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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby phlip » Sat Aug 06, 2011 2:26 pm UTC

Wouldn't it melt? I've had bad experiences with duct tape and hot things...

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Ptolom » Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:02 pm UTC

It didn't touch the hot part, It just held it up by the handle.

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Postby pseudoidiot » Mon Aug 08, 2011 3:57 pm UTC

So much awesome. Still coming down off my GenCon high.

A sampling of the awesome:

Meeting Peter Adkison and hanging out in his Suite as everyone there tried to wrap their heads around the new Burning Wheel Gold rules. Also, watching Peter and his dad square off in game (seriously, he might be the coolest dad ever).

Playing a crap-load of new games, all of which I'd never played before, and a number of which I'd never even heard of*

Meeting a lot of gamers with similar taste in games as well as getting to see previous-acquaintances that I haven't seen in a year or so.

*list of games for the curious
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Postby voicedotter » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:48 am UTC

I bought Minecraft today WEWT.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Odd_nonposter » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:30 pm UTC

My brother just saved me half the money on a brand-new Lenovo Thinkpad, which is due to be delivered in 10 days.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Sytri » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:52 pm UTC

Not so awesome: Bike was stolen from outside my house on Saturday. (It needed £200 worth of repairs to get it back to a good condition)

Really Awesome: Insurance company is paying for a brand new bike, with lock, lights and mudguards and it's being delivered tomorrow! Woooo!

Awesome Aside: Saved myself £200 of repairs on my old bike! :D
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby farnsworth » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:51 pm UTC

Sytri wrote:Not so awesome: Bike was stolen from outside my house on Saturday. (It needed £200 worth of repairs to get it back to a good condition)

Really Awesome: Insurance company is paying for a brand new bike, with lock, lights and mudguards and it's being delivered tomorrow! Woooo!

Awesome Aside: Saved myself £200 of repairs on my old bike! :D

What kind of bike would be that expensive to repair? An entire bicycle usually costs less than $300 (about GBP 200) where I live. Only specialized or custom bicycles cost more than that.

EDIT: Awesome: finally fixing my decade-old laptop. Pentium III FTW!

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:54 pm UTC

..you may have just answered your own question there.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby roband » Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:55 pm UTC

You can buy roadbikes which cost more than new low-end cars.

So £200 is not much at all.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Kang » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:26 pm UTC

Yes, we can. But I think the question was rather: what is the reason to do so? Don't get me wrong, there are most likely very valid reasons, but for some of us those are just not implicitly clear.

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Postby phlip » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:26 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:..you may have just answered your own question there.

... so, a decade-old bicycle running off a Pentium III?

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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:11 pm UTC

Kang wrote:Yes, we can. But I think the question was rather: what is the reason to do so? Don't get me wrong, there are most likely very valid reasons, but for some of us those are just not implicitly clear.

Why spend £200 to repair your bike - the bike you've had for years, the bike who's quirks and flaws you understand, the bike whose every scratch you can remember making, ever section of paint chipped off is a story (if a boring one), handlebars are bent just how you like them, pedals your feet find without you having to think, in short.. Your Bike.... when a new one costs £300?

Because it's your bike.

... Or it's a specialized bike of some sort. That too.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Kang » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:12 pm UTC

That specialised bike is what I was on about. To me a bike is a bike. Sorry, about that, you cycling enthusiasts. Sure, there are nice bikes and rather shoddy ones, but with a price range rivaling that of cars I can't stop thinking of http://xkcd.com/915/.

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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:15 pm UTC

There's a difference between being a snobby connoisseur and being someone who uses the features of a specialized model. Not everyone needs a $25 paintbrush. The people who do aren't using it because it's $25, they use it because they like the features it offers them and pay $25 because that's how much the thing they want costs. If it cost $15 or $35, they'd still buy it.

What they probably won't do is suggest you use one as well, since your painting needs may not even come close to matching theirs.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Kang » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:17 pm UTC

That's why I initially asked what one would need such a bike for. It was a honest question, I swear!

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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:18 pm UTC

Oh, well.. uh.. my bad in misinterpreting then.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby farnsworth » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:31 pm UTC

Kang wrote:That's why I initially asked what one would need such a bike for. It was a honest question, I swear!

