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  1. Pelageya letting loose and having fun She usually performs old Russian folk songs about people dying and stuff like that.
  2. I don't understand a word of Russian, but man those harmonies are sweet.
  3. I've been around gay people since early childhood so it's pretty normal. My childhood friend who I've known since before we could walk is gay and we both knew he was gay by the time we finished junior school. Had several other gay classmates too and it was no big deal, most of us had way more difficulty dealing with girls than gays. Which isn't to say everything was great for them, it wasn't, 1980s Canada was more progressive than most places but gays still got lumped in with the nerds and picked on about the same amount. By the 90s when I was high school everyone was pretty much the same, there were very few distinctions between races, sexes, nationalities, or whatever. Pretty much every social group was actually diverse, the group I hung out with had blacks, Indians, Asians, Pakistanis, whites, a couple gays, and a few girls too. It was like whatever, we're just people. At the same time, I did have TV & internet so I could see how different things were in other places and I was like "you can't be serious, what is wrong with people?" And that's when I began to understand why gay pride parades and other such mass celebrations are a big deal.
  4. Wrote another paragraph of the Audeze LCD-XC review I've been working on for over a year. I'm only 5 paragraphs in and I've already rewritten this cursed thing more times than I care to count. There's nothing wrong with the headphone, but in some ways it's so different from anything else I've owned that I've had to rethink a bunch of things I thought I knew about headphones and then try to put everything into context.
  5. If advanced aliens saw what we're doing they'd be far more likely to drop a planet killer asteroid on us.
  6. Damnit. I hope my LCD-XC doesn't die anytime soon.
  7. Grab a conversion BB for either Shimano or SRAM cranks. https://wheelsmfg.com/bottom-brackets.html?cat=900 I know Shimano has some Tiagra, Ultegra, and Dura-Ace cranks in stock in their North American warehouses. SRAM should have some stuff too, but I can only check their Canadian distributors and not the US ones.
  8. Apparently, the RS range is getting the hemp treatment. RS1 and RS2 are now going to use wood & hemp housings.
  9. Full face helmet for bike parks and other primarily downhill trail systems which are served by chairlifts or lift shuttles, open face helmets for almost everything else.
  10. Personally I find studded tires aren't worth it unless the trails in your area ice up badly from repeated freeze/thaw cycles. Regular tires have plenty of grip on fresh snow or even hard packed snow, it's not until the trails turn into a sheet of ice that studs come in handy. On the other hand, all it takes is a patch of ice in the wrong spot to put you in a world of pain.
  11. Using a King 1000/6000 combo stone for sharpening. If I really ding up the edge I'll rough it out first on some 180 or 400 grit sandpaper stuck on a piece of plexiglass. I've had the Ruike for a bit over 2 years and so far I'm really happy with it. It beats out the old Kershaw/Ken Onion Vapor as the best beater knife I've ever owned.
  12. The Ruike P801 is my beater knife of choice. It's cheap enough that I don't care about hacking the edge into things I probably shouldn't and dinging the crap out of it, yet the performance is still good enough that it holds its own against knives that are 3-4 times the price. The only thing I'd change is the ball bearing blade pivot, they're unsealed bearings so they get gunked up easily, I'd rather have cheap & cheery bushings since they're more resistant to crud. Also takes a surprisingly fine edge, out of all my stainless steel knives only the Benchmade 581 sharpens to a finer edge.
  13. For Benchmade and pretty much every other manufacturer, stay away from M390 steel and its equivalents in 20CV and 204p. The heat treats are very inconsistent and in the vast majority of cases you just end up with a knife that costs twice as much and performs exactly the same as 154CM. The Benchmade 581 which I own and the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 are about the only production M390 knives that perform well, but even then there's enough variation in the heat treats that some of them are only holding their edges half as long as expected. I can't recommend buying one given the chances of getting a lemon. As for Benchmade in general, I have more of the knives than anything else since I like their design, but their value is kinda lacking. They're prettier and fit my hands better, but in terms of performance or build quality they're barely any better than the Kershaws and Spydercos I own which are about 2/3 the price at most. The only Benchmades I have which feel like premium products are the 750, 690, and 581.
  14. Took me a couple years to track one down in my size, but it's sure worth the wait.
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