Sign in or Join FriendFeed
FriendFeed is the easiest way to share online. Learn more »
bos on Hey r/MTB, I'm doing some research for app development. Can you guys give me some "dream features" that current apps don't provide? -
"There's a good mapping app called Topo Maps+ that lets you use USGS maps offline. That's pretty useful by itself, but overlaying bike trails onto it would be great, as the topo maps are typically 20+ years old and have little or no modern trail data." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Epic Downhill MTB Fail - Broken Collarbone -
"Ouch! As a relative noob, I could feel the snap myself. It's interesting to know what is necessary to safely hit a drop like this, and also to know I don't yet have the skills." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on The Weekly New Rider Thread - 15th of September 2014 -
"One thing to be aware of: the European convention for brake and shifter placement on the handlebars is the opposite of the US. That won't affect you unless you're riding someone else's bike or loaning yours out, but don't let it catch you or your friends by surprise :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Car rack for full sus bike? -
"You are correct that your style of bike rack is a total pain in the arse for most FS bikes (in fact, it only really works well for road bikes and hardtails, forget BMXes too). If you have a receiver for a trailer hitch or can fit one to your car, look at something like a [Thule T2]( It beats the heck out of a roof rack for convenience." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Preliminary proposal for monoidal category classes in the base Haskell library -
"It makes precisely zero sense to add these to the base package. The existing universe of packages is perfectly worthy as a home for this sort of code. New code that's available to *everyone* has to pay its way. While I have no objection to highly abstract code like this existing, it exemplifies a style of programming that is difficult to learn and only used by a very small number of Haskell programmers. I do not want to see base significantly further kmettified." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on This is why I love spring in the mountains - poolside beer garden is not optional! (Mt Buller yesterday) -
"That's because you haven't spent enough time in the beer garden yet." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Salomon BBR 8.9s? -
"Best capsule review I've seen of these: > Bottom line: I did not hate these nearly as much as I thought I would. I would not buy them, but then, I'm not their target market. The target appears to be an aging terminal intermediate who wants a ski that can handle most conditions he might encounter during the 7 days or so he skis each year at the places he flies to." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Opinions on ski racks. -
"They're about the same. At basically any given price point where Thule makes something, there'll be a competitive Yakima product that is almost indistinguishable. I've used both, and they're fine." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on [code-review] Compute the most depended on packages in Hackage. -
"You actually don't need to do it this way at lal (and you simply shouldn't, because downloading all of hackage is very expensive in server and bandwidth resources). All of the dependency information is already cached locally on your machine, and the packdeps package gives you direct access to it. Also, shows how you can use this information to calculate some more interesting stats." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Whistler vs Keystone (my vacation) -
"I second the recommendation to not go anywhere until January. Skiing in December is best left to addicts like me who are compelled to do it. If you only go once or twice a year, save it until there's a higher probability of decent coverage." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Ski rack help! -
"Look for last year's clamps on craigslist or eBay. If you're feeling super cheap, buy a few ratcheting tape systems and learn to rig them securely (i.e. read a book on knots). Bungee cords are not safe, and neither is some janktastic homegrown rig that can't handle hours of bumpy roads." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Whistler or Keystone? -
"It doesn't make much sense to make a plan that big for anywhere so early in the season. You simply can't rely on there being a good snowpack on opening day. Why wouldn't you go in January instead?" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on /r/skiing, what's is your biggest fear on skis, or what did it used to be? How did you overcome your fear? -
"Your friends *still* did you a massive disservice. Suppose the slope they were on ripped: would you have known how to find them and dig them out? Would you have been aware that if they both got buried in an avy, at least one of them would probably have died? Did you have enough knowledge of what was going on to be able to tell them if you were uncomfortable with their choice of terrain? Don't get me wrong, it's great to introduce friends to something new, but the level of objective hazard in backcountry skiing is high, and it's irresponsible to bring someone out there who doesn't know what they don't know." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Idioms: Building High Performance Networking Servers using Tcl -
"Tcl was mainstream 15-20 years ago. You're suffering from the recency illusion, which to be fair is the cognitive bias that 70% of the computer industry is based on." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Need help deciding if I should buy these skis -
"These are not advanced-to-expert skis by any stretch of the imagination. They're intended for intermediate skiers who stick to blue/black groomers. If you want an advanced ski, get something wider like a Mantra, and go up 15cm in length. Those are damn fine skis for railing the east coast ice and powder days both." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Your recommendation for mtn biking shorts -
