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    When I was home, the family watches TV ALL THE DAMN TIME. It's all shit. All of it.

It was the same during my childhood. As far as I know, my parents are still addicted to television.

One could do a keyword replacement, swapping "social media" with "television" and publish it in 1992. It would still make sense. Probably the same could have been done in 1920 with newspapers and whenever the printing press became common for books.

My sample size is also skewed, but I realize nobody at work talks about prime time tv. Ever. People talk sports, but that's it. It makes me think television is already down the path of newspapers. Far from dead but already catering to a niche group of people.

Are Millenials Destroying Myopic "Journalism"?

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Early Winter Outdoors Report

Funny coincidence! That's why gear can be so personal. What I like you don't.

I'll take the cold over wind, though! Cold just means bundling up a bit and maybe slowing down to avoid sweating. Wind can feel dangerous.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

I think it's what's left out that appeals to me in your art. Although things aren't straight in nature, the straight(ish) lines of things like the river or the sun appeal to me for reasons I can't describe. Maybe it's like a story. I've heard it said that a good author doesn't tell a reader what something is like, they show them. Maybe it's similar here for me. Showing too much would have been telling the viewer, and instead the minimalist aspects help show me.

Again I'm no professional art critic, but I genuinely enjoy seeing your drawings and these pieces especially.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

Yes! I enjoy lots of things I'm not good at!

There's something about your style I really like. I think it's the comic influence.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 17, 2018

While I have no background that qualifies me to judge art, I love your drawings. I hope you keep doing them and sharing them.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Early Winter Outdoors Report

Headlamp: my current go-to is the Black Diamond Sprinter. I wanted to get a rechargeable one because I told myself I'd never have dead batteries, so I always left with brand new batteries. Buying new ones before every trip when the old ones were probably good seemed wasteful.

I used this for my hike up Basin in December. Total time on was probably four or five hours with maybe an hour and a half in the morning and three hours in the evening. I don't know what the temperature actually was, but it was single digits at best and maybe negative single digits at elevation. I never took it off between morning and evening (but turned it off). That was over thirteen hours outside in the cold, and it still worked like a charm when I turned it back on.

Recommendations are a funny thing; a lot of gear stuff can be very personal. But I'm happy with my running headlamp when hiking. I also use it running.

40 mph in the open is no joke! I've had wind that bad only once, on Haystack. It felt actively dangerous despite the terrain not being steep or tricky.

I really look forward to seeing the other things you do! This all looks fantastic. It's definitely a learning experience, and I bet even the super experienced people learn things each time. Even the same trail is different on different days.

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Six miles, six hours and 6000' is fantastic! What were your thoughts on the descent? In some ways, that can be even more difficult. Snowshoes up and crampons down? What kind of crampons were you using?

I have a draft winter gear post I'll try to finish. What was the weather like? Wind is what I most worry about.

My philosophy on headlamps has evolved to taking one more than I expect to need. Hike planned for daylight? I take one. Fully expect to be out in the dark? I take two. Nighttime in the woods is dark.

That picture is fantastic. I've got to get out again this winter.

    Current utility of cryptocurrency is a tricky one and if you judge bitcoin by what you can do with it, it's nonsense.

That's mostly true for privately held gold, too. Gold has some utility, and it's possible some privately held gold eventually makes its way into industrial processes or jewelry, but mostly it's just exchanged between individuals who agree the market price (defined by fiat) is the fair price and exchange the item and fiat.

That's a side of crypto I haven't been able to process. It seems the only thing that matters is its value in fiat. Is that a bad thing? I don't think it is. If the dollar were to be weaker compared to the euro, it has little effect on the bitcoin value as it's priced in all currencies (or at least all major currencies).

To me, that's the utility of crypto (which Swype wanted to make froyo). It's a currency that's balanced with all currencies. But how does one value such a thing? Gold can be valued by the cost of mining it. There doesn't seem to be a similar function with crypto.

The military parades I've seen in the US are all related to memorials. There are as many elderly men riding in old convertible Cadillacs as there are active troops. Weapons are mostly limited to ceremonial rifles.

Where we love our shows of power is flying military jets over sporting events. They'll even do it when the event is indoors for the benefit of those at home. It's presumably yet more social engineering, that the military is a team we should all blindly cheer for in every circumstance.

I was in the Army National Guard from 1998 to 2004. I think I've mentioned it before on hubski that I loathed those "support the troops" magnets people put on their cars. As one of the people they were ostensibly supporting, it seemed clear it was nothing about me and primarily about supporting George Bush and his war.

I know invoking Michael Moore garners strong reactions from some on all sides of the political spectrum, but there's a line from Fahrenheit 9/11 that stuck with me. It's discussing the volunteer military and that the expectation should be that they're sent into danger only when absolutely necessary. That's what "support the troops" failed to do. Supporting the troops would have meant questioning the civilian leaders. It would have meant pressure to avoid conflict. Instead all they (important note: I never deployed) got was letters from third grade classes and care packages of junk food.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 10, 2018

Thanks, I didn't know the seat sensor was capacitive. I've been driving it for 15 months and the sensor never went off with books, groceries, hat/gloves, water bottles, but then I put my boot traction spikes on it and the alarm is killing me.

I agree the infotainment is awful, but I've driven worse ones as rentals. The Chevy Trax had a touchscreen volume control which was awful. I Bluetooth audio into mine, too, and it drives me crazy that the system doesn't use the phone album or artist art. Other systems do. The system functions fine on a basic level, but it feels like something I'd have expected in 2010, not my 2016 model year.

I've been nothing but happy with the AWD. I've driven it into some pretty snowy hiking trailheads. While I might have done the same with my Civic, it would have been a ton of planning both for the approach into the lot and getting out. With the Impreza, I just drove in and back out. I'm not talking two feet of snow, but 6-9" can be a real concern. No problem in the Impreza.

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