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    Not sure if Pickapeppa sauce has been mentioned...

    Not sure if Pickapeppa sauce has been mentioned yet. Anyway, itís a real staple for me, usually for whatever Iím stirring up in a pan. Itís Jamaican or something, not hot but really versatile and...
  2. Thread: Ross Perot RIP

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    I voted for him, but not with a lot of...

    I voted for him, but not with a lot of enthusiasm. Given that one of his few specific policy proposals was sharp deficit reduction, he was pretty much one of three Reaganites on the Nov 1992 ballot...
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    The Oklahoma law is gonna get you, Amos.

    The Oklahoma law is gonna get you, Amos.
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    Eh, not even AI; just a half page of Python...

    Eh, not even AI; just a half page of Python script would flag the few dozen people worthy of a video check. Which would also be easy, because a strong race pace is an even, predictable race pace; a...
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    I'm still mostly of the view that this isn't that...

    I'm still mostly of the view that this isn't that big a problem; nearly all race runners are chasing whatever challenge they care to for personal reasons, not for "bragging rights". That, and no one...
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    No. Fucking. Way. His times were bleeding edge...

    No. Fucking. Way. His times were bleeding edge for a 70-year-old, and even if he was a secret rock-star elite runner capable of a near-world-record time, anything but a dead-even pace (he "ran"...
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    Well, short version: You don't understand serious...

    Well, short version: You don't understand serious running, which, as I said previous post, is pretty well analogous to the common-sense things that people say who don't understand hiking and...
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    You sound like one of those pipe-smoking guys out...

    You sound like one of those pipe-smoking guys out of the 1950s who chuckled smugly at the absurdly thin justification for climbing a silly mountain (there isn't even a bar or lounge at the top!)...
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    It's thoroughly sad. Whatever the story was about...

    It's thoroughly sad. Whatever the story was about how he was driven to seek a string of near-world-record times was probably pretty sad to begin with. I'm considering him more as a curiosity than...
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    Yeah, that guy was seriously greedy for false...

    Yeah, that guy was seriously greedy for false glory; he probably would have taken age-group first place a whole hour more than that. And shame on any race people who, even without suspicious splits...
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    Maybe so, he probably collected a few age-group...

    Maybe so, he probably collected a few age-group trophies before anyone bothered to notice. But once his string of extraordinary times (it would be genuinely impressive for a 70-year-old to maintain...
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    Really, just completing a marathon at age 70 is...

    Really, just completing a marathon at age 70 is pretty amazing. And, clearly, the guy could still maintain a jogging pace, and presumably did some distance training, so he could have gotten a...
  13. Thread: Horror Flicks?

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    Oh, and if you want something arty and bizarre,...

    Oh, and if you want something arty and bizarre, check out the Japanese horror flick House / Hansu
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    Yeah, this quake wasn't a huge story, because the...

    Yeah, this quake wasn't a huge story, because the only town close to the action, Ridgecrest, is a hole in the wall that most Californians don't even know exists. I was in Mammoth for a 6.0 a number...
  15. Thread: Horror Flicks?

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    I thought Get Out was a pretty good twist on the...

    I thought Get Out was a pretty good twist on the genre.


    This one's more a so-bad-it's-good than a proper horror, but wow, worth checking out: Blood Freak. You can "own" it on Amazon for $3,...
  16. Too bad the Sierra is completely unrepresented; 2...

    Too bad the Sierra is completely unrepresented; 2 days each at, say, Homewood and Diamond Peak, and it would be tempting.
  17. I'll see anything that Jarmusch does. But be...

    I'll see anything that Jarmusch does. But be aware, this one is getting some "mixed" reviews.
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    This. I realize that MC still works for people...

    This. I realize that MC still works for people with a narrow set of circumstances, but with Ikon and Epic offering more than twice as many (or unlimited) included ski days per contracted resort, for...
  19. Thread: Chernobyl

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    And the Berkeley campus used to have a 1Mw...

    And the Berkeley campus used to have a 1Mw reactor in/under Etcheverry Hall; they decommissioned it in 1987, a few years after a supposedly minor incident.
  20. Wow, I'm surprised, mostly that it's been up for...

    Wow, I'm surprised, mostly that it's been up for three years now. They worked pretty hard to keep that out of the public eye. I guess they're over it; at this point it's more colorful history than...
  21. Doesn't look like you ever got an answer, so...

    Doesn't look like you ever got an answer, so anyway...

    Eh, yes and no. Cocksucker Blues is, um, interesting, as a sort of home video account of the soul-numbing dark side of rock'n'roll touring,...
  22. Thread: Sonora Pass

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    Depends on what you mean about parking at Leavitt...

    Depends on what you mean about parking at Leavitt turnoff. In a usual spring when 108 is open up to there, you can park on the slope above the dirt road, and I have parked there overnight. I can't...
  23. Thread: Sonora Pass

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    Whoa, super early opening considering the snow...

    Whoa, super early opening considering the snow season. Mr. Plow kicked some butt.
  24. Thread: The underrated

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    Plate'o'shrimp, I just listened to...

    Plate'o'shrimp, I just listened to Bremen-Lausanne and selections from Mysteries (I never get tired of Rose Petals) this past weekend. I wouldn't say either of those are underrated, though.

    ...
  25. Thread: Free Solo

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    Speaking of climbing docs, don't miss Dirtbag:...

