Phil's Web Log

2004-02-19 05:32 UTC Dreams and stuff

I had a very cool dream last night. I was a samurai and I was fighting someone from a Kenshin episode we watched last night. I recall that it was a tough fight but I dodged a strong attack and when they were off balance I sliced into their back/left-hand side. They then continued to try and fight so I chopped off both their hands. That pretty much ended it. It felt very real though, the weight of the sword, the resistance of cutting through flesh...just like the good old days.

In unrelated news, the DDR is on hold. New laptop and hard days at work are to thank for that. I'm intent that it will return. How soon I wonder? Booked some holiday from work for mid March too. Claire and I will have nearly a couple of weeks off together and so far have little idea of what to do with it. Hopefully it will be fun. I've also spent money this month. Bought pretty much the last of the stuff I've ever wanted. A shiny wireless laptop, cool Dualit toaster, cool Global knifeblock (now with 7 knives) and...not much else. The kitchen now has less workspace but more cool toys that look very nice. Only 3 knives and a sharpening steel to go. Gotta catch em all.

2004-02-19 05:26 UTC Newton on life

I'm starting to realise that I have a capacity for life. A fairly fixed capacity (though slightly dependent upon my mood) that affects what I do and how I feel. Right now I feel lousy because I lost at pool today, but more than that...I'm not as good as I was last month. In the last month i've been devoting my time to a variety of stuff...some cool cooking, lots of playing with laptop etc. How does the extra stuff affect the other stuff? Is it just lack of concentration or is there more to it?

Lets put this in terms for my readership. I will give myself a new character stat... Life points (LP). Right now I feel like I have maybe 12/62 LP. Not too many. When I have maximum LP, I gain +5 to all my abilities. When I have nearly zero LP, I gain a -10 to all my abilities and it varies in between. Using/performing these abilities (such as cooking and playing pool) uses up my LP at a given rate and they are replenished at some slower rate.

Now everyone thinks that if you do too much then you get tired and can't concentrate...but we're also sometimes really good at shit when we're tired and really bad at it when we're not. I think it all relates to everything else you're doing..and not tiredness. I think when people have loads of important shit to do then they can temporarily increase their maximum LP but when it wears off...their LP take a real beating for a while so they colapse and do nothing for a few days. They aren't even capable of doing anything.

This neatly fits in with Newton. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. For everything you do, you can't do something else....and for everything you don't do, you will be able to do something else.

I think i'll get Mike to do a version of my LP theory in 11 dimensions. My theory also suggests that if our actions drain our LP differently, then our downtime will restore our LP differently. Maybe I can figure out what the best way to sit around doing nothing is and then be able to make myself better at everything else by monitoring it.

2004-01-25 04:26 UTC AAA

Wooo. Today some of the hard DDR work that i've been putting in has paid off. I got a AAA score on a fairly difficult song. AAA is the *perfect* score. Only when you hit every step perfectly for a whole song do you achieve AAA. I could have got one on an easier song but I never wanted too. This was a proper song to do it on.

Last night we saw Lost in Translation. I thought it was a fairly cool film with some thought provoking but fairly dull stuff. I truly loved some sections of the film for the well portrayed insight into life in Tokyo...and some of the cinematics were just gorgeous. It just didn't seem to get anywhere though. Big kudos to the very sexy lead female though and the cool shots of Tokyo. They made it worth while.

After the movie I cooked some chinese. Beef with green pepper in black bean sauce. It got a vote of approval from both Claire and GwieF. I'm currently thinking about doing some chow mein for tonight or for lunch. Probably for tonight as i'm feeling a little lazy right now. It's all part of my continued drive to cook more chinese food and also to celebrate the chinese new year. This year is the year of the Monkey, the second since my birth. I am much more likely to believe I should have a good year when it's the same as my birth year than anything to do with the western zodiac. So yay for the Monkey.

Finally, i'm realising how little I need a desktop pc anymore at home. We have 3 sitting around the flat and whilst they get used, they could all be replaced by 2 laptops and a wireless router. This would mean much less space taken up by them, we could use them in the same room and they will be portable for trips. PC gaming is becoming less important to me. Console games are more frequent and even more cool. Occasionally a pc game will come along and rock my world...but it's really rare thesedays. The last one to actually do that was Quake3. I expect the next one to be Half-Life 2 or Doom3. I should still have a games machine by then...but i'm definitely heading more towards just getting a couple of laptops. It'll be sometime yet before this happens.

