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    » shaar channels the dirgesinger within

    I love how every part of Team Body will get facing the same direction, everything's cool, and skin's all like
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    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    10/11/2019 - 10/13/2019 Tournament Got me Like Tasks Clean toilet Clean bathroom sinks Crunchyroll Backlog - 0/10 Practice Crying in the Dojo - 5/20 Lingodeer Time - 5/20 Layer in school time Write 13 Reschedule 13.1 (April Fool's) Write 15.1 Write or delete 17 Write 24 Write 25 + flashbacks Behavior 9:00 Dinner - 2/8 Cat grooming - 0/4 Too Many Curses - 1 Friday was uneventful aside from finishing Thief of Time, which was really really good--not the best of Pratchett's work, just that it made me happy to read it. Then I totally blew out a trilogy that was at least 1000 pages each because. Because guys. Guys. I have found possibly the worst writer ever in Peter F. Hamilton. So imagine having a villain who's just a total sexual psychopath, epic woolgathering sections, some kind of Biblical references which seem to be as necessary as the ones found in Evangelion, gay Satanists (apparently? not sure they're literally worshiping the Devil or what, but the sexual politics of the book ticked off at least one social Leftist, FWIW) "Adamists" in contrast with the Free Love Club "Eveists" (see what I mean?), and something about the story turning from sci-fi to fantasy, which could go either way in terms of quality but makes me really nervous. Sex is never not dysfunctional, so no matter who you are there's something to hack you off. Maddeningly some really fascinating concepts regarding living ships that have a symbiotic relationship with their pilots and inter-system trade? Just awful. Did I mention they're around 1200 pages each and make the telephone book look concise? Why oh why did I buy them then? They looked pretty. Yeah, serves me. This brings me down to 12 Unread books. Ordered 3 on Sunday, some of which seem to be really short, so I have not blown up my list (yet). I am not quite halfway through Catch-22, which is awesome and hilarious and whatnot. For anyone who doesn't know, the story could be described as 50% characters trying to get out of flying bombing missions during WW2, and the other 50% is characters saying things that bewilder other characters. And then another 50% of the time is spent prowling for slatterns. I got a ways into the book in high school and I did not successfully recall the preponderance of slatterns. You could strap Catch-22 to The Right Stuff and take out Wellesley College single-handedly. Hulu has a series based on the book, how the script wouldn't end up looking like one of Yossarian's censorship jobs is beyond me. So Saturday was a karate tournament. Got to volunteer alongside My Aikido People, and we ran the meanest well-oiled karate tournament machine around. The judges screwed up the chart once, because a kid done screwed up and showed up late, which was more than we did. I call that a success. It was a quicker event than prior years because our area lost two dojos for economic reasons, so I stayed for the whole thing. Got to watch an iaido pair go toe-to-toe in kata, which was something. Came home, got a shower, ate food, and collapsed. No gym because by this point I was nursing quite the little headache. I spent some of the time reviewing first episodes of shows in my Crunchyroll queue. Many things were dropped. Sunday was uneventful as well. Did a lot of shredding of junk and napping. With a side of reading and listening to music samples. I did a lot of thinking about the April Fool's arrangement, which ties to school stuff by way of what is the rough calendar date of the start of this story again? Which gave me MORE ideas to amuse myself with. Can't mark anything off yet, but it'll be like dominoes when I start rearranging things. My goals this coming week are to review all the anime in my backlog and to research the books in my cart to verify their worthiness for purchase. If I fail to do so or determine what is left is not compelling enough, I cancel my subscription until the next season of Furuba materializes in Spring (?) 2020. At some point I'll finish the manga I guess? I can see more or less how it will go from book 13, but you know. I have the whole thing already.
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    What have we learned this week? We do not sleep on Kishi's thread.
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    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    10/10/2019 Just Going With It Tasks Clean toilet Clean bathroom sinks Practice Crying in the Dojo - 4/20 Lingodeer Time - 4/20 Layer in school time Write 13 Reschedule 13.1 (April Fool's) Write 15.1 Write or delete 17 Write 24 Write 25 + flashbacks Behavior 9:00 Dinner - 2/8 Cat grooming - 0/4 Too Many Curses - 1 I started working on fleshing out 13.1. Survived the day at work, barely, with only one curse. the promise of a nap was crucial to said survival. Made carbonara, set myself up to finish Thief of Time easily on Friday, walked through the 5 Iaido kata in a half-assed way because of flooring and space issues.
