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  1. All too similar, 2020 is full of history repeating itself:
  2. It's become clear by now that there is no lasting immunity to COVID-19 and that this shit will never go away. But many doctors and scientists speculate that as the virus mutates it will gradually decrease in severity and become like another common cold. So I looked for historical examples of this and found one. No way to know for sure if what is now the OC43 coronavirus jumped to humans in present-day Uzbekistan before spreading rapidly around the world and recurring in peaks for several years, but based on historical accounts that seems to be the case.–1890_flu_pandemic#Coronavirus
  3. Few people actually trust him anymore, but think 4 more years of the same clown show as better than the alternative currently presented.
  4. Camming for donations and selling homemade videos on pornhub and onlyfans.
  5. Would you really want to never get depressed? Without sadness there is no happiness, at least in the human emotional sense. You'd want to allow yourself to feel the full spectrum of emotions, but without being attached to any particular state. To see how arbitrary and groundless your emotions are and how much control you have over how to choose to feel in any situation. Emotional resilience isn't always being happy, but the ability to be non-reactive, both non-reactive to your own emotional swings and the things which used to cause them in the first place. The ideal is getting to the point where feeling negative states is seen as a temporary setback that will soon pass, and you can experience the most blissful states without any fear of losing them, no attachment. Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
  6. No matter how tired I am, even when acutely sleep-deprived I can always just get up and go walk outside for hours, or do physical things whether it's cleaning and organizing, the laundry, peeling vegetables, kriya yoga, washing dishes. On the other hand, trying to do anything productive while stationary makes me feel physically and mentally fatigued. It has been only increasingly so, the phenomenon is what I've called "computer brain-melt syndrome," but it's also the case for reading, writing or any other activity done sitting idly. This is natural though, sitting is what is the problem. I was never successfully conditioned by society to plant myself and be productive, I never shed the primal inborn impulses to walk, run, jump, climb, dance, roll around, and move my body every which way. When moving I feel intelligent and creative, but when sitting and trying to be productive my brain turns to mush, unless I'm just consuming content, or delivering a stream of consciousness monologue, as I'm doing now. At 11 a psychiatrist recommended I take medication for ADD/ADHD, but my parents refused it, and I somehow managed to drag myself through graduating high school, scarred by the trauma of being forced to go sit at a desk for several hours a day for several years. As of now solution for myself is to prioritize physical activity, and minimize any time spent sedentary. There is only so much time in the day, and getting in a few hours of walking outside and a few hours of active movement working out or doing yoga. mantra and breathwork at home every day is prioritized. Gradually I am spending less and less time idle except if it's watching useful videos, meditating or sleeping. But I do realize how lucky I am to have the luxury of breaking away, having no commitments and responsibilities that require parking my ass and overclocking my brain on the regular. Since COVID-19 hit I realized I'm actually living the dream! With nowhere to go and nothing I need to do, life has shifted into alignment with my true desires. I enjoy walking more than anyone I know, just spending several hours walking around outside by myself is a great joy and a day well spent. I love the feeling of walking down an empty sidewalk in a beautifully landscaped residential area, seeing the path stretch out into the distance with no one walking towards me. In this sense I'm glad others don't know this joy, because then there would be more people to ruin the serenity and have to dodge on my walks, or these days put on a mask and walk 2 metres over in the grass or street. It's not normal to just stroll around aimlessly for hours, when I tell people what I do they think it's crazy and a waste of time, but it makes me very happy, it feels natural, or the most natural thing to do in my environment. Human body was designed to move constantly, and spending lots of time sitting (or standing) in place is unhealthy, and will manifest many subtle and not so subtle physical and mental health problems. I have compassion for masses on their asses, because for most of them it is their means of making a living, and for learning, entertainment and productivity. Whether you're reading books, working at a desk, looking at a screen, driving, or using this website, that is all stationary activity, where your body barely moves, it's just sitting there. All the progress we've made in technology, and everything we have to learn comes at the cost of neglecting our bodies, like we're just a brain connected to a computer. Most don't think twice about sitting, it's what they were conditioned to do in school, and most activities that aren't actively doing something with the body means basically sitting around, being sedentary, inactive. All the comforts of modern life I enjoy exist because people spend long hours sitting in front of a screen designing them, and driving the trucks, ships and airplanes that make it all possible. So I do see this as a dilemma for the progress humanity, and perhaps some of you also, when so much of life involves being inactive, parking your ass and overclocking your brain. More and more sedentary learning time required for society to function and for people to progress. More and more aspects of live relegated to being done sitting or standing in front of the computer, and it will only get worse. Sitting is the new smoking, but even the doctors who tell you that are chronically sitting much of the time every day. Sitting long hours for work can't be demonized because it's a step up from grueling physical labor, and sitting at a computer at home earning money instead of working as an employee is what many idealize for making a living. If I tell anyone not to sit so much, it feels like I am talking down to them, since I have the privilege of avoiding the sedentary lifestyle, my only limitation in this regard is my own laziness and addiction to consuming media. But even when I did neglect my body and spend several hours a day sitting at the computer jerking off to porn, marathoning shows or whatever else, going for long walks kept me in a good mood and full of energy. It's why I still have my health after spending what feels like 3 lifetimes worth of sitting in front of the computer myself. Something about just walking, so simple, and I don't feel the same way working out in a gym, running, cycling or anything else, enjoying a good long walk with no definitive route, destination or timing other than the position of the sun is the greatest feeling for me and I think you should try it, and do whatever you can to sit less, move more. You've probably dreamed of what it would be like if you had enough money that you would never need to work again. The better dream is to have a lifestyle where you are free to move your body whenever you want, and conversely to avoid having to sit in front of a screen constantly. This post written while alternating between sitting over a yoga block, sitting on the edge of the bed, kneeling, squatting, standing with one knee resting on a table, and standing up straight.
