I got promoted to judo black belt (shodan)

On January 2019 I went to Japan to live and train judo/bjj. Finding places to train BJJ was no problem. There were 6 or 7 places where I could train and I ended up at a place called Axis.

But judo was a different story. I found 2 places in the city for training judo. I picked one that seemed to be a little more friendly and probably because they were a few other foreigners there.

They helped me get a cultural visa to stay in Japan.

And they recommended I do the shodan shinsa test. Which was a competition to get a black belt. Shodan means 1st degree black belt.

So I did that 2 times and accumulated 2.5 points which is only .5 of a point away from having enough to get a black belt.

Getting a black belt in Japan vs. the USA

I had a green and a brown belt in the USA prior to going to Japan.

In SF city college it goes: white-green-brown-black and I think in brown you have to get a couple of degrees.

In Japan it goes white-black.

As far as I know for adults there are no colored belts. Sometimes children or teens may have colored belts.

In CCSF you basically sign up to get promoted and then you do a demonstration of throws and a written test. You don’t have to compete.

In Japan you have to compete. You have to accumulate enough points. If you lose once you are out. If you win you get a point. If you tie you get a half of a point but you are out. If you lose or tie then you have to wait until the next competition.

If it’s your first comp. then I think you need 4 points total but after your first comp the number goes down to 3 points and even after you get the points you have to do nage no kata.

COVID cancels the competitions for black belt

So I missed 2 competitions in Japan because they were cancelled to covid. So the budokan (local martial arts center) in Fukuoka sent a letter out to the dojos and said if you think you have someone with enough points that you would recommend for black belt then so be it.

So my dojo recommended me for black belt and that’s how I got it. From that point until I actually got it took probably 7-9 months because of covid affecting shipping.

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Genomelink.io & why I don’t recommend them

Genomelink.io is a company that offers DNA testing services. I uploaded some raw data to them and then after a few weeks decided I didn’t want to use the service anymore.

So I didn’t find any easy instructions on how to cancel and sent them an email on July 1.

Sent: Thursday, July 1, 2021 8:57 AM
To: info@genomelink.io <info@genomelink.io>
Subject: Cancel
Hi˜
I’d like to cancel my plan and how can I download what I learned or can i?
Ian

I waited a couple of days and did not receive a reply so I tried again.

Sent: Saturday, July 3, 2021 5:47 PM
To: info@genomelink.io <info@genomelink.io>
Subject: Cancel
I’d like to confirm that i won’t be charged again. please respond.

Again no response.

So I assumed maybe they went ahead and cancelled it. Then on July 15th I get a receipt for $14.


 

I’ve since sent probably over 10 emails to that above address that have not received a reply.

How to contact genomelink.io?

info@genomelink.io doesn’t work. Or at least it haven’t been between July 1 and today July 20th, 2021. And I couldn’t find any other emails or phone numbers where you could actually speak to someone.
And that’s pretty much the only email I could find.

I have tried to contact the company AWAKENS that supposedly owns it in Berkeley by sending a letter. I went to the company ‘team’ page and searched for emails and no luck.

What kind of company doesn’t reply to emails?

When you sign up there is either a year long or monthly option and I did the monthly, but now it looks like they are going to keep billing me.

I contacted my bank and they gave me some phone# of the visa that was supposedly Genomelink’s but I called it and it was totally unrelated.

My bank is trying to track them down now.

This has been a big hassle and waste of time trying to track this company down. Definitely don’t recommend.

Thirtytwo TM-3 snowboard boot review

This is a review of the Thirtytwo snowboard boot TM 3 model. Push play on the video to learn more.

It’s a pricey boot. My previous boots were old Burton Driver boots and these ones sounded good so I went with these.

They are rated a 4-6 boot in stiffness. And I thought they felt super stiff when I first rode them. In fact I only rode them for 2 days.

Why only 2 days?

Because they expanded a bit and started to feel loose. So I want to get the shorter size. Last boots were a 9.5 and these were a 9, but actually I want to get the 8.5.

Watch the video for more details.

