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  1. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I don't pay full price for pretty much any game over $20 (Forza was a gift), so can't blame you for wanting it on sale. The DLC was 50% off during the Steam sale which price history seems to say...

    I don't pay full price for pretty much any game over $20 (Forza was a gift), so can't blame you for wanting it on sale. The DLC was 50% off during the Steam sale which price history seems to say is the lowest it goes, but might drop as the game ages.

    Battletech is my jam, so replay-ability through skirmishes and just trying different ways to play, purposefully handicapping myself, and the hundreds of mods make it a solid game I go back to just as I do with tabletop via MegaMek.

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  2. Comment on The warehouse shortage in the US in ~finance

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    Hence this part of the sentence directly before the portion quoted. Only a Sith speaks in absolutes.

    despite the fact that nearly no one actually needs anything they order online that quickly, all the time.

    Hence this part of the sentence directly before the portion quoted. Only a Sith speaks in absolutes.

  3. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    I'm almost done with Forza Horizon 5, I know they'll keep adding the multiplayer events, but I don't particularly care about those so once I've finished the "campaign" I'll uninstall and move on....

    I'm almost done with Forza Horizon 5, I know they'll keep adding the multiplayer events, but I don't particularly care about those so once I've finished the "campaign" I'll uninstall and move on. Not sure if I'll play something small/indie or go back to HBS' BattleTech as I recently reinstalled it after putting in way too many hours when it was first released and just bought the expansions during the last Steam sale. I just know that I love the game and the entire universe (I'm an old tabletop BattleTech-er) so I'll spend an ungodly number of hours playing it instead of getting through the backlog of games I've purchased and not played.

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  4. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Saturday I picked up, hauled to the house, spread, and leveled a literal ton of gravel (my poor Honda Accord took it like a champ) in the backyard for the lean-to that's being added to the...

    Saturday I picked up, hauled to the house, spread, and leveled a literal ton of gravel (my poor Honda Accord took it like a champ) in the backyard for the lean-to that's being added to the workshop that is split into two sections. A 10x10 storage space that'll house my big air compressor (so it's not in the shop itself) with lines run through the wall for air tools and the milling machine (I might put the sandblaster out there too to keep dust to a minimum inside the shop as no sandblaster is ever perfectly sealed) along with any other items I just need to store such as wheels for the projects, spare transmissions, parts, a three wheeled adult trike I bought for my wife a few years ago that she decided she doesn't like and I'm thinking about strapping an engine to and small wheels to make it a fun little three wheeled go kart, etc.
    The other 10x10 section is a shaded hammock oasis for my wife; gravel set down to make it level, after the shop and lean-to are in place I'll build a wood deck over the gravel, install an outlet so she can charge devices as needed, and a lighting so she can read her books while hammocking. I'll probably use a ceiling fan for the lighting so she'll have the option for an artificial breeze on days when we're lacking a natural one.

    Then went to a brewery that was having a popup by my favorite elotes spot and relaxed the rest of the day. Sunday I went to see Hamilton with my wife and mother-in-law. Great show.

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  5. Comment on The warehouse shortage in the US in ~finance

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    I think this line needs some more context. Altogether, I think the article goes to show how deep an impact Amazon has made on the whole industry. Even if you don't shop there, their practices have...

    Plus, e-commerce and logistics take up three times as much space as brick-and-mortar retail.

    I think this line needs some more context.


    Altogether, I think the article goes to show how deep an impact Amazon has made on the whole industry. Even if you don't shop there, their practices have made things like 2 day shipping the norm despite the fact that nearly no one actually needs anything they order online that quickly, all the time. If there's something that is an immediate need, then you'll need to buy it in person, locally. If there's something you need/want and it's so non-critical that 2-3 days later is fine, then so is receiving it a week later.

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  6. Comment on Much more to come from yokozuna Terunofuji after stunning 2021 in ~sports

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    I've already dubbed, in my mind-canon, Teru as the patient yokozuna. He does not seem to be in a rush, he responds as needed to make sure that he's not pushed out of the ring, but he seems to know...

