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Business, Technology, Organizations, and Organizational Dynamics
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Library: Commentary - Book: Elucidate

8 Ice Core TimeLine- Current TimeLine CO2

September 22, 2016

Bottom line: it is improper and incompetent to connect multiple, separate data sets together and anyone doing it should receive remedial education if not fired outright.

The comics by XKCD and Josh (in WUWT), bring to the front an issue of lack of skill by government paid scientists.  When I Founded and Directed the Research Lab for Intel, this was one of the huge problems I had to address with the personnel: they focused on "what they wanted to show" rather than "good science".

Measurements and Accuracy

This is a very small subsection of so VOSTOK data I pulled down.

VOSTOK Data


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Library: Commentary - Book: Elucidate

7  Why did Agriculture Start 13,000 years ago

June 23, 2016

All the academic articles say: "and then agriculture happened".

The "accepted wisdom"/consensus is:

....There was no single factor, or combination of factors, that led people to take up farming in different parts of the world.

But It is simple: it occurred because it Started Working.. 13,000 years ago

People are clever, resourceful, adaptive, looking out for the best for their kids.

If it doesn't work, it won't happen.
If it will work, someone will figure it out and their kids/tribe will be successful


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Library: Commentary - Book: Elucidate

6 BBC - Intentionally Publishing Propaganda - Again

June 15, 2016

It looks, again, like the "BBC" is sliming and slithering around reality

BCC: Cancer Risk From Coffee Downgraded

The title of the article is:
     " Cancer Risk From Coffee Downgraded"
With the first sentence being:

     "The cancer risk of coffee has been downgraded, with experts concluding there is inadequate evidence to suggest it caused the disease".


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Library: Commentary - Book: Elucidate

5 BBC - Intentionally Publishing Propaganda

June 10, 2016

There isn't a lot a person can do to protect themselves if someone intentionally lies to them.

title of the BCC article is:
   "Why do they love electric cars in the Arctic Circle?"

With the answer: because they will bribe you with a lot of mon ey!


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Library: Commentary - Book: Elucidate

4  Finches in Barbados: Rural vs Urban
   or
Imposing Person ego On Research

March 23, 2016

Sigma Xi New report had a note on an article from the Washington Post

It seems that "experts" (grad students) in Barbados(?) have investigated finches after the birds started stealing their lunches at a restaurant(?).
they found that city folk are smarter than their rural country rubes.


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Library: Commentary - Book: FreeRange

2 Solar CME: "All Circuits Are Busy"

June 23, 2015

"all circuits are busy"

I tried making some long distance cell phone calls yesterday afternoon and got the circuits busy message.
This morning, I checked SpaceWeather.com to find:

       MEANWHILE ... ANOTHER CME IS ON THE WAY: Big sunspot AR2371 erupted again on June 22nd (18:23 UT), producing a strong M6.5 class solar flare.
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Library: STP - Book: MudSplats

4.5 Pensieve Note: Bowel Cleansing and Dehydration on a Ride to Hawi

June 20, 2015

I am still trying to "dial in" bowel cleansing.
For long rides, the "fuel factory" tends to be in full usage.  It is a bit "persnickety" about the processing of supplies to create fuel.  Yes, the "supplies" need to be dissolved down to an osmotic level acceptable to the factory, but the processing takes time.

In order to ride long distances in hot temperatures, it is essential to make sure a person has plenty, and I mean "a lot" of hydration to allow for the major loss through cooling.  If the temperature is below 70, it doesn't take much;  70-85, increasing amounts; above 85? huge quantities.
=> But in order to get "huge quantities" of hydration, not only must it "between the lips and past the gums", the water has to wend it way through the stomach, through the 24' of small intestines, and , finally, to the absorption area in the large intestines.


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

1 Introduction: WTF

April 21, 2015

They Looked Beat!

As I came in US 30 from Longview on my first successful "one day" STP, I saw, littered along the banks of the highway, the sad "road kill" of folk who were unable to proceed.

They looked exhausted.  Bikes tossed on the ground with little thought.  Blank, dazed looks on their faces as they stared off into the distance, usually down the road towards the finish 35 miles away. Sitting passively: their arms around their knees or supporting them as they leaned back or lay on the ground.  A group of 5: one lying on the ground as another was pushing and pulling on his legs as if to relieve a cramp and the other 3 standing around in an arc watching.

That day, I wasn't one of them: but I have been!

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Library: STP - Book: WTF

4 Eat Before Hungry??

April 20, 2015

Fueling?  Scrounge from Other Sources?

OK, "eat before you're hungry".
Yeah, right, not hungry but should stuff my face.... WTF?

Key factors

The most important things I've internalized are:


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

9 Have Fun!

April 20, 2015

As I've been told, completing STP in one day is a really great thing to have accomplished!
(as I sit here look at the two patches on the wall).

