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    Aku-chan

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    Thanks!

    I'm going to log here, because I didn't have Internet last night.

    May 18th, 2022
    Kickboxing: Day 71
    Morning Routine:
    The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
    Sól Salutation - LVL I +EC
    Daily Dare: 50 Reverse Angels +EC
    Count: 752 - 748 +EC
    Night Routine:
    Mani Salutation - 1 Set
    Five Rites
    Virasana Meditation
    Daily Gratitude
    Counting Victories
    Get to Bed on Time
    Workouts:
    100 Burpees +EC
    25 Full Burpees
    25 Full Burpees
    25 Full Burpees
    25 Full Burpees
    WoD: Dragon Reborn - LVL I +EC
    Breathless - LVL III +No rest between sets
    Shuffle Dance! (#1, #2)
    Hamstring Stretch (3 x 30 Seconds Forward Stretch + 30 Seconds Rest)
    Challenges:
    Daily Abs: Day 18
    Writing progress:
    Nifty 350
    Furious 500
    Nightcap 200

    Reading progress:
    Interesting Times - 21%
    Art progress:
    Nope.
    Music:
    Finished teaching Caballo Viejo.
    Others:
    No sleight of hand, cardistry or any card magic.
    No math
    HTML and Java still suspended until further notice

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      There was quite some success today. I got my new glasses, something to which I should accomodate. I'm still having some troubles now that I see everything so sharp.

      And, since I was in town this morning, I decided to buy a dice set.

      I'm very scared to go to town now. The gang that mugs buses slowly returned to the country over the course of 2020 and 2021, and they are now resorting to a new tactic which is pretty much the bus version of sea piracy. The worst part is that people are numb to it now.

      Nothing happened to me, though. Screw that negativity.

      There was a powercut at noon, and I almost slept through the whole thing if it wasn't because I had to give a class later. I planned to danced after Qi Gong, but it got so late that I killed the plan and resorted to writing instead.

      Even though I didn't have time, I did 644 words handwritten in less than an hour. By far, traditional writing is yielding better results than typing. My issue is that I have to come up with names on the fly, so I might need to have some papers at hand; list of names and surnames, with their meanings and origins so that I can cross out whenever I need to make a name on the fly. I like them to be meaningful more than sounding "cool."

      May 19th, 2022
      Kickboxing: Day 71
      Morning Routine:
      The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
      Sól Salutation - LVL I +EC
      Daily Dare: 30 Seconds Hop Heel Clicks +EC
      Count: 753 - 749 +EC
      Night Routine:
      Mani Salutation - 3 Sets
      Five Rites
      Virasana Meditation
      Daily Gratitude
      Counting Victories
      Get to Bed on Time
      Workouts:
      100 Burpees +EC
      WoD: Easy Abs - LVL III +No rest between sets
      Shuffle Dance! (#1, #2)
      Hamstring Stretch (3 x 30 Seconds Forward Stretch + 30 Seconds Rest)
      Challenges:
      Daily Abs: Day 19
      Writing progress:
      Nifty 350
      Furious 500
      Nightcap 200

      Reading progress:
      Interesting Times - 21%
      Art progress:
      Nope.
      Music:
      Just teaching guitar techniques.
      Others:
      No sleight of hand, cardistry or any card magic.
      No math
      HTML and Java still suspended until further notice

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        Bus attacks ? I can't imagine that. Hugs for you, and a prayer for safety for your country.

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          Bus attacks ? I can't imagine that.
          Yes indeed, that sounds pretty frightening!

          I got my new glasses, something to which I should accomodate.
          I have started wearing glasses myself recently, because I had noticed I couldn't read as easily as I could before. On the one hand I am really happy with my new glasses, because I can see better and it is a lot less tiring. On the other hand, my eyes are now accomodating to the glasses, which means when I am not wearing them, my sight is worse than before. I still don't like the idea that I am now dependent on them. Ah... it all goes with getting older I suppose!

          Take care!


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            PetiteSheWolf Montserrat From what I've heard, this person in particular was on a bus that got hijacked by this gang, and all passengers had their belongings stolen, and were kidnapped for ransom. Another story I've heard was similar in the fact that they hijacked the bus and drove it to the "neighborhood" (it's not a neighborhood, but rather an invasion of private land in which they built shacks) in which they operate. They ended up stealing everyone in there, and kicked them out afterwards.

            I've been mugged by them years ago twice. Their M.O. consisted in two people, one gets up on the bus stop, and the other one is waiting on the road. When the bus is close to the person waiting on the road, the person inside forces the driver to slow down so the one on the road gets up and shows their guns. That one controls the front part of the bus, and the other one is dealing with stealing everything from the passengers. They also got up on the bus, forced the driver to stop in the middle of the road, and had all the passengers to get out, and start to check everyone's pockets for things. It always end up with them forcing the driver to take them to that same neighborhood I said before.

