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  • In a few weeks time, it'll be the eight anniversary of me joining the site.
    What a length of time that is. :closed eyes open smile:
    Slowly has been one of the most enjoyable apps I've ever used.

    If you enjoy the idea of being pen-pals with someone, I think this is the app for you. Not only that, but to mimic the letter-sending experience even further, the messages sent are quite slow, so since I'm messaging somebody from Taiwan, it'll take upwards of 28+ hours for that message to be delivered.

    I couldn't recommend it enough. :closed eyes open smile:
    I just finished the Shahnameh, or the 'Book of Kings' as it would be called in English, by Abolqasem Ferdowsi. As an epic, the fact that it's multi-generational, tracing a line all the way from the mythical Kuyamurs to Yazdegerd III, makes it quite different to other epics like the Iliad.

    As a story, I enjoyed it immensely, but my enjoyment began to dip after the assumption of Kay Khosrow, and then even more so after the death of Rostam, being to the Shahnameh as Odysseus is to the Odyssey. Before Kay Khosrow's passing, the story felt rather connected, with the narrative of Iran and Turan being a very important point. Afterwards, as it begins to approach the more 'historical' era, we see the waxing and waning of Iranian history, with the conquest of Alexander, after who's death the Ashkanians (Parthians) establish themselves and thereafter the Sassanids, the last pre-Islamic dynasty of Iran.

    As a book, and for the importance it has for Persianate culture, it was well worth the read. :closed eyes open smile:
    It's mad to think that in just over three months, I'll have been a whole year weightlifting.
    It's one of the best things I've ever decided to do.
    I just finished two days with using my 15KG weights that I got last week.
    Quite heavy but manageable, and I surprised myself by how much I was able to do! :3D:
    I just finished Incarnations: A History of Indian in 50 Lives there today and I tell ya, it was a delight to read! I only had a barebones idea of Indian history before reading, with names like the Buddha, Ashoka and Gandhi being the only ones readily known to me.

    But, Sunil Khilnani did an excellent job of conveying the lives of numerous people, ranging from emperors to artists, economics to cinematographers, all with such vibrant personalities and opinions. Throughout it, there was always a question, perhaps a tension, of what it means to be Indian, most especially in the years before and after Independence, and in the light of more recent history.

    I plan to buy The Idea of India sometime in the future, which was written by the same author, so if you're going to pick up this book, I recommend buying that one as well. :closed eyes open smile:
    Happy New Year everyone!
    I can only hope that the coming year will be kinder to all of you than the last two have been. :closed eyes open smile:
    Idea
    Idea
    A Happy New Year for you as well!
    Luffy climbing Drum Rock has to be one of the most uncomfortable scenes I've ever watched in anime.
    To those of you celebrating other feasts, Happy Holidays, and I hope the occasion is a joyous one for you and those celebrating alongside you.

    To those of you celebrating Christmas, Merry Christmas, and I hope the peace of the Christ Child is with you this winter. :closed eyes open smile:
    Idea
    Idea
    A Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays for you as well!
    Primula
    Primula
    Merry Christmas and great tidings! May you have a blessed day, bud.
    Also, I totally did not forget that your birthday was a few days ago. Happy belated birthday as well!
    Dragonsreach thanks you for your service. o7
    I had a lovely day today, to think that I'm alive on this planet nearly a quarter of a century.
    Time does fly! :closed eyes open smile:
    I finished my first roleplay today, I'm buzzing! 😁
    Daisie
    Daisie
    Someday I'll get there!! :D Actually getting pretty close!
    Larry
    Larry
    We can plan a dual celebration then. :closed eyes open smile:
    Keep trudging Daisie!
    I don't know what it is about media that show really emotional, familial moments, but they kill me. 😭
    For these of ye that are thinking of doing weights, learn to engage you core properly whilst doing so: the benefits are manifold. Don't be a donkey like me and only find out how to do it at all properly after 4/5 months of exercise! 😭
    Larry
    Larry
    It stabilises your spine, amongst other things.

    So essentially if you didn't do it, e.g., during incline presses, as the muscles in your shoulders and arms tire, the strain of doing more reps transfers to your lower back to support the motion.

    So, in a scenario where you do engage it, it allows for more thorough use and exertion of the muscles you're trying to target, as opposed to shifting the burden to other muscles.

    The abdominals cover a huge section of the body, as ya well know, I can imagine.

    This article does an excellent analysis on the importance of engaging your core: What It Really Means to Engage Your Core
    LegoLad659
    LegoLad659
    Mm, I see. Good to know

    Er, for my friend to know, of course XD
    Larry
    Larry
    Hahahaha.

    I started engaging my core properly this week, and the difference is immense I tell ya.

    I'm so glad I caught myself! 😭
    I just finished Iran: Empire of the Mind by Michael Axworthy and it was an absolutely amazing read! As a person who would have only known the country through the Achaemenid Empire and from modern-day news, it was an engaging, educative and thoroughly enjoying experience. Going from the distant days of Zoroaster all the way up to the ponderous nature of Iran's nuclear programme in the esrly/mid 2000's, I learned so much of military, intellectual and poetic figures that have come to typify Iran's unique culture and the country's consciousness of it.

    Though, my enjoyment is tinged with sadness, since it was only through getting thr book that I learned of Mr. Axworthy's passing two years ago.

    So, wherever you are Mr. Axworthy, I would like to thank you for opening my eyes and making me more knowledgeable of the world around us. ^_^
    If you had said to me last year, that in a year's time I'd be doing weights and rap would be my favourite form of music, I would have told ya that you have a bit of a want.

    It's amazing to see how much a person can grow in a year! :closed eyes open smile:
    Larry, I tell ye, my discord has been hacked! I am incapable of informing ye about mine day! How sorrowful this life has gotten... How are ye?
    Remembrance
    Remembrance
    no i just haven’t tried it in a while but when I did , it no worky . also no response from discord support , kinda annoying
    Larry
    Larry
    Oh, ya had me worried there for a second lad!

    That's a shame Frick, I'm sorry for your trouble. 😓
    Remembrance
    Remembrance
    is alright , im hoping to recover it soon though bc i don’t quite have any connection to past friends yknow
    I finished Omori today.
    It completely blew out any expectations I had.
    I can't recommend it enough.
    I'm more than a few months late to the party, but after finishing it, I have to say that JuJutsu Kaisen was absolutely SAVAGE! Feck me, what a show! I can't wait for the next season. :3D:
    I got my second dose of vaccine today, so it's great to be as fully protected as I can be from COVID! Though we should still mind ourselves with wearing masks, especially in situations where it may compromise the 2 metre rule. I hope you're all keeping safe everyone! :closed eyes open smile:
    Welcome back to writing, fellow writer.
    Stay creative!
    Larry
    Larry
    Yes sir, Writer-in-Chief, the break has allowed my creative juices to flow more clearly.
    I'll do my best to make you proud, sir! :3D:
    I've been reading the Iliad the past few days, and it's made quite appreciative of the work of scholars throughout the centuries, if not millenias, who have been able to preserve this near 3,000 year-old work to such an extent, that I'm now able to read it today. Given the fate of vast amounts of works from antiquity, it is truly a blessing. 🥰
    BackSet
    BackSet
    I salute you for getting so far. I simply lack the attention span.
    Larry
    Larry
    Are ya reading anything at the moment, if I may ask? Forgive me, I tend to be curious about what people are gawking at. :3D:
    BackSet
    BackSet
    Just a book or two.
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