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Open Discussion / Re: Total Time Logged in
« on: March 24, 2019, 08:40:25 AM »
8 days 13 hours 58 minutes

Open Discussion / Re: Going for broke (healthy eating thread)
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:54:53 AM »
I’ll preface this post by noting that about 10 years ago now I read every science focused diet book I could find. The common denominators with  a couple of exceptions are to eat whole foods, avoid most grains,and avoid inflammatory foods (for most, dairy, beans, etc). It should go without saying that processed foods should also be avoided as well.

Anyway, through my own experimentation I landed on a mostly paleo diet. Through that I lost what little fat I had and, along with exercise (weight lifting), gained that weight back and then some as muscle. About 3 yrs ago I was diagnosed type 1 diabetic. And before this goes offf the rails, that’s the autoimmune one where your body attacks and kills the insulin producing cells in your pancreas, so my diet choices do not influence getting this. Anyway, since then I’ve reincorporated some carbs to help ease the process of medicating. This has come with a price; a bit more fat, a bit less energy, and a general heaviness when I eat outside my paleo diet. But it is what it is. Just noting as, without the diabetes, I’d be sticking to my prior diet.

So, this brings me to a brief but blunt commentary on ethics of diet... I’ll apologize in advance for sounding like an asshole.  I’d say your highest ethical obligation is to choose a diet that is healthy for yourself and your family. Personal choices here will not affect global change and martyring your health isn’t worth it. Unfortunately, your personal choices affect nothing other than your personal health. I know you’ll probably disagree, but I see no changes that result from such choices beyond the growth of the vegan processed foods section in my grocery store.

I’ll also add my personal interpretation for why vegetarian and vegan diets fail. These diets would only have been adopted, historically, in times of hardship. Hell, farming grew out of the hardship of supporting and feeding large groups of people. Anyway, as a result, one can sustain on such a diet, but will not thrive. And before anyone starts pointing to a healthy vegan or vegetarian they know, take your own survey of the unhealthy ones and measure your odds. I’d say it’s more likely they’re healthy despite their dietary choice, not because of it.

Final thought, reigning it back in, whatever diet you choose, ditching processed foods and being committed to just that step will make you far better off and far healthier than most. So, if you get only that far, you’re doing something right. 

Global Annoucements / Re: Releases pushed back to Jan 14th
« on: January 13, 2019, 01:46:49 PM »
In for Harb2

Open Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Brian!!!!
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:23:55 PM »
Happy Belated B-day!  8)

Build Reports / Re: Pepper Spray - Harmonic Percolator
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:10:51 PM »
Looks great.

1590a builds give me anxiety.

Open Discussion / Re: Considering giving up on the DIY pedal hobby...
« on: November 17, 2018, 04:28:23 PM »
Yea... I don't have a ton of excess energy and time to devote to learning about building and electronics at the moment which is OK.  And I can definitely say the experience of "flow" is far away from this hobby at the moment.  For example, I'm particularly turned off by offboard wiring which is most of the work ahead of me to finish up what I've been working on.  It really takes a lot of work to make it super clean and it's the same rote tasks over and over.  Yuck.  That's OK though.  I'll set those aside for days when I'm just looking to relax and mindlessly kill some time (who knows when that'll be...).

Anyway, on the bright side, I finished another Echo Bender delay today that's been on my half-finished pile for the last year (like the 10th+ one I've built, but this one I'm keeping).  It's a super versatile delay/distortion/noisemaker and I highly recommend anyone who is interested in something totally usable but a bit different to check it out.  I also built up the Quaverato kit from Zeppelin Design Labs.  I have to say that thing is flipping awesome.  Highly recommend it.  I'm currently kicking myself for not getting the midi add-on.  I didn't see it when I originally ordered or I would have built it in.  Now that it's done I'm very unlikely to go back and add it.  It's a great pedal though.

So progress has been made.  And I think I've come to the conclusion that...

-- I should clear out some things I'll be unlikely to use and rid myself of some of my clutter
-- On future projects, I'll purchase what I want, build to completion and avoid stocking up on extra "stuff"
-- Also in the meantime, I'll keep making incremental progress on projects when I have time, but not pressure myself to get through the pile
-- I'll also avoid buying anything else until I finish my pile... I hope
-- Finally, I'm likely going to start keeping what I build... It's just not worth selling this stuff and some day it may inspire something in me that is worth more than the tiny return (if any) that could be produced by selling

Open Discussion / Re: Precision
« on: November 17, 2018, 04:16:20 PM »
I find metric is easier for math, but harder to understand... For example...

Can you conceptualize a pound?, a psi? a psf?  Likely.

