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  1. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Finally back on the weight lifting routine. Starting a slow and steady 5x5 program with my Dad, with a few pull-ups thrown in for fun at the end. I'm also going to start running again tomorrow after two weeks off. Plan is the same as ever: build some muscle and shave off the (not insignificant) residual chubbiness I've not quite managed to lose through HM training. In terms of hard figures I don't have a lot in mind at the moment (lest I let myself down), but I'd like to be able to do the monkey bars again. Also, next goal in running is sub-23mins. It's been over a month since I was nearly hitting that target though, so maybe it'll take another month to get back to there.
  2. Pokemon Go: Generation 2

    Yeah, I don't think ''wonder'' is a specific thing in Po Go, it's just the phrase that the Mystic trainer says to describe high IV Pokemon. I was hoping that I could change teams to Instinct (because Zapdos > everything), but having looked at the appraisal notes for the other teams, I think Valor is actually the best.
  3. Pokemon Go: Generation 2

    When I appraise things (as a member of team Valor), if the IVs are over 82% the first thing the coach says is ''Overall, your [Pokemon] simply amazes me. It can accomplish anything!''. Apparently in Mystic it says ''Overall, your Pokemon is a wonder! What a breathtaking Pokemon'' (and I'm guessing your Mystic), and if you're in Instinct it says ''Overall, your Pokemon looks like it can really battle with the best of them!''. You'll get a different message if the Pokemon's IVs are in a different bracket.
  4. Pokemon Go: Generation 2

    How do you mean? Isn't it the first line of an appraisal? Agreed wrt other features though. Pokemon Go really has a long way to go, and I hope they make it a great game before they release any more generations.
  5. Pokemon Go: Generation 2

    Got a Dragon Scale this morning, immediately evolved my Seadra into a Kingdra, which is pretty dope albeit in dire need of powering up. Working in the city has done amazing things for my Pokebag - I currently have no fewer than 75 balls, which is basically unheard of even when I was able to go hiking a lot last summer. Also, nevermind seeing a lot more Pokemon, the increase in diversity compared to a rural/suburban area is insane. For the first time, it's looking like I might one day be able to evolve a Dragonite. As for Porygon, I saw one for the first time on the sightings list the other week, but being fairly disinterested about PoGo at the time I didn't bother going to get it. Kind of regret that now.
  6. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Congrats! That's an awesome time. To both (all three?) of you.
  7. Pokemon Go: Generation 2

    I had a brief period of having uninstalled the game, but I've picked it up again since and am having much more success than previously. I'm back in my two local gyms. I also hatched a Gyarados, which is pretty awesome and already occupies one of the top spots. I've had a lot of luck catching Dratini too, though I'm still a long way off ever getting a Dragonite. I also got another 100% IV Pokemon - an Ekans. I also have a perfect Poliwrath - I was previously disappointed in the Mud Shot/Submission moveset, but as it turns out, that's an amazing moveset vs Tyranitar, so I'm going to be powering that up now. I'm not sure how to use the Arbok yet, but I don't have enough candy to evolve it yet anyway and probably won't anytime soon. Only disappointing moment was prestiging a gym yesterday, only to have someone jump in the last empty spot right before I could. Bastards! Although I think they were prestiging it at the same time as me, so it was kind of inevitable that one of us would be screwed over.
  8. Deadpool 2: Cross Universe Casting

    Michael Keaton is another obvious one, having played Batman and the Vulture. Also, not sure how I feel about the casting, but I don't really know the character anyway. As of yet unconvinced by Brolin's Thanos, though.
  9. Tennis Volume 6

    I'm not really a fan of Djokovic per se. That is, I really quite like him - his off-court behaviour is way more laid back and fun than his on-court demeanor. But I'm not really a fan. The main reason I was rooting for him yesterday was so Rafa would get the chance to properly beat him. But I do like him enough that I hope he wins a few more Masters, and a Slam or so. As relieved as I am that that period is over, I really didn't want it to go like this. Or rather, I did, but I still need to see Fed/Nadal beat Novak in person. And for Djokovic to play well on that occasion. But yeah, it is pretty shocking how the tables have turned.
  10. Tennis Volume 6

    Djokovic out! Honestly I'm quite disappointed, would have loved to see a Nadal/Novak battle for the first time in a while. And speaking of which: the Nadal/Schwartzman match started with a bang (but not like that Sarasota match): Nadal being broken to love immediately, before breaking back in a similar fashion. Currently 4-1 up, having broken him once more. Have to say, it's really impressive that Diego Swartzman is able to play at this level despite his height - 5'7'' is fairly short as is, let alone in the world of tennis.
  11. Tennis Volume 6

    So, Murray out of Monte Carlo early. That's 315 points he's dropping. Novak currently playing Carreno-Busta, who has had a great season so far. Should Novak win, he'll definitely gain points on Murray (he's only defending a second round loss). At the moment though, I cannot see him beating Nadal, who just absolutely thrashed Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-1. But I've been hurt before. Stan is also out, so he drops 150+ points, though Federer will drop slightly more points.
  12. Joyous Pascha, Happy Easter!

    Happy Easter!
  13. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    Thanks, folks. Just to do the Half Marathon. I made it into a four day trip and then spent another 3 in Berlin, but that was more due to wanting cheap flights than anything else. I will definitely look into this, thanks. The hard part will be seeing if I can get some running buddies to sign up for it too, which I agree is much better. Good luck with your HM next week!
  14. Star Wars: Episode VIII predictions

    What a great trailer! Looking back, I think I actually prefer it to the first teaser for The Force Awakens (though I was probably more hyped at the time). However, I'm also looking over the other stuff, and I think the first full trailer for TFA was just outstanding, so I'll be impressed if they can match that. Things I am excited about in this teaser: - all of it Also, the new poster is epic, and is now my phone background.
  15. Exercise and Fitness: sticking to resolutions

    The day finally came: my Half Marathon was last Sunday. It was awesome. Budapest is incredibly beautiful. According to my watch (but annoyingly not the official score) I beat my target of 1:55:00 (1:54:21). The official score was closer to 1:56:00, but that's okay too. The run went really well - I struggled a bit in the last few KMs, but it was otherwise really strong. I maintained a really consistent pace - my slowest KM was 5:41, my fastest was 5:15, and the vast majority were much closer to my average pace (5:26). I guess it's not so hard to go wrong when the course is fairly flat. The run was pretty amazing too. This is the first time I've ever done a spectated race like this, and it was brilliant to see all the people lined up and the bands at the side of the road, and the people in costume. It was perhaps a little hot for that though, I was feeling it in all black. Reminiscing like this makes me want to sign up for another one straight away, but I think for this year I will focus on cutting down my 5k time. I almost stopped running completely when I started working, and I don't think I can face doing anything more than 5km or so in the evenings at the moment. Will definitely consider doing this again next year though.