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    • It was an accident

      1 day ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I just accidentally got a deadlift PB. Getting the PB wasn't the accident - doing deadlift was the accident. I had intended to do deadlifts next Wednesday, but I was so upset by the news about Bill 5 (Provincial gov't redistricting Toronto in the middle of an election cycle just because they can) that I thought it was a week later than it is, and did deadlifts instead of a normal chest/back workout.


      So what was the PB, you ask? Good question! After being out of the gym for well over a year due to injury, I returned to it with weak legs, chest, and back, and now five months later they still haven't quite recovered. I also started cutting weight at the beginning of August, because I'm tired of being skinny-fat. Yes I've been taking progress pictures, and somehow after losing 10lbs they all look exactly the same. I'm as confused as you are.


      Right now I weigh about 157lbs at 6'3", and I pulled 255lbs on the bar with good form (if your back rounds, you're doing it wrong). It is not the greatest PB in the world - no, it is just a tribute. But it's damn good for me right now, on a cut and having recovered from a lower back injury - a muscle that features heavily in the deadlift. So I am very pleased with the result, and I'm going to continue working towards bigger lifts for as long as I'm able.


      The cut ends on October 5, at which point I'll be entering what I hope will be a Clean Bulk, which is basically gaining lean mass rather than just gaining weight and some of it is muscle. I am definitely looking forward to not being hungry so often.


      How've you folks been?

    • Upgrade Complete

      2 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I just updated my website. Speech Only now holds a prominent place on the front page, the largely incoherent rambling of an intro is gone, the image carousel is moved to the About Me page, and some of the page contents have been updated. This is undoubtedly far from the website's final form, but it will do for now.


      On Monday my desk chair decided it was tired of being a chair, and a piece of the metal in the back of it pushed through the padding to press against my spine. I had to skip leg day. Well, I postponed it until yesterday anyway, when I did cardio for 45 minutes because that's all I was really confident I could do with that much spinal pain. More cardio coming today, because the pain's not quite gone entirely yet, then hopefully back to the usual fare for Friday and beyond. Amusingly, my backup office chair is actually better than the one I was using, except for the armrests hurting my elbows because they're just hard plastic. I'll be looking for a nice high quality replacement chair in the near future.


      Happy Wednesday!

    • Reorientation

      2 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I spent the weekend at Ad Astra, schmoozing with some of my fellow writers and readers. Time with Ed Greenwood is never wasted. I came out of the weekend having decided that I need to build up more of a social following. So, I hope you'll all follow me on Twitter at @TheDiMono where I'm going to be posting stuff way more frequently than I do here. Hopefully we can get conversations going on there that will draw more people in, and get a little community going.


      I'm also going to be looking at ways to get more engagement on my website. In addition to being way more active in submitting my short stories to places for publication, right now I'm considering transplanting my old Speech Only series to my website on a weekly basis, so that there's always new content to see. Hopefully that will help me to draw in fans and readers, and again, get a little community going. And of course this will require updating the website to make room for it, which is always fun.


      In non-self-promotional news, my heels are very nearly healed! It's been a month of moisturizing them twice a day, and aside from one spot on my left heel that was particularly deep, they're basically smooth but still dry. That is a huge improvement compared to where I started, and I'm quite pleased with it. My big toes are a little further behind, but the breaks in them are also healing up, so another two weeks and hopefully they'll be good too, for the first time I can remember. Seriously, I can't think of a time when my big toes weren't severely cracked.


      Meanwhile, I'm tired of living in a building with no central air, which requires me to run portable air conditioners in my bedroom and office that aren't strong enough to actually get the job done unless I close the doors and completely abandon the rest of my apartment for 3-4 months. I want out of here, and that requires more work, which requires new clients. If anyone knows of a company that needs a new website or would benefit from some web software to help them run their company, I would greatly appreciate it if you would send them my way.


      So how have the rest of you been?

    • Canada Day Progress

      2 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Today marks the 18th day of my "DiMono Really Needs To Fix His Heels" campaign. Two and a half weeks ago, when I began, the horseshoes of both of my heels were so cracked that I could basically pick any place I wanted, pinch just a little, and insert my fingernail all the way down. This isn't a picture of my heel, it's one from the internet, but it's comparable:


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      Just imagine a thin layer of dried blood in the extra deep one, and you're basically there. My working theory is that this is caused by a combination of my chronic low blood pressure (90/55 hype) and being very tall, which is also my theory for why my feet are often cold to the touch, in addition to the extremely dry air we get up here in Winter. In February the backs of my hands are usually cracked to bleeding. It sucks.


