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by Fossa
Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DIY Ferrofluid?
Replies: 5
Views: 3146

Re: DIY Ferrofluid?

That's true ONLY if there's a market for the stuff. The people who actually use ferrofluids commercially aren't buying it on Amazon. Do you have a source for finished ferrofluid that isn't charging 300-500% the cost of high quality, lab-grade reagents? How about one that even tells you what you're g...
by Fossa
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DIY Ferrofluid?
Replies: 5
Views: 3146

Re: DIY Ferrofluid?

The most common explanation I've read starts with PCB etchant (FeCl3) which you reduce to FeCL2 using steel wool, react with FeCL3 once again before adding ammonia (because mixing chlorine and ammonia is always fun) to precipitate out Fe3O4 (magnetite) particles of the appropriate size. Well, could...
by Fossa
Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DIY Ferrofluid?
Replies: 5
Views: 3146

DIY Ferrofluid?

I'm working on an art/science project for an event next year and I need to manufacture quite a bit of relatively stable ferrofluid. It needs to maintain its properties for at least two weeks and be temperature stable from 30-110 degrees F. While I've seen a lot of great videos demonstrating what fer...
by Fossa
Thu May 09, 2013 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 19737

Re: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer

I can't be the only person who'd have waited around for the population crash and then exterminated all the deer myself to spare them the suffering. That's something I'd never considered. You've instantly eliminated any lingering regrets I had in posting this thread. Is eradicating the population th...
by Fossa
Tue May 07, 2013 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 19737

Re: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer

So a stable population is automatically justification to make many of them suffer? To disrupt or even destroy their idyllic existence? How long would you stay, since you've elected to shoot them yourself rather than release the predators? And Philsov, the Coast Guard station abandoned the island in...
by Fossa
Tue May 07, 2013 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 19737

Re: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer

So a stable population is automatically justification to make many of them suffer? To disrupt or even destroy their idyllic existence? How long would you stay, since you've elected to shoot them yourself rather than release the predators? And Philsov, the Coast Guard station abandoned the island in ...
by Fossa
Tue May 07, 2013 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 19737

A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)

So this is a scenario I've been turning over in my head for some time now; I frequently come back to it when I consider moral questions having to do with the inherent value of life or quantity vs. quality of life. I'd really like to get some outside opinions to keep the gears turning in my own head....
by Fossa
Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2220691

Re: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out

'Fess: I miss the fora, but I'm scared to come back.
by Fossa
Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16531

Re: ams: getting fit

On sets and reps: Hitting the point of exhaustion on your last rep is good. However, not all "exhaustions" are equal. Let's say you lift 3 sets of 10 reps one session and 5 sets of 6 the next session. Both days you lift the same amount of weight with rest periods set so that you hit the po...
by Fossa
Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16531

Re: ams: getting fit

Hi ams, it isn't a question of it being a problem, it's a question of getting the results you want. More isn't always better. If you can manage that weight through 5 sets it tells me one thing, you're not lifting heavy enough for the reps you're doing or you're resting too long between sets. I'd rec...
by Fossa
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 16531

Re: ams: getting fit

Hi AMS, sorry to hear you fell off your routine. It happens. Most major lapses happen in the first six months of a new routine. If you can stick it out through the end of your contract you'll have a much easier time of things. One thing I'd highly recommend (especially now that you've got more money...
by Fossa
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Avoiding injury while running
Replies: 12
Views: 2957

Re: Avoiding injury while running

Hi spambot, I can definitely sympathize. Knee pain is no fun, particularly when you don't know what's causing it. From what you've told me, I suspect it's tension in your IT band. Your IT band is a very long band of fibrous connective tissue attached to a very small muscle (TFL) just below your hip ...
by Fossa
Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28316
Views: 2647587

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Menacing Spike wrote:I think women's magazines are an elaborate, sociopathic joke.


They've slacked off on the "elaborate" part then, because most of their advice is pretty transparent for anyone who cares to look...
by Fossa
Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Evidence for Protein Supplements
Replies: 24
Views: 5803

Re: Evidence for Protein Supplements

Since this has been necroed: The upper functional limit according to the ACSM's recently revised guidelines is 1.7g/kg and that's for high performance athletes. In purusing the NASM guidelines I found the following: Sports nutrition research suggests that endurance athletes need 1.2 - 1.4g protein/k...
by Fossa
Fri Nov 18, 2011 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Quest
Replies: 19
Views: 4432

