#self-improvement-general (Discord ID: 359496856113381387) in Cascade Front, page 1

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2017-09-19 00:35:50 UTC

Don't know what to do with your life? Talk about it

2017-09-20 19:48:29 UTC


2017-09-20 20:08:07 UTC

i think i might start using /sig/

2017-09-20 20:09:09 UTC

I like going into those threads cause they're /comfy/

2017-09-20 20:10:02 UTC

I've been pleasantly surprised by the /sig/ threads, I'm enjoying the changing direction of /pol/ in general too

2017-09-20 20:13:41 UTC

i'm going to compile a checklist for myself soon

2017-09-20 20:14:15 UTC

I'm part of a /sig/ server on Discord

2017-09-20 20:14:22 UTC

It's my book club

2017-09-20 20:14:23 UTC

toss an invite

2017-09-20 20:14:30 UTC


2017-09-20 20:14:33 UTC

Same for me

2017-09-20 20:14:51 UTC

once i get my paycheck

2017-09-20 20:14:53 UTC

i'm gonna go out

2017-09-20 20:14:58 UTC

and buy some farming tools and seeds

2017-09-20 20:15:07 UTC

and try to grow myself some plants in my backyard

2017-09-20 20:15:12 UTC

I reccomend green beans

2017-09-20 20:15:19 UTC

Pretty strong plants

2017-09-20 20:15:21 UTC


2017-09-20 20:15:24 UTC

are you growing stuff right now

2017-09-20 20:15:29 UTC
2017-09-20 20:15:44 UTC

No, nothing in season

2017-09-20 20:15:59 UTC

I'm in New England so I cant grow anything important rn

2017-09-20 20:17:47 UTC

@ram3n Depending upon what you want to grow, you can also buy items from produce sections in stores and use the seeds within to grow more. Some seed stores tend to over price what they got, so that might save you some money too

2017-09-20 20:18:57 UTC

also i forgot that i'm nearing fall/winter

2017-09-20 20:19:04 UTC

so i'll wait until next year to start planting

2017-09-20 20:19:23 UTC

in the meantime i'll find other things to do

2017-09-20 20:33:12 UTC

Yeah, there is always cleaning up /maintenance, things like cooking to learn/do too

2017-09-20 20:34:08 UTC

lifting samdbags

2017-09-20 20:34:12 UTC


2017-09-20 20:38:27 UTC

Are you expecting heavy rain and possible flooding?

2017-09-20 20:48:51 UTC

If you want to start growing things, but you're limited in space and your local climate/soil isn't suitable, check out indoor growing tents

2017-09-20 20:48:54 UTC

Oshion 2x2x4 Feet Small Indoor Mylar Hydroponics Grow Tent Room (24"x 24"x 48") https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GCJ66NM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_2pTWzbP4JR8DM

2017-09-20 20:49:38 UTC

I'm considering getting a larger one so I can grow some vegetables during the winter

2017-09-20 20:50:54 UTC

i have my backyard to use for growing things

2017-09-20 20:51:27 UTC

but i do need to clear out an old swing set + maybe flatten it

2017-09-20 20:53:29 UTC

growing things is so comfy

2017-09-20 20:53:35 UTC

too bad im stuck in an apartment

2017-09-20 20:53:58 UTC

You can get one of those Topsy Turvey things

2017-09-20 20:54:00 UTC


2017-09-20 20:55:52 UTC

i feel like that's just a scam

2017-09-20 20:56:09 UTC

I've read a bit about them

2017-09-20 20:56:16 UTC

People are pretty happy about them

2017-09-20 20:56:24 UTC

You can make a DIY version too so

2017-09-20 21:27:54 UTC

For the NEETs among us, start this ASAP. Maybe the single most valuable course I've even gone through. It will help you understand yourself and those around you. Extremely helpful in particular if you suffer social anxiety or depresson. Watch one video a day and give yourself about 20 mins after each session to think and intregrate what you learned. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL22J3VaeABQAT-0aSPq-OKOpQlHyR4k5h

2017-09-20 21:28:33 UTC

If you have any questions, or just want to talk, you are welcome to PM me.

