[Rowing Machine] Two Five Three

I returned to fitness because my ambitions were being hindered by accidental obesity. Recovering the physicality of performing tasks that aren’t extremely difficult is one goal. That statement is broad enough to celebrate any smaller victory. Saturday at Tool, I was able to move between photogenic vantage points without being exhausted. Sure, that’s not much compared to athletes or what was once considered healthy. You’ve just got to remain positive. It’s so easy to regress!

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[Concert Review] Warped Tour 2017

Until GWAR signed onto the Warped Tour, I hadn’t been interested in attending the all-day pop rock and punk festival. Festivals are a convenient way to see twenty bands you’re halfway interested in seeing live along with two you want to see. It was a bummer finding out Anti-Flag and Suicide Machines were only for select dates. Was it worthwhile otherwise?
Sidenote: “Low priced” 32-ounce bottle of water for $5.50? More disgusting than GWAR! (Try $2.)

Average Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5] [37 stars out of a 90 possible star rating]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] [my score]
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[Applied Psychology] GUITAR WOLF’s Motivation

GUITAR WOLF’s concert in 2013 was a defining moment with my work ethic. Before that show, I was an unmotivated zombie that had dreams yet was blocked by my complaining. After seeing their work ethic, evident by the sweat soaking into the stage, something clicked! Eventually, I realized that only through full zealousness to your ideal work can you achieve anything other than an unfulfilled life. It wasn’t an overnight change, so let’s explore the details.

Concert Rating: ★★★★★ [5/5]
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[The Story] Their First Date

The initial rush of love feels fantastic! Your body temperature rises, you feel calmer, happier, more self-assured. The mystery of love is evocative. In this brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore what might happen when a girl (Trishna, seated) and a boy (John) meet in person after years of long-distance communication. I have yet to explore the intricacies of their friendship, so consider this scratching the surface, rather than digging in. It’s all developing.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (scene building)
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[Fiction Practice] Deserted Desert Resort

Day 142
We found the remains of another one this morning. It was bad. We were gathering supplies in the warehouse district. Scouter Heather found the bones. Picked right clean except the feet. Thinks the cannibals found him hiding up on the roof because the ladder wasn’t destroyed like the others. The hut was destroyed. Getting worse. Fresh fruit’s rotten. Radio reports of burning cities. The remaining vehicles are destroyed.
We’re stuck in this old paradise.

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[Float Tank] Defragmenting Your Daydreams

Most people meditate to clear their minds of thoughts. I meditate to defragment the thoughts in my mind that chatter. I organize the idle ideas that linger loudly. Float tanks are specialized daydreaming spots for me, like the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in Dragon Ball Z, because that hour or four you’ve booked is reserved for you tending to your thoughts. Sensory deprivation chambers can be overwhelming if you’re not fully ready to declutter your mind.

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[Applied Psychology] Body Language: Interest

In our previous dialogue concerning body language, we considered three subjective ways to read nonverbal communication when people are disinterested in what we’re saying. How about gauging interest? Remember, this isn’t a syntaxical language like sign language. It’s tricky reading between the lines because people can multi-thread attention, appearing distracted while paying attention, or feign interest. Here are three clues that someone is probably invested in your topic of conversation or faking it well enough.

WANNA READ MORE CLUES ON NONVERBAL CUES? KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 33+28+24+24+27

Compared to the mad rush to lose weight I had in my mid-20s, which saw me burn off 60 pounds 6 months, my main focus now is general health. Improving my diet. Increasing my mobility, flexibility, and overall endurance. I’ve been feeling better in some areas, while feeling more fatigued in other areas. Despite of all this hard work, even burning 136 (or 33+28+24+24+27) calories on a new rowing machine doesn’t feel like that much progress. Fitness ain’t easy.

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[Thrifting Adventures] Al’s Music, Fire

The fire destroyed nine businesses in the Federal Way, Washington complex, including one of the three Al’s Music, Video, and Games stores. It’s not clear if it was arson. “It’s just fortunate there was a space between the buildings.” Al’s is one of the remaining family businesses specializing in used media that haven’t been swept up by the ubiquity of online retail. Let’s cover what’s helping them stay relevant in this somber Thrifting Adventures episode.

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[Applied Psychology] Body Language: Disinterest

Body language is an unreliable subtext within the art of communication. When we speak or write, we convey our intent in usually logical language. Nonverbal communication is visceral, emotional, and something we emit constantly. We are never not nonverbally communicating. If we can read the occasional nonverbal cue, then we can gauge the interest of others, without having to ask them directly. We’ll cover three main examples below. Just remember, these are more general implications.

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