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havoc xiii wrote:
So, yeah. We went fishing with 10# test yesterday. Yeah. And caught nothing. I took pictures of birds and trees and... and water. So... yeah.
Not really. Just jealous.
Yeah, if you cook for yourself, eating healthy is cheaper than trying to eat out healthy. A burger, fries, and sweet soft drink is a lot cheaper than, say, a salad with grilled chicken at fast food places.
One writer did a very nice tally of energy availability based on the $29/week food stamp allowance showing how difficult it is to get sufficient calories from healthier food using a $29/week budget. Here it is.
David M Mallon wrote:
Starting to come to my attention that I need to start getting back in shape and eating better. Problem is, a) I have basically no money, and b) my back is shot and my knees are on their way out. Any suggestions?
Eating healthier is more expensive, so you will end up eating less. I have read of people eating well off dumpster diving grocery stores because of all the discarded produce, or scavenging in other ways. Take it how you will. I have not tried it.
To get in shape with a bad back and knees, start with a no-cost home regimen. First, get your core strong to help support your back. Not your abs, your core. Here's a nice set of exercises for your core. Do those a lot. Typical theraputic reps are 3 sets of 10 for each, resting between sets as needed, but a lot of core moves (like planking) require holding the pose for as long as you can. Start with shooting for 15 seconds and use 3 minutes as an ultimate goal, adding 15 seconds every couple of days.
To help your knees (and I don't know exactly what is wrong with them but stronger is always better), strengthen the muscles by doing at least straight-leg lifts: front, back, side. My PT recommended 3 sets of 100 each day. She has me do them standing on one leg, lifting the other to the front, side, and back as many times as possible until the 100 count is reached. Switch from front to side when the front exhausts, then side to back when side is toast, then back to front and so on until the 100 are complete in each direction. Then switch legs and do it again. Do that morning, noon, and evening to get to the 300 total for each of the 6 leg-directions. If you can get a set of ankle weights at a garage sale, it will be even more effective.
Simple balancing exercises will help your core and legs, too. Stand on one leg and try a bunch of different poses, keeping your balance the whole time. A SERIOUSLY killer exercise is to stand on one leg and touch your toes very slowly about 15-20 times, 3x on each leg. Do it with weights in your hands if you want to suffer greatly. Zowie!
On top of those, do regular calisthenics: push-ups, etc. Try doing squats. Even with my need-replacement knees, I can do some squats by pointing my toes outward and proceeding slowly. With knees, let your pain be your guide.
I swear to you, if you do core and knee exercises faithfully, you will see improvements in your life within 3-4 weeks even if you're in terrible shape. You do have to push yourself and endure some pain, but it's worth it. Once your back and knees are less troublesome, your options for cardio and other exercises expand.
If you come into some cash, I highly recommend TRX straps. They give you a lot of freedom to exercise using body weight very effectively for strengthening. I use them at the gym and absolutely love them. One of those giant sitty balls is also helpful. Sitting on it routinely (especially with your feet together) improves core strength, and there are a bunch of exercises you can do with it that also help core.
For cardio, do as much walking as you can manage. You might want to do a week or two of core and leg strengthening before you start walking, to avoid damaging any shaky joints. Try to find a cheapo bike on craigslist.
If you can, find a place to swim or water walk. I've been in despair at the cost of pool membership around here, but this weekend found that a reservoir very close to us has a $55/year membership which includes a beach which is open from 0530 to 2100. That will give me tons of time to work out. It will probably be cold and miserable, but that's better than doing nothing or doing cardio that will damage my knees further.
Hope this helps. All the old-fashioned calisthenics still work well (like the old Canadian Air Force exercises or other military workouts) if you adapt them for low-impact to save your back and knees. Look for walking trails nearby that have exercise stations for pull-ups, etc. Your tax dollars at work.
Yoga and/or stretching are great and necessary complement for strength training to keep from getting muscle bound and to improve your balance.
Hope this helps. I've been in the same boat lately and this has all been useful for me.
I've been doing very little video gaming since our Xbox 360 bit the dust. I prefer Xbox to the PC but went ahead and replaced most of my favorite Xbox titles via Steam and GOG. However, my video card kept crapping out. Replaced my power supply, mobo, CPU, and put in a better (used) video card -- and now the video cuts out completely from time to time. It is a complaint about this mobo that I didn't know when I bought it on sale.
