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Bicycle wheel longevity [Jul. 23rd, 2014|12:12 am]

Replaced my wheels with the new double-wall rims on January 20th, 2014.

Since then I have biked 1,421 miles.

With the previous wheels (stock, came with the bike), I biked 1,091 miles before I broke my first spoke. So the new wheels have already outlasted the stock ones by 50%. Not bad. :)

I guess double-wall rims make a significant difference in strength. Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself by making this post!
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Paying for radio... [Jul. 12th, 2014|01:13 pm]
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I don't mind paying for good online radio. The problem is, it adds up.

For example, right now I'm subscribed to Spotify and DI/ They're both awesome, but each fills a niche that the other does not.

Then there's iTunes Radio, which I could also become a Match subscriber and the ads will go away. I've thought of doing so but haven't yet.

Then there's XM; a receiver came with my car with three free months. I'm really liking the BPM and Electric Area channels! But XM is a lot more expensive than the above, at around $19 a month to listen both in the car and over the Internet at home.

So yeah, I don't mind paying for good radio, but there's so many providers, each offering something different that I want, that if I were to subscribe to all of them it would exceed $50 a month! Too expensive. There should be a package deal!
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A new car!! [Jun. 30th, 2014|09:21 am]
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So yesterday I finally bit the bullet and replaced my old car.

The new car is a dark grey Honda Accord V6 EX-L coupe!

I got a decent deal on it and have been pretty happy so far. It has such a comfy ride and lots of nifty tech features. It also has POWER, lots of it! Though I can't really exercise it that much yet until the engine break-in period is over.

Some might ask, with all my obsession recently over electric cars, why did I not buy one? I finally decided that electric cars just aren't there yet. Except for the Tesla Model S, which is amazing, but also amazingly out of my price range. I got tired of denying myself the joy of a new car while waiting for something that may take years to arrive.

My next car will be electric, most likely. But for now... VROOOOM!
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The whole "Social Justice Warrior" thing... [May. 19th, 2014|10:35 pm]
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Recently you might have seen some of my tweets making fun of over the top "Social Justice Warriors" or SJWs. I do find them amusing, in a sense; the over-the-top SJWs live in some sort of la-la land where they think all men are horrible rapists, "CIS" people (folks who are not trans) all want to oppress them, you have to post "trigger warnings" when you talk about any topic that could POSSIBLY be upsetting to anyone, and so on. I mean, come on, when people start posting trigger warnings for posts about *exercise*, you know it's gone too far.

And that's just it, I'm only making fun of the people who have gone too far. I think things like feminism, GLBT equality and all that are awesome, and I will help contribute to the causes. However, if people start engaging in misandry (man-hating), "cis"-bashing, and so on, I will instantly brand them as idiots and declare them one of the "crazy SJWs".

I'm all for social justice, but I do not respect people who try to fight hate with more hate. Because it doesn't work, is simply hypocrisy, and MOST IMPORTANTLY:

It makes those who are after genuine social justice look bad, and turns away allies. It HURTS the cause instead of helping.

That is all. Carry on!
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Unexpected detour on my bike ride today [May. 17th, 2014|12:39 pm]
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Cycled from South Beach to the mainland, then all the way up to 163rd street, back over to the beach, and back down to South Beach for a total of 37 miles.

Not a very unusual ride, except one pit-stop that was unexpected. Oak Grove Park in Golden Glades! My parents used to take me there when I was a kid. Somewhere there's a VHS video of me plowing around the park on a bigwheel.

I didn't really recognize too much, except for the winding sidewalks and the lakes and the overpopulation of Muscovy ducks. But it was kind of neat to be in a place I hadn't been since I was 9.
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Palm beach cycling [May. 9th, 2014|11:10 pm]
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On an absolute whim (funny how many things I'm doing for that reason lately) I decided to get my bike, drive to the train station, and take a Tri-Rail train up to West Palm Beach to explore Palm Beach Island.

I had heard of some absolutely beautiful cycling trails there, and I wanted to see them. So why not?

