Shattered Rift

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  1. Put me down as a tentative yes. What time do you expect nightfall to be? I don't want to accidentally forget about Werewolf until midnight PDT again. Also, I won't be able to play past the 25th. I'll be attending dance workshops during Memorial Day weekend.
  2. I had the discussion of aesthetics recently with a friend that spends time practically everyday at the gym. He doesn't look like one of the insanely ripped bodybuilder types, but he's in fantastic shape. One of the things he pointed out to me is the difference between strict weight-lifting of targeted areas vs calisthenics or a better-rounded approach. A portion of the bodybuilding community was inspired by Dragon Ball Z, and the appearance of Goku et. al is based on the well-rounded approach, and it's somewhat accurate to the in-series explanation that Goku and Vegeta do tons of pushups/sit-ups etc. Whereas the bodybuilder types with massive biceps/etc are focusing on those groups much more exclusively. As a dancer, what I'm lacking is a sufficient amount of that well-roundedness. I need a lot of the auxiliary strength because of how hard I work every area. Meanwhile, because dancing is primarily cardio, it does little to build muscle and much more to burn calories. You mentioned growth, and my best understanding is that good physical health trumps some of the other problems, but more than that it's a matter of life expectancy vs quality of life. It's not worth living to be a hundred if you spend your last thirty years as an invalid. Better to live to be eighty and be healthy to the day you die. The key thing is getting into a regular habit with it. A gym membership could help, and putting money on the line can be motivating to some people. I'd also recommend finding a friend or coworker or someone to go with and help to hold you accountable.
  3. Generally, that has more to do with correct fit than anything else. Making sure your pants fit you properly in the waist, and then having the belt be snug rather than tight. Does your weight fluctuate much? I've been trying near-desperately to put on weight this past year. I managed to put on about five pounds in the waist, just enough to hit normal waist size for my pant length, but then I lost it while I was sick over Christmas. My body really doesn't want to hold the extra weight. Vests are about functionality, at least compared to blazers and suit coats. Vests leave your shoulders (and thus arms) mobile. They just do less to build up the general appearance of your size (which is where blazers/suit coats excel). I'm not particularly familiar with sweaters, but I think the formality comes from the fabric and look. It's definitely possible to find a formal sweater. Though sweaters are going to be less formal than vests or blazers.
  4. For men, the typical upgrade is a watch, though watches are in a kind of flux in different circles because of their "uselessness." Bracelets and rings are also an option. Pocket squares only really work with blazers/suits. I've been wanting to add a bracelet to my wardrobe. (Hm, I can't seem to remember the name of the brand. I lost a handful of my links when I reformatted.) Edit: Found them. I've been debating this guy and that guy. Not sure which I prefer more. And I tend to prefer silver to gold in my jewelry. Most dress shoes stop below the ankle bone. Only boots (chukkas or chelseas) cover the ankle. Also, if your foot is slipping out of a loafer while running, I'd wager the loafer might be a half-size too big. That's a blucher, not an oxford. The difference with bluches is that they have the open laces like that, whereas an oxford or balmoral has closed lacing where the underside/between spaces of the laces are hidden. Not all dress shoes are uncomfortable. Soles are made out of different materials. It's partially a reflection of cost. Thanks for bringing up socks. They're definitely a fun thing to play around with in the right environment, but they're pretty low down on my list of clothes to play with. I can't ever think of hearing about a velcro belt. There are those seat belt belts. Soft collars do seem to be getting rarer in dress shirts. I have a few ancient ones. I'd recommend finding one or two particular areas to step up. I assume your shirt is fine, your pants are fine, and your shoes are fine. Are you still running as slim as I remember you being, or have you put on weight? Personally, I really like vests. Zilary's suggestion of sweater vests is good if you want to look more casual, but you're trying to avoid that. Your belt is the other obvious thing. Keep in mind that browns and tans are less formal than blacks. A black braided belt would look significantly better, though you might want to avoid the braided look at all.
  5. I find that the list of things needed in a wife continues to lengthen to the point where it becomes unreasonable. It's caused my list to compress to a few specifics that have much broader implications (such as dancer, which inherently includes height and body type as well as athleticism). Were you wearing the super casual style of loafers that have the... not strings, exactly, but sort of like strings going along the sides? Loafers are definitely casual, and I repeatedly waffle on whether or not I actually like loafers, but most loafers should be able to get by just fine. Coloring matters too: black always looks more formal. Pointy toes? As in the box toe? They're hideous and make for an abrupt end-point. Always go rounded toe.
  6. I've been following Real Men Real Style for years. I've got a friend who really enjoys Art of Manliness, though their articles have never resonated with me. I'll take a glance at AlphaM. This has generally been my approach in the past, and it would work extremely well if I was in a more typical business environment, but I'm trying to push the extremes. I typically do wear a white shirt for the reasons mentioned (and occasionally black) and have only recently added a dark grey to my wardrobe. But it's working with colors that I really want to push. I'll need to experiment with the warm and cool matchups. I also stick with plain shirts. There are very few patterned shirts that appeal to me, and ties are always the conversation piece anyway. (Though fancier shirts is something to keep in mind for one of these days.) How many years did those transitions happen over? Edit: There's the old Fashion thread. Merged it with this one.
  7. Those of you that follow me on Facebook know that I've got an extensive tie collection, but one of the things I've been struggling with has been matching ties with colored shirts. I'm not sure if it's the lack of a tertiary color being included in my outfit, but even sticking to colors in the same general range as the shirt (reds with purples, greens with blues, etc) rarely seem to pop. The only combination that seems to work well is a dark purple shirt of mine with a tie that is primarily purple with lowlights of navy blue. So far as I'm aware, this isn't a subject that comes up with the various resources online, as most of the fashion websites are aimed at the lowest common denominator. I'm also curious, as many of us seem to be in a similar life stage, how many of you have needed to improve your style game to keep up with work and social needs? I know I'm in a minority, being able (and encouraged) to wear flamboyant outfits for work. But I'd like to know, in you guys' place of work, has there been more formal expectations or is the trend shifting towards casual work environments? I know that this is at least partly regional, as I saw very casually dressed dance instructors while I was down in Salt Lake City, as opposed to here in Portland where there's a mix (and very few are that casually dressed).
  8. For anyone who ever wondered what the donation money goes to. You were logged in as RA? That's odd. On what page? I was Blacjak on the forums and you in the Ascetic Living thread.
  9. Due to some server issues, the site has been cacheing during the past week. This problem should be resolved. But in case it's not, the following issues may be occurring: pages always appearing the same (that's what cacheing means), pages appearing like you're not logged in or logged in as someone else (those were fun), and the home page in particular not updating to display new posts/status updates/etc. I'm posting this while the site isn't cacheing, so this topic/post should definitely appear on the home page regardless. Most of the site seems to be operating normally. So you should be able to visit the forums and see topics/posts updating correctly. Also bear in mind, posts you make will go through. But if the cacheing is occurring then they simply won't display until the cache is cleared again.
  10. Site should be fixed now.

