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It's my grandma's birthday today. I miss her so much. Hope she is ok wherever she is.

 

I saw my grandpa in my dreams... I woke up in tears. I miss him too. I received so much love from my grandparents... I can't believe I was so lucky...

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I so agree with you Dias.

 

"I can't really relate to the people who can't stay alone. It must be horrible. When you are so desperate opportunists will exploit you... and you will knowingly compromise because you want some company.

 

I don't understand why people decide to ignore red flags visible from the next galaxy. Even repetitive tiny red flags are enough to get a glimpse of someone's character. It's not rocket science."

 

A lot of truth in the saying: "None so blind as those who do not wish to see".

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It's my grandma's birthday today. I miss her so much. Hope she is ok wherever she is.

 

I saw my grandpa in my dreams... I woke up in tears. I miss him too. I received so much love from my grandparents... I can't believe I was so lucky...

 

Aww happy birthday to her xx Funny you say how much you miss her ...well not funny , you know what I mean cos today I am really missing my mam ...

There is actually a thread on the main page about our loved ones coming to us in dreams ....so I am so glad your Grandpa came to you .

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The British girl I like got the promotion, at least it's a person I like.

 

However, no promotion, no pay raise, hmmm I am not the type of person who waits

 

Interesting turn of events. There was a team restructure and she became my team leader. She messaged me she is very happy to have me on her team. I fired the first playful response hahahaha I don't make money at this company, at least I will have some fun. She started it anyway when she winked at me in the office. I respect we are at work and there are boundaries, I am not being flirty just playful, it's more effective anyways lol. What I really want to say is: dump your boyfriend and come with me (in an imaginary world)

 

It's so difficult to flirt in a foreign language. My flirting abilities in English are 30% of what they are in Greek. When I have to talk about a subject I never talked before in English I have to think before I utter the words. Although it takes a couple of seconds, the opportunity has passed. And what flirting is? funny playful quips which come naturally without thinking or effort. Good luck doing that in a foreign language.

 

On a different note, I have three interviews next week and one technical assignment to prepare. No rush this time, no impulsiveness and no taking the first job that accepts me. I want something long term now where there is potential career-wise. There are so many jobs which do not lead anywhere, they just want to fill in a position. I know how to filter these companies now. I have to make a serious step forward. I don't want to end up in the same position again, I don't want to be on this slippery slope forever.

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It seems like you get these a lot. What kind of assignments are they?

 

Yes there are always technical tests for software engineering positions. Sometimes multiple rounds of technical tests and assignments + typical interviews with HR, team members and CEO. Coding assignments in various programming languages depending on the role you are applying to. Java, Python, C#, C++,SQL etc.

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The difference in my sex drive between the periods I exercise and the periods I don’t (which is almost never) is huge. Like huge. If I stop exercising for a few days, especially if I am not lifting weights, my sex drive goes from 100 to 0. I have noticed there are two factors which contribute significantly to sex drive: lifting weights and high protein diet (including a lot of meat). I tried veganism once when I was 21 for six months*. It does not work for me at all. I can’t function properly and I am always hungry. Give me a 3 pounds steak and we are talking.

 

Testosterone in men decreases steadily after 25-30. If someone does not lift weights and is vegan he must have very high testosterone levels naturally to have an erection after a certain age. I imagine myself at 50 not lifting weights and being a vegan, damn, not even a truck of cialis pills would do something. But why am I thinking about it.. I will never stop exercising, it’s the only thing I will never stop doing. I can live without sex (I am already doing it anyways hahaha) but I can’t live without exercising. Between exercising and sex, I choose exercising every single time, hands down, no regrets.

 

 

*Looking back I must have been extremely depressed to try veganism, I can’t explain it otherwise ahahahaha

 

My top 3 workout songs for the hard core sessions:

(Eminem - Till I collapse)

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The market is dead even for IT jobs. Pre-Covid I used to receive some phone calls, at least for the first interview. Now nothing. I have applied to every data engineering/science job in the UK, from Brighton to the highlands of Scotland. I receive one phone call for every 200 CVs I send and if. The IT sector was not affected like other sectors, however, the situation is pretty bad for this industry too. Many tech companies serve businesses from different sectors, if the other sectors were affected by Covid, all these tech companies suffer equally. If your client does not work/has money, you are equally screwed. It’s the domino effect.

 

So from the three interviews I had this week:

 

1) One I didn’t proceed because they were looking for something else (integration engineer, not data engineer – but the job description was deceiving – pretty typical),

 

2) Got a negative answer from the start-up in London, don’t know why. It couldn’t be the technical test because in SQL you can verify the results. You just retrieve the data from the database and you attest whether the query is correct. I asked for feedback to see what went wrong. They didn’t even have the chance to see my face on zoom, usually I get rejected after the virtual face to face interview lol

 

3) Regarding the third one they told me they would plan an interview this week. Still haven’t heard anything. Be polite people. Don’t go NC, you break my heart lol

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I interviewed with a company 2 1/2 weeks ago. I sent 2 follow up emails and they said they were still interviewing a week and a half ago. I really dislike when they don't even bother to email you to say they chose someone else. I know if they wanted to hire me they would let me know so obviously they didn't choose me, but I feel it's basic courtesy to at least send a rejection email.

