Reflections on the Grind

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So much talking

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Sometimes, a day is better spent alone. Today was one of those days.

Another long day of meeting. Nothing of value was acquired.

People often don’t listen enough. There’s so much talking, but nothing gets done. Listen more. Think more.

Some people avoid silence. It should instead be cherished. It’s good to sit alone in peace and think.

I can’t think in a room full of people talking.

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July 29, 2016 at 9:37 pm

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Time management

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Meeting in a hotel. A full day of sitting and listening to lectures, and eating sugary coffee-break snacks. Not a day well spent. I don’t think it was very cost- or time- effective. Got very little out of it.

Many things to catch up. Little time to train. Not enough hours in a day it seems. One must set priorities and avoid trying to do everything. It’s better to get something done well, than to leave a bunch of things half finished and poorly done.

At home, I lifted for a very short time, then I had to get some work done on the computer. The lower back is still not 100% so I can’t do much anyway. Pull-up and bench are the best movements for now.

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FitNotes Workout – Thursday 28th July 2016

** Pull Up **
– 10 reps
– 10 reps

** Barbell Row **
– 60.0 kgs x 6 reps

** Romanian Deadlift **
– 60.0 kgs x 8 reps
– 60.0 kgs x 10 reps

** Reverse Grip Bench Press **
– 40.0 kgs x 12 reps
– 50.0 kgs x 15 reps

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July 28, 2016 at 9:35 pm

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Detached from the outcome

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Do your best and forget about it.

We are organizing a big conference. People get stressed out. But you shouldn’t really. Outcomes are impostors. Are they really important? They depend too much on external factors. Take your best shot. Launch the arrow. Give your best effort. Then say good bye, let it happen, and go on living your life.

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July 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

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Feet in sand

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Working in Nakorn Sri Thammasat for three days beginning today. We had a fresh and clean air to breathe and yummy southern food to eat.

We had a full day of lectures, learning things about plasma physics. In the evening we went to take a stroll on the nice and quiet beach. Peaceful place.

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July 25, 2016 at 8:28 pm

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The destination

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Training day. Wanted to go heavy. The right knee wouldn’t let me. So I concentrated on the bench only. Pushed to the max weight I could currently do. No PB, but still a good day. Learned where I’m at.

A colleague died from a heart attack yesterday. He was young. Good guy who I didn’t get to talk much with. I don’t get sad over deaths. Dead is our common destination. I could die tonight and it would be natural. The world goes on.

When I die that’s the end of my journey. That’s all it is. I wouldn’t want people to get sad about my death. I want a death to be a reminder to think of life deeply. The only thing that matters is whether you are having fun and loving what you do. That’s all that matters. It’s not what people remember you by. No. You can’t live for others’ approval. They all are going to die too. In about a hundred years from now nobody will remember you, and you shouldn’t mind. Be in the moment. Have fun on your journey and be true to yourself.

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July 24, 2016 at 7:03 pm

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Emptiness of the oppressed

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Freedom of expression is a basic human right. Without it you are forced to talk about things that don’t matter. Things that are empty of substance. Nobody has the right to take free speech away from you. When open debates are not allowed, the society is ruled by tyrants with guns who can do anything they want and stay in power as long as they like.

Your eyes see and read things, and your brain processes them. If you aren’t free to discuss those thoughts, because you would be put into jail, soon the brain will subconsciously shy away from being skeptical and you just follow obediently what the dictators tell you to do. Being good is equated to being a good follower who doesn’t question things. Then critical thinking capacity is diminished from the society, leaving it void of substance. 

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July 23, 2016 at 4:09 pm

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Fast food kinda day

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Went to McDonald’s for breakfast. I don’t usually eat but it was kind of convenient this morning to stop there. I am not a fan of their burgers but the McMuffin is pretty good. However, it is pricey. 

A McMuffin with a small hashbrown and small coffee was 175 THB (5 USD). I don’t know about you but I think that’s pretty frickin expensive. I bought it anyway because I didn’t really give a crap. I don’t mind splurging a bit now and then. Also, I spent about an hour there at the restaurant to get some work done so it was worth it. I like the atmosphere of being among strangers, and hiding in the crowd.

For lunch I went to KFC, again out of convenience, and ordered two breasts and one thigh. I ended up eating just two pieces and gave one to my colleague, because I’m nice like that. 

At KFC they were having this strange deal, in which if you buy two chicken pieces with a coke you pay less than if you just buy two chicken pieces. I really did not want to drink coke; but if I just ordered a glass of ice water it would be more expensive than getting a coke. In principle I could order a coke and then pour it away and save money for myself, but that would be frickin wasteful. I was a bit blanked out what to do for a while, but then the nice cashier let me have an iced cocoa instead and get that coke discount.

Anyway, it was a much better value than the McDonald’s meal I think. Total price for the chicken with drink was 106 THB. More protein for less price is always nice.

So that was my little fast food adventure today.

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July 22, 2016 at 9:31 pm

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