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While walking around the center of Beaune, at the heart of the Bourgogne wine region in France, we passed the motorcycle of a seasoned traveler – and it wasn’t a BMW but a Royal Enfield ;-)

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Beaune is certainly worth a visit – the Musée de l’Hotel-Dieu is a must-see, the Musée du Vin was a pleasant and interesting surprise. But be aware that the town has become a tourist trap.

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Peter Simms says he has the perfect motorcycle, and there is a Brightside Media video on YouTube to prove what he says. BoingBoing pointed me to this video. Yes, it’s about a BMW motorcycle: the iconic R90S. A motorcycle that has “done” 240.000 miles – that’s well over 385.000 kilometers. And also the motorcycle that brought Peter Simms to his spouse – a nice touch.

During our holiday I spotted a few remarkable motorcycles. This BMW 75/5 was parked near the Grinzane-Cavour castle in Piemonte (Italy). Bikes that look this good are usually only on display in museums or collections. This one seemed to be coming straight from the factory, even though it is more than 45 years old! Too bad the pilot was not in the neighbourhood; I would have loved to talk to her/him.

A splendid black BMW 75/5 motorcycle

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I have updated the numbers of the electricity production of our solar panels. There’s nothing special to report, except that August hasn’t been so sunny since 2013. With a little luck, that will help make 2019 into another 2MWh year ;-)

I was not planning on continuing my reporting on Android updates for the Galaxy S7, given that Samsung clearly considers this device too old to be worthy of attention. But for completeness’ sake I will tell you that a new update did arrive a few days ago (I missed the exact date, since I’m no longer using the device on a daily base). Basically, it’s a security update, bringing the S7 in line with the June 1st patch level update from Google.

The past few days I have been repeatedly called by criminals posing as “technical support people”, mainly for Microsoft – one said they called from my internet provider, but couldn’t explain why he spoke English although my provider should do its business with me in Dutch. I do wonder though: why is it that my home number is targeted just this week, after being ignored for many years? The callers all spoke English with an accent that I associate with India and Pakistan. I guess someone out there must have picked up a phone list from the past and said: hey, let’s try these numbers again.

Anyway, I had to think immediately of the solution to this problem that I read about in BoingBoing’s “Vacation scammer telemarketer spends 15 minutes talking to a bot”. The recording in that post is hilarious: it’s not just a Jolly Roger Phone Company bot replying to the caller, the bot takes the lead in the conversation while all kinds of interruptions are going on in the background.

Checking other samples from the other bots offered by the company shows that these are just as good (and just as funny). Too bad the Jolly Roger Phone Company service isn’t available here in Belgium!

By the way: isn’t it strange that phone companies are in no way responsible for helping these criminals?

I don’t think the word “caketrope” is in the English dictionary, except Pee-wee’s, of course. But the cake he points to is truly magnificent:

Click the image to visit Alexandre Dubosc’s site for more food art!

Click the image to visit Alexandre Dubosc’s site for more food art!

Alexandre Dubosc must be a patient man, in order to create the art he shows off on Youtube.