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I never got this idea that wearing appropriate clothing for the activity I'm involved in is embarrassing.

I'm about 20lbs overweight, and do not always look great in cycling gear...but fuck it. I'm on a road bike. I'm gonna wear the right gear to be comfortable.

No-one gives a shit. You just look like a cyclist wearing it. Everyone knows what those clothes mean, on or off the bike, and nobody cares.

I've fallen twice. Once the very first time I tried to get moving on clipless pedals. The second time 4hrs into a ride (I may have never spent 4hrs on a bike before) when my legs had turned to noodles and the clip-out motion didn't work. haven't fallen since.

You should ease off when shifting under load to avoid breaking the chain.

But if you don't nothing bad should happen 99% of the time anyways.

I know I've made the mistake many dozens of times as a heavy guy on steep hills over the years and never had an incident.

I'd bet something isn't set up right on your bike.

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in the USA a judge does provide jury instructions, which are similar to a flow chart like you recommend. why would they need a flow chart?

also, one of the things that makes the jury so powerful, and such a great equalizer, in the usa, is that they have the power to make the decision of their choice. which often includes jury nullification. this power is essential to the fact that courts are a check on the rest of the political system. I hardly think a court would give them a flow chart that states the jury has the ability to toss out the whole case because they dont believe in the law.

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in the USA a judge does provide jury instructions, which are similar to a flow chart like you recommend. why would they need a flow chart?

90 minutes of extraordinarily boring dictated instructions that most jurors will remember 5-10% of. I've been on a Jury. Confusion over what the instructions meant (and subsequent clarification questions) were an immense waste of time. We had to play "who can remember what the counts were" for like two hours before everyone agreed on it. Having some information in written form would have been a significant improvement in the process.

We have the same bike+year, but I built mine up from frame+parts. It's a great frame, but the paintjob could be more durable. Those hoods look super long--what is the groupset?

I don't totally disagree with you, but I want to push you in a slightly different direction.

Are monetary fines reasonable at all for traffic enforcement? The impact on the individual (and thus the punishment for the infraction) varies widely, but when you attempt to normalize this, it creates a perverse incentive to target enforcement on the most expensive vehicles.

Because of how government works (at least in the US), it doesn't really matter whether the government is going to the local police, the town, or the local court system. In many cases, these are all close enough that it is effectively the same thing.

Why not community service? Wealth is dramatically more variable from person to person than life expectancy, and avoiding financial benefit to local government removes the weird incentives that we live with today which make "don't speed through a small town in a nice car" good advice.

Instead of treating traffic violations as a randomized tax against society that funds local government, local government should use their power to raise funds via taxes more uniformly.

As an adult, I can decide how much the news should ruin my vacation myself. If it's someone really important to me, dealing with it immediately will be more important than whatever I'm doing. If it's someone tangential (say, a cousin I'm out of touch with), it won't ruin my vacation, I'll just deal with it when I'm back.

This is similar to my background (Jazz Saxophone degree..). I hope you do better than my:

  • Play Jazz on the piano with shitty technique a lot
  • Routinely choose pieces that are too hard for me when attempting classical
  • Butcher Chopin daily
  • Never get anything to performance quality
  • Don't practice scales enough.

Trainer tire/slick, or a direct-drive trainer. Don't do what you are doing.

Learn some music theory. Shortcuts don't last very long.

I'm in a similar-ish boat.

Practice scales + sight reading. You've got a lot of neuromuscular stuff to rebuild. Don't be lazy about it. Plan your practice sessions out to make sure you're doing well-balanced work, especially if you are not working with a teacher.

Play pieces you learned in the past. You will pick them up quicker, and it will help light up dusty parts of your brain.

It's sad how much better the average Rhodes patch is than the average Wurli patch. That sounds great, and I'm saying that as someone who owns an Mk1 Rhodes Stage 88. What are you doing for amplification?

For people who focus solely on acoustic piano and want a digital keyboard, the answer is clear: Play an RD-2000 and a Kawai MP11SE and make up your mind. said Rhodes and B3. And that's why you're shopping Nord. And Nords are fantastic..but you can't get an action that feels like a Rhodes and a B3 and a Piano in the same keyboard.