This is what I meant, too. I have a road/mountain hybrid that's good for zooming around at high speeds and going off-road, and I have a beach cruiser with a huge basket and swooped-back handlebars for carrying groceries and doing general errands. They have different gearing and adjustments fitted to their purpose. (However, the hybrid cost $40 at a thrift store and the beach cruiser I built from junk found in a trash can.)

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Feddlefew » Tue Aug 09, 2011 10:25 pm UTC

farnsworth wrote:
Kang wrote:That's why I initially asked what one would need such a bike for. It was a honest question, I swear!

This is what I meant, too. I have a road/mountain hybrid that's good for zooming around at high speeds and going off-road, and I have a beach cruiser with a huge basket and swooped-back handlebars for carrying groceries and doing general errands. They have different gearing and adjustments fitted to their purpose. (However, the hybrid cost $40 at a thrift store and the beach cruiser I built from junk found in a trash can.)


One trash can had all the parts for a bike in it? Why would anyone throw that out?
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby farnsworth » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:10 pm UTC

There were two smashed-up Schwinn Jaguars, one of which was partially in the trash can, the other laying against it. One had broken handlebars, front rim, and brakes, the other had a broken derailer, chain, and kickstand. By taking the good parts from each, I was able to build a working bike.

(I had permission from the previous owner, in case you're wondering.)

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby SurgicalSteel » Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:09 pm UTC

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Adacore » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:15 am UTC

My co-worker, on the desk next to me, has some aerosol type spray which she normally uses at some point in the afternoon (I'm not sure what exactly for). It smells like bacon. This is awesome.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby fizzgig » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:39 am UTC

Kang wrote:That's why I initially asked what one would need such a bike for. It was a honest question, I swear!


Things that make bikes more expensive:
Being made of exotic materials like carbon fibre or titanium, which supposedly make them lighter or improve the ride quality, or something
Suspension (front and/or rear)
Design - this is most important in dual suspension bikes when the frame shape interacts with the suspension to change the ride quality
Nicer components - shifters and derailleurs that shift more nicely, wheels that spin better, disc brakes, comfortable seats

Most of the money in high end bikes though goes towards making everything lighter. It's kind of an obsession with most cyclists. And the higher end you get, the less weight reduction you get per dollar, so the price jumps quite a bit.

I personally probably wouldn't ride a $300 bike off road, because it would be an unpleasant and probably dangerous experience. It's hard to compare though because a $300US bike would probably cost more like $600-$700 here, despite the Australian dollar being worth about the same as the US dollar. And unless you're actually into mountain biking, my idea of riding off road is probably a bit different to yours.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Sytri » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:44 am UTC

Sorry been away. It was quite a high end MTB and I'd thrashed it for far too long, so most of the moving parts needed to be replaced. I was waiting on a payday to get them fixed.

More awesome news: My new bike arrived yesterday and it's better than the last one! Can't wait to take it out tonight for a light run to the gym.

Yay!
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby fizzgig » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:52 am UTC

What did you get?

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Postby Sytri » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:19 am UTC

Got this in replacement for that one

Still to take it out yet but just being in the Specialized's presence makes me happy :)
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby fizzgig » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:46 am UTC

Yeah Specialized make some very nice bikes.

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Postby Sytri » Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:10 am UTC

I would also like to say at this point that the new bike is under 24 hour guard, by rabid poodles. Is electrified and has gps locators in every removable part. Emits a loud squealing sound and smells of rotten eggs and horrible dog fart when taken from my home boundaries by anyone but me.


Just incase there are potential thieves out there, waiting again
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby GenericAnimeBoy » Thu Aug 11, 2011 4:09 pm UTC

Lucky. Ever take it off any sweet jumps? :mrgreen:

EDIT: I couldn't pass up the opportunity to drop an obvious Napoleon Dynamite reference in there. It's the only thing one can do to redeem the time wasted on watching it... :roll:
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby farnsworth » Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:20 pm UTC

fizzgig wrote:I personally probably wouldn't ride a $300 bike off road, because it would be an unpleasant and probably dangerous experience. It's hard to compare though because a $300US bike would probably cost more like $600-$700 here, despite the Australian dollar being worth about the same as the US dollar. And unless you're actually into mountain biking, my idea of riding off road is probably a bit different to yours.

