March 31, 2017

GAINZZZ & BRAINZZZ Thread
— Ace

I had to take some time off from working out because I'd overdone it. Because I wasn't working out, I wasn't drinking my potions. Creatine, citrulline, glutamine, BCAAs. Problem with that: That was pretty much the way I was drinking most of the (inadequate) water I was getting. So now having gone off the powders, I'd gone off water too.

So I wound up badly dehydrated. This is why I've been in-and-out this week. I got really badly dehydrated. And when you get dehydrated, you feel lethargic, which prompts you to drink caffeine, which acts as a diuretic and flushes more water out, which makes you more lethargic, etc.

Anyway, I gotta think I'll finally start drinking water regularly now that I wound up having to go to a doctor with semi-scary symptoms only to hear him say, for the tenth time: "You have to drink more water, asshole.'

Well, hopefully it's just a matter of drinking water. We'll see by Monday.

As I have no GAINZZZ (unless you consider dropping your blood pressure to dangerous levels a "gain"), I thought I'd mention the BRAINZZZ GAINZZZ side of things.

Below, two videos by that guy whose videos I always link now. The first is how the Internet is deliberately designed to increase the human brain's appetite for quick and easy distraction, and then, having stoked that appetite, to then offer a fix for the craving for distraction it's created -- the next Wikipedia link, the next video, the next Tweet.

It's an elaboration of that article that got a lot of attention nine years ago, "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," which asked if the internet was reprogramming our brains away from thinking in focused ways towards thinking (or not thinking) in a manner that might be diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder in a kid, always looking for that next shiny link to click instead of finishing the article, or even the sentence, one is reading right now.

"Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?" So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Bowman, having nearly been sent to a deep-space death by the malfunctioning machine, is calmly, coldly disconnecting the memory circuits that control its artificial brain. “Dave, my mind is going,” HAL says, forlornly. "I can feel it. I can feel it."

I can feel it, too. Over the past few years I've had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn't going--so far as I can tell--but it's changing. I'm not thinking the way I used to think. I can feel it most strongly when Im reading. Immersing myself in a book or a lengthy article used to be easy. My mind would get caught up in the narrative or the turns of the argument, and I'd spend hours strolling through long stretches of prose. That's rarely the case anymore. Now my concentration often starts to drift after two or three pages. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel as if I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.

I think I know what’s going on. For more than a decade now, I’ve been spending a lot of time online, searching and surfing and sometimes adding to the great databases of the Internet... Even when I’m not working, I'm as likely as not to be foraging in the Web’s info-thickets’reading and writing e-mails, scanning headlines and blog posts, watching videos and listening to podcasts, or just tripping from link to link to link. (Unlike footnotes, to which they’re sometimes likened, hyperlinks don’t merely point to related works; they propel you toward them.)

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But that boon comes at a price. As the media theorist Marshall McLuhan pointed out in the 1960s, media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.

I've mentioned this before, but I'm pretty much certain that this is true. I was never a great reader, and always prone to distraction, but a few years ago I noticed that I had become unbearably unfocused, no longer able to even read a book.

I've tried a few things to improve that. The things that seem to be effective are:

1. Actually trying to read a book. This is actually tough, because if you have Internet Onset ADD, you will find your mind continually drifting off from the thing you're reading, becoming impatient that there is not a hyperlink in the book you can click to, or a sidebar featuring Beach Bodies and Baby Bumps (as the Daily Mail specializes in).

This will result in you being bored, because you're not actually following the flow of the book in the way that it would actually stimulate your brain. And this will frustrate you, and make you feel dumb, and you will therefore not want to continue, because people don't like doing things that frustrate them and make them feel dumb.

People don't like to start exercising again after a long period off because they don't like that feeling I used to be a lot better at this.

So all of that will happen, but still, if you suspect your focus and attention span have been compromised by Internet Onset ADD, you just have to tell yourself It's normal that this is going to be frustrating at first and do it anyway.

2. The other thing, of course, is that you have to remove all distraction from the room when you're trying to read. If you're reading skills have suffered due to fragmented attention syndrome, as mine had, you certainly should not add to that problem by having the TV or radio on. And if you're reading on a device that offers internet access, like a tablet, then you have to download a program which will block you from accessing the internet when you're trying to read, or write, or get other actual work done.

Some of those have an emergency "Let me go on the internet for five minutes" button, so you can get out of it, if you want.

But if you're already suffering from fragmented attention syndrome, you can't have the Shiny Distractions tempting you to click away from the thing you're trying to get your mind to focus on. That turns something which is already hard (getting your focus back) into something impossible.

The second video below talks about the problem of fragmented focus, and sounds a lot like the Cal Newport book Deep Work: Rules for Success in a Distracted World, which I read and reviewed here. (Don't comment on old posts!)

Newport makes the point that if you stop for one minute to read and respond to an email in the middle of more cognitively-demanding work, you're not just taking one minute off. Because, he argues persuasively, it will take you several minutes of bearing down to get back into the focused mode you were in before stopping to read an email and dash off a quick response. Every time you fragment your attention like that, he says, you're not just losing thirty seconds or a minute or two minutes; you must, when returning to work, reconstruct your entire chain of thought and get into focused mode again.

His point is that interrupting work ten times for distracting, minor tasks winds up fragmenting your focus so badly that you might as well not even bother trying to do work at all.

Multitasking is a lie, is is his big point.

The second video below makes that point with reading. He notes that when you get bored of reading and go check your iPhone for Reddit or Twitter or whatever, and then return to reading, you actually have to go back and read the last couple of a paragraphs again, because otherwise the paragraph you abandoned won't make sense. You won't even know what's going on; you have to refresh your memory by re-reading that which you've already read.

And obviously the more times you do this, the slower you'll read, and the less you'll actually comprehend the book (and probably, the less you'll enjoy it).

He analogizes it to clearing the brain's cache of short-term memory every time you switch from one task to another. As long as you're keeping on one task, your cache of short-term memory can keep up with the new information you're adding, and make sense of it, and put it together into a coherent whole.

But every time you use that limited cache to do something else, you lose the work you've already done, and you have to re-fill that cache by doing the work a second (or third time).

I saw this video last night and immediately recognized that that is true, at least for me: I can't tell you how many times I've had to go back and re-read a relatively simple sentence or paragraph simply because I got distracted by something else (including my own daydreams). Then at some point I realize that while my eyes are "reading" -- moving from word to word on a page -- my conscious brain is actually completely disengaged from that physical process and is ignoring the input from my eye-reading to think about something else.

My brain has, literally, lost the plot at that point.

To me, this seems incontrovertibly true. I guess it's obvious, but sometimes obvious things aren't as obvious as they ought to be. Without distraction, I can read a book in two or three nights; if I let myself be distracted, with the TV of some crap show I only barely care about in background, or with the computer open and beckoning me "Come check this entry on Wikipedia," I can't finish the book at all. I'll put it down after four chapters.

Another thing on the "To Do" list which never actually gets done.

Just because I felt I had to look something up or otherwise distract my brain from more focus-intensive tasks.

These ideas apply to anything -- including just doing your job. But if you've been having trouble reading lately, you might start trying to regain that skill, which is kind of a foundational ability for all other kinds of focused brainwork.

So: Do you have any GAINZZZ brahs? And do you intend any GAINZZZ of your BRAINZZZ -- new (or newly re-discovered) hobbies, interests, skills, etc.?

And do any of you have this same feeling of having gotten dumber as you got older? This can't just be me and two other assholes on the internet. Please tell me this isn't just me and two other assholes on the internet.

BTW: I've tried playing various audio tracks branded as "sounds for focus and study and relaxation" or whatnot. They don't work for me; my mind is a junkie always on the hunt for its next fix of distraction, and does get distracted by those too. But they might work for you, especially if they help drown out other more distracting noises, like YOUR ASSHOLE BOSS with his stupid whining that he's not paying you to read Hardy Boys on the job.

Maybe white noise or pink noise would work.

Also BTW: People used to ask why I bothered trying to learn French late in life (29 is sort of late). It was because of this feeling I had that my brain just wasn't capable of learning any more. I wanted to try to learn something just to prove that I could, and to retain (or rekindle) my ability to do so. I became worried that my brain had lost its neuroplasticity, its ability to make new neurons and new connections between neurons, and I wanted to try something that would kick-start it back to doing so.



Posted by: Ace at 01:57 PM | Comments (384)
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1 st.

Posted by: DinsdalePiranha at March 31, 2017 01:51 PM (NWt75)

2 Bye Bye stubborn belly fat!

Posted by: wth at March 31, 2017 01:54 PM (HgMAr)

3 rats! I hit backspace instead of enter!
now I know how Joe Biden feels sometimes.


Keith Olbermann is a twat, too.

Posted by: mallfly suPreme at March 31, 2017 01:55 PM (b7fwp)

4 You're not alone, Ace.

Posted by: otho at March 31, 2017 01:56 PM (lmIoG)

5 I just completed a 7 day fast. I lost 20 lbs, as I went from 288 to 268. After the third day it was pretty easy, though I missed the mood pick up from eating. Drank lots of water. I don't want my doc yelling at me. Just finished off a rib eye, salad and cottage cheese. Gonna try and keep it there for today.

Posted by: Smashmaster at March 31, 2017 01:56 PM (iivN5)

6 did anyone mention there's a new thread or do people just find this topic less exciting than people trying to overthrow the president because he doesn't happen to be a slob in an XL pantsuit?

Posted by: mallfly suPreme at March 31, 2017 01:57 PM (b7fwp)

7 Get a filter pitcher for water. Make lots of ice or pop for a tabletop ice maker. Use the filtered water for the ice. Ice cold, filtered water, tastes like heaven when you're really thirsty (not just "I need caffeine"). Drink just that instead of anything else and you'll notice health benefits pretty quickly, including kicking the caffeine habit. Its a hell of alot cheaper to buy a filter every season than 18 bags of coffee every 4 months

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 01:57 PM (39g3+)

8 or do people just find this topic less exciting than people trying to overthrow the president because he doesn't happen to be a slob in an XL pantsuit? Yes. If you're not working out/trying to lose weight, not much to talk about.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2017 01:58 PM (TUUTu)

9 I got a small raise at work and I decided that I would splurge on signing up for the Great Courses Plus which is the streaming version of the Great Courses and so far I like it quite a bit. That you also get the pdf of the course to download and keep is a fantastic addition to me. I'm watched stuff on engineering and astronomy and art and music and right now (as in I hit pause to type this) I'm watching the course on the Etruscans and I'm on the lecture about goverment and, get this, since there was government, those who rule have been handing out infrastructure projects to maintain support. Oh human nature.

Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 01:59 PM (dEQP3)

10 I cried two hours earlier about hitting a wall today. Nope I just needed to hear the excuses pour out of me, which I did. Ending my 2 hour training. Feeling awesome. Glad I decided to train. Close to 60 pounds since Thanksgiving. Have gone from a 44 in waist to a 34 inch waist. I may have to join a fitness cult. My life is about to get really difficult.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 01:59 PM (lCTsV)

11 Hey, man, watch out for kidney stones if you've been de-hydrated for a while... just passed a couple myself, not a lot of fun......

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:00 PM (br2jI)

12 More water, cannot be said enough. We take it for granted. If food tastes salty you are dehydrated. If urine is getting more color you are dehydrated. We have to make sure we drink enough.

Posted by: Dehydrated Into An ER at March 31, 2017 02:01 PM (uz/Pv)

13 >>>11 Hey, man, watch out for kidney stones if you've been de-hydrated for a while... just passed a couple myself, not a lot of fun...... i just drank another 8 ounces after reading that.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:01 PM (8rNrN)

14 Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 06:59 PM (dEQP3) What courses are we talking here? Augusta? Pebble Beach? Come on, make with the details!!!!!

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:02 PM (br2jI)

15 Jake Tapper works for the Intelligence Community?

Posted by: [/i][/b]andycanuck[/s][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:02 PM (nlbfN)

16 re 12: I have the last sentence down pat.

Posted by: mallfly suPreme at March 31, 2017 02:02 PM (b7fwp)

17 #15 Sorry. Wrong post. I guess I had too many tabs open and got confused.
I wish there was something that would stop that from happening.

Posted by: [/i][/b]andycanuck[/s][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:03 PM (nlbfN)

18 Gainzzz Brainzzz? For zombies?

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:03 PM (GPaiX)

19 GAINNZZ to date (started serious keto on 10FEB): Down 25lbs according to the scale yesterday morning. Only 60 more to go to 165. Maybe less, depending on body composition changes as I go on, i.e. if I'm at 175 and it's muscle and not fat, I'll call it good and shift from loss macros to maintenance.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:03 PM (GUBah)

20 >>.15 Jake Tapper works for the Intelligence Community? no, he meant "James Clapper," former DNI

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:03 PM (8rNrN)

21 i just drank another 8 ounces after reading that. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:01 PM (8rNrN) Good man, you have to keep that urine light yellow at all costs! HEH! Sounds like an awesome Action Movie Premise!!!!!

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:03 PM (br2jI)

22 Yep, water. It's (to me, at least) an evolutionary conundrum that our bodies don't effectively communicate "thirst" compared to "hunger" - when you can survive weeks without food, but days without water.

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 02:04 PM (+wjl1)

23 Was gonna read the whole post, ace, but got distracted. (just kidding)

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 02:04 PM (+wjl1)

24 re interruptions and focus thing... Several years back my company moved most of us to either open seating or open tiny cubes. It is almost impossible to concentrate without having headphones on blasting music. but, every little walk by, noise and new smell knocks me off what I am working on like eleventy billion times per day. Mentioned this to various bosses and only get the 'cuz collaboration.

Posted by: havildar-major at March 31, 2017 02:04 PM (jpW6t)

25 I may have to join a fitness cult. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 06:59 PM (lCTsV) That's what I'm doing Tuesday.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:05 PM (GUBah)

26 I've been walking 3-6 miles a day for the last week and a half, and still trying to keep to a HPLC intake. I don't know where my weight has gone, but my body fat seems to be disappearing.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at March 31, 2017 02:05 PM (oVJmc)

27 i'm stuck at 168 but that's also without any water so I'll probably "gain" a couple of pounds (I hope) through the weekend.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:05 PM (8rNrN)

28 Attorneys pay for advertising all day long, I almost wish that I had mesothelioma.

Posted by: Tinfoilbaby at March 31, 2017 02:05 PM (6Ll1u)

29 nice movie review

Posted by: ghost of hallelujah at March 31, 2017 02:05 PM (oAY8z)

30 Don't talk to me about f#cking kidney stones!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZj7H8sfkR0

Posted by: zombie al swearengen at March 31, 2017 02:05 PM (nlbfN)

31 I did'nt finish the piece. I got distracted by the comments.

Posted by: Puddin Head at March 31, 2017 02:06 PM (mn0Jm)

32 >>>31 I did'nt finish the piece. I got distracted by the comments. Posted by: Puddin Head kind of a real thing.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:06 PM (8rNrN)

33 32 ounce Powerade Zero is your friend. Sale just ended at 69 cents a bottle. Chug water like your would chugging keg beer. Just open up that throat and let gravity take over. 16 ounces an hour.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 02:06 PM (lCTsV)

34 Squirrel!

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 02:06 PM (gwPgz)

35 And ace I think it's pretty certain that "brain exercise" is a good thing. Not just for the sort of obvious reasons - being able to think well and clearly and quickly - but in prevention of degradation with real aging (well beyond 29). Too lazy - or is it distracted? - to give a useful summary, but I believe there is plenty of evidence that math or languages, for example, can help maintain mental acuity and even perhaps ward off debility in older age.

