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I often don't know what I'm talking about.

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rezzeJ  ·  14 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ignore the Pressure to be Productive During This Crisis

I think that some people have a mistaken belief that the only thing standing in the way of them being productive is the amount of free time they have. Then suddenly they have all the time they could ever want and they realise it's not that simple.

Yeah, it's easy to be productive at work when you have a load of external motivations imposed on you. But working hard on personal projects during your free time requires intrinsic motivation. You have to build up a different sense of discipline and new working habits. Often it's not going to be fun, even if its something you love. And all the time your brain is trying to convince you just to chill with a video game or TV show. It's hard. oyster also makes a good point about productivity being different for each person. If you don't define those expectations for yourself, you're going to be lost from the start.

To top it all off, we're all feeling extra anxiety and stress from the current situation. That's been enough to stymie people who have already built up that discipline. So having a load of free time due to being quarantined is not some golden ticket to productivity.

rezzeJ  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

Thanks, it caught my eye straight away. This is the company that makes them if you're interested. They have a whole range.

rezzeJ  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

I could probably safely do some flatwater paddling by myself. But I don't drive so can't get to any water without other people's assistance anyway.

Maybe I should buy a bicycle trailer.

rezzeJ  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 25, 2020

Social distancing is going pretty okay for me. I already worked from home. I always did my workouts and yoga from home. It's sunny here at the moment, so I'm getting a nice lunchtime walk for my government sanctioned one form of daily outdoor exercise. On Fridays I jump onto Discord with my friends to chill and play some Jackbox games. DnD is still going strong via group calls too.

The only thing that sucks is no kayaking. That sucks pretty bad. But I appreciate that it's barely even a footnote in the grand scheme of shitty things at the moment. For now, the wooden toy I bought in Canada has me dreaming of the good times to come.

rezzeJ  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Now that we're all working from home...what does your setup look like?

I need a better chair. This one is getting uncomfortable and I'm sitting on it now more than ever.

rezzeJ  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski at the Museum: Winter

Commonwealth Range by Fraser McGurk.

I came across this guy's work during my last time in Canada. What's really cool about it is that all the different shapes you can see are carved out of wood. Though I'm not sure whether he's carving lines into one big piece of wood or if they're like giant jigsaw pieces.

Either way, it gives his works a real presence when you see them in person.

rezzeJ  ·  20 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 11, 2020

I was best man at my brother's wedding last weekend. It was a wonderful day. My speech went down well. People seemed most impressed that I had managed to memorise 800 words. Writing them was much harder. Either way, the bridge and groom had their perfect day which is what's important.

Kayaking is going well. There's a local run that you can only paddle when it's rained a lot. It rises and drops fast. A few weeks ago we managed to catch it just as it was peaking. It was a meter higher than I'd done it previously and it was the most fun I've had in kayak for a while. The water was super fast and bouncy. Massive wave trains running for 5 or more minutes. The way that river features transform at different water levels is fascinating.

https://streamable.com/d5uw2

We went over this weir and it was maybe fastest I've been in a kayak. Certainly the fastest I've accelerated. As soon as I hit the bottom the planing hull of the kayak activated and I just skimmed over the surface for about 5 or so meters. It was rad. See how in the video above you can only see one step to the weir? At previous levels, three steps of equal height were visible. That's how much water was going over it.

I'm supposed to be leaving for a kayaking weekend in Wales tomorrow. Though this evening my throat has started to feel scratchy and I've been coughing. What's more, my dad and brother are both showing flu-like symptoms. Seeing as though I'll be sleeping in a hostel with a load of people, I may have to cancel for the greater good. I'll see how I feel when I wake up tomorrow.

Love ya Hubski. Sorry I don't post that much but I'm always lurking.

rezzeJ  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gamers of Hubski, what have you been playing lately?

Self-Set Backboard Consistency: 23BC-0377-C228-A338

Pro Shots: D1F3-0DA5-8A7F-A6F2

Advanced Corner Defense: 4F30-F150-B056-D887

Defensive Backboard Reads:9F09-E4D3-EAB0-69AD

The Ultimate Warm-up: FA24-B2B7-2E8E-193B

Aerial Shots - Redirects: 8D93-C997-0ACD-8416

Backboard Training: 18B2-38AF-FBD6-F190

These are the training packs I do most at the moment. I'm not necessarily good at all of them, but I do them because they're challenging. I also play a good amount of free play which allows for more natural situations to practice the techniques in.

In terms of workshop maps, I mainly play:

Dribbling Challenge 2

Speed Jump: Boost

rezzeJ  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Gamers of Hubski, what have you been playing lately?

I upgraded my PC last month. AMD Ryzen 3900x, Nvidia RTX 2070 Super, 32GB 3200 MHz RAM, 500GB M.2 SSD drive, 1.5TB of SATA SSD. Seeing as though my last PC was a mid tier build back in 2012, it's quite a substantial upgrade. Needless to say, I am loving it.

Undertale

I played half of this game a few months ago and stopped because I thought it sucked. Every time it came up that I thought it sucked, Undertale fans fired back "did you complete it though!?" I got tired of this so I begrudgingly grinded out the last half of the game. Suffice to say, it only strengthened my opinion that it sucks.

