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Published!

"99 Bike Touring Lifehacks" was slightly remodeled and published as "99 Bikepacking Lifehacks" in Bikepacker's Magazine! I'm thrilled!

Here's the article!
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What is a "lifehack."
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
What is a "lifehack."
Here's his original thread, which may also contain a discussion of the term. Newspeak for "tips & tricks," evidently. We must now hack life instead of dealing with it.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Here's his original thread, which may also contain a discussion of the term. Newspeak for "tips & tricks," evidently. We must now hack life instead of dealing with it.
Whatever brings in the youth market! You know, for kids!
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Lots of good tips. Being a huge fan of raw honey and its wonders, was glad for the nod to it. It's also a great anti-bacterial for wounds and burns. The real surprise was the suggestion to get in a sleeping bag with wet clothes on to dry them overnight. I've never had the opportunity to try that and hope to never have.
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Here's his original thread, which may also contain a discussion of the term. Newspeak for "tips & tricks," evidently. We must now hack life instead of dealing with it.
So it you can't hack touring, a lifehack will make it tolerable? Sorry, I've just never heard of the term (must be getting old) and have no idea what it means.
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So it you can't hack touring, a lifehack will make it tolerable? Sorry, I've just never heard of the term (must be getting old) and have no idea what it means.
You are getting old. It's only vaguely related to the hippie phrase "I can't hack it". It comes from the computer geek concept of "hacking" a computer, where you work around its usual programming and get it to do something that isn't on the usual menu of options. These youngsters nowadays with their newfangled ways of talking have co-opted that use of the word, for the term "life-hack" to describe any trick or technique or shortcut that helps you do life better.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_hacking

The American Dialect Society voted lifehack (one word) as the runner-up for "most useful word of 2005" behind podcast.[6] The word was also added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online in June 2011.[7]

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Originally Posted by cooker View Post
You are getting old. It's later than the hippie phrase "I can't hack it". It comes from the concept that if you "hack" a computer, it means you worked around it's usual programming and got it to do something you specifically want. These youngsters nowadays with their newfangled ways of talking have co-opted the ord for the term "life-hack" to describe any trick or technique that helps you do life better.
Tips for newbs. Got it.

The ever reliable Urban Dictionary comes to the rescue:

life hack
A term the technologically (mostly) illiterate throw around to demonstrate that they understand these newfangled computers. Formerly known as "good ideas."
A: "Did you know that if you take a shampoo bottle, pour some shampoo on your hand, and mush it into your head when you're in the shower, your hair will smell better? Lol, my favorite life hack!"
B: "Shut up."

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Thoroughly obscure Publication . Never heard of it before now , Whats the Print circulation Numbers?
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
Tips for newbs. Got it.

The ever reliable Urban Dictionary comes to the rescue:

life hack
A term the technologically (mostly) illiterate throw around to demonstrate that they understand these newfangled computers. Formerly known as "good ideas."
A: "Did you know that if you take a shampoo bottle, pour some shampoo on your hand, and mush it into your head when you're in the shower, your hair will smell better? Lol, my favorite life hack!"
B: "Shut up."
There's another layer to the concept. In my intro to this article when I originally wrote it for my own site, I say this:

"That’s right; for the next twenty-four hours, this site is Buzzfeed."

The inside joke here is that the website Buzzfeed, and the many off-shoots are a new brand of journalism. They're intentionally silly, ridiculous in what they cover, and serve the sole purpose of filling the web with irrelevant entertainment that panders to bored youngsters. "Ten things only 90's kids will get!"


I'm using Lifehack because it's my generation's shorthand for "Tip," but in the specific context of making everyday tasks easier. The second layer is that I'm making fun of myself for using the phrase. It's silly. It's supposed to be.

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Very interesting. Nice article.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Thoroughly obscure Publication . Never heard of it before now , Whats the Print circulation Numbers?
It actually began as a published book. Pretty humorous and a way to keep current. My hipster nephew gave it to me and many of the entries are brilliant. However, I also subscribe to the Urban Word Of The Day and, while they still provide some good entries, the daily pressure is showing and they need an online editor, a real editor. The online version is still occasionally humorous but lousy as a dictionary, if you are accustomed to reading one.

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Originally Posted by mdilthey View Post
There's another layer to the concept. In my intro to this article when I originally wrote it for my own site, I say this:

"That’s right; for the next twenty-four hours, this site is Buzzfeed."

The inside joke here is that the website Buzzfeed, and the many off-shoots are a new brand of journalism. They're intentionally silly, ridiculous in what they cover, and serve the sole purpose of filling the web with irrelevant entertainment that panders to bored youngsters. "Ten things only 90's kids will get!"


I'm using Lifehack because it's my generation's shorthand for "Tip," but in the specific context of making everyday tasks easier. The second layer is that I'm making fun of myself for using the phrase. It's silly. It's supposed to be.

Hack: lots of meanings Hack | Definition of hack by Merriam-Webster
Lifehack: not in the dictionary https://www.merriam-webster.com/dicti...tions/lifehack
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Originally Posted by mdilthey View Post
"99 Bike Touring Lifehacks" was slightly remodeled and published as "99 Bikepacking Lifehacks" in Bikepacker's Magazine! I'm thrilled!

Here's the article!
Well done! An interesting read and great information!
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Congratulation on the pub and a great read to boot.
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Congrats @mdilthey enjoyed your original thread too.
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Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post
Lots of good tips. Being a huge fan of raw honey and its wonders, was glad for the nod to it. It's also a great anti-bacterial for wounds and burns. The real surprise was the suggestion to get in a sleeping bag with wet clothes on to dry them overnight. I've never had the opportunity to try that and hope to never have.
There are limits to that. It depends on your being warm enough to dry the clothes, so they can't be too wet, your bag can't be too thin, and you can't be hypothermic. There's a limited amount of water which you can evaporate while trying to sleep. The problem is that it takes heat energy to create the phase change between liquid water and water vapor. That's a net loss to you.

I've found it's easy to wear wet socks to bed and dry them. Wet gloves beside the body will mostly dry. I usually take off my wet clothes and sleep naked. They'll dry some in the night and of course you are using clothes which are warm when wet. It works fine in a down bag, better I think. Down is more moisture permeable than anything else. If you're not generating enough heat to evaporate the water, you shouldn't have taken it into the bed. I always use double wall tent with fly. The moisture will condense on the inside of the fly and run down it harmlessly. Haven't tried drying clothes in a single wall tent.
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Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it. Wouldn't write it if there weren't so many great people on here reading.
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Good read, I enjoyed it.
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Fun read. I've got to try the "saving time by brushing my teeth while riding" trick. That will save 2 minutes a session at 30 seconds per quadrant. The real challenge is that I usually floss first
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Looks like a few of those come directly from the tips and tricks sticky.
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If you havin' publishin' problems I feel bad for you son, he's got 99 Lifehacks but not getting published ain't one. Jayz, a popular rapping man.
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