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  1. Comment on Semi-formal study of people trying a fad diet where you eat mostly potatoes for four weeks in ~health

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    Honestly thought you were a bot at first, before I read your comment.

    Honestly thought you were a bot at first, before I read your comment.

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  2. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    I don't have a gaming rig, just a crappy i7 laptop with a midrange mobile graphics chip. It's already like 6 years old, so it runs roughly. Using a cheap headset wouldn't kill me haha.

    I don't have a gaming rig, just a crappy i7 laptop with a midrange mobile graphics chip. It's already like 6 years old, so it runs roughly. Using a cheap headset wouldn't kill me haha.

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  3. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    Good to know about the mixed reality sets. But yeah the only reason I don't want a Quest 2 is because I don't want to give Facebook money.

    Good to know about the mixed reality sets. But yeah the only reason I don't want a Quest 2 is because I don't want to give Facebook money.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    I just don't want to give Facebook money. Otherwise the Quest 2 would be a great buy.

    I just don't want to give Facebook money. Otherwise the Quest 2 would be a great buy.

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  5. Comment on Making sense of VRChat, the metaverse people actually like in ~tech

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    My only barrier of entry is not wanting to use the desktop client and experience it as VR, but not being able to afford a non-Facebook headset.

    My only barrier of entry is not wanting to use the desktop client and experience it as VR, but not being able to afford a non-Facebook headset.

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  6. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I hope you feel better soon! General hip pain sucks, so I imagine an injury is even more frustrating to deal with.

    I hope you feel better soon! General hip pain sucks, so I imagine an injury is even more frustrating to deal with.

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  7. Comment on Why being anti-science is now part of many rural Americans’ identity in ~life

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    Exactly. So many communities (my hometown especially) just do and decree things without taking the public into consideration. Or if they do take the public, they take a small subset and give them...

    Exactly. So many communities (my hometown especially) just do and decree things without taking the public into consideration. Or if they do take the public, they take a small subset and give them false expectations of what they're doing, and then being unable to follow through. That's how they ended up with a $26m+ stadium that wasn't needed and barely gets used compared to what they expected.

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  8. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Weight update I'm back in the 233 lbs range (233.6 to be specific), so I'm hopeful for a loss on the 11th. Diet Cooked up some burgers (that need to be eaten as they've been in the freezer a...

    Weight update

    I'm back in the 233 lbs range (233.6 to be specific), so I'm hopeful for a loss on the 11th.

    Diet

    Cooked up some burgers (that need to be eaten as they've been in the freezer a while) and the rest of my pasta shells, and split them between four meals. I just finished those today. After the gym today, I plan on cooking the rest of the burgers I have and cook up some spaghetti for meals. I really enjoy the burgers I bought, they're very juicy for being cheap frozen burgers.

    Fitness

    Since my last update, I've hit every workout day as intended. Last week I had started the program change, separating out my legs to their own day, leaving me with a chest/arms day on Monday, a leg day on Wednesday, and a back/shoulders day on Friday. The plan is to do this until mid-June, and then start a new program.

    I am dropping the fourth set, I found that doing it last week left me feeling a bit too fried at the end and my final exercise of the day suffered.

    Questions/Suggestions

    Hit me up with any questions or suggestions, they're incredibly welcome. I'm always learning.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Anyone can defeat Goku now in ~anime

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    I feel as if there are limits to what Toriyama and Toyotaro will have Goku do or not do, whereas American comic writers have proven time and again that they don't care to ground Supes in reality....

    I feel as if there are limits to what Toriyama and Toyotaro will have Goku do or not do, whereas American comic writers have proven time and again that they don't care to ground Supes in reality. As soon as they got to the point where they were making Kryptonians abel to exist outside of reality (and make it so they cannot be erased from it), punch reality and create a new continuity (Superboy Prime), and have them capable of holding a miniature black hole in their hand, they lost the plot. That's what I mean by Superman having no ceiling.