2017-09-20 22:16:09 UTC

^seconded, it's a must watch

2017-09-21 00:51:39 UTC


2017-09-21 00:51:46 UTC

Check out the kratky hydroponic method. It's almost completely hands-off and can grow vegs indoors year round. Here's some lettuce I'm growing now.

2017-09-21 01:02:09 UTC

Thats awesome! How often are our able to harvest it?

2017-09-21 01:15:40 UTC

This summer I did my first bit of farming, just a patch of 1x2 meters, but it taught me tons πŸ˜„

2017-09-21 01:15:50 UTC


2017-09-21 01:16:03 UTC

For instance - peas will conquer everyfuckingthing, peas took over everything, even other peas.

2017-09-21 01:16:18 UTC

you'll have to give me some tips for a first time farmer next spring lol

2017-09-21 01:16:25 UTC

When I was clearing it out a week ago there were like twice the "surface" amount of peas beneath, that were almost dead etc lol

2017-09-21 01:16:30 UTC

For sure! πŸ˜„

2017-09-21 01:16:44 UTC

First: *Don't put things too close to one another*

2017-09-21 01:16:53 UTC

I don't know about second πŸ€”

2017-09-21 01:18:21 UTC

feces could be used as fertilizer, right?

2017-09-21 01:18:24 UTC

because of the nitrates?

2017-09-21 01:20:51 UTC

Surely 😎

2017-09-21 01:20:57 UTC

Be careful about using human feces. Most feces is fine, as contamination would require diseases crossing a species barrier. Human feces doesn't have that advantage, so it can spread disease pretty quickly

2017-09-21 01:21:00 UTC

I didn't do that though, I live close to others lol

2017-09-21 01:21:09 UTC

*Like the rest of my family, and the neighbours*

2017-09-21 01:23:30 UTC

Well, *shit* πŸ˜„

2017-09-21 01:23:57 UTC

speaking of witch, this is a <#359504430569095168> conversation

2017-09-21 01:25:23 UTC

Oh, I even hesitated before bringing it up in here πŸ˜“

2017-09-23 21:25:23 UTC

so today i decided to begin a small exercise regimen which i hope to expand upon in the future

2017-09-23 21:25:53 UTC

and i'm going to dedicate myself to doing better in school

2017-09-23 21:26:05 UTC

studying, homework, etc

2017-09-23 21:26:27 UTC

as i've realized that i need to be in relatively good shape if i'm going to contribute to our community

2017-09-23 21:35:26 UTC

good ^

2017-09-23 23:29:43 UTC

Heck yes my dude

2017-09-24 02:38:34 UTC

i'm also on a mission of nofap

2017-09-24 02:38:36 UTC

cutting it down

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2017-09-24 02:38:38 UTC

a lot

2017-09-24 02:38:53 UTC

Be careful.

2017-09-24 02:38:59 UTC

Some dudes can't handle it.

2017-09-24 02:39:20 UTC

Get overly aggressive, irrational, irritible.

2017-09-24 02:39:31 UTC


2017-09-24 02:39:37 UTC

but then again how else are you gonna break the habit

2017-09-24 02:39:46 UTC

it's just an addiction to the release of dopamine, similar to drugs

2017-09-24 02:39:55 UTC

and addictions are p bad

2017-09-24 02:40:02 UTC

Control yourself, just like any other drug.

2017-09-24 02:40:09 UTC

Once a week, max.

2017-09-24 02:40:23 UTC

i'm gone down from every night to twice a week

2017-09-24 02:40:31 UTC

though starting next week i'm cutting down to once

2017-09-24 02:41:25 UTC

That's good, make sure you are talking to a girl everyday. Even just small talk/bullshitting. Doesn't even have to be one you find attractive.

2017-09-24 02:41:37 UTC


2017-09-24 02:42:31 UTC

already doing that lol

2017-09-24 02:42:47 UTC

A good hobby helps keep your mind off it also

2017-09-24 02:42:55 UTC


2017-09-24 02:43:04 UTC

i'm gonna go into bushcraft/woodworking soon

2017-09-24 02:43:05 UTC


2017-09-24 02:43:09 UTC

all kinds of outside stuff

2017-09-24 02:43:30 UTC

Use your increased testosterone to develop a competitive mindset, start competing silently in everything you do.

