Salt Lake City, UT
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Interesting ideas. I already use the bird feeders and grow rabbit friendly food, but I think I'll steer clear of leaving scraps out here in bear country in Uinta country in Utah. I wouldn't mind a raccoon or coyote - our cattledogs can handle them. A black bear that becomes accustomed to scraps can quickly turn aggressive.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Furry Friend Today: Food Tomorrow
@FateofDestinee What issues have you run into being cross dominant? I have always shot right handed and only recently found out I'm left eye dominant. I still carry on the right, but have been working to teach myself to shoot more ambidextrously - it's slow going. I'd love to see an article on cross dominant training.
8 months ago on Gun Fun: Fostech Outdoors Bumpski Stock
@FateofDestinee Now that I've got it running smoothly, it's a dream to shoot, but is pretty much a safe queen. Too much sentimental value to shoot it much anymore, and I'm having way to much fun with my new Sig 229.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Blue Steel: A “Good” Rust?
Very interesting. I didn't know bluing was actually a rust process. I have a Series 70 Gold Cup National Match that was torn up pretty badly by the original owner (my dad). Brownell's Oxopho really helped in restoring some of its original beauty.
Have they fixed the issue with the soles wearing out? I had a pair about a year ago that were done after less than 2 months of use. I wore them once or twice a week for rucking and some summer back country hiking. They wore down to nothing too fast for me to drop money on them again.
1 year ago on NIKE Special Field Boot (SFB) from Tactical Distributors
@Old PH2 @notdrakebell I have turned to local boutique brands recently and had some good experiences. A couple of the ski companies based here in Salt Lake were able to swing me some custom gear for less than the price of the big companies off-the-rack crap. We've also had good luck with the new Eddie Bauer First Ascent line on a recent climbing trip to Zion.
I've decided that sourcing locally (if you're in the right market. In my case living in utah is very helpful.) usually ends up more cost effective. I'll take brands like Kuhl, Causwell, and Surface over the TNF and Arc'teryx for everyday use any time.
1 year, 1 month ago on Triple Aught Design – Stealth Hoodie
@notdrakebell The problem with Helly Hansen (and Arc'teryx) is that they advertise that it fits over a helmet, but in reality when you pull the hood up, you can no longer turn your neck side to side or up and down because the hood fits a helmet, but just barely. I've gotten a lot more mileage out of TNF and Marmot, but none of the textbook outdoor players is making a shell with the little design details and comforts like TAD.
I may just have to buy one and demo it on a few early season ski-tours.
How does the hood fit? Is it big enough to comfortably fit over a helmet? I spend a good deal of the winter in mountaineering gear and often find that manufacturers tend to forget that aspect. If it will fit over an Ops Core Fast BASE jump helmet and a ski helmet, I'll check them out today.
"Next, it works on the longer-term sources, like glucagon and fat "
Glucagon is a hormone, not an energy source. We don't digest it our break it down in any way. It stimulates the liver to break down our long term glycogen stores for use as glucose to be transported to muscles.
1 year, 1 month ago on Is Physical Fitness a Part of Your Loadout?: Part 3 – Eating in Moderation
Sad to see failures like this. My only experience with DOE and nuclear security was much better. I worked a contract at Idaho National Lab a few years ago that had us using quite an assortment of explosives and ballistics for testing on new vehicle and facility armor and blast protection. Without fail the DOE contracted SWAT team would get called almost daily to our site by worried technicians or security personnel from the nearby Idaho Test Reactor. These bozos could learn a lot from their stellar response times and professional manner. The offending personnel should be fired and the contractors should be replaced.
1 year, 3 months ago on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Plant Security Breach
@JShepard @BrianHess Surprisingly not a whole lot. I use a 3L in my GoRuck GR1 and 2L in mine and wife's backpacking packs. As long as you load the pack before you start pumping it up all your gear serves as a pretty good compression source.
1 year, 4 months ago on Hydration for Performance
@JShepard @BrianHess I solved that by replacing my camelbak bladders with these:
You can turn them inside out for cleaning and they're dishwasher safe. I've been using them for about a year now and love them.
