1. libra89's Avatar
    You should use them as a point to emulate. Their first world series appearance was in 2005 (NL, losing to the White Sox), with the other being in 2017. I could argue that the Nationals have had a longer stretch of winning over the last few years than the Astros, with 5 90+ win campaigns and no losing records since 2012. In that same stretch, Houston has has 3 100-win seasons and 2 100-loss seasons. I'm glad your team finally broke through as it was some massive underachieving happening in DC with those talented clubs over that same stretch.

    I'm a Mets fan so I'm fine with the Nats getting roasted. I was salty when Florida and Philly and Atlanta had good years too. I disliked Harper on your team and like him less in Philly.

    But I give credit where credit is due - Max and (especially) Ryan Zimmerman are the only guys on that team I tip my hat to. If you guys win, I'll be happy for Zimmerman.
    That's a valid point about the Astros and the Nats. I recall that you are a Mets fan for sure.

    My thoughts about Bryce in Philly might mirror yours as I shared many jokes about that lol.

    I get you on that. The only Jersey that I have is a Zimmerman one.
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    10-21-2019 02:17 AM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Since the topic is sort of sports at the moment I thought I would mention something I watched last night and give my opinion on it.

    No it wasn't sports but sort of sports related. I know surprise!

    Last night we decided to watch The Game Changers documentary. It's on Netflix if anyone is interested. (I know I said I cancelled my subscription but my wife got a 30 day free trial).

    So if you haven't heard of this documentary, it's a doco on plant based (vegan) health benefits. It's produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan. Only Arnold really shows up in the doco. I'll make a comment on that later. So a little bit bigger budget than the usual ones I've seen.

    It's a typical setup. A guy (James Wilks) goes in search of the best way to recover from an injury and explores the options landing on plant based diet as being the optimal. This is sort of similar to other docos I watched.

    Now if you looked up any of the criticisms about this you may have heard it doesn't feature many women and to be specific appears to be targeting men. To put it bluntly, that was the whole point of this doco. The idea that 'Only real men eat meat' is a claim they were challenging. Putting it down to pure marketing hype to make people eat more meat. Nothing better than stroking people's egos, especially men.

    So why target men? Simple, from a plant based statistic, women are more likely to switch and stick to the diet then men. Why? Possibly a multitude of reasons. They don't talk about this in the doco but it's a well known statistic. Let's not forget all the put downs that have been targeted at plant based eaters over the years as being weak and wimpy (though sometimes warranted). They talk about this in the doco.

    I give this doco a 4/5. My reasoning is that on the whole it was good and provided some great science, all of which is referenced and available on the website. They had a lot of experts, many I haven't seen before and it was great to see that as well.

    They didn't really go into animal welfare (a big thing for a lot of vegans), sort of mentioned it, they discussed briefly the environmental impact of animal farming and it's carbon footprint. A well known statistic that it's the equivalent of all transport, 13% and the large water usage.

    Their focus was mainly on the health benefits and the new science behind it. They even brought up the fact that the paleo diet is based on false premises. Early humans were mostly vegetarian (apparently).

    I liked that they made the information accessible to people.

    So why is this sports related? Well, they have a lot of sports people in it. Body builders, football players (US), boxing, track, etc.

    And then there's Arnold. Who is not vegan, though they sort of imply it in the movie. So why is he there? Not sure but I think it's a way to say, it doesn't have to be all or nothing and it's ok to have a journey to becoming plant based. At least that's what I get out of it. He's gone more plant based but still has eggs and the occasional steak.

    It kind of messes up the other science of the doco though but it's a way I guess to appeal to men.

    If you've never watched anything on plant based diet this is a good starting point for anyone. Just go in with the knowledge that it's focus on changing men's mindset but most of the science is for everyone. There is one bit that is very male specific.

    Also keep in mind that some of the science may be a bit new and still needs testing though I don't know enough to say one way or the other. That's one of the issues with docos like this. They say a lot but you just never know if it's 100% correct and you can't trust those who criticize because they may be doing so purposely.