    Speaking of climbing docs, don't miss Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, which you can stream on Amazon for $1 (with or without Prime membership). Trailer at http://dirtbagmovie.com/
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    Yes, today was great fun, especially up high...

    Yes, today was great fun, especially up high directly off the summit; started to get heavy around 1PM, but still good. Also, not as crowded as Sunday.
  27. Thanks for the info about BivyStick; I was trying...

    Thanks for the info about BivyStick; I was trying to be compleatist in that post, and even per specs, inReach Mini is clearly better, if only for the BS's lack of stand-alone capability.

    Also...
  28. Most of these products, including the ResQLink,...

    Most of these products, including the ResQLink, BivyStick, and inReach Mini, are at least quite water-resistant. Still, I'd stick it in a ziploc inside a drybag if I was dealing with the possibility...
  29. Well, you know, that's mountaineering. A...

    Well, you know, that's mountaineering. A less-is-more discipline, where the outcome isn't guaranteed, and some of us like it that way. It would suck for that self-arrest, or that piece of pro, to...
  30. Thanks for the added info about relative sat-comm...

    Thanks for the added info about relative sat-comm performance, which I didn't really address in my post.

    My view about proper PLB versus two-way Iridium is that (1) The variety of rescue...
  31. I just bought an InReach Mini. Cost was $350;...

    I just bought an InReach Mini. Cost was $350; they're not discounted anywhere, but you can save 10% at outdoor stores where they offer that standard (edit: $300 at Amazon, which is a bit more than...
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    Hmmm, Sundayís looking rough on the weather...

    Hmmm, Sundayís looking rough on the weather reports, but weíll be there, me & kid, hoping itís more towards awesome.
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    Highly unlikely that they're even thinking of...

    Highly unlikely that they're even thinking of opening those roads with the significant precip that's in the 3-day weekend forecast. The talk about opening Sonora Pass by Memorial Day weekend was...
  34. Yes indeed, vegan "meat" is a trendy niche. The...

    Yes indeed, vegan "meat" is a trendy niche. The game changes, though, when it gets significantly cheaper than hormone and antibiotic-laden Real Beef. You don't think that's possible? Okay, yeah, I...
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    Whoa, amazing stuff!! Pals and Whitney's north...

    Whoa, amazing stuff!! Pals and Whitney's north face AND other stuff in one week.

    I saw you guys on Wood, and descended a couple hours later (and via the next snow line to the north). Glad you had...
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    Tioga Road plowed to eastern YNP entrance...

    Tioga Road plowed to eastern YNP entrance (not open yet, but presumably soon).

    That same post mentions that it's plowed (not open) to White Wolf on the west side; jeez, in a normal year, that...
  37. Geolander G015 is one of very few tire models...

    Geolander G015 is one of very few tire models that's "snowflake" rated, and also speed-rated and mileage-rated (60K, I think). It's a little knobby, and you'll shave off an MPG or so (and I don't...
  38. Beyond Meat is one of those companies whose R&D...

    Beyond Meat is one of those companies whose R&D and marketing expenses are heavily front-loaded, which is why huge losses aren't at all the right metric for evaluating the company's value. With...
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    281391 Yesterday at Virginia Lakes; note the...

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    Yesterday at Virginia Lakes; note the kite skier right of center. Lots of snow, was firm up high east-facing; Dunderberg’s south gully was the more smooth fun.

    Oh, and Wood east side was...
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    Iím lying down in my tent at the base of Woodís...

    Iím lying down in my tent at the base of Woodís east slope. The hillís looking good for tomorrow after a nice cold night. I was on snow starting ~500í above June Lake Loop thanks to the northish...
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    Awesome, Owen!!

    Awesome, Owen!!
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    And if the filter faucet that it comes with...

    And if the filter faucet that it comes with doesn't fit with the rest of your sink styling, $50 on Amazon should find something that's a better match. I know, whatever, but it made my wife happy.
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    If your water is pretty good but a bit...

    If your water is pretty good but a bit chlorinated, a simple two-barrel under-sink unit like the Pentek US-1000 from waterfilters.net, which uses a two-stage activated charcoal set that's replaced...
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    Water: I carry an 8-oz kiddie water for...

    Water: I carry an 8-oz kiddie water for quasi-hydration (really, for washing down snacks) on the hill. I refill it at mid-day. Fits nicely in my jacket cargo-pocket.

    Switching to...
  45. Yup, this got a fair amount of coverage right...

    Yup, this got a fair amount of coverage right after it happened, and at the time, there were enough indications that any reader could gather that it was probably a murder-suicide and not an accident....
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    Lookin' good! The snow at BV, too. We'll be there...

    Lookin' good! The snow at BV, too. We'll be there on Monday (we're cool on tix; show passes). Not doing Tuesday because weather's looking like it'll be teh suck.
  47. (ummmm, dunfree, you will find this post tedious,...

    (ummmm, dunfree, you will find this post tedious, so skip it, not for you)

    In a society where it’s normal to pay $100 or more per day on a mortgage (or rent), who’s to say what the definition of...
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    This article's shorter, and perhaps closer to the...

    This article's shorter, and perhaps closer to the source, if you prefer.

    Indeed, pretty remarkable; a snapshot of one of the most consequential days in our planet's history.
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    Nice work.

    Nice work.
  50. FYI, the Prius relies primarily on the electric...

    FYI, the Prius relies primarily on the electric subsystem at near-idle speeds and otherwise slow traffic. But you consider informed disagreement tedious, so I'll drop it, have fun with your belief...
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