      Three Thursdays ago, I decided I'd finally had enough, and I started moisturizing my heels and big toes (they're cracked too) at least twice a day, between 1-2pm and 1-2am. Each time I moisturize them I do each foot at least twice, to make sure I'm getting as much moisturizing power in there as I can. This week I also added a third session after my post-workout shower on Wednesday and Friday, which I will be continuing to include on workout days. I've missed the afternoon one once in the first week, but I've also done 3 times a day a couple times, so I've been keeping a pretty good pace.


      The difference between when I started and now is like night and day. The massive cracks are gone, the skin is softer, and it's more appreciably pink. Occasionally I use my nails to scrape off dead skin after a shower, and the skin is now generally less thick. My heels are still probably about two weeks away from being fully healed, but even at what I'm guessing is the halfway point now, I am way more happy with the state of my feet than I was a month ago.


      There is only one notable problem with what I'm doing: I'm going through a lot of moisturizer. My cream of choice is Vaseline Intensive Care with Aloe, and twice a day I've been doing two rounds of applying it to my heels and big toes. After 18 days, that all adds up. I've probably gone through about 100mL, and my bottle of it is years old.


      Which brings me back to Canada Day. More specifically, the heat wave that's hitting Ontario right now. I'm about to walk to Shoppers Drug Mart to buy some more moisturizer, and liquid soap if it's there since I'm running a little low on that too. It is currently 32ºC feeling 38ºC, or about 90ºF feeling 100ºF, with 43% humidity. Peculiarly, this will be more comfortable than most of my apartment.


      My building does not have central air conditioning. That means if my place is going to be cooled, I have to do it myself using portable air conditioners (since window units are illegal by by-law, because I'm not on the ground floor). That means I can't cool my living area or kitchen, because it would take 24,000 BTUs to get the job done, and I can't afford a unit that big. So while my portable A/C units are keeping my office and bedroom at about 27º with enough of a breeze to negate humidity, my living room is 30º with 65% humidity. Leaving my office is like changing biomes.


      However, I spend most of my time in my office, where I can stay relatively cool. So the outside world is going to be incredibly hot and muggy by comparison. And that is how I find myself about to walk through very uncomfortable conditions on purpose, to get some moisturizing cream, because the skin on my heels doesn't know how to skin.


      Mine is a strange life.


      How has everyone else been spending their Canada Day today?

    • New How To Not Suck? In 2018?

      2 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      You're goddamn right new How To Not Suck in 2018. Tanacon was such a colossal shitshow that I really couldn't not write about it. But with it being 2018, I also decided I was tired of the HTNS website looking so amateur. And so, I spent about 5 1/2 hours today completely replacing it with a modern, responsive website. I also rewrote some of the static pages to better reflect where the site is currently, vs where it was when it started, and I optimized some of the larger pictures to load faster and use less bandwidth.


      You can check it all out right where you always have! Of course, now that I've changed the layout, I'm going to have to go through all 102 articles and make sure they also conform to the new standards, so that we don't have pages breaking out of the layout on phones or anything like that. That's a longer-term goal. For now, enjoy the new layout and new article!

    • Adjusting Appropriately

      3 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Following up on my journal from yesterday, today I began my workout with 7 strict pull-ups. Two months ago I could do 5. 40% improvements for my workout frequency are pretty good. I was also able to do 10 chest dips with full range of motion, which is about 10 more than I could do two months ago. It also leads me nicely into the main part of this journal. It's mostly about a sore muscle, but the end ties in to generally adapting to things that are unplanned.


      On my 10th dip, I went too deep, my shoulders gave, and I had to catch myself and restart the last rep. When I went to start my second set, my right rhomboid told me it was a bad idea. It wasn't a very strong pain, but it was enough to take notice. I don't know whether it was the result of having to catch myself after the failed dip or if it was just a bit of overuse from the back workout that came before, but it was there nonetheless.


      I did a couple more dips with less depth to see if the pain would persist or if it was a one-time thing, and it persisted, so I stopped. I tried another easier exercise, and it was sore there too. That meant my workout was over, so I stopped before I did anything stupid. I have since taken a Motrin and iced it twice, which is what you're supposed to do when you have a sore muscle like this. But that's not the point of this journal.


