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The Voting Booth / Re: Is the gym necessary for fitness?
« on: July 03, 2008, 09:35:15 PM »
I run a small company; have 3 beautiful children and a wonderful wife. Where the hell am I going to find time to get run through the woods?

I live right next door to a huge National Park, which I am very grateful for.  I wish everyone had easy access to mother nature  :(

The Voting Booth / Re: Fate - is it a myth?
« on: July 03, 2008, 09:32:15 PM »
Those who believe their destiny is spelled out have the ability to remove personal responsibility. In the US, and especially the west cost, I have observed our future generation has a sense of entitlement which also cases this issue. If you believe you are not truly in control of your actions, how can you be responsible for them?

Time is relative. Some believe that what is happening has already happened and can happen in no other way. But at the end of the day, you are you, and the choices you make are your own, regardless of the iteration.

That is Existentialism in a nutshell  :)

Hi Joe, welcome along mate  :)

I'm thrilled to hear that you're feeling amazing by embracing a Paleo lifestyle.  And thanks for the links, i'm checking them out now...

Fitness & Exercise / Re: The Medicine Ball
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:50:48 AM »
Excellent, i'll tell the boys about some of these (I'd liek them to read the forum but they aren't really into the internet... their loss!).

Anyway, we're having a medicine ball workout tonight in a 1metre deep pool (in the middle of winter), it should be interesting  :D

Philosophy / Re: The Perfect Parking Spot...
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:48:04 AM »
Still keeping up with this, and it's been 2nd nature for a couple of weeks now. people have even asked me why I park so far away and look at me like Im crazy when I tell them whats going on. But I continue to make my stand against laziness.

I gave it a go today, and will be aiming to do it more.

General Discussion / Re: Ready to go primeval...
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:47:18 AM »
Screw looking to the authorities for help. Look to your community

Excellent advice.

Here's another tip, let him see you taking a photo of him... that might make him a bit paranoid.

The Voting Booth / Re: 3 days without television, can you do it?
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:44:58 AM »
I don't watch tv. Do not have cable. In the last 16 years I have had cable for 8 months back in 1993. TV is surreal to me. I do watch DVD movies maybe 4 a month. I have the internet tho, is it better?

In my opinion; the internet is far superior to TV.  The internet is the world's biggest library at your fingertips, and it's open 24/7/365.  It's changed my life in in  a very positive way, and has helped me to self actualisation in more ways than I could of imagined.

Good on you Darkfire, pick a path that works for you and run with it.  I hope it all goes well for you, and i'd love to hear more about your experiences as you go.

Thanks for dropping by.

There is no possible correct answer to that question.
Are there any correct answers when it comes to philosophy?

No, just recursive ones  :P

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Carry Carry and Carry
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:38:42 AM »
We have invented (or we fancy that we have) a new sport.  It basically involves climbing up a cliff, waterfall or other hectic obstacle whislt carrying a mountain bike.  The sheer effort required is amazing, and trying to balance yourself whilst carrying a mountain bike on your shoulders is incredibly beneficial.

After one of those sessions i'm usually sore for a few days (and very hungry).  It's probably the best workout I get.

General Discussion / Re: 10,000 BC
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:35:08 AM »
Yeah, I was thinking about watching this.. but the historical inaccuracies really annoyed me.

10,000 BC was actually an incredibly important time in the evolution of human civilisation i.e. The Neolithic Revolution.  It was at that time that homo sapiens first developed agriculture, domestic farming, and became immune to certain germs, they started building cities and having wars etc.

More info here:

Anyway, I might just lighten up and watch it  :P

Sorry to hear that trouble may be heading your way.  Whatever it's about, I hope it doesn't get physical.  If it does, I hope it's not too serious.  If it is, I hope you prevail.  BK's practical suggestions (and your level of fitness) will keep you in good stead.  Try to avoid fighting, but if you've gotta do it, DO IT.  Go nuts.  Tear 'em apart.  Make your enemy think he's fighting a wild animal.  Oh, and that hunting invitation goes out to you, as well, if you ever feeling like crossing the big pond.

Cheers Tony  I'm soaking up this thread!  And yeah, if I had to go primal, I would do it with every cell of my body... I wouldn't muck about.  Speed surprise and aggression would be my main tools (as you and BK have mentioned).

And i'd love to go hunting with you guys... perhaps one day i'll finish writing the book, make a few quid, and get on a plane to Texas :D

In fact, the more I hear about Texas, the more I am intrigued about it - it sounds like an epic place to live.

General Discussion / Re: Keen for a run , walk or ride!
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:21:17 AM »
Hi Jon, and welcome along  :)

We've been doing some rides lately through Brisbane Water National Park, and we've been climbing a few waterfalls around Patonga and Pearl Beach (it's great this time of year).

There's nothing planned for this weekend as yet, but I will message you as soon as there's anything planned.  Likewise, please yell out if you know of any caveman-ish adventures happening.