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 02:06 PM (+wjl1)

36 I shall always be your Waterloo, Ace.

Posted by: The Hound of the Baskervilles at March 31, 2017 02:07 PM (8rNrN)

37 What courses are we talking here? Augusta? Pebble Beach? Come on, make with the details!!!!! Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 07:02 PM (br2jI) Don't I wish. Also I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who was all wait how did Tapper get that info in the first place?

Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 02:07 PM (dEQP3)

38 i'm stuck at 168 but that's also without any water so I'll probably "gain" a couple of pounds (I hope) through the weekend. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:05 PM (8rNrN) Dude, how tall are you, anyway? Because 168 would seem to be a reasonable weight for, oh, I dunno, about 98% of the population!

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:07 PM (br2jI)

39 >>> 32 ounce Powerade Zero is your friend. Sale just ended at 69 cents a bottle. No carbs?

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:07 PM (8rNrN)

40 Yeah, #2 in the post is very important. If you are reading a book, you *have* to eliminate distractions from the room if you tend to focus on that like a pack rat to a shiny object. I can typically read a book with music on but I'm an avid read and can focus. However, sometimes I'm not as focused, and will remove those distractions.

Drinking is also very important.
I tend to make sure some of that is water.


Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt, waiting for opening day at March 31, 2017 02:08 PM (j5LqP)

41 Just open up that throat and let gravity take over. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 07:06 PM (lCTsV) I see you've learned my technique!

Posted by: TFG Barky at March 31, 2017 02:08 PM (GUBah)

42 Ace, I started doing some hiking with the better weather and got dehydrated. Urine was dark orange. Went away in two days once I started making a point of drinking more water. I take a diuretic for ear moisture so I have to stay aware of water intake. I also drink a LOT of coffee. Have closed up the gaps in my weightlifting to every 48 hours. Lifting slightly lighter weights to compensate but using a lot of very slow negative movements. So far so good and I've hit target weight! Now to stay there.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:08 PM (3myMJ)

43 25 I may have to join a fitness cult. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 06:59 PM (lCTsV) That's what I'm doing Tuesday. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 07:05 PM (GUBah Competition and athletics is the only way I know how to burn off stress and detach. Let us (me) know how the brainwashing goes next Friday.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 02:10 PM (lCTsV)

44 32 ounce Powerade Zero is your friend. Sale just ended at 69 cents a bottle. --- No carbs? Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:07 PM (8rNrN) Virtually none: https://tinyurl.com/k7rwomb I'm actually drinking an orange one right now.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:10 PM (GUBah)

45 I see you've learned my technique!

Posted by: TFG Barky at March 31, 2017 07:08 PM (GUBah)


Mine too!



Posted by: Sandra Fluke at March 31, 2017 02:10 PM (j5LqP)

46 Entirely for other reasons, have been making a half-a**ed attempt to rehab my Russian. Russian TV news, and some movies available on the 'net. Rough sledding, mostly cuz lack of discipline - need to do it almost daily to build some momentum in recovering vocabulary and clearing out grammar cobwebs. I think some commenter here mentioned the "Shtrafbat" (Penal Battalion) series. It has comically badly translated subtitles, which can be a distraction in themselves, but boy, tough. Of course it's 95% idiomatic russki. But as a hopeless addict for WWII history and eastern front stuff, at least I am exposing myself to it regularly.

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 02:11 PM (+wjl1)

47 Got great advice from Horde last week re: working out w/ heavy bag! Many thanks! Gainzzz already!

Posted by: Rocky Bologna at March 31, 2017 02:11 PM (bc2Lc)

48 Find a cheap or free daily newspaper that has a decent crossword puzzle, stick that bitch in your back pocket erryday. Whenever you're on a bus or an elevator or have a few minutes of downtime, work on the crossword. They usually start easy on Monday and get harder towards the end of the week. It's a good way to fit in brain exercise in otherwise wasted spots in the day.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 02:11 PM (8nWyX)

49 I'd say if you need a potion to drink that's not exercise related and will get the water intake you require.

Drink water mixed with Orange flavored Psyllium Husk, like Metamucil, three times a day.

You'll get your water intake and your poops will be amazing.

Also I highly recommend to do at least on colon cleanse with castor oil.

It will literally cause everything in your digestive system to be evacuated.

You will feel hollow after this.

Posted by: Kreplach at March 31, 2017 02:11 PM (+lv+r)

50 My brain exercise is covered due to taking a lot of pickup gigs that I have to learn material for, plus my main gig has a lady band leader who sends out about 10 new songs each gig.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:11 PM (3myMJ)

51 re 28: the best one might the one that basically says "if you worked for a railroad and have any kind of cancer..."


Posted by: mallfly suPreme at March 31, 2017 02:11 PM (b7fwp)

52 Let us (me) know how the brainwashing goes next Friday. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 07:10 PM (lCTsV) Will do, if I'm able to type.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:12 PM (GUBah)

53 >>>Dude, how tall are you, anyway? Because 168 would seem to be a reasonable weight for, oh, I dunno, about 98% of the population! it is reasonable. But it's not hot.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:12 PM (8rNrN)

54 43 25 I may have to join a fitness cult. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 06:59 PM (lCTsV) That's what I'm doing Tuesday. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 07:05 PM (GUBah Competition and athletics is the only way I know how to burn off stress and detach. Let us (me) know how the brainwashing goes next Friday. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 07:10 PM (lCTsV) Best stress relief I ever found? Historic Sword fighting.... for some reason sticking people with sharp pointy objects just relieved a metric fuckton of Stress...

Posted by: Don Q. at March 31, 2017 02:12 PM (NgKpN)

55 Ace, in my experience, the "dumber as you are getting older" bit is very real. However I chalk some of it up to getting the realization that we don't know as much as we think we do. Quite humbling to myself as least.

Posted by: WinLinBSDAdmin at March 31, 2017 02:12 PM (B11vO)

56 Austin Goolsby making a jerk of himself on Fox right now.

Posted by: mallfly suPreme at March 31, 2017 02:13 PM (b7fwp)

57 country singer, i looked on amazon for them. I'll get some.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:13 PM (8rNrN)

58 I have no GAINZZZZZZZ.


I need to read more.  Drink more water too, especially at work.  I tend to get busy and forget to hydrate there.

Posted by: @DangerGirl (gab.ai) and her 1.21 Gigawatt SanityProd (tm) at March 31, 2017 02:13 PM (+eR2D)

59 I went skiing the other week. When I left I weighed 156. When I returned I weighed 158. But I'm pretty sure the GAINE was from more muscle mass (I look slightly more trim in mirror). Also, I ate two big meals each day... whereas before I left I was on the only eating once every 24 hours regiment.

Posted by: Serious Cat at March 31, 2017 02:14 PM (iRVXG)

60 44 32 ounce Powerade Zero is your friend. Sale just ended at 69 cents a bottle. --- No carbs? Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:07 PM (8rNrN) Virtually none: https://tinyurl.com/k7rwomb I'm actually drinking an orange one right now. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 07:10 PM (GUBah Less than one of Sucralose. No dextrose So no carbs but ION4 baby!

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 02:15 PM (lCTsV)

61 Pretty good for a LBP guy suffering from dehydration. Add SKILLZ to the GAINZZZ and BRAINZZZZ. M Talentzzzz didn't quite work.

Posted by: Golfman at March 31, 2017 02:15 PM (48QDY)

62 >>> What courses are we talking here? Augusta? Pebble Beach? Don't I wish. Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 07:07 PM (dEQP3) Hey, does that mean you play online golf? Signed, Putt-Curious in El Paso

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:15 PM (br2jI)

63 59 I went skiing the other week. When I left I weighed 156. When I returned I weighed 158. But I'm pretty sure the GAINE was from more muscle mass (I look slightly more trim in mirror). Also, I ate two big meals each day... whereas before I left I was on the only eating once every 24 hours regiment. Posted by: Serious Cat at March 31, 2017 07:14 PM (iRVXG) LOL... I gain weight when I ski too... even after skiing Black Diamonds all dang day... But... that's the Beer...

Posted by: Don Q. at March 31, 2017 02:15 PM (NgKpN)

64 Ace, another good (no carb) product for electrolyte replenishment is Ultima Replenisher packets. Just dump one in some water. Stuff tastes like Kool-Aid.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:15 PM (GUBah)

65 So no carbs but ION4 baby! Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 07:15 PM (lCTsV) It's what plants crave!

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:16 PM (GUBah)

66 >>>that I had become unbearably unfocused, no longer able to even read a book. me too. especially with that beatnik book you suggested.

Posted by: concrete girl at March 31, 2017 02:16 PM (gihfI)

67 Kitty tries to rescue his human from drowning...in the bath tub. You can see the genuine concern. I think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5xSHuO0dJI

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 31, 2017 02:16 PM (KxmPO)

68 I'm actually drinking an orange one right now. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 07:10 PM (GUBah) I've switched to Powerade Zero from Gatorade for attempting to remain hydrated during migraines and I find it works better. Hydration is a huge help in cutting down on the frequency/intensity of headaches for me and brb getting a glass of water.

Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 02:16 PM (dEQP3)

69 Learning French is silly. Should have learned something cool like how to rebuild a car. Or install load bearing shelves.

Posted by: wooga at March 31, 2017 02:16 PM (2tOuu)

70 I saw this video last night and immediately recognized that that is true, at least for me: I can't tell you how many times I've had to go back and re-read a relatively simple sentence or paragraph simply because I got distracted by something else (including my own daydreams). Then at some point I realize that while my eyes are "reading" -- moving from word to word on a page -- my conscious brain is actually completely disengaged from that physical process and is ignoring the input from my eye-reading to think about something else. start reading for fun seems like if you can't focus, the book is just not that into you (and vice versa)

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2017 02:17 PM (0mz2+)

71 I tell guys at hockey they should bring bottles and hyrdrate during scrimmage, but some of them - to my amazement - just don't. Can't imagine hockey without lots of water. Have always easily emptied two bike-style bottles per practice. And always major salt and water replacement after (big bowl of ramen hits both targets nicely).

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 02:17 PM (+wjl1)

72 I'm still going to the gym 3 times a week and my steps have increased dramatically now that the weather is nicer. I'm outside a lot. I had taken 3 weeks off of the gym and it's nice to be back. My muscles are sore. I always drink a lot of water. I don't like cokes.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:17 PM (u8Ywb)

73 Also BTW: People used to ask why I bothered trying to learn French late in life (29 is sort of late). It was because of this feeling I had that my brain just wasn't capable of learning any more. I wanted to try to learn something just to prove that I could, and to retain (or rekindle) my ability to do so. I became worried that my brain had lost its neuroplasticity, its ability to make new neurons and new connections between neurons, and I wanted to try something that would kick-start it back to doing so. - This is largely why I began studying Latin as well and I'll never see 2 X 29 again. I also wanted to read Caesar in the original (which I can't really do yet). I am making good progress on Fundus Animalium (Animal Farm in Latin). It is amazing that for a language whose words are so similar the grammar is so different. I do get a good deal of satisfaction in being able to see my progress in the form of greater understanding.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks. Now worse than Hitler! at March 31, 2017 02:17 PM (Nwg0u)

74 To bolster the fact that it's harder to learn and remember when you get older, I took the piano back up after a taking a 27 year break, I was able to remember songs I used to play lough those many years ago without sheet music, new songs that I've learned recently and moved on from now require me to reference back to the sheet music.

Very frustrating.

Posted by: Kreplach at March 31, 2017 02:17 PM (+lv+r)

75 1. Actually trying to read a book. This is actually tough, because if you have Internet Onset ADD, you will find your mind continually drifting off from the thing you're reading, I'm on page 911 of Vol. 4 of The Decline and Fall, bitchez~! I've tried playing various audio tracks branded as "sounds for focus and study and relaxation" or whatnot. They don't work for me; Turn down the volume to a barely audible level. It's enough to keep the Silence Demon at bay, but enough to keep some energy in the air. I became worried that my brain had lost its neuroplasticity, its ability to make new neurons and new connections between neurons, and I wanted to try something that would kick-start it back to doing so. Roll the Science (tm) scroll back 100 years and look at the firm, dire conclusions they reached then. Neuroscience is still in it's infancy; it doesn't have enough iterative conclusions to be worriative (also (tm ) ).

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at March 31, 2017 02:18 PM (GgzGa)

76 I am a big watcher of Russian movies and tv series, there are a lot out there. The Penal Battalion series was bad subtitled but thought it was very good.

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:18 PM (GPaiX)

77 >>>Dude, how tall are you, anyway? Because 168 would seem to be a reasonable weight for, oh, I dunno, about 98% of the population! it is reasonable. But it's not hot. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:12 PM (8rNrN) HEH! And yet the question went unanswered... Plus, "hot" is usually defined not by the person, but by the one looking at the person.....

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:19 PM (br2jI)

78 And if you're reading on a device that offers internet access, like a tablet, then you have to download a program which will block you from accessing the internet when you're trying to read, or write, or get other actual work done. Or order your crew to tie you up until the tempation passes.

Posted by: Odysseus at March 31, 2017 02:19 PM (vRcUp)

79 A neat trick that I started doing a few weeks ago is using my non-dominant hand and arm to do everything. It's surprising how much this has helped with form and symmetry. (Phrasing. I know.)

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 02:19 PM (lCTsV)

80 67 Kitty tries to rescue his human from drowning...in the bath tub. You can see the genuine concern. I think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5xSHuO0dJI Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 31, 2017 07:16 PM (KxmPO) The kitty has demon eyes.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:19 PM (u8Ywb)

81 Dude, how tall are you, anyway? Because 168 would seem to be a reasonable weight for, oh, I dunno, about 98% of the population! it is reasonable. But it's not hot. Posted by: ace If you are 6' you are approaching ideal government approved weight/Ethiopian refugee status look. I was 165 @ 6' in high school. Look like a Bataan Death March survivor.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:20 PM (TUUTu)

82 sheet music. Very frustrating. Posted by: Kreplach at March 31, 2017 07:17 PM (+lv+r) I had a German lady piano teacher at the age of 9. She got so mad at me because once I worked through one of her simple pieces I could play it by ear. Which I would, and she would get upset. I still can't sight read notation worth a darn, but I'm pretty good with chord charts.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:20 PM (3myMJ)

83 Ace, you worry too much. Do what you like to relax.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2017 02:21 PM (0mz2+)

84 I've been trying to spend more time outside, at least until it becomes forty billion degrees here.

My BFF and I eat lunch outside every day at work.  I've been trying to spend an hour or two each weekend out in the sun if the weather is cooperative.  I already feel better.  My skin hasn't seen good doses of sun for years.