    Canon Goku has a ceiling in that I don't think either Toyotaro or Toriyama are that insane lol

    Neither would Goku, I suppose.Neither would Goku, I suppose.

    Goku has been willing to sacrifice a planet for the sake of fighting strong people (Namek and Earth specifically. Earth numerous times, actually). That's the equivalent of being willing to destroy a planet or half the universe lol

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  10. Comment on Anyone can defeat Goku now in ~anime

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    There's no situation in which he would have chose to destroy a planet or part of the universe. Superman can survive outside of spacetime. Existence can be winked out, but Superman will survive...

    There's no situation in which he would have chose to destroy a planet or part of the universe. Superman can survive outside of spacetime. Existence can be winked out, but Superman will survive because. Superman is far more capable than Goku, and I'm more a fan of Dragon Ball than I am of Superman media.

    Superman has no ceiling, Superman is infinity.

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  11. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I'm not following AMRAP (as far as I know). I still treat it like a standard working set of 12 reps. If I don't successfully complete the final set, I'll go to the next weight down to finish the...

    Assuming you’re AMRAPing the last set

    I'm not following AMRAP (as far as I know). I still treat it like a standard working set of 12 reps. If I don't successfully complete the final set, I'll go to the next weight down to finish the set, or pyramid my weight down so that I can complete 12 reps.

    Fine as a beginner, but at some point you’ll overtax yourself doing that

    I still consider myself a beginner. I didn't learn enough as a teenager, and I'm still fixing mistakes for myself now, as well as working through disorders haha.

    The biggest thing that I'm realizing I need to focus on right now is form and flexing the muscle during the exercise. And doing so I've dropped the working weight considerably to do that. I realized that I should have focused on that more in the beginning but that's my fault. This is most prevalent in my bench press, pec flyes, and my lat pulldowns.

    need to start implementing periodization

    I'm sort of half-following periodization, I just don't usually reach the end of it before I realize what I'm doing can be improved upon.

    *Also gonna add on that you should look to diversify rep schemes a bit down the road, but you’re probably aware of that.

    Yup. Once I have my form down and I get to my nigh-final goal weight, I'll be starting a 5x5 strength plan again, at least assuming that I've also been able to figure out some medical issues with my knees.

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  12. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Weight update My weight is bouncing a lot between 233 and 235 the last few weeks. Just slowing working my way back to a pattern of weight loss again. Diet Hasn't changes from previous updates:...

    Weight update

    My weight is bouncing a lot between 233 and 235 the last few weeks. Just slowing working my way back to a pattern of weight loss again.

    Diet

    Hasn't changes from previous updates: more take out than cooking.

    Fitness

    I missed working out last week due to nausea on Monday, and then just not going (no excuses lol) for the other days. Back at it this week both Monday and Wednesday, and I should be good to get back tomorrow (Friday) as well. I expect I'm going to adjust my workout plan now again though, as I've changed my progression marker for myself.

    My plan going forward is that if I successfully achieve 4 working sets on a specific weight, I move on to the next increment (2.5 or 5 lb increase starting at the next workout) until such a time that I can achieve a fourth complete working set of 12 reps. I also enjoy the four sets because some of the exercise, I'm able to get a decent pump out of it. However, with four working sets, and two warm up sets for each exercise, my current plan takes me to 1.75 hours and by the time I'm doing my last workout I'm mentally fried and just don't want to be there anymore. So I suspect I'll be adjusting it to have three workouts (A, B, and C) instead of two (A and B), and then it's an even split across three days every week. I just don't know how that will look yet.

    Any comments or suggestions are welcome. I'm still only a beginner in terms of programming my routine.

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  13. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Weight update This Monday, the scale graced me with a reading of 234 lbs, which marks my 50 lbs (50.6 lbs, technically) weight loss since May 2021. This is the lightest I've been since probably...