      What I want to talk about is what comes next. The cold treatment is over, because you're only supposed to do that within the first couple hours, so at this point the pain management will be down to taking Motrin when necessary, and minimizing it being necessary by not doing anything stupid. That's all well and good for what it is, but it doesn't address how I need to adjust for it overall.


      When you have a sore muscle, you need to figure out what makes it hurt, and then not do that. The rhomboid is in charge of retracting the scapula (shoulderblade). This makes sense for a back muscle to end up hurting from dips, because in order to do them properly you need to retract the scapula to prevent internal rotation of the shoulders, which is bad for the shoulder joint. Overextending and then having to catch myself would cause that muscle to contract quickly, which can cause problems like this. Knowing that, I'm not concerned about this being a long-term injury, and I expect it to be gone in about a week. Oddly, it seems to hurt the most when I reach across my body with my left hand, but that just means that's a thing I don't get to do for a bit.


      Since the rhomboid is responsible for pulling back the scapula, that means I need to make exercise choices that don't involve it moving. In theory, that should mean I'm good to do my arm workout as planned on Friday. However, whether I do that workout will depend on how I feel. If it feels like I'm making quick progress towards healing, then yes, I'll do an arm workout. If it doesn't, if instead it feels like the muscle is lagging behind, then I'm going to do a cardio workout instead, because that mostly involves the lower body, which the rhomboid is not connected to.


      This is part of the Phillip DeFranco school of thought, which says "Don't be stupid, stupid!" If you know that doing something hurts, or that it runs the risk of causing you to hurt, then don't do that thing. That's going to extend to my core exercise selection as well for the next while: knowing that exercises that move the scapula are currently bad for me, I'm going to do only exercises where my upper body is stationary and my legs move, and the rhomboids are not under tension or stretched. This will make it harder to train my obliques and impossible to train my serratus anterior, but those are just the sacrifices I have to make to ensure proper healing.


      Now, two weeks ago my left trapezius hurt for no reason. Really, I couldn't tell you why if you put a gun to my head. It hurt to turn my head in any direction, but other movements were fine. For that sore muscle, I didn't have to restrict my core exercises at all, because the trap isn't responsible for any of the movements those exercises do. The two muscles have vastly different functions, and they hurt with different motions, so things have to adjust for each in very different ways. This is why knowing what causes it to hurt is important - you don't want to stop everything, you want to stop the right things.


      As for tomorrow, I plan to spend it mostly reading. This will keep basically all strain off of my right rhomboid, as my arm will not be moving except when it absolutely has to, and not doing any work will prevent me from experiencing stress, and the chemical imbalances that happen as a result of it. Ideally, this will help the healing process, because I'll be leaving my body to take care of itself with as little interference as possible, but bodies are weird. I'll still eat lots of protein tomorrow as planned, which should also help the healing process - healing muscles is what I eat all that protein for in the first place.


      The point of all of this is to say that when something unexpected happens that causes you problems, be it in the gym or the office or your personal life, there are three ways to react: you can ignore it, and probably make it worse; you can overreact and change everything, which usually leads to catastrophe; or you can look at the situation intelligently and make the adjustments that are appropriate. It is important to keep your wits about you and choose the third option, because that is the way to make sure you keep moving forward without making things worse.


      Now here's a video about a dog and a cheetah that are friends:



    • Workout Progress - June 12

      3 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      It is so frustrating that the dates of journal entries and comments are not preserved on the page any more. Anyway...


      This is a workout journal. The entire thing is going to be about the progress I've made in the gym in the last 2 1/2 months, with maybe a couple workout tips tossed in there for good measure. If that's not something you're interested in reading, then you won't be missing anything by skipping this one. If you keep reading, I'm going to assume that you're interested, and will write accordingly. #fit4rtx I suppose.



      Yesterday was leg day. Because it was a Monday. I usually do a bunch of leg press on leg day, but I decided this time to focus on the smaller muscles, namely the hip abductors and hip adductors (the ones that rotate the leg out and in, respectively). It's remarkable how many people are weak in these muscles who are otherwise strong, just because they never think to train them.


