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  2. Akura

    Akura collects XP in Orsterra

    Ophilia's Quest - Breathing: XP: Tried to do a few of my exercises during work, but not enough to earn XP. Cyrus' Quest - Studying game dev: +1 XP: | Did a little bit of sprite work. Due to my fiancée coming home early I won't have time for much else. Tressa's Quest - Budgeting: XP: | Went to the regular grocery store instead of the organic food store. Not sure I want to count that as a (money) win. Especially on a day I went out for lunch... Olberic's Quest - Working out: +1 XP: | Every Wednesday a colleague of mine offers Yoga for all of us. I participated again today. Had a few problems with my left ankle which hurts since Sunday. But overall it went fine. Primrose's Quest - Fiancée effort: XP: Watching Murder on the Orient Express with my fiancée today. Not sure whether that counts as 'effort', considering we're both movie addicts. Alfyn's Quest - Eating well: XP: Went out for lunch to a burger restaurant with my colleagues to celebrate one of their birthdays. And I had a little bit of leftover cake from yesterday. Overall I ate not too badly -- no bun for the burger and a salad for supper -- but still much more than 2000 kcal. Therion's Quest - Guitar: +1 XP: | First time playing the guitar in about two weeks. Went much better than I expected. H'annit's Quest - Moving: XP: ...
  3. JustCallMeAmber

    CM basks in the midnight sun

    So, a nice, quiet, uneventful challenge cycle, then? GL!
  4. kcaleece

    Atrytone Rolls into Another Wheel Challenge

    The cash method definitely was a big help when we were getting our feet under ourselves! We had a budget but it was getting blown on silly things like extra groceries bought just because "I dunno, it sounded good" or my personal frequent favorite, "I'm stressed, let's go online shopping. It's only $10-$20 (plus shipping)!" Once you get settled into the new normal, though, it becomes much easier to stay on cards/digital. And all our savings are online-only high interest savings accounts, so it's minimum 3 days to transfer anything needed, which helps convince us do more of what we've called "mixed payments" (partly from that month's budget and partly from savings). You can totally do the same thing! No shame in being at a turning point in a journey
  5. TGP

    GoodDoug goes hunting dinosaurs, again

    those are some very detailed plans, Doug GJ! I'll follow along (after all, how many times do you get to see a T Rex gets clobbered?....)
  6. GoodDoug

    Grandkai joins the Ranger campfire

  7. RedStone

    CM basks in the midnight sun

    ICELAND!!! Oh I hear it's stunning, have fun! And bust of luck with Dad, insurance is so annoying. He's got some good folks looking out for him <3
  8. I have a new challenge up, hunting dinosaurs again.
  9. CourtnieMarie