Everything that people like this game for just didn't resonate with me.

Rocket League

I still play this daily. I'm trying to get to Champion 1 rank this season. What I like about this game is that even if i'm not in the mood to be competitive, I can just put an album on and do training packs and workshop maps. It's relaxing in a way. Not to mention all the fun you an have with modifiers in a private lobby.

Red Dead Redemption 2

I had some reservation about the optimisation of this game, but it runs great once you get your head round the mind-boggling amount of graphics settings. It looks great but I have had a few crashes, not too bad though. Overall I am loving it. It's a slow burn but it's one I am enjoying. The detail and depth of the world draws you right in; it certainly has a lot more life to it that the often barren feeling original (which was the first game I ever got 100% on).

At some points I think the writing is a bit plain. Also, the honour system seems a bit dumb. Doing a good dead feels kind of mooted when in the next mission you're wiping out an entire town's worth of people.

Hollow Knight

I've played about 15 hours of this and mostly had a fantastic time. The art and music is great. The controls are tight. The gameplay is challenging but not unfairly so. And revealing the world is a delight. However, I grew tired of the constant backtracking through the dungeons which is only accentuated by the quick travel system being is bit too spread out.

Then there's the horrible mechanic where if you die, your soul and money is held ransom at the point at which you died. If you then fail to reclaim it without dying again, you lose all your money. And you often respawn quite far away from the point at which you died based on the last bench you sat on. These benches act as save points and respawn points and again are quite spread out. Whenever this happened to me, I took matters into my own hands and modified my save file to get my money back. Check my PC privilege bro.

I understand that this a nature of these sorts of games, but it just laborious. I'm not sure I'll complete it.

Forza Horizon 4

I got 3 months of Xbox Game pass for PC with my new PC. This was the first thing I installed from it. It's as good as I hoped. The game is gorgeous, and the racing is varied. It treads the perfect balance between arcade and simulation.

It's also a pleasure to race around locations that I know and have attachments too. It's part of the reason I loved The Witcher 3. Not that I knew of any of the locations in it, but the medieval European countryside made me nostalgic for the country villages and market towns in which I grew up. Travelling environments that feel relatable to your own life makes a great game all the more special I think.

Lonely Mountains Downhill

Another from the game pass. A small but super fun game. The controls are tight and the sound is perfect. Though the graphic style is far from realistic, it captures the environments really well. A friend of a friend of a friend made this game and apparently he's pretty much set for life off of it. Fair play.

Golf With Your Friends

A dumb but fun game to play with you mates at the end of the night. Some of the levels are ridiculous, but you jsut have to embrace it. Not much more to say on it really.

Ace Combat 7 and A Plague Tale: Innocence

I bought these in the Steam sale but have yet to play them. I'm waiting to complete RDR2 first, otherwise my time will be too spread out.

rezzeJ  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.50 - January 16, 2020

Logical. I did notice a lot of crap comes off of it during its first few soaks. It gets into the air and chokes you out. I wouldn't want my fish swimming around in that.

rezzeJ  ·  75 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v1.50 - January 16, 2020

    I gave up on the aquarium community when they had their two-year-long affair with kitty-litter planted tanks

On a related note, quite a few bonsai tree owners (including myself) have their trees planted in specific brands of cat litter. It needs to be ones which are 100% moler clay. It's holds on to a lot of moisture whilst still providing good draining so that the roots don't become waterlogged.

Unfortunately, the brand of choice in the UK has recently been discontinued.

rezzeJ  ·  82 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 8, 2020

I heard it was going to be a part of Trump's UK trade deal.

rezzeJ  ·  103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 18, 2019

There's a maxim in kayaking: we're all between swims. And the real danger beings once you're swimming. If you don't join a club, it's sage advice to kayak with others around. Because when you fall out of your kayak in an unfavourable position, being on your own makes things a lot more dangerous and difficult. You want people around who can help you.

A river running kayak can also be used as a touring kayak (i.e. one made for flat or calm water). A true touring kayak will be longer than a river runner as the added length helps to maintain speed. They'll also have a skeg (a fin centered on the bottom of the boat) that keeps the boat tracking in a straight line. You can also get crossover boats that seek to bridge the gap between the two.

rezzeJ  ·  104 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 18, 2019

There's not many things that willingly get me out of bed before dawn on a rainy winter's morning. It really is the best. Being on the water, pushing yourself, and going on adventures with great people. Not to mention that it's great exercise. I couldn't recommend it more.

The kayak in that video is an older model (2003) and only cost me £170 second-hand from an acquaintance. Considering my paddle was £150 second-hand, I can't complain about the price. It's what's known as a "river play" boat. It's designed to offer a middle ground between a bigger, more stable river running boat and a smaller, more agile play boat (essentially a trick boat). So in short, yes it is designed specifically for whitewater.

You can read about the different types of whitewater kayaking here.

My pure river running boat cost me £600 on a clearance offer. For reference, the latest top-of-the-line boats will set you back £1500-£2000. And the profit margins are very thin for the manufacturers, so really they should be selling them for more.

If you wanted to try it out though, your best bet would be to find a local club. They will have boats, paddles, and PFDs that you can try as part of the session price. And often they will have pool sessions which can be more inviting for beginners around this time of year.