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    Indeed indeed. And to compound this, I've heard it pointed out that Adam failed as a leader, because he knew what God had told them not to do, but he listened to the Serpent by way of Eve and did it anyway. They both sinned knowing better. There is a habit of judging the past by the standards of the present--context be damned. Certain individual men will try to use the Bible as a cudgel to intimidate women in their local orbit because they have a need to control, whether that's due to misogyny or gaping personal insecurity or what have you. It's pretty obvious when a man is harping on "wives submit to your husbands," has 9 kids, and runs the household like it's a navy vessel with the wife barely distinguishable in "rank" from the kids that he might not be worth taking seriously as Biblical authority. Does make my skin crawl nonetheless.
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    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    10/9/2019 Dog and Pony Tasks Clean toilet Clean bathroom sinks Practice Crying in the Dojo - 3/20 Lingodeer Time - 3/20 Layer in school time Write 13 Reschedule 13.1 (April Fool's) Write 15.1 Write or delete 17 Write 24 Write 25 + flashbacks Behavior 9:00 Dinner - 1/8 Cat grooming - 0/4 Too Many Curses - 0 I wasn't gonna gym. Then I was. Then I wasn't. Then I had to get up to pee at 5:30 and decided to heck with it. I'm awake now. No really, that's how it happened. I ended up doing some almost-heavy squat doubles of 178lbs. At first my neck wasn't thrilled but it sorta simmered down toward the end. I was almost productive at work. The most interesting thing about it was I parked between two black sedans with Texas plates--in case you missed the memo, this isn't Texas. So that was odd. It's a rare moment when you have to give a relative advice amounting to "if he talks to you like that again, get a hotel room." But that happened. There's a pattern of logistical disagreements which somehow do a 180 and morph into a series of personal attacks going directly for the self-worth jugular vein--what the other person contributes to the household (oh, just every bit of food that didn't fly out a drive-through window, clean laundry, every single thing that involves using a means of communication to resolve, and any chore that doesn't specify controlled violence...). AKA disagreeing about the itinerary spins about on its heel and becomes a personal attack as if a suggestion were a dagger pointed right at his psyche. Then a few hours later it's like yeah, whatever suggestion/question that caused the emotional eruption actually was the reasonable course of action. It's really bizarre. I suspect a chemical imbalance in the brain. Good luck getting an answer to that one because see above overreaction to impersonal matters. Whatever and however its cause, this is at least the third time that a different POV on how to accomplish a shared goal apparently merited verbal abuse. I said if it were me I wouldn't hang around directly after the second time for the inevitable additional rounds of pre-apology abuse and that he isn't learning that you can't treat people that way, then apologize and the slate is blown clean as the driven snow. So. That wasn't the most enjoyable thing ever to say, but I felt like it was the truth. Temper tantrums, man. Dojo was bokken techniques + bokken dori. Then the world's smallest class randori with three other non-black belts, so it was pretty much have-at-thee-in-single-file. Considering my neck, this was fine by me. Confirmed go-time for the karate tournament, it sounds like Sensei has the bases covered so I'll just be doing morning shift, but I will plan my food as if this is not the case. They do have food at the event, but of course I cannot eat it. I'm also planning my Friday to maximally compensate for getting up at 8AM on Saturday--my reading goal will be easy to hit, should take 2-3 hours and I can do lights-out at a sane time.
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    The Legend of the Mad Monk

    One foolproof way to determine if someone is a genetic freak is to put them on Soviet programming....
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    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    10/8/2019 It Was that Time Tasks Clean toilet Clean bathroom sinks Practice Crying in the Dojo - 2/20 Lingodeer Time - 2/20 Layer in school time Write 13 Reschedule 13.1 (April Fool's) Write 15.1 Write or delete 17 Write 24 Write 25 + flashbacks Behavior 9:00 Dinner - 1/8 Cat grooming - 0/4 Too Many Curses - 0 Well on the plus side, I don't think I carried over any harm from Monday's shenanigans. Perversely, I suspect lower body work is hacking my neck off more than upper. W E I R D flex but okay, body. Also on the plus side, I didn't have to cook dinner on Tuesday because a - I cooked double on Sunday and b - I only have on more meal planned for the week and that needs to fall on a Thursday. So Taco Tuesday it was. Read a volume of Fruits Basket (now about halfway through at vol 11 of 23), read on Thief of Time, did a review of weapons work. Um. Monday I mentioned to my partner that we need to start thinking about when we want to shoot for testing, because in March it will be a year. Now she waited longer than I did to test because she had a couple months on me, which matters when you're terrified of the 2nd hardest belt test until maybe testing for black. This one we're working on now is the hardest, according to people who have gone before. I've only seen two people test and not advance in rank--one was from blue to purple and the other was from purple to brown. The former had no business testing yet and the latter choked. So I do have some "data" to back up the assertion that we are about to top the hill in terms of rote curriculum difficulty. Not that the rest is EASY it just is a shorter list? And a bit more vague as you approach red and black in terms of what I understand the expectations to be. Emphasis on "what I understand." Saturday is the Karate tournament. Sensei hinted to me that he may need me the whole tournament rather than just morning shift because help is slim this time. This isn't a lot more hours of volunteer work, but it does push me from getting out and access to food I can eat until 3PM and make me have to figure out how to get away from there without attending the dojo social afterward (y'all I am emotionally and physically drained from volunteering...it's at LEAST as hard as competing because I don't be wanting to screw over some poor karateka with my bad signaling, ya know?). Sensei is too dang extroverted to be thinking the thing that sounds good after white-knuckling a tournament is to get together and have a party/drink. NOPE. That's why I don't take the afternoon shift. This time I'm probably going home after grabbing any groceries/food required to keep me alive and face-plant on the bed at earliest convenience. Which means skipping the gym. It might be a mandatory skip if today's gym session gives me a migraine/reallyreallystrong headache. Since, you know, I only did doubles at the weight I'd be doing for 5s and pulls are right out apparently.
