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3 minutes ago, EricMN said:

Did I just follow a booty porn thread?

That may have been implied or even intended, but I'll admit I haven't delivered much beyond that promise. Time to fire up the Bootinator 3000

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4 minutes ago, Starpuck said:

Hey hey here for the following again!

Loooooove me some DR awesomenesss.

Hello there, welcome!

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5 minutes ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Time to fire up the Bootinator 3000

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What is that and where do I buy one. 

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3 minutes ago, deftona said:

What is that and where do I buy one. 

I knew you'd be interested, so I saved you a second serving from a better angle:

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1 minute ago, DarK_RaideR said:

I knew you'd be interested, so I saved you a second serving from a better angle:

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I'm going to try and do this on my elliptical later so if I die please remember my booty better than it ever was. 

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Challenge Goals and whatnot

Day 37, Tuesday 12 February

Kick ass: Train Muay Thai at least twice a week

Had to call in a plumber after work, as lately the bathroom gets flooded when someone showers or the washing machine is on. This messed with my schedule and I was unable to attend, but on the bright side, the bathroom will no longer be flooding. I am ok with the trade-off.

Don't eat like an ass: Log food and water intake on my phone app. Also track weight.

A solid, real 160 calories below limit. 3/8 glasses of water consumed and a morning weight of 80,8kg. I need to up my hydration game.

Your ass is all over the place: Track chores alongside daily activity and financial transactions on my Bullet Journal

Everything noted, social security paid off, plumbing issue dealt with and cross-checked financial dealings with the SRLF. Plus, I got my first call from the job market, they called it "introductions" or "orientation" instead of explicitly "interview" but I'm hoping to find out more on Thursday. Even if it's a dud, it's experience and I'm getting my feet wet in the next phase of the job hunting game. Plus if it sucks, I get to turn them down for a sweet confidence boost instead of the other way around.

 

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Appreciate everyone's concerns regarding my plumbing :P

 

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Day 38, Wednesday 13 February

Kick ass: Train Muay Thai at least twice a week

No morning class means evening class is super crowded. That is, more so than the usual classes, which are already overcrowded. We need a new place to house the training camp...

Don't eat like an ass: Log food and water intake on my phone app. Also track weight.

It says here that YOU'RE A HERETIC!  I was 408 calories below limit, which is spectacular given that I didn't train and had takeout for both lunch and dinner. @Cheetah might be on to something about how I do it. 3/8 glasses of water consumed and a morning weight of 80,3kg.

Your ass is all over the place: Track chores alongside daily activity and financial transactions on my Bullet Journal

Tracked everything.

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Day 39, Thursday 14 February

Kick ass: Train Muay Thai at least twice a week

Had to go for that work offer, then therapy, so no time to train. Had my doubts working for the Empire (a.k.a. a company that sells fad weight-loss shakes) and it turns out they lied even for the job interview! Despite me explicitly saying I know their brand's products but I'm interested in being their corporate wage-slave legal wiz only, they still said yes and shoved me into a briefing with 60 other folks trying to excite us about being their freelance salespeople. Hard pass, but kudos to me for facing down the guy who called me about his lies, instead of simply walking away without a word. For the Rebellion!

Don't eat like an ass: Log food and water intake on my phone app. Also track weight.

Scored 334 calories below limit, but I haven't added the Valentine's day chocolates after dinner. Even so, I'm probably okay overall. 4/8 glasses of water consumed and no morning weight data because I forgot to do that.

Your ass is all over the place: Track chores alongside daily activity and financial transactions on my Bullet Journal

Tracked it all.

 

So this being an oldschool 6 week challenge, I realized this is my final week! Gotta brainstorm some stuff for the next one...

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5 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Had my doubts working for the Empire (a.k.a. a company that sells fad weight-loss shakes) and it turns out they lied even for the job interview! Despite me explicitly saying I know their brand's products but I'm interested in being their corporate wage-slave legal wiz only, they still said yes and shoved me into a briefing with 60 other folks trying to excite us about being their freelance salespeople. Hard pass, but kudos to me for facing down the guy who called me about his lies, instead of simply walking away without a word. For the Rebellion!