            No one does anything about it, and no one cares.

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              Sólveig Law enforcement is not something you can rely on in your country?

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                Wow... Really hoping your country can get those in check.
                Montserrat , sadly, I can believe that non-reliance ; in France, there has been a serious increase in crimes / thefts / beatings that resulted in no to very low inquests and punishments. Recently two men beat a bus driver to death because he checked on their tickets + reminded them on the mask, well... the judge decided they're not going to have a judgment for voluntary crime, "just" for beating without intent of killing. When you hear the description of that driver's head trauma, and the recounting of witnesses, it is downright outrageous.
                (won't comment more on justice in France to avoid going into politics, as it divides more than brings together, but that was kind of an example why I'd understand people can come to not trust law enforcement and justice).

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                  Montserrat Don't take this the wrong way, but your question made me laugh. To put it simply, in Venezuela, it's easier to trust a criminal than the law enforcement or the military. It's gotten to the point that comedians make jokes about how you're going to report a crime, and the officer that takes your report is the one who commited the crime in the first place.

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                    I didn't forget to post. I just got engrossed in writing. There was a powercut last night, so I couldn't do anything the traditional way. I mean, I couldn't during the day either, I got many distractions, plus I started another papercraft project with cardboard. I'm making a dice tray to see if we stop making so much noise and knocking over stuff over the course of our next sessions.

                    I still have a lot of leftover cardboard, but I don't know what to make out of it. I can try and attempt to make a figurine of something simple, but I'm not daring to do so just yet. I need to get more glue, and some black, yellow and brown paint... a darker shade of brown, that is. One that is more in the shades of chestnut, coffee or chocolate and less hazelnut. I want the mimic to be dark, and the tray, I can make it in the brown that I have, and green.

                    This is more interesting than drawing, although there are a bit more expenses.

                    May 20th, 2022
                    Kickboxing: Day 71
                    Morning Routine:
                    The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                    Sól Salutation - LVL I +EC
                    Daily Dare: 50 Bridges +EC
                    Count: 754 - 750 +EC
                    Night Routine:
                    Mani Salutation - 1 Set
                    Five Rites
                    Virasana Meditation
                    Daily Gratitude
                    Counting Victories
                    Get to Bed on Time
                    Workouts:
                    100 Burpees +EC:
                    50 Full Burpees
                    35 Full Burpees
                    15 Full Burpees w/Jump Knee-Tuck
                    WoD: Friday - LVL III +No rest between sets
                    Shuffle Dance! (#1, #2)
                    Hamstring Stretch (3 x 30 Seconds Forward Stretch + 30 Seconds Rest)
                    Challenges:
                    Daily Abs: Day 20
                    Writing progress:
                    Nifty 350
                    Furious 500
                    Nightcap 200

                    Reading progress:
                    Interesting Times - 21%
                    Art progress:
                    Making a dice tray.
                    Music:
                    Nope.
                    Others:
                    No sleight of hand, cardistry or any card magic.
                    No math
                    HTML and Java still suspended until further notice

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                      Sólveig I don't mind making you laugh! ;-)

                      Rationally I know that the situation in countries like Venezuela is like this, from general education and the news and all that. But it is always so different to hear personal stories. It makes me take a moment to stop and think about not taking very basic things like safety and other necessities of life for granted.

                      All the more credit to you and the progress you're making. Take care!

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                        Congrats on finally finishing uni. Must feel good. DO take care on public transport!!

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                          Montserrat Take some news with a grain of salt. There might be some that tell that the country is fixing itself, but we're kind of getting out of a plateau in which things were... tolerable for a while. The government is taking up some good measures for the economy at the same time they are enforcing some oppresive laws that were written before, but never enforced. They are also rewriting them to fit better with their agenda, so it never stops getting bad.

                          TopNotch Thanks

                          May 21st, 2022
                          Kickboxing: Day 71
                          Morning Routine:
                          The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                          Sól Salutation - LVL I +EC
                          Daily Dare: 30 Side-to-side Lunges +EC
                          Count: 755 - 751 +EC
                          Night Routine:
                          Mani Salutation - 3 Sets
                          Five Rites
                          Virasana Meditation
                          Daily Gratitude
                          Counting Victories
                          Get to Bed on Time
                          Workouts:
                          100 Burpees +EC:
                          40 Full Burpees
                          50 Full Burpees
                          10 Double Burpees w/Jump Knee-Tuck
                          WoD: Eye of the Tiger - LVL I +EC
                          Shuffle Dance! (#1, #2)
                          Hamstring Stretch (3 x 30 Seconds Forward Stretch + 30 Seconds Rest)
                          Challenges:
                          Daily Abs: Day 21
                          Writing progress:
                          Nifty 350
                          Furious 500
                          Nightcap 200

                          Reading progress:
                          Interesting Times - 21%
                          Art progress:
                          Finished the dice tray and also made another DM screen that's better than the previous one.
                          Music:
                          Nope.
                          Others:
                          No sleight of hand, cardistry or any card magic
                          No math
                          HTML and Java still suspended until further notice

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                            Sólveig Good to know!

