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Prius-es: ~5-10% max of the cars I see, ~50% of the bad drivers and major accidents that I see. From ~2008 until today. Why? Nov 19, 2020

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    1. penguins
      penguins
      Prius-es: ~5-10% max of the cars I see, ~50% of the bad drivers and major accidents that I see. From ~2008 until today. Why?
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        ... not driving 60 in a 30 neighborhood and then proceeding to drive 40 in 75 flow of traffic on the freeway, not randomly stopping in the middle of the road w/o obstacles present, making only one single turn in the intersection, turning left and not right from the left lane (or vice versa), etc... these are all things I've seen in only the last few years from Prius drivers. More in the past.
        Nov 19, 2020
      3. skem
        skem
        I think @ChaChaRealSmooth nailed it: The Prius appeals to people who don’t like cars or driving. These are the people who will one day buy a self-driving car. Now for me, I like driving, I just don’t like other drivers.
        Nov 19, 2020
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      4. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        As a cyclist and moped rider: it is handy to hear a vehicle coming near you so you can determine what its action may be. Those hybrids and electric vehicles are fucking scary because you do not hear them. Second: people who do not use their blinkers.
        Nov 20, 2020
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    2. penguins
      penguins
      Does Qobuz consistently open up on it's own for anyone else when certain other apps are in use (Android)?
      1. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Nope
        Nov 19, 2020
    3. penguins
      penguins
      Can health insurance cap payment to a provider 1-2 years after the fact and have the provider bill you? Got a potentially fake medical bill?
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      2. crenca
        crenca
        Call your insurance company with dates of service in hand and ask them what happened. The provider will probably be less useful (depending upon the competency of the person you are asking), but ask them as well. Assuming it's not "fake" they are just trying to collect a legitimate bill and such actions by the insurance company are almost always legal
        Nov 18, 2020
      3. crenca
        crenca
        Remember you can always negotiate with the provider. Say the bill is $1000, explain to them that you don't have it, you lost your job due to Covid, your cat died, etc. and that if they will take $350 (and send you a reciept with "paid in full") you will give them your CC over the phone
        Nov 18, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        First one explains a lot. Thanks. Problem is I actually have a copy of my plan from dates in question and no where in the plan are the services I received capped (and especially are not capped at the numbers they came up with).

        Called insurance during normal business hours mult times only for the automated system to say "outside of normal business hours"... wtf...
        Nov 18, 2020
    4. penguins
      penguins
      Still sad about 2 pairs of 2A3 tubes going bad in 1 night this week.
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      3. Boops
        Boops
        Ouch
        Nov 13, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Both were in my AF. Both pairs of tubes were old and I'm having no issues with the last pair. 1st pair was Sylvania, 2nd pair was modern prod JJ. 3rd pair w/o issue is also Sylvania.
        Nov 13, 2020
      5. penguins
        penguins
        Nov 13, 2020
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    5. penguins
      penguins
      Me: Why are the last 10lbs so hard to lose?? Also Me: Devour burrito + sides for lunch, pass out via food coma for next hour.
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      3. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Focus on eating just enough. Make sure you have enough energy to get things done and train your endurance. It takes time but the gains really toughen you up.
        Nov 6, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Yeah definitely going to need some new eating habits to get the last 10 off. Main worry is the last 10 will come off w/ "a diet" but come back when "eat normally" again.

        First 35 came off via minor lifestyle changes + eating a little less.
        Nov 6, 2020
      5. dubharmonic
        dubharmonic
        Well now I want a burrito too!
        Nov 6, 2020
    6. penguins
      penguins
      Revisited Utopias again (thank you @ChaChaRealSmooth) for the 6th or so time... finally found a setup that makes them "do-able" for me :)
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        Yggdrasil A2 (still not ideal) > Stellaris (rolled to warmer tubes) > thicker copper cable (idk if this made a big difference) > Utopia.