You can sort of kind of squint and play Rhodes stuff on a piano action because Rhodes actions feel like shitty piano actions..ish and a real piano action is mostly an improvement provided it's not too heavy (no risk of that with a keyboard). I play a real Rhodes..most decent-ish keyboards have an objectively better action feel. Its charm is in its authenticity, not because it feels great. So it's not much of a compromise to get a "better" action.

I've owned a Hammond in the past, too. It has a completely different action feel. Actually, the Hammond action is the easiest/cheapest to emulate well. Hammond makes a couple and Nord has waterfall models, too.

If you really want to do all three in one unit, it's hard to beat Nord, but it's a compromise with all 3. It wins on ease of sound customization, too. I wouldn't trust sound editing features in a stage piano to solve "I don't like what it sounds like". It took a lot of effort to finally coax a decent amped/processed Rhodes sound out of my Yamaha Motif (circa 2010-11).

Splitting the organ out--cheaper/smaller digital Hammond or smaller Nord should be a consideration. I would not be willing to make any compromise in Piano/Rhodes performance to make it more organ-like.

If you like the feel but not the sound of something, you can always arrange an external sound module or computer..I would not depend on sound editing features in a stage piano to solve "I don't like what it sounds like" problems.

I know it isn't an answer. I have space + budget now, so I don't play the constraint satisfaction game anymore. But I've been through all of this crap, and the only thing that finally made me happy was forgetting the organ + playing on a real grand piano + rhodes. If I needed something portable it would either be a Nord Stage, RD-2000, or MP11SE.

What a question.

There's a branch of (modern, popular/jazz-oriented) music theory called Chord-Scale Theory which primarily concerns itself with the selection of a scale for any particular chord/harmonic context. The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine serves as a good overview+exploration of this topic and discusses extensively how you would select a scale for a given chord.

There are other approaches, too. George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization offers a second option, centered around selecting an appropriate Lydian Chromatic scale, which serves to order each tone in terms of its increasing dissonance. Internalizing this theory gives one precise control of consonance and dissonance at all times. It strongly influenced a number of seminal Jazz performers starting in the 1950s when it was first published.

Classical music theory concerns itself less with chord/scale relationships and more with chord progressions themselves, but it's helpful to understand it since it establishes a lot of terminology that comes up over and over in music theory. There is an unfortunate tendency to "special case" things which aren't special cases There are lots of good textbooks out there that cover these fundamentals, and it's worth baking that into your brain at some point.

Price range is key here. If you are unbounded, you could consider:

An acoustic piano with a silent system--this is a switch that you flip which prevents the hammers from hitting the strings + a set of optical sensors beneath the keys which turn the piano into midi + a synthesizer module that makes piano sound (you can also drive a computer-based synth for better sound)

A Hybrid Digital piano like Yamaha's N2/N3X or competitors that now exist from Kawai and I think Roland too.

If those options are too much, Kawai MP11/SE is the current best keyboard IMO. I would try to play Roland RD-2000, too so you have a frame of reference.

The great thing about him is, as adept as he was, he wasn't playing incredibly complex substitutions/harmony/etc. It's disproportionately easy to transcribe + learn from his recordings since the lines generally aren't coming from out of left field.

Geared bikes aren't a headache at all.

I don't spend more than a few minutes per year (= 2-3000 mi of riding) on derailleur adjustments. I spend far more time washing the bike, lubing the chain, replacing worn tires, etc. Stuff that you would be doing on any bike.

Cassettes are more expensive than sprockets, but they spread out the wear across many more teeth, so...

If you want a single speed and really don't think you'll miss being able to maintain an efficient cadence across varying terrain, get a single speed..I don't think maintenance cost should be a major factor in consideration. Most of the difference will be in the up-front cost.

If you're looking for a middle ground, consider a 1x setup. If minimizing maintenance attention/intervals is a significant consideration, also consider hydraulic discs. They self-adjust and can go thousands of miles without fiddling.

Strava Route Planner, Garmin Connect, Ride With GPS are the three I use most often. They do not do exactly what you want, but they do show you popular cycling routes around you and make it quick/easy to figure out a good loop of whatever distance you want.

4 points · 1 day ago

They are literally overseeing one of the first, of some of the most historic cases in American history. skipping out early belies a shitty understanding of the importance of your place in history.

Or there's something more malignant going down..

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Uh..not like they just walked out of there because they wanted to go home early.