      When I got back into the gym in April I figured out a form problem I'd been having with my abductors exercise, which is allowing me to actually push as much weight as my muscles are able to. Previously I'd been stalled at 90lbs because the muscles were giving me "You'd better stop this" pain, but I made a foot position adjustment and now it's fine. The little things matter so much when it comes to fitness.


      So what's my actual progress since getting back in the gym? My adductors, or inner thighs, are up to being able to do a set of 10 at 80lbs. This has them very nearly back to where they were before my injury, and 20lbs stronger than April. My abductors were able to do a full set of 12 at 100lbs, and a set of 5 at 120lbs. I'm not sure why they're so strong, but I'm not going to complain. I did heavy leg press two weeks ago, and I was able to get off 3 at 350lbs, and the week before that I did 7 at 330lbs. I am very satisfied with my leg progress, and I've started moving to freeweight movements.


      My chest and back progress has been difficult to measure, because I've been doing different exercises in different orders each week. This makes gathering comparison data difficult. However, doing it this way ensures that I'm actually training each week, rather than just testing every week. This sounds like an obvious distinction, and yet it is the most common mistake that people make in the gym: they try to get a bigger lift every week, rather than doing volume at a slightly lower weight to stimulate growth.


      What data I do have for my chest and back are kind of random. I've been primarily focusing on my upper chest and the abdominal head of the pec (yes it's a thing, it's what chest dips are for), and those parts of my chest have grown visibly larger and more defined. In fact, my upper chest is now actually getting in the way of one of the exercises I do for my serratus. I can only really judge my back by how it feels, because my back exercises have been very schizophrenic (on purpose), and it does actually feel larger as well. I'll grab some numbers on my chest and back before the end of the month, but I'm pretty comfortable saying they're coming along nicely.


      I haven't really been working my shoulders that much, because they've outgrown my arms and I need my arms to catch up in order to maintain proportionality. My shoulders have been maintaining their strength though, so...yay? I'm going to work them hard again soon. As for my arms, they've gained an inch in the last 2 months. They were at 12", and I measured them today at 13". Measurable progress is good.


      My core is kind of a different beast. The thing to remember about your core muscles is that they're meant mostly for stability. The only bones you have between your sternum and your hips are your spine, and on its own your spine doesn't do that great a job of holding you upright. As such, you have several layers of muscle around that region to do the job for you. What that means is that it's reasonable to primarily train your core for stability, rather than strength.


      That sometimes makes it difficult to measure progress. Especially when you're working your core hard every day, as I do - it's not uncommon to do the same exercise two days in a row, and do worse the second day because the muscles are fatigued. With this in mind I've been trying to focus on my obliques and serratus on gym days, and my abs on other days, with Sunday being an Ab Wheel day.


      I have definitely been seeing measurable progress on my obliques. There's an exercise called a Wood Cutter, where you grab a cable with both hands to one side, and then rotate your trunk to pull the cable away. I have doubled the amount of weight I can pull on that. I've also reached the point on another oblique exercise for stability where it's my arms holding me back, rather than my obliques. So that's very good.


      My abs are harder to measure, because I don't do any weighted exercises for them. My ab wheel progress is fairly steady though, and I can now go to full extension on almost two complete sets, whereas I was having to cut it short very early into my second set before. I'm also more consistently getting to 20 seconds on every set of hollow body holds. This means I'm confident that my entire core is getting stronger, and I'm going to start working more varied exercises into my routine in the coming weeks.


      What all of this adds up to is that my time in the gym is being well used. I am growing stronger across the board, and I've only gained about one and a half pounds of weight, up from 166.5 or so to 168 or so. That is really good progress. I'm 6'3", and I feel like my ultimate endpoint is going to be about 175-180lbs lean. I have no desire to get bigger than that, as size is not my goal - health and fitness are. Once I get to that point, it will all be about maintenance and cardio.


      However, just because I'm not out to get huge, that doesn't mean that I'm unwilling to learn from those who have gotten huge. The latest channel I've followed on YouTube belongs to Ben Pakulski, a former champion bodybuilder with a very reasonable approach to working out. I've only been watching him for a week or so, and I've already learned a whole bunch of stuff from him that seems totally obvious in hindsight. If you want to see how someone who does it for a living approaches bodybuilding, you can follow him here.


      So that's my progress. How's yours?



    • Disposing of disposable income

      3 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      15 hours left on the Myst 25th Anniversary Collection Kickstarter. I just went in at the $250 level, because rare collectors' pieces are my Kryptonite. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1252280491/myst-25th-anniversary-collection/posts/2194414

    • What are you doing right now?