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Interesting turn of events. There was a team restructure and she became my team leader. She messaged me she is very happy to have me on her team. I fired the first playful response hahahaha I don't make money at this company, at least I will have some fun. She started it anyway when she winked at me in the office. I respect we are at work and there are boundaries, I am not being flirty just playful, it's more effective anyways lol. What I really want to say is: dump your boyfriend and come with me (in an imaginary world)

Unbelievable..Unbelievable…Unbelievable… she is as playful, witty and sly as me…on the extrovert-party animal-chatterbox side…and I think she got her master’s degree in Math. I met my match here. Why the heck isn’t she single? I like one girl every 5 years and it has to be in a relationship? It bothers me more because I know she likes me (at least on a physical level and there is chemistry for sure). For once it’s something mutual. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh mate, life sucks…Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

Life is not fair..............................AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.................................

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Achieving maximum athletic performance is a perennial debate in sports. There are two school of thoughts:

 

1) The old school “meathead” method of training: you max out every single time. Regardless of the sport and the type of performance you want to improve (strength, hypertrophy, endurance, explosiveness etc) you have to push beyond your limits every single time whether we are talking about intensity or volume. Typical proponents of this mentality: Muhammad Ali, Arnold Schwarzenegger etc. Although this mentality and way of training are considered obsolete and actually very harmful for your body, there are top contemporary athletes who still train this way

 

2) Contemporary science-based method of training: you don’t have to give 100% every single time. It’s wiser to give 80-90% most of the time and max out two/three times per year (or at least way less frequently than every day). Many supporters of this mentality hold a PhD on the topic so they can claim science proves X – if science proves it, it’s the truth. They claim the old school method of training does not help you maximize your performance that much and has unnecessary harmful impingement on the body.

 

 

 

Over the years I have tried both methods of training for strength, hypertrophy and endurance to see myself and because I love experimenting. I would say I am more inclined to agree with the meatheads. In my experience pushing your limits every single time will in the long term increase your performance more than if you are giving 80-90%. Do I suggest it? No unless you are a professional athlete or a nutcase like me. It’s not worth it otherwise. Exceeding your limits has consequences on your body, see old professional athletes, they have many health issues. Nowadays I only max out in cardio, still I don’t believe it’s healthy to do it but I like it. I started running again mid October about 4-5 km and mid November I ran 20km + 13km walking. I pushed my limits but now I run 10km for fun. If I gave 80-90% this increase in performance would have taken a lot more time. The downside: my joints and knees paid the price.

 

A great example of the “meathead” mentality: Courtney Dauwalter.

 

Ultra marathon runner, she ran 238 miles in Utah in 58 hours. She only slept 21 minutes and at some point she fell and hurt her face (blood all over her head, she was blind for a while etc) and she just kept going. We can call it the meathead mentality or the champion mentality…she is still admirable

 

[video=youtube;M-y4eyjVZiE]

 

 

So from personal experience (and I don’t know if it’s correct or not) I do believe you need to max out quite frequently to achieve your maximum potential.

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Achieving maximum athletic performance is a perennial debate in sports. There are two school of thoughts:

 

1) The old school “meathead” method of training: you max out every single time. Regardless of the sport and the type of performance you want to improve (strength, hypertrophy, endurance, explosiveness etc) you have to push beyond your limits every single time whether we are talking about intensity or volume. Typical proponents of this mentality: Muhammad Ali, Arnold Schwarzenegger etc. Although this mentality and way of training are considered obsolete and actually very harmful for your body, there are top contemporary athletes who still train this way

 

2) Contemporary science-based method of training: you don’t have to give 100% every single time. It’s wiser to give 80-90% most of the time and max out two/three times per year (or at least way less frequently than every day). Many supporters of this mentality hold a PhD on the topic so they can claim science proves X – if science proves it, it’s the truth. They claim the old school method of training does not help you maximize your performance that much and has unnecessary harmful impingement on the body.

 

 

 

Over the years I have tried both methods of training for strength, hypertrophy and endurance to see myself and because I love experimenting. I would say I am more inclined to agree with the meatheads. In my experience pushing your limits every single time will in the long term increase your performance more than if you are giving 80-90%. Do I suggest it? No unless you are a professional athlete or a nutcase like me. It’s not worth it otherwise. Exceeding your limits has consequences on your body, see old professional athletes, they have many health issues. Nowadays I only max out in cardio, still I don’t believe it’s healthy to do it but I like it. I started running again mid October about 4-5 km and mid November I ran 20km + 13km walking. I pushed my limits but now I run 10km for fun. If I gave 80-90% this increase in performance would have taken a lot more time. The downside: my joints and knees paid the price.

