1. raycpl's Avatar
    Been buying a bunch of extras for the hike on Saturday.
    Microspikes - there is about 100 ft of ice on the trail.

    Red LED headlamp - going to start the hike at 2AM
    .
    I have done a short glacier hike with crompons once (Franz Josef, NZ) but haven't tried any mountain hikes with snow or ice before.... and yup, 2am hike sounds wonderful !!!! . I'm excited for you...
    09-17-2019 11:34 PM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    I have done a short glacier hike with crompons once (Franz Josef, NZ) but haven't tried any mountain hikes with snow or ice before.... and yup, 2am hike sounds wonderful !!!! . I'm excited for you...
    I've hiked in snow plenty of times in the last 20+ years. Fresh snow doesn't need crampons. Baden Powell hike in May earlier this year was one of the longest in snow and ice that I have done - about 2 miles and 1600 ft elevation gain in approximately 2 feet of snow. Absolutely needed microspikes. My old crampons were worthless.

    This hike only has a small stretch right near the summit. Better to be prepared since this is definitely a bucket list hike.
    09-17-2019 11:59 PM
  3. worldspy99's Avatar
    Do you know if it's sold in the USA?
    It might be sold at an Asian grocery store. If you see someone at a local Farmers market who is Asian maybe ask them?

    If I see it here in CA l will let you know.
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    09-18-2019 12:00 AM
  4. worldspy99's Avatar
    Gboard swiping is so much better than the Samsung keyboard.
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    09-18-2019 12:01 AM
  5. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    It might be sold at an Asian grocery store. If you see someone at a local Farmers market who is Asian maybe ask them?

    If I see it here in CA l will let you know.
    Thanks! I'll look into that, since we do have Asian grocery stores here.
    09-18-2019 12:03 AM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Gboard swiping is so much better than the Samsung keyboard.
    Is there any reason you didn't use Gboard on a Samsung device? I only used the stock LG keyboard to install Gboard.
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    09-18-2019 12:04 AM
  7. worldspy99's Avatar
    Been buying a bunch of extras for the hike on Saturday.
    Microspikes - there is about 100 ft of ice on the trail.
    Water filtration - don't want to carry too much water
    Energy gel, energy chews, hydration tabs - again reduce weight
    Definitely a new backpack since extra weight for layered clothing
    Red LED headlamp - going to start the hike at 2AM
    Liner socks - no blisters please
    Extra moleskin - my ankles are still blistered from San Jacinto

    A few extra things might pop up by Thursday night.
    Everything on the list has been purchased except the water filter. About 4 people in the group have one. I might just bring an extra liter of water and be done with it even though it means extra weight.
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    09-18-2019 12:05 AM
  8. worldspy99's Avatar
    Is there any reason you didn't use Gboard on a Samsung device? I only used the stock LG keyboard to install Gboard.
    I decided to keep everything stock on the S9 and S10+. I don't know why though.
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    09-18-2019 12:06 AM
  9. worldspy99's Avatar
    Initial impressions of the battery life on the Pixel 3a are great.

    21 hr 45 min off charger
    23% left in tank
    5 hour SOT

    That's pretty decent.
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    09-18-2019 12:09 AM
  10. raycpl's Avatar
    It's called Ice palm fruit in English. Also used to make toddy in rural India.
    Now that would be interesting and worth trying!!
    There are several varieties... The common langsat, the duku (sweeter with thicker orangier skin) and my fave the longkong (or dukong, thin skin and sweetest of the lot)
    My previous-company had a estate with planted with dukong. We had to harvest 23 tons of fruit, and transport it daily to the markets some 160km away. The fruits has delicate skin, doesn't like multiple handling nor change in temperatures or windy conditions. The skin would bruise and turn dark. I'll be very surprise if it makes it to the foreign markets
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    09-18-2019 12:37 AM
  11. worldspy99's Avatar
    Now that would be interesting and worth trying!!
    There are several varieties... The common langsat, the duku (sweeter with thicker orangier skin) and my fave the longkong (or dukong, thin skin and sweetest of the lot)
    My previous-company had a estate with planted with dukong. We had to harvest 23 tons of fruit, and transport it daily to the markets some 160km away. The fruits has delicate skin, doesn't like multiple handling nor change in temperatures or windy conditions. The skin would bruise and turn dark. I'll be very surprise if it makes it to the foreign markets
    That's what I remember about these fruit as well. The thin skin ones tasted so much better.
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    09-18-2019 01:05 AM
  12. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So I'm just going to complain (a bit of a vent). Anyone wanting to bypass this please feel free.

