[Instrument Review] BodyCraft VR500 Rowing Machine

The BodyCraft VR500 rowing machine is acceptable. Pushing it to its limit constantly – rowing at its maximum “32” resistance for 5 minute sets, over 50 times or for roughly 4 hours, for months, and always with good form to not cause erroneous wear – I’ve found demotivating shortcuts: avoidably bent handlebar and broken plastic bits. There’s no way I’d pay $1600 for this! Maybe $50, tops, and it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice if I needed to replace my Concept2. Why?

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]

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[Applied Psychology] “How’s It Going?”

I don’t engage in small talk. What’s the point of communicating irrelevant information? A seemingly trivial diagnostic question I will use is “how’s it going?” Most people will use that cue to tell me everything about a current pain point they’re either consciously or subconsciously trying to overcome. Since they complained to me, I’ll coax out hidden information to help guide or push them toward an optimal resolution. Here’s some of what I might do:

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[The Story] Sick? Healthy Living!

While soaking in miniature houses at the fair, observing cool LEGO sets in stores, and attending concerts, I was brainstorming ideas for “The Story” as I always do. This week’s focus was worldbuilding the Lanchester farm. Trishna was born and raised there. Unfortunately, the implications of some mild bug has taken some of my focus away, so let’s explore how John (laying “in bed”) and Trishna help each other through their sicknesses, to get healthy.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (some spoiler-marked scene brainstorming)
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[Fiction Practice] Surmountable Mind Vault

“We three have arrived. Over.” The young adventurer’s voice echoed throughout the cavernous steel room, lit only by an older adventurer’s cigar ember, with perhaps a large eye before them. “Good… …and follow this… Three, five… brown… press the small button. Over.” The third adventurer was aloof; stretching. “Gabonnet! I didn’t catch that! Please repeat. Over!” The smoke wafted over along with the voice. “Don’t worry about that, kid. We-” Bright lights illuminated the room.

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[Applied Self-Confidence] My Arrogance, Dissected

If there’s a self-confidence scale ranging from humility to arrogance, I lean heavily into arrogance. I’m OK with overconfidence. Just long as we’re not belittling others while dreaming the possibilities. I’ve met dreamers that were so decisive that they’d cut out anyone that wasn’t fully on-board with their dreams. I try not to be that! I just believe that to fully realize your dreams, you must wholeheartedly believe in yourself first, before realizing any possibilities.

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[Keyboard Kommander] Vertical Strikethrough Synopsis

The coolest thing about the latest update to Keyboard Kommander is the introduction of striked through text. When you’re typing in a word, the letters you’ve typed are crossed out, so you get a better sense of your progress. Let’s talk about the writing progress on the project. This is primarily because the next few weeks may see some time, which otherwise would have been spent writing public-facing short stories, rerouted to secretive background writing…

Spoiler Warning Scale: Kasual (some brainstorming)
Maturity warning: safe reading, folks
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[Rowing Machine] Two Four Six

“Find inspiration in your work” because there are plethoric excuses for skipping exercise and most have validity. Fitness is perhaps the truest forms of work ethic. You can’t accidentally become fit. You can be born into money; you can’t be born into fitness. Earning wellness daily includes continual inspiration. When I see muscles develop, notice my increased agility, or when others ask me for fitness advice, that’s my inspiration to keep finding time to exercise!

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[Grime/Glitter] Missing Subtle Alarms

I missed three alarms. It’s easy enough to sleep through chirping alarms when you’re tired. My backup alarm, set much later, startled me awake. Those alarms were trivial on the surface, however, you can draw analogies from that. I plant situational alarms that sound in subtle ways, so if something goes off, then it’s time for me to investigate before something worse happens. They’re like red flags so when one of those sound… “let’s investigate!”

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[Applied Psychology] Empathy, Not Sympathy

If there’s one concept I mastered within this field, it’s being able to quickly gauge how severely a situation might impact other people, while keeping myself removed from the emotional weight of unfortunate situation. I can fully empathize that a person has lost hours of time, however, I don’t let any sympathetic emotions overwhelm me. We’re all victims of circumstances. So, if you’d rather keep complaining about situations without trying to change, don’t read below.

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[The Story] First Family Dinner

Rather than focusing on character traits, this week’s brainstorming update to “The Story” will focus on a scene that’s cooking in my mind’s creative oven. Let’s see about collecting the ingredients for one of the first events following ‘the scene,’ or the catalytic events that throw everything into motion, where John (right) is invited over to Trishna’s family for dinner. The spoilers after the jump are primarily just world building stuff, so let’s dig in!

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (early narrative scene building)
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