GvN is done, and I lost both matches, but the Vuvuzela is responsible for the first one.
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So, big branding has co-opted the revolution and claimed it for their own. I just saw another miracle whip ad. Hipsters doing hipster things with faux hand made titles and a voice over that sounds like an indie film. Car companies tried this in the nineties, but we still had at least a little bit of personal identity left and rejected them wholesale. Now, the new generation that grew up in the branded world are old enough to be the consumers, and they buy into it. They see ads where Mountain Dew talks like they are part of community activism because the general public gets to pick the colours, design the logos and creating fucking blogs about it. It’s over, the revolution has been co-opted so completely that it is now in the hands of the people we were revolting against. Consumerism won the day, it absorbed the anti-brand message, it dragged the culture jamming into its commercials and made them its own.
So, fuck the brand giants, fuck starbucks, and Mcdonalds and Nike, and Comedy Central, and SyFy. It’s time to go out and find a piece of reality. I have a new project I am starting, called the preservers. There are some details of it I will make public now, some will come in time. So, heres a public one. When you get a coupon from Starbucks, carry it with you. When a homeless person asks you for change, politely explain that you have no change on you, but give them the Starbucks coupon. Do it as often as you can. This is mission number 1. There will be more.
The funny thing? I now own a branding agency. Really, my company does branding, advertising and web development.
This is a quickie. I am still doing the 100 pushups challenge (and the 200 situps challenge). On week 5 now. I have a stress test tonight, and did one last night (situps tonight, pushups yesterday). Looking at doing c25k next.
I am doing the program at hundredpushups.com right now. Basically over six weeks you go from however many pushups you can do in a set, to being able to do 100. I am also doing twohundredsitups.com at the same time. This may be foolish, but I’m into week three and so far so good. Of course, I have been working on my overall fitness for about three and a half years now, so that may be a contributing factor.
The funny thing is, I looked in the mirror tonight, and I am in way better shape than I have been in a while. Less than three full weeks, and I am seeing major results.
Tonight I did a total of 82 Push ups (5 sets, 60 second breaks) and I’m typing this during the last 60 second break on my situps (total will be 106, 25 left to go).
Okay, finished the set. One thing I have noticed is the difference in feeling between max pushups and max situps. When I max out on my pushups what stops me is the shaking, and the fact that my body just won’t go up anymore. With situps I notice that it’s really a matter of pain (not a lot of pain, but some) at the last rep or so. When I start to feel that, I stop right away. I know that pain is usually a bad sign (and note, I’m not talking about burn, I feel that plenty well before the end of my situps set). It subsides quickly, and doesn’t seem to be an issue after a couple of minutes, but as it’s happening, I just can’t go anymore.
Anyway, I will keep this updated with my progress, and in the end I will post the spreadsheet I am using for tracking. One other major factor: I train Taekwondo four days a week and Parkour at least 3 hours on Sunday as well as assorted other bits of Parkour as they come up.
Maybe it’s my non-mainstream childhood, maybe it’s because I tend towards systematic thinking, maybe it’s just that I’m a contrarian asshole, but I don’t tend to join things. I was always a bit of an outcast and had friends who were outside of the mainstream. I pretty much avoided cliques and stayed true to the idea that individuals were what mattered.
Now I’m a lot older, and for the first time I joined a group. I had a lot of reservations, but I was having fun and feeling like it was somewhere that I fit in. Now, I know that getting disillusioned on this sort of thing while in your mid 30’s is pretty sad, but I’m feeling kind of disillusioned right now, and I don’t like it.
I started participating in something called geeks versus nerds. It’s a series of comedy debates about obscure and silly topics like whether Batman or Boba Fett is the bigger badass. I was having fun with it, but then I started to notice that it was a bit… cliquish. That there were insiders, and outsiders. Now, it’s true that I am a bit bitter because I ended up in the role of outsider, but mostly I’m bitter because in my mid 30’s, I shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not I am one of the cool kids, that I have kissed the collective asses of the arbiters of cool enough to be recognized by them. Now, I succeeded at being, if not cool, at least infamous in high school largely because I just don’t kiss ass at all, so I think that I will follow that strategy with this as well. I will go back to not caring if I am allowed to sit at the cool table, and just sit wherever the fuck I want.
Now, that means odds are good I won’t be on the panel at the next geeks vs. nerds, but that’s not something I’m really worried about at this point in my life.
I am sad now. I still think Machida is great, and hope he improves as a result of this.
Sparring tonight, followed by gaming. First the black belts break my body, then I break the players minds 😉