2017-09-24 02:43:34 UTC


2017-09-24 02:43:51 UTC

because vitamin d + chopping wood does increase your testosterone right

2017-09-24 02:44:25 UTC

Any physical activity I believe, >nofapping as well.

2017-09-24 02:44:30 UTC


2017-09-24 02:44:54 UTC

yeah i've spent way too many years inside on the computer

2017-09-24 02:44:57 UTC

i'm pale as shit

2017-09-24 02:45:00 UTC

Or at very least >nofapping makes you feel more verile and aggressive.

2017-09-24 02:45:01 UTC

too skinny

2017-09-24 02:45:18 UTC

You gotta want it man. Don't let yourself make excuses.

2017-09-24 02:45:46 UTC

i *want* this

2017-09-24 02:45:51 UTC

i *want* a better life for myself

2017-09-24 02:45:55 UTC

and for the white race

2017-09-24 02:46:06 UTC

some pale and skinny af kid with no muscle isn't gonna help much in the settlement

2017-09-24 02:46:11 UTC

Well, it sounds like you know how to get it.

2017-09-24 02:46:21 UTC

It's the execution that matters.

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2017-09-24 02:46:33 UTC

That's where people fall off.

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2017-09-24 02:46:49 UTC

i'm fallen to that quite a few times

2017-09-24 02:47:26 UTC

Eat enough protein too

2017-09-24 02:48:08 UTC

Falling off is okay, everyone falls off. Just get back too it.

2017-09-24 02:48:11 UTC

i eat a shit ton of meat and peanut butter

2017-09-24 02:48:27 UTC

so i think i have protein covered

2017-09-24 02:48:41 UTC

Make sure it's good peanut butter

2017-09-24 02:48:52 UTC

So you're not killing your arteries

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2017-09-24 02:52:49 UTC

yeah i'm gonna start adding more fruits and vegetables into my diet

2017-09-24 02:52:55 UTC

because i tend to be a pretty picky eater lmao

2017-09-24 08:48:20 UTC

I dont eat any chocolate anymore
I am at at least 100 days nofap
Diet should be pretty healthy, I got a good immune system and I regularly take a blood sample to see if I got all my nutritions

I need to exercise more
I should try to take cold showers again
I'm studying pretty hard, but my results are not as good as I want them to be

2017-09-24 09:33:12 UTC

If you want some tips for studying, perhaps taking a 15-minute break once an hour will help, if you don't already. Also, whatever you study ~15 min before sleep will be what is best retained, so make sure you do your final Essential Points Review before going to bed, maybe when you're doing automatic stuff like brushing your teeth or washing your face. And if you're allowed to chew gum or have mints/tic-tacs/candies during tests, you could try to associate a class and study sort with a flavour and smell. Helps some people with recall. Hope this helps!

2017-09-24 17:38:49 UTC

Have you guys heard of the Mind Palace memory technique - for studying?

2017-09-24 17:40:43 UTC


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2017-09-24 17:41:32 UTC

Its where you imagine a palace in your mind and you place things that you want to remember in different rooms.

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2017-09-24 17:50:13 UTC

it works by utilizing spacial memory instead of .. other memory

2017-09-24 17:52:52 UTC

Self Improvement book reccomendations?

2017-09-24 18:06:02 UTC

Not really, they dont work

2017-09-24 18:06:23 UTC

Focus on reading classical lit.

2017-09-24 18:06:38 UTC

Go for, healthy diet, nofap, exercise and developing sound political ideas

2017-09-24 18:06:46 UTC

Pretty much any western author is a good place to start.

2017-09-24 18:07:57 UTC

Depending on your reading comprehension level, you may want to start with novelists and work your way to philosophy.

2017-09-24 18:09:22 UTC

Orwell and Huxley are really good, and important authors to read.

2017-09-24 18:11:30 UTC

Then to Nietzshe, Decartes, Bertrand Russel, Aquinas, etc....

2017-09-24 18:14:25 UTC

Also, though he's not technically western, Solzhenitsyn is really important as well, specifically Gulag Archipilago.

2017-09-24 18:16:23 UTC

Also, important psychology works as well, Freud(Though he missed the mark on a few things, still very enlightening), Jung, Neumann, Becker etc..

