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Squall - riverfire tomorrow night? We were gonna head to the casino tonight but I'm thinking of holding off til tomorrow to see the fireworks. Used to love th F1-11s. Heard the Hornets fly over earlier today but didn't see them.

 

OMM - Friday drinkies could only be improved by being on a tropical island, far removed from all the incompetent imbeciles I've had to deal with to day.

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I know of girls who've gone for years without boyfriends. It really is like western girls have pulled the short straw.

 

I suspect the writer of the article has had a limited experience though. English teachers usually live in a bit of a niche, and tend to interact with only a limited range of people. Tokyo is like a network of cookie cutter stereotypes, and that includes English teachers. Uni student friends seem to fare better than the english teachers I knew.

 

It can be tough for men too though. Guys who fit the image of a westerner do well. Other Asian nationalities, or half Asian people, can tend to be looked over.

Thanks for sharing your insight. I get the impression that that "extra lite racist" (for lack of a better term) is quite common within Asian cultures. Come to think of it, though, I'm not so sure that the Western world was so dissimilar a few decades ago.

 

Sometimes Tokyo is a bizarre, inhuman place.

To me, that's part of its appeal. It's bizarreness. Although I do say that as a tourist, not a citizen.

 

Rob.

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Just saw the RAAF SuperHornets fly over... Sweeeeeet!

 

They are doing a few more fly overs today but I dont know due to the weather.

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My neighbours play music every from about 6pm. I wouldn't mind, but the bass is just too loud. It's ridiculous and makes me stupidly mad. Will do what I did last weekend, if it's still going after 12.30 I'll call the cops.

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That's great Trigger. I remember you posting when your son was born. Feels like 5 minutes ago. I guess time flies as you get older haha.

You calling me OLD....

-gets zimmer frame and hobbles after Son-

:-)

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That's great Trigger. I remember you posting when your son was born. Feels like 5 minutes ago. I guess time flies as you get older haha.

You calling me OLD....

-gets zimmer frame and hobbles after Son-

:-)

 

Well I feel old, but I'm sure you're much older :P

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Man, body building sites are worse than computing sites. Full of unfounded bullshit and magic regimes. All I want to do is stop looking like a lanky child with bad posture, not mindlessly fund the miracle potion companies...

 

So yeah, now I'm reading research papers to help me sort the fact from fiction.

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To build muscle I would do a lower number of reps at a higher weight. I used to do three sets of eight for this I think at the Academy of Sport but I heard it recommended elsewhere to do five of five. I'd be interested to know what you find.

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Regular exercise won't suffice? Swimming is great for posture.

Exercise probably won't help unless I focus on building muscle. I'm already quite thin, so that's not much of an issue. I have lanky arms that I'm trying to boost with dumbbell exercises (going fairly well so far), and looking into hip flexor stretches and hip extensor exercises to correct my posture. Swimming is a bit of an issue since I can't swim, and I don't own a pool, which makes it a tad inconvenient.

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Regular exercise won't suffice? Swimming is great for posture.

Exercise probably won't help unless I focus on building muscle. I'm already quite thin, so that's not much of an issue. I have lanky arms that I'm trying to boost with dumbbell exercises (going fairly well so far), and looking into hip flexor stretches and hip extensor exercises to correct my posture. Swimming is a bit of an issue since I can't swim, and I don't own a pool, which makes it a tad inconvenient.

 

Strength and posture doesn't necessarily come from muscle size. I do jogging, swimming, jump rope, boxing, theraband exercises, really basic kettlebell exercises, as well as a bunch of exercises using my own bodyweight. I especially recommend jump rope. Gruelling exercise, can prep your body for a lot of activities with a strong core. Even just simple stuff with a theraband can correct your posture and build body awareness.

 

And yeah, swimming is a bit of a pita since you have to go to a pool, but its fantastic for cardio.

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Strength and posture doesn't necessarily come from muscle size. I do jogging, swimming, jump rope, boxing, theraband exercises, really basic kettlebell exercises, as well as a bunch of exercises using my own bodyweight. I especially recommend jump rope. Gruelling exercise, can prep your body for a lot of activities with a strong core. Even just simple stuff with a theraband can correct your posture and build body awareness.

 

And yeah, swimming is a bit of a pita since you have to go to a pool, but its fantastic for cardio.