    CM packs up her troubles

    new challenggggeee
  10. Bisuto the beastmaster of the enemy extended his power, finding the large dinosaurs he had been raising and training. He entered their small minds and tried to determine their readiness for battle. His master had told him to get them ready, they seemed more than ready. His master was scheduled to contact him any moment now to deliver the plan. Bisuto's master was in charge of the fight on this front. The rebels had made some gains recently, but they were about to be pushed back. Bisuto's master had a history with the half-ogre they were going after, he had foiled his master's attempt at crushing the rebellion. The master had hidden and worked in secret to poison the mind of the half-ogre. But somehow, it had shaken off the subtle spell and was coming back to help the rebel scum. Bisuto also knew that this half-ogre had been responsible for taking out his first batch of T. rex dinosaurs a few years ago. This new litter of T. rexes would at least draw the half-ogre out before he was completely ready. If Bisuto's T. rexes didn't kill this half-ogre, then they would at least draw him out and make him vulnerable. The candle at Bisuto's side suddenly flared green, "Master, tell me your plan." The grizzled old Ranger Guild leader couldn't wait any longer. The reports in the field of the giant dinosaurs taking out fortified positions meant he had little time to wait for some half fit half-ogre to get ready. He went into the warehouse, finding it mostly empty but for Ben, the quartermaster for this ranger guild hall. "Hail Ben, where can I find GoodDoug?" Ben came out from behind the desk he was sitting at and sighed, "Sending him to the front lines?" "Have to, something's come up that he has the expertise on." The old ranger paused, then continued, "Is he ready?" Ben gave a crooked smile, "I don't think it matters whether he is ready, but yes, he is as ready as we can make him here." The guild leader found GoodDoug outside the barracks sharpening his great sword, his bags packed. The half-ogre looked up, "I heard the enemy is using big dinosaurs, probably T. rexes." "You heard right, so you know why I'm here?" GoodDoug smiled, "Yep, just give me all the intel you have and I'll get right on it. It'll be like old times." The guild leader frowned, arms crossed, "No, it won't be. You are not in the same shape you were last time. You will need to take it at a pace you can handle, but still push hard enough that more of our outposts aren't overrun. We stand to lose a lot of the ground we took." GoodDoug's grin sobered. He looked straight into the guild leaders eyes and said, "I will do my best." "That is all we can ask of you." See my last dinosaur related challenge here This one will be about chasing down each T. rex (running) and then moving the carcass (weights in the gym) as well as eating much of the T. rex (eating more protein). To keep from getting caught, I will need to do make sure I am staying flexible as well as maintaining and increasing my acrobatics skills (yoga and handstands). As well, I need to keep in touch with my fellow rebels, getting their help when I need it (keeping up with NF forums). Also, since I need help this challenge, anyone that wants to chime in with their story of the rebellion and fighting the mighty T. rex, please feel free to lend a hand. And if anyone has some recipes using dinosaur, I'd love to hear them. I'm going to break each section into "New thing," "Maintenance," and "End goal" as I have a lot of things I want to maintain. And I think having the end goal there is a reminder of why I am doing these things. Lastly, at the very end of the challenge we are heading to Europe. My daughter's soccer team is going to play some friendlies and to watch the Women's World Cup. Exercise: New thing - Running twice a week Even if it is super slow, or not for very long or lots of walking with the running, just get it done. Maintenance - Gym twice a week, fill move ring As in my last T. rex related challenge, will measure weight moved per week. Aim for 8-12 tons per week. End goal - Get fit, run 5K non-stop Diet: New thing - More protein 100g of protein per day. Trying to hit it every day, but allowing for some hiccups. Maintenance - Track every day, limit carbs LoseIt every day, and limit carbs to 1/3 of total intake... though I will make exception in Paris. I plan on eating my body weight in croissants. End goal - Look good naked Flexibility: New thing - Quick handstand try every day I want to get into the habit of at least kicking up once a day Maintenance - Yoga once a week, foam rolling once a week I should make it more than once a week, but I'm trying to work in some other things when I would normally do yoga, including writing. End goal - Not be so damned sore all the time Creativity: New thing - Write three days a week I won't count my NF story in this, but I have started doing some writing and I really like how it feels. Right now, I'm not going to stipulate what kind of writing (journalling, "wisdom" writing, or fiction) Maintenance - Get into the wood shop, keep designing I have a few things I've designed enough that now it is time to get into the shop and start making some more. End goal - Get good at writing and woodworking and drawing Accountability: New thing - Bullet Journal Just started this, and am trying to find my groove. I like how it feels, and I like the creative aspects to it. I'll have to figure out how to put my goals into the journal. Maintenance - Tracking and stay on Nerd Fitness Stay the course, I'll work at keeping myself accountable, if you all help me keep accountable End goal - have a system to keep myself moving forward For zero week, I am expressly taking a little break from the gym. I did yoga this morning, and did go to the gym on Monday, but I'm trying to do a little recovery this week. Also, it is my birthday on Friday and I want to be able to enjoy some birthday cake, so trying to take it chill.
  11. CourtnieMarie

    CM basks in the midnight sun

    reykjavik! with two full days of private tours outside of the "city" golden circle and south coast! yes... fun...
  12. CourtnieMarie

    Raptron Coasts

    AWESOME deadlift PR!! also i will take that ticket off your hands if you'd like. make sure you see Christine and the Queens!! also chvrches and fred armisen. i'm only a little jealous.
  13. RedPandaOne

    Cute cat pictures

    It's literally been a year since someone posted in this thread, but I've got pictures and I want to post. So here goes! Salem Saberhagen and Selina Kyle Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  14. RedStone

    Act VIII - Harriet Makes Battle Plans

    What an interesting take on contemporary sociology!! I guess my takeaway would be in the mindful camp - similar to noting an online source in a research paper, what is the quality of my information? If I know I want to squirrel away my information acorns, and that I'm going to do it anywhere anyway, maybe I can catch myself in the moment of the dull and even toxic aspects and seek some quality information elsewhere. I feel like I've noticed myself getting stuck on the old FB feed, bored and annoyed, and swapping over to pinterest as an alternative. Maybe I'll try to add some more interesting and informative sites (and someday employ the self control app that blocks facebook for however many minutes I need to get away! ) Neat!
  15. Mike Wazowski

    Act VIII - Harriet Makes Battle Plans

    Ummm seriously thank you so much for taking the time to type all this out!! I feel like I'm getting to copy notes from the smart kid in class! Gonna start playing around with implementing some of these bad boys during my work day / life in general - we'll for sure be talking about what experiments are successful.
  16. scalyfreak

    WhiteGhost: Deep Thoughts

    And the higher the demand, the greater the struggle... it's a vicious cycle. Meanwhile, he's been working with FROM Software on a game they're set to introduce at this year's E3. I admit to being intrigued.
  17. RedStone

    RedStone Holds the Door

    I am very comfortable in that range (so long as it's off), and that jives with what I've been told as well. Cool, thanks for sharing! Convection option will probably go based on price, I don't think I've ever used one and have never had a problem, but I guess I don't know what I'm missing? We'll see what's available out there!
  18. shaar

    Salinger's twenty second challenge!

