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  1. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I got an ear infection a couple weeks back that seems to have combined with something else to completely tank my aerobic capacity - I know they're not the most accurate of things but my Vo2 max...

    I got an ear infection a couple weeks back that seems to have combined with something else to completely tank my aerobic capacity - I know they're not the most accurate of things but my Vo2 max according to my watch is down ~8 points and any attempts at cardio are like where I was ~3 months back.

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  2. Comment on Home Brewing in ~hobbies

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    I've got a ~8 gallon plastic brewing pot that I essentially just use as big mixing bucket - I did the cold brew in that with the grounds inside 2 layers of very fine grain bag. After the 14 hours,...

    I've got a ~8 gallon plastic brewing pot that I essentially just use as big mixing bucket - I did the cold brew in that with the grounds inside 2 layers of very fine grain bag.

    After the 14 hours, I removed the grain bags, siphoned with a filter into a spare carboy, washed the mixing bucket, measured the honey into it, siphoned the coffee back in (again with filter), mixed it all together and then siphoned into the carboy used for fermentation.

    Tldr: grainbags + 3x filtering via siphon.

  3. Comment on Home Brewing in ~hobbies

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    I've got a 5 gallon batch of coffee mead that's pretty much done - gave it taste about a week ago and it has officially reached the status of drinkable (eg. It tastes good, but could be better if...

    I've got a 5 gallon batch of coffee mead that's pretty much done - gave it taste about a week ago and it has officially reached the status of drinkable (eg. It tastes good, but could be better if I let it age a bit more). Current flavour is strong coffee taste upfront transitioning into a wine/mead like taste in the middle and tailing out with a touch of sweetness/orange from the honey (orange blossom).

    The process was:

    1. Get 2KG of freshly roasted/ground coffee beans from a local provider
    2. Do a 20L 14 hour coldbrew - there was ~15L afterwards due to the grounds absorbing some of the water.
    3. Mix in 7KG of honey (OG of 1.100)
    4. Pitch yeast
    5. Do SNA over the first week or so
    6. Rerack and kill yeast at 6 weeks (FG of 1.010 or ~11.8% ABV)

    Todo: Get some bottles and bottle it

    5 votes
  4. Comment on What's the education system like in your country? in ~talk

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    After Highschool we have: TAFE (Technical and Further Education) - this is like a tech/trades school and is where the folk that leave highschool at year 10 end up (note you are not required to go...

    After Highschool we have:
    TAFE (Technical and Further Education) - this is like a tech/trades school and is where the folk that leave highschool at year 10 end up (note you are not required to go to TAFE if you leave high school). This will get you a qualification like Cert [I II III IV] of [field] - it's generally favored above just high school completion but lower than an university degree.

    University - bachelors/masters/phds/etc

    For both these you can pay outright or get a government education loan (currently called 'FEE-HELP') which does not have interest (but is indexed each year to keep relative value). You don't start paying it back until you hit a certain income threshold (~45,000AUD) and it just comes out of your pay until you've paid it off.

    edit: load > loan

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Just retested my 10 rep max for squats - like the deadlifts on Monday I managed 5KG over my goal putting me at 85KG (+20KG from my previous test)

    Just retested my 10 rep max for squats - like the deadlifts on Monday I managed 5KG over my goal putting me at 85KG (+20KG from my previous test)

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

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    I got around to starting Assassins Creed: Origins that I think I got out of one of the Humble bundle offerings a few months back, whilst I love the series I keep getting a bit behind and I'm...

    I got around to starting Assassins Creed: Origins that I think I got out of one of the Humble bundle offerings a few months back, whilst I love the series I keep getting a bit behind and I'm enjoying it thus far. The one downside is that I find the mouse and keyboard controls for it terrible (swapped to controller) and it was maxing out my CPU (6600k) until I overclocked last night to 4.5ghz; I must say that whilst using 100% CPU before overclocking it was still running flawlessly, albeit preventing me from being able to alt-tab and do other stuff.

    I picked up some more Ubisoft titles during the weeks sale (60% off + $15 off if order over $75AUD + 20% discount from uplay rewards) got me the 'gold' editions (see with season pass) of FarCry 5, FarCry New Dawn, Assassins Creed: Odyssey and South Park: The fractured But Whole for <$100AUD which should keep my single player gaming covered for a while.