So I could go get another, but it's such a pain to remove everything and redo it. *thinks* But if I did that, I could also get more memory and another hard drive and a NEW video card... hmmm.
I do have the Xbox controller, which works for some games but not all. I prefer it to the keyboard.
and the first Asparagus and Strawberries of the season has been bought
We had our first asparagus last week. It was delicious! Strawberries will be coming soon, but I'm allergic.
To be honest, we have everything all year round in the grocery stores here, but I still tend to buy produce in season. It's better tasting and has a better chance of being relatively local.
After a truly awful day yesterday, the leg looks some better this morning (better being a relative term) and I don't feel quite as bad. The powers of infection and antibiotic side effects combined have been rather devastating. On the bright side of things, catching up on sleep and losing weight (even suddenly and rapidly) are good things.
Thoughts like "how bad does it have to get before I think about the hospital?" and "if the antibiotic doesn't work, will they remove the leg above or below my (already bad) knee?" are no longer popping into my brain today. Those are not-fun thoughts.
Our roommate is going on a week-long vacation. I thought it would be a nice surprise to replace her dishwasher racks because some of the tines have broken, so when she returns, everything would be shiny and new.
I looked up prices today.
Racks run from $130 - $200 EACH, meaning it would cost $260-$400 to replace both top and bottom. A new dishwasher is under $500.
I... what the... I can't even.
I've also wondered about the generator, but other pbps don't have that same problem. I'm not sure what the sample size is to get a significant result, but we don't really have a lot of d20 rolls in any one game.
Funny thing is, I have the same problem IRL at the table, to the point that people joke about it, won't touch or borrow my dice, and (sometimes) don't want to sit next to me.
They claim it's the dice.
David M Mallon wrote:
In Patrick's Reign of Winter PbP, my character has made a total of 17 d20 rolls. Out of those 17, precisely five of them have been over 10. Of the remaining 12, six were rolls of 1 or 2. I'm f~+$ing cursed.
I have been having the same problems in a couple of pbps. My average d20 roll in one pbp is 7.5. I rarely break 10, but when I do, it's by a lot. The situation is horribly frustrating, particularly when you craft a character to be really good - only missing on, say, 1-5 even at low levels - and they always seem to roll 1-5 on important d20s. Sucks the fun right out of the game.
Lord Snow wrote:
Holy cow, I have no problem seeing how she could be attracted to Bruce Banner. Who wouldn't want to scruffle his puppy fur and feed him Milk Bones until his tail thumps? But Bruce is not the issue. Bruce/Hulk and what he represents are.
I really love the Bruce Banner/Hulk combo as a character. I love that they avoid the Jekyll/Hyde good/evil judgement and make it about creation/destruction instead. Morally, Hulk is good. He's simply out of control rage and has difficulty distinguishing friend from foe. And Banner's inherent intelligence, decency, and morality make his transformation into Hulk really heart-wrenching.
But no matter how much Bruce's friends like him, they don't take the Hulk for granted. They prepare contingencies to (try to) control him when he comes around. And he always does. Natalia knows this. She knows (from his statement in the first movie) that he's always angry. She knows he can kill her in Hulk form. That's why the poor guy shuns society. Yet she ignores all these things to (suddenly) spill her guts and try to get him into a relationship. It makes no sense. I give her credit for agency - intelligent agency. She's not stupid.
Sure, we can't help who we love. But we can control how we act. Her willingness to enter into a relationship with somebody who could change instantly and become out-of-control enraged is what puts this into the ooky arena for me. It's all too familiar IRL. I hate for young girls to get the message that an out-of-control angry guy is OK - I can handle him. I also think it's cruel to Banner. He has a very good reason for being a hermit.
I admit I may be over-sensitive about her relationships because of Renner and Evan's slut/whore remarks about her character. If they were going to give Black Widow a love story, I'm glad it wasn't with one of those guys!
Hope this helps clarify my reaction to that party of the story. I felt the writers let us down there, though I certainly felt the hurt and pathos of these two lonely people exploring a possible connection. And her late-story reveal about the "graduation ceremony" explained part of why she would consider the relationship, which helped. Still, if I had a daughter who saw the film with me, I'd certainly be having a discussion with her about real life relationships.
Note: This is my opinion, of course. You are perfectly welcome to disagree. I'm not going to fight about it because opinion.
