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  1. I made sure I had a vegan protein supplement on the go (myprotein's vegan blend in coffee n walnut flavour is really good, and works great in baking) but even matching the grammage from eating meat, I still lost a ton of weight. Strength did stay up though, so there's evidence the weight was unnecessary. Maybe switch your focus to being ripped?
  2. If they do keep stuff online so existing fans can seek it out, that's surely defeating the object. Good vignettes should be a massive part of what bring in new fans, and in fact should be key in cluing in new fans BEFORE the in ring stuff. If a non fan skipping through channels saw a match, then skipped off, then switch back 30 minutes later, they wouldn't know what the difference was. A few guys in tights were fighting, now... a few guys in tights are fighting still? Are these the same guys? Why are those two in the same gear? Are there two or is this just badly edited? With normal TV drama, the locations and situations change visually from scene to scene, both physically and in terms of camera work, but wrestling doesn't do that (or at least doesn't do it so well and so frequently). If anything, I think airing the vignettes on TV makes sense if not from the live broadcast but definitely the rerun - air the show to all your existing viewers, have them build the buzz, and draw new eyes via the repeats. Hiding your more varied content away as a treat for your existing viewers pretty much ensures you massively limit your audience.
  3. That's something I find with Gaiman's translations to TV - the characters are brilliant and the world building expansive and interesting but subtle, but his whimsy keeps undercutting any sense of peril or urgency so things kind of tick along with a couple of bursts then everyone calms down and has a jolly British talky finish. Aside from the radio version of Neverwhere with James McAvoy sounding gorgeous throughout and incredible sound design (obvs), I found all the adaptations a bit underwhelming. Maybe his dream like stories work better in the imagination at the reader's pace. It's why I'm wary of adaptations of the Sandman - I've no doubt it'll be stunning and brilliantly played, but the lack of stereotypical climax feels like it might end feeling flat.
  4. If the tongue in cheekiness of my hash tag didn't come across, I'm sorry; I forget tone of voice isn't always obvious in posts. The above comment niggles me a little, because it seems to assume a show suitable for children is okay to be poor quality or 'childish'. Rose tinted specs or not, the original Thundercats was marketed heavily on its moral narratives and characters which were partially developed or vetted with the help of family focus groups, I think - it was the show that was "okay to watch with your kids". Yes, the stories and dialogue were drawn with broad strokes, but the themes and messages were still presented seriously. The original dealt with the tragedy of Thundera's destruction several times, but the new trailer shows a planet going pop for lolz. If that's the vibe they're marketing, as well as all the cats being rubbery weapon-based caricatures instead of realistic warriors, then that sets a bad precedent to me. Plus I think that animation style is lazy, far less polished and accomplished than the near-anime look of the original (I think they subbed the work out to Japanese studios, so although the animation and proportions might be off occasionally, some of the matte paint work and fight choreography was top notch). God, I'm old.
  5. I wasn't talking so much about the wrestling options for WWE wrestlers, but the fact that it feels like middle to upper card guys could get out after 5 years into semi-retirement or other careers, but today's crop, and the crop from the last 10+ years, don't or can't walk away.
  6. What is it that keeps today's guys around so long? Different contracts? Lower pay? Ego?
  7. It's actually quite refreshing to hear exactly the kind of opposition I expected. The vibe I'm getting is the conservative view that workers should be grateful for the employment, that they should get the work done regardless of the pressures, and that anyone given time and money to spare will waste it. I simply don't think that is the case, nor would it be the case. The absolute key for applicable industries is businesses managing their customer expectations and work capacities. We have those problems now with oversubscribed production plans and poor process control. Businesses lose more money and time on inefficiencies, credits due to error, and reproduction than anything else, mostly (in my experience) caused by the "work harder not smarter" mentality. Get a grip on those things, among others, and a switchover to reduced hours without reducing pay would be much easier. An extra day off a week wouldn't be spent by one and all scratching their nuts either. It opens up the opportunity for further education, pursuing new qualifications, thereby adding to an employee's worth and value to the business and the marketplace, and therefore giving them greater opportunity for career advancement. It worries me that a poster on here remarked how they were working class and always would be, or would never be rich, or words to that effect. Without the time, energy, and chance to better yourself skills-wise and career-wise outside of your working hours, you risk burn out and ennui, both enemies to progression. I have several friends and colleagues taking work-focused university courses from home alongside full time work, and the majority complain of and exhibit signs of fatigue, while not expecting to complete what would be a 3 year course in less than double that. That's a load of time that the employer won't see a benefit from. Older friends and relatives who have either been able to take or been forced into early retirement have taken the opportunity to fill their time by contributing to social projects, which corresponds with findings during trials of reduced hours elsewhere. This on turn feeds back into social wellbeing for the community, and eases the pressure on social services and charities through volunteering, none of which is possible if the community is stuck in work. All these projects are available now, of course, but their support and social contributions would massively increase. I'm aware many of the views in this thread are shaped by personal experience, and although I've seen a lot of shitty human behaviour, I still believe the effect of an experiment in reduced hours would surprise a lot of the naysayers. For a guy who thinks people can be real dicks, I do have a lot of faith in them!
  8. The comment about productive hours feels right - of the 7.5 daily hours I'm paid for, I'd wager most days around 2.5 of that is dealing with non-essential ad hoc email queries, one-off report building, and running around the business resolving issues due to non-conformances. An official switch to reduced hours or ROWE (results-oriented work environment, cringe) would probably lead to an increase in this as the various underperformers in departments begin rushing to clear their to-do lists by palming them off as much as possible. Strong target management though would flag this up within weeks, however, so the emphasis would quickly switch to getting things right first time and clearing out such dead wood.