Yeah, by off-road, I mean going through grass and over unpaved hills--not going for 10 miles up a 20-degree slope. I don't know much about trick bikes, racing bikes, and other "serious" bicycles.

The department-store "mountain" bikes are heavy and difficult to adjust. They don't have extras like disc brakes, rear suspension, or quick-disconnects, and the seats that come with them are terrible.

Beach cruisers, which cost $120-$150, tend to be better-made than the el-cheapo mountain bikes. They usually are one-speed, but the seven-speed ones are reliable and easy to shift once you adjust them. They usually come with comfortable seats, but still no quick-disconnects.

That thrift-store bike was built in the 1980s and is, IMO, far better than the new department-store bikes because it has wide gearing and quick-disconnects everywhere. I can live without suspension. (I'm not climbing over rocks!)

Also, that Pentium III I wrote about? I tripped over the power cable yesterday and broke it again. At least that's an easy fix with the soldering iron.

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Postby fizzgig » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:21 pm UTC

Ah see those department store "mountain bikes" aren't really bikes at all. They're just toys that look like bikes. They usually have a sticker on them with words to the effect of "Not to be ridden off road, or raced, or jumped or ridden down gutters. Probably best if you don't take it outside". Or something like that.

And no, mountain biking doesn't mean riding up a 20 degree slope for 10 miles. It has more to do with having a bike that can handle riding over logs and drops and up rocks and things. It's not tricks or racing (well I mean it can be, but even a basic mountain bike needs to be able to handle those things).

So yeah, it's great that you can get a bike to do what you want for that cheap, but what you want to do is not the same as what everyone else wants to do.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby farnsworth » Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:15 pm UTC

Exactly why I put "mountain" in quotes. Seriously, that road/mountain hybrid is the only one I've had last more than three years. Looking at this, now I see the big difference between cheap and expensive bikes.

New Awesome: Rain is finally coming after 2 months of drought. Maybe it will cool off so I can actually do stuff outdoors.
EDIT: On second thought, this could also be a case of "they don't make them like they used to."
EDIT AGAIN: Nah, otherwise the old ones would still be around. Department-store bikes are flimsy just like department-store toasters and department-store furniture.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby B.Good » Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:56 am UTC

Yesterday I talked to a professor who kind of organized the program where I am currently doing research and he said he would direct my research during the upcoming semester! This is particularly awesome because he is a fairly big name in geometry and some related areas that I'm interested in and I think this could be a cool experience.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby softchews » Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:06 pm UTC

Well, its been a month since I turned 18 and I still have not gone out and gotten rather drunk yet. Time to change that one methinks! :D

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Postby TaintedDeity » Fri Aug 12, 2011 5:26 pm UTC

It's been two years since I turned 18 and I still haven't done that yet.
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Postby It Should Be Real » Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:15 pm UTC

Open university stuff all sent off, which means I'm now working towards an honest to golly chemistry flavoured degree whilst being allowed to malinger around the house in my pyjamas. Yay!
Which also means I'm not going to have to drop out again due to burgeoning agoraphobia. Double yay!

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Postby existentialpanda » Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:11 pm UTC

Housing finally replaced our stove! Which means that instead of one working burner to stretch between thirteen people, now we have two. Two that won't short out if you poke them too hard. Although why they didn't see fit to include a stove when they built the kitchen in the first place is something I'll never know. But we have a decent stove again! Yay!

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Postby Jumble » Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:24 pm UTC

I've got my family back! They've been away with my inlaws all week but have just got back. God, but I've missed them!
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Postby Steax » Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:49 pm UTC

TEDxJakarta is taking place today.

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Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Aug 13, 2011 7:45 pm UTC

YES.

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Postby Jumble » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:57 pm UTC

We've finally bottled last years sloe gin. Never done this before. This stuff is fun!

(which way is the actual drunkeness thread?)
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