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The bicycle I most often ride is ...

Seeker999 Re:Mountain bike in the city, for my safety's sake (356 comments)

Just changing the tires to slicks (under lots of pressure)  solves 2 of those problems. It's not a big deal. I can have them changed in 15 minutes or less.  I keep knobbies on hand for winter conditions. I live in Toronto. Use to ride a mountain bike  with knobbies all the time but a salesperson convinced me to try slicks. The speed difference for me was quite significant. YMMV,  but the mountain bike problems in the city are exaggerated. Potholes and other things (like climbing on and off curbs and the fact I'm 240 pounds or so) kept me off road bikes and on mountain bikes. I travel in city traffic a lot and currently have 4 stitches on my face to remind me the price of losing focus when cycling.

more than 2 years ago
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8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars

Seeker999 Minature turbines? (937 comments)

Ok, so you've got heat. What about the mini turbines? Do the turbines that would fit in this car exist and can they do what they are expected to do? 227 kilos is a fairly heavy engine. Would its weight be largely the turbines? How well does it scale? Could you build a tractor-trailer around it?

more than 3 years ago
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Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In Medal of Honor

Seeker999 Re:Too Soon, I Suppose (671 comments)

I remember when I first started playing the Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer demo. I had to pause before I started playing as an Axis soldier. What was I doing playing a Nazi?

I'm older than most gamers and my parents went through WWII. It wasn't ancient history to them and it wasn't to me either. My father was interned as a child by the Japanese. The war affected me profoundly in an identafiable way even though I was born more than two decades after the guns stopped firing. My father's temperment had been shaped by the screaming rages that the Japanese who guarded him had indulged in.

But the war was "ancient history" to most of the people I played with. They didn't personally identify with it at all it seemed. However I got over my initial qualms about playing the Germans. As other people noted, they seemed to have better weapons.

So I have sympathy for those who think this games in poor taste. I also don't want people glossing over the differences between the ideals of western civilization embodied in things like English common law and totalitarian versions of Islam espoused by the taliban(I'm somewhat sympathetic to arguments that that's the only kind).

more than 4 years ago

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