Posted by: @DangerGirl (gab.ai) and her 1.21 Gigawatt SanityProd (tm) at March 31, 2017 02:21 PM (+eR2D)

85 What courses are we talking here? Augusta? Pebble Beach? Coworker of mine gets to play a round at Augusta National every year. That's the reward for being a volunteer next week. He'll be one of the guys in the white coveralls standing on a bend in the course signalling whether or not it's clear for the players to tee off. Downside to next week here: traffic sucks. Upside: almost the entire office takes vacation (the local schools also schedule spring break for this week), so I'll actually be able to get a lot of work done. Or more likely, I'll be in here commenting a lot.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:21 PM (GUBah)

86 Best brain exercise for me is suduko and chess.

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:21 PM (GPaiX)

87 Posted by: weft cut-loop at March 31, 2017 07:18 PM (GgzGa) I've been reading books more. Not anything that demanding, more like beach reads. But once I'm hooked I can't put it down.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:21 PM (u8Ywb)

88 Hey, does that mean you play online golf? Signed, Putt-Curious in El Paso Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 07:15 PM (br2jI) No, I don't need the added teeth kick of also sucking at online golf.

Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 02:21 PM (dEQP3)

89 My BMI is 24.4 as of this morning. The depressing thing is that to be at the midpoint of Normal I would have to lose another 20 pounds. At my age (60), not on the books.

Posted by: Kodos the Executioner at March 31, 2017 02:22 PM (RPsQv)

90 86 Best brain exercise for me is suduko and chess. Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 07:21 PM (GPaiX) I love sudoku, I don't know how to play chess.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:22 PM (u8Ywb)

91 Re: the reading thing, why not try a short story collection? That way you get the feeling of accomplishment when you finish a story, and get back in the habit of reading longer works. Absolutely nothing to do with the fact I have a short story collection for sale that is suitable for Morons, heavens no!

For my brain training I have been learning Morse code. I went off the program for a few months and was slow getting back because I feared how much re-learning I would have to do. Surprisingly, I remembered most of it! Your brain also lies to you. Learned stuff seems "easy" and doesn't count as remembering, I guess. But yes, learning something, even a little thing, as the brakes go out on your personal roller-coaster of life does seem to help with the whole brain function thingy.

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at March 31, 2017 02:22 PM (mDjbp)

92 >>.Ace, you worry too much. Do what you like to relax ... I relax plenty. but i just am happier if I'm doing something I think is worthwhile.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:22 PM (8rNrN)

93 My other GAINZZZZ is that I am gradually reducing my dependence on insulin. I was prescribed insulin about a year ago and have now reduced that to about 1/3 of the original prescription.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks. Now worse than Hitler! at March 31, 2017 02:23 PM (Nwg0u)

94 I've tried a few things to improve that. The things that seem to be effective are:

1. Actually trying to read a book.


Hey, I know, maybe we should have a weekly thread where such activities could be discussed, recommendations made, etc.

Just saying.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 31, 2017 02:23 PM (hdBlY)

95 My BMI is 24.4 as of this morning. BMI is such BS. I'm at 24.4 too. 5' 7.5" and 159. Wife says I'm skinny.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:23 PM (3myMJ)

96 Yeah, once I thought I was having a stroke at work coupla years ago. (teaching). Almost passed out, legs went noodly under me but propped myself up with my arms at the desk. I thought 'if when i again speak the kids look at me like I'm speaking Klingon' I'm boned. When I spoke and none ran form the room I was very glad. So anyway..deyhdrated. Then the other day because i had F'f up my should on the heavy bag i finally get on the treadmill in a sweat-suit...after doing 30 minutes on an exercise bike and go all whoosy. Yeah I know so shut up. So dehydrated. 1. I sweat like a cossack 2. Live in AZ 3. Not a big H2O drinker 4, I'm an idiot Even when I drink a gallon of water I'm not sure i get hydrated. is that possible?

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 02:24 PM (OkKDg)

97 >>>Hey, I know, maybe we should have a weekly thread where such activities could be discussed, recommendations made, etc. Just saying. ... i'm recruitin' for you, dude.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:24 PM (8rNrN)

98 These long posts frighten and confuse me.

Posted by: Grump928(C) at March 31, 2017 02:24 PM (LTHVh)

99 Ace, 29!?! Looking back over my life so far, you are a boychild. At 29 I was the father (by the same woman btw) of 3 and we went on to have 2 more. Now I have 9 grandkids and another due in June. If you are feeling old at 29, what will you feel like at 69 or beyond? I enjoy your posts and for a very young man you are truly wise. But if you ever have children and grandkids in this dangerous age (all ages are dangerous) you will see things through different eyes. My unsolicited advice: be fruitful and out multiple the commies, learn to reload, grow food and how to preserve it. how to hunt and slaughter, and take as much as you can into your own hands. There is as much independence as you can grasp in flyover country. That is my tiny corner of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Be of good faith and don't back down. signed sincerely by colfax mingo, an old fart analog man in a digital world

Posted by: colfax mingo at March 31, 2017 02:25 PM (PX+kj)

100 I love sudoku, I don't know how to play chess.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 07:22 PM (u8Ywb)


I can only do the easy sudoku. Makes me mad. I hate getting to the point where you have to guess.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 31, 2017 02:25 PM (hdBlY)

101 I've switched to Powerade Zero from Gatorade for attempting to remain hydrated during migraines and I find it works better. Hydration is a huge help in cutting down on the frequency/intensity of headaches for me and brb getting a glass of water. Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 07:16 PM (dEQP3) There's a lot of evidence that keto does a lot to alleviate and prevent migraines. I've been using r/keto as a resource (yeah, I know it's reddit, but the politics on that sub are minimal) and repeatedly seen people note that the diet has helped with their migraines. https://tinyurl.com/m28qkan

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:25 PM (GUBah)

102 I think Ewok average height is about 3 feet, so 168 is probably officially "tubby".


Which is natural Ewok stature anyway, I think.

Posted by: @DangerGirl (gab.ai) and her 1.21 Gigawatt SanityProd (tm) at March 31, 2017 02:25 PM (+eR2D)

103 @82

The trick to getting better at sight reading is reading everyday whether or not you're playing I have found.

Also get a Hymnal piano book, church music is vertically oriented and makes reading and playing very easy.

Now retaining all of this music is another story.

I think I'm going to start mainlining Ginkobaloba.

Posted by: Kreplach at March 31, 2017 02:25 PM (+lv+r)

104 Been doing the NY times suduko every morning https://www.nytimes.com/crosswords/game/sudoku/hard Use to do these daily, the feindish are a challenge http://www.sudokuprintables.org/sudoku-printables.html

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:26 PM (GPaiX)

105 89 My BMI is 24.4 as of this morning. The depressing thing is that to be at the midpoint of Normal I would have to lose another 20 pounds. At my age (60), not on the books. Posted by: Kodos the Executioner at March 31, 2017 07:22 PM (RPsQv) Also I hope all of us that may be older, (we all aren't 29), when you lose weight we don't have as much fat or something in our faces. It can make you look older and haggard. For example, I weighed 115, 5'7" at 20, that's much too thin now. It will age you.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:26 PM (u8Ywb)

106 Ace

How did you learn French, some internet lesson thing, or with a tutor?

Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 02:26 PM (yOqwj)

107 I've been reading books more. Not anything that demanding, more like beach reads. But once I'm hooked I can't put it down. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 07:21 PM (u8Ywb) I've found a number of pretty good books (mostly thanks to the Book Thread), and I've found that if turn off external distractions, I can almost sink into the book and when I finally put the book down an incredible amount of time has passed.

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 02:26 PM (gwPgz)

108 Watching athletic competitions on YouTube helps as well. No politics just sports. Brain- boost the testosterone. That helps the most for Men and myself.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 02:26 PM (lCTsV)

109 No, I don't think I'm getting dumber as I age; I think I realize with every passing day, how much I don't know. There are several areas I like to think I'm fairly knowledgeable in, but it seems like I stumble across something new in those areas fairly frequently.

Posted by: Deplorable lady with a deplorable basket of deplorable cats at March 31, 2017 02:26 PM (d2is5)

110 There is no crying in baseball and no guessing in suduko

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:27 PM (GPaiX)

111 I went to a beginners tango class the other night. I've danced on and off for almost ten years, but I haven't given it any serious effort in almost five years. I was the only one who showed up, so the owner of the studio gave me a discount on a private lesson. The instructors were very happy with my leading technique. Gonna try and make it to another class tonight. Tomorrow is Scandi-fest down on campus, so I'll go to that and then the gym.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at March 31, 2017 02:27 PM (Tnhbr)

112 Also, a knot tying book and a couple of lengths of rope will make your forehead crinkle a bit.

Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 02:27 PM (yOqwj)

113 Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 07:26 PM (GPaiX) Thank you, I saved the links. I do the sudoku in the local paper. I'm sad when I've finished them. Kind of how you feel when you are finished reading a good book.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:28 PM (u8Ywb)

114 >>>112 Also, a knot tying book and a couple of lengths of rope will make your forehead crinkle a bit. that interests me.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:28 PM (8rNrN)

115 Chiming in...yeah. I have definitely had the feel over the last year or so that the old noggin just ain't what it was. Now granted there is the fact that I have been stressed as fuck for awhile now, and my nutrition is dubious as hell, but considering what I was dealing with over the past couple of years alternative scenarios have been in mind...

Posted by: Brother Cavil at March 31, 2017 02:29 PM (66CWr)

116 Urine color chart from the Cleveland Clinic: http://cle.clinic/269KPpZ Or just bing: Urine Color Chart It's a lifesaver. The different colors will show hydration and or other problems.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:29 PM (TUUTu)

117 I have a friend who brags about walking 6 miles a day and is close to vegetarian. He's, 67 years old, 5' 5", weighs 121 and looks like he lives in concentration camp. He also starts drinking beer at Noon has wine at dinner and walks around sipping vodka until he passes out about 9PM. Every day.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:29 PM (3myMJ)

118 I read best these days in bed, lights off on my Ipad. As a kid i got so immersed in a book my mother could be calling me in the same room and i didn't hear. Now 'squirrels!'.

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 02:29 PM (OkKDg)

119 My unsolicited advice: be fruitful and out multiple the commies, learn to reload, grow food and how to preserve it. how to hunt and slaughter, and take as much as you can into your own hands. There is as much independence as you can grasp in flyover country. That is my tiny corner of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Be of good faith and don't back down.
Posted by: colfax mingo at March 31, 2017 07:25 PM


Word.

Posted by: Duncanthrax[/i] at March 31, 2017 02:30 PM (DMUuz)

120 My Dr. recommended Tia Che, but the class, free, at my gym is at 08:00 on Monday morning.

Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 02:30 PM (yOqwj)

121 Also BTW: People used to ask why I bothered trying to learn French late in life (29 is sort of late). It was because of this feeling I had that my brain just wasn't capable of learning any more. I wanted to try to learn something just to prove that I could, and to retain (or rekindle) my ability to do so. I became worried that my brain had lost its neuroplasticity, its ability to make new neurons and new connections between neurons, and I wanted to try something that would kick-start it back to doing so.. I did the same about the same age (well,, 20 something) I could conquer math, biology, microbiology, psych, etc. and came against the wal lat quantum wall physics. I don't comprehend no matter what. I blame everyone that distracts me.. and my nervous breakdown. but keep going guy! srsly, everyone should keep challenging themselves we grow, we grow until we quit.

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:31 PM (4lrrm)

122 i]I relax plenty. but i just am happier if I'm doing something I think is worthwhile. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:22 PM (8rNrN) daydreaming is worthwhile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIy1rOb8EYU

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2017 02:31 PM (0mz2+)

123 The ny times has easy, medium and hard. There are lots of things on there like check mistakes, you can use auto to show the possibilities and can toggle between the large and small numbers to take out the ones you want.

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:31 PM (GPaiX)

124 No, I don't need the added teeth kick of also sucking at online golf. Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 07:21 PM (dEQP3) Ah, well, that's too bad... although automatically assuming that you would suck at a computer golf game seems to be at odds with what I've seen of you here.... Then again, it's Friday night, many beers in, and I'm offering sage Life Advice to anyone who crosses my path, so there's that......

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (br2jI)

125 I've been reading books more. Not anything that demanding, more like beach reads. But once I'm hooked I can't put it down. Posted by: CaliGirl I'm only doing it because: 1. I lack the fundamental knowledge of Western Civ. 2. I want to be able to say brag needlessly that I read the whole f'ing thing.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (GgzGa)

126 Or just bing: Urine Color Chart
It's a lifesaver.
The different colors will show hydration and or other problems.
Posted by: rickb223 at March 31, 2017 07:29 PM


They call me Mellow Yellow.

Posted by: Donovan[/i] at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (DMUuz)

127 >>>Multitasking is a lie, is is his big point. Um, no.

Posted by: Multics at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (vRcUp)

128 anyway actually how many brain cells can we" light up?"

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (4lrrm)

129 Which is natural Ewok stature anyway, I think.
A quarter of that weight is fur.

Posted by: [/i][/b]andycanuck[/s][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (nlbfN)

130 Also, a knot tying book and a couple of lengths of rope will make your forehead crinkle a bit. that interests me. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:28 PM (8rNrN) There are videos and books on knot tying that are fascinating to study, and knot tying will be a useful skill in the near future (especially hangman's knot).

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (gwPgz)

131 I've found a number of pretty good books (mostly thanks to the Book Thread), and I've found that if turn off external distractions, I can almost sink into the book and when I finally put the book down an incredible amount of time has passed. Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2017 07:26 PM (gwPgz) I love reading. I have a bunch of those books on my tablet. I too get distracted by the internet. I was mostly reading non fiction. My friend gave me gone girl a while ago. I was bummed I figured it out. I'm reading the Mitch Rapp books.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (u8Ywb)

132 i'm recruitin' for you, dude.
Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:24 PM (8rNrN)


About 10 years ago, I suddenly realized that all of my time I was spending on the internet was inflicting me with the Internet Onset ADD you mentioned, so I had to make a self-conscious effort to get back into reading books.

Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (hdBlY)

133 Well ace, the eastern philosophers say if you can learn to think about nothing, you'll finally understand everything. I try, but it's hard.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (3myMJ)

134 114 >>>112 Also, a knot tying book and a couple of lengths of rope will make your forehead crinkle a bit. that interests me. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:28 PM (8rNrN) Me to. Dad was sailor showed me a few. had an app and practiced. That may defeat the purpose though. Another app.

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 02:32 PM (OkKDg)

135 101 I've switched to Powerade Zero from Gatorade for attempting to remain hydrated during migraines and I find it works better. Hydration is a huge help in cutting down on the frequency/intensity of headaches for me and brb getting a glass of water. Posted by: alexthechick - so not For The Children at March 31, 2017 07:16 PM (dEQP3) There's a lot of evidence that keto does a lot to alleviate and prevent migraines. I've been using r/keto as a resource (yeah, I know it's reddit, but the politics on that sub are minimal) and repeatedly seen people note that the diet has helped with their migraines. https://tinyurl.com/m28qkan Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 07:25 PM (GUBah Keto has transformed my life. Better and longer sleep. More and longer nightly dreams. More energy. Faster muscle growth. Losing fat faster. Better memory. Better brain functions. Higher testosterone levels. I have eliminated all medications from my life but a xanax once in a blue moon. Joints are stronger and have zero to no pain. Migraines are gone. Mood is stabilized. No more dips into depression. I wish I knew about high fat 15 years ago. I can't think of one negative aspect about it.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 02:33 PM (lCTsV)

136 We have a long range rifle team practice this weekend and I'm coaching. I thought it might be fun to tale an 03 Springfield and some M2 Ball and see if I can hit a target at 1000 yards with iron sights. I'm guessing it's not going to be pretty.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 02:33 PM (Sfs6o)

137 and came against the wal lat quantum wall physics.
Maybe a typing class might exercise your brain too, willow.

Posted by: [/i][/b]andycanuck[/s][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:34 PM (nlbfN)

138 I hd thought being keto was a negative tissue why in the long term?

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:34 PM (4lrrm)

139 Ace, ever think about taking up learning knot tying?

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 31, 2017 02:34 PM (KxmPO)

140 I've decided to start the HFLC diet. My weight and waistband have been creeping steadily up over the last year, some muscle but way too much fat. I'm at 207 and 37" now. Would like to get down to 190ish and 34". I spent this week tracking my baseline, what calories, fat, protein and carbs I am taking in. Dropping the carbs should be pretty easy, the hard part will be keeping a hard cap on protein. As for BRAINZZZ, I've been using Pimsleur German on my morning commutes. I am not constant, it has taken me a year to get halfway though the second level, but I do know a little spoken German now. This summer I hope to start learning to read it.

Posted by: DM at March 31, 2017 02:34 PM (garNZ)

141 Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 07:21 PM (GUBah) Talked to a nice young man who was attending the men's room one year. Out of school for the week and being paid $300. Not a bad gig. And I handed him a tip.

Posted by: Golfman at March 31, 2017 02:34 PM (48QDY)

142 Ace- If you take up knot tying- check into rope halters. I will buy all of them you can make.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 02:35 PM (j06YM)

143 Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 07:33 PM (Sfs6o) That's going to take some balls!

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:35 PM (3myMJ)

144 I can't tie a knot worth a damn. I'd love to know how to tie knots. It's a great skill.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 31, 2017 02:35 PM (KxmPO)

145 andycanuck I could but really my brain left me about 10 years ago, now I float around flirting and cuddling. it's not so bad.

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:35 PM (4lrrm)

146 There are videos and books on knot tying that are fascinating to study, and knot tying will be a useful skill in the near future (especially hangman's knot). Slipknot - 50' #4 piano wire, 60' drop. Easy peasy.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:35 PM (TUUTu)

147 How did you learn French, some internet lesson thing, or with a tutor? Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 07:26 PM (yOqwj) I tried learning French from a Tudor but they just kept speaking Shakespearean English

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2017 02:36 PM (auHtY)

148 Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 07:35 PM (3myMJ) ----------- M2 Balls!!

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 02:36 PM (Sfs6o)

149 Slipknot - 50' #4 piano wire, 60' drop. Easy peasy. Posted by: rickb223 at March 31, 2017 07:35 PM (TUUTu) I'm going for style points!

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 02:36 PM (gwPgz)

150 For my brain training I have been learning Morse code. I went off the program for a few months and was slow getting back because I feared how much re-learning I would have to do. Surprisingly, I remembered most of it!
Posted by: Sabrina Chase at March 31, 2017 07:22 PM


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Posted by: Duncanthrax[/i] at March 31, 2017 02:36 PM (DMUuz)

151 Barky still sucks.

Posted by: Killerdog at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (dWj6f)

152 144 I can't tie a knot worth a damn. I'd love to know how to tie knots. It's a great skill. Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 31, 2017 07:35 PM (KxmPO) Befriend an ocean fisherman. They know how to tie all sorts of knots.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (u8Ywb)

153 100 I love sudoku, I don't know how to play chess. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 07:22 PM (u8Ywb) I can only do the easy sudoku. Makes me mad. I hate getting to the point where you have to guess. Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 31, 2017 07:25 PM (hdBlY) OM, is it feasible to devote a portion of the weekly chess thread to beginners?

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (sdi6R)

154 Don Knotts is dead?

Posted by: That deplorable guy who always asks... at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (Tyii7)

155 We have a long range rifle team practice this weekend and I'm coaching. I thought it might be fun to tale an 03 Springfield and some M2 Ball and see if I can hit a target at 1000 yards with iron sights. I'm guessing it's not going to be pretty. Posted by: Weasel Serious golf clap.

Posted by: rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (TUUTu)

156 sabrina you remembered? Is there a trick to that?

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (4lrrm)

157 Barky still sucks. Posted by: Killerdog at March 31, 2017 07:37 PM (dWj6f) Reggie: He sure does...mmmm

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (auHtY)

158 >>>How did you learn French, some internet lesson thing, or with a tutor? I did some Duolingo and some Rosetta Stone but my main methods were: 1. coffee break french by radio lingua. They do all sorts of languages. 20 minute lessons. Starting from zero, for beginners. 2. A French "Easy Reader" book, simplified vocab and lots of cognates. 3. Some French kid's books. 4. News in Slow French, a podcast where they do the week's stories in Slow French. (So you can follow it.) They also do News in Slow Italian, German, Spanish, etc. 5. A couple of French language drill books. 6. Some French in Action (look on YouTube -- very hot chick who co-stars in it.) 7. Later some adult novels and then French news broadcasts and French game shows (like Fort Boyard). Also, twitter accounts from french newspapers and french newspapers. You might be surprised at how quickly you can start getting through newspapers, especially if you already know the basics of the story from English language accounts and can use that guess the unknown words. My preferred learning style for language is actually doing, so I like kid's books or that sort of thing. I don't care if it's a kid's book; the point is, it's a book. I don't like studying qua studying. Just trying to figure stuff out feels like a game to me, which I enjoy more. BTW, i've joked about this, but I wasn't joking: Watching porn in a foreign language helps, because hey, you were gonna watch porn anyway, and you kinda know the basics of what they're talking about, and if a chick is hot enough, you are highly motivated to figure out what filthy things she is saying.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:37 PM (8rNrN)

159 The trick to getting better at sight reading is reading everyday whether or not you're playing I have found. - I have been trying the exact opposite. I never had any real trouble with sight reading but my idea is to be conscious of my every movement. I try to visualize the sheet music and the exact finger positions and movements of each hand before I play. The idea is to have a conscious awareness of the theory, the notation, and the physics. It's kind of a free your mind and your fingertips will follow theory. ( I flatter myself to be a classical guitarist.) My success to this point has been, to be generous, limited.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks. Now worse than Hitler! at March 31, 2017 02:38 PM (Nwg0u)

160 Trust the Gorton's Fisherman!

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 02:38 PM (Sfs6o)

161 Lockpicking is also fun as hell. If you need a fiddly little hand puzzle kind of thing to keep you occupied while you're doing something else, check out e.g. http://toool.us/ for a starter kit.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 02:38 PM (8nWyX)

162 Goodbye PLATEAUZZZ. Give dropped Five pounds this month after being stuck since the holidays. The solution? Fasting only four days per week and reintroducing modest carbs; primarily steel cuts oats 1/4 cup dry for breakfast and multigrain wraps (60 cal/ 6 carbs) @ lunch. Also getting moderate GAINZZZ lifting by going from 3x5 to pyramids for overheard and benches. Also trying ZMA nights after training. Have no idea if it's helping with sleep or recovery.

Posted by: Regular joe at March 31, 2017 02:39 PM (ROIz5)

163 BTW, i've joked about this, but I wasn't joking: Watching porn in a foreign language helps, because hey, you were gonna watch porn anyway, and you kinda know the basics of what they're talking about, and if a chick is hot enough, you are highly motivated to figure out what filthy things she is saying. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:37 PM (8rNr Any suggestions for those of us disinclined to watch porn?

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:39 PM (u8Ywb)

164 Added the Perfection Loop to my standard Improved Clinch knot for attaching tippet to fly. Loop is cool, better fly action under water. Perhaps better drift on surface too, but that's hard to tell. I was fishing some with guides on their days off and they kept insisting the Perfection Loop was a requirement.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:39 PM (3myMJ)

165 I really want to get proficient at the ukulele. Wife had us buy a couple when she was going through grief for loss of a loved one. She said 'its a happy instrument!'. That it is. I try or practice and get frustrated with my big sausage fingers and their lack of agility. The breadth of youtube tutorials is amazing. I'm hoping a reach a new level so i get hooked, but now its just damn hard.

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 02:39 PM (OkKDg)

166 caligirl I do sudoku, and solitaire, all day. I wonder what attracts people to some games and not others.

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:39 PM (4lrrm)

167 One of these years, ill quit nodding my head at these posts and actually read a book. I used to read a lot. Speaking of knots, the Zeppelin knot is the coolest! Got it from some website you linked last year

Posted by: t-bird at March 31, 2017 02:39 PM (6anZz)

168 Went to the range with Mrs. E today, and spent about 2 hours shooting AR, AK, P320 and 22/45. It was 74 degrees, clear skies, and gentle breeze. I got dehydrated. Drank a whole bottle of water before the drive home, had a cherry limeaid, a glass of wine, and another bottle of water since getting home.  If you pee Caterpillar yellow, and I did just that, you ain't drinking enough water. Word.

Posted by: Eromero at March 31, 2017 02:40 PM (zLDYs)

169 >>>Ace, ever think about taking up learning knot tying? I do. The only thing is, without some practical application (like, going out on a boat) to then use the skill, I think I will find it abstract, theoretical, and ultimately boring. as I mentioned as regards lanaugage learning, I really do need a direct, practical way to actually use the skill. I don't like just learning about it, i want to use it.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:40 PM (8rNrN)

170 A real lost art is braiding rawhide.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 02:40 PM (j06YM)

171
How did you learn French, some internet lesson thing, or with a tutor?

Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 07:26 PM (yOqwj)


Unfortunately, my French tutor would be wearing a maid outfit, and 'learning the French tongue' would end up being something entirely different...

Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at March 31, 2017 02:40 PM (j5LqP)

172 The People, groups, and institutions who are responsible for peddling the biggest lie ever about fats making you fat and carbs are good for you in huge numbers deserves to be in prison for life.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 02:41 PM (lCTsV)

173 @158

I take it you've watched Baise Moi?

If you haven't you should.

Posted by: Kreplach at March 31, 2017 02:41 PM (+lv+r)

174 Posted by: Weasel Serious golf clap. Posted by: rickb223 at March 31, 2017 07:37 PM (TUUTu) ------------ Heh. We'll see. It's a 100+ year old rifle with ladder peep sights and 60+ year old ammo, but I suspect the weakest link will by my 54 year old eyeballs.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 02:41 PM (Sfs6o)

175 >>>112 Also, a knot tying book and a couple of lengths of rope will make your forehead crinkle a bit this is a really good idea, knots are really useful. it aggravates me i always end up with a stinkin granny knot. would love to be able to tie a bowline.

Posted by: concrete girl at March 31, 2017 02:42 PM (gihfI)

176 But you'll end up a cunning linguist, Ian!

Posted by: [/i][/b]andycanuck[/s][/u] at March 31, 2017 02:42 PM (nlbfN)

177 I might try to go to the open forge next Friday in Pasadena.

Swinging a hammer and shaping iron sounds like a good way to start the weekend.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at March 31, 2017 02:42 PM (Tnhbr)

178 Sight Reading, wish I was good at it. But playing by eyesight and ear is interesting too. I pay some with a jazz pianist, we never rehearse. I'm on bass, I stand where I can watch his left hand and anticipate where he's headed by using my ears and watching his fingers. It works except it takes longer to memorize the songs that way.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:42 PM (3myMJ)

179 Befriend an ocean fisherman. They know how to tie all sorts of knots. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 07:37 PM (u8Ywb) I recently was fortunate enough to find a skilled arborist who did an amazing job of taking out a few very dangerous trees and branches for me. It was fascinating to watch him tying knots thirty feet above ground with nary a misstep. There are some excellent arborist videos on YouTube showing special knots they use. Actually, YouTube has many knot tying stuff for many applications. However, these videos may lead to Internet Addiction.

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 02:42 PM (gwPgz)

180 Ukulele orchestra https://youtu.be/pLgJ7pk0X-s

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:42 PM (GPaiX)

181 Yeah, once I thought I was having a stroke at work coupla years ago. (teaching). Almost passed out, legs went noodly under me but propped myself up with my arms at the desk. I thought 'if when i again speak the kids look at me like I'm speaking Klingon' I'm boned. When I spoke and none ran form the room I was very glad. So anyway..deyhdrated. Then the other day because i had F'f up my should on the heavy bag i finally get on the treadmill in a sweat-suit...after doing 30 minutes on an exercise bike and go all whoosy. Yeah I know so shut up. So dehydrated. 1. I sweat like a cossack 2. Live in AZ 3. Not a big H2O drinker 4, I'm an idiot Even when I drink a gallon of water I'm not sure i get hydrated. is that possible? Posted by: Some moron **** I recently learned you get dehydrated faster than you can hydrate.

Posted by: Tilikum KAW at March 31, 2017 02:43 PM (m3iiU)

182 BTW, i've joked about this, but I wasn't joking: Watching porn in a foreign language helps, because hey, you were gonna watch porn anyway, and you kinda know the basics of what they're talking about, and if a chick is hot enough, you are highly motivated to figure out what filthy things she is saying. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:37 PM (8rNrN) Hey, I was a gaffer for a couple a French pOrn shoots in NY, and I can tell ya, when those chicks were grunting out their lines it was almost like there was a Closed Caption right there in front of me!!! SO glad my contract included jacking rights on-set!