Re: Health Quest

I'm not opposed to making money. I'm opposed to 1) advertising commercial services on the forum that you personally profit off of and more importantly 2) making money off of something that I strongly believe will be counterproductive.
by Fossa
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Quest
Replies: 19
Views: 4432

Re: Health Quest

There are a few big differences between a book like this and fitocracy or a thread on this forum, aside from the fact that one is a money-making scheme. 1) The book ends. Fitocracy and the forum members will be here to support you through your endeavor as long as you're willing to stick with it. The...
by Fossa
Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Quest
Replies: 19
Views: 4432

Re: Health Quest

Bradshaw, I'm curious what your qualification is to make that claim. I've been training people for years. I know what it takes to invoke change and what it takes to go farther and internalize those changes so that they are lasting. Your book may be wonderfully written. It may get people to change th...
by Fossa
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: for Randall, re: emDash in #971
Replies: 21
Views: 3364

Re: for Randall, re: emDash in #971

Man, any time I visit these fora after some time away I have the insatiable urge to upvote the shit out of most of you. :lol:
by Fossa
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Health Quest
Replies: 19
Views: 4432

Re: Health Quest

Not to be a dick or anything but how exactly did it work for you if you were the one who wrote the story? It seems to defeat the purpose of not reading past a certain point until you've done a certain thing. Astute observation. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that he's selling something...
by Fossa
Wed Nov 16, 2011 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Gluten intolerance helps. Dried fruit doesn't
Replies: 6
Views: 3552

Re: Gluten intolerance helps. Dried fruit doesn't

Those numbers don't seem overly drastic to me at all. Perhaps 5kg in 2weeks isalot after a month or two of dieting or what ever is a little high but not for the first fortnight. Actually, discounting changes in water weight, anything over 2 lbs (0.9 kg) per week in either direction is considered un...
by Fossa
Wed Nov 16, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nutrition for running
Replies: 12
Views: 2822

Re: Nutrition for running

Shock, "meat" intake is irrelevant. It's protein intake that matters, both quantity and quality. Jo's listed diet includes both high quality and complimentary proteins (no missing, essential amino acids) which is what counts, provided Jo is getting enough of them which I believe is the cas...
by Fossa
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Gluten intolerance helps. Dried fruit doesn't
Replies: 6
Views: 3552

Re: Gluten intolerance helps. Dried fruit doesn't

I'm guessing the bulk of your weight change was due to water weight associated with how you discovered your gluten intolerance. This would also explain the quick bounce back. Failing that, weight fluctuations that drastic are extremely unhealthy...
by Fossa
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Nutrition for running
Replies: 12
Views: 2822

Re: Nutrition for running

Hold off on any supplements for now. At best most are probably unnecessary. At worst they can do harm (even legitimate ones). A good example? I know a lot of people who take MSM, Glucosamine, and/or chondroitin to give them "healthier joints". While these supplements do wonders for osteoar...
by Fossa
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Thoughts on fitness boot camps/retreats
Replies: 9
Views: 2710

Re: Thoughts on fitness boot camps/retreats

Yes, depending on where he lives. The closer he is to a big city the more likely he'll be able to find a great one, particularly if it's a city with a health slant (or at least, appearance of health) like Los Angeles. But yeah, even a top of the line trainer shouldn't cost you more than $400-600 a m...
by Fossa
Tue Nov 08, 2011 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Thoughts on fitness boot camps/retreats
Replies: 9
Views: 2710

Re: Thoughts on fitness boot camps/retreats

I would recommend that you not do it. While I can't speak to the efficacy of the programs you're looking at, I can say that it probably isn't worth the money. The main benefit for boot camps like that when it comes to weight loss is that they make it very difficult to cheat diets. For building muscl...
by Fossa
Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Awesome anime/video game inspired movie looking for funds
Replies: 0
Views: 976

Awesome anime/video game inspired movie looking for funds

Zero does a better job of explaining the film than I ever could. Give this a look. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtdBrRiZ8FE While I'm friends with quite a few people involved with the project, they are rather talented professionals. They've only got a week left to raise funds through IndieGoGo (si...
by Fossa
Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Check my physics calcs? (Impact dynamics, stability, etc)
Replies: 4
Views: 835

Re: Check my physics calcs? (Impact dynamics, stability, etc

Actually, having these be movable is precisely my goal. I'll be using metal shipping pallets and a hand fork-lift truck with a 5,500 lb capacity. It's important to me that as many things in the gym as possible are reconfigurable. It's really important for me to be able to create novel environments f...
by Fossa
Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Check my physics calcs? (Impact dynamics, stability, etc)
Replies: 4
Views: 835

