Chocolate eclair dinner

I was feeling terrific this afternoon, so I decided to treat myself to a horrendously unhealthy but equally tremendously yummy dinner of chocolate eclairs.

I went to the bakery and they had two left. The friendly Turkish man by the counter (who I had never met) asked me what I’d like and I said “Ich hΓ€tte gern zwei Eclairs bitte!” (gimme two eclairs!). He started to package up the two eclairs for me when I realised that perhaps the gods didn’t want me to have just eclairs for dinner as I realised I was totally out of cash (ze Germans don’t understand how to pay via normal methods). So I apologised and said I didn’t have any money. He then told me that wasn’t a problem, and with a big friendly smile, he told me I could just come back in the morning and pay then.

He had no idea who I was, if I was trustworthy, or anything. Freakin’ sweet! Literally sweet! Just like my dinner πŸ˜€

Ryan’s lazy arse fitness goal

My goals normally involve losing fat, eating more vegetables or drinking less cola. I have met every single goal I have set for myself which I publicly announced. So with this in mind, I decided to set a goal which would put me in better physical shape.

Goal = to be able to do 100 press-ups (in a row) within 365 days

delayed by six months due to breaking my arm on May 2nd.

* It should be a fairly trivial target to reach
* I’ve always been a scrawny runt and want to fix that
* More muscle will make it easier to lose my chubby gut
* Without a goal, I’ll only run/walk as exercise
* Pumping weights bores me
* I can do press-ups anywhere, any time
* Winter is coming
* Gyms are annoying
* Press-ups give a good all body workout
* I work well with targets
* I’ll give up with a higher goal
* Once I can do 100 press-ups, maintaining it should be easy
* 100 press-ups per day will count as an aerobic workout too
* This is a goal which I can maintain for a long-time

I rarely miss personal targets I set for myself. I’m also very careful about what targets I set, to ensure that I meet them. This is a straightforward and hopefully easy to target to meet.

Jerking bum

Humans are inherently unhappy by nature. No matter how good their conditions are, they’ll always find something to be depressed about.

I often wonder if the homeless bum jerking himself off in front of everyone is happier than everyone who is looking at him and thinking “what a miserable life he must have”.

Response to blog post by Anthony Cole about mental health.

Tag vs categories

The question of tags vs categories keeps coming every six months or so, so to avoid repeating myself over and over again, here’s an explanation for you all πŸ˜€

For Tags vs Categories, first a brief history …

In the early days of WordPress, tags were not a thing. The idea with categories, was that you would have specific themes, ideas etc. for your site, and you would categorise things based on those. Posts can be a member of multiple categories. Later they add hierarchical categories, so that you could have a parent category of another category.

Then some bloggers started making custom plugins which added another option, “tags”. Initially most people (including the development team of WordPress) thought this was stupid, and the people using these plugins were just idiots who couldn’t understand how the categories system works. They could literally use the categories system for this task, but they insisted on using “tags” despite them being functionally identical to categories expect that they were missing some features. Why use something which is identical to something else, but isn’t as good since it’s missing features? The answer to this perplexed most.

Eventually WordPress and many other platforms caved in and retrospectively added “tags”. The only difference technically speaking, is that they have different names and you can’t have one tag as a parent of another tag.

There is a difference conceptually however. Categories are used for broadly categeorising posts and for when you need a sub-set of a type of posts. Tags are used for arbitrarily labelling posts as a certain type of post. Posts typically have more tags than categories.