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                              DnD day, and I was almost late. I didn't work out today. Besides, there was a powercut, so no writing...

                              But I did finish the experiment, and I have to say... I have mixed results. Writing traditionally gets me more focused. I can put down more words in that way than typing. The blank page is less stressful to fill, and I can just let go because, at the end of the day, there's nothing stopping me. The problem is that I can't write at all when there's no power on the nighttime, and I need to be sitting at my desk, or else it's going to be very uncomfortable.

                              Now, when it comes with typing, like I said, it is so much more convenient... if only the blank page wasn't so intimidating. The amount of stuff on the screen is quite distracting, which is something that I loved the most about Obsidian. Sadly, I can't use Obsidian on this laptop, unless I switch back to Windows, something that I rather not to do. AntiX runs smoother, less buggy, and the hard drive is not being written and read as often as it usually is on Windows.

                              I guess I need a combination of both. I'm going to continue the project on the traditional method because that's something that I've been wanting to do for quite a long time, but the one I started digital... I'm going to write it all up again, from scratch, with a proper outline. For the outlines, I'm going to use some old notebooks that I keep around.

                              May 22nd, 2022
                              Kickboxing: Day 71
                              Morning Routine:
                              The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                              Sól Salutation - LVL I +EC
                              Daily Dare: 15 Pop-up Tripods +EC
                              Count: 756 - 752 +EC
                              Night Routine:
                              Mani Salutation - 1 Set
                              Five Rites
                              Virasana Meditation
                              Daily Gratitude
                              Counting Victories
                              Get to Bed on Time
                              Workouts:
                              100 Burpees +EC:
                              Shuffle Dance! (#1, #2)
                              Hamstring Stretch (3 x 30 Seconds Forward Stretch + 30 Seconds Rest)
                              Challenges:
                              Daily Abs: Day 22
                              Writing progress:
                              Nifty 350
                              Furious 500
                              Nightcap 200

                              Reading progress:
                              Interesting Times - 21%
                              Art progress:
                              Planning out to make some tokens to represent walls, furniture, obstacles, objects, and other type of stuff for our grid.
                              Music:
                              Shredded poorly. Bard role.
                              Others:
                              No sleight of hand, cardistry or any card magic
                              No math
                              HTML and Java still suspended until further notice
                              Last edited by Sólveig; May 24, 2022, 04:32 AM. Reason: I managed to write late at night

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                                I went to a library this morning, and wrote around 1K words on my notebook. I'm almost half-way through that notebook, and I can't wait until I fill it up with a good story. This project has been on the back of my head for quite a long time, and it wasn't until last week when I started the experiment that I finally decided to run it. Is not turning out as I expected, but I guess that's coming with the fact that it's a small notebook, and I'm using all the space I can to have more words into it, yet it still isn't enough. Editing this is going to be more about adding stuff than removing, I can tell.

                                I haven't transcribed anything into my computer yet. I want to finish it first. It's been quite a productive day anyway.

                                May 23rd, 2022
                                Kickboxing: Day 71
                                Morning Routine:
                                The Right Side + 10 Decline Push-ups
                                Sól Salutation - LVL I +EC
                                Daily Dare: 22 Staggered Push-ups +EC
                                Count: 757 - 753 +EC
                                Night Routine:
                                Mani Salutation - 1 Set
                                Five Rites
                                Virasana Meditation
                                Daily Gratitude
                                Counting Victories
                                Get to Bed on Time
                                Workouts:
                                100 Burpees +EC:
                                25 Full Burpees
                                25 Full Burpees
                                25 Full Burpees
                                30 Full Burpees w/Jump Knee-Tuck / Burpee Queen +EC
                                WoD: Hot Potato - LVL III +EC +Rest between levels
                                Monday +EC
                                Crop Top +Megaset
                                Shuffle Dance! (#1, #2, #3)
                                Hamstring Stretch (3 x 30 Seconds Forward Stretch + 30 Seconds Rest)
                                Challenges:
                                Daily Abs: Day 23
                                Writing progress:
                                Nifty 350
                                Furious 500
                                Nightcap 200

                                Reading progress:
                                Interesting Times - 21%
                                Art progress:
                                Nope.
                                Music:
                                Nope.
                                Others:
                                No sleight of hand, cardistry or any card magic
                                No math
                                HTML and Java still suspended until further notice

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