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:43 PM (br2jI)

183 The marathon training group I'm in got me drinking Hydralyte. Previously called Gookinaide after founder Gookin. Not PC so name changed. Highly rec it!

Posted by: Ghost of Jim Fixx at March 31, 2017 02:43 PM (bc2Lc)

184 Posted by: DM at March 31, 2017 07:34 PM (garNZ) Use this calculator to find your macros. Set activity level for sedentary, regardless of what you do. https://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/ I've found that I have a hard time hitting the protein goal (I now use low carb protein powder to close any daily deficits) because I literally will forget to eat.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:43 PM (GUBah)

185 I really do thnik about thought retrieval often as when I had a rather catastrophic brain funk I actually have had to relearn b.s so i'm curious is there a point where something 'clicks'?

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:43 PM (4lrrm)

186 I tried learning French from a Tudor but they just kept speaking Shakespearean English

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2017 07:36 PM (auHtY)


______________


Heh. I have both Tudors and Cromwell's in my family tree.

Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 02:44 PM (yOqwj)

187 M2 Balls!!
Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 07:36 PM


M1 Tracer would be more fun.

And Hillary! did say in October of last year that we needed to close the fun gap.

Posted by: Duncanthrax[/i] at March 31, 2017 02:44 PM (DMUuz)

188 "A real lost art is braiding rawhide." Which reminds me I want to learn how to do tricks with a bullwhip. The real ones (leather) are about $600 though. Nylon for $150. Maybe I'll start with nylon.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:44 PM (3myMJ)

189 Swinging a hammer and shaping iron sounds like a good way to start the weekend. Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at March 31, 2017 07:42 PM (Tnhbr) One of my favorite "things I did at camp." I made a fireplace poker.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2017 02:45 PM (0mz2+)

190 150 Duncanthrax -.- . . .--. .. - ..- .--. !

--- -.-!

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at March 31, 2017 02:45 PM (mDjbp)

191 Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 07:21 PM (GUBah) Sorry. I laughed.

Posted by: Golfman at March 31, 2017 02:45 PM (48QDY)

192 These long posts frighten and confuse me. Posted by: Grump928(C) at March 31, 2017 07:24 PM (LTHVh) Hahaha.....You must be Unfrozen Caveman Grump928(C)!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at March 31, 2017 02:45 PM (5VlCp)

193 >>>Any suggestions for those of us disinclined to watch porn? you mean something that isn't porn? Well Fort Boyard is fun and for kids, mostly. The only thing is they've eradicated it off youtube, mostly. The French version of Survivor is called "Koh-Lanta," but I never got into it. There's an absolutely tawdry trashy show called "L'Ile de Tentation," or Temptation Island, where they put four couples in a tropical paradise, separated by sex, and then have Hot Singles attempt to seduce them. It's so trashy I can't even. But I watched the thing. Hard to understand for beginners tho. It's all slang and stuff.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:46 PM (8rNrN)

194 Colorado Alex- Have been forging my own sliding plates for years. Calibrating hammer stokes to metal heat is fascinating.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 02:46 PM (j06YM)

195 BTW, i've joked about this, but I wasn't joking: Watching porn in a foreign language helps, because hey, you were gonna watch porn anyway, and you kinda know the basics of what they're talking about, and if a chick is hot enough, you are highly motivated to figure out what filthy things she is saying. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:37 PM (8rNrN) short-lived tho

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2017 02:46 PM (0mz2+)

196 169 >>>Ace, ever think about taking up learning knot tying? I do. The only thing is, without some practical application (like, going out on a boat) to then use the skill, I think I will find it abstract, theoretical, and ultimately boring. as I mentioned as regards lanaugage learning, I really do need a direct, practical way to actually use the skill. I don't like just learning about it, i want to use it. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:40 PM (8rNrN) Lassoing and hog tying hobos might give you an application.

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 02:46 PM (OkKDg)

197 Your brain really is a "use it or lose it" type of organ. It is very good to take up new hobbies. Take up piano, sudoku, poker, a new language, learn a craft. It really is important.

Posted by: navybrat at March 31, 2017 02:46 PM (w7KSn)

198 I want to take a bullwhip to a protest and bloody some ears.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:47 PM (3myMJ)

199 g'early evenin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 31, 2017 02:47 PM (KCxzN)

200 100 I love sudoku, I don't know how to play chess. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 07:22 PM (u8Ywb) I can only do the easy sudoku. Makes me mad. I hate getting to the point where you have to guess. Posted by: OregonMuse, deplorable since 2004 at March 31, 2017 07:25 PM (hdBlY) There is strategy or tricks to figure it out. Some of the more difficult ones I can't do. It takes practice. I write the numbers it may be very small in the square and figure it out by a process of elimination. I'm sure skip knows more tricks or strategy than I do.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:47 PM (u8Ywb)

201 -.- . . .--. .. - ..- .--. ! Posted by: Duncanthrax at March 31, 2017 07:36 PM (DMUuz) For real. I have a morse 'keyboard' for the iPhone that just replaces the normal screen keyboard with a big button. It's good for learning, but it's also handy for sending texts when you're walking around town in the winter and don't want to pull your hands out of your pockets and stare at the screen. Sending and copying morse are two totally different skills though, it's kind of interesting how you can know how to send it but still struggle to decode it.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 02:48 PM (8nWyX)

202 For my brain training I have been learning Morse code. I went off the program for a few months and was slow getting back because I feared how much re-learning I would have to do. Surprisingly, I remembered most of it! Posted by: Sabrina Chase at March 31, 2017 07:22 PM It will come in handy for tapping messages to each other when I throw y'all in the camps.

Posted by: Hillary Clinton at March 31, 2017 02:48 PM (vRcUp)

203 Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 07:44 PM (3myMJ) --------- The tracer ammo, or maybe it was the AP rounds, actually were much more accurate and were preferred by snipers.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 02:48 PM (Sfs6o)

204 180 Ukulele orchestra https://youtu.be/pLgJ7pk0X-s Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 07:42 PM (GPaiX) Amazing entertainers Skip. Didn't follow the link yet but a coupla my favorites they do. Shaft and I'm a Teenage Dirtbag.

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 02:49 PM (OkKDg)

205 Ace, I have those same worries. I think we're just prone to overthinking things. I feel like I'm getting worse as a writer - but when I go back and compare with things I wrote a few years ago, not much has changed. I feel like I know less - but I play trivia competitively, and my get rates are basically the same every year. I'm not as good as I was back in college, but that's a studying issue - back then I did quiz bowl so I actively tried to get better instead of just learning passively. But I have that same issue with books - I used to be a voracious reader and now I feel like it can be a chore to just finish one without being distracted by a galaxy of shiny objects in my house.

Posted by: broseidon on even newer magic glowy rectangle at March 31, 2017 02:49 PM (v19Dy)

206 As for the second part, this is actually something I've written about a few times. Its functional illiteracy and memory loss. If you never have to remember anything, but have it ready at your fingertips on a device at all times, that means you don't exercise your ability to memorize. After a while it atrophies like a muscle. You can't remember things very well any more, because you never have to. Same thing with long reading. TL;DR is the song of our times, people cannot bear reading more than a few sentances at a time. Even if broken up like I do here into separate paragraphs. You see a long comment/post and your brain sort of blurs over. move on. Its because you're out of practice -- if you ever learned the skill, which many younger people did not -- of reading and comprehending large blocs of text. Its more work than you want to take. Its not fast and hot and easy to pull in. So we're all getting... dumber.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 02:49 PM (39g3+)

207 With an attention span fragmented by Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube...

thus Hillary! will run in 2020 hoping everyone will have forgotten her previous failures to being elected and to being human.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 31, 2017 02:49 PM (2Mc5H)

208 Yes! and The Good The Bad and The Ugly! lol!

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 02:49 PM (OkKDg)

209 ace, snicker, moans and omgs are so different in French?

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:50 PM (4lrrm)

210 Ben Had, my dream is to have space for a workshop with a forge on one side and woodworking on the other and furnish a house entirely with what I can make.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at March 31, 2017 02:50 PM (Tnhbr)

211 >>>I take it you've watched Baise Moi? missed it, but I did watch season 4 of Bouffez Ma Moule

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:50 PM (8rNrN)

212 On language resources, I'll add the free app Bible.is. The Bible is presented in perhaps 100 different languages (many I never heard of) and many are presented in both text and audio form. This is not a language learning app but is a resource of your language of something you are probably already familiar with.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks. Now worse than Hitler! at March 31, 2017 02:51 PM (Nwg0u)

213 Walked almost every day. My class is walking with intervals of jogging. Not doing well in the jogging, but I'm not surprised. I may have lost a bit of belly fat. Well, I've probably just strengthened my abs and am holding it in better. Gain, either way! I'm teaching the kids geometry, 2 languages, etc. so I'm using my brain bunches. But my memory...oy. It's not the same as it was. When I'm tired or sick, it just takes a hit.

Posted by: Mama AJ at March 31, 2017 02:51 PM (gTQoY)

214 ugh, so no answer to my query? no one else has had a breakdown?

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:51 PM (4lrrm)

215 The tracer ammo, or maybe it was the AP rounds, actually were much more accurate and were preferred by snipers. Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 07:48 PM (Sfs6o) Tracers are outlawed at my nearby outdoor state shooting range (free!). They tend to start grass fires.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:51 PM (3myMJ)

216 Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 07:44 PM (3myMJ) --------- The tracer ammo, or maybe it was the AP rounds, actually were much more accurate and were preferred by snipers. Posted by: Weasel **** I would say AP. Tracer tends to attract attention...

Posted by: Tilikum KAW at March 31, 2017 02:51 PM (uhftQ)

217 Stepdad has a family history of Alzheimer's disease. He goes through 2 sudoku books per month and he enjoys it.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at March 31, 2017 02:51 PM (89T5c)

218 196 169 >>>Ace, ever think about taking up learning knot tying? I do. The only thing is, without some practical application (like, going out on a boat) to then use the skill, I think I will find it abstract, theoretical, and ultimately boring. as I mentioned as regards lanaugage learning, I really do need a direct, practical way to actually use the skill. I don't like just learning about it, i want to use it. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:40 PM (8rNrN) I have some friends that do team roping and calf roping.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:52 PM (u8Ywb)

219 Meremortal- I don't know where you are looking but a good practice bullwhip will cost no where near that. Also made of leather.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 02:52 PM (j06YM)

220  Je le fais pour toi, ok, i'm really not.

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:52 PM (4lrrm)

221 Well, I finished the first draft of a novel that I started during NaNoWriMo. Final product is 127,159 words, although I hope to get it below 90,000 after editing , which seems very doable, because I feel like this draft has a ton of useless padding. But what do I know? By my reckoning, I spent 75 days writing it -- though clearly not consecutively. After I hit 50,000 with NaNoWriMo, I just worked on it on the weekends or whenever I had a couple of hours of free time during the week. Next step: Nothing, for a whole month. (Skyrim's not gonna play itself!) I need to let it rest, let it sit, get some distance, then I'll go back and read what I've got. I already know that nobody will be allowed to read a word of it until my third draft. This first draft is, to be quite frank, about twelve flaming dumpsters of shit. No, seriously: I've got characters who die and then suddenly reappear alive later in the story, with no explanation; characters whose names change halfway through the story for no reason; story threads that start with great fanfare and then get dropped and never mentioned again -- it's full of crap like that. Since I was only looking to finish, I didn't worry about piling on the contradictions. Still: At least I have a pile of crap to dig through, which was more than I started with. Job #1, my second draft, will be to go back through the whole thing and tie up all those loose ends and make everything consistent. Then will come the third draft: All throughout my writing, I've been compiling what I call a "punch list" of items I'm not happy about, but decided to come back and fix later on. It's got about 40 items listed on it right now. It runs the gamut from little things that probably won't take much time (such-and-such needs a better name) to stuff that will take a bit of work (such-and-such needs a more fully fleshed-out backstory). The third draft will attempt to correct as many of those issues as I can. Once I've gotten to that point, I'll probably show it to some friends and family members. I'd like to get to that point in three months -- that's my hope, anyway. But I've never done this before, so who knows? Any of you guys out there who've written novels, how realistic is this timeline? My plan has always been to self-publish the dang thing on Amazon. But maybe I'll change my mind and send it to a few "real" publishers and agents, though I doubt it. My goal from the start has mainly been to prove to myself I can do this from start to finish. If I can do that, I've got another idea for a novel that I might try to do through the "traditional" publishing route. We'll see. All that's in the future, though. Right now I'm just giddy that I've managed to pass the first really big hurdle.

Posted by: Ex-liberal at March 31, 2017 02:52 PM (R1mDg)

222 I found the ukulele orchestra in my searches for Spaghetti Western music, watched again the Spaghetti Orchestra ( Australians) earlier

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (GPaiX)

223 I have some friends that do team roping and calf roping. "friends"

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (39g3+)

224 Willow, if there was a trick it's one I wasn't doing consciously. I was honestly astonished. I use a desktop program where you set the number of Morse characters you "know" and that it uses for the 5 minute transmission sessions. You then listen and type what you think the beeps are. It was almost like muscle memory for me. I'd find my fingers typing before I thought "oh, that's the code for G". I got 85% accuracy the first time after I got back. The program also shows the accuracy for each letter or symbol, too. The letter H is my bete noir. Still have problems keeping it and the number 5 straight. (.... vs .....)

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (mDjbp)

225 176 But you'll end up a cunning linguist, Ian!

Posted by: andycanuck at March 31, 2017 07:42 PM (nlbfN)


Oui oui!


Actually, I read somewhere that English is about 40% French. I don't know where we stole the rest (Germanic is the bulk of the rest, I think).


Anyway, I was lucky enough to spend a number of weeks in France for work in the past, and I can read it to the point where I know, for anexmple in an article, what the story is about, but can't grasp the details.




Posted by: Deplorable Ian Galt at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (j5LqP)

226 Ace, that Temptation Island show was done in the US too - it crashed and burned, which seems either obvious or surprising.

Posted by: broseidon on even newer magic glowy rectangle at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (v19Dy)

227 Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 07:51 PM (4lrrm) What did you forget how to do and what did it take to relearn?

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (3myMJ)

228 "It's not what it looks like, officer- I'm sending Morse code...

Posted by: t-bird at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (6anZz)

229 >>>209 ace, snicker, moans and omgs are so different in French? in every language, yes. The reason is that every language forms its basic vowel sounds a little differently. You can tell a language from its vowels. Point is, those moans and stuff are made in the characteristic vowel-patterns of a language and yeah, you can tell a Russian from a German from a French from an Italian pretty easily. I have a weird problem because even though Eastern European girls are super-hot, I can't take the vowel sounds they use for moans. They sound weird. But I didn't mean the moans. They do say other things.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (8rNrN)

230 I feel like the lone stranger now, well one with a vagina anyway.

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:53 PM (4lrrm)

231 I have some friends that do team roping and calf roping. I have to routinely inform people about stuff they knew about in the past, or damn well should have. Like "hey, you're my age, how did you miss all the rape allegations and sexual harassment charges against Bill Clinton?"

