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Old 02-14-08, 01:35 PM
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No tripping with absinthe, but it isn't like drinking normal alcohol either. There's something more to the experience. I've generally described it as a feeling of clarity, but YMMV. Sort of like gin x10.
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It is an alcoholic drink, high proof (upwards of around 135)... and contains thujone. It is distilled from wormwood. The thujone has a similar makeup to that of THC. And although you don't really hallucinate... it does make you feel super weird. (The real stuff that is)

and yes it tastes like ****.
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Originally Posted by spacehippo View Post
It is an alcoholic drink, high proof (upwards of around 135)... and contains thujone. It is distilled from wormwood. The thujone has a similar makeup to that of THC. And although you don't really hallucinate... it does make you feel super weird. (The real stuff that is)

and yes it tastes like ****.
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Old 02-14-08, 01:45 PM
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Wikipedia says:


absinth, absynthe, absenta) (English: IPA: /ˈębsɪnθ/; French: IPA: [apsɛ̃t]) is a distilled, highly alcoholic (45%-75% ABV), anise-flavored spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the medicinal plant Artemisia absinthium, also called “wormwood.” Absinthe is typically of a natural green color but is also produced in both clear and artificially colored styles. It is often called “the Green Fairy.”

Natural green absinthes take their color from chlorophyll, which is present in some of the herbal ingredients during maceration. Although it is sometimes mistakenly called a liqueur, absinthe is not bottled with added sugar and is therefore classified as a liquor.[1] Absinthe is uncommon among spirits in that it is bottled at a high proof but consumed diluted with water.

Absinthe originated in the Val-de-Travers, in the French-speaking region of Switzerland, as a medicinal elixir. However, it is better known for its popularity as an alcoholic beverage in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers whose romantic associations with the drink still linger in popular culture. At the end of the 19th century, over 2 million litres[2] of absinthe were consumed annually in France alone; by 1910 this number grew to 36 million.[3] Due in part to its associations with bohemian culture, absinthe was opposed by social conservatives and prohibition supporters. It was portrayed as a dangerously addictive, psychoactive drug, and the chemical thujone, present in small quantities in wormwood, was blamed for these alleged effects. The Lanfray murders of 1906 provoked a petition to the Swiss government leading to the first prohibition of absinthe in Switzerland. In 1912, absinthe production was outlawed in the United States, and in 1915, at the height of the French war effort, it was made illegal in France.

Though it was vilified, no evidence shows absinthe to be any more dangerous than ordinary alcohol, and its psychoactive properties are believed to have been exaggerated. A modern absinthe revival began in the 1990s, as countries in the European Union began to reauthorize its manufacture and sale. As of February, 2008, nearly 200 brands are being produced in a dozen countries, most notably France, Switzerland, Spain and the Czech Republic.[4] In addition, a few brands have become available in the United States.
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Old 02-14-08, 01:46 PM
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correct. At one point it was stated that thujone ACTED like THC... but It was proven to be wrong. It does have a similar structure however.

The myth of hallucinations supposedly came from the chemicals used in crappier versions of the drink that gave it color... but it was never proven that wormwood did anything.

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Old 02-14-08, 01:56 PM
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The analogy I like to use when I have explained to others the buzz you get from absinthe is this. Think of the way you feel when you smoke pot. Now think of the way you feel when you smoke hash. Same buzz but different. You would say you are high in both cases, but it is not the same high. Same is true for the differences in buzzes from beer vs. liquor. Both cases you would say you are drunk, but being drunk off beer isn't the same as being drunk off liquor. Think of absinthe as a different drunken state that is not like beer or liquor.

While you may not be tripping like LSD or shrooms off absinthe, you will also not be drunk like you would be on beer or liquor.
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Old 02-14-08, 02:24 PM
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i dont understand the advantage in a sloping toptube. those frames look like crap to me (example: the langster). They make your seat post look twice as tall, too.


Inspite of that one criticism, I like the build. especially the saddle, and the disk brakes.
 
Old 02-14-08, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by I_luv_hooters View Post
i dont understand the advantage in a sloping toptube. those frames look like crap to me (example: the langster). They make your seat post look twice as tall, too.


Inspite of that one criticism, I like the build. especially the saddle, and the disk brakes.

you're in seattle? are you going to portland for mini bike winter this weekend?
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fun as **** to ride.
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Originally Posted by gunther.paradis View Post

fun as **** to ride.
Dude! Is this the bike that you were working on a day or two ago when you had questions about 1/8" vs 3/32" chain rings and chains and stuff?

This is awesome! Good for you. It looks like fun... and bikes should be fun.

:-)

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Old 02-14-08, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by gunther.paradis View Post

fun as **** to ride.
How low is the gearing on that thing. With the 20" wheels it seems like it would be unbearably low.
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Old 02-14-08, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by gunther.paradis View Post

fun as **** to ride.
Doesn't riding this bike hurt your prostate? Ya know, prostate cancer is no joke. Or so they say.
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Old 02-14-08, 09:32 PM
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Old 02-14-08, 09:34 PM
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Im scanning negs at school and someone saw that pic on my screen.
Im not happy about that.
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Old 02-14-08, 09:38 PM
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nah thats some bike i got outta a dumpster and put drop bars on
the gearing sucks it has a nexus 3 spd but the derailer gone and **** i just think its funny as **** riding it around. pretty sick for a free bike.
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Old 02-14-08, 09:50 PM
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Im scanning negs at school and someone saw that pic on my screen.
Im not happy about that.


that'll teach you to shoot digital
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Old 02-14-08, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by freeskihp View Post


that'll teach you to shoot digital
I think you misread my post. Im scanning negatives. That means i shot film.
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Before I could respond to the question as to who's junk hangs that low, the question was gone. Man that was a fast edit. http://www.jibjab.com/view/1200
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Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
I think you misread my post. Im scanning negatives. That means i shot film.
****, I messed up the saying.

/fail

my logic: that will teach you to shoot digitally next time
correct logic: ha ha, thats what you get for shooting digital
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i read it as how you meant it anyway. i think its just ambiguous.
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scanning negs blows so much... it's barely worth it. unfortunately, i am addicted to iso50 velvia, pan f+, and delta.
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scanning negs blows so much... it's barely worth it.
Its always worth it when theyre 4x5 negatives.

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Old 02-14-08, 11:13 PM
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Its always worth it when theyre 4x5 negatives.
agreed. scanning is so much nicer than making contact prints and working from there.
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Old 02-14-08, 11:36 PM
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touché. i don't have a monorail so the most i've worked with is 6x6.
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