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Split-sizing steel-toed workboots

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jett Utah Watson Jun 5, 2011. 2 Replies

Good evening, gentlemen. I posted a question like this in the past, but for shoes. Due to a past medical situation, I have two dramatically different sized feet -- my left is a US 7.5, and my right…Continue

Tags: toe, steel, boots, work, Split-size

Filling out my chest and shoulders

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Monster Jan 27, 2011. 25 Replies

Hello, my fellow gents, I was hoping I could get some advice on good exercises to build up some muscle in my chest and shoulders, preferably sans gym membership or equipment. My physique at the…Continue

Tags: chest, shoulders, exercise

Pallbearing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sasha Jun 23, 2010. 5 Replies

Good afternoon, gentlemen,My "significant other's" grandfather passed away at the age of 82, somewhere in the vicinity of 3:00 AM this morning, after a long fight against illness. Several days…Continue

Tags: pallbearer, funeral, etiquette

Dramatically Different Sized Feet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Nelson Apr 11, 2010. 2 Replies

Hello all,I was born with two dramatically different sized feet: my left is a US 7.5, while my right is a US 10. It all stems from a club foot I had when I was born -- it was corrected, but the…Continue

Tags: split, size, shoe

 

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Mark Nelson replied to Stein's discussion Cursive writing
"Not sure that I would agree that it's useless. I learned Spencerian script, and in college classes that often do not allow laptops for notes, it is a lifesaver. When done correctly, it is faster than print by far."
Sep 26, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Jeff Kraykovic's discussion Bookless libraries
"I've heard the argument for self-publishing in the past, but it doesn't pan out for me. The publishing industry is too vital for its advertising and editing capabilities for it to be replaced by self-publishing: You can publish your work…"
Jul 23, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Jeff Kraykovic's discussion Bookless libraries
"Please don't think that all librarians do is check out and tend to book collections. Those are the clerks. The librarians are information professionals that help readers make informed choices about their needs and goals in an information…"
Jul 23, 2011
Native Son replied to Mark Nelson's discussion Split-sizing steel-toed workboots
"This sounds like it might just be a special order purchase. You just might try asking at Nordstrom's first.  (Providing you've not already done so.)  Then you should contact the boot makers directly.  I can't…"
Jun 5, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to L. Wapelhorst's discussion What happened to the American Cowboy archetype of a man?
"I don't even want to think about a quick-draw with that man. I'd be afraid of what he would draw."
Jun 5, 2011
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Split-sizing steel-toed workboots

Good evening, gentlemen. I posted a question like this in the past, but for shoes. Due to a past medical situation, I have two dramatically different sized feet -- my left is a US 7.5, and my right is a US 10. When I need shoes, I went to Nordstroms, which has a policy of splitting sizes for free, and I now have a pair of Allen Edmonds that I'm more than happy with. The situation is that now I need a pair of steel-toed work boots. I was hoping that the community at large would have a suggestion…See More
Jun 5, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Joseph Wanders's discussion Old Lawn Mowers
"I found one of these, abandoned and rusty, in an old dilapidated farmhouse. I took it home, and invested days cleaning the rust off, then I used refining paste and a whetstone to sharpen the cutting blade and reel. It's hard to get it going,…"
May 2, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Michael Romero's discussion zeitgeist movement
"Cheaper, better tractors means more plowing and fossil fuel use, which means more soil erosion and pollution from extraction, which means catastrophe. I would argue that Wes Jackson and the Land Institute are on a more sustainable track, with…"
Apr 18, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Michael Romero's discussion zeitgeist movement
"Certainly they would. The efficiency of automation improves with greater centralization. The more centralized your means of production are, the more unique they are, the more susceptible they are to attack and interruption. On the other hand, a…"
Apr 18, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Michael Romero's discussion zeitgeist movement
"This... concerns me. For one thing, an operation like that, with such centralized operations, seems like a prime target for any terrorist organization to hit. Toss the botulism spores in amongst the cabbages, and you take down three quarters of…"
Apr 18, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Michael Romero's discussion zeitgeist movement
"The Zeitgeist folks I saw when I was poking around the Internet refer to AI as a solution to our political bickering, and seem to feel that it's a necessity for their plans to truly spring to fruition. In that way, the Zeitgeist movement is…"
Apr 18, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Michael Romero's discussion zeitgeist movement
"I'm certainly not arguing with you. If I was, I'd say "the artificial intelligence will figure it out!" but I'd be the one dismantling the A.I. with a crowbar before it could get smart enough to have me offed."
Apr 17, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Michael Romero's discussion zeitgeist movement
"Who needs farmers when you have robotic hydroponic "farms" controlled by artificial intelligence? I kid, but I'm sure you see what others see in the idea of a technological utopia. I've read too much Bill Joy to put much…"
Apr 17, 2011
Mark Nelson replied to Michael Romero's discussion zeitgeist movement
"A world without trades, without the challenges and skill and feeling of worth inherent to them, sounds like a ticket to suicide from boredom to me. I have a hard enough time handling the stress that I get from being bored as it is, without…"
Apr 17, 2011
Carl Monster replied to Mark Nelson's discussion Filling out my chest and shoulders
"Google Anthony Ellis, I have had very good results with his program. Don't buy it at his site, you can get it cheaper elsewhere. It is a full program laid out very specifically for guys who don't know their way around a gym, and also has…"
Jan 27, 2011
Gergely replied to Mark Nelson's discussion Filling out my chest and shoulders
"No offense Nick, but how do you see that exercise would help to fill out the area between the chest and the shoulders? I do that exercise you just described and I'd say it has more added benefit to endurance and cardio rather than muscularity."
Jan 21, 2011