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    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    10/7/2019 Center of attention Tasks Clean toilet Clean bathroom sinks Practice Crying in the Dojo - 1/20 Lingodeer Time - 1/20 Layer in school time Write 13 Reschedule 13.1 (April Fool's) Write 15.1 Write or delete 17 Write 24 Write 25 + flashbacks Behavior 9:00 Dinner - 0/8 Cat grooming - 0/4 Too Many Curses - 0 I tried to not go crazy in the gym, still hurt anyway. Will to live at near all-time low, buoyed slightly by the carnage I caused in doing the work I once was expected to do. Fires under butts that are not mine and whatnot. Glorious. I went easy in the dojo with yokomenuchi kotegaeshi. At home I did the heavy lifting of recopying the technique videos from the old laptop, which for some reason did not transfer and I had been putting it off/forgetting to do so. Read Thief of Time. The end.
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    No even gonna lie, I can't blame you. Even people who aren't rocking all black can tell it's witch-burning season. The main thing is, I want you to know that not all girls gonna do you that way and you deserve to find one that won't leave you looking over your shoulder after every interaction. One date and your dating; two+ dates and you're Dating? Giant shrug. Sounds like this was more of an unqualified good time than the last girl, she's a bit more direct? Addit: good to hear your pain is down, dancing is more than reason enough for a possible DOMS-y flare-up.
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    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    October 2019 Goals I mean, if we must October has started "interestingly" with a neck injury of some sort I've been nursing for almost a week now. And by "nursing" I mean trying to ignore it harder than it's ignoring the Tylenol. While August saw me able to knock 60% of books off the Unread list, I bought around a dozen books early September and raised that to 35. We're now at 16, below where I was when I wrote September's goals. Yeeeeeeeeeeee buddy. I have been much more aggressive on working on my outline and it hasn't really felt forced, I just needed a reminder that I have to write down my ideas if I want them stick. Japanese practice is still happening, I'm about to hit a year on that. Time and flying and whatnot. Oh and my weight did a weird thing because of some preworkout I tried. Stopping that was a good life choice. Tasks Ye olde To Do list: Clean toilet Clean bathroom sinks Practice I'm going to add a session to my martial arts practice - PVC "sword" practice at the Y, land of the soft mats and Clear Spaces to Swing. I bought a subscription to Drops, so I'm going to try to use that a little more often, but I need to think about how best to implement that without just crushing my will to live or something. I'm swapping accepting general progress on the outline for tackling specific goals/sections. Time to get a motherbleeping move on here. No these probably won't make any sense to you, but that's okay lol. I don't expect them all to be done by the end of the month, but itt would be pretty sweet if I did. Crying in the Dojo - 0/20 Lingodeer Time - 0/20 Layer in school time Write 13 Reschedule 13.1 (April Fool's) Write 15.1 Write or delete 17 Write 24 Write 25 + flashbacks Behavior Still doing these things because I am an adult that needs constant supervision. 9:00 Dinner - 0/8 Cat grooming - 0/4 Too Many Curses - 0 Debriefs: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
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    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    10/4/2019 - 10/6/2019 Hate-love Relations Tasks Clean kitchen table Clean kitchen counters Practice Crying in the Dojo - 14/16 Lingodeer Time - 20/20 Story Outline - 4/4 Behavior Keep in Touch - 9/8 9:00 Dinner - 8/8 Cat grooming - 3/4 Too Many Curses: 16  Well. Friday was a day. I was pretty aggressive with my upper body training and didn't hurt too badly for it, a little achy but not kill-me-now levels of pain. Work was slow and/or boring. I explained my situation in detail, boss was understanding/in a good mood, which couldn't have come at a better time. Weird work triple-standoff involving who has responsibility for testing one group's dev changes is such that I feel able to pick and choose my commitment (see: bored and nothing better to do, coworker not be doing anything about the QA work piling on up) because to tell me to do otherwise would require the authority the other party is avoiding talking to--to put it bluntly, what are they gonna do, complain to boss that I'm doing too much work when we're not sure boss isn't assuming that