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Dec 29, 2014 emor commented on The Stranger's Staff Argues Over Whether You Should Wear a Bike Helmet.
I'm a committed cyclist. 2014 will be my lowest-mileage year since taking up the hobby (due to a new baby) and I'm going to clock in just shy of 4,000 miles.

I wear a helmet. However, I think it's extremely important to note that a helmet doesn't really make cycling all that much safer. It doesn't magically make a risky maneuver any less risky. It doesn't make that car moving 45mph any less dangerous. Keep in mind that a helmet needs to provide protection of only 7mph direct impact to be approved for use. You will be seriously injured in the worst crashes -- the guy who was paralyzed by a crack in the Montlake Bridge was wearing a helmet. Most of the recent cyclists fatalities in the state were wearing helmets.

The worst thing you can do is don a helmet and act like you're safer. This makes you less safe since the only thing that really makes you safer on a bicycle is increased awareness and vigilance on a bike. Become sufficiently vigilant and your sudden endos might become a little less common. That car that "came out of nowhere" might actually be noticed and accounted for before you end up sprawled on the hood. Of course, you will still have crashes -- most recently a tourist jaywalked from behind a parked truck, leaving me less than a second to react. Boom(I didn't hit my head, BTW).

Responsible adults should be able to choose whether or not they want to wear safety equipment like a helmet (children, who are terrible cyclists who rarely crash at speeds over a few mph should of course be required to wear helmets). The "but it's selfish for cyclists to expect society to pay for that choice" argument is a stupid red herring. People make that exact kind of choice every day (overeating, sedentary living, speeding in their car, jaywalking, drug use, skydiving, hiking, whatever). Why is it different for cyclists?

Dec 23, 2014 emor commented on Molly Moon's Closes for Four Days Due to Snoqualmie Ice Cream Recall.
I had heard this rumored. Glad to have it confirmed.
Dec 10, 2014 emor commented on Supreme Court Basically Rules That Your Employer Doesn't Owe You Any Money for Treating You Like a Thief.
Law or not, precedent or not, I would not be happy with a job that forced me to stand around for 2.5 hours every week with no pay. That would fill me with rage, actually.
Nov 26, 2014 emor commented on The Internet Has Reached Peak Toxicity.
"Most Americans simply want to be left alone. If you don't respect that tendency, you're gonna' make the bear angry."

Nov 17, 2014 emor commented on A Millionaire's Tax in Seattle?.

I know you feel that it is immoral for poor people to buy anything other than food, but you do realize that everyone has to buy things that are not food, even poor people. And that these things are not always iPads and big screen TVs. Since you're a complete fucking idiot, I'll give some examples:





These are just a few of the non-food items that poor people buy. And despite your diseased worldview, it's not immoral for poor people to buy them. And because they are taxed at the same 9.5% that your friends are taxed at, they pay a higher percentage of their income for them.

Nov 17, 2014 emor commented on A Millionaire's Tax in Seattle?.

Though I'm loathe to respond to trolls, I think this is important info to share:

The problem with Washington's tax structure is that the less money you make, the higher your effective tax rate is.

That is utter bullshit, of course, and anyone who's not a raving lunatic asshole would agree.
Nov 14, 2014 emor commented on The Morning News: Washington Tightens Logging Rules to Prevent Catastrophic Mudslides.
I'm really sorry to hear 5280 died. So sad. He certainly added a lot of interest to SLOG over the years.

What are people reading for Seattle stuff these days? I'm trying Seattlish, Publiclola (what happened to Erica, BTW?), and I never liked Crosscut much, but nothing is giving me what SLOG used to give me. My neighborhood blog (wallyhood) is a hilarious joke at the expense of my dull NIMBY neighbors. I've been posting here for almost seven years, but since I'm basically a doofus I'm not beloved like y'all, but boy do I miss the old SLOG and the interesting folks who contributed.
Nov 4, 2014 emor commented on Election Night 2014! Running Just as Fast as We Can to All the Election Night Parties.

Oooooohhhhh that's what they meant.
Oct 23, 2014 emor commented on Why Do Record Nerds Care About Matrix Numbers?.

Yes, that is what being a nerd is. For example, don't get me started on 10mm differences in the "trail" aspect of a bicycle's geometry. Or what a 10th of a mm difference in the thickness of the top tube can do to the "feel" of a particular bicycle. These subjects are profoundly boring to 99% of the general public, but are frequently discussed by inveterate bicycle nerds.

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