Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Power Pedaling

As you have seen, I have been cycling a lot lately. One technique to train leg strength is to pedal slow and heavy, or to run intervals where you alternate between slow and heavy and fast and light load.

For these exercises, I made my own soundtrack where the songs have the perfect speed (BPM - beats per minute) for my cycling. I created a script for extracting this information for my music collection, and wanted to post it here in case anybody else has need for something similar.

If you want to index your own collection, download find_bpm.pl. Perl Artistic License.

See dependencies in the top of the file for lots of dependencies.

Usage: "perl find_bpm.pl /var/music. It will store statistics about the music in a stats.csv file: name of song, tempo (BPM) and length of song.

Example:

"/var/music/Clash, The/London Calling/17-I'm Not Down.ogg",68.8,186.07
"/var/music/Turbonegro/Scandinavian Leather/10-I Want Everything.ogg",131.6,171.53
"/var/music/Sex Pistols/Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols/11-New York.ogg",68.5,183.76

Now it is just to open that document in OpenOffice,  sort on BPM and find a song you want to suffer to.

How my soundtrack ended up?

  1. The Verve: The Drugs don't work (151 BPM - warmup)
  2. The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony (174 BPM - slow'ish, pedal at half the tempo)
  3. Placebo: Every You and Every Me (slow, 66BPM - fast, pedal at twice the tempo)
  4. AC/DC: Back in Black (slow 46 BPM - slow)
  5. Neil Young: Rockin' in the Free World (139 BPM - fast)
  6. Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven (48.5 BPM - slow)
  7. Metallica: 53'rd and 3'rd (65.2 BPM - fast, pedal at twice the tempo)
  8. The Dandy Warhols: We Used to be Friends (52.7 BMP - slow)
  9. Foo Fighters: Everlong (79 BPM - cooldown)


Tuesday Nov 24, 2009

Free Test 2010 program ready

The program for Free Test 2010 is ready!

Monday Sep 21, 2009

Free Test 2010 CFP

After my presentation on last years Free Test conference, I was asked to take part in the program committee. This is probably just a clever trick by Henri to make sure I am too busy to propose a talk this year.

The Call For Paper deadline is Oct. 15th, and I am looking forward to lots of good presentations!

Friday Jan 02, 2009

Christmas Party

Just before Christmas we had a Christmas party at Sun.

The just-about-to-break-through band "The Directless" had a stunning performance releasing their new hit single "Riga River", here are a couple of pictures:

Warming up

During the performance

Jan Ståle blogged the lyrics.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

Birkebeinerrittet

This weekend I attended a mountain bike race in Norway, caller Birkebeinerrittet.

It is 91 km with some nice roads, some terrain and some places where you have to run through mud and stones. I finished in four hours and six minutes, which I am very pleased with after some technical problems and a salto mortale. Next year I'll go for 3:40.

Picture og Jørgen on Bicycle

Monday May 26, 2008

whoami(1)


So, I guess some introduction is appropriate.

My name is Jørgen Austvik, I am 31 years old, and work as a software engineer for the database group at Sun, testing databases. I am located in Trondheim, Norway. Previously I worked on HADB, but now I work on PostgreSQL.

You can read more about this fascinating subject (me) at http://www.austvik.net/ ;-)

After being encouraged by Balaji in BarCamp Bangalore, and then now by Trond, I thought I should give blogging a shot.

About

I work with testing in Sun Microsystems Database Group in Trondheim, Norway, currently with MySQL 6.X. The plan is to write a little bit about what I do here. More about me at my homepage.

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