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topflightpro 05-10-18 07:00 AM

I broke my thumb when I was in seventh or eighth grade. Fortunately it was in my left hand. I still had full ability to use my other fingers, so I donít remember it being that bad.

Flatballer 05-10-18 07:50 AM


Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 20332384)
Does anybody else hate this new board?

Yes, I'm not in love. Part of that is just not liking change, but part of it is actual issues. It's slower, and on mobile it doesn't take you to the first unread post by default, which is really annoying. The color scheme is also a bit generic, and some of the font choices and sizes and colors make it hard to read.

himespau 05-10-18 08:24 AM

I'm starting to get used to it. the mentions/quote notifications still seem broken, which is annoying.

gsteinb 05-10-18 08:31 AM


Originally Posted by topflightpro (Post 20332388)
I broke my thumb when I was in seventh or eighth grade. Fortunately it was in my left hand. I still had full ability to use my other fingers, so I donít remember it being that bad.


not a lot of jars in your life

Flatballer 05-10-18 10:09 AM


Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 20332547)



not a lot of jars in your life

13 year olds get other people to open jars for them.

topflightpro 05-10-18 11:43 AM

I spend a lot of time attending conferences and working our conference booth. It would routinely wreck my back. After a conference in February, I was hurting a lot.

So I started using my standing desk more, slowly building up from a couple hours a day to almost all day now.

I had to work a conference on Monday and Tuesday of this week. I didn't even notice I had been standing so long. My plan seemed to have worked.

Still, I find standing and working a bit odd.

Enthalpic 05-10-18 05:41 PM


Originally Posted by topflightpro (Post 20332388)
I broke my thumb when I was in seventh or eighth grade. Fortunately it was in my left hand. I still had full ability to use my other fingers, so I donít remember it being that bad.

I broke my right hand once - it was an awkward month.

TMonk 05-10-18 06:35 PM

lol

Ygduf 05-11-18 10:51 AM


Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 20332217)
Uncharacteristically frustrated by my thumb. Cast came off, but the fracture still needs some healing. Worse is I don't have much range of motion (read:any) and it hurts when it pressure is applied from certain angles (like where hands meet bars or hoods). I had really really planned on doing a short hill climb Saturday to defend last year's win. But form isn't what it was, it's 3 hours driving each way for a 15 min race, and well, I'm more likely to get dropped from the lead group than win. Plus I'm in the no fall zone. My luck a junior's mom would take me out on the way to the porta-potty. Gotta head to OT and another month on the shelf. Last five weeks have learned me that you need a fully functioning thumb to get through it all. Sorry, that might have come out more upbeat than I feel! Drove out to the big lake with the dogs last night to watch water skiers and get ice cream. Dogs got kid sized soft serve. I had vanilla peanut butter cup. Guess I'm really not doing a hill climb this weekend. Sorry, Diary, this was CDR long. I'll do better next time.

that wasn't even cdr into paragraph long, and no mention of cat 3 race tactics or sprinting

TMonk 05-11-18 10:57 AM

lol

himespau 05-11-18 11:49 AM

After having spent the morning applying glyphosate to our experimental test patches, I guess you can now add hemp (and kenaf) farmer to the list of jobs I've had over the years (a list that also includes baby formula taste tester, corn detassler, and detailer at a used airplane dealership among more normal sounding jobs). If you want to be mean, I suppose you could also now add "tool of Monsanto" to that list too (but I'd prefer you didn't because I didn't choose Roundup; it's just what the university grounds crew had that they were willing to give me for free).

Also sort of interacted with the dude who got caught cutting (and apparently smoking) leaves from our plot last year. From what I hear, he told the guy who caught him that it was the smoothest, most mellow stuff he'd ever smoked. Must not have noticed the signs specifically saying it wasn't weed and had no THC.

MDcatV 05-11-18 11:57 AM


Originally Posted by Ygduf (Post 20334867)
that wasn't even cdr into paragraph long, and no mention of cat 3 race tactics or sprinting

... or (a) video(s)

topflightpro 05-11-18 12:12 PM


Originally Posted by himespau (Post 20334981)
Also sort of interacted with the dude who got caught cutting (and apparently smoking) leaves from our plot last year. From what I hear, he told the guy who caught him that it was the smoothest, most mellow stuff he'd ever smoked. Must not have noticed the signs specifically saying it wasn't weed and had no THC.

Funny. My company grows weed. Lots of it. But apparently it's been described as "weak s...."

