Boomtown! This morning I hit a PB: 87.5kg. Inching towards the 100kg mark. Inching. I’ve been on 85kg for a while now, maybe two weeks as normally I wouldn’t move up by 2.5kg unless I was able to push out 5 reps of that weight. I was on 3 reps of 85kg when I thought let’s just whack on 1.25kg on each side. That’s nothing when you’re picking these plates up by themselves. I boshed out 2 sets of two reps on 87.5kg. Inching there! Hopefully, the next time I do 85kg, I’ll crunch out 5 reps easily.
One of my big goals in the gym is to hit 100kg on the bench press. I don’t know why that precise number to be honest. Maybe it’s just because it’s a nice round number. or maybe because not many people can do it. It’s a respectable number. I see a lot of guys in the gym doing 70kg, 75kg, 80kg. But not many doing 100kg. Okay it’s not superman weights, but it’s respectable. It means that I’ve worked at it and stayed consistent and I’ve got there. It could be a domino of success, that leads to more success, more confidence and more momentum for bigger things. I asked my mate Nour who benches 120kg and he said that it might take me a month or so to get there from here. Currently, I bench 82.5kg at 5 reps for 3 sets. With appropriate rest in between workouts and …[Read More]
I’m not a morning person but in the last two months, I wake up, have a coffee to loosen my bowels, take a shit, shower, shave, then I go down to my little community gym which is right down at the bottom of my block. It’s literally 2 mins away which means I have literally NO excuse not to go. I aim for 20 mins. I do bench press first (currently 80kg 5 reps 3 sets), 3 x 5 pull ups, seated row (5 x 90kg x 3 sets), overhead press (5 x 70kg x 3 sets). If I didn’t go, I’d feel like a pussy. When I do go, I feel strong, powerful, and disciplined. What better way to start the day. Do it.
I’ve been an insomniac for most of my life. The first memory I have of it being a thing for me was in my first or second year at boarding school when my housemaster remarked on it. He said it was a condition that affected bright people. Of course, I took that. 🙂 Left to my own devices on school holidays, I would stay awake long past midnight. I would read the latest Harry Potter until I finished it, say at 6am in the morning. I would then wake at 11am or 12 noon and not be tired until the early hours again. Over and over. This is fine when you’re on holiday but less so when you have stuff to do the next morning. I remember at university, I had a 9am exam on Personal Identity. I went to bed at 11pm and watched the hours tick by. By …[Read More]
The legendary Jocko Willink says that Discipline Equals Freedom. I take this to mean that accepting and embracing discipline and structure in your life will take away the need for willpower as well as paralysis by analysis and procrastination. In recent days, I’ve been feeling good and I think it’s down to making decisions, quick decisions and good decisions about things big and small. Deciding yesterday in a Waterloo pub that I’d book us in for lunch in 25 minutes in St. John and Uber it there was pretty good. (Angelique seemed to like the decisiveness) And today, we took inspiration from my sister and decided to sell our flat and buy a bigger one. It’s a decision we’ve put off and off, but having made it in 5 minutes of discussion in the car on the way to dim sum with my Dad, was decisive for sure. Of course, …[Read More]
I’m a big believer in learning from multiple sources to accelerate learning. If you just picked one book, the writer might not teach the concepts in the same way as another writer and different writers might click with you on different sub-topics. Just pick multiple sources when learning anything. I’ve picked a few courses and sources to learn Python from: The first one is from Udemy called The Python Bible™ | Everything You Need to Program in Python. The second is from Udacity called Intro to Computer Science. (The instructor is great!) The third is also from Udacity called Introduction to Python Programming And the fourth is from YouTube from an amazing channel called CS Dojo. Check them out!
When I was at uni, I took an Aesthetics class. The Philosophy of Art. I don’t remember much from that course except for a couple of essays on Plato and Tolstoy. Plato was keen that when educating the young men of his Republic that their art be censored and that the youth should only consume art that promoted nobility. So poetry shouldn’t be about loucheness and hedonism, rather they should be about promoting bravery in battle and moral uprightness. I was reminded of this recently after binge watching a series of Mindhunter on Netflix, a show about the FBI’s profiling of serial killers in the 1970s. This is show that goes deep into the minds and motivations of deeply disturbed people, and it’s very entertaining and very compelling. We watched this off the back of Unabomber, another Netflix show, this time about the hunt for another serial killer, Ted Kaczynski. …[Read More]
I saw this question and I thought I’d try to answer it: First off, I don’t think that mobile phones will become obsolete, even in 50 years. Whilst many functions of a smartphone might one day be available through a chip in your brain, I think that it would be difficult to replace the convenience of a screen when interacting with your smartphone. Phone size will remain handheld as that’s the most convenient size for portability and for interacting with it. The materials of the phone might be able to deliver things directly into your skin such as hormones or nutrients that you’re deficient in. Processing power will continue to develop according to Moore’s Law and eventually will utilise quantum computing for even faster computing power. In the near-future, I think all the niggles with smartphones today will be solved i.e. much longer battery life, unshatterable glass, much better sound …[Read More]