Features:

  • Recoil flex control
  • True half sizes
  • Performance Rubber Outsole
  • Performance backstay
  • 3D Molded Tongue
  • Elite Internal Harness
  • Tongue Tension
  • Articulated Cuff …
  • INTUITION FOAM LINER
  • 100% Heat Moldable
  • STI ENERGY FOAM
  • High Rebound Cushioning
  • PRESSURE PAD
  • Alleviates Internal Lace Bite
  • HEAT VENT
  • Breathable Shell
  • ADAPTIVE ARCH SUPPORT
  • Interchangeable Arch (see below for more)
  • HEEL HOLD SYSTEM
  • Customizable Fit
  • POWER CUFF
  • Adjustable Support

Are you a size 9?

Buy these TM 3 boots (only used twice). Instead of paying $450 you could pay just over $200.

Or…

Check them out brand new on Evo.com.

Or see this related article on snowboard boot size.

Union Force vs. Strata snowboard binding review

So I was obsessed with researching bindings and was primarily focused on getting the Strata, but then I saw the 5 pack Force binding and it caught my eye.

I decided to buy both the red 2022 Union Strata and the 2021 limited edition “5 pack” Union Force binding.

Union Force snowboard binding review (vs. the Strata)

This is a review of the Union Force snowboard binding compared to the Strata. This is actually a limited edition “5 pack” model from 2021.

2022 Union Strata snowboard binding review

This is a review of the 2022 Union Strata snowboard binding. I rode this binding first.

The 2022 model did not appear to be any different from the 2021. The only visible difference I could see was that the word “Strata” was not on the highback.

The 2020 Strata has a different ankle strap.

The Strata highback comes in 2 different styles: one with holes and one team highback.

The one I got in the video above is the team highback.

What did I think?

I tried the Strata first. And it was definitely different feeling at first and a bit painful underfoot at first. Perhaps it was the minidisk or whatever. It did feel more loose.

The footbed is wider and there was some extra space between my boot and the interior sides of the front part of the binding.

The Force was tighter fitting.

The Strata feels a little lower to the board and little more flexy. The Force feels a little more stiff underfoot (standard baseplate?) and responsive.

It’s a little more powerful and aggressive feeling to me.

The Strata looser. More casual. More barefoot feeling.

What I didn’t like

  1. One of the toe straps on the Force (despite being the same on the Strata) would slip off occasionally and had a funny sort of warp to it. A random imperfection.
  2. They are painted bindings and that stuff chips and scratches off easily. But perhaps most bindings are like that.
  3. The extra space in the Strata (the footbed is wide).

The Strata’s a little less adjustable. There is no adjustable toe ramp and the heel area is less adjustable. The Force is more adjustable.

If you like lots of forward lean then the Strata has less cause you can only adjust it so far (3 settings I believe), but it’s more of a “freestyle” focused binding as they say so many may not want much.

And the Strata forward lean adjustment isn’t as easy to adjust but most people don’t fiddle with that much so it doesn’t really matter.

The Force is more of an all mountain binding. But whatever binding you get you can ride it anywhere, don’t feel too limited by the labels.

I suspect the Strata would feel better for jibs, but I personally don’t jib much.

As far as shock absorption goes I think they are both good. The Force has a thicker softer area underfoot. The Strata’s isn’t as high and the material is more rubbery.

Holy highbacks?!

Both bindings are available with holy highbacks;-) if you like them – I don’t.

According to one of the Union reps I was emailing the highbacks with holes are  a “tad bit softer”.

The Strata highback doesn’t really have any padding whereas the Force has a lot.

The Strata is a bit more minimalist. I like the asym shape though.

Other snowboard bindings I was thinking about

Other bindings I was considering/comparing were several Salomon shadow fit bindings and the Bent Metal Transfer. In the end I went with these two. Salomon’s kind of looked cool, I was tempted to try out their shadow fit, but being a ski company kind of turned me off a little;-).

The Bent Metals are cool. I like Mervin’s stuff (currently ride a Lib board), but I went with the Union’s. Maybe they felt a little heavier to me or liked the design of Union’s better.

Older bindings I had were old Burton Missions. I’ve had a few Burton bindings and wanted to try something new.

Learn more:

How to choose the best snowboard boot size for you

How do you choose the right size snowboard boots?

Very carefully.

Should yo you get a size bigger than your normal street shoes?

Not usually.

Usually people size down if anything.

Why? Because you definitely don’t want any play.

But it depends on you.

Do you want a “comfort” fit, a “normal” fit or a “performance fit”?

A “comfort fit” might be for the person who snowboards twice a year or maybe 3 times if they are lucky. A “normal fit” is kinda like what we do at Cannon in the rental dept.