        Tried Utopia in past with Stellaris, various Woo amps, Phonitor amps, a $20k+ amp I don't remember the name of (but made other stuff sound very good), and short listens at last meet on popular SBAF amps such as EC AF, 3F, etc.
        Oct 31, 2020
      3. penguins
        penguins
        Also applied about -1dB of software EQ around 5.5k - 6.5k (any more software EQ I feel messes up other stuff).

        Same issues still exist for me, mainly the treble spike and the "sharper" sort of sound I hear, but it's definitely enjoyable now. Still prefer the overall sound signature of the Clear but it's nice to go to the next level of technicalities etc with Utopia.
        Oct 31, 2020
      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Try Stellia if you get a chance. Tonality is a bit more laid back than Clear, bass more extended, way better technicalities, but feels closed.
        Nov 2, 2020
    7. penguins
      penguins
      HE6se modding - still driving me crazy after several weeks of almost daily modding. Fix or improve one thing and mess up another.
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        Heh literally hours after I complain I have a breakthrough and I think I'm about 90%+ there now. Just need to fine tune and tweak one of the filter layers and the wood cups now.
        Oct 16, 2020
    8. penguins
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      2. Cspirou
        Cspirou
        ROFLMAO there's no way that's possible

        More likely is that they published a mundane result and the journal is wildly misinterpreting it.
        Oct 4, 2020
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        I suspected this too... But on the flip side I know they've been able to do pretty interesting things with graphene before.
        Oct 4, 2020
      4. Tachikoma
        Tachikoma
        Can't blame the journal when there are a bunch of direct quotes from the authors. Anyway, it shouldn't take too long for someone to try to disprove this result.
        Oct 5, 2020
    9. bixby
      bixby
      PM me if you need that little square of dynamat
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    10. penguins
      penguins
      Scalp massage - amazing but often forgotten and under-rated.
      1. dubharmonic
    11. penguins
      penguins
      Borrowing Code X from Chacha - not what I was expecting, but whoa, a lot of bass, goes deeper than any other headphone I've heard before.
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      2. penguins
        penguins
        A lot of slam in the bass too.

        It also illustrates how (competent) modding and tuning is not necessarily making something better/worse, but is often trade-offs and differences more than anything.
        Sep 26, 2020
    12. penguins
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        I think it's because kids aren't getting enough dirt in their diet nowadays.
        Sep 20, 2020
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    13. penguins
      penguins
      Funny - I'll do more destructive, difficult, $, and potentially slightly dangerous mods for other hobbies but am a pansy with headphones.
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        HE6se mods are slow b/c I'm too scared to mess something up... Considered opening up the HD6xx for mods once but stopped before I even got the cups off the band due to creaking/groaning and part felt like could break (granted I wasn't that motivated to mod). etc...

        Forcing myself through HE6se mods at last though.
        Sep 20, 2020
      4. penguins
        penguins
        Most of my hobbies are outdoors and/or can potentially go bad in <1 sec (like riding a liter bike fast margins of error) but I don't mind mods if I know what they are, how they work, etc. Or even if we remove personal risk w/ a PC - I don't mind tweaking speeds, voltages, timings, etc. at risk of slightly to completely damaging parts that each cost more than HD6xx, etc.
        Sep 20, 2020
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      5. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        It's pretty hard to break a Senn. Watch a video. They come apart really easily.
        Sep 20, 2020
    14. penguins
      penguins
      LC has arrived. Time to see if it's going to work as well as I remembered / imagined for my setup. EDIT/Update: AMP TRIFECTA!
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      2. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Sorry for not keeping up. What are the other 2?

