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If this is your first challenge here at NF, please post your challenge in the Level 1 / First Time Challengers subforum.

 

Take a minute to introduce yourself, let us know why you're here, tell us something nerdy about yourself, and share a gif!  

 

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Hey all, I'm RedStone, your friendly neighborhood Spiderman Fangirl Rebel GL.  I totally spaced on the date this challenge because time is rubber band man, except in Stardew Valley which is basically where I live, like, all the time. Also, I think you're cool. 

 

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Athaclena here. Trying to get back into routines and lead a healthier lifestyle. I'm a (currently not) traveling IT Consultant. Thankful still to be employed and easily able to work remotely.

There are too many nerdy things about me. So I'll just post a nerdy GIF :)

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"Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese Proverb

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Quick Bio: IT Consultant, Been in IT 25+ Years, Bounced around and landed as a traveling Consultant for a medium-sized Software Company. I love to cook & read, I travel for a living (although amount varies widely, sometimes I'm home for weeks, others I'm traveling for weeks on end), and trying to move out of Atlanta (plan in place, working to implement).

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2 hours ago, RedStone said:

Also, I think you're cool.

 

Because I am. Obviously you're an intelligent person with great powers of observation and deduction. 

 

I'm so cool I'm currently blowing off work while I try to figure out of it's possible to google for Persona 5 Royal wallpapers and find good ones, without coming across single story spoiler in the process. 😎

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“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

Personal Challenges, a.k.a.The Saga of Scalyfreak: Tutorial; Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3; Ch 4; Ch 5; Ch 6; Intermission; Intermission II; Ch 7; Ch 8; Ch 9; Ch 10; Ch 11; Ch 12 ; Ch 13; Ch 14Ch 15; Ch 16; Ch 17; Intermission IIICh 18; Ch 19; Ch 20; Ch 21; Ch 22; Ch 23; Ch 24; Ch 25; Intermission IV; Ch 26; Ch 27; Ch 28; Ch 29; Ch 30; Ch 31; Ch 32; Ch 33; Ch 34; Ch 35; Ch 36; Ch 37; Ch 38

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1 hour ago, Scalyfreak said:

 

Because I am. Obviously you're an intelligent person with great powers of observation and deduction. 

 

I'm so cool I'm currently blowing off work while I try to figure out of it's possible to google for Persona 5 Royal wallpapers and find good ones, without coming across single story spoiler in the process. 😎

 

Did it work?

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1 hour ago, RedStone said:

 

Did it work?

 

I didn't dare try... I am enjoying the game far too much to risk even the tiniest little spoiler.

 

Everyone else is all squealing in fan-glee that the FFVII remake is finally out. I am over here in my quiet corner, fusing personas in the Velvet Room and marveling at the genius and soul that has been in these games since the first iteration of Persona 3... :) 

Reading Challenge Thread 2022

“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

Personal Challenges, a.k.a.The Saga of Scalyfreak: Tutorial; Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3; Ch 4; Ch 5; Ch 6; Intermission; Intermission II; Ch 7; Ch 8; Ch 9; Ch 10; Ch 11; Ch 12 ; Ch 13; Ch 14Ch 15; Ch 16; Ch 17; Intermission IIICh 18; Ch 19; Ch 20; Ch 21; Ch 22; Ch 23; Ch 24; Ch 25; Intermission IV; Ch 26; Ch 27; Ch 28; Ch 29; Ch 30; Ch 31; Ch 32; Ch 33; Ch 34; Ch 35; Ch 36; Ch 37; Ch 38

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I'm the flyingaccountant.

 

I'm here to get better at doing things that are helpful and avoiding things that are harmful.

 

Aaand I'm trying to teach myself piano these days. That's kind of nerdy, right?

 

Here's an explosion. Who doesn't love explosions?

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Hi! I'm Jess, coming back to NF after an accidental, long hiatus. Life is a chaotic mess right now and that isn't so great for my health, so I'm trying to take some small steps toward giving myself some structure. Nerd-wise I spend most of my evenings playing Animal Crossing or D&D on roll20 with my friends. 

 

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Sup y’all, I’m Stonie. I’ve also been on a hella hiatus but since The ‘Rona took away my roller derby and gym (and my entire non-fitness life as I knew it also fell into the Upside Down) I need to start from scratch and rebuild myself into the person I keep dreaming I could be. 

 

Currently I’m listening to the backlog of The Adventure Zone Podcast and dreaming of the moment my DnD groups timelines all converge to allow us to play again. 

 

Here’s a peaceful AF GIF of one of the Adventure Zone characters living my best life

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Currently reading: Good Omens by Terry Pratchet & Neil Gaiman

Currently playing: Outer Worlds (Xbox)

Current DnD character: A radio presenter who’s magical bardic weapon is a portable radio broadcaster’s kit

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The instructions are the same every challenge and yet every challenge I have to scroll up and double check what I’m supposed to be saying. 
 