    Multiplayer wise some friends have started playing R6: Siege again so I've been jumping on for a few rounds of that before most of us inevitably migrate to Halo: Reach in the coming days.

    Edit: Added mention that I moved to controller for AC:Or

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I retested my 5 rep max for deadlifts this morning - was initially aiming for 95KG which I made and managed to do a second set at 100KG; though I had to swap to mixed grip to do so as the 95KG was...

    I retested my 5 rep max for deadlifts this morning - was initially aiming for 95KG which I made and managed to do a second set at 100KG; though I had to swap to mixed grip to do so as the 95KG was the current limit for my grip strength.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    That's the one (probably should have proofread after jumping up to help someone). Yeah, I've got some dead hangs, hanging leg raises and farmers carries mixed in there which should be helping a...

    That's the one (probably should have proofread after jumping up to help someone). Yeah, I've got some dead hangs, hanging leg raises and farmers carries mixed in there which should be helping a bit, but some grip trainers wouldn't be too bad for when I want to fidget with something.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    The coach that runs my strength classes thinks I should be able to reach 95kg/209.4lb deadlift when I retest my 5 rep max in a couple of weeks - if anything I think my grip strength is going to be...

    The coach that runs my strength classes thinks I should be able to reach 95kg/209.4lb deadlift when I retest my 5 rep max in a couple of weeks - if anything I think my grip strength is going to be what lets me down going for that.

    Thursday's cardio was also good fun in 37C/98.6F weather.

    Edit: added the word deadlift

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Planet Zoo is, temporarily, a game about mass-producing warthogs in ~games

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    Looks like it, but only because players requested it during the beta.

    The sandbox mode, for example, lets you do whatever you like, while the ‘challenge’ mode is, as far as I can tell, exactly the same as Franchise mode, but is offline only. As such it contains an AI-run (and thus unborked) version of the animal market.

    Looks like it, but only because players requested it during the beta.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Ethos Capital has acquired the Public Interest Registry, manager of the .org top-level domain in ~tech

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    I probably should have included that I was answering from the PoV of someone who has primarily worked with the .au domain policy which differs somewhat from that of the gTLDs. auDA are in the...

    I probably should have included that I was answering from the PoV of someone who has primarily worked with the .au domain policy which differs somewhat from that of the gTLDs.

    auDA are in the process of relaxing their policies too which is somewhat concerning, one of the clauses that allowed me to get some phishing domains deregistered the other week is potentially being cut soon.

    Overall though the gTLDs have had less protection than the .au name space so anything that weakens that further is concerning.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Ethos Capital has acquired the Public Interest Registry, manager of the .org top-level domain in ~tech

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    Registry: Central body that manages the domain space - Ethos Capital in this case Registrar: Company you register the domain through (eg. CrazyDomains) who pay a fee to the to the registry to...

    does that mean that there may be situations in which established .org websites may be forced to "pay higher rent" so to speak?

    Registry: Central body that manages the domain space - Ethos Capital in this case
    Registrar: Company you register the domain through (eg. CrazyDomains) who pay a fee to the to the registry to register the domain you want.
    Registrant: you

    Prices could change based on a couple of things:

    1. If the registry increases their fee or make registration more costly to process then you could expect the Registar's to up their price to compensate for this - this would likely effect all .org domains
    2. Some registrar's may rise their prices - given there are quite a few you can register or transfer a .org through people would just move to the cheaper ones if individual registrars started price gouging. A good example of this in the past is MelbourneIT kept their prices ~$150/year (IIRC) for a .com for quite some time, there was little preventing their customers from transferring domains to other registrars that gave them the same thing for ~$10 year. Unless all the registrars decided to act together on this it shouldn't be an issue.

    If an organisation is worried about this they could top out their registration to the current max of 10 years for ~$100.

    All that being said I agree with @Deimos & @heady that the news is somewhat disconcerting.

    8 votes
  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    On squat day I do warmup 1 (~75%), warmup 2 (~90%) then 3x at my working weight. This week I completed "warmup 2" and was thinking I wasn't going to be able to do the extra 10kgs; then I realized...

    On squat day I do warmup 1 (~75%), warmup 2 (~90%) then 3x at my working weight.