Judge T.S. Ellis III sent jurors home around 5 p.m. Friday. That’s about a half-hour earlier than normal, at the request of a juror who had an unspecified event to attend.

It's standard practice for judges to work around pre-existing obligations that Jurors may have. Anything that can be argued as important (in private, to the judge) and is difficult to reschedule is fair game--doctor's appointment, kid's school play, family member's birthday dinner, whatever. And they don't allow deliberations to continue with Jurors absent, so everyone goes home.

The details of the obligation would have been kept private, in accordance with standard practices, which is why the article called it an "unspecified" event.

They also have a job to do. It's a bad look.

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2 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

Uh..not like they just walked out of there because they wanted to go home early.

Judge T.S. Ellis III sent jurors home around 5 p.m. Friday. That’s about a half-hour earlier than normal, at the request of a juror who had an unspecified event to attend.

It's standard practice for judges to work around pre-existing obligations that Jurors may have. Anything that can be argued as important (in private, to the judge) and is difficult to reschedule is fair game--doctor's appointment, kid's school play, family member's birthday dinner, whatever. And they don't allow deliberations to continue with Jurors absent, so everyone goes home.

The details of the obligation would have been kept private, in accordance with standard practices, which is why the article called it an "unspecified" event.

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Disc brakes have a real advantage in poor weather.

Hydraulic discs self-adjust for pad wear, require very little fiddling, and have very long maintenance intervals compared to rim brakes.

I find the maintenance procedures for discs to be a lot more "objective" than for rim brakes. Positioning the calipers is easy. Bleeding is hard to get wrong if you can follow instructions. Takes about 10mins and you really only need to do it after you've opened the system up or after a really really long time of heavy usage.

Truing rotors, should one become warped, is a quick job with the right tool, and it's easy to tell when you have it right. Pads adjust themselves. If they ever get wrong, push the pistons back and brake a few times and they'll be in the right place again.

Mechanicals are a cost-saving compromise. Get them if you must, but there are zero reasons other than cost to prefer them. They do not self adjust. Most pull from one side only. And you'll be dealing with cables way more often than bleeding.

When you learn tunes, try to learn the chord progressions in large functional chunks instead of one chord at a time. So if there is a ii-V-I covering 4 bars, learn it as that, not as Dm7 G7 CMaj7. This makes it easier to let your left hand operate on "autopilot" when it needs to.

Practice tunes 2 elements at a time: bass + 3rds/7ths (or comping), bass + improvisation, comping + improvisation. Then put it together. A large part of this is wearing the grooves into your brain for the chord progressions/bass so that you can execute those with a very small portion of your available mind-power, leaving the bulk of your attention available for improvisation if desired.

When you're playing solo piano, there are never enough hands, or enough brainpower, to go around since you're trying to play a trio's worth of music alone. You will sometimes compromise in one area to service the others. That's OK, the important thing is to make sure that you're in control of where the compromises are, and that you provide an acceptable minimal level of service to each area (bass, chords, melody/improv) to keep things moving forward.

I would avoid Tiagra because it's 10spd, whereas the vast majority of the Shimano 11spd stuff at all levels is cross-compatible with each other.

Personally, I'd rather have disc brakes than 105->ultegra upgrade.

Original Poster3 points · 12 days ago

Sure, the best thing to do is to stick suggestions for pieces in the suggestions form.

I tend to rely upon suggestions for jazz in the jam now. I posted 2 pieces every month for jazz about 6 months but the only person who tended to do do them was our resident (and excellent ;)) jazz jammer /u/GoldmanT. It might just be that I am rubbish at picking jazz songs (entirely possible) but it seems that no one is really interested (this is corroborated by the analysis of the previous set of jams that I did in February time that you can find in my post history). Coupled with the fact that it takes ages to find good sheet music due to copyright issues (a lot of jazz is still covered by copyright), I have cut it down to one jazz piece that I try to source from the suggestion form. This allows me to spend more time finding a good and balanced spread of classical pieces.

TLDR: no-one really plays the jazz suggestions so I have cut them down to one a month. However, I am more than happy to stick more in if you (or anyone else) add them to the suggestion form.

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A couple of suggestions re:Jazz, after looking through the last few months and not finding it interesting enough to invest in.

