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Addiction LXXIII

Old 01-03-19, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Electric. It sat there and hummed pleasantly while I pondered and never pooped on my manuscript.
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Originally Posted by DougRNS View Post
I have strong opinions about shovels.
Someone in SoCal rode 26,000 miles last year. That's 71 miles a day, year round. Even world tour pros don't ride that much. Insanity. If each day was 40 hours long, I had no family or friends, no need to work, and had unlimited resources to spend on whatever bike toys I wanted... I still wouldn't ride even half that much. It gives me a saddle sore just thinking about it.

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Yeah, the career pathways are a lot more diverse in that field.

My wife was a grad student at MIT during late 70s and early 80s and I remember her writing early drafts of her thesis in her apartment on a VT100 with a 1200 baud modem. It was pretty exciting when she bought a Mac in about 1984, just before finishing up. When I was in grad school, we had some kind of desktop computer in the lab, but it only spoke machine language and controlled rat experiments. I left it the hell alone and used a typewriter.
My studies were in a primate lab using DEC machines, also in the mid to late 70s. This PDP8e was a sophisticated machine at the time, and to conduct my studies I had to know not just the program language, but the machine and assembly languages as well. Such fun. Today . . . I would be so lost . . . lol.



If that calendar was visible it would probably say 1976, a bicentennial calendar..
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Old 01-03-19, 10:40 AM
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Do we have any Addictionites near Manhattan? It's looking increasingly likely that my work trip is going to cover a weekend (not this weekend, but next) and I was curious to know if there was a decent bike rental option somewhere between the hordes of tourist options right outside Central Park and some high end road bike rental. I don't want to be all flashy with my clippy shoes and curved handlebars, but it would be nice to rent a hybrid that isn't constantly thrashed by tourists. Then again, maybe that would be plenty sufficient. I probably wouldn't ride outside of Central Park.
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Old 01-03-19, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
Someone in SoCal rode 26,000 miles last year. That's 71 miles a day, year round. Even world tour pros don't ride that much. Insanity. If each day was 40 hours long, I had no family or friends, no need to work, and had unlimited resources to spend on whatever bike toys I wanted... I still wouldn't ride even half that much. It gives me a saddle sore just thinking about it.
I saw that post as well, and my conclusion was, um, yeah, someone is most likely exaggerating.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
Do we have any Addictionites near Manhattan? It's looking increasingly likely that my work trip is going to cover a weekend (not this weekend, but next) and I was curious to know if there was a decent bike rental option somewhere between the hordes of tourist options right outside Central Park and some high end road bike rental. I don't want to be all flashy with my clippy shoes and curved handlebars, but it would be nice to rent a hybrid that isn't constantly thrashed by tourists. Then again, maybe that would be plenty sufficient. I probably wouldn't ride outside of Central Park.
Try the Northeast Regional forum.
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Electric. It sat there and hummed pleasantly while I pondered and never pooped on my manuscript.
I typed most of my college papers on a sleek Smith-Corona portable electric.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
My studies were in a primate lab using DEC machines, also in the mid to late 80s. This PDP8e was a sophisticated machine at the time, and to conduct my studies I had to know not just the program language, but the machine and assembly languages as well. Such fun. Today . . . I would be so lost . . . lol.



If that calendar was visible it would probably say 1977 or 78 or something.
Nice! Wife ran her stuff on a PDP11 and even had a DEC Rainbow on her desk at school.

When I came here, we did our imaging analyses on Sun workstations. Now it happens somewhere in the Cloud and all I have to do is cover the charges.
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HA! We upgraded to a PDP11 during my tour, I had forgotten all about that. I remember my mentor was so giddy we almost had to hose him down. lol

In fact, I meant mid to late 70s in the previous post, not 80s. I was out of there in '80. (I better get busy on that memoir before my brain gets even worse.)
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I typed most of my college papers on a sleek Smith-Corona portable electric.
I had an IBM Selectric at home, I don't remember how we acquired that pricey bad boy. Churned out lots of undergrad and grad papers for me, all you needed was a little correction tape.
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I did my stuff up in crayon. The sharpener in the 64 pack came in very handy.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Old 01-03-19, 12:20 PM
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They hadn't invented color crayons yet in my day.
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I had an IBM Selectric at home, I don't remember how we acquired that pricey bad boy. Churned out lots of undergrad and grad papers for me, all you needed was a little correction tape.
That was like driving a Ferrari, as I remember it.
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I did my stuff up in crayon. The sharpener in the 64 pack came in very handy.
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I don't remember ever writing a paper in college.
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They hadn't invented color crayons yet in my day.
The digital transition was pretty tough for me...

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I did my stuff up in crayon. The sharpener in the 64 pack came in very handy.
Nice.
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They hadn't invented color crayons yet in my day.
We had crayons but were limited to the 16 box.
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HA! We upgraded to a PDP11 during my tour, I had forgotten all about that. I remember my mentor was so giddy we almost had to hose him down. lol

In fact, I meant mid to late 70s in the previous post, not 80s. I was out of there in '80. (I better get busy on that memoir before my brain gets even worse.)
I also see what appears to be the corner of a daisy wheel printer in that pic. Another relic of the industrial age.

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I also see what appears to be the corner of a daisy wheel printer in that pic. Another relic of the industrial age.
I think that is correct, that memory has faded. I wish I had included it in the shot. On the other side was the input console where we communicated realtime with the machine pre-monitors days. That should have been in the shot too.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
The digital transition was pretty tough for me...

That could get expensive.
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Someone in SoCal rode 26,000 miles last year. That's 71 miles a day, year round. Even world tour pros don't ride that much. Insanity. If each day was 40 hours long, I had no family or friends, no need to work, and had unlimited resources to spend on whatever bike toys I wanted... I still wouldn't ride even half that much. It gives me a saddle sore just thinking about it.
Agree. I expect if I were independently wealthy I would ride 5-6 days/week, and likely would end up with something like 15K miles/year. Maybe even less.
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Do we have any Addictionites near Manhattan? It's looking increasingly likely that my work trip is going to cover a weekend (not this weekend, but next) and I was curious to know if there was a decent bike rental option somewhere between the hordes of tourist options right outside Central Park and some high end road bike rental. I don't want to be all flashy with my clippy shoes and curved handlebars, but it would be nice to rent a hybrid that isn't constantly thrashed by tourists. Then again, maybe that would be plenty sufficient. I probably wouldn't ride outside of Central Park.
Whatever happened to @UnfilteredDregs?? He was from NYC.
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I saw that post as well, and my conclusion was, um, yeah, someone is most likely exaggerating.
Maybe they're not "real" miles?
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