Mr. X

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  1. Careerchat II

    I just took that aptitude test because I can't resist online tests on a whim, and the entire first page was primarily mechanical engineering and variants thereof (aerospace, civil, etc.), which is what my undergraduate degree is in. The second page of results included "Secondary School Teacher" (my actual job), "Brewer" (my primary hobby), and "Graphic Designer" (something I did a lot of informally during college, designing flyers and album covers and what not for my bands). So yeah, maybe there's something to these tests, at least in terms of general interest/suitability suggestions or food for thought.
  2. NFL query

    You are correct. My grandfather (who grew up in NYC) was the same way.
  3. The 80's were awesome

    Just the other day I realized that Straight Outta Compton is older now than Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was in the 80's. Same is true of Master of Puppets and pretty much everything that came out in the 80's.
  4. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    Improvements are improvements. Keep at it!
  5. The Drunk Thread: Too Drunk to Theorize

    Sierra Nevada Celebration is one of the best things about December arriving on the calendar. I mean, that beer is so good it inspired a couple dudes in the suburbs of Philly to create a beer called Hop Devil, which you've probably heard of if Victory distributes to your area. And, you know, Victory also makes great beer.
  6. Convince me that breakfast wasn't a terrible act of self-harm

    This is why diners are the best. "Breakfast served anytime" is a standard policy. New Jersey diners are generally among the upper ranks of diners, as not only is breakfast available at any time, it always includes pork roll in the meat options. And south Jersey / southeastern PA diners are probably the best, as both pork roll AND scrapple are readily available. YES!
  7. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    Um, maybe? Probably depends on which three songs. I mean, it's the same guy writing songs and singing, but he's a few years older now and perhaps a touch more sophisticated as a songwriter. A lot of the songs on the second half of WORRY. sounds like BtMI! if you stripped those songs down to the essential bits, I suppose.
  8. Convince me that breakfast wasn't a terrible act of self-harm

    Migas are super tasty. Top 3 favorite breakfasts that aren't the standard American: 1) Full English 2) Full Irish 3) Full Scottish Also, Belizean breakfast is fantastic. I vaguely remember eating some combination of fish and rice or dumplings or soba for breakfast in Japan when I was traveling there in 2001.
  9. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    I can't stop listening to Jeff Rosenstock's WORRY. Right now, it's a late entry into my album-of-the-year considerations. Part of it is personal, as some of the songs speak very directly to living in Brooklyn. But the majority of the album is pretty universal if you're (A) alive right now, (B) give a shit about the world, and (C) are down with punk rock. The go-to phrase in reviews has been "punk rock Abbey Road" because the second half of the albums is a bunch of short songs that blend right into each other and do some genre-hopping along the way. If that appeals to you, check it out from track 10 on. Otherwise, listen to the whole damn thing. Need a quick tease? Check out the video for "Wave Goodnight to Me". A stupidly catchy song (that's still not even the best on the album), an entertaining video, and a joke lifted straight from a classic Simpsons episode.
  10. What are you listening to? Vol. XXII

    I started off this evening listening to Fleetwood Mac because Rumours is a fucking awesome album and "Second Hand News" is one of those songs that never fails to put me in a good mood. Later I shifted into listening to Heavens to Betsy, and ended up at "Firefly", one of my perennial favorites. In unrelated news, the ad on TV right now is for a localish steakhouse and features shots of steaks on a grill over open flame interspersed with shots of some guy in a tux playing a tenor saxophone. Go Brooklyn!
  11. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    Awesome! And yes, stick with that for a few runs before pushing it further. You absolutely, positively do NOT need to set personal records (whether in terms of distance or pace) on every run. Speaking from experience, the frustration of having to sit out a couple weeks because you pushed too far is WAY, WAY worse than the (possible) frustration of not beating PR goals from week to week.
  12. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    Many of the 9+1 races are on the shorter end of the spectrum: 3.1 to 5 miles. And there is no minimum requirement in terms of finishing time for each race, as long as you finish them. So you can start easy and work your way up.
  13. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    The NY Road Runner 9+1 (run 9 races and volunteer to work one race in a calendar year) is the way to get automatic entry in to the NYC Marathon. I did the 9+1 program in 2010 and ran NYC in 2011. You can also qualify with suitably fast marathon times. The only other ways I know of are running for a charity (raise a certain amount of money to gain entry, which is what I did when I ran Chicago in 2012) or doing it as part of a travel package (which is a common method for many of the European runners). The 5 borough series is a mix of half-marathons, a 10 mile race, and a 10K. If you run 4 of the 5 races in a calendar year, you get automatic entry to the NYC Half Marathon, which usually takes place in March and features a course that starts in Central Park, goes through Times Square, continues down the west side, and ends in South Street Seaport. The NYC Half also has a lottery system for general entry.
  14. Exercise and Fitness - Olympic spirit!

    Mile 24 is right around where the course moves from 5th Ave into Central Park, right? And yeah, speaking as someone who ran NYC a few years back, the energy from everyone lining the streets is amazing. There were times when I just started high-fiving people because I could and I'd be lying if I said that didn't get a boost from all of that. (Oh, and the NYC marathon is a lot of fun, for certain punishing values of fun. You definitely get to see a lot of the city in a way you usually wouldn't. I mean, you get to run across the Verrazano Bridge! If you do decide to run, let me know. I can pass on what I know about the course, or just offer a high-five right before mile marker 11.)