      4 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I'm watching Bill Nye. https://www.twitch.tv/geekandsundry


      Edit: Bill Nye is done now. But I still want to know what you folks are spending your time on.

    • Progress!

      4 months ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I've officially been back in the gym for over a month now. I've been tracking my progress on my legs, chest, and back, because those are the parts of my body that lost the most strength during my recovery. My arms, shoulders, and core are stronger than they've ever been, but my chest, back, and legs lagged behind. I measured them at about 2/3 the strength I remember them being at when I hurt myself.


      In the last month and a half, gains have been made. My leg press numbers for quads/hamstrings have gone from 250/190 a month ago, to 300/250 on Monday. My hip abductors are basically where they were before, and my hip adductors are making slow progress. Today I began my workout with five strict-form pull-ups, and did lat pulldowns on the machine at 130lbs for reps, marking a serious improvement over the 100lbs it was a month ago. My chest continues to lag behind though, so I'm probably going to start adding a push-up day on Sundays so that it can catch up.


      Amusingly, my weight has only gone up a pound or two in all this time. I don't know whether it's all muscle, or if there's fat involved, but as long as I'm making strength progress I'm happy. The plan is to focus on getting stronger until about the beginning of August, and then start cutting calories so I can trim down whatever fat I've got going on at that time, but still work out as if I'm eating like a horse. I'm hoping this will result in me being strong and lean by the beginning of October. It's the first time I've ever tried focusing on my physical appearance as a goal, as a kind of experiment, so we'll see how that goes.


      I've also been able to maintain my writing and workout schedule as I wanted to. I'm making progress on a fiction novel and a humour book, though the novel has hit a hitch where I need to re-outline the second half entirely, because one of my characters is an asshole who doesn't do what I want him to and derailed the entire story. What a jerk.


      So how have you folks been?

  • Comments (3939)

    • Alem800

      3 months ago

      DiMono still ruling everything. Not much has changed in 10 years

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 months ago

        If it's working, why change it?  wink

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

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      Happy Warm and Fuzz McFuzzy Day!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        1 year ago

         heart

    • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dead Set On Adventure

      2 years ago

      Hey so you also got mentioned in On The Spot this week - so that's pretty damn neat, just started the episode.


      Hope y'all are having fun at UnCon! Wish I could be there!

    • TomtheIronMan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Hey man this time g1 Tom the Iron Man over on ScrewAttack and just wanted to touch base with you about someone we've been seeing posts with on Twitter and Facebook, a fellow g1 named Dylan Toomey. Dylan's been around since 2008 and simply put, he's a wily and silly guy with a penchant of making memes that no one understands but himself, and that's the joke. He means no harm and he's just continuing his shtick now and introducing himself in his own special way that the migration of ScrewAttack to the Rooster Teeth family is complete. I know Dylan personally and have met up with him at every SGC he's been in attendance to, and he's actually a quiet and fairly reserved person IRL. Clearly he's been rubbing the mods the wrong way and it has led to you having to intervene personally, if it is a breach of conduct I can assure you he has no idea it is. Hit me back if you have any questions (I'm still trying to figure out how everything works here), and have an awesome night.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      2 years ago

      Hello, good sir! You're awesome!

    • Nat

      2 years ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      3 years ago

      Just wanted to toss you a quick "thanks" for all the workout pointers and Tough Mudder tips you gave me a while ago. You were one of the few people who gave me actual usable advice that has made a difference. I've been working out for just about 4 months now and I've seen great progress and plan to keep pushing forward.

      So, thanks :)

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        No problem :)

        Are you doing things next Saturday?

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        3 years ago

        Next Saturday? Yeah, I'm going on an end-of-summer camping trip with some friends that weekend.

        Why do you ask?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      3 years ago

      bruh

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      3 years ago

      pls respond

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Personal Comment notifications have been broken since day 1. I didn't see your comments until now, after scanning through Adam's journal's comments and seeing that someone had discovered that fact. I don't remember whether we banned anyone for being knucklesdawson, but seeing as the thread you were commenting about is locked now, it seems irrelevant. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't ignoring you, I literally had no idea you'd said anything because of a site failure.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      3 years ago

      To clarify, knucklesdawson is not me.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      3 years ago

      Have I been banned from the v2 thread or something? I can't post in there, says I lack sufficient permissions.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      3 years ago

      Are you tagging me in posts? Or is it the site transferring data over. Because I'm not able to access the tags to see.