Normally we tell people if your toes touch the front it’s okay.

Then kick your heel back, lace up or buckle up your boot then bend your knees and flex and if your toes come back a bit then your probably good.

You don’t want your foot to move around in the boot.

Now a “performance fit” isn’t for someone renting gear.

Rented boots are usually all packed out so they aren’t going to feel like a new boot.

One of the things we do in rentals is we size their foot using a Brannock device. Those are one of the things you might have used before in the shoe store.

You might be surprised what your foot actually measures.

Here I am measuring my left foot.

My left foot on a Brannock device

Ever use one of those?

This is a good place to start.

Forget your current shoe size and start with one of these.

It measures my left foot at 27.5 which translates to a 9.5 US mens and my right at about 27 which is a 9.

So that’s a good place to start, but keep in mind all boots don’t necessarily follow that.

My old boots were 9.5 Burtons then I recently got a size 9 in Thirtytwo boots which felt very tight when I first tried them.

I was questioning if they were too small, but after heat molding and 2 days I decided they were two big because my foot got loose in the boot.

DON’T GET HUNG UP ON A NUMBER (a certain size).

People come into rentals to get boots often saying, “I wear a size ___ (fill in the blank)”.

That’s their street shoe size. Some have it in their head that they are a certain size and their ski boots should be the same.

Sometimes they are and often they aren’t.

But we pretty much always start with the Brannock scale.

Here’s a little story…

Recently I had pretty much narrowed my choice of new boots online down to a 9.5 TM 3 Thirtytwo boot.

I thought 9.5 because my old Burton’s were a 9.5 and my larger foot measures 9.5 and I almost bought them online, but I decided to go back to this shop to try them on.

The 9.5’s felt like sort of comfy, but I could tell they were going to pack out and be too roomy. So I tried the 9 on and I felt pretty tight in those and after about 10 minutes I got some pain in one pinky toe.

I couldn’t imagine going any smaller.

It didn’t even cross my mind. Hesitantly I went back the next day, bought them and did heat molding. I put a little soft foam toe cap over my toes, stood and sat in them for 10 minutes+.

It was actually a little painful.

After the heat molding I took the caps off and put my foot back in and noticed they were a little more spacious although it felt like the foot bed on one foot was bunched up in the toes.

I sort of shrugged it off and figured it would fix itself.

Later I read the sign below in the boot box, examined the messed up insole and figured it was either defective or damaged from heat molding.

At the end of my first day riding in them I noticed one of my feet (actually the longer one) was sliding a little bit.

Then I did one more day noticed further play in the boot then I decided I would sell them because the boot was only going to break in more.

Here’s my Thirtytwo TM 3 boots review.

Should you feel any pain?

Depends on what you are going for. And it’s hard to see and no one wants to feel pain, but will that boot feel the same after you use it 2, 5, 10 or 20 days later?

No, it won’t.

Why not?

Because it’s going to break in and pack out.

More comfort now might be more pain later (and less control) when your foot is sliding around in the boot. But it depends what you are going for. If you are someone who just rides less than ten days a year then yeah, maybe you want to stay away from pain.

As Angry Snowboarder said you have 3 kinds of fits:

  1. Comfort fit
  2. Normal fit
  3. Performance fit

It’s kinda like buying athletic shoes but different.

Have you ever played B-ball or soccer and needed some sneakers or cleats? You don’t want to play with your foot moving around in those right?

If your foot is sliding around in the boot or sneaker then your game is going to be off and that’s the same with boarding, but sneakers and snowboard boots are different in that a snowboard boot contains a lot more soft material.

That will pack out.

To some extent.

How much will a snowboard boot pack out?

Well, that probably depends a bit on the construction of the boot and liner and you.

But this site says:

Snowboard boots will stretch approximately 1/4 of an inch to 3/4 of an inch wider and longer during the break-in period…

And this site says:

…at least 15 hours of wear before they break in and pack out to half a size bigger.

Is pain and “curled” toes a bad sign?

Most every place you look will say “yes” but is that necessarily so?

In the rental shop this is usually a bad sign and we will give people larger boots if their toes are curled.

But what’s different about rental boots and the people who rent them?

A rental boot is usually a packed out boot.

They’re not new boots and these people are just going for a day. Most of them are newcomers and don’t want to be uncomfortable at all.

