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by morbit
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

I don't think Olympic athletes are allowed to compete drunk, though. Not that it would help them or anything. In any case, booze has the advantage of being culturally ingrained. You can't take that away. That depends on sport. In most alcohol is allowed in-competition. I think most of these are non...
by morbit
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

Just stoking the fire... If steroids are banned because they're bad for athletes' health, why isn't everything that's potentially bad for their health banned? I mean certain exercise regimens will lead to enhanced performance while simultaneously causing concentric hypertrophy of the heart muscle l...
by morbit
Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

But even if this particular case doesn't turn out to be roid-rage there are plenty of proven cases historically. I say bring them on. (And please don't be those "poly substance abuse, mentally unstable to start with" ones. If such cases are enough for you you could just look into American...
by morbit
Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

elasto wrote:Whether or not it's true in this particular case <...>


Eh? What's sense of citing very weak anecdotal correlation then? There is also well evidenced strong correlation with having
prosthetics for running, as well.
by morbit
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

It's obviously a compound thing, but if you want to give andropause any recognition, testosterone drop should at least explain some of it. I agree that any way you cut it, there is a lot of grey area though. I'm referring to European cycling here, ymmv. I will remain sceptical, doesn't look too diff...
by morbit
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

Oh. Personal experience. I took two rounds of steroid for a serious injury. It helped, a lot. It did effect my emotional responses. I felt better. It lifted my mood. (Shrug.) Mine was short term use. Long term use changes many things. I can't cite studies now, but I think that depression correlatio...
by morbit
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

At regular prescription doses, you would be correct. However, the dosage that produces the greatest increase in muscular/aerobic capacity is significantly higher than the dosage used to counteract natural deficiencies. Another interesting point in Bigger Stronger Faster* is that apparently it is re...
by morbit
Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

I can't believe we've got to page three of this topic without a mention of cycling or Lance Armstrong. Anyway I just thought I'd mention that David Millar's book gives a really good account of the pressures athletes find themselves under. Yup, road cycling is doping insanity at it's highest. I don'...
by morbit
Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

For example, are steroids banned in boxing? Yes, even more fictitiously than everywhere else. And probably less so than caffeine pills Hell no. Caffeine is probably as benign stimulant as it can be. Steroids innately work on much lower level of organism (your own, endogenous ones as well as exogeno...
by morbit
Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

If we're going to stop steroid use, then we're going to need a far more intrusive environment on how athletes live and work. You'll need to watch your athletes 24 hours a day. You'll need to watch their coaches, their trainers, their friends. You'll need to look at everything they eat, drink, and b...
by morbit
Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

I was waiting for someone to bring up the documentary Bigger Stronger Faster*, which might be worth watching if you like that sort of thing. Ebert remarks that it is "pro-steroid", but is even more against the win-win mentality that drives people to use steroids. Certainly, it makes the c...
by morbit
Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 45746

Re: 1168: Tar

webgiant wrote:
rwald wrote:I immediately thought "tar -xvf my_file_name.tar.gz"; I'm not seeing the challenge, here.

I'm not seeing a challenge either. Maybe the new crop of Unix users aren't using the CLI as much as we did.


tar xf for me, same sentiment.
by morbit
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35081

Re: 1173: Steriods

Yea. The big problem with Steroids is, they will kill you. Even those of us who are kept alive by them are slowly being killed by them; it's more a question of, would you rather drop dead in the next few weeks, or would you rather lose a decade or two off of your otherwise natural life. Excuse me? ...

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