    Life is too complicated these days...
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 10-21-2019 at 08:28 AM.
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    10-21-2019 03:01 AM
  3. libra89's Avatar
    Since the topic is sort of sports at the moment I thought I would mention something I watched last night and give my opinion on it.

    No it wasn't sports but sort of sports related. I know surprise!

    Last night we decided to watch The Game Changers documentary. It's on Netflix if anyone is interested. (I know I said I cancelled my subscription but my wife got a 30 day free trial).

    So if you haven't heard of this documentary, it's a doco on plant based (vegan) health benefits. It's produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan. Only Arnold really shows up in the doco. I'll make a comment on that later. So a little bit bigger budget than the usual ones I've seen.

    It's a typical setup. A guy (James Wilks) goes in search of the best way to recover from an injury and explores the options landing on plant based diet as being the optimal. This is sort of similar to other docos I watched.

    Now if you looked up any of the criticisms about this you may have heard it doesn't feature many women and to be specific appears to be targeting men. To put it bluntly, that was the whole point of this doco. The idea that 'Only real men eat meat' is a claim they were challenging. Putting it down to pure marketing hype to make people eat more meat. Nothing better than stroking people's egos, especially men.

    So why target men? Simple, from a plant based statistic, women are more likely to switch and stick to the diet then men. Why? Possibly a multitude of reasons. They don't talk about this in the doco but it's a well known statistic. Let's not forget all the put downs that have been targeted at plant based eaters over the years as being weak and wimpy (though sometimes warranted). They talk about this in the doco.

    I give this doco a 4/5. My reasoning is that on the whole it was good and provided some great science, all of which is referenced and available on the website. They had a lot of experts, many I haven't seen before and it was great to see that as well.

    They didn't really go into animal welfare (a big thing for a lot of vegans), sort of mentioned it, they discussed briefly the environmental impact of animal farming and it's carbon footprint. A well known statistic that it's the equivalent of all transport, 13% and the large water usage.

    Their focus was mainly on the health benefits and the new science behind it. They even brought up the fact that the paleo diet is based on false premises. Early humans were mostly vegetarian (apparently).

    I liked that they made the information accessible to people.

    So why is this sports related? Well, they have a lot of sports people in it. Body builders, football players (US), boxing, track, etc.

    And then there's Arnold. Who is not vegan, though they sort of imply it in the movie. So why is he there? Not sure but I think it's a way to say, it doesn't have to be all or nothing and it's ok to have a journey to becoming plant based. At least that's what I get out of it. He's gone more plant based but still has eggs and the occasional steak.

    It kind of messes up the other science of the doco though but it's a way I guess to appeal to men.

    If you've never watched anything on plant based diet this is a good starting point for anyone. Just go in with the knowledge that it's focus on changing men's mindset but most of the science is for everyone. There is one bit that is very male specific.

    Also keep in mind that some of the science may be a bit new and still needs testing though I don't know enough to say one way or the other. That's one of the issues with docos like this. They say a lot but you just never know if it's 100% correct and you can't trust those who criticize because they may be doing so purposely.