My current plan is: Move flat this summer. Buy furniture for flat. Buy cool toys for flat so it's a really nice place for us to live in. Spend several years enjoying flat and holidays whilst saving to own place. Buy a place, move cool furniture and toys into new place. Spend next few years adding cool features to new place and redecorating etc. I'm hoping that we'll have to move less frequently than many people as we don't intend to have kids. We won't suddenly need a 3-bed semi. Still...it's gonna be cool. I can't believe how excited I get when looking at NEFF kitchen appliances. 4 gas hobs and an extra one for a wok! How cool is that.

2004-01-21 05:45 UTC Baka Noodles

I want to open a noodle bar in Bath. I want my noodle bar to be called "Baka Noodles". I want some plain minimalist chinese/japanese styling on the inside, a creative but cheap and quick menu with the option of buying take-away stuff in a cardboard tub with some chopsticks. Why don't we already have somewhere like this in Bath? It infuriates me that if I want to purchase some cooked noodles (non ready-meal) that I have to go into one of the restaurants in Bath and spend at least 6 or so...wait a while, and then sit and eat it.

The most tempting place to eat is Ocean Pearl, an all you can eat buffet place. I normally love the concept...but suddenly with my current eating plans, I don't want 378 plates of food. I just want 1. I won't require dessert or anything bad for me. What I really want is some noodles and beef...or noodles and chicken. A simple sauce is fine too. Maybe the plan is to find someone else who likes noodles...keep some bowls and chopsticks at work and then order a portion of noodles and a portion of meat from a take-away and then split it. It would probably cost about 3 quid each and be very nice and about the right amount. Still...it's a lot of hassle just for lunch.

So either someone had better start properly selling noodles around this place or i'm going to have to do it myself. I may need the backing of some crazy venture capitalists to do it though. If anyone out there feels the need to give me loads of money to open a noodle bar/take-away in Bath then i'd love to do it.

2004-01-20 11:43 UTC Cravings and such

It's day 11. Essentially the hard work of today is done. I have eaten well, got much fruit and stuff and also done the exercise for today. However, I feel hungry. I have felt hungry all fucking day and having just eaten my evening meal I was really hoping for a little while with a satisfied belly.

I think for the first few days my body figured I couldnt find food...so it helped me out. The next few it just thought it was a phase and that I'd soon be eating 50 pies a day again. Today it has finally realised that i'm serious. I could sit in a room with practically no smells and it would convince me that I was outside a chippy. It's not funny. I'm having cravings for chips, chocolate and right now, pudding. I don't even care what pudding either.

There is very little obvious reward to my brain for what i'm doing. There is no twix every wednesday or cookie every friday. Maybe there should be. The calories would barely hurt, I'd probably feel more compelled to work them off anyway but I'd have it to look forward to. I guess what I really need to do is convince myself that there is no absence. I get great fruit everyday, a decent breakfast, a decent lunch and a good evening meal. I'm missing out on food which is not as good.

So why do I want a double decker? Answers on the back of an email.

2004-01-16 07:41 UTC thinkGeek - The phantom t-shirt

Konnichiwa wuki fans! That's right folks, we're up to post 4. Soon I may be looking what Star Wars 6 is gonna be called.

ThinkGeek ARE sending me a replacement replacement t-shirt. They're determined that no matter what the cost, and even if they have to send me every t-shirt they have until it's the right one, that I will get my ph34r t-shirt. How's that for customer service? They have also sent word to the warehouse to sort out whatever it is that's going wrong. Aside from the evil import tax I was impressed at the value for money especially with the dollar so good for us right now. The value just keeps getting better and better. I think it could be some evil nafarious scheme from megatokyo.com to get the free advertising. A t-shirt on me is as good as a blimp....and they cost serious money.

In other news, the exercise and health continues. Today was the hardest morning yet, but then i'm not very good at Fridays, i'm only good at Friday afternoons. The weekend should be a productive one.