2017-09-24 18:16:27 UTC

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Sometimes known as 'The Art of the Violenly Unstoppable Doormat.'

2017-09-24 18:17:11 UTC

Yeah, Carnegie is great as well.

2017-09-24 18:17:41 UTC

That is a decent self-help book. The only good one I know.

2017-09-24 18:17:45 UTC

Oh, I forgot Dostoevsky.

2017-09-24 18:18:04 UTC

Any study in Philisophy should start with Plato or the Pre-Socratics.

2017-09-24 18:19:02 UTC

Yeah, they count as western for sure.

2017-09-24 18:23:17 UTC

You know what, here's one of my bookshelves. Anything on here is good to start.


2017-09-24 18:23:36 UTC

Should be high enough res to read titles.

2017-09-24 18:23:53 UTC

Is that yours??

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2017-09-24 18:24:13 UTC

Wow, thats how I want my walls to look like πŸ˜„

2017-09-24 18:24:25 UTC

I like these covers

2017-09-24 18:27:41 UTC

>The Great Works of The Western World.

2017-09-24 18:27:43 UTC

Shit nigga

2017-09-24 18:27:46 UTC

That is goodl

2017-09-24 18:28:21 UTC

It's a set bought with a really nice, but old, leather bound britanica encyclopedia. The encyclopedia is long gotten rid of due to obsolescence. They were several thousand dollars all together. Was probably 2 decades ago now.

2017-09-24 18:28:44 UTC

Ah man, I will get similar ones

2017-09-24 18:31:12 UTC

Focus is kinda shit on my fucked up iPhone. I'll take a new one tomorrow after I get my Note8.

2017-09-24 18:31:34 UTC

Along with some others probably.

2017-09-25 22:52:11 UTC

Gotta say, I recently started taking cold showers, and I think I'm additcted (not literally). It feels fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone.

2017-09-26 00:24:06 UTC

Also prevents dry scalp^^

2017-09-26 10:42:46 UTC

I prefer starting my showers cold and finishing with warmth 🀷🏻 I don't get as clean in the cold

2017-09-26 10:43:58 UTC

I find warm showers at first helps get the oil and dirt out, opens the pores, and then cold shower closes em up again, so warm while washing and a cold finish is πŸ‘Œ

2017-09-26 10:45:47 UTC

πŸ€” I have yet to try that! I'll do it tommorow at the gym

2017-09-26 19:20:52 UTC

Ended up trying it today, it was pretty good! πŸ˜„

2017-09-26 19:52:24 UTC

Really? The first times for me were really uncomfortable, I kept my showers shorter.

2017-09-27 01:34:14 UTC

idk if this is considered self improvement

2017-09-27 01:34:23 UTC

but instead of buying bread from the store i'm baking it at home

2017-09-27 01:34:51 UTC

thats cool, how much work is involved in that?

2017-09-27 01:35:08 UTC

the most primitive way of doing it

2017-09-27 01:35:10 UTC

is not that hard

2017-09-27 01:35:24 UTC

grind up wheat seeds + mix with water

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and you have dough

2017-09-27 01:36:02 UTC

however various things like baking powder are good to help make the dough rise

2017-09-27 01:36:10 UTC

sugar + salt and possibly other toppings are good as well

2017-09-27 01:36:35 UTC

how does the taste compare?

2017-09-27 01:36:42 UTC

idk yet

2017-09-27 01:36:46 UTC

i'll have to see

2017-09-27 01:36:56 UTC

but once i make some and try it i'll make sure to try to post some results here

2017-09-27 01:37:13 UTC

please do

2017-09-27 02:00:34 UTC

On occasion I make a loaf or two, it's crazy how much better than store bought bread it is.

2017-09-27 02:00:48 UTC

Especially right when it's fresh.

2017-09-27 02:00:56 UTC


2017-09-27 02:01:02 UTC

i've never tried fresh bread before

2017-09-27 02:01:07 UTC

only store bought shit

2017-09-27 04:35:22 UTC

Weβ€˜re baking it at home too, but we have a machine to do it for us.

2017-09-27 05:06:33 UTC

I just use breadpans and an oven.

2017-09-27 05:07:53 UTC

What's really interesting about bread is that your regional bacterium can change it's texture and flavor significantly. San Francisco sourdough is a good example.

