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  1. Comment on Injuries in Powerlifting: Basic Results - Part 2 in ~health

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    So, most of the breathing trouble is when I'm working on a high rep day. The first 3 or 4 reps go fairly smooth and I'll take a breath at the top of the rep. After the 5th and 6th I may have to...

    So, most of the breathing trouble is when I'm working on a high rep day. The first 3 or 4 reps go fairly smooth and I'll take a breath at the top of the rep. After the 5th and 6th I may have to take a couple of breaths before I'm ready to go. The 7th, a few breaths. And I'll breath as long as necessary before I do the 8th rep. But I still might have trouble holding my breath at the bottom of the rep on those later reps, which can compromise my form. I'm thinking a belt may help reinforce the notion of maintaining pressure. I'll give that breathing exercise a go!

    Yea, I wouldn't mind spending a bit of money on a bit of coaching to further solidify the mind-body connection. Once I know what good form feels like I'll be much more comfortable lifting alone. As it stands, I'm just reviewing video and trying to fix errors that way.

    I'm still making progress, though, and I don't think my form is too poor. At least, I haven't experienced any injuries that I can attribute to bad form....yet.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on Injuries in Powerlifting: Basic Results - Part 2 in ~health

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    Maintaining abdominal pressure is much more difficult for me while doing squats (starts to get hard holding my breath after some reps), though for some reason I feel in less danger of lower back...

    Maintaining abdominal pressure is much more difficult for me while doing squats (starts to get hard holding my breath after some reps), though for some reason I feel in less danger of lower back injury when compared to doing deadlifts. A key cue that my boss clued me into is lat engagement, which helps put the back in a neutral position, and then really squeezing glutes/quads once the bar is past the knees. I'm still pretty new to this, so hopefully I can get a bit quicker with the setup since I feel like I have to clear a checklist after each rep which kinda prevents me from getting in a decent groove.

    As for my wrists, I've relied on holding the bar wider when doing squats (which is where most of my wrist strain is coming from). I probably need to do some work on my arm flexibility for sure, though. Nuckols gets into this problem in his squatting guide, which I should try to adhere to better. This is where a coach would come in handy!

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Injuries in Powerlifting: Basic Results - Part 2 in ~health

  4. Comment on Injuries in Powerlifting: Basic Results - Part 2 in ~health

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    I've read this guy's guides on the three major lifts and I've watched various videos demonstrating proper form, but I'm still concerned that I'm messing stuff up, especially as I move on to...

    I've read this guy's guides on the three major lifts and I've watched various videos demonstrating proper form, but I'm still concerned that I'm messing stuff up, especially as I move on to difficult weights. I'd like to get some coaching, but I'm a bit wary of personal trainers. Though, the owner of my company used to be one and he's seen some of my lifts and has given good advice...

    So far, the only injury I really fear is a lower back injury while dead-lifting. Oh, and putting a bit too much strain on my wrists.

    Most of us are wired in such a way that we’re willing to train through pain, and we want to rush back into hard training as quickly as possible following an injury.

    Definitely. It's as if taking a break when recovering from an injury will erase all of the progress you've made.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    That's assuming your speakers can reproduce those frequencies. Not many get down to 20hz, which is in fact audible by (most) humans. But, yeah, if you have speakers that can handle them, those low...

    That's assuming your speakers can reproduce those frequencies. Not many get down to 20hz, which is in fact audible by (most) humans. But, yeah, if you have speakers that can handle them, those low frequencies definitely add a felt "thump."

    2 votes
  6. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Nail clippers! Definitely worth finding good ones. Personally, I enjoy this style of nail clipper the most. They seem to create more clipping force than traditional nail clippers.

    Nail clippers! Definitely worth finding good ones. Personally, I enjoy this style of nail clipper the most. They seem to create more clipping force than traditional nail clippers.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Thanks for the recommendations! Not that you had anything to say about this, but I wanted to mention that I posted the particular cutters that I did because they were rated to cut piano wire and I...

    Thanks for the recommendations!

    Not that you had anything to say about this, but I wanted to mention that I posted the particular cutters that I did because they were rated to cut piano wire and I was interested in something that would do well with guitar string. Most cutters are rated for softer copper.

  8. Comment on What do you think of the minimalist attitude popularized by people like Marie Kondo? Have you tried to incorporate any parts of that outlook into your life, and if so, how has that gone? in ~life

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    Maybe once a month act as if you're going to move. The stuff you don't want to pack is stuff that can be removed from your life. I follow the minimalist lifestyle somewhat if only inadvertently. I...

    Maybe once a month act as if you're going to move. The stuff you don't want to pack is stuff that can be removed from your life. I follow the minimalist lifestyle somewhat if only inadvertently. I don't have an abundance because I can't really afford an abundance, so I make do with what I have. For example, I own three chairs. One is a terrible desk chair, the other is a lounge chair from Ikea, and the last is a fold-up camp chair adorned in RealTree® camo. I've only really had two guests at a time, max, so it works for me.

    The only thing that piles up is mail...

    1 vote
  9. Comment on What mobile games do you play? in ~games

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    Ooh. That looks good. What's the in-app purchases story? Does the app push 'em hard? Are they necessary at some point? I'm very opposed to in-app purchases in games and would rather pay up-front....

    Ooh. That looks good. What's the in-app purchases story? Does the app push 'em hard? Are they necessary at some point? I'm very opposed to in-app purchases in games and would rather pay up-front. Though, I realize the majority won't, which is why they exist to begin with...

    1 vote
  10. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Hey, I'm no sage! These products I've come across (after doing my bit of research) seemed to be at least above-average and pretty good for the money. The things I have haven't been acquired by...

