[Rowing Machine] Two Five Four

Now “XL shirts” feel extra-large and “large shirts” feel comfortable again! While I’ve been enjoying these and other small victories, I have to be careful not to push myself to the point of overexertion. The inclusion of my rowing stats within these weekly fitness columns are helping me track trends to predict when I might be pushing myself too much without noticing. That pacing might be key for fitness consistency as well as weight maintenance.

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[Grime/Glitter] Following Photographic Policies

It’s always a good idea to follow the laws established by governing bodies. Even if not strictly enforced, laws were made to allow the preservation of peace. How about rules requested by organizations? They’re usually more codes of conduct that range from specific requests that keep areas safe and sound to suggestions that keep polite society comfortable. How about strictly prohibited photography policies at shows? Is there any situation when it’s acceptable to be disobedient?


“Photo, audio and video recording is strictly prohibited during the performance”

WANNA SUSS OUT WHEN IT’S OK OR NOT OK TO BEND POLICY? KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] Our Honeymooning Masks

We put on our best masks during interpersonal conversation. In interviews, we are hard-working loyalists. On dates, we are charismatically civil. This unconscious manipulation lasts until we get the goal. The momentum may continue for a while, until we encounter stress where our masks are shattered. If incongruent, yes, that’s fraudulent. If you and them are honest, then it’s possible to overcome the loathing that happens after the honeymoon period to remain blissful, ever after.

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[The Story] Five Pivotal Fights

Handling stressful situations is a skill forged through the fires of overcoming anxious moments. Preventing these conflicts from ruining your day could involve five steps: deflecting the hate, asking friendly advice, asking familial advice, escalating to authorities, then fighting if in danger. In this semi Applied Psychology post, more brainstorming update to The Story, let’s use five general scenarios where Trishna (seated) and John were bullied growing up to develop these characters and this idea.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character backstory)
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[Concert Etiquette] Dim Your Display!

There were numerous concert etiquette offenses during the recent Rodrigo y Gabriela show. “It’s the NPR crowd.” That’s the crowd that doesn’t attend many concerts and obliviously avoid manners. Punk shows can be rough, though people will usually help each other out, and metal shows are typically tame. It’s the occasionally rowdy crowds at pop and country shows that keep me on my toes. They’re usually not there for the show. Their smartphones show it.

WANNA KNOW WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO DIM YOUR DISPLAY? KEEP ON READING!

[Toy Review] Marvel Legends Daredevil (2015)

Before reviewing last year’s Marvel Legends Juggernaut wave, let’s warm-up! The “BuckyCaptain America action figure established a medium-build male character baseline buck for years and was perhaps best exemplified with Daredevil. We (written by Zombiepaper with consultation by Collector, “quoted in blue font”) will consider both the standard red Daredevil and the first appearance yellow Daredevil interchangeably. Do we think picking this now iconic action figure was a good call? Can it be improved?

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[Rowing Machine] 1/2 ‘for’ $0.00

“Before, I’d plow through this [meal] even if I wasn’t hungry.” Eat until you’re no longer hungry. Don’t eat until you’re full. Especially do not stuff your stomach with food! Consciously considering boxing a quarter or half of the meal you order at a restaurant is like getting half of your meal for free. You’ll spread the meal out over more time. It’s also less weight you have to lift and carry around with you.

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[Grime/Glitter] Drop That Weight

Stress is a weight we carry, sometimes in brief moments lasting days or weeks, and sometimes lasting years. Stress is a hidden burden that changes us into terrible tyrants and miserable monsters. Stress stains our lives with pain. Stress might be the root cause of all diseases and inflictions, yet we do so little to fight it. Stress is the acquaintance we invite into our lives that wrecks havoc. How can we drop this weight?

WANNA GAIN IDEAS ON DROPPING STRESS FROM YOUR LIFE? KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] Preventing Boiling Points

They say the best way to boil a lobster is placing it in water and turning up the temperature. The lobster builds tolerance to the increasing water temperature before succumbing. We’re the same. We let stressful situations build until we reach our boiling point and then we become the figurative dinner of our stressors. Since we can’t live a completely sheltered life to avoid stress, we must recognize when we’re thrown into the metaphorical water.

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