They want a comfort fit or…

If they are a little more experienced then they are probably going to want a normal fit.

A normal fit is how we try to get them and that’s toes touching the front, heels back, and when they squat their toes should come back.

Then there’s the performance fit.

I don’t think anyone comes into rentals looking for a performance fit. That’s for people who ride a lot and are buying a new boot.

A new boot is not a packed out boot.

How that boot feels in the shop when you try it on won’t be how it feels 10 days later.

So it’s tough because a little short term pain now is a better fit later. And if the inside of a boot expands in width and length anywhere from a 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch then just maybe toes curling a little bit isn’t bad.

But don’t get my wrong you could go too small.

So how small is too small?

Do a shell fit

This  makes sense when I saw it. So take the liner out of the boot and put your foot inside the shell. Does it make contact with anything when centered in the boot? If so then it’s obviously too small.

Then slide your foot forward till your toes touch and see if you can stick at least a finger behind your heel.

The liner will flatten out to a pretty ridiculous degree, but the shell isn’t going to change much at all. So check your shell fit:

Take the liner out, put your foot in, if your forefoot touches the sides of the shell, you definitely want out. If you push your foot all the way forward so your toes touch the end of the shell, and have less than one finger’s width of space behind your heel, you definitely want out.

If your foot does neither of those things with just the shell, then your liner will most likely pack out enough to accommodate your foot. Most liners will lose just about a whole shoe size worth in space after 5-10 days of riding.

Irahi

Does the thickness of the liner matter?

I think it could but that’s tough to measure.

Perhaps get a smaller boot than you think

Start with the Brannock scale, but don’t assume that’s set in stone as each company and each boot is going to be a little different in terms of size and fit.

Do a shell fit.

I like to be in the smallest boots I can manage. At first, my toes are definitely curled up a bit. There’s some mods you can make to ease that pressure until the liners pack out, and some mods you can do to speed that process along. It’s important to really seat your heel into the heel pocket by kicking your heel on the ground before you lace the boots up. Maybe settling that heel pocket issue will be as important as making more space in the toe box.

wigwar

That’s interesting.

Most heat molding techniques involve expanding the toe area by wearing the top of an extra sock or special toe cap or I’ve even read of some people kicking their toes into something.

But what about kicking your heels into something?

That is a good way to put your boot in. It’s what we recommend people do when they first put on a boot in the rental shop.

Kick your heels back and lace your boot up and do a squat or riding stance.

If you stand stiff legged your toes should touch the liner but when in snowboard stance it should only barely graze the liner.

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Should your boots be comfortable to walk in?

Snowboard boots are made to snowboard in not to walk in. So walking around in them isn’t the best test. A better test is simply mimicking your riding stance.

I think doing a shell fit (above) is one of your best tests for a how a boot will feel in the long run.

Bonus: How to fix a new boot that’s too tight

  1. Do heat molding (maybe wear a toe cap), but make sure the guy takes the footbed (insole) out of the boot 1st or it might deform it.
  2. Wear it: around the house or just snowboard in it and possibly alternate it with an old boot till it breaks in.
  3. Kick your heels into the floor.
  4. Kick your toes into the floor, ouch.
  5. Get a foot bed with less volume (a thinner insole).
  6. Put a foot bed with a higher arch in the liner. A higher arch will pull your toes back more.
  7. Wear a thinner sock or no sock.

Bonus: How to fix an old boot that’s too loose

  1. Put a flat insole or some sort of dense foam in the boot between the shell and liner. Make sure it’s sized right.
  2. Use a thicker insole.
  3. Put some foam behind the tongue of the boot.
  4. Buy a new liner.
  5. Buy a new boot.

What sources say for choosing a ‘ski boot’ size

Of course you are a snowboarder, but how do skiers think when it comes to sizing boots? I took this bit from EVO.com:

Beginner/Intermediate Skiers should generally choose a boot close to their indicated Mondopoint length or slightly longer, even if it feels small. Keep in mind that the liner of the boot will compress after you ski in it a few times, and you’ll generate more space fairly quickly.

Intermediate/Advanced Skiers should also choose a boot close to their indicated size or slightly shorter, but in a stiffer flex. Pay attention to the width of the boot as well, and choose one that offers a snug fit if possible.