Re: Quick physics help? (Impact dynamics, stability, etc)

Edit: Think I've completed the calcs, looking for someone more knowledgeable to confirm my work. Alright, assuming my assumption of torque governing whether or not the obstacle moves is correct, let's find that impact force (roughly). Assuming that the acceleration is even and happens over the span...
by Fossa
Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Check my physics calcs? (Impact dynamics, stability, etc)
Replies: 4
Views: 835

Check my physics calcs? (Impact dynamics, stability, etc)

So I'm trying to plan out some obstacles for a parkour gym I'll be opening in the near future. I'd like to construct some obstacles that will be subjected to quite a bit of impact force from people running and jumping to them. I'd appreciate a bit of help figuring out what can safely be considered s...
by Fossa
Thu May 12, 2011 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Android ADK. Awesome. Intimidating. Where to begin?
Replies: 0
Views: 536

Android ADK. Awesome. Intimidating. Where to begin?

So I came into the office today after taking notes on the Google I/O conference from home the past two days. Imagine my surprise when I found the Android Accessory Development Kit sitting on my desk. No word from anyone at my company on assignments with the thing, which is good because honestly the ...
by Fossa
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.
Replies: 10
Views: 2456

Re: Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.

Therapeutic ultrasound + tiger balm + rigorous stretching = happier knee. I still get occasional twangs which terrify me ("Oh god, did I damage my meniscus afterall?") but I'm getting much better much faster. Did some wilderness training on Saturday rock hopping and bouldering at Chatswort...
by Fossa
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.
Replies: 10
Views: 2456

Re: Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.

I'm getting better slowly but surely, but there have been some bumps along the way. This should give you some idea of how bad things got... About three weeks ago I took a trip up to Seattle with my girlfriend. On our way back I was randomly selected to go through the back-scatter X-Ray machine so th...
by Fossa
Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Exercises for carrying a bike
Replies: 12
Views: 2231

Re: Exercises for carrying a bike

Once you've lifted the bike, your upper body strength isn't that involved. It's more your legs and core. Still, if upper body is your concern (it is important in lifting and balancing the bike) and you want to do body weight exercises I recommend going up or down stairs backwards on your hands. Basi...
by Fossa
Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Parkour
Replies: 111
Views: 21042

Re: Parkour

How is parkour for people who have knees that don't respond well to impact? I've always wanted to try it, but I'm worried it'll make my knees worse than they already are. Do you know what's actually wrong with your knees? I've been practicing parkour for going on three years, teaching for a year an...
by Fossa
Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.
Replies: 10
Views: 2456

Re: Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.

I've been doing lots of mobility and flexibility work while progressively adding more simple, bilateral strengthening exercises. It's compound, unilateral movements that tend to cause me pain. How do you tell good pain from bad pain during rehab exercises? Back when I was just doing mobility work tr...
by Fossa
Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.
Replies: 10
Views: 2456

Rehab: Exercise's evil second cousin, once removed.

So about 3 months ago I took a small, unplanned journey of sorts. It was a short trip, only about 20 feet actually. Unfortunately it was straight down and the final destination was not a place I wish to visit again. It was unpleasant the first time around and the addition of some of my blood did lit...
by Fossa
Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28316
Views: 2647587

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Fuck "American" Locks. Seriously. Fuck them and their stupid fucking faces. Ruined my night and quite possibly my tomorrow. Some context. A GF of mine wants to get into locksport. I know the basics of picking locks. I had to do it a few times at my old job working campus security and I lea...
by Fossa
Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:09 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Router problems (Bandwidth, ping, and packet loss. Oh my)
Replies: 5
Views: 1010

Re: Router problems (Bandwidth, ping, and packet loss. Oh my

Wait, that program would show me the connections on the router originating from a different machine?

And the network is both, but the problem persists whether I'm wireless or wires. The offending machine is on wireless.
by Fossa
Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89818
Views: 6717797

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

There's a single hook screwed into the ceiling above my bed in my new apartment. It was left there by one of the previous tenants. It's too far from the windows to be for a plant... kinky.
by Fossa
Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:15 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Router problems (Bandwidth, ping, and packet loss. Oh my)
Replies: 5
Views: 1010

Router problems (Bandwidth, ping, and packet loss. Oh my)

So I've been having some problems lately on my home network. At times my latency, bandwidth, and packet loss will go off the deep end. I'm talking a ping of ~500ms to local and major servers, bandwidth of about 1 Mb/s down 0.1 up (normal is 25 down, 4 up) and noticeable packet loss. I live with thre...

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