So, while my parents speak it at home intermixed with English and while I can understand it to some degree - I really don't speak it anywhere near a fluent level or even an intermediate level. Since I've been meaning to do this for some time I decided in order to help me prepare for learning Serbian, I'd have a go at Esperanto. It is often claimed that one can get fluent within 150hrs of study, and it has been shown to increase understanding of subsequent languages you learn.
I studied it fo
I've been through a lot, and seen a lot of shit in my relatively short years on this Earth and one thing I notice more and more are the patterns of human behaviour. I mentioned in my last post about the pattern of behaviour that usually occurs when one takes up a new religion hobby or even language. Today I want to touch upon other effects that happen when one takes up a ideology.
When I was a Christian, like many new converts I was zealous to preach the gospel to friends and family and go o
Today I clocked in 129.1 kilograms. That's about 284lbs for you yanks Now, I realise this is still fat as fuck, but I was at one point 165 kilograms so I'm pretty chuffed at the moment. I still have about another 29 kilos to go until I am anywhere near a healthy weight but at least I'm past the halfway mark. As it stands now, I am lighter than I have been in years. In fact I think when I first joined ex-c, I was probably about 10 kilos heavier than I am now, to help put it into perspective.
Many years ago now I purchased this book, you can get it on Amazon here. At the time of purchase, I read about a third of it, found it fascinating and didn't touch it again. This of course changed in the last week or two as I made it my mission to go through old books of mine (and books I've always wanted to read) and begin working through them. The first of these was Price's book and it's not exactly a light read, my Kindle estimated about 15 hours reading time, and it wasn't too far off that.
I've been told by various people, on more than one occasion that I am a good writer. It's nice to hear that you're good at something, but sometimes what you're good at is not necessarily something that advantageous to you practically speaking. Aside from that, it's hard not to let compliments get to your head too, right? After hearing you're good at something, I know I can feel the need to "prove" that I am worthy of the compliments I've received and thus I begin to overthink what I am doing in
I've never really had any female friends, the only experiences I ever had with the other sex growing up was negative. I'm in my mid twenties now, and other than my partner I have no female friends (I barely have male friends at that!) and have never really had them. I have acquaintances (who I might refer to as friends for ease of discussion) that are female, but that's about it. As such I have never really experienced the "friend zone" that seems to be posted all the time now.
The closest I
Being overweight sucks. I don't particularly feel disgusted with myself being overweight. I don't feel like I'm a piece of shit being overweight and I never realized some people feel that way about overweight people until fairly recently in the scheme of things. I hate it because it makes life harder for myself and I worry about dying at an early age or getting really really bad side effects.
What does annoy me about myself is that I am wanting to lose weight, but I have done nothing but gai
I've been reading "The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man" by Robert Price and he has often remarked that his writings are not to necessarily be adopted as truth but simply an alternative point of view for one to examine and spit out whatever bones one finds. I have learned a lot (and will continue to learn until I finish the book) but I cannot accept everything he has stated wholesale. He has helped me develop my thoughts quite a bit and this is sort of where I am at the moment:
So, I decided last night to get back on track to losing weight. I was feeling really defeated and wasn't really in the state of mind to go forward with confidence but after reading some weight loss success stories I have boosted my mood and today I began my first set of changes, albeit minor ones. They are simply this, every day use the elliptical for 15mins and to cut soda out of my diet completely. This includes juice, cordial or any other sweet beverage in place of water. It's in essence a wa
I recently hit my 30s and I've realised over the last couple years a couple things have happened. Firstly, as I keep getting older the X that marks the left simply keeps moving to the left of me and secondly, not only was the X moving to the left as I stood stationary, I myself am now moving to the right of my own accord. I'm not even that old, and I feel in general I am losing touch with what's current. It continues to be a weird transition for me; to move from the "happening crowd" to the lepe
I've in my personal life that for the most part if you have enough goes at it, eventually you succeed. I know this because of several different areas in my life that required me to half multiple attempts before getting to the finished product. The main one left now is related to my health - weight loss.
I've tried to lose weight and on several occasions I've lost significant amounts yet over the years I've still managed to gain the weight back, and worse, add more on. It's at the point now I
So, when you learn another language other than your native one/s, the difficulty in learning it is basically assessed by how similar it is to your own. This is measured through mostly the vocabulary and grammar, but also through the writing systems in use (for example when a native English speaker wishes to learn Russian, they'll need to learn to read Cyrillic on top of the Russian vocabulary). For English speakers, languages like Dutch, French and German are amongst the easiest to learn. This w
Note: I'm kinda rambling thoughts here so they might not be flowing that well.