    This week I completed "warmup 2" and was thinking I wasn't going to be able to do the extra 10kgs; then I realized in my pre-caffeine state I'd technically skipped warmup 2 and gone straight to working weight. /facepalm

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Let's talk: Wallets/Purses/etc in ~talk

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    I've been rocking a Medium bifold by Saddleback leather for close to 7 years now - the version from back then you could get without the ID slot which I opted for. Card slots: 6 top load & 2 side...

    I've been rocking a Medium bifold by Saddleback leather for close to 7 years now - the version from back then you could get without the ID slot which I opted for.

    Card slots: 6 top load & 2 side loadable from the centre (could also be used for coins, keys or knick-knacks - I kept the guitar pick I caught at an Amon Amarth gig for a while).
    Cash Slot: Decent size pouch for notes, could easily hold 20 or so.
    Pros: As said here and in the bag thread - Saddleback make some high quality and durable leather products and after ~7 years it's still holding up great.
    Cons: Is a little thick and rocking it in the front pocket for a long day (eg. music festival, a big night out) would cause chafing on my leg.

    As of yesterday I've swapped over to a Fantom R 13 w/ Walnut finish and a money clip, the Saddleback I'm now keeping backup cards, loyalty cards and some loose cash in.

    It's a bit heavier than the Saddleback (due to metal frame & clip) but is ~25% less in volume and provides quicker access to my most often used cards. The card fanning lever is super tactile and I've found myself flicking it a lot as it's got a really satisfying feel and click to it.

    Card slots: Can top load 13 unembossed cards, I went for the 13 as most of the cards I carry do have embossing.
    Cash Slot: Money clip on the front, with the current cards in it I can fit some coins in behind the cards.
    Pros: The card fanning lever and walnut finish are dope, I've given it a decent shake and the cards are quite secure.
    Cons: Due to materials it is a bit heavier.

  15. Comment on Let's talk: Wallets/Purses/etc in ~talk

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    I would be using my phone and watch for payments where possible as contactless is widely supported in Australia, however my bank hasn't added support for it yet (they are working on it though)....

    I agree with @Akir about contact less payment. I have a galaxy watch and s10e and use Samsung pay on both.

    I would be using my phone and watch for payments where possible as contactless is widely supported in Australia, however my bank hasn't added support for it yet (they are working on it though).

    My wallet is a flowfold.

    They look pretty good and a +1 for recycled materials.

    1 vote
  16. Comment on Let's talk: Wallets/Purses/etc in ~talk

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    The secrid was in my shortlist getting a new wallet - ended up getting the Fantom R though, I'm loving the card fanning lever.

    The secrid was in my shortlist getting a new wallet - ended up getting the Fantom R though, I'm loving the card fanning lever.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Let's talk: Wallets/Purses/etc in ~talk

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    I've had one of the medium bifolds in chestnut (except without the ID screen) since ~2013 - Has received some scars by being thrown in pockets with keys/etc but is otherwise holding up great.

    I've had one of the medium bifolds in chestnut (except without the ID screen) since ~2013 - Has received some scars by being thrown in pockets with keys/etc but is otherwise holding up great.

    1 vote
  18. Let's talk: Wallets/Purses/etc

    Given the the bags ediiton went well I figured I'd turn it into a semi-regular thing What are you using to carry your money/cards/etc? What's good/bad about it? What is your dream money carrying...

    Given the the bags ediiton went well I figured I'd turn it into a semi-regular thing

    What are you using to carry your money/cards/etc?
    What's good/bad about it?
    What is your dream money carrying device?

    13 votes
  19. Comment on Rick and Morty S04E01 - "Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat" in ~tv

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    Blocked in Australia - but VPN to the rescue

    not entirely sure about international access

    Blocked in Australia - but VPN to the rescue

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  20. Comment on What’s something you would gladly eat for lunch very day for for the rest of your life? in ~food

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    Either Nachos or Chilli - either with my homemade guac (avocado, sour cream, spring onion, lemon juice, chilli powder, salt). Actually scratch that - I'd probably be good with anything that goes...

    Either Nachos or Chilli - either with my homemade guac (avocado, sour cream, spring onion, lemon juice, chilli powder, salt).

    Actually scratch that - I'd probably be good with anything that goes with guac

    1 vote