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  1. Mohammad
    03-27-2014 05:15 PM
    Wow, 11.1 and higher means not street-drivable? The Mazda standard engine has a compression ratio of 13.1:

    Not only is it street-driveable, it it also expected to last many years. It also runs on Octane 87 fuel. Perhaps Mazda has some sort of secret to the engine longevity? Or do you think these engines will invariably be less reliable as such?
  2. Mohammad
    03-27-2014 01:59 PM
    Understood and agreed.
    This is why I would love to own a new Mazda3. They have high output, but are still naturally aspirated. However, the engine has a high compression ratio - what does that mean from a reliability perspective?
  3. Mohammad
    03-27-2014 12:30 PM
    Ah, the that would be the Mazdaspeed. I have driven it, and it is a proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing. Also excellent sound system, as if the deep, bassy exhaust note wasn't enough! I would buy it if I had the money for it.
    You're right - I like Mazda because they dare to be different. It works sometimes. Having said that, they seem to maintain that sense of fun, of soul, of placing the driver first, that is so sorely missing in cars today.
    But aren't turbo'ed cars inherently more unreliable?
  4. Mohammad
    03-27-2014 11:58 AM
    Really appreciate your input, man.
    What are your thoughts on the Mazda3 in terms of engineering?
  5. VoiceOfReason
    03-19-2014 02:21 PM
    Glad you enjoyed it! I'd recommend this album for Circa Survive. It's their second album, and where that song came from. It's less raw than their first album so it's easier to get into right away! One thing about Circa is that all of their albums really flow together. They don't have a few good singles and a bunch of throwaway songs. It's all one cohesive experience!

    AFI is a little harder to recommend because each of their albums sound completely different from one another. They're one of my favorite bands but they certainly aren't for everyone. Most people consider this to be their best album!
  6. INTJRyan
    03-05-2014 11:06 PM
    INTJRyan commented on National Absinthe Day?
    Gimme a Brunello instead.
  7. asnivy
    02-21-2014 09:41 PM
    That's basically what I do with my recumbent bike (read news on the tablet, listen to music, play games, etc, for about 40-50 minutes). I'm mostly trying to cut body fat and maintain lean mass too.
  8. asnivy
    02-21-2014 09:13 PM
    What cardio exercises work best with your lifting routine, for you personally? I have a hard time doing anything but running when I've been lifting. :X
  9. Buttons
    02-08-2014 04:04 PM
    Buttons commented on Coffee as a ritual
    Don't wanna derail the coffee thread so thought I'd respond here. It says it's from the grape family; I learned the hard way while dealing with another health issue that grapes (fruit, juice etc) trigger terrible pain. An ex who has arthritis (I don't) says grape products affect him badly as well, so not sure if this product would be good for arthritis but that was one of the online claims.

    For what conditions is it marketed (what's it say on your container)? Internet search brings up a host of things, including bone repairing and weight loss which makes it sound like snake oil.

    I stay as natural as possble (less packaging the better), though rely on protein powder daily and supplements ocassionally (extra vitamins). Green phramacy has been a godsend to me vs pharmaceutcals or OTC products.
  10. Akherousia
    02-04-2014 01:49 PM
    Personally, I agree - the KV2T is simply the only one that comes close to my preferred specifications. I think, in the end, I'd be more likely to end up with a KV2 though - I would like to eventually have an alder guitar in my collection, and I love a snakeskin finish. But yes, I started off as a V fanboy so I'm partial to just about any design in that realm. I've learned on a V, as well, so the classical position comes naturally to me - so sitting down with a V was never an issue for me, and I even find myself playing my Schecters in classical position instead of 'over the knee', despite having since transitioned to superstrats.

    That's fair, and I can see the merit of that.
    It's not that you can't get an unfinished neck on a set-neck or neck-thru guitar, but they are exceedingly rare and relatively pricey in comparison. Personally, I prefer the feel of a gloss neck so to each their own. I do confess though, a nice and lightly touched neck does respond quite nice. Especially if you're a faster player, but I'm not too big into the 'shred' thing so I don't particularly mind. I find gloss necks force you to focus on your control and technique a little more, and I'm comfortable with that.

    And I do agree, there is an art to setting up a tremolo.
    Few understand that though, hence why most people seem to hate them. I'm also in the same boat as I barely even touch my tremolo, save for some very light vibrato work. Of course, I mess around with those inverted dives and bar flutters when I'm just jamming on it - but I seldom write around the tremolo, I just like the feel and tuning stability. The extra sustain is a nice touch too, and it gives me a lighter touch in the vibrato department when I need it.

    I'm a sucker for an FR, I must confess.
  11. Akherousia
    02-04-2014 01:21 PM
    For me, it all boils down to specifications.
    I play primarily metal as well, but I prefer a mahogany body and a maple neck - that is my 'perfect' tone, and as Jackson is very alder based whereas Ibanez focus on bolt-on construction (I prefer set-neck) and basswood bodies.. neither really work for me. I have played some Ibanez that came incredibly close to what I like, I believe it was their SA series? Still, something didn't feel right.. but then when I discovered Schecter, I felt like they were 'my brand'.

    I agree with you in the weight department, too.
    My main guitar is an even seven pounds, which is quite light and easy to handle. My C-1 FR is a bit heavier because of the tremolo system, and I do enjoy the extra weight as it just feels more 'solid' but generally it doesn't seem worth it to me. I don't mind it at home, but when you're on stage that weight adds up..

    I do still want a Jackson KV2T though. That was my first 'guitar crush'.
  12. Akherousia
    02-04-2014 12:50 PM
    No criticisms here, mate.
    It's important to have the equipment that reflect your needs as a musician, as well as dependability.

    I've got myself an Engl Powerball V.2 with a matching Engl Pro cabinet.
    Guitarwise, I've got a Schecter C-1 Artist III, a 2004 Schecter C-1 FR, and a 2003 Schecter C-1 Elite.

    I've also got a Schecter Stiletto Studio 5 for a bass, and an Epiphone Gothic V which I hold on to for sentimental reasons. The three Schecters listed above are my 'serious' guitars, though - as you can tell I'm one for brand loyalty. (And on that note, all loaded with Seymour Duncan pickups as well)

    So yeah, I'm no stranger to investing more into music than most people would deem 'acceptable'. But fuck 'em.
  13. Akherousia
    02-04-2014 12:14 PM
    Akherousia commented on emotional attachments to inanimate objects?
    What's your rig look like?
  14. ness2361
    01-28-2014 10:59 PM
    ness2361 commented on Internet friendships are a lie
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  16. SeverusSin
    12-21-2013 11:54 AM
    SeverusSin commented on How is it selfish to not want children?
    Well said
  17. infinitejest
    Dude. Can I pick your brain about this stuff and also about civil engineering. I'm pretty sure my brain was purpose-built for engineering, but I'm a doctor and I'd like to learn more about what it means to be a civil engineer.
  18. MrBreeze
    07-10-2013 06:35 PM
    MrBreeze commented on how long should a woman wait for the ring?
    kuddos to you
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  20. Tahiti
    03-29-2013 10:32 AM
    That's what I thought. Dumb thread.

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