      Also, 4000th comment.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        3 years ago

        Just saw Jackie having the same issue. Bug, I guess.

    • jackiebot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold me irl

      3 years ago

      I have no idea what's happening right now, but I'm getting like.. half a dozen notifications that you're mentioning me in a post.. and when I click on it, I get sent to a completely jumbled version of your profile.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I got no notification that you'd left me this comment. I was trying to put up a private journal entry and tag site admins in it. It didn't work properly. I eventually got it up and running, so check out my journal.

    • Nat

      3 years ago

      Check this out, this is incredible: Atmoph window

    • MaryFairy

      3 years ago

      Happy birthday! (Sorry it's late)

    • Resolis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Insidious Crow

      3 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono!

    • mattbab4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Happy birthday

    • THEDODGER FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold JAMMYDODGER

      3 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono! I hope you have an awesome day and make sure you enjoy yourself! Keep up the amazing work! smiley0.gif

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      3 years ago

      Is there a time limit on my timeout from the Ask Anything thread?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Doesn't matter whether it's entertaining; it's inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        3 years ago

        Come on, don't tell me it isn't at least slightly entertaining when someone is like "can u teech me how 2 make cgi" and I chime in claiming to be Monty?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I mean giving troll answers. People ask questions there looking for information, and they are trusting of the answers they receive. You posting random garbage in there is inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        3 years ago

        Nah. But that's entirely dependent on how you define how I've been posting. Do you mean in the past few days or overall?

        Post edited 5/18/15 9:08PM

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        If you're unbanned from it, are you going to keep posting like you've been posting?

    • JJ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      HOLY SHIT is that fuckin DiMONO!!!!!

    • ailsarocks Community Stylist

      3 years ago

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      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      3 years ago

      I'm considering signing up for Tough Mudder this summer, any training tips or things I should know before I fully commit?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        It's about 11 miles, so 17km is pretty close to accurate.

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        3 years ago

        Awesome thanks! I have a team I just need to get my ass in gear for strength training. I'm already running frequently so I just plan on increasing my mileage (I heard there's about 17km of hills).

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Good luck!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Ignore the time estimate on the site; expect to spend 5 hours out there. Plan your day accordingly. Wear clothes you don't care about, or else clean them immediately. Don't have pockets. Your shoes will probably be a lost cause; bring spares and donate the dead ones to the pile (you'll see what I mean when you get there).

        You'll be driving to an off-site parking lot and taking a bus to Mt St Louis. Bring I think it's $15 for parking, and include about half an hour on either end for bus transit. You'll be leaving your wallet behind while on the course; keep it appropriately empty, just in case.

        They will offer you food on the course; eat it, you'll need the energy. And the potassium. Completing the course is easier with a team, for many reasons; if you go there alone, try to find people to join up with. Tough Mudder is hard, but remember that you're going there to enjoy yourself; so have fun with it. Lots of people dress up in costumes.

        Most of the obstacles I encountered weren't that difficult; a moderate amount of fitness should be plenty to get you through them. Focus on cardio. Lots and lots of cardio. And don't skip leg day - in fact, add another one. They're going to be taking you up and down hills an awful lot. Compound exercises are better than isolation exercises. You will have to climb over a 7-8' wall in order to get to the course; make sure you can do that, as it's the one obstacle you really can't skip. But don't skip obstacles unless you absolutely have to, because otherwise what's the point?

        That's everything that comes to mind right now.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      3 years ago

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      3 years ago

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      3 years ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Bot Destroyer!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

      • tutvuvu

        3 years ago

        One must appreciate some nerd love

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        3 years ago

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    • Enforcer2005

      3 years ago

      You are cool and I like you. Hope you are doing well dude.

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      3 years ago

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    • Tommex

      3 years ago

      Merry christmas dimono smiley0.gif

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      3 years ago

      Catching up now on the harassment discussion from the other night (that really doesn't sounds so great when typed out, but I'm going to go with it...) via You Tube.
      Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time and putting the thought into a meaningful discussion.
      -nj

    • UB3R_FRY

      3 years ago

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      Guess who???