2004-01-15 05:58 UTC The Return of thinkGeek

Though I started ripping off star wars for these blog names, I never thought I'd end up completing the trilogy of names. Lets hope this is it because i'm not sure how i'll get the clone wars etc into the title.

I got my replacement t-shirt today to much hilarity. Same wrong t-shirt. I've emailed them again, would be funny if they sent me another one though I doubt they will. It would be cheaper for them to just sponsor me and send me free stuff all the time soon. "Hi, i'm Phil "thinkgeek" Waring ... "

In sad news, today hasn't gone too well. I had an excellent work out this morning but due to some free drinks at the bar over lunch I had to grab a pasty on the way back. So it's been fruit but no smoothie...and a fairly unhealthy lunch. Oh well. The healthy living will continue after this short 2 hour intermission I guess. I'll work out extra long tonight to sort it all out.

2004-01-13 05:36 UTC Lazy Ducks

Well today is going well too. Did a short workout this morning before having breakfast and getting into work. It seems pretty easy to drag myself out of bed for some DDR. I even allow myself 10 minutes or so lying back on top of my bed afterwards which feels so much better having done the exercise than it did before. Food so far is similar to yesterday. It'll be 2 pears, a fruit smoothie and a Hoisin Duck Wrap. According to the wrapper, Ducks are naturally fat animals. I think they should swim a little more and eat a little less. They'd be helping me out. It was very tasty though and pretty healthy. Looking forward to my afternoon pear and a bit of DDR after work. I really think i'm gonna keep this up til the weekend which is my first goal.

2004-01-12 10:41 UTC DDR Diet breaks records!

This could well be the longest spell of continual daily exercise and thoughtful eating in a while. Today was the first working day of the diet, often a stumbling block. However I was up early and managed a selection of songs before and after breakfast. I had a balanced breakfast of "beans on toast" and then got to work. Lunch and work snacking consisted of lots of water, some mango (and other stuff) smoothie, 2 pears and a panini thing with mozzarrella and tomatoes. Dinner should be a simple pasta meal. The future of garlic bread in my eating is a tricky one. Though I do like it, I often find that it doesn't taste that great and its pretty bad for me. I may give it up and stick with my current consumption of naan bread. I refuse to give up any indian food, it's just so god damn nice. After work workout burned around 300 calories and some more may be done tonight, depending on movie watching and cooking. Not much more though as it's getting late. This is a promising start to the DDR Diet, my initial goal is really just to last til Friday. I'll take every week as it comes I think.

2004-01-11 03:47 UTC DDR Diet Notes 1

The DDR diet should be undertaken where possible on the ground floor. This will avoid the unfortunate death of anyone living below you. When this is not possible, play at reasonable times.

To stop your entheusiasm for the DDR Diet decreasing, attempt more difficult songs. When you start the DDR Diet (Which requires a games console, dance mat and a copy of a DDR game, and a tv, and the owner having legs...or arms I guess) you may find the dances difficult. Start off with the easy dances and progress up. When you are competent at doing any "3 foot" rated dance then progress onto the 4 foot dances. This is a significant increase in difficulty in my DDR game but with a little time and patience I hope to master the 4-foot dances and then continue to progress upwards.

There is a considerable benefit to be had from doing this with someone else. If you have any competitive nature between you then you will put the required effort into the dancing and improvement to keep getting better at the game.

My DDR Regime will consist of approximately 1 hour per day of dancing at weekends and 15-30 minutes od dancing per day. On weekdays dancing shall be undertaken before work (it's amazing how quickly I can go from zombie to fully awake when made to do a difficult dance straight out of bed) and then optionally some after work.

To increase the difficulty and improve the exercise undertaken I intend to purchase little wrist and ankle weights to wear whilst playing DDR.

Some of you may find this regime funny. Hilariously funny. I do too. However, in the future when people can pilot mechas you will find that the "historical documents" show people training for such things by exercising with weights and co-ordination (Gunbuster) and by co-ordinated dancemat training (Evangelion). Ok, so i'm not 14 ... i'm expecting the real world to be just slightly different.

My progress using the DDR Diet will be updated here as and when progress happens. I also appreciate that there really is very little "dieting" involved with the DDR diet. The name is really just there to sell the book when i'm a best selling author.

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