it's my job to do in the first place? Just gonna enjoy my position for however long. This is fun. Saturday I did a YOLO of 5x3 squats at 195lbs, 1lb shy of my 3RM. Probably paid for it on Sunday, because in the evening it got OW. Oh well. I did chores, all the chores, even though I kinda wanted to crawl under a rock and die. Bought a subscription to Drops because F it why not. Over the course of the weekend, I finished Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City, which was such a good read. Took a hard pass on The Sam Gunn Omnibus, because reading it felt like when you're at the holiday table and some relative is talking about that one time he and his great uncle and his buddy went off and did blah blah blah and you're over here in a turkey coma trying to put this in the context of their entire life and why you should care at all. Because the book is 700 pages of out-of-order anecdotes, guys. NO. Just...no thank you. Read the first Temeraire book, His Majesty's Dragon (Naomi Novik), which was an adorable story. I discovered it's another omnibus (thank you, SCBC.....), and stopped with the first book. I'll possibly pick it up again later, we'll see. It's a 9 book series and I'm not convinced it will last that long. OTOH, you could say it's really half that length in terms of plot because the three books I have are 250 - 300 pages long. I read 2 or 3 volumes of the Fruits Basket manga, started on Thief of Time (Pratchett). So you could say I've been busy.
  14. Hello and welcome to my battle log, est. 2016! I've been doing challenges for over a year straight and I decided to experiment with an alternative style that gets away from the feeling of being perpetually "on" and one step away from the pointy end of the spear that is the 4WC format while not losing the structure that said 4WC format provides. Kinda strike a balance, like? This will be an ongoing experiment, with some room to adjust. This will be accomplished by a month-to-month formal re-evaluation of goals, without grading per say, and the freedom to change things up at any point with no regrets. All in one place! No need to wonder when my new thread will be up, just stay tuned for the next day's post! Below I will update links to each month's first post so you can see change over time. To round off 2016's activity, I'm posting links to prior challenge activity for the sake of completeness. ...And we're off! Index 2016 Challenges: January, February, March, April 2016: May, June, July, August, Intra-Month Madness, September, October, November, December 2017: January, February, March, April, May, Intra-Month Madness v.2, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2018: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2019: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December Lessons Compendium *~* 5/6/2016 *~* Magnesium deficient is something you don't want to be--supplement You might also be deficient in other vitamins and minerals--supplement with a multivitamin Magnesium is a diuretic Squat foot position should be maintained at hip width, no farther: a wide stance is Trouble for your inner legs *~* 5/21/2016 *~* Ukemi must be executed with one's head tucked There is in fact such thing as too much ukemi, especially when biased to one side of the body TM Fact: If you get to a place on Intensity Day where you struggle to PR, add volume to volume day *~* 8/1/2016 *~* Daily neck stretches keep even small tension headaches away Too much of the wrong kind of foot rolling can lead to TIGHTER feet *~* 8/27/2016 *~* Stress is real and it will harm training momentum. Knee sleeves are good tools in the gym for preventing quad tension. *~* 11/7/2016 *~* 1/wk DL Intensity Day is too intense. 2/month is good. *~* 1/29/2017 *~* When stressed, a massive deload is not necessary. Just hold fast to the same weights and...wait it out. Too much magnesium = diarrhea *~* 7/10/2017 *~* A reminder: sleeping on one's back reduces the risk of headaches and muscle knots. *~* 12/09/2017 *~* Do not stop taking Slo-Mag. Just. Don't. *~* 1/19/2018 *~* Drinking a minimum of 44oz of water helps regulate headaches, even migraines to some extent. *~* 7/18/2018 *~* Hormonal birth control does cause migraines. So does looking down at phone with bad posture all day. *~* 7/30/2018 *~* Dairy and yogurt disagree with my stomach. Vegetables + fermented food are keys to BM balance. *~* 10/1/2018 *~* Fruit disagrees with my stomach. Bananas are fruit. Lacrosse ball rolling helps manage bad posture headaches. *~* circa 4/2019 *~* I need the lunch hour away from my desk to keep headaches down *~* 10/4/2019 *~* Remember how fruit disagrees with my stomach? That goes for ingredients found in preworkout. Gas and bloating.