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» Kindle ebook reader (Go to post)20-08-2010 @ 12:15 
Post Edited: 20.08.2010 @ 12:20 PM by spug_myers
Doc_D said:
engagement with written/printed material is of a different order than that involving screen reading

This hasn't been my experience with it. If it's a novel I'm reading on it I feel no difference in engagement with the story. Maybe as you become accustomed to the reader the novelty wears off and the content becomes important again.

The main difficulty I've had is with technical books which are printed at a larger size. The scaling on my early Sony (PRS-505, got it half price at launch) isn't great. I've found switching to landscape mode and viewing each page half at a time is more effective that relying on the zoom. Since doing that I've been pretty happy.

I'd echo what Ranathari said about pricing though. Luckily I like reading old novels which you can pick up free and I convert a lot of online documentation and articles for work to pdf for reading on the tube.

Smalls - this is the technology I'm talking about, I like a break from the computer screen myself:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_paper
» Kindle ebook reader (Go to post)20-08-2010 @ 11:58 
Tannhauser said:
What is a 'passive screen'?

I mean it doesn't refresh. It looks very different to a computer screen or something like the iPad to me.
» There and Back Again (Go to post)20-08-2010 @ 11:06 
Quality deadlifting man. Really impressive progress.
» Kindle ebook reader (Go to post)20-08-2010 @ 11:02 
Tannhauser said:I spent hours a day as it is staring at a screen.

The passive screen on my reader feels like a break from computer work to me, maybe not for everyone though.

I had a large collection of (cheap) books when I lived in Scotland, 6 bookcases stacked 2 books deep. When I moved south I couldn't see the point in dragging them with me so gave the majority away to visitors (I still see them sitting untouched in piles when I visit them). I won't build up a book collection again. Plus I've got XL TV package on Virgin now so don't need them anyway.
» Misha Koklyaev V Chuck Norris (Go to post)05-08-2010 @ 12:23 
Carl said:
misha squats more AND in a better fashion than chuck, no doubt

Not sure about better fashion, chuck can squat in boot-cut jeans.

http://www.stpaulksw.com/blog/wp-content/images/chuck-norris-a...
» Misha 220 kg push press (Go to post)05-08-2010 @ 11:48 
Yeah but how fast can he run 5k? And how many pullups can he do?

/heads back to the crossfit forums.
» Weighing in for comps (Go to post)03-08-2010 @ 17:12 
Personally I'd rather see athletes prove they can make the weight and belong in the comp, but then give them some time to feel good when competing. Injuries in other sports occur more often when dehydrated - pulls and cramps come to mind. Maybe muscle tears come into this category too.

One argument I can see against weighing in the day before is the lack of money in strongman. It's one thing to show up at a venue the day before when the promoter is paying for a hotel and travel, it's another if it forces someone to shell out extra for a level playing field. Tough call in my opinion, depends on the size and location of the comp. Less of a big deal in Finland like Joni says with the later start time.

I'm surprised at the depth of feeling against early weigh-ins here, especially from the bigger lads. You could maybe understand it from a smaller 105 competitor who feels hard done by.
» Weighing in for comps (Go to post)03-08-2010 @ 16:41 
thosebananas said:
therefore it really isnt a U105/U90 comp

Someone could be 105 just before competing but put on weight DURING THE COMPETITION.

The only solution is to constantly monitor their weight. Random weight checks throughout the competition. Otherwise it's not a U105 comp.
» What do ya'll do for a living? (Go to post)15-07-2010 @ 22:56 
shaunclegg said:
if i gave you an idea of a game to make could you do this?

Could do, but it would look like ass. I write code, I can't draw.

Folk expect games to look good these days. I miss the 80s.
» What do ya'll do for a living? (Go to post)15-07-2010 @ 22:09 
I make video games, work for Sony.

I train with some of the guys from Men's Health though. I figure if I stick with my current routine of crunches, curls, lunges and flyes they'll soon be offering me a job.
» Why is benching considered a crap strength indicator? (Go to post)13-07-2010 @ 16:53 
WILLSAN said:I think we are just beating around the bush here. lying down to press is gay as f**k and anyone who does it regularly is a slack jawed faggot. sexual tyrannosaurusses (like myself) use their legs to press weight overhead. anyone who disagrees will instantly proclaim themself to be gay/a hater.

I see.

http://www.fitness-superstore.co.uk/product_images/info/prd%7B...
» 300k raw bench (Go to post)08-07-2010 @ 10:30 
Would have nailed the 305kg if that blonde hadn't strolled past while setting up. Focus went.
» London gyms??? (Go to post)19-10-2009 @ 14:21 
Don't suppose anyone knows any gyms in South West London? I'm based in Wimbledon, can't find much around here.

Doesn't have to be awesome strongman/powerlifting gym, I training in a bodybuilding gym in Liverpool and was happy there.
» WSM Updates (Go to post)02-10-2009 @ 16:34 
JC said:
Its tomorrow mate

Until then: England are 216 - 7 after 41 overs.
» Where Will It End? (Go to post)11-09-2009 @ 10:18 
Regarding sprint races for guys that weigh 20 stone+, has anyone tried to set one up?

I'd be pretty surprised if the elite sprinters in the UK came out against the idea. Dwain Chambers interviews along the lines of "Fat lads shouldn't try to run. It makes my sprinting less impressive". He would rightly get pilloried for those kind of comments.

The lack of weight divisions in sprinting is due to a lack of demand, not an official mandate. If your sport is lucky enough to have that demand you would be foolish not to cater for it. More interest just makes the sport, including the elite level, stronger.

To quickly touch on a couple of other points:
Personally I don't see 105s (or any other weight category) as a stepping stone to a heavier category.
There's a health issue in encouraging guys to gain vast amounts of weight to find competition.
Open weights are getting heavier all the time. The sport is still in its infancy. As things progress you will see fewer U105s and teenagers being able to have a go with Open weights.

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