Advanced/Expert Skiers normally choose a shell size 1/2 to a full size smaller than their indicated size for a super precise and responsive fit, and a stiff or very stiff flex. Downsizing in ski boots may call for a collaboration with a skilled bootfitter to make the boots comfortable enough for skiing.

Any differences compared to snowboarding?

The sizing above sounds kind of like the different fits mentioned before like: comfort fit, normal fit and performance fit.

To generalize…

It’s like most beginners want a comfort fit because they don’t understand the difference and snowboarding is painful enough to begin with.

An intermediate rider wants a normal fit because they’ve learned.

Your average advanced rider has probably had a number of boots and knows boots break in and they want that glove like fit when it does because they want a performance fit.

Boot stiffness=rider ability???

I’ve heard skiers say that and I think it partially applies for snowboarding.

Beginners do tend to use snowboard boots that are softer and more advanced riders tend to use boots that are stiffer.

BUT…

Some advanced riders prefer softer boots. For example, lots of guys (some of them professional) who ride a lot of park and do jibbing use softer boots.

They may like the flexibility for tweaking their tricks and setting tricks up at slower speeds.

Yet, then there are even pro riders who do lots of jibbing that wear stiffer boots.

People who ride a lot of steep terrain and like to go super fast also tend to like stiffer boots as they offer more stability, support and control at higher speeds.

And some people ride lots of different terrain and want an all around boot so they look for a medium stiffness boot.

The flex is part preference and not just ability.

ThanXs for reading!

There you go I hope this helps you decide on the right snowboard boot size for you. Let me know how it goes.

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Hitchhiking adventure + should you go home & live with your parents?

Yesterday I wanted to go to St. J to get some food which is about 10 miles or so and I grabbed my skateboard and took off. I was thinking no one might pick me up given this COVID thing, but I was gonna give it try and if I didn’t then maybe try to walk and skateboard.

But I actually found my first ride by an older guy who gave me a ride about 2 miles or so. Then we did a little more walking and skating and then I made this video…

About the COVID shake.

Then after a little more pushing I got another ride in the back of someone’s truck who just came from skiing in Killington.

It wasn’t that cold though. He had a camper and I saw he had a skateboard in the back. He gave me a ride to St. J then we talked a bit. So then I went to the markets to get some food and then on my way back I saw a couple young skaters maybe 10 and 14 years old.

And they were cool. They were curious… Let em try out my board even though it was like 20 years old and they thought it was cool. Then we started home and made this video.

About should you live with your parents?

Thoughts on feminism, BLM, SJW’s, trans activists (and RELIGION)

I believe in equal human rights. I don’t think you should be treated any differently if you are a woman, gay, trans or any other race.

And I also don’t think you should be given any privileges or special treatment either.

Am I a sexist because I don’t like feminism?

Am I a racist because I don’t like the black lives matter movement/slogan?

If your answer is yes, then I think you are arrogant. Did you know that BLM is run by black feminist lesbians?

I heard that first from Lord Jamar of the old rap group Brand Nubian I used to listen to back in the day.

Then I saw an article on Medium about its “queer roots”.

So it’s backed with a triple dose of political correctness, and resentment.

All these groups…

What do they have in common?

Go Bernie
Go Trump
Go Christian
Go Mormon
Go woman’s rights
Go Red Sox
Go USA
Go Gay Pot
Go Black lives matter
Go Jim Jones
Go Lakers

There’s forbidden language too. And if you don’t believe what they do then you are a bigot and not part of their group.

Politics, religion, team thinking…

Collectivists…

How about humans first?

If you really want equality why call yourself a feminist or join black lives matter?

If you are trans or gay then do what you want but I see it like baseball, personally I don’t like baseball.

I think it’s a boring sport and I don’t play, but just because I don’t play doesn’t mean I am going to vote against banning it.

How to breath better (through your nose)

I found this video a few weeks ago that I helped me and I wanted to share it, but didn’t get around to it. Then today I saw an episode with Joe Rogan and James Nestor talking about breathing and that reminded me.

They talked about all kinds of things related to breathing: deviated septum’s, athletics, tumo breathing, anxiety, asthma, co2, oxygen, nitric oxide and basically how to breath better.

I found the below video to be quite helpful.

Years ago I had seen some videos of Patrick McKeown and the butego method which is like plugging your nose, nodding your head and holding your breath and then releasing, but that wasn’t that helpful for me.