2017-09-27 18:54:22 UTC

that's actually really interesting

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2017-09-27 21:45:45 UTC

bread is now outside and rising

2017-09-27 22:10:17 UTC

Looks... Very floury.

2017-09-27 22:10:22 UTC


2017-09-27 22:10:26 UTC

very first loaf

2017-09-27 22:10:53 UTC

Ahhhh. Well, tell us how it turns out!

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2017-09-27 22:11:05 UTC

Why's it outside, though?

2017-09-27 22:11:15 UTC

need to let the dough rise

2017-09-27 22:11:44 UTC

Can't you do that indoors? Just cover the bowl with a damp handtowel.

2017-09-27 22:11:56 UTC

recipe called for a hot place to let the dough rise

2017-09-27 22:12:03 UTC

like 90 degrees fahrenheit outside rn

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2017-09-27 22:12:12 UTC

I use my over on the "warming" setting.

2017-09-27 22:12:12 UTC

Hm. Well, alright.

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2017-09-27 22:12:25 UTC

i don't think my oven has that setting

2017-09-27 22:12:40 UTC

Whatever it's lowest temp is is probably fine.

2017-09-27 22:12:41 UTC

I just stick mine near the window, or by an open convection oven.

2017-09-27 22:13:11 UTC

I guess it depends on the oven, mine is pretty nice.

2017-09-27 22:13:39 UTC

The open convection overn seems sharp. Doesn't it heat up the room really bad though?

2017-09-27 22:14:25 UTC

Depends how much you open it, and in winter I turn off the heater when I make bread, use the convection oven and bread oven to make the house smell nice and be warm. In summer I can just leave it by the window.

2017-09-27 22:14:56 UTC

I'm talking one of those lil toaster ovens you make fish sticks and stuff in. Not the full-size oven.

2017-09-27 22:15:10 UTC

Yeah. I have one.

2017-09-27 22:15:28 UTC

I find that active heating produces better results.

2017-09-27 22:15:37 UTC

Lot's of factors there though.

2017-09-27 22:15:46 UTC

Winter's the best time to bake. Makes the whole house smell like a home, and there's nothing like warm bread and good butter.

2017-09-27 22:16:05 UTC

And yeah, I can see that. My state's just so warm, I hardly ever need to bother more with that.

2017-09-27 22:42:32 UTC

bread is risen

2017-09-27 22:42:34 UTC

time to bake

2017-09-27 22:43:08 UTC

You don't double-rise your bread? Interesting.

2017-09-27 22:43:15 UTC

double rising?

2017-09-27 22:45:17 UTC

Should lightly knead or punch it and re-rise. Prevents the bread from looking like swiss cheese.

2017-09-27 22:45:33 UTC

i'll take that into account next time i bake

2017-09-27 22:46:01 UTC

The gluten strands form more completely with a second rise.

2017-09-27 22:46:06 UTC

oh nice

2017-09-27 22:46:22 UTC

Gives more structure, and prevents the bread from being too crumbly.

2017-09-27 22:46:37 UTC

oh okay

2017-09-27 22:46:48 UTC

well we'll see how it'll turn out lmao

2017-09-27 22:46:53 UTC

And as I said, prevents large air holes from forming.

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2017-09-27 22:50:35 UTC

They say it's best to lightly reknead it, but I just punch down on it a few times and then throw it back in the oven for second rise. Seems to work fine.

2017-09-27 22:51:15 UTC

If I baked with no bread pan, I would probably knead it instead.

2017-09-27 22:57:31 UTC

thanks for the advice @Rin

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2017-09-27 23:47:32 UTC

bread was a success

2017-09-27 23:47:45 UTC

crispy, buttered outside

2017-09-27 23:47:56 UTC

nice and airy/spongy inside

2017-09-27 23:48:22 UTC

Looks a little uh.... handmade^^

2017-09-27 23:48:30 UTC

lmao yeah

2017-09-27 23:48:32 UTC

Good first run though.

2017-09-27 23:51:32 UTC

Next time, before you put it in the pan, knead it in such a way that the folds are on the underside and the top has a sort of smooth skin on it. Like an elongated pizza dough before rolling. It will be much more aestetically pleasing as an end product and will give you the familiar "bread form factor".

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