 

A great example of the “meathead” mentality: Courtney Dauwalter.

 

Ultra marathon runner, she ran 238 miles in Utah in 58 hours. She only slept 21 minutes and at some point she fell and hurt her face (blood all over her head, she was blind for a while etc) and she just kept going. We can call it the meathead mentality or the champion mentality…she is still admirable

 

[video=youtube;M-y4eyjVZiE]

 

 

So from personal experience (and I don’t know if it’s correct or not) I do believe you need to max out quite frequently to achieve your maximum potential.

 

How interesting! They know that running short sprints overtime (maxing out at that athlete's performance in sprinting) does make them faster... but it's overtime. I actually saw this happen in my own body with training, each year I got consistently faster, until life took over and I got busy with college studies and let competitive racing go. But it's a fascinating thing that you can get faster, or better athletically, by consistently maxing out.

 

Although I would think the short bursts or interval training would be healthier longterm on your heart, but I could be wrong.

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This is probably going to come out wrong.... But I've noticed is that a lot of fitness advice you hear seems to be geared for people in their late 30s/early 40s, when the drop off in collagen production starts to become obvious.

 

Until I reached that point, I found that it didn't really matter what I did. I recovered from workouts really fast. I almost never got injured. Everything felt good.

 

But now I have to be more careful because I have become noticeably less resilient. NOW all of that advice I grew up hearing seems to apply.

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Unbelievable..Unbelievable…Unbelievable… she is as playful, witty and sly as me…on the extrovert-party animal-chatterbox side…and I think she got her master’s degree in Math. I met my match here. Why the heck isn’t she single? I like one girl every 5 years and it has to be in a relationship? It bothers me more because I know she likes me (at least on a physical level and there is chemistry for sure). For once it’s something mutual. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh mate, life sucks…Sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

 

Life is not fair..............................AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.................................

 

She went nuts today when I mentioned it's my birthday lol. One person like this on your marketing team and everyone in the country will know about your product within 24 hours! I have to recruit her to promote my app lol.

 

Officially 29 today, I am not sure how happy I am about it, very very close to 30 lol. I still feel as immature as a 18 years old. Not a good sign I guess hahahaha

 

3) Regarding the third one they told me they would plan an interview this week. Still haven’t heard anything. Be polite people. Don’t go NC, you break my heart lol

The HR replied the Hiring Managers are still reviewing the applications. Maybe I have a chance, I really like the job, the company and the location (down south, small coastal town near Brighton). I would be very happy if they proceed with my application.

 

I just confirmed one more interview with a similar company. I have a good feeling that one of the two will work out. Let's see, fingers crossed.

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Thank you very much Jib :) and thank you for the encouragement :) . I am trying not to…difficult sometimes but life is still good.

 

You know, we have many years of ENA friendship. You were the first person to read my journal. Maybe you thought “ It’s a good opportunity to finally understand how Greeks think – one last try”. And after so many years of reading my silly rants you have come to the unavoidable conclusion: Greeks are like women, just don’t try to understand them in the first place!

 

Remember when I asked you to review my cover letter for my master’s degree? Thanks for that, got accepted, I still owe you :)

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Maybe you thought “ It’s a good opportunity to finally understand how Greeks think – one last try”. And after so many years of reading my silly rants you have come to the unavoidable conclusion: Greeks are like women, just don’t try to understand them in the first place!

 

LOL. I gave up on understanding Greeks a long time ago! Still love em, though!

 

Remember when I asked you to review my cover letter for my master’s degree? Thanks for that, got accepted, I still owe you :)

 

Yup. You are welcome, and you don't owe me :)

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The team is basically me, her and the placement students. You understand how serious the work environment is with a female version of me and me hahahaha. The placement students get the wrong impression about work, it’s not everywhere an amusement park lol. She pays me a lot of compliments but you never know what is going on with these playful witty people, you just can’t trust them lol.

 

She won’t go any further than this and me neither. I feel so unlucky. When am I going to meet someone like her again who is single? I have to wait another 5+ years. I know there are many matches for everyone but I very rarely find someone with whom I have chemistry with.  Ok it’s not that I actually go out frequently to meet people, I get it, but again it’s so unusual to find someone I have so much chemistry. I don’t understand most people, they either don’t have chemistry with their partner or they are like master keys and have chemistry with everyone. Can’t explain it otherwise. I see so many people have relationships one after another and I am wondering if there is something wrong with me* or if I am soooooooooooo picky.

 

*”if” hahahaha this was a joke apparently.

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I'm sure you'll figure it out, Dias... and maybe she'll eventually break up (with current boyfriend).  Just be friends for now, yet don't get friendzoned (LOL... good luck with that!)!  🤣

I'm hoping you both get together.  Finding someone who matches you perfectly is wonderful and can't be beat!  Fingers crossed it ends up working out!!!

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