You gotta wonder about the intelligence of a company that lies about things like that to someone who they know is a lawyer...

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Day 40, Friday 15 February

Kick ass: Train Muay Thai at least twice a week

Got held up at work and missed class, which means no training this week. No surprise my weight has balooned since, plus return will hurt.

Don't eat like an ass: Log food and water intake on my phone app. Also track weight.

No info besides a morning weight of 81,8kg. Upon missing class, I met up with the SRLF and her best friend for a wonderful dinner out which is practically impossible to track.

Your ass is all over the place: Track chores alongside daily activity and financial transactions on my Bullet Journal

Up to speed.

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Day 41, Saturday 16 February

Kick ass: Train Muay Thai at least twice a week

School's closed on weekends

Don't eat like an ass: Log food and water intake on my phone app. Also track weight.

No info again besides a morning weight bumped up to 82,7kg. It was domestic rangering&groceries day leading into a D&d evening (featuring several goodies cooked by the SRLF, she is so awesome) and then I went out for a friend's birthday.

Your ass is all over the place: Track chores alongside daily activity and financial transactions on my Bullet Journal

I've written out what I did, but not what I spend. Gotta sit down with the SRLF and get the numbers right before we forget.

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Day 42, Sunday 17 February

Kick ass: Train Muay Thai at least twice a week

School's closed on weekends

Don't eat like an ass: Log food and water intake on my phone app. Also track weight.

No info here, not even weight. Woke up late, had breakfast, then went back to sleep again. Took the SRLF to the last day of a local chocolate festival (don't be jealous, it was lame) and we then visited a friend of hers that had a car accident early this year.

Your ass is all over the place: Track chores alongside daily activity and financial transactions on my Bullet Journal

Again, I've written out what I did, but not what I spend. Gotta sit down with the SRLF and get the numbers right before we forget.

 

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6 Week Challenge Results

 

Kick ass: Train Muay Thai at least twice a week

Barely a passing grade here, I'd say. More often than not I had to settle for a single training session per week and during week 6 that went down to zero. Not really stressing about it, it was life happening instead of me being lazy, but I still gotta step up instead of setting for (legit or not) excuses.

Don't eat like an ass: Log food and water intake on my phone app. Also track weight.

Almost a perfect streak here, ruined by the occasional night out nibbling from various plates too innovative for the app to include, plus this last weekend where I did not log in stuff. Weight's been steady, with a rise this final week that I also didn't train. Given the rate at which I gain and lose weight, I should be able to get back to normal once I start training again.

Your ass is all over the place: Track chores alongside daily activity and financial transactions on my Bullet Journal

Stuff was tracked, chores were done and money was logged. This and therapy might be to thank for a bit of improved work performance, I've been more focused and cases have started pouring in. Minor yet, but still something to keep myself busy with and make a bit of money.

 

Now, to ponder my next challenge...

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Woo, old school.

Finding that line between legit life reasons, and letting them conveniently act as an excuse is so hard yo.     Keep on searching for that solid middle ground on that.

Your BuJo Mojo kicked in just as mine fled!  YOU STOLE MY BUJOMOJO!

 

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2 hours ago, Starpuck said:

Your BuJo Mojo kicked in just as mine fled!  YOU STOLE MY BUJOMOJO!

Only a ninja can steal from a ninja

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Remember back in December when I went to a live gig of a radicalized hip hop artist? Remember when I posted (and translated for y'all) one of his songs about the police assisted lynching of an LGBTQ activist for no reason whatsoever in September 2018 plus the whole coverup operation around it? Well, the exact same downtown police department with a steady track record since the 90s for human rights violations, torture complaints from Amnesty International, its officers involved in drug/prostitution/extortion rackets and several deaths under "mysterious" circumstances while in custody is back at it again. Here's the best sum-up I could find witten up in English:

 

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On the 8th of February, 34 year old Ebuka, an immigrant from Nigeria, a husband and father of two children was transferred for identification at the Omonia Police Department and after a few hours, man died under unknown circumstances inside the police station.