    Drinking alcohol and not going to the gym is always gonna be worse than drinking alcohol and going to the gym IMHO - treading water always better than letting yourself backslide! Don't let your brain tell you a workout isn't worth it! <3
  19. Terra

    Wolfie, what have you done? [A Wolfpool Chapter]

    dressed as Yara (thus the photos!) and yeah it was really rushed to tell the story and wrap things up. Judo is pretty awesome, but all those throws can be hard on a body, so be careful. You are young so go for it!!!
  20. KB Girl

    WhiteGhost Gets Serious 2: The Seriousening

    That's awesome!
  21. Deckard Gainz

    RedStone Holds the Door

    Our fridge is a Maytag and it was around $500, and it sucks ass. Our range is a GE; we somehow got it for $8-900 but it retails around $1200. We do a lot of cooking and baking, things that are sensitive to temperature inconsistencies and such, and this range has been fantastic so far. Mike's definition sounds a lot more technical than I could manage. The "cooking everything evenly" is the important part I think. There can still be issues with having lots of stuff on multiple racks but it will be much less so than non-convection.
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  23. Harriet

    Act VIII - Harriet Makes Battle Plans

    Yes, they look at solutions. Prepare yourself for another wall of text Their approaches fit into two categories: enhancing cognitive control and changing the optimal foraging equation. Enhancing Cognitive Control In the section on enhancing cognitive control (attention, working memory, ability to task switch effectively), the authors categorise a few possible methods as being proven, or having strong or some evidence, or as being merely reasonable hypotheses. They conclude that physical exercise is the only proven activity that enhances cognitive control. Strength and cardio are better than cardio alone. There is strong but imperfect evidence for meditation, cognitive training, and certain video games (ones that have a multi-tasking element that increases in difficulty as the player becomes more skilled). However, this has to be balanced with the concern that video games, providing high intensity and high frequency stimulation, could increase our baseline tendency to boredom. There is some evidence for the benefits of certain drugs, direct brain stimulation, and neuro-feedback techniques*, but the latter two are not really available to most people and the drugs are not without side effects and other concerns. It’s also a reasonable hypothesis that spending time in nature passively enhances cognitive control via rejuvenation rather than skill training, but this needs more research. I'm certainly going to try meditation, and I might see if there are any cognitive training games on the internet. They didn't suggest anything specific, unfortunately. *This is so f***ing sci-fi…. they got students to try to change the colour of a shape on a computer screen… with their minds. They could see the colour changing in the right direction as they produced the target brainwaves. AWESOME. Changing the Equation They also have a section on practical measures to alter the foraging equation by enhancing metacognition, reducing anxiety and boredom, and reducing accessibility (i.e. increasing the cost to move to a new information patch). Metacognition is our awareness of the costs of task switching and the benefits of multi-tasking. The whole book is a treatise on this, and they spend a lot of time showing how our distraction damages our relationships, our work, our sleep, and reduces our physical safety. Did you know that texting impairs your driving about as much as being drunk? Or that in an experiment, the mere presence of the experimenter’s phone on a nearby table led to discussions between strangers being less satisfying, and that the subjects rated each other as less trustworthy and empathetic? Or that blue light from your screen in the hour before bed slows your production of melatonin and reduces sleep quality? I could go on and on, but I don't want to simply reproduce the book For me, metacognition is knowing and naming the monsters, and understanding that feeding them means silencing them temporarily but making them stronger. It means understanding that avoiding anxiety and boredom with tech just gives them more control over me in the long run. Anxiety and boredom could be reduced by meditation. Also, I wonder if we shouldn't just practice simply being present in low-stimulus situations like waiting in line, walking, being with people during a lull in the conversation.... The authors suggest you can also control anxiety by setting expectations with colleagues/acquaintances etc about how often you will respond to texts and emails. In fact, the authors strongly suggest turning off all notifications and instead checking texts and emails at regular, scheduled intervals. This reduces time- and cognitive control-sapping distractions during your day (there's a significant lag in your focus after you switch back to work from checking an email, so you don't only lose the time you spend dealing with the email, but also the time spent settling back into the work... someone who is interrupted regularly may spend none of her working day in an optimally focused mode... eeep). This isn’t really my problem, though. I just have generalised anxiety, for which there’s no quick fix. Though I assume exercise and meditation help. They suggest reducing the accessibility of your tech through various means: charge it outside the bedroom, put it in the glovebox when driving, get app- and website-blocking programmes, have a ban at the dining table, etc. I didn’t read this section too carefully because my problems are not exactly the same as the phone addicted, full-time-email-answering employees they assume are reading their book. There are many more suggestions in this vein in “How to break up with your phone” by Price and “Irresistable” by Alter. However, what Gazzalay and Reson don’t suggest, in contrast to Price and Alter (who take the tech addiction view) is detoxes. They say detoxes just create a build-up of information (acorns) that hits you with loads of stress AND dopamine when you finally come back to your overflowing messages, thereby launching you back into the equation with even more frenzy. Personally I think detoxes (i.e. breaks from tech) could still be useful at times. Certainly, my time in Yosemite without internet gave me some space to reflect and reminded me what it feels like to focus on other things.
  24. Moros

    Miau Spangles Her Stars

    Following! Winter soldier is the best stand-alone MCU film, in my opinion:
  25. KB Girl

    The two in which Fonzico does not crazy

    Ahh all about the food- I seriously admire your tenacity, I find it very difficult to keep up good eating habits. But ehm, where are all the kettlebells at?
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