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  1. On voting systems: as someone who has voted in national elections using both FPTP (UK) and instant runoff (Aus), I find instant runoff to be infinitely better. I can vote for minor party or independent candidates who I more closely align with ideologically, knowing that if they don't get in my vote will go to my preferred major party candidate, and my vote isn't wasted. I don't have to do any strategic voting bullshit. Seems more fair to me anyway.
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    Unpopular opinions

    My unpopular opinion: Raiders of the Lost Ark was an ok fun summer action movie, but not deserving of the pedestal it's been put on. Rewatching 35 years later it has aged terribly and is totally cringe worthy.
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    This... doesn't sound right. A quick look at a few papers indicates caffeine toxicity indicates you'd need about 5g at one time for a fatal overdose as an adult, cocaine is apparently around 1.2g (sounds about right based on my limited exposure when I was young and stupid). This is backed up in animal studies which report an LD50 (average lethal dose) of ~95mg/kg for cocaine, and ~370mg/kg for caffeine in mice. It's all a pretty stupid comparison in any case. People drink cups of coffee with ~100mg of caffeine in them. It isn't commonly snorted. Otoh people stick very large quantities of cocaine up their noses all the time. TLDR version: Professors talk crap as much as anyone.
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    Exercise and Fitness: Keep On Keepin' On

    Ran my first half marathon of the year today. Don't think I'm any fitter than I was end of last year, but I paced myself very well. Ran very consistently timed kms over the first half, then sped up a little as the course allowed over the final 10km. Came in at 1:38:23, a full minute faster than my previous pb. Hopefully that'll drop some more over the year as I really increase the kms towards the full marathon.
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    Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Just completed a running study for a local university which was an interesting experience. 2 sessions with 5mins treadmill running at 8, 10, 12km/hr each. Followed by 2x3km time trials all out. And then a repeat of the 3x5min at increasing speed. Purpose was something to do with gait analysis before and after exhaustion. First session I went out way too hard in the first time trial (tried to run an 11min 3km), blew up in the first 2km and came in just below 12mins. Did not have a great time after that. Second session I went into dreading, but paced myself much better in the first time trial (12:20) and had a much better time of it, reaching the limit at the end of the second 3k. Got a free pair of shoes (last years ASICS kayanos) +$100 for my trouble, and was a good way to kick start my training for the year. Don't think I've lost too much speed with my milage reduction over December / Jan which is good. Otherwise have signed up for my first marathon (Melbourne Marathon), and now I have until October to get into shape for it. Target time is 3:30, which I hope is realistic given how I progressed last year. Meantime there's a bunch of local half marathons starting in April to slowly ease myself back into the longer distances.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    And Root hasn't come out after lunch. Lower order is collapsing in a predictable fashion.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    I still think it was a mistake not keeping Renshaw in the lineup. Sure he had a couple poor shield games in the lead up, but he's young, needs experience, and otherwise his form for the last year has been excellent. And Bancroft has not been particularly impressive.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    Hottest day on record for Sydney. Thermometer in the centre of the SCG recorded 57.1C. Holy hell that'd be brutal to play in.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    Should be looking at 600+ from here. Bat once, then send England in to try to save the test late tomorrow.
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    See this simply isn't true, at least as far as my understanding. Yes there are a few big ticket items that people can do to reduce their carbon footprint: Choosing to buy a hybrid / electric / smaller car for example, or taking public transport or cycling when possible. Or putting solar panels on the roof. Then there's the little things. Hanging clothes outside to dry on sunny days instead of using a dryer, or not filling the kettle full of water to only make 1 cup of coffee. And yes reducing meat intake, you don't need to eat a steak every meal. Things which yeah on a single person scale don't make a huge difference, but when a big portion of the population does it suddenly you've cut emmisions by a significant %. And it's all stuff that doesn't reduce quality of life, mostly it saves money, and hell in the case of eating less meat and getting outside more often may even make people healthier, happier and longer lived. And yes the correct government policies and subsidies do help, but they're not necessary. Big business (for example) is starting to make the transition to renewables in regardless of government policy, largely for economic reasons.
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    It's the End of the World: Climate Collapse

    Trying not to be too combative given that this view has been put forward in this thread, but I really dislike the 'Oh it's all too late, better just adapt / mitigate' narrative. It's a bit of a cop out which doesn't acknowledge that the severity of climate change is not an all or nothing proposition. It's a sliding scale with the worst case scenario being many times more disastrous than the best. And it allows people to say to themselves 'Oh I don't have to change my lifestyle, it's all inevitable and / or we'll just science or way out of it'. No. It's on all of us to manage our resources as best we can to keep things sustainable, and it could have a big effect on how easy (or even possible) it is to dig ourselves out of this mess.
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    Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

    Yeah. No one has made a hundred, but aside from that stupid run out, no one has gone really cheaply either. Bit of luck and could be looking at 350+ from here.
  13. It isn't accepted for a girl to ask a guy out? What? Are we in the 1920s again? I am so confused.
  14. Looking like Labor will pull it out with a slim majority. The big pluses are One Nation tanking and only looking like getting a single seat, and the Libs prevarication over One Nation backfiring spectacularly. Hopefully this'll convince the LNP that if hint of a One Nation coalition is that toxic and costs them votes in Queensland of all places, getting into bed with them elsewhere isn't an option.
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    Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Yep, common problem no one talks about. I've had badly bleeding nipples after a couple hour jog before. It was pretty embarrassing (blood soaked through my shirt) and painful. Now I shave my chest (less hair less friction) and put a strip of strapping tape over each nipple before I go for long runs. Same type of tape you'd buy to strap a muscle strain or support a joint. Oh and the other advantage to not having chest hair , you don't rip it off when you rip off the tape.
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