Out of the Blue

I'm not sure if it's a goner, but my Herman Miller Aeron chair suffered a serious setback this morning. A few years ago I found a way to keep the left arm of the chair from gradually lowering itself, but this morning the left arm of the chair broke off altogether. Broke is actually a mild description, it basically exploded. I'll fully evaluate the prospects of repairing this when I get the chance, but a quick look shows there is at least one broken metal part in the midst, so I don't know yet if I need a new chair. If I do, it will be interesting to evaluate the lines of gaming chairs that have emerged in recent years, and see if they tempt me into trying something new. It should be hard to convince me to get something different, as, though this Aeron chair was pretty expensive when I got it, it has been helping me avoid back pain for over 16 years now.

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Interesting, I thought they had a definition of weight more specific than that. Something like "X cubic centimeters of water at a specific temperature and pressure." Weird.
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jdreyer wrote on Jun 30, 2016, 04:35:
Nobody's Exactly Sure How Much A Kilogram Is Right Now. Actually my uncle's work.

Wait, your uncle is a cocaine smuggler?


Haha, no, he works at NIST in "Fundamental Physical Constants," and has been deeply embroiled in the argument over how to define the kilo for years now. He stands steadfastly against the idea of measuring everything against a hunk of platinum in Paris.
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Nobody's Exactly Sure How Much A Kilogram Is Right Now. Actually my uncle's work.

Wait, your uncle is a cocaine smuggler?



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Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 22:35:
Apologies in advance, but upon seeing the clip of this I had to post about it. Donald Trump talking from the podium at a rally about free trade:

"I want great deals. I don't care if they're free. I don't care if they're fair. I don't care if they're good. I don't care if they're horrendous. I just want great deals. I'll do it all different ways."

Uh... yeah.

His Brexit comments were nonsensical gold:

I think it's going to end up being a great thing, and the beautiful, beautiful, beautiful thing is your people have taken the country back and there's something very, very nice about that, and they voted, and it's been peaceful, and it was strong and very contentious, and in many respects I watched last night and it was a little bit ugly, but it's been an amazing process to watch.

The thing to remember is that the Brexit vote result comes from the same place as Trump's support (and Bernie's too): People are pissed about the status quo.

- Jobs are unstable.
- Wages have been flat for decades while productivity has soared, and all those gains (ALL of them) have gone to the wealthy.
- Greedy bankers and brokers crashed the economy and caused trillions in losses, and not a single person went to jail or even lost their job.
- There is little difference between the parties on most issues, and no hope of electing anyone else.

And on, and on.
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Verno wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 11:10:
Missed the last page about 16 years. I'm surprised it didn't go longer but oh well, that's a pretty respectable lifespan. Personally I would re-up but Humanscale and Steelcase both have great options these days too. Sounds like its time to take Mrs Blue shopping and oh look, we can stop at this showroom on the way what a coincidence!

I use a Steelcase at work, super adjustable and comfortable. Looked it up on Amazon, and they go for $1300.
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Jun 29, 2016, 22:35
 
Apologies in advance, but upon seeing the clip of this I had to post about it. Donald Trump talking from the podium at a rally about free trade:

"I want great deals. I don't care if they're free. I don't care if they're fair. I don't care if they're good. I don't care if they're horrendous. I just want great deals. I'll do it all different ways."

Uh... yeah.
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Jun 29, 2016, 19:12
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El Presidente, I have the same chair and same problem with the left arm lowering...keeps hitting my keyboard. Hope you can get a replacement part.
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Jun 29, 2016, 16:06
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Blue wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 12:25:
Verno wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 11:45:
I'm not sure if its just the metal arm/brace itself but there are some Ebay sellers with arms and stuff if you decide to fix it. When mine gets to that point I will probably pick up a used chair to gut for parts, I see them around here for $200-300. Anyways good luck and let us know how it goes.

I just never think of times like this as the perfect role for eBay.
I just ordered a hardened replacement for the bolt that broke.

I should have bought the replacement for the whole height wheel mechanism, because now I remember that my old one was slipping. I guess I can still consider getting that down the road.

New Aeron chair is $939 on Amazon.
The current crop of "ergonomic" racing gaming chairs are $200-$500.
My eBay bolt was $9.99.

Thanks Verno!

Congrats! I also use an Aeron at work - sitting in it now in fact.

Although mine has hobbit skulls as arm rests, and a cackling imp familar perched on the back.
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Nucas wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 14:23:
i've been using a la-z-boy swivel rocker as my computer chair for 18 years now. maybe it's something about the angle, but it's just perfect for me, i never get wrist pain or anything.

That's funny. I stopped into a Lazyboy store today - one just opened up not from my house - to check out the recliners. My buddy has one and I've passed out in it enough to know how comfy they are so I think I'm going to get one myself before too long.
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Jun 29, 2016, 14:23
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i've been using a la-z-boy swivel rocker as my computer chair for 18 years now. maybe it's something about the angle, but it's just perfect for me, i never get wrist pain or anything.
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That Juniper is one big planet
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Glad to hear it worked out, cheers Blue.
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Verno wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 11:45:
I'm not sure if its just the metal arm/brace itself but there are some Ebay sellers with arms and stuff if you decide to fix it. When mine gets to that point I will probably pick up a used chair to gut for parts, I see them around here for $200-300. Anyways good luck and let us know how it goes.

I just never think of times like this as the perfect role for eBay.
I just ordered a hardened replacement for the bolt that broke.

I should have bought the replacement for the whole height wheel mechanism, because now I remember that my old one was slipping. I guess I can still consider getting that down the road.

New Aeron chair is $939 on Amazon.
The current crop of "ergonomic" racing gaming chairs are $200-$500.
My eBay bolt was $9.99.

Thanks Verno!
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Jun 29, 2016, 12:13
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Email the company and ask for a replacement.
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Take this opportunity to upgrade to a herman miller mirra chair. it's like an Aeron but better in basically every way.
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 Verno
 
I'm not sure if its just the metal arm/brace itself but there are some Ebay sellers with arms and stuff if you decide to fix it. When mine gets to that point I will probably pick up a used chair to gut for parts, I see them around here for $200-300. Anyways good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Verno wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 11:10:
Missed the last page about 16 years. I'm surprised it didn't go longer but oh well, that's a pretty respectable lifespan.

Well especially given its level of use. It's nothing to be proud of, but I'm sure this thing had my ass in it for more than 12 hours for more than half the days of its life.

I replaced the cracked arm pads a couple of years ago, but I am so far having trouble finding a replacement arm mechanism. Still not sure a replacement would work, but if they can't be found, I guess it's moot.
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Missed the last page about 16 years. I'm surprised it didn't go longer but oh well, that's a pretty respectable lifespan. Personally I would re-up but Humanscale and Steelcase both have great options these days too. Sounds like its time to take Mrs Blue shopping and oh look, we can stop at this showroom on the way what a coincidence!
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The chair I use is now almost 20 years old. The padding on the arms is basically gone. Compressed to nothing.

It was a $99 chair from BJs. Not a looker, but man, is it comfortable. Maybe some day I'll upgrade to the Aeron, but this thing is just stupid comfortable.
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16 years is pretty damn respectable. Might want to hit up a local dealer about warranty on parts. A *good* chair is something everyone that games or works at a desk should invest in. $700 over the course of a decade is a pittance for the aches, pains, and damage cheap chairs are responsible for.
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