It was pretty awesome. The Lake Trail goes all the way up the west side of the island. No cars, just multi-million dollar homes on one side and the bay on the other. The rest of the island was interesting to explore, too, even though it gave off a very "rich 1% enclave that doesn't want a lot of tourists" feel. There were no public parks, and few places to just sit down and take a breather on the island, like there are (many) down here in Miami Beach, Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, etc. Even the "public beach" didn't have any restrooms.

Also, it's starting to get too hot for strenuous outdoor activity in South Florida between 11AM and 5PM. I figured this would happen soon. Our winter is so nice and we often forget the horrid heat that hits right around now.

I stopped at City Place for refreshments (and restroom!) and explored some more before heading home.

Overall experience rating: 7/10

Would do again: Unless I had another reason to be up there, probably not.

Glad I did it? Yup. Even though there's not much to come back to, I love discovering new places.

Any fuckups? Yup. My train home arrived on the WRONG PLATFORM! Apparently there was an announcement but I didn't hear it due to listening to music. I had to catch the next one 30 minutes later.
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Seems most people are still honest. [May. 4th, 2014|11:59 pm]

Upon arriving at Miami Beach last night, I left my sunglasses in their case on top of the car, parked at the parking garage. I placed them there for "only a moment", while sorting through some things.

Only I didn't pick them up again. I forgot and left them there.

I realized this a couple of HOURS later. Frantically I ran back to the car, hoping that by some miracle they would still be there.

They were.

I think I gained some hope for the world last night, in that everyone who walked past my car, with an obvious Ray-Ban sunglasses case on the roof, was honest and didn't swipe them. And this is a busy garage too, lots of people walking around.
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Musings on cycling [Mar. 12th, 2014|11:06 pm]
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I think one of the reasons I enjoy cycling so much is that it's a wonderful, healthy outlet for my introverted side.

I'm definitely more of an introvert than an extravert. I do enjoy the company of friends, but also have a need for a certain amount of "me time". Cycling lets me have that time, while being out in the world, being active and enjoying the pretty Florida scenery.

This is the main reason why I haven't turned cycling into a social activity. I haven't really sought out any groups to ride with, nor do I ride that often with friends. When I do ride with friends it's enjoyable, of course, but I still love cranking out those 20, 30, 40 mile rides on weekend mornings on my own, with only the bike, road, scenery, and my own thoughts in the picture. I also don't currently have any *local* friends who are as into this as I am, or many who can keep up with me.

That's why I'm so deep into cycling. I've managed to partially replace one introverted activity (copious amount of time online) with a much better one.
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It's been a while since I've done these! [Dec. 5th, 2013|09:43 pm]
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Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last month I broke neillparatzo's X-Box (-12 points). Last Friday I ruled Asscrackistan as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). Last week I helped sassy_fae hide a body (-173 points). In November I gave velvetpage a Dutch Oven (-10 points). In May I turned grrm in for littering (3 points).

Overall, I've been nice (508 points). For Christmas I deserve an Easy-Bake Oven!


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Stuff we shouldn't miss: 80s boom boxes [Dec. 3rd, 2013|07:46 pm]
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Gonna try to make this a regular series. I'll probably forget and not update it for a while, though. :)

It's funny how we wax nostalgic about the past, remembering the gadgets of our youth without remembering that yes, a lot of these gadgets really did suck in certain ways, we just didn't know any better.

Take 80s boomboxes for example. They let us listen to our music anywhere! You could record and play tapes, put on the radio, and even record your favorite songs from FM to listen to later. They sounded awesome!

Or did they? The truth is, we didn't have really powerful neodymium magnets in the 80s. Because of this, it was hard to manufacture small, lightweight speakers with good bass response. Most 80s boom boxes were very mid-range and treble-biased, and would distort if you tried to turn up the bass.

Not to mention, they had a voracious appetite for D batteries. My old boom box needed six of them; some of the larger ones needed eight or ten! You could only get a few hours of tape play out of a set of batteries, and they weren't cheap, either.

So yeah, that's another thing we shouldn't miss. I'll stick to my bluetooth speaker.
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