  9. Any change in work culture in the UK is dependent on the jobs switching to a salaried productivity-based model. This would work for roles where businesses have total control over their workloads and work flow, but not so much for data-driven or demand-based business, like the service industry. If you're paid x amount per month, with clear daily, weekly and monthly targets/SLAs, then if you hit those targets you should be entitled to the remaining time off or to apply for overtime for supplementary pay, based on a policy agreed with the employer. This would reward productivity and efficiency rather than the clock-in-clock-out mentality, rewarding time served rather than quality of service. Service industries and 24/7 manufacturing would struggle to make this work though. Automation is always going to chip away at menial tasks, which is always going to put the employment of less-skilled, educated or abled workers at risk. Obviously being a loony lefty, UBI appeals, and the small-scale test cases have often demonstrated the counter-intuitive effect of causing employees to be happier working longer (to do with the easing of financial pressures reducing the sense of obligation in the work environment), but I'm aware this is, at its simplest, a massive extension of the benefits system. Due to consumerism and capitalism, I actually doubt we'll see anything like UBI or reduced working hours without privatisation of more services. It puts things in the control of the markets and reduces governmental regulation, so I would imagine the increase in free time would be tempered by an increase in living costs only slightly mitigated by the UBI allowance. Personally I'm in a mid-level business support role with influence in project work for a mid-size international company, so I could easily meet my daily task targets in reduced hours. I can wfh, so can be avail able to support in emergencies from off site if needs be, as I was over most of the festive period. The difficulty would be that different roles in the business don't have the same flexibility, which would lead to ill feeling and employee tensions. Still, I can dream!
  10. Only when ripping apart soap opera storylines with the wife, with a mix of booking jargon and bastardised quotes from this place. Faces, heels, getting over (when they frantically throw half a dozen storylines at a new character), main event run (for when they give a lower cast member a big storyline, eg ginger Gary in Corrie becoming top heel (an example shamelessly robbed from here)), etc.
  11. Feeling healthier comes as part of consciously eating more natural plant based foods. As I stick to whole foods anyway, I found my stint at Veganuary last year pretty straight forward. Before doing it, I looked at my existing diet and subbed out the non-vegan macros for vegan ones, so I knew I had plenty of options. Although I did feel better, friends and family did tell me how much weight I lost (around 7 lbs over the month) so my maths was obviously out (I didn't change my fitness routine at all). I didn't get on with tofu at all (too much faff) and found the cheese subs especially pongy. I have since reduced my non-vegan foods, but if I was honest, at best I could see myself going halfway house like ovo-pescatarian. I consciously look for ethical, free range or organic sources, which I didn't before. I also don't skip past the veggie and vegan options when eating out either, which I used to. Some hard-line vegans may call this piecemeal, but fortunately my vegan friends aren't like that. I think variety and price are the key things that will make people switch without any level of guilt-tripping, and I think a focus on sustainable, rotated, efficient farming methods for all crops and livestock is the real key to long term cultural and ecological benefits.
  12. Full show with both Japanese and English commentary is already up at NJPWWorld. Cracking show, with some very Cavemanlynn-pleasing results. Archer vs Moxley was just creative enough to keep me hooked throughout. The plastic bag was a bit odd but was effectively sold. I don't like Mox in jeans; I think he looked both more of a star and more of a psycho in trunks during the G1. Hiromu is back, baby. No idea what the hell his new move is. Hopefully this leads to a more open junior heavy division after Osprey's dominance. Double mains both delivered big time. White was suitably slimy and they had the crowd melting for Naito. Okada vs Ibushi. Fucking hell. Stone cold killer Ibushi is best Ibushi. I was cringing and laughing at the same time, watching him potatoing Okada. Especially after piledriving himself. The physical state of him though. What a specimen. I won't be doing 6am tomorrow, but I'll be watching the mains live and pulling for my boys #kennethwilliamsgif.
  13. If they're going to persist with featuring win/loss heavily, AEW, like a lot of their ideas, need to establish what they actually MEAN in AEW. Win/loss is fine, but especially in wrestling it doesn't tell the whole story. You've got time in-ring and opponent ranking to consider. As an extreme example, imagine a Kenny Omega 3 match streak vs a Goldberg 3 match streak - both 3 wins, both against mid tier opponents, but one with total in-ring of over 30 minutes while the other at half that. That's the story. That's the ongoing hook. But at the moment, it's just highlighting how even things are. A football style points system where a win count for more points than a draw, and a greater point increase than a loss's decrease, could be much more effective in widening the gaps and generating tension. If three wrestlers have each other's number and keep getting draws, inching up single points at a time, then the day one gets a win and leaps ahead 3 points becomes a big deal. The short term needs to be complemented by a long term goal too. A league would require a set number of matches per wrestler, which would likely entrench 50/50 booking even deeper. An alternative could be a set number of ranking matches per wrestler, meaning they can pick and choose depending on the angle and add stakes where needed. Imagine if Jericho loses the belt and needs to win 5 ranking matches to qualify for another shot, so he gets the Inner Circle to take hits and lay down for him to rack them up quick. Then imagine the heat if one, e.g. Hager, refuses. It would need a clear end goal still, and I simultaneously think going a whole season is too long, while going PPV to PPV would be too hot-shotty. Maybe a system where points are logged but can be cashed in for title opportunities or special stipulations would work?
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