How to unblock your nose

I found this one and I’ve been doing this daily for probably 2 months or so now. It definitely helps.

It makes more sense to me as you physically manipulating the airways more.

A word of warning…

When you do the last part when you blow hard out through your nose (5 times) you might want to get a tissue beforehand because you are likely to blow snot everywhere :=/.

But I definitely recommend it. I think you will notice a difference. He recommends doing it twice a day for 3 weeks I think. I would do it more than that if needed. I sometimes do it 3 times a day.

I don’t think it has straightened my nose, but it has helped my breathing at least temporarily.

I’ve often thought that if the septum was made crooked by basically being pushed out of shape (struck) then maybe it could be pushed back into shape somehow.

Can you pry it open?

I bought a killian’s speculum about a year and a half or so ago and dabbled a bit with trying to pry my nose open more based on this. But it’s painful and a little sketchy.

I noticed on my right side I can’t insert it as far as I can on the left side.

I remember when I went to the ENT in SF and he used one to look inside my nose and when he did I could instantly breath better. Pushing my nose to my right where it deviates has a similar effect.

Another idea I had was to make some sort of nose guard (out of friendly plastic) at night that would push it back in place or DIY nose dilators. The later would be easier to do

I had surgery (septoplasty) in Taiwan back in maybe 2006, but it wasn’t very helpful. Actually I don’t think it did anything except cause a whole lot of trauma and bloody discomfort following. About 3 years ago I saw a couple surgeons in San Francisco and was considering it again.

One talked about removing a piece of cartilage from my rib or ear to use.

Recently started looking into it again. I remember reading once about using laser to heat and remold the cartilage instead of surgery and found the above video by Austin Goh.

I also learned in SF that I had an allergy to dust mites when I was living in an old apartment with carpets. So if you have an allergy that could affect your breathing problems too. If you have carpets and a stuffed up nose you might want to get rid of them.

Doesn’t matter if you clean them or vacuum.

I don’t think that is going to get rid of them. Dust mites are tiny and it’s not them but their feces that causes the problem so I was told.

I’ve got a crooked nose. How about you?

I broke my nose for the first time when I was 14 years old at St. Johnsbury Academy in VT. There I was standing in line in basketball practice waiting my turn and then suddenly the back of someone’s head came flying into my nose.

Lots of pain, black and blue eyes, a crooked nose and like 30 years of bad breathing habits followed.

Since I’ve had breathing problems mostly in my right nostril. And at least one more broken nose since.

Mouth breathing might have actually changed the shape of my face too and made it longer. I do have a long face. There is research out there that says this happens with mouth breathers.

About 2 years ago or so I started taping my mouth at night time when I sleep.

Research also shows that mouth breathing can also change your teeth, make them crooked, cause an open bite and even affect your posture.

Also as far as sleeping goes it’s better to sleep on your side. Sleeping on your back will make your mouth open or cause snoring.

When I was 25 I started doing something that will help your breathing…

When I was 25 (circa 2000) I started practicing yoga. Initially I trained with several different teachers 3-4 times a week for a year.  Then after that I I have practiced it daily for close to 20 years. I do about 15 minutes a day or so.

That helps my breathing, because in yoga most of the time you are trained to breath through your nose not your mouth. Certain positions also open up your chest and airways too.

Then when I was about 32 or 33 I started practicing meditation which was actually inspired from a book I read that talked about tumo meditation mentioned in the Rogan video above.

Simple meditation is to either sit still or lie down on the floor (without a pillow) and breath through your nose and focus on your breathing.

You can try:

  • Slow and steady breaths and maybe…
  • Holding your breath after you exhale for maybe 5-10+ seconds and then slowly and deeply inhale and continue.
  • 6 seconds in 6 seconds out (or vary the number)

I didn’t really learn how to do the tumo meditation, but I have learned some basic meditation practices since and do it everyday for at least 20 minutes. Again it’s breathing through your nose.

Breath through your nose.

Breath through your nose.

Breath through your nose.

One of the things they talked about was that some people may need surgery to correct a badly damaged or deviated septum like Rogan did. But Nestor also had a deviated septum but said he forced it open through breathing.

Bad habits like mouth breathing may shrink your nostrils.

I notice often during the day at times I can walk around with my mouth partly open. It’s a bad habit.

Mewing might also help your breathing

Another thing I’ve been doing is called mewing.