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Historical novels, History, Medical history, Library history, Library science, Libraries, Librarians, Dieselpunk, Steampunk, Classical music, Swing music, Film noir
Books
"American Gods" - Neil Gaiman, "The Art of Manliness" - Brett and Kate McKay, "Master and Commander," plus associated series - Patrick O'Brian
Movies
Casablanca, The Illusionist
Music
"Partita for Violin solo no. 2 in D Minor Chaconne" - Johann Sebastian Bach, "Sonata for Flute Oboe Violin and Basso Continuo in B Minor" - Jean Baptiste Loeillet
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The written word holds a striking and relatively singular power over the human mind. To the intelligent man, a piece of well-written prose, regardless of whether it is fact or fiction, can evoke an emotional response which cannot be paralleled by most media. Indeed, the validity of this statement is easily borne out by the marked, often stark inability of film and television to match even a checkout-aisle mass-market paperback in depth or scope, let alone that of a literary masterpiece.

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Reading

Posted on May 13, 2010 at 8:44pm 1 Comment

I spent some time earlier today writing about aspects of our rapidly approaching future that I feel are not, precisely, a step in the right direction. This was all indirect, of course -- the writing was more of a stream of consciousness where this theme happened to manifest. Despite this, I found that some elements of the…

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Patience

Posted on March 21, 2010 at 11:09pm 1 Comment

I just spent the better part of an hour, viewing old WW II propaganda posters and reading about the history of their use on the home front. I was surprised by the depth of emotion the images evoked in me — to be honest, many of them put me on the verge of tears by the time I was done. The feeling of unity the images pressed on me, the idea of our country‘s entire population drawn together to complete a goal, overwhelms me.



An aspect of the posters I had not anticipated was the number… Continue

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At 8:32am on March 16, 2010, thehuhman said…
Hope you have an awesome Birthday, today, man!

At 6:25am on March 16, 2010, Michael J. Austin said…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!
At 12:44am on January 30, 2010, Dwane Lay said…
Thanks for joining the Book of the Month club. We're deciding on February now, so get your vote in!
At 10:03pm on January 14, 2010, Cowboy Bob Sorensen said…
Greetings from an hour south of you. Thruway, I-87, exit 19...
At 10:17pm on December 7, 2009, Michael J. Austin said…
Anytime Mark and yes it is ... continue to enjoy it daily :)
At 9:35pm on December 7, 2009, Michael J. Austin said…
Hello and welcome to the site Mark !!!!
At 11:17am on December 7, 2009, Herb Munson said…
Hi there Mark. Welcome to AoM. I would also like to invite you to take a look at one of the most active groups here. It's my new group called The Great Debate. It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. In any case, good to have you here and welcome aboard.
 
 
 

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Persona non Grata added a discussion to the group The Great Debate
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Will Western civilization collapse?

I don't want to panic but the economic and cultural changes I see disturb me in a lot of ways: 1. Obesity rates skyrocketing just within a few decades (after the advent of mainstream cable TV apparently). 2. Adult and sexually suggestive entertainment being so widely available - I think this can lower men's sex drive and incentive to be high achievers 3. Too much technological convenience - People drive cars everywhere, and rely on services regularily - physical skills like bartering,…See More
5 minutes ago
Persona non Grata replied to Persona non Grata's discussion How many marriages and LTRs in this day and age are alive vs dead?
"That and my perception is that some people think of a marriage as something they "have" rather than something they actively maintain.As in, they feel after they are "married" they don't have to "do anything" and…"
17 minutes ago
Persona non Grata replied to Persona non Grata's discussion What's the worst evil one can commit? in the group The Great Debate
"Personal opinion is that it's not too vague and fairly easy to understand at least in theory.As far as psychologist Zimbardo does, he claims it's primarily about power or control.And just using 'biological' arguments it makes…"
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Persona non Grata posted a discussion

How many marriages and LTRs in this day and age are alive vs dead?

Just curious how many relationships and marriages today do you estimate are dead relationships. Such as a percentage wise, 50% or so.I've personally met more couples who's marriages or relationships seemed dead and based more on expediency than strongness of the relationship, which is a bit discouraging.I think there are some cultural factors which may exacerbate this problem:1. Marriages and love relationships are considered "sacred" culturally - in spite of this there are definitely some…See More
48 minutes ago
Persona non Grata replied to Braeden P.D.'s discussion Unpopular Opinions Thread
"He does write some good quality stuff."
1 hour ago
Persona non Grata replied to Persona non Grata's discussion Men who whine about women?
"You didn't object to it because of it's lack of intellect, you objected to it because of its lack of political correctness.So I think I'll up the ante and say "faggy" too."
1 hour ago
Nick H replied to Pale Horse's discussion Brexit in the group The Great Debate
"Maybe that might wake up a few peeps in Germany and France and start looking at reforming the EU into a more democratic entity. But I doubt it. Free systems seem to slip much easier into authoritarian ones than the other way around. Hopefully this…"
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Daniel Piccolo replied to Rocco Vallerand's discussion Stepdads Support in the group Family Man
"Been a step dad of 3 kids since they were 2, 7 and 9 (now 8,13 and 15). What kinda advice are you looking for? Discipline?  Let me know"
2 hours ago

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