear Data, I was curious to find out how often I was eating meat. So I used the Reporter app to ask me every day at 8:00 if I had meat the day before. Prior to starting the experiment I was sure that I had no meat about 80% of days. It turns out though that even after paying attention to what I was eating, I got to around 74%. I’m disappointed by this result. In 2018, I will eat no meat. There.

    in black: days without eating meat
    in black: days without eating meat

    My longest streak without meat was only 10 days.

  2. I spent 3 months looking for a new job. Last time, I promised myself I would not quit my current job before finding a new one. I should have kept my promise. I had 48 interviews/coding tasks/test days at 33 companies. It was a very self-esteem shattering experience, which is even tougher for someone who doesn’t have much self-esteem to begin with. More on that in another post soon maybe.

  3. I signed for a new job in Lausanne which I’m looking forward to.

  4. During my 4 months time off, I haven’t done half the things I wanted to. I spent a lot of time biking, fixing my bikes, digging jumps. I guess this simply shows where my heart is.

  5. 2017 was my NT Trails year. I’ve made a couple of new friends: Rico, Jochen, Tom, Phil, Micha, Mazza, Lucas, Fabian… During my time off, we stomped a whole new section out of the ground in a couple of weeks. All manpower, no machines! We celebrated it with a nice little jam in October. This is most definitely something I will miss in 2018, and I will try to visit the NT Trails as often as possible.

    I have very few pictures of me riding and this is one of my favorite ones. Thanks Micha!
    I have very few pictures of me riding and this is one of my favorite ones. Thanks Micha!
    Sometimes things don’t work out as intended…
    Sometimes things don’t work out as intended…
    Screengrab of a self-shot air at Skillspark
    Screengrab of a self-shot air at Skillspark
  6. In August, I went on a DH trip with Damien and François. We went to Brandnertal (ok-ish), Fiss (too much gravel), Bormio (shit), Livigno (great), Lenzerheide (cool). I was a bit disappointed by my mechanical problems and my riding, but it was a fun trip anyways. Which is more or less guaranteed with those 2 shitheads ;)

    DH holidays in Switzerland, Austria and Italy
    DH holidays in Switzerland, Austria and Italy
    Nice landscapes
    Nice landscapes
  7. I got a KOM (King Of Mountain, the best time on a segment of a trail/route) on my favorite downhill trail in Zurich. It didn’t last long though: 4 days. I guess the previous King felt offended :)

    King Of Mountain
    King Of Mountain
    Leading by 14 seconds
    Leading by 14 seconds
  8. I went bike riding to Chaumont twice, Lac Blanc (Alsace, France), Verbier and Chur. Strava tells me that in 2017 I completed 88 rides, for a total time of 153 hours, covered a distance of 2272 km and climbed up 97672 m.

    Chilling in Verbier
    Chilling in Verbier
  9. I failed at realizing again one of my 2016 achievements: I got a new bike. The first tour I did was the Epic Trail in Davos. Pretty sweet!

    On the Epic Trail with my new bike
    On the Epic Trail with my new bike
  10. I spent a week on Mallorca with Mom, my sister and her daughter. A weird combo, not always easy, but we had a good time I think.

  11. I also went to Berlin for the second time, and to Europapark and Stuttgart for the first time.

  12. I think I have read only 2 book. Oops. Also, my Internet consumption is steadily drifting towards mostly videos. A sign of times I guess?

    A really well done atlas! …and a really well done LEGO Saturn V rocket
    A really well done atlas! …and a really well done LEGO Saturn V rocket
    My first book in Swiss German! Thanks Carole
    My first book in Swiss German! Thanks Carole
  13. My personal “TV series” discovery of 2017 definitely was Rick & Morty. So so good. Thanks Jay for insisting that I have to check it out.

  14. I’m probably listening to more podcasts than ever. Here’s a list of some of the episodes I enjoyed in 2017:
  15. In early 2017, the Nintendo Switch was released, with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I cannot think of a game in recent years that I’ve enjoyed as much as this. I clocked in around 90 hours of gameplay, lying on my couch. Yes, I play the Switch exclusively in handheld mode. In Fall, Mario Odyssey was released, another really good game. You can follow my Switch adventures on Twitter at the inadequately named @manuplayszelda account. On PS4 I played more Doom, and a bit of Hellblade. Last week I played through Inside on iOS, which I liked a lot too, despite the super shitty controls.

    All the places I’ve been in Zelda after about 80 hours
    All the places I’ve been in Zelda after about 80 hours
  16. When I left Doodle, my awesome colleagues offered me a Raspberry Pi based console emulator with a LEGO NES enclosure. How cool is that? To top it off, I got a voucher for a VR experience in Zurich. I will miss the Doodle team <3

    LEGO NES enclosure for Raspberry Pi
  17. The shows I’ve been to in 2017:
    • Lionheart at Dynamo in Zurich on November 23rd
    • Rise Against at Halle 622 in Zurich on November 21st
    • Sick Of It All at KIFF in Aarau on November 8th
    • No Fun At All at Schüür in Luzern on August 12th
    • Dropkick Murphys at Volkshaus in Zurich on July 4th
    • System of a Down at Hallenstadion in Oerlikon on June 1st
    • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes at Kofmehl in Solothurn on February 19th

Writing these reviews always makes it seem like every year was awesome. I’m forcing myself to be positive. I had some really shitty times in 2017 as well!