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Feb. 23, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
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weapons of math destruction

prognostications on the evil of the algorithm and Big Data. scary stuff, like, real fucking scary.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28186015-weapons-of-math-destruction

Feb. 23, 2017, 9:53 p.m.
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fattest riff in the history of rock

no shit eh?! some live footage in later years, the band slows down. based on the comments some guys hate it. it's because Ozzy is such a mess and they have to play low and slow. from the vids i've seen it's great. sludgy Sabbath all the way.

Feb. 23, 2017, 9:10 p.m.
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fattest riff in the history of rock

a buddy forwarded me a link recently announcing "Black Sabbath's final concert". to my mind the real Sabbath has been dead a long time, but you know how these things go. (worth a google, some good footage) i can't say i blame the old guys for wanting to get together and play that incredible music again and make some bucks doing it. the older they get the more they themselves must be amazed at what they achieved. personally, i think that few people truly understand the scale of the contribution of this mostly obscure band had on rock that came after. to the uninitiated, the name and imagery are too much to look past and that's where it ends. to the curious and patient, they are an eccentric art rock band of immense and utterly unique creativity. but i digress……

there are so so many, and there is no definitive answer (but i bet someone could program an algorithm to measure 'fatness')

my vote is Sweet Leaf. the original and ultimate shoe gazing masterpiece. a riff so fat, greasy and dirty your wife won't want it in the house.

Feb. 19, 2017, 4:33 p.m.
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Spinalis

advertising agency conversation:
hmmm, maybe lets just play some muzak over the drivel that she's speaking and we'll just gawk at her and the chain instead. whatdyathink? good idea Bob, let's run with that.

Feb. 19, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
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Any car salesmen here?

Make sure the sales guy has your name, phone number, and what you want to pay. Walk away now and let him come to you at the end of the month if he hasn't met his target.

a guy i used to know thought he was cool, used to write down what he wanted to pay for a car on his bus. card and just hand it to the salesman and say 'call me' and leave. i asked if it ever worked and he said no.

Feb. 18, 2017, 8:27 a.m.
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MIPS Technology - Your guys take?

BOA is a lot tougher than you'd think. Helmet retention web is a great place for it. I tried on a Specialized AM helmet that utilized a BOA tightening system and was really impressed with it.

None of my helmets have MIPS. Maybe the next one will, who knows.

Surprised so few people ride with a mouth guard

i've wondered the same thing about mouth guards. when i think of the speeds hurtling down tight rocky trails lined with trees the potential for trauma is insane. i see some of the local bro brahs get more injured all the time chasing records. lots of facial injuries and of course no one wears a full face (or mouth guard, or elbow pads, etc)

Feb. 13, 2017, 4:16 p.m.
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Spesh Hillbilly grid trail tire

anyone have experience with this tread? i read a highly favourable review and was looking for a front tire so ordered one up. it's a thick heavy casing, thicker and firmer than EXO, a bit closer to DD. supple and rubbery though. a real challenge to mount in a cold garage, i can't imagine this thing burping. it's a bit narrow and i wonder about how far the knobs go over the side of the tire (not very) but i doubt that i really get that kind of lean angle on the bike to be a concern. compared to a DHF 2.5 though it looks narrow and the prominent sticky knobs are more upright and square. i've only ridden on it twice and it was good and i can ride these at very low pressures, but just a sample ride really. i'm tempted to get one for the rear as i think it would provide incredible traction and rim protection at the cost of some drag.

Feb. 9, 2017, 9:25 p.m.
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Brand new pivot bearings - pack with grease?

after the varsol, or initial solvent degreaser, what's the next chemical cleaner to remove the first one? how many rinses n baths before you get down to the final MEK super high volatility squeaky clean leave no residue to contaminate the new stuff end rinse?

Feb. 9, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
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Brand new pivot bearings - pack with grease?

a video from Artscyclery shows the mechanic taking off the rear triangle then using a needle nosed pliers (closed) to rotate the bearings around. says they can get stuck due to so little rotation. well my my, hasn't the last week just been a massive edumacation on all things bearings and grease. the amt of videos and bike websites (roadies analyze bb bearings and grease and wheel bearings ad nauseum) out there is amazing. i'm a fucking closet engineer by now.

Feb. 8, 2017, 1:28 p.m.
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Brand new pivot bearings - pack with grease?

here's a good video on how to clean and relube your bearings. i can see doing this every six months on all pivot bearings for max life. as a bonus the background song is that great song from that cool band…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97xYjQSTCow

Feb. 6, 2017, 6:24 p.m.
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Brand new pivot bearings - pack with grease?

always like to do seal work with my pack ice fisherman too, superior tool for the job…………….

Feb. 3, 2017, 11:14 a.m.
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Silent rear hub

I have DT Swiss hubs that came on a spline wheel set which are more or less silent and have been reliable for 2 seasons / zero maintenance. the Rims sucked though.

I am still on the fence about silent hubs…. I'm not a fan of the angry bees buzz but a small buzz hides all the other noises your bike makes….

Every clunk, creak and chain slap is that much more obvious.

the first rider i met who had a Nobl wheelset confirmed this exact thing. he had a high end wonderbike, and said you question every little sound that pops up (and sometimes goes away) once the hub sound is gone. said it drove him a bit nuts at first chasing everything then he let it go. raved about the wheels, natch.

Feb. 2, 2017, 9:16 a.m.
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Dreaming of an aggressive 29er for the North Shore and PNW

Out of curiosity, how do you (or anyone else) see 29" wheels improving your riding on the shore? Are there specific trails/sections that you can reference? Coming from trials, I don't really ride the same way as most people and often wish that there were modern 26" options for a more agile/playful feel. It makes me wonder what 'normal' mtbers want out of their bikes.

my guess is most trail riders don't have a trials or bmx specific background and therefore like some of the benefits of new gen big wheelers. and maybe the enduroification speed seeking race orientation of said modern trail rider? improved strava times?

Jan. 31, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
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i'm suprised about the lack of chatter on the Quebec shootings

It's just really sad, and I'm a dude, we don't talk about our feelings.

Young male making really bad decisions against a visible minority, I have no fix for that. I'm outraged but feel hopeless as there is no fix for this . Hate spreads faster than knowledge and education.

the motives are known now?

Jan. 29, 2017, 9:24 p.m.
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How much do you know about financial independence?

You don't pay taxes on your mutual funds until you actually sell. And capital is taxed at a more favourable rate than interest. So in your hypothetical situation, if you buy your fund at 10k and sell for 15k, you have a gain of 5k. But you only pay tax on half that. So you pay $2500 times your tax rate.

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oh, not at all true my friend. if you own a MF outside a registered account, you will pay some investment income taxes each year. as a flow through trust, most fund unit holders will have to participate in the taxes owed on the securities bought and sold (and held) buy the fund managers on your behalf. if there are bonds in the fund, interest income will be earned and taxes owed on that. if dividends, taxes there and if any securities were sold for a gain (and this is always the case). of course it's proportionate to how many units you hold. you will get a T5 tax slip showing boxes for interest, dividends and cap gains. you have to enter these into your income tax and pay the piper. just as if you owned the securities yourself. that's where the corporate class mutual fund structure has an advantage. different thread…

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