    I've already dubbed, in my mind-canon, Teru as the patient yokozuna. He does not seem to be in a rush, he responds as needed to make sure that he's not pushed out of the ring, but he seems to know that most rikishi only have a plan for the first few seconds of a bout. They know how they are going to start the match, he seems to know how he's going to end it.

    Hmm... Who I would like to see as yokozuna and who I think will be yokozuna are two different questions (not that you asked both). I think, under the right mindset/circumstances, Takakeishou could be a yokozuna. On his good days, the man is an unstoppable cannonball. I mean, did you see him send Teru across the dohyo‽ And that wasn't even the strongest push I've seen him land this basho. I think he may have had a better chance against Terunofuji if he hadn't resorted to his side push/pull that he should know only works on lower skilled rikishi by now. He has power that belies his egg shaped T-Rex armed physique and if he doesn't get injured, he may very well string enough yusho or jun-yusho together for a promotion.

    You haven't been watching long so you've probably never seen him at the top of his game, but I miss the days of Tochinoshin at full health. He was truly a sight to behold, but his top of the division days are behind him I fear. In my dream world, he never dropped down the banzuke and also became a yokozuna. He's not lacking in strength or skill, just hampered by injury. Kotonawaka didn't have a great basho, but I've been surprised by him in the past and I think he can do great things. Whether that amounts to an ozeki or yokozuna run time will tell, but he's young and has a lot of promise. Hokutofuji coming back iwth an 11-4 this basho makes me wonder if he's going to make a real run for the upper ranks again or not. He has a habit of showing brilliant tournaments and then falling back into a pattern of mediocrity. I want him to do so well, but I don't know if he can do so consistently. His final day opponent was Chiyoshoma, who is the most Hakuho-like in physique and style, but he never seems to really put it together.

    In a perfect world Ura would be near the top of the rankings, he's just so damn entertaining and has such heart. I want him to be at the top, but with the knees it may be too late already. He has the strength of a big rikishi, but the toolbox and drive of a small one; I'm a big fan. Also a big fan of Onosho, I think he does great sumo and I think he analyzes himself a lot. You can see on his face after every defeat that he knows what he did wrong, he is his own worst critic for sure. I love Tobizaru, I want his antics/tactics to work all of the time and his brand of sumo to be represented at the top. I don't think it'll happen, but I still want a crazy Yokozuna Tobizaru. Daieishou has some consistency problems, but I think he could be a real threat. In my fantasy world, Ichinojo in his slow, powerful, textbook sumo is an ozeki at the very least.

    Shodai is still an ozeki only because the rank gives them a two tournament chance to keep it instead of the constant promotion/demotion of other ranks (in case you're unaware, ozeki used to be the top, yokozuna is a relatively new rank). Mitakeumi however, absolutely should be an ozeki and I see no reason why he can't be a yokozuna if he can string together the wins; which we may be seeing start right now with his 11-4 starting a possible ozeki run.

    Hoshoryu, Wakatakakage, Meisei, and most of all Abi are the future of sumo right now. Abi, had he not been punished and sent down the ranks, would likely be firmly in the sanyaku right now.

    I guess to answer the question of who I really want to see as next yokozuna it'd be a Takakeishou that has learned to be patient/last longer in the ring and/or Mitakeumi finding his stride and surprising everyone as an underdog.

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  7. Comment on Sumo rikishi final rituals before the bout starts in ~sports

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    A rare, for western audiences, look into how each top division rikishi prepare themselves mentally and physically prior to each bout. Some have elaborate rituals, others are more simple. I find it...

    A rare, for western audiences, look into how each top division rikishi prepare themselves mentally and physically prior to each bout. Some have elaborate rituals, others are more simple. I find it fascinating as each prepares before every fight.

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  10. Comment on Much more to come from yokozuna Terunofuji after stunning 2021 in ~sports

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    As always, feel free to ask your sumo based questions or see previous posts via the sumo tag with my, typically, in depth comments on the subject. With November's 15-0 zensho yusho (perfect record...

