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Old 10-05-2007, 11:20 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Goal for this year is to just keep on progressing and helping my GF progress even more. Plan to get at least 40days in this year which is difficult when you live 4.5 hours from the closest mountain and can only ride on weekends but I got to 35 last year so hopefully I can find those few more with the extra trips out west. I also need to get more comfortable when I'm going faster and not turn as much on the steeps and just be comfortable bombing the hill.
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Old 10-05-2007, 12:52 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I am just hopeing to be allowed in the BC ... doc said i am banned from doing anything to strenous atm .... damn blood presure ..... cross your fingers for me that the drugs work their magic!!!! I really can't see my self not being able to ride but i don't want to hurt my heart!!!
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Old 10-05-2007, 04:32 PM   #33 (permalink)
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my ambition is to get me some.

i still have thoughts of japan

but mainly i am looking at switzerland, austria, france AND italy

i fucking love this sport that provokes me to visit so many parts of this wonderful planet!

and then if when i get there, the situation is good to jump and spin, or hopefuly just carve and slash, then i'll just go with the flow.....

whoosh!
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:15 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Paolo - you sounded almost poetic there. Thanks for sharing man, that probably took alot to open up like that and be vulnerable. Say with me... "Life IS better without politics!"


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my ambition is to get me some.

i still have thoughts of japan

but mainly i am looking at switzerland, austria, france AND italy

i fucking love this sport that provokes me to visit so many parts of this wonderful planet!

and then if when i get there, the situation is good to jump and spin, or hopefuly just carve and slash, then i'll just go with the flow.....

whoosh!
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Old 10-06-2007, 04:46 AM   #35 (permalink)
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hehehe. life is presented with a time consuming challenge, when considering politics when trapped at work.... but after a friday night at the pub and with too many pints of the black stuff sloshing about inside me, it's all bear hugs and "argh, i love you man!"


but it remains true, that this snowboarding lark has caused me to explore places i would never have looked twice at before... and this world is wonderful, which is why i am so ardently opposed to our blowing it up.

but i am glad my post struck a chord.
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Old 10-06-2007, 02:50 PM   #36 (permalink)
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those images are bonkers!

wow! what a trip!

good planets are hard to find!

it makes it easy to see why some would want to simply say, 'yeah that's no big deal, god did it all.'
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Old 10-06-2007, 02:53 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Wow, that really is amazing. We really are just a speck in it all.
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Old 10-07-2007, 12:24 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Like you said, Paolo, the more you learn how truly special this little planet is, the more you should want to fight to protect if from people who do not see how precious it is.
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good planets are hard to find!
From the information I've read the HUDF (Hubble Ultra Deep Field) portrait contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies.
The patch of sky where those galaxies reside is largely empty to the naked eye.
The size of that patch of sky is about 1/10th the diameter of the moon.

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The FOV of the HST is about the size of a grain of salt held at arms length.
^^ Gives you an idea of how big that “patch of sky” really is.


They ("Earth" like exoplanets) mite not be so hard to find in the universe.

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DO NOT CONSIDER THIS TO BE ACCURATE!


Rough estimation:
-Number of galaxies in the universe 100 Billion
-Number of stars per galaxy 100 Billion
So the number of stars in the universe is 100 billion x 100 billion.
-Number of stars in the universe is 10 sextillion
Cosmologists believe that planetary formations around a star are quite common.
For the sake of easy math let’s say only 1 in a million & 1 per system.
-Number of exoplanets in the universe 10 quadrillion.
Now let’s say that only 1 in a million can support life.
-Number of exoplanets that can support life 10 billion.

Given the odds how could extraterrestrial life not exist.
It would only take 1 other [exo]planet out of an unknown number of others.

I’ll concede & agree that we must take care of Earth as it is all we have (right now).
But saying Earth is the only one isn’t statistically likely, as universe is a big place.
It is highly plausible that other “good planets” do exist… we just haven’t found ‘em yet. 212 exoplanets are known around nearby stars!



How many stars are there in our Galaxy (Milky Way)?
Exoplanets
30 Billion Earths? New Estimate of Exoplnets in our Galaxy
What Fraction of Sun-like Stars Have Planets?
Is there any other life in the universe?
Hubble Space Telescope
Kepler Mission
The Milky Way Galaxy
Hunting planets along the Milky Way
Study Predicts Trillions Of Planets
How Many Habitable Planets Could Be Out There?



ETA: This post made me think of this:
"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." -Bill Watterson

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Oh yeah, I totally agree that the likelihood that life is prolific throughout the universe is extremely high. The vast size and time to travel is the real dilema. Even with faster than light travel it is bind boggling!
Intra solar travel, now that looks promising...Snowboarding on Europa anyone?
I'm in!

Afterwards we'll head over to Miranda & base jump off Verona Rupes.

ETA: I also say we visit Triton, sounds like a good place to snowboard.

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Old 10-07-2007, 05:02 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Just to be able to ride better, and master boxes and small jumps (aka 10ft).
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