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 02:54 PM (39g3+)

232 Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 07:52 PM (j06YM) Any brands you can name? Thanks.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:54 PM (3myMJ)

233 Suduko is tricks to know how to throw out possibilities

Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 02:54 PM (GPaiX)

234 Oh gawd. Where to start... So the porn is probably causing your blood pressure to drop. Especially if your 29 year old girlfriend is making you take the Viagra. Something's gonna blow. Think of it as a hydraulic system. Either your brain, your heart or your....

Posted by: Holmes at March 31, 2017 02:54 PM (fi5nC)

235 I have some friends that do team roping and calf roping. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 07:52 PM (u8Ywb) So, hobo roping?

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 02:54 PM (GUBah)

236 >>>I have some friends that do team roping and calf roping. i don't have access to a calf or a horse. I could try the neighbor's cat, maybe.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:55 PM (8rNrN)

237 Dude, how tall are you, anyway? Because 168 would seem to be a reasonable weight for, oh, I dunno, about 98% of the population! it is reasonable. But it's not hot. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:12 Went in for a checkup today today, weighed 170.5. That's not bad for was used to be 5'11.75, I maybe be a bit shorter at 61. I've recently tried drinking more water. Too much coffee and wine I need to drink more water. Off to fill the bottle for tomorrow...

Posted by: Farmer at March 31, 2017 02:55 PM (o/90i)

238 Regarding reading - I used to read myself to sleep every night.  After my husband died, I found my brain wandering too much to focus on the book in my hands.  I was scattered in every way - it took great effort and care to drive anywhere except the short and familiar distance to my job.

I had the TV on in the background all the time to banish loneliness, and the laptop in front of me.  My attention would wander from one to the other, and consequently my problem with focusing has not improved - it may be worse, at least when it comes to reading.

Now, three years later, I'm trying to force myself back into book reading.  I like the old-fashioned paperback/hardcover in my hands, but I need to retrain myself to read for longer periods of time.  I've thought of turning the TV off, but without even the low-level sound in the background, I feel anxiety.

Not sure how to deal with this, but it needs to be dealt with.

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 02:55 PM (tHwdc)

239 Best thing that happened to me (personally) recently was a hailstorm. It was loud in a kind of fascinating way, and it didn't damage the house or car, but it did cause a few trees to crash and knock down a power poll. I was without power for over eight hours. With my kindle and kindle-attached light, I did more reading--concentrated, engaged reading--than I had in weeks. The computer is always a seductive distraction. Nice when it shuts up and stops being a temptress.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 31, 2017 02:55 PM (MZcWR)

240 I would say AP. Tracer tends to attract attention... Posted by: Tilikum KAW at March 31, 2017 07:51 PM (uhftQ) ---------- I hear you, but I'm pretty sure I read it was the tracer. Guess it depends on how many shots you take! I'm a little curious how these 150 grain bullets will perform at long range - I tested a bunch in the fall and the velocities were all over the place.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 02:55 PM (Sfs6o)

241 Internet Onset ADD,

Twitter has keyboard commandoes,
Here at AoSHQ even the resident preacher is an Internet Assassin.


Posted by: DaveA[/i][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 02:55 PM (FhXTo)

242 158 >>>How did you learn French, some internet lesson thing, or with a tutor?

I did some Duolingo and some Rosetta Stone but my main methods were: ..................

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:37 PM (8rNrN)

--------------------------------

I have used Duolingo to get enough French and Italian to show the locals that at least I'm trying. I worked for a French company for about 5 years. Didn't pick up much. It was oilfield and the official language was English

Australian dude one told me that the best way to pickup a foreign language was from pillow talk. He was talking about French, in front of his American wife. Pregnant silence followed.


Thanks for the advice.

Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 02:56 PM (yOqwj)

243 LOL ace, mmmm really sounds similar to me, of course we could add in je' dvar, etc. but the mmm still reacts . imho. lol

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:56 PM (4lrrm)

244 ugh, so no answer to my query? no one else has had a breakdown? Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 07:51 PM (4lrrm) A 19th Nervous Breakdown and Communication Breakdown are all I know

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2017 02:56 PM (auHtY)

245 193 >>>Any suggestions for those of us disinclined to watch porn? you mean something that isn't porn? Well Fort Boyard is fun and for kids, mostly. The only thing is they've eradicated it off youtube, mostly. The French version of Survivor is called "Koh-Lanta," but I never got into it. There's an absolutely tawdry trashy show called "L'Ile de Tentation," or Temptation Island, where they put four couples in a tropical paradise, separated by sex, and then have Hot Singles attempt to seduce them. It's so trashy I can't even. But I watched the thing. Hard to understand for beginners tho. It's all slang and stuff. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:46 PM (8rNrN) Real housewives trashy or tawdry trashy? I love trash tv, it's my calgon take me away thing.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:56 PM (u8Ywb)

246 >>>short-lived tho when you're doing it as (partly) a learning exercise, you do actually pay attention to the story.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 02:57 PM (8rNrN)

247 Wait...I got that backwards--never mind.

Posted by: Holmes at March 31, 2017 02:57 PM (fi5nC)

248 Even when I drink a gallon of water I'm not sure i get hydrated. is that possible?


Posted by: Some moron.

------------------------------


You can over hydrate.

Posted by: Javems at March 31, 2017 02:57 PM (yOqwj)

249 Colorado Alex- That is a good plan. I have built all of my own furniture. My dining room table is made out of 4in cedar and 2 inch copper pipe. The tile inset is a piece unto itself.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 02:58 PM (j06YM)

250 I look at code I wrote years ago and think, "How the hell did I figure all that out?" And yes, I feel dumber. But then I realize that those solutions weren't done in one fell swoop. They went through a lot of evolution and refinement.

Posted by: Eisenhorn at March 31, 2017 02:58 PM (J9FkY)

251 when you're doing it as (partly) a learning exercise, you do actually pay attention to the story. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:57 PM (8rNrN The pRon story? That's so sweet!!!!!!

Posted by: SSBN 656 (G) at March 31, 2017 02:58 PM (br2jI)

252 239 Best thing that happened to me (personally) recently was a hailstorm. It was loud in a kind of fascinating way, and it didn't damage the house or car, but it did cause a few trees to crash and knock down a power poll. I was without power for over eight hours. With my kindle and kindle-attached light, I did more reading--concentrated, engaged reading--than I had in weeks. The computer is always a seductive distraction. Nice when it shuts up and stops being a temptress. Posted by: BeckoningChasm at March 31, 2017 07:55 PM (MZcWR) My big unplug time is when we go on Vacation. I read actual paper books too.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 02:58 PM (u8Ywb)

253 I've thought of turning the TV off, but without even the low-level sound in the background, I feel anxiety. Not sure how to deal with this, but it needs to be dealt with. Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 07:55 PM (tHwdc) I've found that talk radio helps me get to sleep and stay asleep. Not loud enough to understand what they're saying, just loud enough to hear. There might be something about the cadence of human speech that makes it... comforting maybe, even if you can't make out what's being said.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 02:58 PM (8nWyX)

254 He will not ... uh ... now where was I?

Posted by: Shia LaBeouf at March 31, 2017 02:59 PM (vRcUp)

255 I've thought of turning the TV off, but without even the low-level sound in the background, I feel anxiety. There's so much going on in my head at any given time, its jarring and uncomfortable to me to have talking or music going on most of the time. I write in silence.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 02:59 PM (39g3+)

256 "Even when I drink a gallon of water I'm not sure i get hydrated. is that possible?" You can't rehydrate as fast as you dehydrate. Drinking a lot just bloats you for while. You have to drink ahead of activity, through activity and after activity to stay hydrated. Binge drinking water after its too late doesn't really help much.

Posted by: Meremortal, with mirth metal. at March 31, 2017 02:59 PM (3myMJ)

257 je' think I will try movies- documentarys again. perhaps I will get a memory jolt.

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 02:59 PM (4lrrm)

258 222 I found the ukulele orchestra in my searches for Spaghetti Western music, watched again the Spaghetti Orchestra ( Australians) earlier Posted by: Skip at March 31, 2017 07:53 PM (GPaiX) Just watched a bit of the Spaghetti Orchastra. Lol. Wild stuff. Ok, off to punish the Ukulele. Luego.

Posted by: Some moron at March 31, 2017 03:00 PM (OkKDg)

259 Funny the mentions of Morse code. I have the HF rig on and it's been pretty quiet. Now I've got three stations going on 40 meters. One of them is doing about 5wpm with a straight key.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:00 PM (GUBah)

260 This "former DOS official" is an asshat. I enjoy Jesse Watters more that Bill O'Reilley, no contest.

Posted by: logprof, sports tard at March 31, 2017 03:00 PM (GsAUU)

261 FWIW, I've become a fan of ZipFizz Citrus (http://tinyurl.com/kojhngo) 20 calories, 2 grams cards, and zero sugar. Very tasty.

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 03:01 PM (gwPgz)

262 i don't have access to a calf or a horse. I could try the neighbor's cat, maybe. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:55 PM (8rNrN) My advice: start with roping small, slow things, like toddlers or old people.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2017 03:02 PM (8ZskC)

263 >>>Real housewives trashy or tawdry trashy? it's trashy and terrible without being porn. But the whole point every week is to put someone in a position to cheat on his partner, who's over at the other camp, and will be shown photographic evidence of cheating if it happens. I'd recommend Fort Boyard, which is fun, though also not easy to understand. (The news is much easier to understand.) i really like Fort boyard.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 03:02 PM (8rNrN)

264 >>>I'm reading the Mitch Rapp books. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 07:32 PM (u8Ywb) i looove mitch rapp. funny though, i have tried like 10 times to get through "extreme measures" and always give up.

Posted by: concrete girl at March 31, 2017 03:02 PM (gihfI)

265 Not sure how to deal with this, but it needs to be dealt with. Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 07:55 PM (tHwdc) Hugs Miley, I know I'm giving unsolicited advice but maybe some sort of white noise? Waves crashing, outdoor sounds like crickets may help. I personally find waves crashing soothing and I can still concentrate reading.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:02 PM (u8Ywb)

266 This weeks Gopher War: My gophers had LOSSZZZ. I had GAINZZZ. The battle lines have moved to my fence with neighbor, where I suspect the enemy is regrouping. New Super Secret attack method: (don't tell anybody) 1. You must find gopher's air hole. 2. Open it up and flush with water to make sure it's a main raceway. 3. Pour in a gallon of 10 year old latex semi-gloss enamel. 4. Fill hole with gravel and dirt, seal air tight. Ha ha! You have just painted their living room, they weren't expecting that! I like being a thoughtful landlord.

Posted by: wth at March 31, 2017 03:02 PM (HgMAr)

267 porn story. oiu- oiu! to the pool guy. the end. ok with a little nekked thrown in . oh and moans. lots of those

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 03:02 PM (4lrrm)

268 Meremortal- I will ask my customer that uses one all the time and get back to you. I won't forget.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 03:03 PM (j06YM)

269 Ex-Liberal.

Yes take a bit of break since first draft is done. Let the gray matter get a break.

Unless those characters are named Lazarus who came back or this is a horror story; kill them again, Unless their reincarnations make the plot move in a significant way, then rename them.

There are no hard and fast rules of when a story is done. When you let others finally read it, follow some advice from Orson Scott Card. Ask these readers to note where they get lost. Or they lose interest. What part did they like. Do NOT worry about the grammar yet.

One of the local writing groups is composed of 'published' authors. The story could be as dust dry as Hillary!'s chasm and these ladies will clap and say how wonderful it is. Then they will pick out all the grammar issues. Do NOT get people like this to review your work, they are obviously not a help.

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 31, 2017 03:03 PM (2Mc5H)

270 If I need something other than just tasty filtered ice water to drink I'll swap in some carbonated flavored water once in a while (that La Croix and other store-brand knockoffs are identical except in price). but just water is the best. I have a 1-quart water bottle with an attached screw on lid I drink out of all day, I can put back like 5 of them in a day. I figure that's enough water for a normal person.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 03:03 PM (39g3+)

271 Best Language for Porn: Italian. "Cosi, bravo...!" is just like super-awesome and hot.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 03:03 PM (8rNrN)

272 oiu- oiu! to the pool guy. These are the very lyrics that tested so badly for The Kingsmen.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2017 03:03 PM (8ZskC)

273 out to do must things. be fun and nice to eachother as that other commenter says often

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 03:04 PM (4lrrm)

274 german is also really good. Sounds really dirty. French isn't very good, oddly enough.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 03:04 PM (8rNrN)

275 Wasn't Maigret a detective series in France? Those sound like more fun than Jersey Shore, Paris.

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at March 31, 2017 03:04 PM (GgzGa)

276 Apprapos of nothing, watching Ice dancing, every couple is ridiculously good looking.

Posted by: Kreplach at March 31, 2017 03:04 PM (+lv+r)

277 Funny the mentions of Morse code. I have the HF rig on and it's been pretty quiet. Now I've got three stations going on 40 meters. One of them is doing about 5wpm with a straight key. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:00 PM (GUBah) Oh hey, looks like 20m is finally open. I should see who's around. Or just read AoSHQ.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 03:04 PM (8nWyX)

278 i looove mitch rapp. funny though, i have tried like 10 times to get through "extreme measures" and always give up. Posted by: concrete girl at March 31, 2017 08:02 PM ( I haven't gotten to that one yet. I'll let you know if I have problems getting into it.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:05 PM (u8Ywb)

279 Italian Porns are like real films with storytelling but with h hot women and penetration. But Italy is very sexual IRL.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:05 PM (lCTsV)

280 The trick to avoiding dehydration is to stay hydrated.

Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 03:05 PM (Tyii7)

281 Tracers, aha. Who among us has not started a fire with tracers?

Posted by: Eromero at March 31, 2017 03:05 PM (zLDYs)

282 "Cosi, bravo...!" is just like super-awesome and hot. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 08:03 PM (8rNrN) Italian? pfft! baby, I want you , need you, come to me and let us experience the .. ok . Italian might be better. anyway Lol have fun peoples.

Posted by: willow at March 31, 2017 03:05 PM (4lrrm)

283 132 .. You and me both. I was having increasing trouble staying focused on books, any books, which was disturbing. Cut WAY back on the computer and TV, got used to concentrating on one thing for more than 2 minutes, and started doing more things by hand. Whittling, fly tying, re-learning guitar, reloading, even listening to baseball, etc., helped. Not sure I've completely regained the pleasure I had reading when young but it's a LOT better than it was. The majority of my time online is usually on AOSHQ, especially on weekends. Instead of wasting my retirement years I feel I'm improving myself and my life. Even my health is better.

