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  1. Impmk2

    Anyone else watching Australian Survivor?

    I'm most certainly watching. Have never watched before, but this year one of my wife's students from last year (Baden) is in it, The atmospheric physics group at uni (Baden included) has been having regular viewings. We went in a couple weeks ago to watch with them. Baden's live commentary was hilarious. The entire group has been bugging him for spoilers, but he's been super tight lipped. He has pretty much zero chance of winning, but still rooting for him.
  2. There's also that almost the entirety (94%! )of the private school system is Australia is religious. So if the local public school is crap, as a gay student you're just screwed then?
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    Small unworthy things - as you were

    Went to the hardware store yesterday to buy some stuff. They already have a large Christmas display up, complete with 30 foot floor to ceiling inflatable Santa. Holy shit it's still September! Christmas is now 1/3 of the year apparently!
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    Video Games: Gears of Borderlands

    Well addicted to WoW classic... just like I was 15 years ago, though now I'm trying to juggle it with a job I care about, as well as family. You know, actual adult responsibilities. How the hell did this happen?!
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    Bullshit Jobs

    There is a reasonable body of research to suggest that for most people feeling like a productive member of society is strongly linked to their sense of self-worth and mental health status, and a lot of people only get that through their job. However the amount of work you need to do (for the majority) is nowhere near 40 hours a week. Study I saw earlier this year reported it was as little as 8hrs / week. Would be good, (although probably competely unrealistic without a massive cultural change in the western world) if we could eliminate the bullshit jobs and move more towards that. I'm in a weird job space (medical research) where l swing between "this is completely pointless and we're never getting anywhere with this horseshit research", and "we're doing some of the most important work in the world", dependent on the day of the week. But that comes with the territory. Picking up some teaching which is helping these days.
  6. Wrist based heart rate is pretty bloody good these days. Provided the watch is on tight so the optical sensor is getting a good read it should be quite accurate. I've used a chest strap in the past, and aside from some smoothing (bit slow on large spikes) wrist based is near as good, and far more comfortable. At least I don't notice the difference when pacing by heart rate. VO2 max I have no idea on, not paying to put myself through one of those tests! I look at it as an indicator of if I'm getting fitter on not, which frankly, I can see by looking at the pace I can maintain vs heart rate. But I'd say to be even remotely accurate you need to have a good idea of your max HR and have that input into the device. If that's off it'll throw everything out, and it can be wildly different from person to person. My max HR is near 20bpm higher than my wife's, and we're both the same age. Went for my first run since the marathon yesterday. Knee felt 100%, but cardio has gone completely to crap over the 3 weeks off. 5km and I was struggling just to hold marathon pace. Need to get back into it if I want to run another half in a month.
  7. I tend to take the opposite view. When someones averaging close to 150 in a series, you actually need them to make a couple low scores before you can say they've been 'Figured out'. Anyone's going to generate some chances on the way to a double century. The first of those he was already on 65. Even if it were taken that wouldn't be a bad knock for anyone aside from Smith at the moment.
  8. Just had to go back to this comment. It's good to hear
  9. Knee slowly recovering post marathon. Meantime I'm upping my climbing to 3x a week. Helps that a new bouldering gym has opened 10mins walk from work. Upper body strength has gone to crap after all the running. So be good to get some of that back.
  10. Smith is averaging 126 coming in 4th this series. Wouldn't want to mess with that. Leave him there, put Labuschagne at 3, and move Khawaja up to opening (which he pretty much is at the moment anyway).
  11. Tendonitis in my knee is still giving me grief 1.5 weeks post marathon. Turns out running 42k on a dodgy knee isn't the best idea. Who knew?!
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    As a guy I wear out my shoes all the time. Admittedly they're almost exclusively running shoes which I've put 600-800km on roads or trails first, but after another 6months - year of daily use I tend to go through the sole. The bloody things generally don't wear fast enough tbh. Have a big back log of potential walking shoes I need to get to.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Yeah you're probably right on the banks. Though I'd imagine the potential for environmental damages would also factor into the business case for a loan. Definitely a big factor for the insurance companies. From what I've read Adani has had real trouble getting insurance in place.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    I'm not one to shy from personal responsibility for carbon footprint. And yes a massive cultural change needs to occur on a global scale to really get on top of the problem. It's also not entirely a black and white issue as humans can't simply cut off all use of fossil fuels overnight. However I push back against the idea that the major suppliers of fossil fuels bear no responsibility going forward. There's only one use for thermal coal, and we have a pretty good idea how much more carbon we can put into the atmosphere before we get into seriously bad territory. If we continue to open up new mines, and sell in record quantities with what we know, we are (in my opinion) very much complicit in the results. ETA: There's a bloody good reason banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions are shying away from supporting new mines. They're terrified of the potential litigation risk arising from all of this.
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    Aussie Thread: Democracy Sausage