  7. And there are extensions to download videos or the audio from a YouTube videos.
  8. I don't see the point if you use adblock, and it ads to subscription creep. Feels a lot easier to minimize any recurring charges and if you really want premium/paywall content just buy it or select pay-per-view. Right now I only paid for subscriptions to Amazon and a local photographer who makes softcore content with female models.
  9. If all travel is grounded and everyone (except utility workers, medics and first responders) gets a 1 months stockpile of food and stays in their home (or quarantine trailer/other makeshift accommodation for the homeless) for an entire month, it would get rid of the virus. Like a great purge. Not a chance in the summer, but during colder weather and shorter days, with higher susceptibility to illness and people more prone to being inside anyways, I'm sure some countries will try this strategy. On a related note, the reason it's gotten out of control here in California is because people are gathering together outside, at restaurants, in yards, and having even more get-togethers inside homes. Makes sense though, I'm a loner myself but normal people go nuts isolated, and were like fuck this shit, let's enjoy summer, hang out and hook up. Yet the government is citing a few cherrypicked examples of business who didn't follow the rules to justify shutting it down again. Masks and spacing were required everywhere inside or in crowded places already, so that wasn't the problem, it's the private house parties that spread it. But muh freedoms. This isn't the UK or where police can go door to door to make sure you're not having anyone over for tea and crumpets.
  10. Alcohol addiction hasn't been a problem for me unlike other things, because it's very obvious how shitty I feel when I drink too much, or two often. I choose to avoid hard liquor, except for the occasional mini added to another drink, but am fine with having 2-4 beers or white claws one or 2 days a week. Or none at all for a few months at a time. This spring I thought I would not drink because it's just not necessary I don't need it, but a few times when I ordered kombucha from Amazon, they sent an alcoholic variety as an automatic substitute for something out of stock, and wasn't going to waste it. Then realized how ridiculous it is being straight edge, makes as little sense to me as drinking daily. Also fuck everyone who shames people for drinking or says it's un-spiritual. Alcoholic beverages are the most accessible, and for many of us the only readily available tool to temporarily alter our state of consciousness instantly, real benefits to being more open minded and creative. To use it wisely is to let go of self counsciousness, break old routines that don't serve us, develop new habits that we stick with even in a sober state. To use it unwisely would be to use alcohol as a crutch you depend on rather than something you do for fun occasionally.
  11. Yep, I just choose a time when I will first eat, and 8 hours later when I will not eat afterwards, fast the other 16 hours and stick to it every day (allowing for one day a week when I have an online event that runs later and I can't eat during). Seems absurdly simple but powerful, it's a new habit for me, but quality of life noticeably improved already, and the discipline is starting to carry over into other areas of life.
  12. I stopped caring, it's totally natural for a healthy man to get hard talking to women, even if you're not thinking anything sexual. Angle it away though so it looks less threatening, like you're saying don't worry about my excited little friend down there.
  13. You may get a laugh out of this. I was watching the coronavirus task force press conference yesterday, and the way Trump speaks is so childish, that later when he was talking about getting out in the sun as a means to kill the virus, I suddenly had a flashback to this Barney song I completely forgot about for 25 years:
  14. Assuming it is even is possible to make a vaccine that works long term, yes, since I'm sure it will be mandatory for just about everything. Unless I take a test that shows I've been exposed to SARS-2 without noticing and developed lasting immunity. Global pandemics kill the anti-vaxer movement.
  15. It's more about prioritization. Would rather spend my waking hours doing yoga, breathwork, other exercise and walks outside while I still can than laundry often. It's obviously very different if you have a house and it's something you can do any time right there. And compared to using the apartment building laundry room, with all the back and forth trips and extra cleaning of the machines and handwashing it must be a real bitch to have to take your clothes to the laundromat necessarily every time you wash them. One thing I do notice is my hampers are filling up with towels. Lots of washing my hands means towels getting very wet, staying wet longer, and changed often.