    Life is too complicated these days...
    This sounds really interesting, thank you for sharing!
    I don't have Netflix but I'm curious so I might do a trial.
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    10-21-2019 12:10 PM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    Took a walk for an hour and 25 minutes. It was great. I forgot how nice walks are. So this is the next decade.
    10-21-2019 12:12 PM
  5. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    This. Ain't. It.
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    10-21-2019 08:17 PM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Took a walk for an hour and 25 minutes. It was great. I forgot how nice walks are. So this is the next decade.
    Is that an indication it was/is your birthday?
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 10-22-2019 at 01:48 AM.
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    10-22-2019 12:13 AM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    It's that an indication it was/is your birthday?
    Yep, it was my birthday lol.
    10-22-2019 12:40 AM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Yep, it was my birthday lol.
    Happy birthday!
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    10-22-2019 01:27 AM
  9. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Yep, it was my birthday lol.
    Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 'next decade' :P
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    10-22-2019 01:49 AM
  10. raycpl's Avatar
    Yep, it was my birthday lol.
    Many happy returns!!!
    Stay healthy always
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    10-22-2019 05:49 AM
  11. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Yep, it was my birthday lol.
    Happy birthday. Now you get to play games to be coy about stating what your age is for the next two decades. ("I'm 18+" is a common one)
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    10-22-2019 07:40 AM
  12. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Happy birthday. Now you get to play games to be coy about stating what your age is for the next two decades. ("I'm 18+" is a common one)
    Yeah I'm 18+ :P add a few decades.... LOL
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    10-22-2019 08:39 AM
  13. libra89's Avatar
    Happy birthday!
    Happy Birthday! Welcome to the 'next decade' :P
    Many happy returns!!!
    Stay healthy always
    Thank you!

    Happy birthday. Now you get to play games to be coy about stating what your age is for the next two decades. ("I'm 18+" is a common one)
    Thank you! Haha
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    10-22-2019 09:07 AM
  14. worldspy99's Avatar
    Happy birthday @libra89 albeit a bit belated.

    Enjoy the new decade.
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    10-22-2019 09:21 AM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    Happy birthday @libra89 albeit a bit belated.

    Enjoy the new decade.
    Thank you!
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    10-22-2019 09:34 AM
  16. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Yep, it was my birthday lol.
    Happiest of birthdays
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    10-22-2019 04:40 PM
  17. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Happy birthday. Now you get to play games to be coy about stating what your age is for the next two decades. ("I'm 18+" is a common one)
    Never met a single girl who didn’t claim to be 29. Every year!
    10-22-2019 04:42 PM
  18. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Never met a single girl who didn’t claim to be 29. Every year!
    The rule is they do that 18+ bit until 50. There are some exceptions: Pumas and other felines...(M)oms that are (I)nquistive, (L)oquacious and (F)ree-spirited (no Laura's doghouse for me today).

    It is what it is. Gotta enjoy life, I suppose.
    10-22-2019 05:31 PM
  19. libra89's Avatar
    Happiest of birthdays
    Thank you!
    10-22-2019 06:20 PM
  20. libra89's Avatar
    I don't take back my Astros comment but they are pretty good. I'll see if my nails survive (this is a joke) but the game is off to a start.
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    10-22-2019 08:54 PM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Target has the cutest dog toys.
    10-22-2019 09:45 PM
  22. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    For work stuff I threw in the towel and went Xr and iPad Pro 10.5 route. Make sure you check Pencil compatibility before you get any iPad model. The Logitech Crayon is a good alternative for certain iPad devices as well.

    I do have a HP 2-in-1 issued by work as well.

    Good luck with your search @MSFTisMIA
    Maybe the cheapest route is an iPad Mini 2019 and the SE2 (if launched)?
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    10-22-2019 10:28 PM
  23. worldspy99's Avatar
    Maybe the cheapest route is an iPad Mini 2019 and the SE2 (if launched)?
    I would say it's Xr and a practically new iPad Pro 10.5 via Swappa or a new iPad 2019 with Pencil / Crayon support. We can chat offline a bit more.
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    10-22-2019 10:51 PM
  24. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I would say it's Xr and a practically new iPad Pro 10.5 via Swappa or a new iPad 2019 with Pencil / Crayon support. We can chat offline a bit more.
    I'll check in closer to purchase time. Still in the research phase.
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    10-23-2019 09:13 AM
  25. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    So quick update.

    I just went to get my car's biannual checkup. It's a required thing.

    It's the reason why (aside from being to be done) that I put new tires and had the breaks done.

    It was also the reason why we were going to do that expensive repair.

    Good news is that I was able to put a cleaner in and out did the job.

    The drive to the farm possibly helped too as diesel engines need a good long drive.

    So I still want to do this repair but now it's not a rush. So it's all good.
    10-23-2019 11:29 AM
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