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Stunts Questions / Re: Submitting tracks Zak Stunts
« Last post by Cas on October 23, 2019, 10:50:01 PM »
Hi, mate!  Glad that you're enjoying the Stunts community :)  Yes, these last years have seen a lot of interest by members in posting their own tracks. In other years, it was more common for the administrators to make most of the tracks and a few being "guest tracks" when somebody showed interest. Also, 2019 has been pretty active, so the list is full for this year, but you'll surely be able to get a slot for the next one.

If you're interested, I'm running my own tournament at r4k.fnhost.org called Race For Kicks. You can participate in both, of course. And I'm accepting guest tracks. Even for next month or December. I have had guest tracks before, but most of the time, it's been my tracks. Race For Kicks is OWOOT, meaning you can't just skip stunts. Read the rules section on the website for more details and/or refer to our wiki about this, although each tournament implements OWOOT slightly differently.
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Stunts Questions / Re: Submitting tracks Zak Stunts
« Last post by Overdrijf on October 23, 2019, 04:23:49 PM »
There will be a thread about it, most likely in the general chat - ZSC section. This was last year's.

I'm already working on an entry for next year as well.  ;D
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Stunts Questions / Submitting tracks Zak Stunts
« Last post by Corvetteday on October 23, 2019, 01:36:25 PM »
Having a great time as a registered pipsqueak on ZakStunts! Many thanks to all for making this possible :)
May be a silly question, but I see the tracks have been created by many of the pipsqueaks, how does one go about submitting a track for competition?
Andrew a.k.a Stingray86
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Chat - Misc / Re: Thoughts on world (or any country's) politics. Controversial?
« Last post by Cas on October 20, 2019, 01:06:22 AM »
I totally agree with you. I hope we can find the words to make other people understand what reason is about. Many feel that reason is cold and opposed to feelings, which are good and pure. Nothing could be more mistaken. When somebody, like a child, does not yet have a thinking structure developed, it's hard to make them see this. You can try and tell them "No, it's not that I don't want you to do this. YOU don't want to do this. It's just you still haven't realised."
   I'm not a professional, but I'm a number-person too. I should be a physicist, but I wasn't concentrated enough while at University and I left, distracted by my job at a call centre and a few things that had gone wrong in my life during that time. I've given private math lessons to highschool kids sometimes. I've found that my case helps, because I have the profile, yet I haven't gone all the way, so I haven't completely forgotten what ignorance feels like, ha, ha.
   I like pointing out things like the fact that while unlikely things are unlikely independently, it's really unlikely that nothing unlikely will happen to you from time to time, because there are too many unlikely things to happen. This is a common misunderstanding about "majority" or "most common thing" and the main reason why so many people believe in UFOs and miracles. Same way, if you have a bag with balls and each has a number from 1 to 100 and you remove the one with the number 100 and replace it with another 1, then you shuffle and you pick a ball randomly. The "most likely thing to happen" is that you'll get number 1, it's twice as likely as any other. But also, the most likely thing is that you will NOT get the number 1. It's 98 to 2. If common people would see these simple facts, they would vote very differently and they would approach their problems very differently too :)
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Chat - Misc / Re: Thoughts on world (or any country's) politics. Controversial?
« Last post by afullo on October 18, 2019, 02:02:35 PM »
Well, in a way, yes. I've heard many times the phrase that "a country has the politicians it deserves, since people chose them", but the thing is it's not just "people"... it's the "majority" that chose them. We could say politicians represent the average inhabitant. It's true. I just don't feel represented, ever. But... I prefer the republican system, not because it's good, but because every other option sucks too much.

At least in a republican system there are people in power (e.g., minoritarian deputies) controlling other people in power (e.g., the government in charge), thus preventing excesses which in other systems cannot be dealt with. Apart from this, I give often this example: I own a PhD in Mathematics, and you know that Mathematics is behind every technological device, and we are now basically dependent of technology; despite this, I guess that more of 50% of the people in every developed country, despite instructional systems which often work regardless of funds available (at least for public schools), believes that a mathematician solve problems just for his/her sake. This is why we cannot base our decisions simply on the "majority rule".