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        Oh fuck.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Don't fuck it up

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      4 years ago

      I'm being trolled or I'm sleep-defriending you. WHAT IS GOING ON.

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      4 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoCixFA8OI

      Here`s that song I was telling you about. one of my favourite's of theirs.

    • Snaaaake

      4 years ago

      I saw you at RTX and wanted to come up to you and give you a high five, problem was the convention center was being evacuated... smiley4.gif

    • Shastamac

      4 years ago

      As of right now, you have one friend for each day of the year! Congrats! :)

      • Shastamac

        4 years ago

        That's true, but you have some time to find one.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        I need a midget for Feb 29th still though

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      4 years ago

      Give me TOUncon tickets! I want them now! smiley2.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        We're very good.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        4 years ago

        It wasn't working but you guys fixed it and I am now officially attending TOUncon smiley12.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        Are you really unable to purchase tickets from the website? If you do it from a desktop or laptop it should go through.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        4 years ago

        HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT! GIVE IN! I NEED TO GO TO TOUNCON

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        4 years ago

        DON'T GIVE IN TO PEER PRESSURE

    • TheFatalFall

      4 years ago

      How do you rate achievements?

      • Laurenz

        4 years ago

        Click on the "Achievement Hunter" tab at the top, and then go onto "games". You can type games in and rate them there. smiley0.gif

    • Br0kenSt0ry FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tacos

      4 years ago

      Sorry to bother you again good sir, but would you be able to change my Site birthday to June 3/90?

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      4 years ago

      Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic day! smiley13.gif

    • Juular

      4 years ago

      So, been banned from the Red vs Blue forum. Know what's up with that?

      • Juular

        4 years ago

        good bye recon :'(

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        I was scuba diving at the time. No idea.

      • Juular

        4 years ago

        I mean, I did say the US government did 9-11. But I hardly think that's enough to get me banned from an entire forum.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      4 years ago

      So, managed to get the new set of Cookie Clicker Achievements yet?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        You mean 1.0453? I have all of them except 400 cursors, which is currently impossible. I haven't played in over a week, just sitting on my bank of 200 sextillion and waiting for the next update.

    • Tommex

      4 years ago

      Hey man! I'm a coder too! html, css, php, python, javascript, java, objective C

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      4 years ago

      Special delivery! (World domination not included)
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    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      4 years ago

      Did you change my title on here?

      • Dopp ROLL TIDE

        4 years ago

        k thanks

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        Nope

    • um4dbro210

      4 years ago

      hey i have a error 422 and i have no idea how to fix it……plz halp

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      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        4 years ago

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      • Psycho

        4 years ago

        I had a error once. I never survived.

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        4 years ago

        Have you tried turning it off and on again?

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      4 years ago

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      Hahahaha. At work.

    • Thorenir

      4 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        4 years ago

        #lolcanada

    • voidfox FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold gay robot

      4 years ago

      oh hey, I see you're from ontario, somewhere just north of toronto. well it just so happens that I'm from somewhere just south of toronto.

    • khurram_89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nerf herder

      4 years ago

      What's with all the spambots lately? Janet8251 needs to be squashed.

    • DanielZhu1

      4 years ago

      I will be taking your advice on writing a little side story though, may give me some creativity practice. Maybe you can read it sometime and tell me if it is any good.

    • DanielZhu1

      4 years ago

      You have read the idea I posted, and I see the logic in your words. But I'm fine if they don't use my ideas until 3 years later, I just want to give them something, and be just a small part of this. Because RWBY is something that truly resonates with me.

      • DanielZhu1

        4 years ago

        I think I will also try writing the RWBY side story. May improve my creativity, and open up more possibilities.

      • DanielZhu1

        4 years ago

        With my current college possibilities it's very likely I'll be able to get some great credentials. After all and SAT score of 2280 isn't all that common.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        I wish you the best of luck, but I wouldn't count on getting an internship with them; it sounds like you've already decided it's going to happen, and you need to realize that a) they need to have such an intern position open, and b) they literally get dozens of resumes and applications a day. Hopefully it will work out the way you want, but assume it won't, and write it yourself.

      • DanielZhu1

        4 years ago

        Yes, they probably won't in the next few years, but in 3 years time I will have the qualifications to intern at rooster teeth for 1 summer, maybe it may be possible then

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        4 years ago

        They're not going to use your idea. Ever. It's not going to happen. If you're passionate about it, write it yourself.

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