    Weight update

    This Monday, the scale graced me with a reading of 234 lbs, which marks my 50 lbs (50.6 lbs, technically) weight loss since May 2021. This is the lightest I've been since probably 2012, as my previous lowest weight in 2017 or 2018 was 238 lbs. Only four more pounds until I've hit weight goal 2 of 230 lbs. I think at that point, I will focus a month or two on the gym and yoga to strengthen and mobilize my body a bit more, but we'll see.

    Diet

    Still stuck between a little bit of cooking with mostly eating take-out. M-W-F are usually a wash because after the gym I'm not interesting in cooking, so I'll try to cook regularly on Tuesday, Thursday, and on the weekend.

    Fitness

    Once I got back to the gym, I have disregarded yoga, so I need to start implementing that again. I'll start with my non-gym days, and try to transition into a daily routine with it: post-workout on my gym days, and otherwise just post-work on non-gym days or whenever on the weekend. Either that or keep the weekends for just rest, as my body still has a long way to go before it's functional again.

    However, I did do some light jogging on Monday on the treadmill for like 20 seconds, so that's progress. My knee couldn't really keep up though so I had to slow down haha

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  14. Comment on Is Firefox okay? in ~tech

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    My only anecdotal experience with Vivaldi was that it was slower than Chrome and would constantly lock up any games I was running from Steam, IIRC. Once I uninstalled Vivaldi, the lockup games...

    My only anecdotal experience with Vivaldi was that it was slower than Chrome and would constantly lock up any games I was running from Steam, IIRC. Once I uninstalled Vivaldi, the lockup games issue stopped. I switched to Brave since (and Chrome for work).

    Nothing against Firefox, other than that it felt clunky. I still use Firefox on Android though.

  15. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    I do lift weights (though I've been on a hiatus the last couple of months due to car trouble), and I do find that my hunger is reduced for about a half hour post-workout, but that's it. My body is...

    Not to be the "have you ever tried" guy, but for what its worth, increased levels of activity/fitness/sports will tend to reduce hunger.

    I do lift weights (though I've been on a hiatus the last couple of months due to car trouble), and I do find that my hunger is reduced for about a half hour post-workout, but that's it. My body is too battered for high intensity activity like sports, so that's out of the picture unfortunately, because I always did enjoy basketball. And I'd do more cardio but I absolutely abhor stationary cardio, and outdoor cardio is boring.

    I eat until I'm not hungry

    Even when I'm "not hungry", which for me is just a neutral feeling, I still feel a pull toward eating, likely due to bad habits and also I really, really enjoy eating food. Like, the mastication part of it, and gum doesn't get me those same feels, unfortunately.

    I do hope that when I get down to ~200 lbs (~90kg), that I'll be less hungry. The only real change I've noticed at 240 lbs vs 285 lbs is that the initial meal of the day is challenging to be a large meal, whereas back then I could eat 2000kcal in a sitting shortly after waking up. My stomach was expanded so drastically all the time because I ate so much all the time.

    even more so when I do a lot of activity on a particular day.

    I don't go to the gym until 5 pm (when I'm done work) so I don't get any real benefits of hunger reduction since I'm eating supper at around 7:30 and I go to bed at 10.

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  16. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Yeah, I won't lie, I'm dreading when I get to the point where I'll have to maintain my weight, becuase I've never actually done that intentionally lol As sad as it is, I'll probably be calorie...

    Yeah, I won't lie, I'm dreading when I get to the point where I'll have to maintain my weight, becuase I've never actually done that intentionally lol

    As sad as it is, I'll probably be calorie counting the rest of my life because I cannot trust myself to "eat intuitively" that so many people say is the way to eat healthy. Me eating intuitively is eat until I'm not hungry anymore, and unfortunately my body is broken lol There is no "satisfied" feeling from eating. I always crave the food, even when I'm bloated lol

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  17. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Thanks autumn! My scale is not really a smart scale, though it does connect to my phone via Bluetooth but only because it's the Fitbit scale lol My biggest concern is getting to obsessed with the...