    I am currently working again. In engineering. I'm actually working in a department that I am not usually in but that's ok my skills are transferable.

    Currently on my team I have a guy from the UK, I may have mentioned him before but in case you forgot he's pro Brexit and from the North East of England, not far from where I once lived up there.

    I have nothing against older people (considering my age...). However this guy annoys me to no end. Aside from being a rather abrasive person in general he is also a 'know it all' kind of person.

    Apparently his years of 'knowledge' will be missed when he leaves at the end of this month. (yes I'm cheering, I'm considering bringing in a cake) but his personality won't be. Also, one person shouldn't be that irreplaceable otherwise you're doing it wrong. Succession learning is a big problem in engineering in general. But that's a whole other issue.

    People who I've met in the past like him typically act like he does when they act more knowledgeable then they actually are. Being argumentative, authoritative and 'know it all' are traits I've found in those who typically are not very good at what they do and unfortunately he hasn't shown much otherwise to me.

    He's said a couple of things recently (with one interrupting me talking to my supervisor about something) that he had to pass on his knowledge about something. Which is completely wrong I should point out. It had to do with electrical installation (I have over 25 years experience of this) but to avoid an argument I just nodded and rolled my eyes when out of view. I also verified that what he said was wrong by finding the document that he referred to that stated quite clearly had nothing to do with what I was talking about. So I find his so called knowledge somewhat troubling. It could be his old age but I don't know for certain.

    The other was just recently. Just something I overheard. He was talking to one of our new hires, she's a recent grad. They were discussing computers. He told her that Windows is still based around DOS (which he called Document Operational System... yeah... rolls eyes) and still relied heavily on the keyboard because of that... and that Apple was based around the mouse so you weren't supposed to use the keyboard...

    Now I'm not an Apple user but I'm pretty sure a keyboard is useful for Apple computers too. Either now or in the past. Yes, Windows can be more keyboard oriented but you can use a mouse more than not these days.

    Again, I could correct this guy but cannot be bothered. Let him believe that DOS stands for Document Operational System.... Apparently Apple DOS didn't exist in his world.

    Anyway, one more week of this guy and hopefully I'll never see him again. If you're wondering why he's leaving, they cancelled his contract because they don't need so many people... he's a contractor anyway and I think a lot came from the fact he's not a French resident (so possible Brexit issue) and maybe some complaints from coworkers.

    Looking forward to quieter times.

    So end rant...
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 09-18-2019 at 10:30 AM.
    09-18-2019 09:29 AM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    So I'm just going to complain (a bit of a vent). Anyone wanting to bypass this please feel free.

    I am currently working again. In engineering. I'm actually working in a department that I am not usually in but that's ok my skills are transferable.

    Currently on my team I have a guy from the UK, I may have mentioned him before but in case you forgot he's pro Brexit and from the North East of England, not far from where I once lived up there.

    I have nothing against older people (considering my age...). However this guy annoys me to no end. Aside from being a rather abrasive person in general he is also a 'know it all' kind of person.

    Apparently his years of 'knowledge' will be missed when he leaves at the end of this month. (yes I'm cheering, I'm considering bringing in a cake) but his personality won't be. Also, one person shouldn't be that irreplaceable otherwise you're doing it wrong. Succession learning is a big problem in engineering in general. But that's a whole other issue.

    People who I've met in the past like him typically act like he does when they act more knowledgeable then they actually are. Being argumentative, authoritative and 'know it all' are traits I've found in those who typically are not very good at what they do and unfortunately he hasn't done much otherwise to me.

    He's said a couple of things recently (with one interrupting me talking to my supervisor about something) that he had to pass on his knowledge about something. Which is completely wrong I should point out. It had to do with electrical installation (I have over 25 years experience of this) but to avoid an argument I just nodded and rolled my eyes when out of view. I also verified that what he said was wrong by finding the document that he referred to that stated quite clearly had nothing to do with what I was talking about. So I find his so called knowledge somewhat troubling. It could be his old age but I don't know for certain.

    The other was just recently. Just something I overheard. He was talking to one of our new hires, she's a recent grad. They were discussing computers. He told her that Windows is still based around DOS (which he called Document Operational System... yeah... rolls eyes) and still relied heavily on the keyboard because of that... and that Apple was based around the mouse so you weren't supposed to use the keyboard...