@HugeFan @Tango9 I promise we're not all douchetools. If you ever have to spend time in Salt Lake, I'll grab a beer with any one of you.
Not all of us subscribe to the "separate yourselves from the unbelievers". Maybe that's because I grew up overseas and my dad enjoys the occasional cigar. I think there are two parties of mormons. The first are the "holier than thou" crew who subscribes to the ideal that we're the only ones going to heaven. The other group, the more cultured members of the faith, tend to have an attitude more like me. I'd like to think my group is slowly winning the culture war, and that's probably true outside of Utah nowadays. Sadly, there are still a lot of morons who live in the wrong past.
1 year, 4 months ago on Domestic Terrorism: Coming To A Neighborhood Near You
@BrandonWebb One final thing, I fail to see the connection you've made between terrorism and Under the Banner of Heaven. The Lafferty murders were brutal and heinous. I don't see them as terrorism - my definition: the systematic use of violence through visible attacks and psychological warfare to coerce a society. To claim this book is a look at the underbelly of domestic terrorism is directly linking the LDS church and its various splinter groups with a campaign of violence throughout the church's history. I just don't see the evidence; howver, I'll give you the mountain meadows massacre. I have no idea what scumbag thought that one up. With nearly 150 years passing since the incident and no existing 1st person accounts, even that can't really be tied to terrorism. if you can clarify where you were going with that assertion I'd really appreciate it.
@BrandonWebb I have read the book, and wasn't very impressed. I understand from an insider's perspective it is a little different. Many of the negative questions I've fielded over the years came from readers who had no friends or acquaintances who were LDS to fact check or just satisfy curiosities. It does a decent job with basics, but that's about it. Lumping the FLDS and RLDS and other nut-job groups in with the main stream church doesn't give members a fair shake.
@DarwinBound I won't argue that some of the "Mormon marketing" is a little bit creepy. I am a member of the church but tend to keep it at arms' length a lot of the time. Having grown up with the church I was never really aware of any of the differences. Now having lived around the world, both as an active member in the church and a more casual observer of the faith I can see why people have some trepidation. I don't think the Mormon Marriage thing is meant as a "separate but equal" mentality. It's not secrecy, but more of sacredness that Mormons view the temple. There are stringent requirements to be deemed "worthy" to enter the temple - because the church views the temple as literally the House of God. So, those who don't meet the requirements - and MANY mormons don't (pay a full tithe, abstain from alcohol/tobacco, chastity, etc.) do not partake in the ceremonies of the temple. For someone who is part of the culture, it's not a big deal. For someone looking in I can see the problem.
As for your comment on Mormon case officers, I agree. WTF. Not only are they reflecting poorly on the agency but they are injuring their religion and their own personal reputations. In that situation you again have to separate the actions of a few individuals from the church as a whole. When a pastor in another religion spouts of racist sentiment, or it comes to light that he is a pedophile, people don't condemn the religion, they condemn the individual and his personal actions. The same treatment should be given to the Mormon faith. There are a$$hats everywhere. Don't punish the many because there are a few who need to be throat punched.
@Old PH2 Very true. The problem with that though is any MSM outlet dismisses terror-drug connections out of hand as conspiracy theory from right wingers to justify more defense and security spending.
@BrandonWebb An insight into deranged, "fundamentalist", of-shoots of the mainstream LDS church, yes. Claiming that The Banner of Heaven gives real insight into mainstream Mormon faith is like saying that watching Al Qaeda propaganda videos provides accurate information on Islam and every Muslim everywhere.
Interesting read. I wonder if there is any research comparing the sugar loaded sports drinks with some of the more endurance focused brands that use lower glycemic index ingredients (maltose, dextrose, etc.) and include small amounts of protein? For long events I find myself turning to a 50/50 split between water and something that has the calories minus the sugar rush.
My favorite to date was a day of spear fishing for reef sharks in Mexico the wife surprised me with while on our honeymoon.
1 year, 4 months ago on LOR Manly Vacation Recommendations