  11. Site may be fixed now.

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      Shattered Rift

      Never mind.

  12. Is anyone else experiencing login or caching issues?

  13. I hadn't considered the opposite(ish) approach. My saturation came at a young age, having access to both the family TV and my brother's NES for about as far back as I can remember. I can't remember how old I was when I got my own TV. What I do remember more clearly is that I split my time between video games, playing outside (bike riding, hanging out as kids do, wandering around a nearby park, and jumping on a trampoline), and then later cutting back on video game time once I reached my teenage years and instead pouring that time into online ventures. For me, having a computer was something that came much later, but my fixation on it came from... I'm not really sure what caused me to focus so much time and energy into it. I'm not sure if I get a limited amount of junk mail or have a limited number of records I need to keep, but these things usually only eat up a few minutes each day. Perhaps I'm treating them too lightly, and I haven't actively done anything to remove them from my life, but in the context of where my head was at in posting this thread I've never focused on them beyond those moments I spend sorting through and throwing them out. They don't hold my attention for any longer than they have to. Perhaps our age difference has something to do with it? I'm in my late twenties, and I forget if you're five or ten years older than me. (Then again, my brother has a decade on me, and I don't think he has too much more of a problem with this than I do, so maybe it's regional?) With the transition from paper to digital advertising, there might be greater forces at work there.
  14. What prompted the move to Japan? It's interesting to hear that you never finished building your PC, and it's fascinating hearing that you don't regret cutting out a lot of your gaming collection/etc. That's the kind of thing I was hoping to hear about. I had never really thought of myself as materialistic while growing up, and I always tried to keep a good sense of which things were essential to me (the Mega Man painting Nebiros gave me, Yu-Gi-Oh! playmats, dance notes, and a small handful of other more sentimental things), but traveling without them made me realize how distracting so many of them were just by being around me all of the time. I don't know that I'm going for any kind of brilliant insight or particular direction. The fact that you've become more social is worthwhile in its own right, especially because that's one of the reasons that's prompting me to pack light when I move.
  15. I got back from a two week trip to Utah on Monday, and similarly to my traveling last summer, I traveled light, only really having my phone for entertainment. I'm currently gearing up to relocate in that direction, and I'm finding myself planning to travel light, computer and phone being essentially the only forms of entertainment that I'll be taking with me. What I found interesting last summer was how much more easily I was able to concentrate and contemplate the circumstances of my life. I've never been the "connect with nature" type that experiences something similar, but here I did, and I found the focus incredibly valuable. Most of you probably know that I grew up as a gamer and spending much of my teenage years online. It feels surreal to look around my room now, to look over my bookshelves filled with movies/shows/books/games, and to both know that I don't care for many of them and want to strip them away (at least in presence: I still want to own them). I'd like to ask, how many others here have experienced something in this vein or another, and has it influenced your material approach to life?