Giving your child the ability to form a criterion is something very special. It won't exactly make her "happy", because understanding what goes on in society leads to profound disappointment... realising how little reason there is in it. But not understanding this is much worse. It's strange, because ignorants don't seem to suffer their ignorance, still, we thinkers value our thinking so much... knowing that it causes sorrow. Yet somehow, it's the right thing to do, to pass on any wisdom we have, however modest. Passing the torch in hope one of us will get it to cross the line one day is the best we can do, mate, in my opinion.

I know. A lot of people just live in the moment, not worrying about what the future can reserve for themselves if they do not do the right things. And this is acceptable while being a child or a teenager, so your parents have to guide you, but when you become an adult, nobody cares about your lacking of long-term plans anymore, if you have not learnt in the meantime how to manage them. Teaching your son or daughter that he or she has to do his or her homework because otherwise he or she would not learn the lesson, and not because otherwise you would not allow him to play Fortnite or you would not buy her the dress she wants for the school party, for example, could be a first step toward a right conscience of how to deal with important things in life.
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Chat - Misc / Re: Numbers about yourself
« Last post by Usrin on October 18, 2019, 09:31:39 AM »
Yes - it will be opened for traffic at the end of December. The air was super clean, quite humid and a bit warmer (12 degrees) than outside. Like in a natural cave. With the absolute lack of wind, it felt warmer than ideal for running, even wearing only T-shirts and shorts.

Uhm, I've been in a few caves and I wouldn't enjoy running there. Moreover, running in an underwater tunnel means it's all downhill at the beginning, and all uphill at the end :P

Exactly. And the deepest point is not in the middle but at 17 km --> the last 4 km was a 7-8% incline, where I was rather walking than running. :) (I finished in 2:10:50, after reaching 17 km at ~1:30.)
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Chat - Misc / Re: Numbers about yourself
« Last post by dreadnaut on October 18, 2019, 01:17:24 AM »
Yes - it will be opened for traffic at the end of December. The air was super clean, quite humid and a bit warmer (12 degrees) than outside. Like in a natural cave. With the absolute lack of wind, it felt warmer than ideal for running, even wearing only T-shirts and shorts.

Uhm, I've been in a few caves and I wouldn't enjoy running there. Moreover, running in an underwater tunnel means it's all downhill at the beginning, and all uphill at the end :P
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Chat - Misc / Re: The Happy Birthday Topic
« Last post by CTG on October 17, 2019, 09:49:48 PM »
Happy birthday Lise!!!  ;D

The Danish beauty, Lise is pregnant! :o
It wasn't me.  ;D
(Unfortunately.  :'()
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Chat - Misc / Re: Numbers about yourself
« Last post by Usrin on October 17, 2019, 02:01:16 PM »
Accomplished. The new record is actually -292 m, I rather trust the organisers of the race than Wikipedia.
That's very cool! Was that before the opening to traffic? How's the air down there?

Yes - it will be opened for traffic at the end of December. The air was super clean, quite humid and a bit warmer (12 degrees) than outside. Like in a natural cave. With the absolute lack of wind, it felt warmer than ideal for running, even wearing only T-shirts and shorts.
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Chat - Misc / Re: Thoughts on world (or any country's) politics. Controversial?
« Last post by Cas on October 17, 2019, 09:28:44 AM »
Well, in a way, yes. I've heard many times the phrase that "a country has the politicians it deserves, since people chose them", but the thing is it's not just "people"... it's the "majority" that chose them. We could say politicians represent the average inhabitant. It's true. I just don't feel represented, ever. But... I prefer the republican system, not because it's good, but because every other option sucks too much.

Giving your child the ability to form a criterion is something very special. It won't exactly make her "happy", because understanding what goes on in society leads to profound disappointment... realising how little reason there is in it. But not understanding this is much worse. It's strange, because ignorants don't seem to suffer their ignorance, still, we thinkers value our thinking so much... knowing that it causes sorrow. Yet somehow, it's the right thing to do, to pass on any wisdom we have, however modest. Passing the torch in hope one of us will get it to cross the line one day is the best we can do, mate, in my opinion.
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