Hike went well*

*editor’s note: my legs are crumbling to dust

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I have a feeling my final pack is going to be in the 25lb range and not the 35 lbs range anyway just cuz it's a safer proportion for my body weight. Oh yeah and the hike should cover a 2k ft gain in elevation so... not bad!

Unfortunately next weekend is Worldcon so I am going to miss one training weekend, and swamped with work so I can't really make it up. Hopefully I'm prepped enough for the real thing~

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TOMORROW: 10 mi practice hike with "packed" pack (tent, bag, pad, etc) not a practice pack with water jugs. Thinking a normal weight like 25ish lbs instead of the 30's I've been doing just cuz its longer than our normal 6mi hikes...

Today I learned the trench dudes wore about 60lbs of materia on them and that's why they kept sinking and drowning in the mud ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ so basically if I feel any discomfort tomorrow I'm just going to tell myself to stfu. 25bls and not getting SHELLED? sign me up

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@sherman i've been waitlisted to cala like 2 years in a row so GOOD JOB its probably the big ears, i need to draw my ears bigger

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@turion Well yeah, it's a European war, I just find it horrifying that those powers kept finding ways to kill people over things that barely concern them, plus the racism involved with the selection of these poor troops (I guess the British, in very British fashion, lumped entire cultures into "fit for war" or "too un-masculine" when figuring out who to send to the fronts) T__T

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@kmckaig ugh, just the title pisses me off. I was surprised to learn that in this war Britain and other countries were so actively starting shit in hopes of carving up the middle east for their oil reserves. Like wow this has been going on for a while

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@ajroach42 Yeah, honestly I just looked into it on my own time in the past just to figure out more about WW2 since that's the more accessible/ romanticized war for the US. There's SO much drama between the countries that gives context to WW2, it's really interesting to finally understand it with a bit more fidelity

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@kmckaig thanks very much for the rec! Will definitely check it out

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My only complaint is it's very euro-focused, especially on combatants, and doesn't really talk much (yet) about the "contributions" from Indians, Africans, Asians, Pacific Islanders etc that were definitely present and often used to just die on behalf of colonizers :\ They are very thorough so far though so I'm anticipating that they will cover it. Anyways, very interesting to listen to while working
youtube.com/user/TheGreatWar

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Obvs we learned about this in school but WW1 is sort of hard to be interested in as an american sometimes... as a kid its impossible to talk to anyone who was alive during that time and the curriculum boils down to "this country did this and there was gas and trenches."

I'm into year 2 of The Great War on YT and that team does a great job of showing the excruciating pace and lack of forward momentum at all of the fronts, and puts a lot of other events into easy-to-understand context

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"could be worse" < "could be alive and aware of geopolitics during aug 1914- nov 1918" jfc what a pointless gigantic meatgrinder.

Amazed that almost every country that joined in was doing so in order to take advantage of their enemies and neighbors at the expense of their own citizens, like wow, you absolute dicks

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My WWI kick has so far taught me that throughout the ages, the people in charge can be devastatingly stupid, get thousands of people killed, and it will take years for somebody to stop them (but more likely they just retreat somewhere with their money and die)

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this is a wild read en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_

was looking up what cyanide poisoning looks like and found this dude, there's actually a courtroom video if you're curious as well (not super graphic, he just keels over) youtube.com/watch?v=Pky3squOxx

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Looking up Conrad von Hötzendorf and finding... memes... lol

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Oh boy I'm 100% committed to my next obsession now I guess. Bring on the 5000 documentaries

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@shingworks shitty conclusion to a fairly shitty, stressful week I guess. Am making a new batch and we’ll see how that goes, can use the strawberries in cocktails or something instead, lol...

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Lost my first batch of booch to fruit fly larva :( I’ve been fighting these damn flies all week and they finally did it... not really preventable, but the booch was doing so well the glasses flipped the scoby into the cloth I had over the jar mouth and either created a gap somewhere or the flies laid eggs on the wet fabric and they got sucked down into the batch. Either way I’m pissed and sad, just bought a bunch of overripe strawberries for F2 and now I can’t use them.

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"proud boys" makes me think of the "mommy wow i'm a big kid now" commercials where the kid finally learns not to shit himself

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