I’m Flea. I’m mostly here because the people that live here keep me sane. Most recent nerdy thing is that I signed up for 11 courses on Coursera that all started immediately, and I have at least a dozen on the to do list once I finish these ones. I really need to find a job that will pay me to go back to school. Yikes. 
 

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to post gifs from mobile, so just imagine there’s one here. Probably yoinked from Supernatural. 

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Hi My name is Bean and I have been a rebel for about 3 years now (Yes, I had to check) and while my life has always been chaotic, I am hoping I am getting somewhere. I am a rebel because the path to where I want to be isn't as straightforward as some. I have a ton of sidequests to get the tools I need to go on the big quest.

Which I am happy to say as of today, I have completed (awaiting paperwork really) one side quest. I PASSED my last class in college and  I pretended to talk about graduation yesterday. I will feel better when the paper is in my hand, but its something.

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So like Mario the Rebel - The get a BS in Computer Science degree castle is done, on to the next. Get a job.

I think I covered the nerdy thing with the whole Mario thing. If not, My senior project was a 5th ed D and D Character generator.

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So, here's a question that I'm hoping a biology / anatomy / fitness nerd may be able to answer:

 

Is there an exercise routine I can do to increase the span of my hands?

 

Here's my problem: When I try to play certain kinds of chords on the piano, the notes are sometimes so far apart that I can't reach. Basically, anything past a 9th (e.g. middle C to high D) is out of range for me.

 

I've done some searching on YouTube for some instructional videos, but haven't found anything. For some reason, the piano community seems to be silent on this question except to say "eventually, you'll be able to hit a tenth with enough practice."

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

"If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things." -Miyamoto Musashi

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3 hours ago, theflyingaccountant said:

Is there an exercise routine I can do to increase the span of my hands?


I'm not aware of a specific exersize - but like dance - continually stretching (gently) will slowly stretch the tendons to allow a greater range of motion. That said, there is only so much stretching that is actually possible. I have small hands so some pieces were not possible or basically caused some serious cramping. I am a novice (even after 8 years of lessons as a child). I never could "site" read, but I had to learn the muscle memory. That said - once I got THAT - I "feel" the music and was considered quite good for recitals. It just took lots and lots and lots of practice to learn a piece - and it was never relaxing so I haven't touched a piano in years. I will FOREVER be envious of people who can look at sheet music and play - nevermind those that can HEAR a piece of music and just play it....

"Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese Proverb

 My Recipe Thread

1st dozen-ish Challenges for the curious 12,11,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,More attempts, #1 with Intro, Failed attempts

Spoiler

Quick Bio: IT Consultant, Been in IT 25+ Years, Bounced around and landed as a traveling Consultant for a medium-sized Software Company. I love to cook & read, I travel for a living (although amount varies widely, sometimes I'm home for weeks, others I'm traveling for weeks on end), and trying to move out of Atlanta (plan in place, working to implement).

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12 minutes ago, Athaclena said:

 I never could "site" read, but I had to learn the muscle memory. That said - once I got THAT - I "feel" the music and was considered quite good for recitals. It just took lots and lots and lots of practice to learn a piece - and it was never relaxing so I haven't touched a piano in years. I will FOREVER be envious of people who can look at sheet music and play - nevermind those that can HEAR a piece of music and just play it....

Yeah, sight reading's tough for me, too. I was raised on bass cleff (trombone and then bass guitar in college), so everything left-hand-wise feels very safe and familiar to me. With my right hand, I still have to keep doing the "Every Good Boy Does Fine" game. Not as much now, but once it gets up into those higher or lower registers, I do.

 

12 minutes ago, Athaclena said:

but like dance - continually stretching (gently) will slowly stretch the tendons to allow a greater range of motion. That said, there is only so much stretching that is actually possible. I have small hands so some pieces were not possible or basically caused some serious cramping.

 

It drives me nuts because if I *just* had that extra couple of millimeters, I'd be fine. I can actually touch the 10th with the tip of my thumb, but when I press down, I always catch the 9th as well.

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"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

"If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things." -Miyamoto Musashi

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On 5/12/2020 at 8:32 AM, theflyingaccountant said:

So, here's a question that I'm hoping a biology / anatomy / fitness nerd may be able to answer:

 

Is there an exercise routine I can do to increase the span of my hands?

 

Here's my problem: When I try to play certain kinds of chords on the piano, the notes are sometimes so far apart that I can't reach. Basically, anything past a 9th (e.g. middle C to high D) is out of range for me.