It’s a relatively new thing named by fans of the orthodontist or dentist Michael Mew. It’s basically about changing your posture, head, neck and tongue position.

You can also look up exercises to improve your posture or “text neck”. Yoga includes many of these exercises.

Some basics…

  1. Look up more
  2. Squeeze your shoulder blades together
  3. Tuck your chin
  4. Do sun salutations

It’s hard to change your habits, but if you do you’ll likely see various benefits. It takes discipline and practice like anything.

Conclusion

To breath better you can…

  1. Do the exercises above by Austin Goh (you might notice immediate improvements)
  2. Close your mouth.
  3. Breath through your nose.
  4. Correct your posture.
  5. Get rid of the allergen (mites, pets, food).
  6. Do yoga, meditate and/or exercise with your mouth closed.
  7. There are also breathing strips or dilators you could use which I haven’t tried yet.
  8. Mew: tongue on the roof of your mouth.
  9. Surgery is an option too, but if you get religious about the exercises then you will likely see an improvement.

I need to practice exercising with my mouth closed more. Bit by bit. Practice makes perfect.

I’m black

If I said, “I’m black” you’d think?

More on that later…

You know I was reading the other day that Google search results are biased. True, everyone is biased including the search engine and what it chooses for you.

Why does it choose the sites that it does?

I’ve learned a lot about that since I started a website about 10 years ago.

But some say Google is politically biased. Google owns Youtube and I’ve heard stories of people’s videos being taken down because they discussed sensitive PC topics.

I think I also read most news media sites out there are left-wing leaning. So that’s maybe something you want to ask yourself.

How objective is this news that I am reading?

I found the article mentioned below about Joe Rogan.

I don’t bow hunt or find myself interested in everything Joe Rogan is or agree with everything he says, but I am interested in many things that he is such as:

  • health
  • jiu-jitsu
  • yoga
  • nutrition
  • psychedelics
  • comedy
  • art and music
  • learning
  • etc.

I think the coolest thing about him is that he’s himself. He’s not pretentious and he can talk about a diverse range of topics including some stuff that’s “taboo” for many.

He’s like a normal guy. He’s not uptight, swears and smokes weed on his show with some of his guests.

He has had many guests on his show like 1,400+ people including: actors, musicians, psychologists, scientists, astrophysicists, fighters, and a whole lot of people with interesting stories.

Some recent shows:

  • Tony Hawk (He’s like 52 and still skates awesome!)
  • Jordan Jonas (Lived alone in the wilderness for 77 days with 10 items)
  • Edward Snowden
  • Mike Tyson
  • Dr. Rhonda Patrick
  • Bernie Sanders

And speaking of Bernie…

I saw this post I mentioned earlier on Vox where the writer Zack Beauchamp quotes Joe Rogan from a video.

I was completely open and liberal about it — until there was a case where a man who had been a man for 30 years became a woman for a little less than two years and then started MMA fighting women. Beating the fuck out of these women, and then not proclaiming that he or she used to be a man … if you ever watch the fights, she wasn’t winning because she was skillful. She was fucking manhandling these women, it was ugly.

Then Zack says…

“This very short paragraph contains all the classic tropes of transphobia: a denial of the authenticity of trans people’s identity, an insinuation that they’re a threat to cis folks, and a claim that they’re using their gender identity to somehow get ahead in life.”

Haha…

I remembered that video. I’ve heard him talk about that and I don’t think that is transphobia. That is just being objective. He’s an MMA commentator and black belt in BJJ and Tae kwon do.

Give him some credit.

He knows something about athletics and fighting.

Why do they have female and male divisions for all kinds of sports?

Is that sexism?

There’s a reason.

Men are typically bigger, stronger and faster. That’s not a mentality that’s a reality.

Men and women have different hormone levels and biological differences.

“Cis”

Hehe…

Call yourself what you want, but don’t tell people what to call you or try to make some rule as to what you should be called.

Your idea is just an idea (or idealogy) and who is to say you are right? There are many people out there in the world that don’t think like you.

And something I read once that I thought was pretty insightful.

Don’t believe everything you think.

That Vox article suggested that since Joe Rogan had some “right-wing” people on his show like Alex Jones, Ben Shapiro, etc. that he was a bigot.

But he’s had a lot of people on his show that aren’t considered “right-wing” not only Bernie Sanders, but Andrew Yang (thumbs up from me), and what’s her name…

Tulsi Gabbard.