Posted by: JTB at March 31, 2017 03:06 PM (V+03K)

284 On the skids and did not read the comments.  But 2 cents.

 Busy, easily or prone to distraction and Gainzzz.  Pretty much I have found that an important key to working out is to schedule it and stick to that schedule.  Put it on your calendar and treat that time seriously. I have found if I limit the time I am more efficient and focused on the work out.  Like I said, 2 cents.


Posted by: gracepmc at March 31, 2017 03:06 PM (OU4q6)

285 The trick to avoiding dehydration is to stay hydrated. Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 08:05 PM (Tyii7) How much do I owe you for that?

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2017 03:06 PM (8ZskC)

286 French isn't very good, oddly enough.


It's hard to moan properly while smoking a marlboro.

Posted by: Colorado Alex In Exile at March 31, 2017 03:06 PM (Tnhbr)

287 "But it's not hot. " Ruh Ro

Posted by: Al at March 31, 2017 03:06 PM (fWnjd)

288 Oh hey, looks like 20m is finally open. I should see who's around. Or just read AoSHQ. Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 08:04 PM (8nWyX) Heh. Anything going on at 14.313?

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:07 PM (GUBah)

289 I'm reading the Mitch Rapp books. I'm kind of mixed on the books. They're okay but the character is kind of lacking, I dunno. Character. He's a guy that shows up, things happen, he does stuff. He's got traits that would seem to set him apart on paper but in the stories he's just... anonymous. They're okay, but even for the over the top character and bland personalities of everyone involved, I enjoy the Jack Reacher books better.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 03:07 PM (39g3+)

290 Water? Like, from the toilet?

Posted by: otho at March 31, 2017 03:07 PM (lmIoG)

291 Best Language for Porn: Italian. "Cosi, bravo...!" is just like super-awesome and hot. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 08:03 PM (8rNrN) When you have to porn, porn. Don't talk.

Posted by: Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez at March 31, 2017 03:07 PM (5VlCp)

292 I'm hoping to find a fitness cult where mish is included if you have solid GAINZZZ with hard consistant work.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:08 PM (lCTsV)

293 Not sure how to deal with this, but it needs to be dealt with. Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 07:55 PM (tHwdc) I'm in a similar situation so I usually have low-level Pandora on in the background, set to the Mozart, Handel, or Bach channels when I'm reading. A lot of people seem to also like Spotify. Even so, some of that music is so familiar and beautiful I still get distracted, but it's a very temporary distraction.

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 03:09 PM (gwPgz)

294 Posted by: wth at March 31, 2017 08:02 PM (HgMAr) The guy that works for us here kind of does the same thing. He floods the hole with water and then hits them with a shovel. He shot one in the grapes with the pellet gun last week. Nice head shot. It kept moving and I wanted him to hit it with the shovel. We also just found another gopher snake yesterday and he put it in the garden area. I get mad every time I see a hawk flying with a snake.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:09 PM (u8Ywb)

295 Posted by: Tilikum KAW at March 31, 2017 07:51 PM (uhftQ) --------- I misremembered. It was the AP round.

Posted by: Weasel at March 31, 2017 03:09 PM (Sfs6o)

296 >>>This first draft is, to be quite frank, about twelve flaming dumpsters of shit. Ha ha! So you are saying there is hope for me? I've almost given up on novels, I would be happy just writing some articles at this point.

Posted by: Max Power at March 31, 2017 03:09 PM (q177U)

297 I'm hoping to find a fitness cult where mish is included if you have solid GAINZZZ with hard consistant work. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 08:08 PM (lCTsV) https://youtu.be/dHsOylbBOgE

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:10 PM (GUBah)

298 Kinda GAINZZZ related. I loaded the dogs into the 4Runner to go out to the boondocks for our daily daddy/doggy walk when we were caught in a brief but fierce rain/sleet storm. I hate to disappoint the dogs once they are in the car so I decided to just drive around for a while and hope it clears up (what with out here in the West the skies are not cloudy all day. I drove out vineyard and peach orchard country. The peach trees were in bloom. The white sleet covering the ground providing a background to the pink blossoms was very beautiful.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks. Now worse than Hitler! at March 31, 2017 03:10 PM (Nwg0u)

299 He shot one in the grapes with the pellet gun last week. Shot. In the grapes. *yikes*

Posted by: A Weasel at March 31, 2017 03:11 PM (8ZskC)

300 289 I'm reading the Mitch Rapp books. I'm kind of mixed on the books. They're okay but the character is kind of lacking, I dunno. Character. He's a guy that shows up, things happen, he does stuff. He's got traits that would seem to set him apart on paper but in the stories he's just... anonymous. They're okay, but even for the over the top character and bland personalities of everyone involved, I enjoy the Jack Reacher books better. Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at March 31, 2017 08:07 PM (39g3+) They're my husband's. I just started reading them. I like them. I will get my husband some Jack Reacher books. I like the Mitch Rapp books, they're what I call a beach read.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:12 PM (u8Ywb)

301 Excessive stress can be particularly stressful.

Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 03:12 PM (Tyii7)

302 Heh. Anything going on at 14.313? Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:07 PM (GUBah) Not that I can hear, no.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 03:12 PM (8nWyX)

303 The biggest brain exercise I have is trying to keep up with all of you on AoS.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 03:12 PM (j06YM)

304 Excessive stress can be particularly stressful. Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 08:12 PM (Tyii7) Here's a credit card. I'd like to open a tab.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2017 03:13 PM (8ZskC)

305 german is also really good. Sounds really dirty. - Too much Shitzkrieg for my taste.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks. Now worse than Hitler! at March 31, 2017 03:13 PM (Nwg0u)

306 Shot in the grapes and you're to blame.

Posted by: Bon Blovi at March 31, 2017 03:13 PM (Tyii7)

307 Idiots 'raising awareness and acceptance' again.

http://www.ufunk.net/en/vrac/free-the-feed-mother-london/

Posted by: Anna Puma at March 31, 2017 03:14 PM (2Mc5H)

308 Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks. Now worse than Hitler! at March 31, 2017 08:10 PM (Nwg0u I can picture the scene, it sounds just lovely.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:15 PM (u8Ywb)

309 The biggest brain exercise I have is trying to keep up with all of you on AoS. Posted by: Ben Had (pssst, the secret is Control+End, Control + PageUp x 3ish times and pretend you've been reading from #1. )

Posted by: weft cut-loop[/i][/b] at March 31, 2017 03:15 PM (GgzGa)

310 Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 08:09 PM (u8Ywb) ............ I can only plink at them with my .22 in the back yard, the front would attract too much attention (CA). I saw a video online of a guy who tinfoils a hose to his exhaust pipe, shoves it down the gopher hole and runs his engine for about 15 minutes.

Posted by: wth at March 31, 2017 03:15 PM (HgMAr)

311 Not that I can hear, no. Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 08:12 PM (8nWyX) I QSY'd and caught one side of the end of a QSO at 14.260. Bad QSB at my QTH this time of day for 20.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:16 PM (GUBah)

312 http://www.ufunk.net/en/vrac/free-the-feed-mother-london/ Posted by: Anna Puma at March 31, 2017 08:14 PM (2Mc5H) Free the Feed Mother was one of the most bugged quests in Oblivion. I had to use console cheats to get past it.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 03:16 PM (8nWyX)

313 Posted by: A Weasel at March 31, 2017 08:11 PM (8ZskC) There I go again with the poor phrasing.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:16 PM (u8Ywb)

314 274 german is also really good. Sounds really dirty. French isn't very good, oddly enough. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 08:04 PM (8rNrN) *********** I've been listening to Hitler speeches--with subtitles. Je pense que NON!

Posted by: Holmes at March 31, 2017 03:17 PM (fi5nC)

315 271 Best Language for Porn: Italian. "Cosi, bravo...!" is just like super-awesome and hot. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 08:03 PM (8rNrN Word! I took Italian in college. Nothing but pretty girls in my classes. Met and had a serious girlfriend in Italian class. A incredible girl from Topeka Kansas, whom. I regret not planting that seed. She was cute, beautiful, and an incredible set of trust funds. I was an idiot because she was giving me all the signals of just finish college and you will be set for life with me. That frustrated her at the end because she wanted me to finish school, I was too young to see that I had it made so mug principles of studying what I was interested in instead of just getting a degree screwed me there. Great memeories with Italian.... Obviously.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:17 PM (lCTsV)

316 I finally found pork rinds tonight. At least I think that's what they are. The bag says "Pork Cracklins" and "Chicharrones". I got them at Walmart. I had previously tried various supermarkets and gas stations without luck. The taste is OK, but I like potato chips better. Which is the problem; I have a real addiction to potato chips. Hopefully I can substitute the pork rinds to lower my carb intake.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2017 03:17 PM (sdi6R)

317 Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 08:12 PM (u8Ywb) You might also try some Robert Crais (Elvis Cole and/or Joe Pike) or Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch).

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 03:18 PM (gwPgz)

318 I saw a video online of a guy who tinfoils a hose to his exhaust pipe, shoves it down the gopher hole and runs his engine for about 15 minutes. Posted by: wth at March 31, 2017 08:15 PM (HgMAr) Sounds like Jerry Clower's rat killin': https://youtu.be/9Z0q2p8tVpM

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:18 PM (GUBah)

319 Started doing what really is a near-paleo clean (whatever the hell that means) eating plan about a week ago. Haven't been weighing myself but clothes are fitting better and I have a load more energy. Been a bit of a chore since I have had my grandkids for 2 weeks now (8 and 3 yo girls). Their mother is a wreck and can't care for the kids. Her Dad died suddenly three weeks ago and we committed her Mother after she went full-blown manic after her husband's death. Kid's mom is an only child so it hits particularly hard. The girls will eat what I fix though so that's a help. They discovered they like steak, salmon, deadlifts and squats. Who knew?

Posted by: Tonypete at March 31, 2017 03:18 PM (tr2D7)

320 because if you have Internet Onset ADD Where was the kitteh pic?

Posted by: fluffy at March 31, 2017 03:19 PM (jw2Xw)

321 I QSY'd and caught one side of the end of a QSO at 14.260. Bad QSB at my QTH this time of day for 20. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:16 PM (GUBah) I called some CQs but never heard anything back. It could be my antenna though; it's a buddipole out on the balcony and I haven't looked at it recently to make sure it's not resting on a soggy railing or anything.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 03:19 PM (8nWyX)

322 Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2017 08:17 PM (sdi6R) Grind them up and use them for breading on fried foods.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:19 PM (GUBah)

323 when you're doing it as (partly) a learning exercise, you do actually pay attention to the story.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:57 PM (8rNrN




The pRon story? That's so sweet!!!!!!



I learned a lot from my pr0n story.

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 03:20 PM (tHwdc)

324 I saw a video online of a guy who tinfoils a hose to his exhaust pipe, shoves it down the gopher hole and runs his engine for about 15 minutes. Posted by: wth at March 31, 2017 08:15 PM (HgMAr) I won't let them use poison anymore. We have a nesting pair of great horned owls. Also since we've stopped using the rat poison and gopher poison we have a lot more snakes. A lot more snakes. I've seen a king snake and 3 gopher snakes already this year. It hasn't even been that hot yet either.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:20 PM (u8Ywb)

325 It could be my antenna though; it's a buddipole out on the balcony and I haven't looked at it recently to make sure it's not resting on a soggy railing or anything. Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 08:19 PM (8nWyX) Might try a mag loop. I've heard good things about them.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:20 PM (GUBah)

326 297 I'm hoping to find a fitness cult where mish is included if you have solid GAINZZZ with hard consistant work. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 08:08 PM (lCTsV) https://youtu.be/dHsOylbBOgE Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:10 PM (GUBah LOL! Brother, we are pissing in the same pot.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:21 PM (lCTsV)

327 Might try a mag loop. I've heard good things about them. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:20 PM (GUBah) I'll look into it. I've logged QSOs from Michigan to NY, MA, GA, and Puerto Rico, so I know it's got the guts, I'm just still learning the geometry and orientation tricks.

Posted by: hogmartin at March 31, 2017 03:22 PM (8nWyX)

328 Thanks weft

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 03:22 PM (j06YM)

329 Below, two videos by that guy whose videos I always link now. The first is how the Internet is deliberately designed to increase the human brain's appetite for quick and easy distraction, and then, having stoked that appetite, to then offer a fix for the craving for distraction it's created -- the next Wikipedia link, the next video, the next Tweet. TL R

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2017 03:22 PM (cuZZW)

330 Sabrina, If you're still here, what is the name of that morse code program you mentioned in 224?

Posted by: JTB at March 31, 2017 03:22 PM (V+03K)

331 317 Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 08:12 PM (u8Ywb) You might also try some Robert Crais (Elvis Cole and/or Joe Pike) or Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch). Posted by: Hrothgar at March 31, 2017 08:18 PM (gwPgz) I will, thank you.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:23 PM (u8Ywb)

332 Thanks Country Boy! The calculator confirmed my suspicions.

Posted by: DM at March 31, 2017 03:23 PM (garNZ)

333 Hugs Miley, I know I'm giving unsolicited advice but maybe some sort of white noise? Waves crashing, outdoor sounds like crickets may help.

I personally find waves crashing soothing and I can still concentrate reading.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 08:02 PM (u8Ywb)


Moving to a beach would be perfect!

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 03:23 PM (tHwdc)

334 Frustration can lead to anger.

Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 03:23 PM (Tyii7)

335 Any beach-dwelling morons need a roommate?

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 03:24 PM (tHwdc)

336 when you're doing it as (partly) a learning exercise, you do actually pay attention to the story. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 07:57 PM (8rNrN LMFAO! I read this as doing it as a party learning exercise. I was thinking that Ace must have some very giving and open. New friends.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:24 PM (lCTsV)

337 Frustration can lead to anger.

Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 08:23 PM (Tyii7)


What does sexual frustration lead to?

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 03:24 PM (tHwdc)

338 Frustration can lead to anger. Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 08:23 PM (Tyii7) Simplistic posts lead to frustration!

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 03:25 PM (gwPgz)

339 Sounds like Jerry Clower's rat killin': https://youtu.be/9Z0q2p8tVpM Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:18 PM (GUBah) .............. LOL Now there's some American Ingenuity

Posted by: wth at March 31, 2017 03:25 PM (HgMAr)

340 What does sexual frustration lead to?

Fapping.

Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 03:25 PM (Tyii7)

341 LOL! Brother, we are pissing in the same pot. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 08:21 PM (lCTsV) There's always this, uh, fitness gal: https://youtu.be/waIuhfoTMv8 Mostly SFW

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:26 PM (GUBah)

342 Miley @ 337- Everybody who was ever a teenager knows what sexual frustration leads to. More masturbation.

Posted by: Eromero at March 31, 2017 03:26 PM (zLDYs)

343 333 Hugs Miley, I know I'm giving unsolicited advice but maybe some sort of white noise? Waves crashing, outdoor sounds like crickets may help. I personally find waves crashing soothing and I can still concentrate reading. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 08:02 PM (u8Ywb) Moving to a beach would be perfect! Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 08:23 PM (tHwdc) I love the beach. I'm sure you can find those white noise videos on YouTube.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:26 PM (u8Ywb)

344 Wasn't Maigret a detective series in France? Those sound like more fun than Jersey Shore, Paris. Posted by: weft cut-loop at March 31, 2017 08:04 PM (GgzGa) I think there is a PBS station that runs that along with other foreign language shows. It also has 'A French Village' set during the German occupation. I've only watch a bit of that one

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2017 03:27 PM (auHtY)

345 Frustration can lead to anger. Posted by: Your Life Coach What does sexual frustration lead to? Posted by: Miley, the Duchess Three attempts at destroying any and all residual glory in creating a cultural legacy.

Posted by: G. Lucas[/i][/b] at March 31, 2017 03:27 PM (GgzGa)

346 Miley, This one is for you. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dyYk6eDoBng

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:28 PM (u8Ywb)

347 26 297 I'm hoping to find a fitness cult where mish is included if you have solid GAINZZZ with hard consistant work. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 08:08 PM (lCTsV) https://youtu.be/dHsOylbBOgE Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:10 PM (GUBah LOL! Brother, we are pissing in the same pot. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 08:21 PM (lCTsV) I'm also thinking about joining a MMA gym (cult). I can only afford one cult so I must choose wisely. I'm concerned about the injuries in the first cult and the fact trainers only have to pass a weekend course.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:28 PM (lCTsV)

348 Gyselle Soares on Fort Boyard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBRZtg-45K8 love this chick

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 03:29 PM (8rNrN)

349 Nood

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 03:30 PM (u8Ywb)

350 What does sexual frustration lead to? Fapping. Posted by: Your Life Coach at March 31, 2017 08:25 PM (Tyii7) Or biting peoples heads off.

Posted by: T-Rex at March 31, 2017 03:30 PM (HgMAr)

351 weft-Maigret was indeed a series. Just re-watched it the other day.

Posted by: Ben Had at March 31, 2017 03:30 PM (j06YM)

352 343 I'm sure you can find those white noise videos on YouTube. Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 08:26 PM (u8Ywb) It cracked me up when somebody linked to 10-hour-long B-17 engine noise videos awhile back. I'm guessing that the crews flying them over Germany didn't consider it relaxing.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2017 03:30 PM (sdi6R)

353 Women who are athletes and hardcore fitness make great training partners all the way around from my past experiences.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:31 PM (lCTsV)

354 great thread everybody

Posted by: concrete girl at March 31, 2017 03:31 PM (gihfI)

355 btw, the task is to traverse the spinning cylinders and grab the key which is hanging over the last cylinder. Then you win one of the seven keys you (sort of) need to go to the next stage of the game. But obviously the real point is to get girls in low cut shirts wriggling their way towards the camera.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 03:32 PM (8rNrN)

356 I'm concerned about the injuries in the first cult and the fact trainers only have to pass a weekend course. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 08:28 PM (lCTsV) That was my concern as well. I use the local Y and Crossfit is included in the membership, so I figured, why not? Plus, the way they do it is a mandatory two classes a week for the first month of instruction for newbies. The whole setup seems more reputable than just picking out a random box.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:32 PM (GUBah)

357 346 that's great, CaliGirl!

I still think it would be more soothing if I could watch it while listening.

Like, from the beach.

Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 03:34 PM (tHwdc)

358 356 I'm concerned about the injuries in the first cult and the fact trainers only have to pass a weekend course. Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 08:28 PM (lCTsV) That was my concern as well. I use the local Y and Crossfit is included in the membership, so I figured, why not? Plus, the way they do it is a mandatory two classes a week for the first month of instruction for newbies. The whole setup seems more reputable than just picking out a random box. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:32 PM (GUBah) My other fear is the speed of exercises they do is terrible for most people. I always trained fast and my form was terrible. Now 4 major surgeries later, I can't afford another injury. I'll have to get advised by some local folks who compete and would know what is the best gym to join.

Posted by: Phone of Widespread Pepe at March 31, 2017 03:38 PM (lCTsV)

359 Two weeks out from my meet:
187.5kg x2 Deads
145kg x2 Squats
90kg x1 Bench

Some good, some bad - but at 62, I'll take it.

Posted by: browndog at March 31, 2017 03:40 PM (bGMOs)

360 I have had two physical therapists who have told me their businesses have skyrocketed since Crossfit. It's a petri dish for injuries.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 03:48 PM (8rNrN)

361 We are currently watching a WW II movie on the HC, "Fury". Seems good so far, has anyone else seen this?

Posted by: Farmer at March 31, 2017 03:49 PM (o/90i)

362 Seems good so far, has anyone else seen this? Posted by: Farmer at March 31, 2017 08:49 PM (o/90i) In spite of the douchebags starring in it, it's pretty good. I actually got to see it at the premiere that was held at Fort Benning.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:55 PM (GUBah)

363 I have had two physical therapists who have told me their businesses have skyrocketed since Crossfit. It's a petri dish for injuries. Posted by: ace at March 31, 2017 08:48 PM (8rNrN) Yeah, that's a huge concern for me, but the box I'll be using seems to be pretty good about being careful to avoid injuries. I've watched quite a few of their classes through the window while on the treadmill.

Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 03:57 PM (GUBah)

364 357 346 that's great, CaliGirl! I still think it would be more soothing if I could watch it while listening. Like, from the beach. Posted by: Miley, the Duchess at March 31, 2017 08:34 PM (tHwdc) It's better to watch it you're right, but at night you can only hear the waves not see them.

Posted by: CaliGirl at March 31, 2017 04:00 PM (u8Ywb)

365 I saw just the last 15 minutes of "Fury" on TV. Interesting. But I'm easy when it comes to WWII stuff. Did like the Sherman scenes, though - love the foot-pedal "trigger" for the main gun (anyone know if German or Soviet tanks had such triggers?). I am thinking this thread is achieving a sort of AOSHQ trans-dimensional apogee thinggy or something. Synthesis? Porn and language-learning. And guns. And porn. And blacksmithing. OK, who can tie in some porn angle to learning blacksmithing? (knot-tying connection would be too easy, sorry)

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 04:00 PM (+wjl1)

366 "He fixed the cable?"

Posted by: Just the punchline at March 31, 2017 04:01 PM (+wjl1)

367 I have no problem with focusing on a book, if it's fiction - I really get into the story. (Latest is "Freehold" by Michael Z. Williamson, from Baen Books.) I have more trouble sticking with non-fiction. It helps if I read a large portion of the book at once, rather than just a bit at a time. I LOVE sudoku - and in fact most of them are too easy for me, so I do ken ken puzzles when I can find them - those actually require you to do some math. (Sudoku puzzles are just logic puzzles - you could use 9 letters, symbols, or colors, and it would be the same puzzle.) I subscribe to Games magazine (I think it's called Games World of Puzzles now), which has a wide variety of types of puzzles, so if I feel like a word puzzle, number puzzle, or something involving pictures, I can swap around as the mood strikes. My latest BRAINZZ is learning to write cursive left-handed. I do at least one sentence each morning and evening. I write pangrams, since they include every letter - even ones in other languages, since the letters frequently adjacent to each other will vary with the language. The more I practice, the more I wonder how I ever learned to write cursive when I was 8! Not much in the way of GAINZZ here. My physical activity level does go up in the spring, since there's a lot of garden cleanup and prep work to do. This weekend will be spent helping to unload 3 or 4 pickup-truckfuls of soil and compost, to fill the 2 new raised beds we built. (That, in turn, will lead to lots of delicious fresh vegetables to eat this summer!)

Posted by: Pat* at March 31, 2017 04:01 PM (qC1ju)

368 OK, who can tie in some porn angle to learning blacksmithing? (knot-tying connection would be too easy, sorry) Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 09:00 PM (+wjl1) Manacles

Posted by: Hrothgar [/i][/u][/b][/s] at March 31, 2017 04:02 PM (gwPgz)

369 PS: I forgot kakuro puzzles - I love those too. Even harder than ken ken.

Posted by: Pat* at March 31, 2017 04:03 PM (qC1ju)

370 Hrothgar! Well, that didn't take long. Alex, you know have an idea for your first blacksmithing project. Is there some sub-discipline of tango involving manacles? (no puns intended) Seeing as tango is so closely associated with Buenos Aires, I'm thinking - yeah, there probably is. I advise you avoid tango parties at the Condor Building.

Posted by: Just the punchline at March 31, 2017 04:04 PM (+wjl1)

371 Or the Navy Mechanic's School.

Posted by: Just the punchline at March 31, 2017 04:04 PM (+wjl1)

372 All depends on the book. Some books just draw me through them. Non-fiction, so that's not as easy as it might sound.

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 04:06 PM (+wjl1)

373 There was a Sherman at the air show a few weeks ago. But of more interest was the WWII Army motorcycle. With the scabbard. With the Thompson in it. Not a motorcycle guy, but THAT is something I'd like to have (full-auto Thompson, of course). Would make highway patrol traffic stops more interesting.

Posted by: rhomboid at March 31, 2017 04:08 PM (+wjl1)

374 Seems good so far, has anyone else seen this? Seems good so far, has anyone else seen this? Posted by: Farmer at March 31, 2017 08:49 In spite of the douchebags starring in it, it's pretty good. I actually got to see it at the premiere that was held at Fort Benning. Posted by: Country Singer at March 31, 2017 08:55 When you said douchebags I thought of Brad Pitt. Then it dawned on me that Shia LeWhatever was in it. Any other you meant? Cool that you saw the premeire. What yr was that?

Posted by: Farmer at March 31, 2017 04:14 PM (o/90i)

375 It's gotten to the point where I will be reading a dead tree edition of a book and my very first immediate inclination upon seeing an unfamiliar word is to want to "click" on the page to get the definition.

Posted by: Mark1971 at March 31, 2017 04:43 PM (xPl2J)

376 Some good, some bad - but at 62, I'll take it. You're moving iron, that's all that matters.

Posted by: iSoothsayer iPro iLX at March 31, 2017 04:49 PM (KxmPO)

377 On the off chance anyone is checking back for Morse code programs...the one I like best is at www.justlearnmorsecode.com . There's another,  G4FON that uses a similar method.

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at March 31, 2017 05:01 PM (mDjbp)

378 Since I started IF (aboout 2 months) I am down 18lbs, 2-4 sizes on pants, and needed all new belts. I have increased muscle mass greatly and have do HIIT pushup factorial sets as well as abs. About 500 of each a day. I am also going 48 hours between meals, while working out each day. The Gainzzz thread changed my life... Cheers Ace

Posted by: Waiting at March 31, 2017 05:39 PM (nIGPZ)

379 I have to say that contemplating life at 29 merely makes me smile at 55. Yes, you forget a few things, but it's a nothing burger. Usually it's because you're busy and stressed or just tired. Now at THIS age, you sometimes search for common words and it's crazy making. Getting back into my age old habit of nightly reading. If you can't concentrate, you're either tired or the book isn't interesting. So get a better book. Learning French? Great! How about planning a trip to a French speaking country so that you can speed up your progress? As to learning new things, I think that life is about learning until you're dead,so how can anyone possibly be done at 29? You're barely getting started. Husband got me a Rebel camera for a Christmas present. Learning photography is on my bucket list. Total surprise. Don't even know how to put the thing together but I bought a book, am going to sign up for a class and start learning. I'm also teaching myself crochet AND knitting. Never was into 'crafts' in the past, too busy with school, work, volunteering and raising a family. Now I'm looking at adding pleasure learning to my repertoire, as the latter is winding down. I feel even more motivated now. My best friend was diagnosed with cancer 1 1/2 years ago. It's entirely possible that she won't be here by the end of the summer. She's only 54 years old. This experience has really driven it home that life is short and it could be over in a heartbeat. My advice to the world: stop procrastinating, go out and learn, live and do. Don't wait. Don't come up with reasons not to. There is so much in life to learn about and to experience. Tell your excuse generator to shut up and get on with it. So do it, and do it NOW. /soapbox

Posted by: tired at March 31, 2017 07:00 PM (kOGRT)

380 The idea that distraction gets you off-track and needing to restart your thoughts is what makes me HATE phone solicitors. But the more it happens, the more I'm able to not disengage and not give them my attention; it's more like swatting away a fly.

Posted by: m [/b][/i][/s][/u] at March 31, 2017 10:11 PM (Gqgs8)

381 OMG completely spot-on with the changes in my thinking and my brain. I'm a middle-aged attorney and lifelong bookworm, BUT, my powers of concentration and my ability to read a book have gone downhill big time. I am also less able to watch a movie, or concentrate on a good TV series. Worst of all: I feel STUPIDER.  I don't put together long thoughts well in writing or speaking the way that I used to. I don't even take tests as well!!!  For instance, lately I've tried taking sample LSAT quizzes, and even though my score back in my twenties was in the 96th percentile, I am floundering on the current test. This isn't a lack of preparation either, because I didn't prep for the LSAT.  My solution? In the short run, I have pared down online by maybe 10%, and abandoned Facebook entirely except for a quick daily check to see if my friends or relatives have sent me a message. Tranquility has correspondingly increased. Next year I am taking an early retirement, and I plan to spend a lot of time being outside, exercising, reading, and developing some hobbies that require concentration---interacting with reality, nature, and actual 3-D people.  Don't despair---it is possible to re-train the brain. Start now!

Posted by: rigeldog at April 01, 2017 05:07 AM (Qg0qV)

382 This is such an inspiring post. Seriously.

Posted by: You Heard Me at April 01, 2017 07:12 AM (DMyvQ)

383 Ace, water becomes easy once... wake up, piss, weigh yourself, glass of water, groom eat. Keep a water bottle at your desk, sip every once in a while. When you get up, top off the bottle and if the bottle is still full chug a couple of mouth fulls. I've found that putting on some muscle helps with the weight loss. After putting on muscle I found that when I go to the gym regular, I will always loose weight unless I force myself to eat or booze too much. Past 6 weeks, I've been loosing a pound a week despite the a couple of rum. Check out Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength to learn how to add plates to your lifts (as in 45 lb discs).

Posted by: mellow at April 01, 2017 08:40 AM (upiC5)

384 Anna Puma: I've already had a couple of people tell me that if I kill a character, they should probably stay dead, so that's one piece of advice I'm pretty sure I'll stick to.

Posted by: Ex-liberal at April 01, 2017 10:54 AM (R1mDg)

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