"The only thing I don't like about the Hummvee was something I completely failed to anticipate: when I've got my rear suspension on my Stumpjumper in downhill mode, the left leg catches in the CTD switch fairly often. It doesn't seem dangerous, but it's very annoying. Chances are it won't happen to you, since it depends on the exact geometry of leg, seat, and suspension." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on conduit stream fusion -
""If *n* programming models aren't burdensome enough, we'll go inductive and try *n*+1!"" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on streaming tab-separated logfile analysis with pipes (instead of Python) -
"Looks like a legit bug that's been around for ages. I narrowed it down to a much less complex test last night with just a few minutes of work, will continue on it this morning." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on I've never been out west - where should I go this season? -
"Tahoe is just expensive. :-(" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on What is more ridiculous than mountain handbiking? Mountain unicycling! -
"This is true. There are very few other serious sports where you can legitimately hang onto your crotch for dear life the entire time." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on streaming tab-separated logfile analysis with pipes (instead of Python) -
"That's a lot of hairs to pluck individually from the back end of an angry yak. To what extent was this the immediate and intuitive answer to the question, versus something that took you a while to come up with? (This doesn't do a whole lot for my feeling that pipes and conduit make you do a whole lot of understanding up front before you can get much of anywhere.)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on RIP 2014-2015 ski season for me. Torn ACL - surgery in 6 weeks -
"That sucks, mate. I tore a few finger tendons climbing a few years ago, needed surgery to put me back together, was back climbing at the same level nine months later. Broke my leg skiing two seasons ago, ripped it up harder than ever afterwards. Think of this as the ghost of shredmas future saying it might turn out fine... If you can find a way to turn the experience from "this sucks" to "what can I learn while I've got this constraint to operate under", it makes a huge difference to the experience – or at least it did to me. Can't overstate the value of finding the good in the situation in a way that works for your personality." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on I've never been out west - where should I go this season? -
"I guess it depends on what you're used to. I ski Tahoe, and thought Revelstoke was unbelievably cheap. (Also unbelievably good, so totally second the recommendation.)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Good mtb shops in San Francisco or Tahoe? -
"Sports Basement is pretty good, a little cheaper than Mike's Bikes but also less specialised. There's also a Performance Bicycle that's worth checking out." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Awesome documentary for skiing/snowboarding peeps. Great tunes too. -
"If you view it as an extended demo reel for a filming and production company that's meant to woo big-spending clients, it makes a lot more sense. Now why they wanted people to pay actual money to sit through it is another question entirely. I wouldn't be in a rush to watch another Sherpas flick after it." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Alta this morning. -
"Yay! It's great, and I hope it melts, or else there'll be buried nastiness all season long..." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Must-ride trails in Downieville/Tahoe? -
"I'd recommend a mix of classics and obscure stuff. If you're riding midweek, the classics (e.g. flume trail) should be pretty quiet, but we still have a few busy weekends ahead, in which case you could emphasize the obscure stuff more. Don't miss the flume trail, seriously. Book a shuttle and you're in for an epic day that won't kill you. For obscurity, there's a lake loop south of Tahoe that I love. Start on 88 on a little dead end road remnant about a mile west of Blue Lakes Road, ride up to Scott's Lake, across to Big Meadow then south to Round Lake, then detour out to Dardanelles Lake. It's 23 to 27 miles depending, with some beautiful very quiet single track, techy climbs and descents, and you'll have a smile on your face the whole time. Map reading skills are essential :-)" - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Looking to buy first pair of powder skis. Help. -
"If you're a good skier and like to go fast, think about getting longer skis than you've linked above. Powder skis have a lot of rocker, which translates into a smaller contact patch under your foot, which means faster turns but lower max speeds. I'm 3 inches shorter than you, ride 187 Amperages in the pow, and often wish I had another 5cm." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Buying used skis, need advice -
"Those things are fossils from maybe 10-15 years ago. They might ski okay, but they're literally worthless; you might offer to pick them up for free or maybe $20 if they fit, ski them a few times, and see what happens. However, really old beginner skis are likely to not have been cared for well at all. The springs for the bindings are probably shot, so you're exposing yourself to possible injury. I think you should go to your local ski shop, tell them you're a newbie on a budget, and get either new skis and boots from last year's fleet, or ex-demo kit. If they have any sense, they'll treat you well, in the knowledge that you'll outgrow beginner stuff fast and be back for more." - Bryan O'Sullivan
bos on Going to have a spare day in Palo Alto - good MTB there? Renting? -
Other ways to read this feed:Feed readerFacebook