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Lw.

Member since Sep 2009 • Last active Mar 2015
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Forum member formerly known as IAmNotARobot.

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  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    Ha - yes that is always an issue!

    @hippy - the rowing machines have been a revelation to me, never used one before this year but they really feel like they've worked lots of your muscles & easily measurable improvements are quite rewarding (if you enjoy seeing yourself improve).

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    Ok thanks for that - it had a HRM on the elliptical which seemed to be working but the concept-2 rowers don't have them.

    I've got one at home though so will use that with the website you've linked to.

    Not that it really matters as the fat is shifting anyway & no amount of calories are going to stop me from having a beer or two tonight - it's just nice to know isn't it...

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    Are the "calories burned" numbers on gym machines like the elliptical or rower complete rubbish?

    Along with not eating a chocolate bar & packet of crisps with my lunch every day I've been going to the gym for the last couple of months in order to burn a bit of fat & tone my body up - all is working fine & body is certainly thinner/more toned but inevitably I've started reading online about workouts and calories end up being bought into the conversation all the time.

    I normally do 2k on the rower to start as it's many muscle groups & cardio too for warm up - it says I burn ~150 calories to do it, by this point I'm a sweaty mess, similar if not worse than I am after a long climb on the bike (similar perceived effort too).

    Today the rowers were all busy so I thought I'd give the elliptical machines a go - I've never used them before so I just did a similar amount of time as I would on the rower & hoped it'd do for warm up but wasn't really trying very hard as it's Friday & I was a bit sleepy to start with etc... At the end it said I'd burned ~110 calories.

    This strikes me as odd as I was hardly even breathing faster & didn't feel any muscle fatigue at all - am I completely missing the point about calories or are one/both of the machine lying to me?

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    Carnage where Bloomsbury Street crosses New Oxford Street this morning - one of the Bloomsbury Street South bound traffic light has somehow twisted so it's facing East meaning a lot of people going Westbound are trying to cross at the wrong time, obviously every just blames the other people & plows through regardless. Be careful out there.

    Rest of the commute was fine, lovely day for it.

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    Amp is probably the way I'd go too.

    Modelling amps use digital processing to emulate the sound of other amps and/or effects - so the same one modelling amp can do [rough approximations] of classic sound or mega distortion (I think Line-6 are the ones with "insane") and all the bits in between.

    Personally I find Line-6 stuff to sometimes sound too digital, like they've sampled an over-drive sound then you're just using the guitar to change the pitch but that's probably just me. You could go for a Marshall combo around that price - it wouldn't do anywhere near as many different sounds as a Line-6 but the tone will be nice & it's the classic brand.

    BTW - take all that with a pinch of salt as I'm a bassist so am viewing from a skewed perspective, I only pick up a guitar for songwriting purposes.

    *** - beaten to the explanation but I'll leave it in.

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    I wouldn't have gone to the papers with that pathetic quote, but I imagine it's them firing a warning shot at Renault rather than anything else. I can understand why they're annoyed - they're stuck spending millions on races they can't possibly win because they have their hands tied behind their back.

    Red Bull only really dominated for a couple of years anyway, a couple of the title wins were quite close from what I remember. I felt when they were winning the engines were generally quite close but they won because of the clever (or naughty depending on your standpoint) design of the chassis & aero bits. They can have all the clever design they want now but they'll still be dragging that turd of an engine round with them.

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    @Tenderloin - I went to Silverstone a couple of years ago. You'll get a weekend pass for that kind of money, it's best to book a grandstand seat for race day too so you've got somewhere to sit (I think they do them in different grades of seat) - these tickets then allow you in to the other stands on the other days of the weekend when it's less busy.

    I think we were on Stowe or Club corner for the race but wondered around all the other ones during quali including being on the pit straight for Q3.

    Be warned about the car parks though; they're typically badly organised & if (when) it rains it's near impossible to get the cars out without a mob of people pushing the less grippy ones along through the mud.

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    WTF was that on Button's face? I hope someone has a word with him before next time.

    Other than the first two places, I thought the race was quite interesting - I don't really follow the pre-season stuff so probably showing my ignorance about being surprised by how well Sauber did, I could almost have found myself cheering them on but unfortunately the livery & filth printed on the front of the car put a stop to that.

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    I always used to find Hammersmith roundabout annoying going East to West as it goes from one lane up to four then back to one again with everyone racing away from the first set of lights for position at the next.

    Other than that my only non-enjoyable route at the moment is Islington to Paddington, though it's mostly about where to get off the Westway.

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    I like full finger gloves for commuting, thin-ish material on the back with hand padding (obv); had a pair of Gore Bike wear ones for a few years that were brilliant but eventually the fingers all fell apart. I'm now wearing Endura Full Monty's which are slightly thicker material but generally seem decent for the price.

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