        Edit: or do you mean it does 3 things well?
        Sep 18, 2020
      3. penguins
        penguins
        DNA Stellaris - Best headphone amp, especially from a reference or purity perspective that I've heard to date despite a few things not matching personal preference.
        EC Af + Cavalli LC - I just like the sound of these 2 amps. Studio Jr was pretty close to Af based on memory but slightly prefer Af.
        Sep 18, 2020
      4. gixxerwimp
        gixxerwimp
        Cool, I've got an LC v1 in the works, and am now looking forward to hearing it even moar.
        Sep 19, 2020
    15. penguins
      penguins
      I wonder if recent up/down stock market and rise of stuff like wallstreetbets is at all related to no casinos for the last several months.
    16. penguins
      penguins
      1st half of nap time dream today - mandatory pet cats for all SBAF avatars. Those w/o cats such as myself were banned.
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      3. zerodeefex
        zerodeefex
        Quarantine has made it clear that cats are total asshats and dogs are truly mankind's best friend.
        Sep 16, 2020
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      4. penguins
        penguins
        @Superexchanger I have some pretty random dreams. I like some cats but I'm also varying degrees of allergic to about 2/3rds of cats I've seen.

        Either that or knowledge that cats, mostly feral, have started to threaten various penguin populations has built up a subconscious resentment of cats in my life.
        Sep 16, 2020
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      5. Deep Funk
        Deep Funk
        Cats work hard. They just don't show it. Respect the nap. (I grew up with cats. The amount of vermin they kill and/or destroy is not shabby. When they share their prey with you, your cat likes you.)
        Sep 16, 2020
    17. penguins
      penguins
      1. ChaChaRealSmooth
        ChaChaRealSmooth
        IIRC I took a knife skills course from here before. Honestly was quite enlightening.
        Sep 9, 2020
      2. penguins
        penguins
        Going to guess the knife skills was rolled into one of the cooking courses. Yes, majorly important to where I'd say it's a game changer in the kitch.

        I have taken other cooking classes before but have experienced a large variance in what is offered in each cooking class... didn't want to drop $180 on courses I may not like.
        Sep 10, 2020
    18. penguins
      penguins
      Russian members - would any of you know the cheapest reliable way to ship from the US to Novosibirsk?
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      2. Roman
        Roman
        If you mean Intercontinental ballistic missile there is a high chance it will not be delivered and there is a very high probability to receive a thank you gift back. So no, definitely not reliable.
        Sep 9, 2020
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      3. Biodegraded
        Biodegraded
        Sep 9, 2020
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      4. penguins
        penguins
        Yes, although I was using USPS flat rate quotes which delivers to most places in Russia, including Novosibirsk (which IIRC is close to Mongolia). It was $80-100 which for how far + remote that is from CA relatively speaking, I actually thought it was a pretty fair... granted +$100 is definitely going to make a good deal not as good of a deal.
        Sep 9, 2020
    19. penguins
      penguins
      Was going to post in @Carlos CPA Liquid Crimson FS thread but closed already - 90% chance I keep the amp based of memory from ~4 years ago.
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      3. penguins
        penguins
        On a different note - I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINALLY MANAGED TO GET ONE! Have only been wanting since I first heard one in 2015.
        Sep 6, 2020
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      4. insidious meme
        insidious meme
        Once he got @ogodei 's DNA Stellaris, I'm not surprised he was moving the LC.
        Sep 6, 2020
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      5. penguins
        penguins
        Yep, hence why I made this post in advance.

        My dream setup from before I joined SBAF was Cavalli LC + EC Af... and it stayed that way until I heard (and purchased) the Stellaris... but after owning Stellaris for a while, there were still moments where I wanted both the Af and LC... Didn't think I'd be lucky enough to get two discontinued amps this year though.
        Sep 6, 2020
    20. Biodegraded
      Biodegraded
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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Mar 1, 1990 (Age: 30)
    Location:
    SouthernCA
    Gear List:
    PC or Macbook Pro to:
    DAC: Yggdrasil A2
    Amps: DNA Stellaris // EC Aficionado // Cavalli Liquid Crimson, arcam rHead for CIEMs
    Headphones: Clear // Bocote Auteur // HD6xx // modded HE6se
    CIEMS: UERR, UERM
    Portable: UE5 w/ Shanling M0

    Upcoming:
    pi2aes or similar streamer
    Different DAC for Stellaris