 

I've done some searching on YouTube for some instructional videos, but haven't found anything. For some reason, the piano community seems to be silent on this question except to say "eventually, you'll be able to hit a tenth with enough practice."

 

I have some stretches that one of my piano teachers gave me a million years ago, I've been playing a long time. I don't think it makes sense to try to describe it, so I'll recruit Mr Red to help me shoot a video (since it requires two hands lol) and link you! Very cool you're giving it a go :) 

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8 hours ago, RedStone said:

 

I have some stretches that one of my piano teachers gave me a million years ago, I've been playing a long time. I don't think it makes sense to try to describe it, so I'll recruit Mr Red to help me shoot a video (since it requires two hands lol) and link you! Very cool you're giving it a go :) 

That is super awesome of you! Thanks for doing that!

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"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

"If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things." -Miyamoto Musashi

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I'm Chesire.  I joined NF 2 years ago, but found my way into the forums and challenges last year.  I'm distracted by all the shiny new things in life but am learning to focus and persevere to actually learn things well, hopefully. 

 

I like to throw myself in with the mantra "I have no idea what I'm doing, but it's fun.  Let's see where it goes."

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4 hours ago, theflyingaccountant said:

That is super awesome of you! Thanks for doing that!

 

Mr Red is busy busy today so I did it myself - it's kind of off to the side so you can see, but you can do these just relaxed in front of you. One of my piano teachers had me do these a lot. Just be careful and don't put too much pressure! GL :)

 

 

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31 minutes ago, RedStone said:

Mr Red is busy busy today so I did it myself - it's kind of off to the side so you can see, but you can do these just relaxed in front of you. One of my piano teachers had me do these a lot. Just be careful and don't put too much pressure! GL :)

 

These remind me a lot of hand yoga I have seen recommended for people who type all day long as well. Interesting, thanks for recording that!

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Reading Challenge Thread 2022

“I've always believed that failure is non-existent. What is failure? You go to the end of the season, then you lose the Super Bowl. Is that failing? To most people, maybe. But when you're picking apart why you failed, and now you're learning from that, then is that really failing? I don't think so." - Kobe Bryant, 1978-2020. Rest in peace, great warrior.

Personal Challenges, a.k.a.The Saga of Scalyfreak: Tutorial; Ch 1; Ch 2; Ch 3; Ch 4; Ch 5; Ch 6; Intermission; Intermission II; Ch 7; Ch 8; Ch 9; Ch 10; Ch 11; Ch 12 ; Ch 13; Ch 14Ch 15; Ch 16; Ch 17; Intermission IIICh 18; Ch 19; Ch 20; Ch 21; Ch 22; Ch 23; Ch 24; Ch 25; Intermission IV; Ch 26; Ch 27; Ch 28; Ch 29; Ch 30; Ch 31; Ch 32; Ch 33; Ch 34; Ch 35; Ch 36; Ch 37; Ch 38

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1 hour ago, RedStone said:

 

Mr Red is busy busy today so I did it myself - it's kind of off to the side so you can see, but you can do these just relaxed in front of you. One of my piano teachers had me do these a lot. Just be careful and don't put too much pressure! GL :)

 

 

 

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Mind. Blown.

 

That's gonna be a huge help. Thanks Red!

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"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

"If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things." -Miyamoto Musashi

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5 hours ago, Scalyfreak said:

 

These remind me a lot of hand yoga I have seen recommended for people who type all day long as well. Interesting, thanks for recording that!

 

Interesting! Definetly not something I think about, but that makes sense and I'm interested in knowing more!

 

4 hours ago, theflyingaccountant said:

 

 

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Mind. Blown.

 

That's gonna be a huge help. Thanks Red!

 

I hope so! It's one of those things that I've had in my pocket for decades, but I dunno, when does it ever come up that someone wants to hit those octaves?  😂but I do hope it helps! 

 

What made you want to start? What kind of stuff are you playing?

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1 hour ago, RedStone said:

What made you want to start? What kind of stuff are you playing?

 

I think I've always wanted to play piano since I was a kid. Way back when my teacher showed us the movie The Mouse and the Motorcycle in class and in the scene where the mouse was driving the motorcycle through the house, the background music was boogie woogie piano. I think it's pretty much always been my favorite instrument, but I never got around to learning to play. I've played trombone, bass guitar, and guitar, but never piano.

 

And then one day, I was like "the hell with it. I know how to learn, so why don't I just figure it out myself?"

 

Right now, I'm working my way through Queen's "Don't Stop me Now." I play around on some other stuff just to keep my sight reading up.

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"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." -Henry Ford

"The older I get, the more I understand that the only way to say valuable things is to lose your fear of being correct." -Malcolm Gladwell

"If you know the way broadly, you will see it in all things." -Miyamoto Musashi

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