    Hey, I'm no sage! These products I've come across (after doing my bit of research) seemed to be at least above-average and pretty good for the money. The things I have haven't been acquired by happenstance, but acquired after a lot of comparison shopping/research. That said, if anything I listed isn't really up to snuff then I'm at least glad I've at least spurred some discussion and would love to be shown better alternatives like those you and @Hidegger suggested!

    Also, I'm a bit against the idea of elevation without reason. Particularly in the audio landscape, where fools and their money are quickly parted on cryogenically treated cables and the like that add nothing to the listening experience. Most pro-audio gear will do the trick in accurate audio reproduction.

  11. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    It's a pretty damn good chair. Hard for me to say whether or not I think it's worth the price tag, as I didn't purchase it! I do think it's worth investing in a good chair if you do a lot of...

    It's a pretty damn good chair. Hard for me to say whether or not I think it's worth the price tag, as I didn't purchase it! I do think it's worth investing in a good chair if you do a lot of sitting, though.

  12. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    A while ago when I was really curious about lossless vs. lossy audio I took a few tracks of music each with various forms of compression and one lossless file and I'd put the lossless and one...

    A while ago when I was really curious about lossless vs. lossy audio I took a few tracks of music each with various forms of compression and one lossless file and I'd put the lossless and one compressed track into Audacity at which point I inverted one of the tracks, lined them up properly, and rendered them together. The resulting file would show the difference between them. Not so surprisingly, it's mostly the very high end of the frequency spectrum (i.e. cymbal "presence") that's missing. There is also some added noise that compression adds. Kind of an underwater, warbling sound. But, it's mostly inaudible in actual music. In fact, it seems that a lot of this audiophile stuff is marketed towards those that enjoy classical music, but I found that that area of music suffers the least from lossless compression! I found it a useful exercise and even though the differences were negligible, I still like the idea of having my music collection stored losslessly. Though, these days I've given myself over to streaming and whatever quality that stuff comes through as.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    I use the knife, the clothing I mentioned, the audio monitors, and the Aeron chair. The pans don't look anything special, I agree. But, they're made for professional use and I usually figure...

    I use the knife, the clothing I mentioned, the audio monitors, and the Aeron chair.

    The pans don't look anything special, I agree. But, they're made for professional use and I usually figure anything made for professional use will hold up. This is the actual pan I use along with this saucepan. Got a good deal on them at Ross and I've no problem with them.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Another Klein schill! Just kidding. You're the expert, so I concede. For the cutters, though, I was looking for something that'd be good for guitar string.

    Another Klein schill!

    Just kidding. You're the expert, so I concede. For the cutters, though, I was looking for something that'd be good for guitar string.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on What niche/specialized version of an everyday thing is worth the time/money if you know what you're looking for? in ~talk

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    Great topic. I find that I'm always looking for excellence in many places (especially cheap excellence), even if I have no current use for items at which I'm looking. I have a whole lotta Amazon...

    Great topic. I find that I'm always looking for excellence in many places (especially cheap excellence), even if I have no current use for items at which I'm looking. I have a whole lotta Amazon wishlists for various categories of things that I add to sporadically.

    • A good chef's knife. Victorinox and Wüsthof make good quality, affordable chef's knives (I have the Wüsthof). That's just the beginning of the rabbit-hole.

    • Pots and pans. Tramontina seems to make some pretty good stuff on that front.

    • Tools. Screwdriver set, Pliers, cutter and stripper. Here's a wrench.

    • Military surplus clothing can be pretty good quality for a pretty reasonable price. I like their beanies. Most beanies in that price range are acrylic, not wool. Shirts are really damn comfortable and good quality, too. Socks, too.

    • Computer monitors. This monitor caught my eye as being relatively affordable while maintaining color accuracy and pretty good contrast for an IPS panel.

    • Audio monitors. Well, any pro-audio monitors are going to be leagues better than most people's standard computer speaker setup. Probably a lot better than most home theater setups, too. I'd reccomend these because they're pretty cheap but sound really good.

    • Turntable. I don't have one, yet, but have been eyeing this turntable for the day I'm ready.

    • Coffee stuff. This looks to be a good grinder. This looks to be a good kettle. This looks to be a good decanter.

    • Rechargeable batteries. These are supposedly better than Sanyo Eneloop batteries.

    • Office/computer
      chairs. I'm lucky enough to work with an Aeron chair. But, I really need to upgrade my desk chair at home...

    19 votes
  16. Comment on Where do you buy microSD cards from? in ~talk

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    Best Buy is still pretty reliable.

    Best Buy is still pretty reliable.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Setting aside the musical content (if you can), what are the best music videos you know? in ~music

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    Pretty much every Missy Elliott video. Busta Rhymes and Ludacris have fun videos, too.

    Pretty much every Missy Elliott video.

    Busta Rhymes and Ludacris have fun videos, too.

    1 vote
  18. Comment on Cyberpunk designer says CDPR is working on transgender character options in ~games

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    I think the feelings the audience feels about Joi mirror what K feels in the movie and, like K, we think there is more to her than a simple pleasure-bot, but ultimately she is just a...

    I think the feelings the audience feels about Joi mirror what K feels in the movie and, like K, we think there is more to her than a simple pleasure-bot, but ultimately she is just a representation of K's desires, which include ideations of free choice and even destiny. But, just as K realizes he is simply a replicant, Joi is simply a product. A product we may have gotten attached to and hoped more for, but a product nonetheless that had done its job.

    3 votes
  19. Comment on Comment vote counts are now visible again in ~tildes.official

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    I think that would be the case regardless of vote count visibility. Also, thank god. I must know how (un)popular I am.

    I think that would be the case regardless of vote count visibility.

    Also, thank god. I must know how (un)popular I am.

    9 votes