 

From the first moment that he went missing, his family started searching for him. The next morning after his death, Ebuka’s wife went to the Omonia Police Department to ask if they had any information regarding her husband. Although the department’s police officers knew what had happened, they did not give out any information, and finally advised the woman to wait 24 hours after his disappearance and then file a missing persons report. That same day and only after pressure from the family's lawyers, police officers from the same department admitted via a telephone call that Ebuka had died and that his body had been transferred to the morgue. It is indisputable that the police hid Ebuka’s death from his family for over 24 hours, despite their "concerns" and according to latest reports had even fast-tracked the process to ship the corpse back to Nigeria without anyone knowing.


This incident took place days ago, however, there has not been even one public report yet and no explanation was provided by the police regarding the causes of his death. The incident became known only after the African Women's Union made it public and the news spread through social and mass media. Even now the explanations of the police remain vague and barely provide any detail regarding the conditions of Ebuka’s death, or the reason as to why a man that was transferred for identification died inside the police department; a man that left his house in the morning to go to work, but never to return.

 

Why? The death or perhaps the murder of Ebuka verifies once more the brutality and the everyday violence of the Greek Police towards minorities, refugees, immigrants and oppressed people. The Police Department of Omonia has a long list of incidents like this one, and victims like Ebuka. Torture, beatings and complete humiliation of human dignity takes place inside this (and not only this) police department.

 

Ebuka's death and the way that it was and is being handled resembles the murder of Zak Costopoulos in September 2018: police brutality and a cover-up operation. The state and the ministry of civil protection should be held responsible for the cover-ups and for their tolerance towards this police department.

 

The police have finally announced they will be holding a "press conference" at that station this noon, roughly 2,5 hours after I'm posting this. There's gonna be a protest outside and the station is a 5-10 minute walk from my office.

 

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I wish I could have something constructive to say, but it just makes me immensely sad and angry.  I'm guessing the press conference was the usual 'we're conducting a full investigation into what happened' bullshit?

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9 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

I wish I could have something constructive to say, but it just makes me immensely sad and angry.  I'm guessing the press conference was the usual 'we're conducting a full investigation into what happened' bullshit?

This was exactly what I was thinking after reading this!

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16 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

The police have finally announced they will be holding a "press conference" at that station this noon, roughly 2,5 hours after I'm posting this. There's gonna be a protest outside and the station is a 5-10 minute walk from my office.

 

Good...hope it's safe and effective.

 

Sorry I seem to have showed up for your challenge right after it ended, but I'm sure the next one will be great too :-)

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7 hours ago, Xena said:

Sorry I seem to have showed up for your challenge right after it ended, but I'm sure the next one will be great too :-)

No need to apologize, we're just glad to have you back on the boards again!

 

17 hours ago, Charlie_Quinn said:

I wish I could have something constructive to say, but it just makes me immensely sad and angry.  I'm guessing the press conference was the usual 'we're conducting a full investigation into what happened' bullshit?

7 hours ago, RES said:

This was exactly what I was thinking after reading this!

Turns out I was mistaken, the police keep handling the matter behind closed doors and the "press conference" was actually given by the protest organizers trying to raise awareness. For a last minute call on a working day's noon, attendance was pretty decent, although I was hoping to see more people of colour given the victim's identity. Not berating them or anything, on the contrary I understand how much harder it can be for such a person to attend such a protest and risk missing a day's pay (or their job altogether), getting beaten/arrested/whatever should anything happen. Pretty sure at least one person thought I was undercover police from the way I kept looking around for a familiar face, either from my University days or a fellow Muay Thai athlete. Fortunately, no trouble went down (meaning no riot police made a move as none were around) and the crowd quietly dispersed once all was said and done.

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I was thinking about the events you described over the past couple of days. I have a Greek co-worker (awesome person) who was talking with me about learning more about the US history of slavery. It was interesting to talk to her because it's something many Americans take for granted in a way...I mean we think about it and have opinions and feelings that can be complicated, but it's something we've learned about throughout all of our schooling and throughout our media, art, literature, cinema and pop culture. It was interesting to talk to someone who is experiencing our history and present events from a different perspective.

 

It gave me a different perspective to talk with her while knowing from your post about some of the struggles going on in Greece as well. I tend to feel like I immediately need to apologize for many things about my country when talking to foreigners, but your post reminded me that pretty much all of us have work to do toward freedom and equality.

