Ok I'm still listening to it but I want to throw something out straight away.
Gav is not being sexist when he says Netball is a girls sport. Netball is almost exclusively played in High School and for some reason (I think purely because it's always been like that) you go to PE class and they take the boys off to play Soccer and the Girls to play Netball. I don't think anyone particularly finds Netball fun but it's a cheap sport to play so the schools support it. I have played Netball once and that was the week where the Soccer goals were being replaced.
I don't understand why they were ragging on handball in the podcast. I'd much rather watch a game of handball then watch the USA basketball teams. Who wants to watch a blowout in the Olympics? In my opinion, there's not enough international representation for basketball for it to warrant a spot in the Olympics. It's the very reason they took out baseball and don't have football. I'm not saying these are bad sports, I love watching all of the aforementioned sports, I just hate seeing lopsided contests.
Great podcast as usual. I'm not sure through how I feel about RT being sponsored and doing ads for medical supplements. I don't mind ads at all in general for supporting the show, but when you enter the world of endorsing and testimonials for homeopathic medicine I'm a little weary.
I didn't really get what Ray meant about his social exclusion because he doesn't drink. Maybe I'm just fortunate to have always hung out with a crowd who doesn't care what you're drinking. But as far as I'm concerned you shouldn't have to drink if you don't want to.
Don't worry Ray, I'm 19 and I don't like drinking, my dad's co-worker, who is 51, has never drank or smoked in his life and he's doing great.....TEAM RAY
That's kind of a given though, right?
I'm joining Gavins team when it comes to taking pills. I've got an uncomfortable terror of taking pills and I'm convinced I'll choke on one. I have to trick myself like I do my dog and hide pills in a piece of cheese. Sometimes I just chew the SOB'S right up.
Sleep deprivation - during a critical point of my Uni studies I didn't go without sleep but I did work it out that in 2 weeks I totalled 28 hours which sounds a lot till you realise its 4 hours a night and all the rest of the time (bar 3 more hours 1 for each meal) I was solidly working then going to bed at 4 am and getting up at 8am doing it all again, by the final day I was doing it I could feel myself losing metal acuity it ended when I sent my project to be bound and then slept for 7 hours solid.
Lucid dreaming - Oddly this is something you have to develop on your own and its something that if you work on it or not it will simply click one day. I managed to develop the ability to do it most of the time while at Uni and while its good its hard to balance as you have to know its not real / you can change the dream but not let on to yourself its a dream and not real, the moment you let on that its a dream the illusion breaks and you can sometimes wake up completely which is a pain.
Personally I first did it during a random nightmare where I was being chased by a sort of skeleton monster made of smoke, my brain just kind of said "Wait a moment this is stupid monsters like that don't exist, so if they don't exist then this can't be real and maybe I have control, then I manipulated the dream and gave myself a fire axe, killed the thing then went off to ...... well X rated things.
The worst part about trying to Lucid dream is your brain has to be in a relaxed state where you're happy with life and everything otherwise sometimes your brain can't pick up on dreams or something as the whole idea of dreams is to work through the stress etc of the day mostly.
Crowds - Oddly I almost agree with Gus I hate crowds, I think I can only name 3 films where a crowd made the film more enjoyable and they were comedies, most of the time crowds are just annoying as hell especially in Cinemas where you get the little kid who whines throughout the film or the kid behind you who spends 30 minutes kicking your chair until something mysteriously happens and his feet somehow get stuck in part of the chair. I've actually taken to going to like 3pm film showings etc to avoid people being there and so I can enjoy the film in peace.or without the crowd.
Alcohol - I was like Ray but less so as I would have one or two, then I went to uni and man Alcohol was require as basically my course was learning how the world is screwed adding to that my then gf now Ex slowly going from nice to manipulative basically my head got messed up and I drank more to stop thinking for a bit, not enough to get really wasted but enough to feel better. I really don't drink much normally but I realised I was drinking more when I pretty much drank one of my mates under the table and he was pretty gone while I was still pretty sober. The thing is I don't like the taste of beer much. Maybe try Cider or some spirits instead of regular beer, I can agree though the taste is terrible sometimes.
That's like listening to an underage person tell me who he's going to vote for in our upcoming election. There's no real experience to base that on. If you've made up your mind about something before you're 20 or 21 or even 25 then that's disappointing IMO. You've got your whole life of not doing something but not really having a real answer as to why not.
Geoff got picked on for being a picky eater. Jack STILL is one apparently. I just think that Ray could be a picky drinker.