But tell me what a kilonewton feels like.  Or a Pascal.  This convenient system of measurement

Then again... what the hell is a slug?

Open Discussion / Re: Long term memory - WTF
« on: November 10, 2018, 05:34:35 PM »
Interesting. Iím awful with names and faces myself. Seems like a trend here. However Iím also awful when it comes to long term personal event memory. I retain a lot of information related to engineering (Iím an engineer) and other technical things. However, I live in what I refer to as a short term window. Basically I can recall events of the past year or two but before that itís very sparse or non-existent. My memory pre-high school is basically zero. High school, almost nothing. College, very little. First 10 years of work just a bit more than college. Itís odd. And the window moves with time. Iím two to four years Iím unlikely to be able to recall any real memories of my life today. For example, I hardly remember the early parts of my relationship with my now fiancťe and we started dating less than 5 years ago. It kind of sucks, honestly.

Oh and for reference Iím only 33. So I donít think itís age related, especially as itís been ongoing for as long as I can remember... which of course isnít that long. :)

Open Discussion / Re: Considering giving up on the DIY pedal hobby...
« on: November 04, 2018, 08:26:52 PM »
^glaf itís treating you well. Iím using an MS3 and awaiting a Skreddy echo. Those two will have me covered for sure.

I think my main problem is allowing too many projects to build up. The back of my mind pull to make progress and finish them is quite distracting. I donít like leaving things unfinished. Once Iím through the handful of unobtanium partial builds I have going Iíll probably quit for a bit and focus on playing. I will probably also get rid of much of my parts inventory as well to clear my mind and squash the temptation to accumulate more projects. Then Iíll just keep an eye on things and get one project at a time when something comes out that piques my interest and is not readily available.

Oh and if I could build like some of you guys who make beautiful pedals inside and out (pretty much everyone but me here at this point) I may give even more time to the hobby it than I do. As it stands I canít bring myself to do anything but plain enclosures... graphic design, etching, etc. are fortunately beyond my capabilities and limited attention.

Open Discussion / Re: Considering giving up on the DIY pedal hobby...
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:50:19 AM »
I guess to clarify ^ this is more what Iím considering. Giving up except for very specific cases where something isnít easily obtainable or available. And then, just purchase the parts for that one project, complete it in a relatively short amount of time and donít accumulate other projects or inventory in the process.

This years PIF season will most likely be filled with all kinds of parts from me...

Open Discussion / Considering giving up on the DIY pedal hobby...
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:25:56 AM »
This has been on my mind for a while now. I donít mean this to be dramatic or anything. I just figured Iíd share my thoughts after doing this for about 7 to 8 years or so building effects for myself and occasionally for others.

I started this for two reasons. First was for fun. Because itís fun and rewarding to build something yourself. I also did it figuring Iíd save some money and could possibly make some if I developed enough skill. This second reason quickly travelled itself to be impossible. You definitely donít save much money building for yourself, and if you factor in the cost of your time and the requirements for space, part inventory, etc. it quickly becomes clear itís not going to be worth it for the cash savings. And I could share stories about the sad state of trying to sell these things but Iím sure youíve all heard them before and likely experience them first hand as well.

So, more recently, Iíve grown up a bit, got engaged, moved further in my career, got a few dogs (3), working to finish my dissertation, trying to keep up with health and fitness, etc. And Iíve found thereís little ďfreeĒ time left after all of the necessities. Iíd like to spend that free time doing something I enjoy but I feel and I do enjoy building, but my time spent on building means a sacrifice of time playing guitar and learning to be a better musician. But the backlog of partial builds keeps calling me back... so I am giving serious thought to calling it quits... after I clear out a few large projects that are unobtainable pedals (PLL, some interesting fuzzes, etc.). Iím sure Iíll miss it but with the low cost of gear and the huge range of stuff out there, Iím thinking Iíll come out financially ahead and with more available time for other pursuits if I give it up.

Anyway, thatís where Iím at. Thanks for letting me share madbeaners.

Open Discussion / Re: Can you tell me what this is called?
« on: October 27, 2018, 11:28:35 AM »
Tag board?

Open Discussion / Re: Desoldering station suggestions anyone?
« on: October 25, 2018, 06:35:27 PM »
Not to hijack, but why separate irons for different solders?

General Questions / Re: DeadEndFX Build Docs?
« on: October 21, 2018, 02:52:02 PM »
thanks all!

General Questions / DeadEndFX Build Docs?
« on: October 20, 2018, 05:22:14 PM »
I have several DeadEndFX PCBs that just arrived after moving and wanted to pull together build docs.  Can anyone send me the build docs for...

-- Fuzzimile
-- Laika Fuzz
-- PLL One
-- Skyripper

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