    Now I'm not an Apple user but I'm pretty sure a keyboard is useful for Apple computers too. Either now or in the past. Yes, Windows can be more keyboard oriented but you can use a mouse more than not these days.

    Again, I could correct this guy but cannot be bothered. Let him believe that DOS stands for Document Operational System.... Apparently Apple DOS didn't exist in his world.

    Anyway, one more week of this guy and hopefully I'll never see him again. If you're wondering why he's leaving, they cancelled his contract because they don't need so many people... he's a contractor anyway and I think a lot came from the fact he's not a French resident (so possible Brexit issue) and maybe some complaints from coworkers.

    Looking forward to quieter times.

    So end rant...
    I have to agree with you, it sounds like it's good that he's going. He sounds exhausting. May the time zoom by!
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    09-18-2019 10:23 AM
  14. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I have to agree with you, it sounds like it's good that he's going. He sounds exhausting. May the time zoom by!
    Thankfully I don't have much interaction with him it's just that he sits near me and I get to hear him regularly. He's not a quiet person.

    He's been very 'frustrated and vocal' in the last couple of months. I think he's past that age where he can't really handle a large(ish) project. He has little personable qualities so people dealing with him have been very frustrated as well.

    Time is a bit dragging at the moment!
    09-18-2019 10:37 AM
  15. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Thankfully I don't have much interaction with him it's just that he sits near me and I get to hear him regularly. He's not a quiet person.

    He's been very 'frustrated and vocal' in the last couple of months. I think he's past that age where he can't really handle a large(ish) project. He has little personable qualities so people dealing with him have been very frustrated as well.

    Time is a bit dragging at the moment!
    Sounds like he can't handle large(ish) or small(ish) projects. It also sounds like he's skated by on general knowledge rather than discipline-related knowledge. If he wasn't British I'd swear you're working with my former guesstimator er, estimator.
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    09-18-2019 10:50 AM
  16. libra89's Avatar
    Thankfully I don't have much interaction with him it's just that he sits near me and I get to hear him regularly. He's not a quiet person.

    He's been very 'frustrated and vocal' in the last couple of months. I think he's past that age where he can't really handle a large(ish) project. He has little personable qualities so people dealing with him have been very frustrated as well.

    Time is a bit dragging at the moment!
    Wow, what a combo he is. That's good that you don't have to interact with him much.
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    09-18-2019 11:17 AM
  17. libra89's Avatar
    It seems like there are changes ahead here at work. I learned that another colleague is leaving this year. We are a small staff so this should be interesting. I'm not sure what to expect of 2020 here, considering that we had some colleagues leave this year. One has not been replaced yet and the other has been temporarily replaced, since it takes longer to fill that position.
    Last edited by libra89; 09-18-2019 at 11:39 AM.
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    09-18-2019 11:25 AM
  18. worldspy99's Avatar
    Thankfully I don't have much interaction with him it's just that he sits near me and I get to hear him regularly. He's not a quiet person.

    He's been very 'frustrated and vocal' in the last couple of months. I think he's past that age where he can't really handle a large(ish) project. He has little personable qualities so people dealing with him have been very frustrated as well.

    Time is a bit dragging at the moment!
    You should definitely bring a cake to his Exit from your company.
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    09-18-2019 11:47 AM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    You should definitely bring a cake to his Exit from your company.
    Cake will be the Monday afterwards...

    He apparently can't eat sweets.
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    09-18-2019 03:21 PM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    Cake will be the Monday afterwards...

    He apparently can't eat sweets.
    In that case, that's awesome! lol
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    09-18-2019 03:27 PM
  21. worldspy99's Avatar
    Cake will be the Monday afterwards...

    He apparently can't eat sweets.
    The cake for everyone else to celebrate his Exit.
    Not for him to eat.
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    09-18-2019 03:33 PM
  22. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Sounds like he can't handle large(ish) or small(ish) projects. It also sounds like he's skated by on general knowledge rather than discipline-related knowledge. If he wasn't British I'd swear you're working with my former guesstimator er, estimator.
    The last time I ran into someone like this was in Australia. Electrical engineer. We had to correct all his mistakes. Drawings, specs, reports, etc. The time before was also in Australia but different project and guy. Though I didn't stick around for that one. He didn't like me questioning things.

    Not sure this guy is that bad as he's been at this place for some time and apparently knows what he's doing otherwise they would have got rid of him. (Though this company is weird.)