I didn't notice anything particularly controversial powers-wise either, though I was surprise Helen lived. My nitpicks were more character-driven than anything. Specifically, the characters frequently sounded more like Joss Whedon than themselves. The character development in the movies after the first seemed to be practically chucked out the window. Plus:
This looks way too much like an abusive relationship to me. Hulk chased the Black Widow and nearly killed her. Now she's taming the beast? Ehhh, I don't like it. Too many 'hurt me, love me' vibes, not to mention 'I can change him'. Really ooky.
I know Jarvis is a super AI and all, but he is just software, he practically runs the company, and there is no backup!?!?!? Come. On. For a series that begins with Tony Stark soldering (and doing it properly) to ending where he's not backing up his most critical software is a big technical tumble.
Out Of The Blue'D:
Too many surprises weren't teased through the series and were dumped on us here. Hawkeye and the 'girlfriend/no girlfriend' bit just wasn't enough to foreshadow the family - too obvious and too late. Tony's been building a Hulk-control system. Convenient. Tony has independent (i.e., non-networked) AI's. Handy. (Shame he didn't back up his main one.) And Natasha jonesing for Bruce? Left field time.
In everything I've seen, Dr. Banner's fundamental characteristic is that he lives up to his beliefs. In this movie, Tony Stark proposes something rather insane, dangerous, and secretive and Bruce shrugs and goes "Eh, OK". Banner not only keeps it quiet but helps without raising any serious objection or bringing it to the attention of the entire team. If anybody knows the law of unintended consequences, it's Banner. That's a character switch I can't believe.
The fights were good and the banter (in appropriate times) was OK. I was amused by the focus on one particular set of knockers all during the last fight through the city. It made me laugh and really broke immersion.
I've been on a kick of watching the Uptown Funk video and have decided to use it as a unit of time. Eating my breakfast bagle takes two Uptown Funks, for example.
I kept wondering who the doopy white guy in the video is and why he's in every shot ruining the thing. Then I realized he's the producer or whatever. Anyway, it's "his" song. Ugh. He should stick to the background -- crowd scenes, etc.
EDIT: So does Bruno Mars really make Sharoth and Drejk want to retire, man?
Female Humanoid(vishkanya) Rogue 4/deadly courtesan/Trickster Tier 2 Init +6; Perception +9, low-light vision, darkvision 60'; HP 21/27, MP 3/7
"Perhaps they did not expect anyone to be able to open that rather excellent lock," Zarine murmurs with some satisfaction as she rolls up her set of delicate instruments and stashes it in some pocket or other within her flowing garments. "Yes, let us follow with our eyes wide open. I can see without the light, if you would like me to scout ahead and check the way," she offers, still keeping her voice low.
gran rey de los mono wrote:
True, because it's generally gibberish with a few geographic locations and numbers thrown in.
"Argentina was shown the purple band for having eight bounders on a hatch, then Haiti cracked a right jolly amhotep to take the pumpkin 83-nil."
(Also: no, I don't hate you, this is totally the sum of my political discussion here, and feel free to mention your own political leaning (if any), and we'll all feel free have a "I like you!" party!
Ah-ah-ah! In order to keep the peace, FAWTL threads have rules. We may be no-good, lowdown, lowbrow lowlifes, but we do have some standards. To quote our beloved PMG and Mistress Solnes:
FAWTLhouse 5 wrote:
I believe "no sports" is thrown in there occasionally, which is essentially the same as "no politics". Newcomers who did not know these rules are hereby forgiven. Go forth and sin no more. That's not religion. Really.
My favorite thing about Denver is being able to leave doors and windows open and not have bugs fly in. And how cool the air is though it's warm in the sun... my two favorite things are no bugs and cool air. And the lovely view of the mountains. My three favorite things are no bugs, cool air, and mountain views and how dry and clean the air is. My four... no, amongst my favorite things are... are such elements as no bugs, cool air...
I'll come in again.
Celestial Healer wrote:
Paging Treppa to PbPs...
But... but... I got the house to clean and it's not done and...
You know what? Nobody else cares how clean or not clean the house is. The pressure to get it done today is solely from me on me. In the meantime, people are waiting for me on pbps. Yeah. Yeah, I'm gonna get a cup of coffee and some potato chips and work on pbps.