I'm not really looking for strength, mostly size for aesthetic reasons. I'm fairly sure my posture issue is lumbar lordosis caused by sitting down way too much, hence my focus on hip flexor exercises.

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Man, body building sites are worse than computing sites. Full of unfounded bullshit and magic regimes. All I want to do is stop looking like a lanky child with bad posture, not mindlessly fund the miracle potion companies...

 

So yeah, now I'm reading research papers to help me sort the fact from fiction.

Search here for whatever issues you have

http://www.youtube.com/user/sanfranciscocrossfit

He's one of the best physios in the world. He also has a pretty comprehensive book if you don't want to go trawling youtube videos. You mentioned hip stuff, there's plenty of those

 

Get on a basic strength routine as well and you'll make good improvements pretty quickly. Once you learn to do a front squat your posture will be better than most people's.

 

I'm not really looking for strength, mostly size for aesthetic reasons. I'm fairly sure my posture issue is lumbar lordosis caused by sitting down way too much, hence my focus on hip flexor exercises.

Size comes from strength. Anyone who has any size has spent a lot of time squatting, benching, deadlifting etc before focusing on the curls for the girls. You have to bake the cake before you can put on the icing.

 

Lordosis is common, you likely have useless hips and glutes as a result of sitting causing your back to collapse. Probably have thoracic and cervical issues too from sitting and looking at screens. Doing a whole bunch of mobility stuff like in the video above is a great idea, but you'll get massive improvement just from actually using all that musculature

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Strength and posture doesn't necessarily come from muscle size. I do jogging, swimming, jump rope, boxing, theraband exercises, really basic kettlebell exercises, as well as a bunch of exercises using my own bodyweight. I especially recommend jump rope. Gruelling exercise, can prep your body for a lot of activities with a strong core. Even just simple stuff with a theraband can correct your posture and build body awareness.

 

And yeah, swimming is a bit of a pita since you have to go to a pool, but its fantastic for cardio.

I'm not really looking for strength, mostly size for aesthetic reasons. I'm fairly sure my posture issue is lumbar lordosis caused by sitting down way too much, hence my focus on hip flexor exercises.

 

You mean hyperlordosis? The lumbar has and should have a lordotic curve; that's normal. I'm sure you already know this because I can absolutely hear you say this to one of us, but if you're looking to correct your posture, don't guess :-p Go see a physio, MST or RMT and get static and dynamic postural assessments and a GMS done, in the least. Tight hip flexors (psoas and iliacus) can contribute to lower back problems such as hyperlordosis but so can many other things, often working in concert.

 

Don't get me wrong, it's great that you're being proactive about these things. There are some things you may not pick up on working on your own, though, which may slow down your progress.

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Man, body building sites are worse than computing sites. Full of unfounded bullshit and magic regimes. All I want to do is stop looking like a lanky child with bad posture, not mindlessly fund the miracle potion companies...

 

So yeah, now I'm reading research papers to help me sort the fact from fiction.

 

Do you have access to a gym?

 

If you have hip issues and bad posture lifting is going to save you. But you are going to need to do some hardcore flexibility work.

 

I started lifting in march last year and looked like this.

 

Posted Image thats me at 56kgs

 

Posted Image Thats me at 77kg about a month back.

 

 

More then happy to help out and put you on the fight path dude. BB sites are waste of time the last thing you want to do is spend 1 year with fuckarounditis not eating right not sleeping right and not exercising right.

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Mum asked me to put up a 'Kangaroos next km' sign to make the farm more inviting for potential buyers. The typical yellow and black sort you see as road signs. So I decide I'm going to rivet it to an old sign, and get to drilling a hole. Only I'm trying to balance the rivet gun between my legs while I hold extra rivets in my mouth, a cordless drill in one hand, and the sign that keeps slipping around in the other.

 

Right as the drill punches through the thin metal, my hand at the back of the sign slips, and the drill goes straight through my middle finger. I looked at it for a moment, uttered 'shit', then backed the drill out and got back to riveting. No real damage done fortunately, missed the tendon and nerve, and just scraped the bone a bit. I could turn it into a nice piecing if I wanted.

 

Fun times.

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Ouch - you um, trying to join the Khir club or something? :)

 

I had my trusty old power drill, 240 volt quite literally explode in my hands Friday - sad - no harm done but dead drill, now have a lovely new Ryobi though :)

 

Cheers

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