So, it's been a couple weeks since I started going to the gym and things have been going well. I've been going every other day, but this week since I've got a bit of a late start at work I've been managing to go every day as I go in the morning while I'm refreshed enough to do so. It also helps that since it's a late shift I don't have to get up incredibly early to fit it in (I get up at 8, have breakfast and I'm
I don't mind this game, in fact I quite enjoy it and have a high score in the mid 80s What I found interesting though was the severe criticism some levelled against the developer of this simple addictive game. Well known web sites were accusing the developer of either making an angry birds clone, or ripping the artwork off of Mario. The gameplay is nothing like either of those games, and while the artwork may be similar it is not the same. It's a game inspired by retro games.
So, I guess before anything I need to clarify some differences, or perhaps "perceived differences" between American universities and ones over here. Firstly, it's been my impression that to get into the elite universities, you need to have more than good grades. Generally speaking, you need to have extra curricular activities that show that you're awesome; on top of very awesome grades. In Australia, you are judged by your results only so there isn't a need to go out there and do all these thing
For most of last year I didn't work. I had work here and there but with no consistent paycheck. As a result I relied on government support for students to get me through. Seeing that I was working fine for many years prior to that, I had costs accustomed to that lifestyle. There were several things that I was paying off and as a result I was breaking even at best, and this is before other day to day expenses that cannot be helped (food for example).
Anyways, I got a bill last year for my car
I don't know what it is with Americans, but they seem to declare their love of free speech openly while ensuring that no one can actually practice it. If someone can be fired, or forced to quit their job because of what they think or believe then that is not a country that actually believes in free speech. I realise for a lot of liberal leaning people that this guy quitting is probably seen as some sort of a victory, but I see it as a failure. We need to stop forcing people to conform to what th
The title is a little more dramatic than what the situation it refers to is but such is life. Since hearing of my job loss I have been feeling the claws of the darkness that is depression grasping at me trying to get a hold of me again. It's honestly taking a lot out of me to stay positive and ignore the bad feeling that seems to be wrapping itself around me. The last time I lost my job this very same thing happened except I wasn't able to fight against it (maybe because I was unfamiliar with my
I don't often talk about my past, not because I have anything I particularly want to keep secret or to hide or to forget - it just doesn't come up in conversation much and if it does it makes everybody all awkward and all that and they sorta regret asking the probing question which revealed details about me they didn't wish to know about
Anyways. I was reading something about emergency line workers this morning and it made me think of my most memorable experience of having to make an emerge
In one of more more serious attempts, I went and saw a dietician who gave me some good advice on what to eat and drink. Nothing that can't be found online of course, but I think hearing it from someone whose job it is to know about these things is reassuring no doubt. The main thing thing I took away from our conversations was the amount of energy you take in matters more than the type of energy you take in.
To expand upon this, I'm sure most of us know about the documentary where a man liv
Yesterday we noticed our cat was acting a bit funny, a little reluctant to move. This was further compounded this morning where we found him pretty much where we left him in the house. He wasn't moving much, and while eating he wasn't drinking. We took him to the vet, and we were given some antibiotics and basically told that his age combined with the fact that he has FIV means we might be having to face some hard decisions if he doesn't get better.
I sort of allowed myself to get into the m
I've written a couple of posts where I have them mostly finished, then I draft them and then I delete them. I think for me it's sometimes good enough just to get something off my chest and I don't need for anyone to really see it. Especially because more often than not I couldn't be bothered dealing with the backlash. For example, just now I deleted my rant on society's emphasis and idolisation of parents and children and I feel a lot better now.
Anyways, lesson being - sometimes just yellin
Someone I know recently was involved in an "altercation" that left them pretty badly injured. As he lies in intensive care his family updates everyone on the situation and all I see are messages thanking God for helping him recover and all that shit. The only thing I can think of reading these messages is this same piece of shit who is apparently helping him recover also caused him all this harm.
In the book of Job, it opens with all that Job had and details how he lost it all. The book ends
I was thinking of about this thing that happened years ago when I was in college and even today it makes me smile. I thought I'd share it since it keeps on coming to mind as of late
It's a short tale, so don't be too worried. Years ago when I first started out at college I would get to there early before class started and go to the library where I'd read books and/or converse with people from my class. Anyways, when it would rain I would bring my umbrella with me (obviously) and I would get
So many things to rant about, so little time. I'll just stick with the above as the topic for today I saw a forum post about marriage, and it compelled me to write my thoughts on that topic, and "families" in general.
From a very young age I remember I wanted to be married by the time my mother had me (at age 26). It seemed like a good age. I pictured going to high school, meeting a girl and taking her to prom followed by me getting a job after school, settling down and eventually getting m