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27 Jan 2022 10:15 #330165 by Nodens
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More music for your listening pleasure, plus it helps with the cold. Money quote (old friend, but still): 'sounds like a party I would have liked to have gone to' B)




It's a shame there hasn't been any dancing here for so long.
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27 Jan 2022 14:36 #330185 by RobertB
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Airgun in the basement, now that winter has set in. I have a 15-yard target range now, with a pellet trap and a backstop so I don't shoot myself or valuable appliances with an errant shot.

I spent a little Christmas bonus money on a used one of these: www.airgundepot.com/fx-dream-lite-compac...ottle-air-rifle.html . That thing is like a pug dog to me; so ugly it's cute. Still shooting nothing but paper, but those chipmunks that are eating car and Christmas light wiring aren't making any friends.

I also set up my hobby area in the basement as well. My miniatures painting stuff is down there next to the airgun stuff. I haven't done any painting yet but plan to pick that back up soon.
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31 Jan 2022 11:42 #330297 by DarthJoJo
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My sister got me into making my own kombucha two years back, and I finally decided to explore the wider world of fermentation this past week. Pineapples have been cheap lately, so I opted for a tepache test.

It’s dumb easy. A few days in a big jar with the aforementioned pineapple, brown sugar, ginger, habanero, cinnamon and water and a few days in a flip-top bottle. That’s it, and my inaugural batch was amazing. Full flavored and spicy like Stoney Tangawizi, a Kenyan ginger beer. It’s definitely not for everyone, planning to serve this batch with some club soda for those who don’t want something hotter than Tabasco and to brew a future batch with all spice and cloves instead of the habanero, but I love it. If you’re at all interested in fermentation, it’s hard to find something easier to make. I’d recommend Bon Appetit’s YouTube video for a guide.
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28 Apr 2022 09:59 #332621 by DarthJoJo
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Adventures in fermentation continue as a I get into sourdough by starter two years after everyone else. Baking bread in a Dutch oven has been a revelation for a crisp crust. Also pretty pleased with how my sandwich breads have turned out. They take a lot less work and are noticeably softer than other baking techniques.

My starter has become more active now that I feed it with rye flour, but it’s still not rising as much as I’d like. It’s been a long winter here and dry. If the summer humidity doesn’t kick it into high gear, I’ll have to try something else.
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28 Apr 2022 12:05 - 28 Apr 2022 12:09 #332630 by dysjunct
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dysjunct wrote: * Bench press, 195lb/88kg 5/3/5/5/5. Getting to my limit here unless I start eating a lot more. If only there was a way to guarantee that 100% of excess calories would be converted to muscle and not fat.


Almost a year after this post and I've gotten my bench up to 220lbs for sets of five, while staying at roughly the same body weight.

The key, I think, was to switch from five sets of five, to three sets of five -- but on the last set, do as many reps as possible. The extra volume helps with hypertrophy -- you can make progress for a long time by getting your muscles stronger, but eventually that taps out and you need more muscle tissue. There's also a good mental component from going to failure; I used to dread failing a lift and now it's no big deal.

Plus, hypertrophy = more muscle mass = SICK GAINZ BRAH

I've also made progress on the overhead press, 150lbs for sets of five. I'm getting close to my limit there too.

Sadly my other lifts have regressed. I messed up my right knee in January and basically couldn't walk for a week. ("Patellar tracking issue caused by an imbalance between the rectus femoris and the vastus medialis oblique.") I had to mostly start over on the squat and the deadlift to build up strength in the tissue around the knee, in order to prevent it from happening again. My dream of deadlifting a triple Barnes will have to wait.
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22 May 2022 22:30 #333205 by DarthJoJo
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All eight beds are finally planted out. Not really doing much different with my vegetable gardening from last year outside of experimenting with no-dig potatoes under grass clippings. Radishes need to be thinned, have already enjoyed two meals of fresh asparagus, planted four varieties of heirloom tomato, and snow peas, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale, carrots and beets are already peeking through.

Looking forward to some reasonable harvests.
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27 May 2022 02:33 - 27 May 2022 02:36 #333312 by SuperflyPete
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I took up kayaking over the past few years and I photograph street art under the bridges.

I have also become a near master in guitar tech work, and spent the last three years buying and selling stringed instruments, primarily guitars, and have amassed a nice collection which is mostly paid for by the gains from my flips. Ive made quite a few musician friends and have supplied some local top acts with higher end gear. A band called Skipping Stones out of Louisville used one of my custom speaker cabinets, and Hot Action Cop’s guitarist used a looping device I sold him live and on their latest album. I sent some custom pickups to a guy who moved to Romania as an artist, and musician. Also, my nephew got my hand built Stratocaster when my brother died, as he is an absurdly talented guitarist. So, keeping busy.

In the process I became an adequate, intermediate guitar player. I post stuff on Insta, @SuperflyPete.
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28 May 2022 11:13 #333328 by Virabhadra
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I'm at about a 95/5 split between the "hobby" end of of miniatures gaming and actually playing the games, which feels fine. I was picking up Wal-Mart acrylics for a big terrain project when I spotted an unfamiliar shade...

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