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On 2/25/2019 at 1:38 AM, Xena said:

It was interesting to talk to her because it's something many Americans take for granted in a way...I mean we think about it and have opinions and feelings that can be complicated, but it's something we've learned about throughout all of our schooling and throughout our media, art, literature, cinema and pop culture.

History is written by the winners and it's done so in order to shape future conscience in a way that serves them. History taught en masse in school especially, can be downright propaganda and that's before media, entertainment and pop culture come on top of it to "normalize" the narrative by taking away the boring academic parts and replacing them with easy to digest stories.

 

On 2/25/2019 at 1:38 AM, Xena said:

It gave me a different perspective to talk with her while knowing from your post about some of the struggles going on in Greece as well. I tend to feel like I immediately need to apologize for many things about my country when talking to foreigners, but your post reminded me that pretty much all of us have work to do toward freedom and equality.

First of all, the last period reminds me of Henry Rollins' story of Iran and how people around the world are nothing like their governments on the global stage.

 

Second, I feel the need to highlight how "apologizing" and "historical guilt" is often wickedly spun around by hate groups and white supremacists, especially since you mentioned the US history of slavery. The whole "it's been a gajillion years since, why should I feel guilty and apologize about something that was done by my ancestors so long ago and I had no say in" argument. At first it sounds reasonable and justified but it's actually an attempt to take the issue off the table and discuss on an "equal basis" while essentially rejecting the underlying inequality. Yes it happened, yes its aftermath echoes to this day still and no you can't just overlook stuff like that with childish justifications. It's easier said than done when you've been raised in a world of white male priveledge and even me saying this am guilty of falling for it at times. For example, watching the Oscars this Sunday had me thinking at times that there was a conscious attempt to award people of colour and movies dealing with issues like racism and immigration. Then they did that "in memoriam" part about those departed since the last ceremony and all I could see was white people of Hollywood's old guard. It was then I realized what really had been bugging me and that was the spreading out of awards so that each movie would walk away with at least one prize, when I was expecing one or two really good ones to sweep the awards because what I was watching felt like those lame "everyone's a winner, everyone gets a medal for participation even if you finished last" tricks. For some reason though, I had been conditioned to react as the cynical critic; next thing you know I'd be "blaming" the Academy as "social justice warriors" (as if it's a bad thing). Non-white people have been kept off movie screens for too long, women were nothing more than helpless love interests for too long and movies themselves were love stories or westerns or war epics for too long. Even if I still believe Roma was hella overrated. Fight me.

P.S. More videos for anyone with time to spare, this one's a nice analysis about how Django Unchained debunks the entire ideology behind slavery

 

 

Last but not least, talking about stuff with foreigners and looking up foreign media can help you question the information you have yourself and for that I'm linking this wonderful video by the same guy who did the one about videogames, dystopia and the rise of synthwave I poster a while back:

 

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Yeah, it's complicated all around.

 

[long rambling commentary deleted. the above summarizes it pretty well]

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On a more fitness-related note, I finally made it to training yesterday after much too long of a time away. Surprisingly enough, my conditioning was still there and I didn't have that hard of a time, even though the session itself was rough. 30' warmup led into a full hour of sparring (first time ever in a beginners' class for me) into 30' of clinching. Took a moment afterwards to think through whether I had accidentally slipped into 'mansplaining' some thai stuff to my fellow female athletes I got teamed up with. Dudes only asked me if they were hitting too hard and needed to tone it down, whereas the girls did ask for corrections, whether they were doing stuff right, how/why some stuff is done and that had me questioning my reaction to it, but I guess it's not mansplaining if they ask the question themselves, right? I mean, they were obviously newbies, but I did not assume their questioning had anything to do with them being female, I just said the same stuff I'd say to any newbie regardless of gender. Just goes to show how the ladies tend to focus on the technical aspects as opposed to the predominantly "know it all, all brawn no brains" dudes.

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15 hours ago, DarK_RaideR said:

but I guess it's not mansplaining if they ask the question themselves, right?

 

Seems right. The intention is certainly right.

 

It's a good sign that they were comfortable asking questions.

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