Yes, folk had given lots of information, but why did they write the "user manual"!!


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

8 Everything Else??

April 20, 2015

I saw several unusual bikes being used to ride STP: a young couple each had a "market basket bike" with wide-ish tires and front bike basket (full of stuff) and were determined to ride it in two days.  Several people were on unicycles bound and determined to make it to Portland. And then there was a large variety of road and mountain bikes, not to mention my good, old 1998 9 speed.

Yes, a good bike can make a difference, but if I bonk it is pretty meaningless.  It is important that a person be ready and able with a "good enough" bike, then there are other things that, while maybe not make/break like fueling and hydration are, can make it a "fun ride" or "I'm not doing that again"

Key items

As far as "good enough", there are sever, sun coverage, recovery and shoes.
Whizzy bike? sure but it makes it "better" not does it.


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

7 Training and Conditioning

April 20, 2015

200 miles is a long ride.
To do it in one day, well, that is not the easiest thing in the world.

4 critical things to manage:
on bike routine, compatible/timed with the Stomach curmudgeon, in shape, and am I confident.
and, most important: where do I put my sticky gel package garbage???


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

3 Heart Of The Matter

April 19, 2015

First things first, I found the biggest, most "publically secret", everyone ignores, mystery is:
Max Heart Rate ~= 220 - Age (which means Speed ~= xxx-Age!)
but it is the collateral damage of things being prioritized and shutting down that is the problem!
It is a big secret because everyone seems to want to ignore it and maybe they should just take a break or do something else or are just "getting old".

So, How Bad Is It?

The American Heart Association calmly and quietly captures the disaster in their simple, easy to obfuscate "exercise" table:


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

5 Drink Before Thirsty???

April 18, 2015

"Drink before you're thirsty"?
Yeah, right, if you're thirsty, you're toast so guzzle water before that??

 If I consume 300KCal, this is a lot of electrolyte water to "condition" the fuel, but how much more water do I need and what about those electrolyte??

Those turkeys!  Drink before thirsty! Bah! Humbug!
Just listen to folk talk about all the problems and hard won knowledge.  But can they tell me what to do?
Not so much!

So the trick is, water is used for a bunch of things and they're all different, with different usages, different loss rates.  In order to really, really understand, I needed to understate/enumerate/itemize the various usages, now much they actually need, and plan accordingly.

And, to add to the insult (complexity), the Hydration and Electrolyte Bar might or might not have "plenty" to supply,


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

6 Salt?

April 18, 2015

Sweating is a "Drip"

OK, I need to manage/accommodate cooling, a.k.a. sweating. Salt
If it is warm electrolytes will be dumped out with the cooling water and I do need to replace them.

To add insult to injury, not only NaCl (salt) used, but also Po and Mg along with various dirt, waste, junk that is water soluble.
=> not only cause dehydration cramps, also electrolyte cramps!

The Magic Of Lite Salt


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Library: STP - Book: WTF

2 Summary: if You Know This, then Fuhgeddaboutit

April 11, 2015

So, if you know all this stuff, WTF didn't you tell me!

But, WTF!! why didn't you didn't tell me about "little things" like
Max Heart Rate! Greedy Piglets! Osmotic Police! Bowel Cleansing!
Etc! Etc! Etc!

If you know all the things on this list, then Fuhgeddaboutit.

I consider you mean and you should just scoot on by me as I trundle along, you $%&@*&


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Sections in the Mocha Express Library

 

Recent Commentaries
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Commentary: Elucidate - September 22, 2016
8  Ice Core TimeLine Munge
Commentary: Elucidate - June 23, 2016
7   Why did Agriculture Start 13,000 years ago
Commentary: Elucidate - June 15, 2016
6  BBC Propaganda, again
Commentary: Elucidate - June 10, 2016
5  BBC - Propaganda
Commentary: Elucidate - March 23, 2016
4  Finches: Urban Ones Smart??
Commentary: FreeRange - June 23, 2015
  Solar CME: "All Circuits Are Busy"
STP: MudSplats - June 20, 2015
4.5  Hydration Bowel Cleansing
STP: WTF - April 21, 2015
1  Introduction: WTF
STP: WTF - April 20, 2015
4  Eat Before Hungry??
STP: WTF - April 20, 2015
9  Have Fun!
STP: WTF - April 20, 2015
8  Everything Else
STP: WTF - April 20, 2015
7  Training and Conditioning
STP: WTF - April 19, 2015
3  Heart Of The Matter
STP: WTF - April 18, 2015
5  Drink Before Thirsty???
STP: WTF - April 18, 2015
6  Salt?
STP: WTF - April 11, 2015
2  Know? then Fuhgeddaboutit
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