TMonk 05-11-18 12:20 PM

I went to college in Humboldt Co. CA (at the CSU up there). Did lots of odd-jobs and manual labor for friends/growers in town doing high quality indoor and scaled production up "on the hill." Most of the stuff went out of state any ways so legalization hasn't fundamentally changed the industry overnight.

himespau 05-11-18 12:22 PM

As a state that grows a lot of tobacco (I believe we grow the most, but some argue about that) at a time when smoking is decreasing (and we have lots of other land that we can't use for growing food crops as it is too contaminated with heavy metals after it was made by blowing the tops off mountains and filling in valleys), we're trying to show that help can be a viable non-food crop (including as a renewable energy source) - my main work is on the microbiology side of things.

I personally, would prefer that, as a state, we just say **** it and using our expertise at growing leafy, smokable products to directly grow pot and get some tax revenue from it at a time when we're short on budgets even though I don't smoke, but that would be straying into P&R territory.

I was just sort of nervous when this guy on the street started shouting to us about starting to grow our crops again until one of the guys I was with explained about how he caught him last year smoking the hemp.

mollusk 05-11-18 03:37 PM

I have had some really stupid renters in the past, but what happened today takes the cake. They called and said that the AC isn't working and it has been hot recently in Gainesville, Florida, so they will want it working. It turns out that the thermostat has been ripped from the wall and nobody knows what happened to it.

Flatballer 05-11-18 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by himespau (Post 20334981)
From what I hear, he told the guy who caught him that it was the smoothest, most mellow stuff he'd ever smoked. Must not have noticed the signs specifically saying it wasn't weed and had no THC.

To be fair, that's exactly the sign I'd put up if I was actually growing weed.

carpediemracing 05-11-18 07:37 PM

wow I absolutely cannot stand this format. I have no idea where gsteinb mentioned his not very long post, the remark after it, etc. I cannot find it without spending a lot of time, I spent literally 3x less time typing this up as I spent unsuccessfully finding the posts.

carpediemracing 05-11-18 07:39 PM

SInce I'm posting blind (I don't remember what I've posted and cannot scroll up easily to find them) I'll mention something new.

Today I drove a kei car (tiny Japanese car). Stick, right hand drive, turbo.

The only other vehicle I drove today at work was a cherry picker van.

Nice variety.

How the hell do I post this stupid thing I just wrote. This is reedonculous.

Ygduf 05-11-18 09:38 PM

no idea what ^^ is going on about. the forums look pretty much the same to me.

carpediemracing 05-12-18 10:43 AM


Originally Posted by Ygduf (Post 20335859)
no idea what ^^ is going on about. the forums look pretty much the same to me.

Since the reskin.

I've now disabled infinite scroll (which is when pages keep loading more content forever) as well as whatever else I could disable. This has returned it to the prior set up.

Before there was a bar at the bottom, with thread post pages (First/Prev/numbers/Next/Last) that covered up buttons like "Submit Reply". However if you clicked on Prev/numbers/Next it would simply load more posts, not actually "go to the next page". You'd end up with 10-20-30+ posts on one page, with a tiny scroll bar to the right. (Reminds me of Facebook, as posts load, or Yahoo).

For a number of reasons I've disabled scrolling on the touchpad/mouse so as multiple posts loaded (so maybe 15-20 posts in this thread) when I go to scroll down a post it actually drops 10 or 20.

What would happen is I'd try and scroll say 1/4 of a page because the page would load 4 posts, and I want to scroll down to the next post (aka one post). But since the page is loading more posts constantly, my scrolling 1/4 page would move me 5 or more posts because now the page had 20 posts or whatever much higher number. I'd scroll up, say, 1/4 page, but now those 20 posts are 30 posts, so scrolling up would move me up 7 or 8 posts, zooming past the post I wanted to see.

Ygduf 05-14-18 12:39 PM

I'm saying they look basically the same to me. only thing really missing is the link to the general 33 forum at the end of the scroll.

Ttoc6 05-14-18 08:46 PM

MTB racing forum is dead.

Anyone have setup tips? Signed up for my first xc race this weekend. 3 laps, 23.4 mi. Should be about 76*F. Do they usually do feeds at races like this? Should I change tire pressure / sus pressure / rebound? Longer stem?

TMonk 05-14-18 09:55 PM

Sounds fun, let us know how it goes!

I have nothing useful to offer, but would like to add that I will be doing my first xc race a little later this month as well :)

big john 05-14-18 10:50 PM


Originally Posted by Ttoc6 (Post 20340618)
MTB racing forum is dead.

Anyone have setup tips? Signed up for my first xc race this weekend. 3 laps, 23.4 mi. Should be about 76*F. Do they usually do feeds at races like this? Should I change tire pressure / sus pressure / rebound? Longer stem?