A lot of people with different viewpoints.

IT’S MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY.

That’s how I see a lot of feminists, SJW’s or “activists” think. They’re religious.
“It’s still a totalitarian way of thinking… If people don’t comply you’re going after them. That’s everything against being a liberal progressive thinker. Exactly.” – 2 people referring to SJW’s
It extends to food too.

The my way or the highway diet

What?

What’s the most politically correct diet? Would it be the vegan diet? Because you might as well be a savage if you are eating animal products.

But the vegan diet includes carbs and according to the keto (ketogenic) folks…

“CARBS AREN’T FOOD.”

Someone actually replied to me once with that comment. I said to go look up the Blue zone diet.

Food is one example and…

Religion is another

I once read that “brands” are like religions in a book by Martin Lindstrom. The same part of the brain that lights up with religion is associated with brands (on an MRI).

Your political party, favorite supermarket, sneaker brand are like your religion.

So maybe “keto” is a religion and feminism is a religion and ___ is a religion too.

Different people think differently.

Joe Rogan has had vegans, people on the ketogenic diet, atkins diet and carnivore diet on his show. So I say give him some credit for not excluding or censoring people who are not in “his circle” whatever that may be.

“All forms of violent extremism are rooted in this form of in-group versus out-group thinking.” – source

Oh and by the way…

If you were born with a penis and think of yourself as female or want to be called ___.

Or, if you were born with a vagina and think of yourself as a male or want to be called ___.

Then I am black.

And 30% Asian despite whatever my genes say and the fact I might look like a white man.

Nope.

I am not white.

Better make a new box for my ethnicity on that application. I am still working on what I’ll call this new ethnicity.

Hehehe…

It was a joke hope you got it.

My 21 day caffeine fast

So I recently completed 21 days with no caffeine. That’s no green tea or cacao for me. It was hard in the beginning. But I realized just how powerful these things are.

You just don’t realize.

Until you stop. Then you’ll see. The 2nd day was the most difficult for me and then it got progressively easier.

But now I have since been drinking tea over the last 3 days, but each day I am drinking less as I see how it is affecting my sleep.

You sleep better without caffeine.

The first day back on caffeine I noticed the effects. Adrenaline. More stress from cortisol. Faster, stimulated, a little more flighty and scattered and more positive feeling.

I also thought I looked better.

It’s a mixed bag.

But once you’re in the habit you don’t notice. It’s the usual and then you might start drinking more and more.

I love green tea.

Before the fast I was drinking a lot of green tea – like for half of the day. I noticed my sleep seemed deeper not on caffeine. I slept better about 90% of the time.

The internet would still eff with my sleep if I use it too late. That’s my next fast.

Previously I’ve done 1, 2, 3, 4, and a 5 day fast.

    1. Day 1 I felt a little less energy and a bit more moody.
    2. Day 2 I felt a lot less energy, very foggy and hungry.
    3. Day 3 and beyond was better.

The good they say (of no caffeine)…

  • Better sleep
  • More grounded
  • Less scattered
  • Less stress
  • Less anxiety

I agree with pretty much all of these now. Anxiety I don’t think I get much, but I can see how other people may be affected.

The bad (of no caffeine)

  • lethargy
  • depression
  • headaches
  • complexion?
  • dullness

I didn’t get any headaches this time although I have in the past when I went off caffeine. But I definitely felt lethargy and definitely in the first few days.

I found myself more grounded feeling but I bit more depressed feeling actually. On the other hand I felt a little more dull. Towards the end of my 21 days I was asking myself if I was starting to feel more positive. Not sure.

I also noticed my complexion didn’t seem to look as good without caffeine. Actually green tea contains more than caffeine, but also theanine, theobromine, catechins and other stuff.

I also didn’t eat cacao which I don’t everyday because I’ve noticed that is definitely addicting and stimulating.

I think the effects of fasting from green tea and cacao is subtle. I think you will notice how it affects you if you go off of it for a long time and then go back on it.

Initially I was only going to do this for 7 days, but it turned into 21. I think I will do more cycling in and out of using tea in the future as well as varying the amounts I consume.

The effects of it felt quite noticeable after the 21 days and again interrupted my sleep. It also tends to go hand and hand with using the internet for me.

Makes me a bit more talkative too.