Most Jazz players learn from lead sheets or by ear. Personally, if I'm going to take the time to learn some fully arranged music, it's going to be classical. It would be much more interesting to have 3-4 lead sheet options at varying difficulties, sort of like what you do for classical.

If copyright is an issue, maybe you don't actually need to provide lead sheets. It's better in the long run to learn tunes off of recordings/by ear, and chances are if I really needed to find a lead sheet, I could dig one up. I think that will be true of many Jazz players. So I wouldn't let copyright be a barrier.

The tunes that have come up recently are either:

  • Jam Session tunes that a lot of us have played 1000 times already (Fly me to the Moon, Take the A Train, Billie's Bounce, So What)
  • Off-the-beaten-path stuff that doesn't speak to a broad audience like Letter From Home
  • Tunes that don't particularly lend themselves to solo piano performance (So What is a good example).

The problem with the first group is: these tunes are fine to play at a jam session because everyone knows them, but you have to be doing something really, really special to make a new arrangement of one of those that adds something unique to the world. So at the same time they are basic stuff learned long ago, and in a different way the hardest possible thing to perform in a solo context because the bar is already so high.

I'd be more than happy to help with content. I submitted a few, and I'll think about more. Ideally, you'd have a few choices at varying difficulties each month so people can find something that speaks to them, just like classical.

I just switched to a real piano a couple of months ago and don't have mics yet..but if this gets interesting I'll get some and figure out how to record it.

2 points · 2 days ago

It sounds like you know what you're doing. The problem tends to be with people who would like to get stuck in but don't know what they're doing, who haven't learned the 'basic stuff a long time ago' - arranged sheet music was specifically added because a few people commented that they would find it helpful, however I don't think anyone took up the opportunity, and that's okay, it's not compulsory. Lots of upvotes/positive comments for Letter From Home so maybe there'll be a few performances of it, would be great to see.

I honestly don't think there's a way to get people involved in this if they don't put in a bit of extra work to interpret a lead sheet, the barrier to entry is a bit high as it is with jazz generally. There can't be many people on the sub who are competent in jazz who would bother submitting a jam performance, maybe because they're already playing jazz all over the place and don't need the practice/exposure, whereas for classical it seems different, there are regularly competent people taking on some of the more difficult pieces.

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Regarding sheet music..not all ideas are good ideas. If someone needs it to get through learning a piece, it is a sign that they are aiming above their (jazz) skill level. If I said, "I want to play the Chopin Nocturne, but it's too hard, can I have some simplified sheet music or a synthesia?", would you indulge my request for a crutch, or direct me to work on one of the easier pieces?

A perpetually present "play a blues" option that pointed to some basic video resources on getting started with the blues would be a great thing to have in the mix every month for beginners who can't handle a more complex tune yet. I think the blues is where Jazz education started for a lot of us.

I think a structure like this would engage more people:

  • Beginner: play a blues (with link to instructional youtube videos)
  • Intermediate: any of these N jam session tunes (repeats month to month ok). Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Blue Bossa, Footprints, Blues for Alice, Summertime, Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Stella by Starlight, Take the A Train, Blue in Green, etc
  • Advanced (American Songbook): One tune, e.g. Over the Rainbow, Beautiful Love, Alone Together, Alice in Wonderland, Georgia, Here's that Rainy Day
  • Advanced (Jazz): One tune, e.g. The Two Lonely People, Conception, How my Heart Sings, In a Sentimental Mood, Dolphin Dance, Joy Spring, Benny Golson/Herbie Hancock/Wayne Shorter tunes, etc.

If I could reliably find a song every month that I was interested in working on, I'd be doing this regularly. I don't play out in other venues anymore. I could use some goalposts to work towards. I'm sure I'm not alone, and I'm not convinced that the current structure is working for beginners either.

Yes. I have a Jazz saxophone performance degree, switched to the piano and have picked up a saxophone maybe 15 times in the past 10 years (I'm in my mid-30s). The piano is just more fun, more satisfying to play alone.

My advice is: if this is what you are feeling, do it, and stop wasting your time on an instrument that makes you less happy. I wish I could take all of those practice room hours from my late teens/early 20s and redirect them. If I could just go back in time..

Make sure to ride at least one bike with drop bars to see if you like it. It's pretty much impossible to cost-effectively switch a bike over later, and it's an upgrade that a lot of us have been through.

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