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Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Don't take me too seriously.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo

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Could they actually force him to testify even if he didn't flee?

Lady Liberty needs must be topless?

    Beat your political rivals with this one easy trick! Organizers HATE him!

But seriously, that's nuts.

Weaponized autism is one thing, weaponized boners is another.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 21, 2017

    'negativity banisher'

I may be putting too much of my own experience into this innocuous phrase and its quotation marks but here goes.

When my partner and I were first getting into yoga together, she made some remark about how 'It doesn't matter which video we pick, we're always going to do like six of the same poses just in different order.' While that's true to some extent, part of my experience with yoga is trying to allow something that is supposed to help to actually help. Going into it with the mental framework of "This 'stress relief' workout is basically the same as the 'shoulders and back' workout so it won't actually relieve stress." is unproductive at very best. I work to appreciate and value the intent behind the thing, and hey presto, I feel the effects more.

If it helps, it helps. I'm writing this as much for myself as you or anybody else reading.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 21, 2017

    The world is a terrible, grim and painful place if all you choose to look at is suffering.

Historians talk about this problem a lot, if you look into it. The history of families mostly-peacefully raising children who do the same-ish things as their parents isn't recorded in a lot of places. If you want 'positive' history, you need to study individual families.

Personal example, I have a pretty detailed genealogy/family tree that goes back to Sweden in the late 1400's. What we know about the people who lived back then, and in all the years inbetween 1480 and now, is very little. We know they lived, had X number of children, of whom Y survived to adulthood. Sometimes we know what they did for a living for a large portion of their lives.

When we're studying 'history' we are most often studying the short, painful periods of drastic change between one paradigm and another paradigm. The Dramatis Personae of history are almost all right and proper bastards because you have to be a right and proper bastard to start and/or end a war.

Contented, peaceful, happy people do not dramatic change make.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 21, 2017

If you can make it work, fuck yeah, keep it up. I never feel like I'm doing enough with her.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 21, 2017

    How are you submitting apps? Primarily online or using your network?

Both. I have a goal of at least 5 apps a day online, minimum, and my bosses have their ears open, but their schedules are so full I'm not putting many eggs in that basket.

    Too much coffee and yoga is a good thing, I think.

Mostly is good. I'm starting to realize however that caffeine intake of more than 3-4 cups a day sparks my anxiety something bad, which blows because I LOVE coffee.

    Which reading list are you digging into, there's at least 2 kb reading lists.

This one

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 21, 2017

I bully a lot with D.VA. It's just so much fun chasing down and isolating healers, or else pushing a Pharah out of the sky and then eating her ult with my shield.

I find that Sombra is super situational. Can really mess up backlines but she dies so quickly :/

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 21, 2017



Submitting apps, doing 30 minutes of biking/Overwatch, rinse and repeat.

Health & Wellness

Haven't been calorie restricting, weight is fairly stable even with diuretics. I still like drinking too much coffee. Making good progress with Yoga and learning a lot about my body in the process. Yoga with Adriene on youtube is fucking killer and having someone to do it with regularly feels amazing. I remarked to the RPS the other day that I feel like I carry myself differently compared to the past several years. She said that she notices the difference and advised we get additional mirrors so that I can start seeing and believing it. Something to consider.


I have been thinking about diving back into kleinbl00's reading list again. It's been a while now since he compiled it for my benefit, and I've crossed a few titles off the list. However, there's only so much one can take of things like The Dead Hand and Legacy of Ashes.

I have the Three Body Problem on Audible and it's reviews are good enough that I'm tempted to give that a go. Everything just sounds really blah to get into. The last book I really enjoyed was A Darkling Sea by Cambias and that only because of his truly unique aliens and descriptions of their cultures/thought patterns.

Fun stuff feels to fluffy and not-fun stuff feels too darkly serious, I guess. Maybe I should go re-read the Dresden Files or Dune again as a palate cleanser.

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I'm decrying the degradation of the rule of law.

OftenBen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What are your weekend plans?

It's pretty solid.

That said, Foundation loses something essential when you listen to it versus read it.

7/10, would not repeat listen.

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