Food & Diet / Re: Want to start Caveman Power
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:18:43 AM »
Welcome aboard! I'm glad you found this website logical... it makes sense to me too  :P

Personally, I don't eat a whole lot of Beef Jerky  - it's too salty for my liking.  But I get stuck into Extra Virgin Olive Oil quite a lot, and it keeps me full for ages, in fact i've found Olive Oil to the be my greatest tool for appetite control (control as in satiation).  Eggs are a good choice, and so too is oily fish, nuts, and seeds.  There's loads of fatty foods that are very healthy.

So if you want to stem your appetite in a healthy way, grab some healthy fats.  It will really help things along, especially if you're trying to switch to a Low GI style of eating.

I look forward to hearng more about your experiences with the Paleo way of life, feel free to yel out if you ahve any questions too  ;)

Food & Diet / Re: new to paleo
« on: July 02, 2008, 11:08:42 AM »
Hi Willy, welcome aboard  :)

Mark has a great website, and I love his logical approach.  For anyone that hasn't seen it, here it is;

Were you after suggestions for workouts?  If so, here's my favourite;

  • 20 x pull ups
  • 20 x push ups
  • 20 x sit ups
  • 20 x squats

Do 5 rounds for time.  And be sure to modify it to your fitness level. Do it every day if you can stomach it  :o

I look forward to hearing more about your experiences with the Paleo lifestyle.

Thanks Tony and BK, I appreciate your thorough (and quick) responses.  Violence is something that I may be running into soon, so i'm quite keen to learn a trick or two - in the name of self defence.

It's a privilege to have you guys on the forum.

Knowing a quick and effective way to protect oneself during an attack from another human could be life saving, and absolutely justified.  So, in the spirit of self defence, i'd like to ask you this:

If you were bare-handed and you had just one chance to disable an attacker, what move would you do?  A blow to the face? A kick to the groin?

My choice would be either; a front kick to the lower abdomen, or i'd drive the heel of my palm into their nose - my choice would depend upon my proximity to the assailant.

What would you do, if you had one chance?

Fitness & Exercise / The Medicine Ball
« on: June 27, 2008, 10:46:07 AM »
Last night a friend and I did a work out in a 25 metre pool with an 11kg (20lb) medicine ball.  Basically, we threw it at each other whilst wading through the pool until our arms and legs were mince meat - not to mention the bruises - the ball is seriously rock hard.

Other things we like to do is a messed-up version of Vollyeball using a medicine ball, which can end badly if you cop it in the face... it's amazingly good for teaching you to be an aggressive catcher.

There are quite a few other things we like to do, such as lobbing it as high as we can at each other and catching it aggressively, or using it to do one arm pushups on, and also; standing on it (balancing) whilst doing KettelBell exercises.

It's a great way to harden up your workout  ;)

Is anyone else here using these evil things?

Food & Diet / Fatty Liver - don't lose the gut too fast.
« on: June 27, 2008, 10:37:00 AM »
Fatty Liver Disease (FLD) has hit the news lately - which is no surprise really, given the prevalence of diabetes and obesity - and it's worth noting that FLD can be induced by rapid weight loss.

Those who have switched to a Paleo/Caveman style of eating have probably found that rapid weight loss occurs rather easily, so here's a friendly reminder to avoid rushing things.  It's exciting to lose weight and feel fit and healthy, but don't go overboard and stress your body out too much.. follow the guidelines, take it easy and enjoy the process.

Eating like a Palaeolithic person is the healthiest way of life that I know of, but if you're coming from a diet high in refined foods it's wise to avoid jumping in the deep end.  Take your time, listen to your body, and work your way there.


If you don't believe in God in the first place, wouldn't deciding to believe in him just to be on the safe side be feigning belief in God?  If you also believe that God is omniscient he'd see right through that facade.   What would God (if it exists) value more, dishonestly faked belief, or honest scepticism?

There is no possible correct answer to that question.

General Discussion / Re: Uncontacted Tribes
« on: June 26, 2008, 01:05:26 AM »
And I have a feeling that Earth is one of the uncontacted tribes of the universe.

Good call  ;)

Lisbon is in Portugal, the most ocidental country in Europe, small but with lots of nature and different landscapes. Our shore has about 800 km.

I checked it out on Google Earth... looks wonderful  :)

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Strength and Power suggestions
« on: June 26, 2008, 01:02:28 AM »
Thanks for the tip Matt

BigKhanz that's a great idea, the towel over the pull up bar,improvising can be a temporary solution

It will also (greatly) improve your grip strength.

A towel is also a good substitute for rope climbing exercises.

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Strength and Power suggestions
« on: June 25, 2008, 08:43:39 AM »
I'll try, but it won't be easy, i'll check in parks near my house to see if i can find

I bought these:

I got them through an Australian reseller for about $120 (after postage).  You could make your own of course... but I wanted some that I could use for clients.

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