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  1. Yeah, I wouldn't really recommend Tae Kwon Do; it's mainly kicking and punching. Kuk Sool Won is very much an amalgam of several major world martial arts.
  2. The direction and editing on that film are spectacular. The scene reminds me of something my friends and I would do, only with crappy camera work, which we would claim just punctuated the kitch. I practiced a Korean martial art called Kuk Sool Won for several years, discontinuing my pursuit just a stripe or two before testing for a black belt. I often think about getting back into it.
  3. I think your perception of American culture might have been slightly skewed by visiting two drastically different cities - Fort Worth and New York City. Americans typically are seen as eschewing extremes and despise being perceived in any way as radical. We are, in fact, experiencing a period of heightened polarization, but the very nature of our political system is to appeal to moderates, and the culture tends to reflect that. If we are perceived as reactionary, that is likely a symptom of living in a duopolistic political climate.
  4. Sweet. Let me know what you think.
  5. I live in St. Louis, as the profile says, but actually just got back to college in Columbia, Missouri. So the next time anyone is in mid-Missourah (yeah right), drop on in! A get-together would be awesome. I suggest Columbia, Missouri, USA, since it is the center of the universe.
  6. Great before-and-after shots. It's really cool to see that kind of progress. Welcome aboard!
  7. Hey, Jason! Welcome. It seems like a lot of people are drawn to this site with a desire to turn the stereotype of the frail, sickly vegan on its head. That's certainly one of my main motivations. I think you'll love it.
  8. I've been surprised to find a number of pubs with food labeled "vegan" on the menu - in the most unexpected places, too. I had the best vegan burger of my life (seriously) at a pub in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
  9. Hahaha. That was hilarious/awesome! Do you/did you take martial arts? Your drawings are cool, too, by the by.
  10. Yeah, damn book. I was going to do it otherwise, too. At least book sales will go up! That's how they're funding the trip, I guess.
  11. Dude, I think you have something there! Wanna help me co-found www.BreatharianBodybuilding.com?
  12. That's really cool, man. I hope I didn't put you on the spot. It takes a lot to challenge and overcome long-held philosophies. I know a lot of people who seem to agree with veganism, but because of how they were raised or because they've been eating meat for so long, they can't seem to readjust their lifestyle. As far as "animal rights," it might just be a semantical thing. Admittedly, it sounds a little silly, as if animals will soon be granted the right to vote or something. There are so many ways to approach the ethical necessity of vegetarianism, but in the end, I think it's a simple as shedding a little mercy to the least of us. And certainly not killing is better than killing, so on that basis alone - with a value judgment attached - I find it difficult to not recognize the ethical aspect of the lifestyle. Vegetarian or not, though, we're glad to have you here!
  13. Whoa, you guys are BOTH geniuses. Good catch.
  14. Hey, guys, I need some information on building muscle mass on air alone. Is there a certain elevation that would maximize gains? More humidity? Arid climate? If this all works out, I'm gonna start www.BreatharianBodybuilding.com.
  15. Hahaha. There's really such a person as a breatharian? Fantastic.
  16. 28+6=34/2=17 (or 28*0.607=~17). 28-17=11! You've been lifting since you were 17 or for 11 years. Yes? Geez, guys, stop making me work out my body AND mind. One or the other really, one or the other. Hehehe.
  17. I know someone at Dancing Rabbit. She's a "freegan." And her truck runs on pure vegetable oil. She said she could hook it up to a Dumpster for fuel. I was blown away - it didn't seem possible. Is there some sort of downside to biodiesel, etc.? Or why aren't more people using it?
  18. You're a genius. ... And that seems really easy now. Cool, thanks.
  19. Hey, Rob, I think I have an easy way to backup files by default. If possible, set up (or have Khan set up) an IMAP account through your e-mail server and then download an e-mail client, such as Thunderbird, to extract the messages from your inbox while keeping them in the server. You can use Thunderbird to read and write e-mail, while having two copies of everything: 1) your e-mails as they are now on the server, accessed as you probably do now by logging in through the Web and 2) your e-mails through the mail client. Using the mail client, you can also transfer your files to your hard drive. Thunderbird http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/ Oh, and if everyone isn't already, I suggest using Firefox as your default Web browser. It's much more secure than Internet Explorer with a lot cooler features. Not to mention you will be supporting the open source/free software movement. Firefox http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
  20. Hahaha. I almost missed that. Well played, sir!
  21. Wow, thanks for all that! I'm gonna use that as a guide when I head back to college in a few days and start hitting the rec center more seriously and regularly.
  22. Hey, Sirdle, did you recently go vegan or vegetarian? I thought I remember from some of your previous posts that you said you were one of the only non-vegs on the board, but now it looks like you might be trying it out and you have that cool da Vinci quote as your signature. If so, how bout a pre-emptive "WOOT"!
  23. brendan


    What up! Welcome to the best experience of your life, er a pretty cool board.
  24. brendan


    Welcome, nice to have you here!
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