    Which ever party is in power they'll use some accounting trick to say they've achieved the targets. I'd put the possibility of actually achieving them in spirit at zero right now. Same problem as the US. Too many rural jobs dependent upon resource extraction, and no government leadership on the issue. A line used by cigarrette companies, drinks manufacturers, pharmacutical companies, betting agencies, and basically all drug dealers. Take zero responsibility for the social harm and just take the money. What could go wrong?
  16. Marathon update: Ran a 3:25:18 (4:51/k pace). Super happy with the time given the knee playing up, and the fucking horrible conditions. Was blowing a gale, 6C with an apparent temperature of close to freezing on the start line, and sporadic rain throughout. Last 10k were into a massive headwind which near broke me. Still, great experience. Has to be the hardest run I've ever completed.
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    Small, unworthy things: part whatever

    One particular grad student is the bane of my existence at the moment. I work in a molecular biology lab and spent a couple days planning an experiment with him. Was helping him finish up a couple things and we'd penciled in to get the major part of it sorted today. Was down in the lab from 9-9:30 waiting for him before heading back to my office. Emailed and told him we'd need to put it off for another day unless we could start soon. Anyway 2:30pm I get a frantic text from him saying he'd just got everything set up and started the ultra centrifuge spin. This is past the point of no return for an expensive experiment which takes minimum 8hrs, and has a couple days set up time. He knows this. We've done this before. The fuck is he thinking (he wasn't). Fuck! This guy is really really nice, but I swear he's just a fucking idiot. Have finally managed to get out a couple hours late, am pissed. Have left him with detailed instructions. I really doubt he'll be out before midnight, and more than likely he'll completely screw it up. Hopefully he doesn't destroy anything else too expensive along the way.
  18. Marathon in 4 days, and of course the tendonitis in my left knee has started playing up this week after an otherwise great several months training. Feel fitter than I ever have and my Garmin is telling me I have an 18min 5km in me (would be over a 1min PB, so I think that's probably a little on the ambitious side!). Anyway the couple runs I've done this week I've had a burning sensation in the knee for the first 10mins until warmed up, then after that it's been ok. Bloody hurts first thing in the morning walking into work though. Went to the physio today and had the leg worked on, and it's feeling quite a bit better now. Nothing to gain fitness wise before the run on Sunday so just going to take it very easy until then, foam roll the crap out of it and hope it lasts the 42k. If it craps out I have a back up Marathon (Melbourne) in a couple months time, which should be enough time to get it sorted and get back in shape. Really, really don't want to have to do that though.
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    What should be done... about climate change

    It's also complete guesswork. People have been saying we're almost out of oil for the past 50 years. Hasn't happened yet.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Yeah there's some odd choices and omissions in there. I mean Riker? The hell did he ever do aside from hit on anything with a pulse and screw things up. But each to his own. Personally I preferred Sisko as a captain to Picard. But that's because he feels more conflicted and 'real' than the often overly idealistic Picard. But Patrick Stewart is an exceptional actor and really makes the role.
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Even in the occasional action heavy episodes there's often subtext about the conflict with federation ideals and how far they can be pushed. In the Pale Moonlight is a great example of that. Sisko compromising his core values. A lot of the later Borg TNG episodes revolved around that, and what was ethical in response to an enemy with no conscience.
  22. I don't train hard over summer and mostly run super early, like 5am, before the sun is up. And take it pretty easy on hot days. If I'm stuck and can't go early I'll go for a light run in up to about 35C trying to stick to shady routes. But I'm in Adelaide, so pretty much 0 humidity, and wouldn't try 32+ unless pretty fit already and well acclimatised. Also an air conditioned building or cold shower or something to recover in makes a huge difference.
  23. Sure. Caveat: I have never trained specifically for a 5k. But if I were to train for a 5k I would be doing a mix of tempo / longer interval runs to work threshold and endurance, as well as shorter interval (200-800m) or hill sessions to really push strength and VO2max. Threshold / endurance: - 30min tempo (ie little slower than 10k pace (+10/sec per km)). - 6x 1600m at tempo pace, 1min recovery. - 4-5x 1600m at 10k pace, 3min recovery (prob my favorite workout). Avoid the temptation to race these, especially on the last interval. They shouldn't hurt too much but should make you work. VO2max (these should hurt): - 10x 1min on 1min off, 3k pace (easyish session to get into things). - 5x 2mins on 1min off, 3k pace. - 15x 200m at 3k-5k pace, 200m rolling recovery at a brisk pace (I go 4:50-5min/k for recovery, aim is to teach your body to clear lactate efficiently while still working). - 8x 400m at 3k-5k pace, 45sec recovery. - 6x 800m at just faster than current 5k pace, 1:40 recovery. Pyramid - 2x200, 2x400, 2x800, 2x400, 2x200 at just faster than 5k pace, 1min recovery. I like to mix things up to keep them interesting. Good rule of thumb is to include an active (jogging) recovery period between intervals of about 50% of the interval duration, but you can play with that to make the session harder or easier as needed. And if you can't run the last interval as fast as the first you've gone too hard. I normally add a 1-2k warm up / cool down period of very light running.