    I think he just sticks to what he knows and believes he's right even if he isn't. Even when it's not his speciality. Which is always a dangerous thing in my view.

    Not a good attitude for an engineer.

    I think his scope of reality has shrunk too much from all the right wing news he reads. He reads the Daily Mail. Murdock news site.
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    09-18-2019 03:36 PM
  23. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    So I'm just going to complain (a bit of a vent). Anyone wanting to bypass this please feel free.

    I am currently working again. In engineering. I'm actually working in a department that I am not usually in but that's ok my skills are transferable.

    Currently on my team I have a guy from the UK, I may have mentioned him before but in case you forgot he's pro Brexit and from the North East of England, not far from where I once lived up there.

    I have nothing against older people (considering my age...). However this guy annoys me to no end. Aside from being a rather abrasive person in general he is also a 'know it all' kind of person.

    Apparently his years of 'knowledge' will be missed when he leaves at the end of this month. (yes I'm cheering, I'm considering bringing in a cake) but his personality won't be. Also, one person shouldn't be that irreplaceable otherwise you're doing it wrong. Succession learning is a big problem in engineering in general. But that's a whole other issue.

    People who I've met in the past like him typically act like he does when they act more knowledgeable then they actually are. Being argumentative, authoritative and 'know it all' are traits I've found in those who typically are not very good at what they do and unfortunately he hasn't shown much otherwise to me.

    He's said a couple of things recently (with one interrupting me talking to my supervisor about something) that he had to pass on his knowledge about something. Which is completely wrong I should point out. It had to do with electrical installation (I have over 25 years experience of this) but to avoid an argument I just nodded and rolled my eyes when out of view. I also verified that what he said was wrong by finding the document that he referred to that stated quite clearly had nothing to do with what I was talking about. So I find his so called knowledge somewhat troubling. It could be his old age but I don't know for certain.

    The other was just recently. Just something I overheard. He was talking to one of our new hires, she's a recent grad. They were discussing computers. He told her that Windows is still based around DOS (which he called Document Operational System... yeah... rolls eyes) and still relied heavily on the keyboard because of that... and that Apple was based around the mouse so you weren't supposed to use the keyboard...

    Now I'm not an Apple user but I'm pretty sure a keyboard is useful for Apple computers too. Either now or in the past. Yes, Windows can be more keyboard oriented but you can use a mouse more than not these days.

    Again, I could correct this guy but cannot be bothered. Let him believe that DOS stands for Document Operational System.... Apparently Apple DOS didn't exist in his world.

    Anyway, one more week of this guy and hopefully I'll never see him again. If you're wondering why he's leaving, they cancelled his contract because they don't need so many people... he's a contractor anyway and I think a lot came from the fact he's not a French resident (so possible Brexit issue) and maybe some complaints from coworkers.

    Looking forward to quieter times.

    So end rant...
    Wow! I'm glad you'll be rid of that fellow soon. He certainly isn't the type to charm any workplace, to put it mildly.
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    09-18-2019 04:43 PM
  24. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    The cake for everyone else to celebrate his Exit.
    Not for him to eat.
    I don't 100% know what other people think of him. Some have made comments. Just don't know if they would appreciate my sense of humour...
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    09-19-2019 02:38 AM
  25. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So just a little thought.

    I haven't followed Canadian politics since I left Canada. I'm no longer registered as a resident and I don't vote.

    I typically only hear some things from my family and what's on the news.

    When I heard about the election happening in Canada I was curious to know what's happening there. So I looked into things and with the release of the picture yesterday things aren't looking good for Trudeau.

    He's of course not squeaking clean. No politician is, especially one that came from being a 'regular person'. He's made some unpopular decisions and his political opponents are out to capitalize on anything they can get on him. The opposition wants a majority of course.

    So the last polling I saw showed that there was a possibility of a marginal win for Trudeau but now I'm not so certain.

    Unfortunately, Canadians aren't as smart as people like to think and are just as susceptible to populist nonsense as anywhere else. Canada has very conservative areas in it similar to the South area of the USA. They live off the same kind right wing nonsense as well. Populism has increased in Canada just like everywhere else. Ontario has a populist Premier (similar to a Governor of a state) already and is causing havoc there.

    So if Trudeau doesn't win Canada will have an *ss kissing Dump supporter as PM. The Conservatives in Canada have ALWAYS been submissive to the USA and kiss their butts big time, especially when its a Republican president.

    Not looking good for the world really. Especially North America.

    Ah well.
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    09-19-2019 03:18 AM
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