    Thanks autumn! My scale is not really a smart scale, though it does connect to my phone via Bluetooth but only because it's the Fitbit scale lol

    My biggest concern is getting to obsessed with the scale, anyhow, so I'm doing my best to avoid it on a daily scale. I'll keep this in mind though if I get to the point of maybe needing a daily weigh in! :)

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  18. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Weight update Weighed in this Monday at 239.2 lbs (~108.7 kg) which marks me hitting halfway to goal 2 of 230 lbs. As a sneak preview of next week, I did another way in just now and I'm at 238.4...

    Weight update

    Weighed in this Monday at 239.2 lbs (~108.7 kg) which marks me hitting halfway to goal 2 of 230 lbs. As a sneak preview of next week, I did another way in just now and I'm at 238.4 lbs but I'm not entirely sure where I actually sit in weight as a whole. It's why I prefer doing weekly rather than daily, as daily is too obessive and can be marred by a too much or far too little calorie day. The weeks move slow but I always feel lighter. I also am starting to physically notice the difference around my torso, where my lower back seems noticably thinner, and when I vacuum flex my abdomen, it sits at a normal waistline, so that's positive.

    Diet

    Stewp, chicken or porkchop sandwiches, spaghett, and takeout lol I'll be getting some groceries soon, but I just have a lot of frozen stuff that I need to finish up with first. I also now have a Costco membership, courtesy of a friend of mine, so we'll see how I can utilize that fully.

    Fitness

    Car is fixed so I should be back to the gym tomorrow (Friday the 4th of Feb). Otherwise it's occasional DDP Yoga. I have already failed at continually doing my squats challenge lol but I'll try and get back on that horse for my non-gym days.

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  19. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

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    I've made it a goal this year to read one book at month. I started just before the new year re-reading The Eye of the World of the Wheel of Time series. I finished that sometime before the 15th,...

    I've made it a goal this year to read one book at month. I started just before the new year re-reading The Eye of the World of the Wheel of Time series. I finished that sometime before the 15th, and have since completed the second book The Great Hunt, and I'm coming up on the halfway point of the third book, The Dragon Reborn. I have an advantage, since I have read them before, but I have a halfway decent reading speed once I get into it.

    I'm reading it on my eReader, instead of the physical books, and despite my prior complaints about eReaders the past nearly 10 years, I actually like it. Not prefer it, but I'm liking it so far haha.

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  20. Comment on Fitness Weekly Discussion in ~health

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    Weight update I weighed in this week at 241.6 lbs (~109.6 kg), and I'm feeling good. Somehow I lost weight this week even though I went over my estimated maintenance calories. Diet Still a lot of...

    Weight update

    I weighed in this week at 241.6 lbs (~109.6 kg), and I'm feeling good. Somehow I lost weight this week even though I went over my estimated maintenance calories.

    Diet

    Still a lot of eating out, but a friend of mine helped me get some groceries so I was able to get some diced tomatoes to make some cabbage stewp. It made about six servings, and I'm about halfway through them. I haven't been eating it as much as I should be but that's fine, I'd probably get bored of it if I ate it all for every meal in a row. I also have a tonne of stuff in my freezer that needs to get eaten so I gotta start focusing on that.

    Fitness

    Still no car (booked in for Tuesday), so I'm still mostly stuck at home. I've started doing DDP Yoga from the old YRG videos from a decade ago. I'm still replaying the video that teaches the moves because it kills me to just get through that. I'm hoping it will start rehabbing my knee some. I also noticed that my left quadriceps (specifically the vastus lateralis) on my left leg, the leg with the major knee problems, looks almost non-existent compared to my right leg, so I feel that it may be contributing to some of the knee pain. So I'm also adding in a small daily challenge for myself to do bodyweight squats every day. Here's how I'm breaking it out for myself https://techramancer.com/i/squatsched.png

    I'll adjust it as I need to, but this way it allows me to ramp it up throughout the week, but be able to do it daily without much issue. As I can squat with extra weight at the gym, the squats here at home are more for being used to keep the muscles active instead of to strengthen me, as I don't really have any issues with doing squats if I need to.

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