    As always, feel free to ask your sumo based questions or see previous posts via the sumo tag with my, typically, in depth comments on the subject.

    With November's 15-0 zensho yusho (perfect record tournament), Terunofuji is now in rare company, being only the second yokozuna to win both of his first two tournaments after rising to the top rank. Even the undisputed GOAT Hakuho didn't win his first two basho!

    Yokozuna typically have what is referred to as the "yokozuna hangover" for their first tournament. They've just had two - three back to back tournaments in their top form and with the promotion to the top spot comes a lot of pressure along with the obligations to be available to entertain/celebrate with well heeled supporters and media. They typically train less, drink more, and all the other things that come with the big news generating promotion.

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  11. Comment on Inside the funeral industry’s 2021 national convention in ~life

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    Absolutely fascinating read that led to half a dozen other linked articles that were equally so.

    Absolutely fascinating read that led to half a dozen other linked articles that were equally so.

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  12. Comment on Timasomo 2021 Thread #5: Final Update Thread in ~creative

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    I'm here to see what everyone else did. The long weekend was fruitless for me as it was cold and wet here, so nothing was done to the Tercel. Only thing automotive/Tercel related was purchasing of...

    I'm here to see what everyone else did. The long weekend was fruitless for me as it was cold and wet here, so nothing was done to the Tercel.

    Only thing automotive/Tercel related was purchasing of various car parts that were on sale and a pleasant surprise on my doorstep on Friday. After spending most of the day out of the house, I arrived home to find this book sitting on my front porch. That book is known as a Toyota Factory Service/Repair Manual (FSM), it's the book given to dealers, and sold to independent mechanics through the dealer, so they know how to repair your car in the before times. It has literally everything you need to know to completely disassemble every single bolt, nut, plug, hose, and component in the entire car that can be taken apart without irreparably breaking it along with all the torque specs for putting it back together and a full wiring diagram. And in a beautiful display of a simpler time, almost all of the instructions for putting a part back into place consists of "Installation is the reverse of removal."

    The note inside is from a man named Israel that was riding his motorcycle by on Friday, saw my Tercel out back, went home to get the repair manual, write the note, and pass it on to me. He had a very nice 1983 Tercel for a time before trading it to someone else for an equally nice 1968 Toyota Corona. We talked on the phone a bit on Saturday and texted more later. Loose plans to hang out once the Tercel is up and running have been made and he has an invitation to drop by if he sees me outside working on any of my cars. Nice guy.

    So overall my Timasomo was a bust, but I look forward to it next year and seeing what everyone here has done!

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  13. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Long weekend and all that. Started with sending my wife off to visit family on the east coast Wednesday morning at 5am, elected to treat myself for being up that early by making a croissant and...

    Long weekend and all that. Started with sending my wife off to visit family on the east coast Wednesday morning at 5am, elected to treat myself for being up that early by making a croissant and canelé stop at a local French bakery, then worked for the rest of the day.

    Thursday had father, sister, and a couple of friends over for a lunch of steak, mushroom and onion bread pudding, roasted brussel sprouts, and chocolate mousse for dessert. Spent the evening cuddled with my dog on the couch, reading and drinking bourbon.

    Friday picked up the wife from the airport, ran errands, went to dinner, and arrived home to find this book sitting on my front porch. That book is known as a Toyota Factory Service/Repair Manual, it's the book given to dealers, and sold to independent mechanics through the dealer, so they know how to repair your car in the before times. The note inside is from a man named Israel that was riding his motorcycle by on Friday, saw my Tercel out back and went home to get the repair manual, write the note, and pass it on to me. He had a very nice 1983 Tercel for a time before trading it to someone else for an equally nice 1968 Toyota Corona. We talked on the phone a bit on Saturday and texted more later. Loose plans to hang out once the Tercel is up and running have been made and he has an invitation to drop by if he sees me outside working on any of my cars. Nice guy.

    Saturday and Sunday were cold and wet around here, so no work on the Tercel was done making my non-committal Timasomo final weekend a bust.

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