I don't know about the feeds but I would think you would at least get a bottle handed up. I would also think you shouldn't change your set-up if you are comfortable with the bike. Unless you usually ride all-mountain and the race is smooth, you should probably stick with what you know works for you.

aaronmcd 05-15-18 12:14 AM

My wife is trying to get in shape and actually suggested going on jogs! Not as good as riding but better than nothing. We have been doing 1.4 miles at a time. We do a loop around the park a block from the house 4 times. Today was the 3rd day in a row and the 5th in the past couple weeks and she finally made it the whole way without walking breaks. I think she could have done it the first try but I think its very important to not push it right away for mental reasons and even just to feel out how the body is dealing with it. I just give a bit of encouragement, some form and breathing tips, silent company mostly, and keep track of the pace so she feels good after yogging faster each time. Today she did 11:08 pace.

I'm debating if the next step is to add distance but put back in a walking break, or to keep the same distance for a bit til its more comfortable and work up to 10 minute pace first. Probably doesn't matter except for whatever is more motivating - I would lean a tad more distance first (time practicing form, accommodating) but I think she likes that it doesn't take too much time, and would feel more comfortable going a bit faster.

Would a decent "aerobic fitness" oriented goal be like 4 miles at 8 minute pace maybe?

MDcatV 05-15-18 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by aaronmcd (Post 20340804)
My wife is trying to get in shape and actually suggested going on jogs! Not as good as riding but better than nothing. We have been doing 1.4 miles at a time. We do a loop around the park a block from the house 4 times. Today was the 3rd day in a row and the 5th in the past couple weeks and she finally made it the whole way without walking breaks. I think she could have done it the first try but I think its very important to not push it right away for mental reasons and even just to feel out how the body is dealing with it. I just give a bit of encouragement, some form and breathing tips, silent company mostly, and keep track of the pace so she feels good after yogging faster each time. Today she did 11:08 pace.

I'm debating if the next step is to add distance but put back in a walking break, or to keep the same distance for a bit til its more comfortable and work up to 10 minute pace first. Probably doesn't matter except for whatever is more motivating - I would lean a tad more distance first (time practicing form, accommodating) but I think she likes that it doesn't take too much time, and would feel more comfortable going a bit faster.

Would a decent "aerobic fitness" oriented goal be like 4 miles at 8 minute pace maybe?

my advice? let her lead. it's her exercise time. don't make it training and don't coach or advise unless specifically requested. treat it as together time to talk about anything other than the jogging you're doing.

topflightpro 05-15-18 08:41 AM


Originally Posted by MDcatV (Post 20341108)
my advice? let her lead. it's her exercise time. don't make it training and don't coach or advise unless specifically requested. treat it as together time to talk about anything other than the jogging you're doing.

Agreed.

gsteinb 05-15-18 08:48 AM

Pro tip- notice how the tendencies that manifest in your exercise sessions manifest in other parts of your relationship. I sure can tell my wife how to drive. Which considering she runs the marketing department for one of the largest health systems in the country is absolutely brimming with irony.

carpediemracing 05-15-18 07:45 PM

Have to do a walls out restoration of the bike room due to sewage contaminating floor, sheetrock, ceiling. All furniture will be trashed. Trainers, rollers, my playstation driving seat and driving controls, some other stuff saved.

Limited budget but I'm thinking of building a built in wall unit with space for a screen, a big tower PC (for Zwift), playstation shelf, speakers (big ones, with an amp).

Bike room particulars include:

1. Keyboard that is accessible from the bike. I had a shelf sticking out perpendicular to the shelf but it wasn't really ideal.
2. Usable driving seat (it's sort of 1/3 of an open wheel race car body so not just a seat) with screen at right height.
3. Doors to cover screen when not in use.
4. Not sure if rug or tile. Thinking inexpensive linoleum one sheet "tile" with exercise mats on top. I had previously covered the floor with exercise mats.

Thoughts:

1. Get a cheaper 40" TV. Not sure if I can rig something to drop it 12-18" lower so it's usable with the car seat as well as with the trainer.
2. Some kind of drawer system that extends 3-4 feet for the keyboard/mouse.
3. Linoleum tile.
4. Easy way to switch headphones/speakers.

Goal is to spend about $500-800. Floor/ceiling/sheetrock will be covered by insurance, so this budget would be for TV (or large monitor), drawer type hardware, maybe TV mounting hardware, and cabinet materials.

Any thoughts, suggestions, etc, welcome.


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