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Delphinus
07-13-2011, 12:16 PM
So I decided I want to become a person of intellectual, creative, and physical perfection. In the Greek style. Or rather I finally decided to get off my fat rear and do something about what I've wanted to do since I was a small child.

To do this I'm going to use both my natural vanity and this thread. There will be audience participation. There are holidays coming up and I'll have plenty of free time then.

Eventually I'm hoping to have a number of 'requirements' to meet, of which however many need to be met per day based on how busy I am, but of which all need to be met in a week. For now I'm going to try to meet all of these every day:

Current Requirements (3/day)

- Draw/other arts or crafts for at least an hour/day.
- Write at least 500 words/day. (This may go up, 500 words isn't much.)
- Read at least 50 pages/day of books.
- Study a language for at least an hour/day.

Future Requirements

- Something(s?) to do with exercise.
- Something to do with a musical instrument. (Guitar, violin, or piano, most likely; will be done once I have an instrument to play that's not broken.)
- Something scientific and/or mathematic.
- Something to do with programming.
- Something cooking-related.
- Something related to chores.

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My hope is that project ubermensch will help me improve my skills in all areas to the degree where I can be honestly called a 'renaissance man'. Suggestions for the exact requirements and/or any additional ones are welcome.

Delphinus out.

Delphinus
07-13-2011, 03:00 PM
Day One Complete

jubeh
07-13-2011, 03:10 PM
Nothing worth discussing. Moving to cb.

Delphinus
07-13-2011, 04:49 PM
oh shit imma be trolled

Fenn
07-13-2011, 08:18 PM
Haha you got a thread moved.

Martial arts, I would think, is an essential. Discipline, self-defense, physical fitness, and potentially cultural education.

Delphinus
07-14-2011, 05:39 AM
Martial arts (especially the Japanese ones) are full of crank pseudo-philosophy and spirituality. The only martial arts I'd consider would be ones without the whole "Master Cheng says great strength comes from controlling your ki."
I.e. martial arts that work efficiently, rather than being bogged down with philosophy and specialist terminology. Such as Krav Maga.

Though the combination of the athleticism and the application of that athleticism to something useful does sound better than "man go to gym. man have big muscles. what man do now?", so yes, I'll look into it.

Fenn
07-14-2011, 08:19 AM
Martial arts (especially the Japanese ones) are full of crank pseudo-philosophy and spirituality. The only martial arts I'd consider would be ones without the whole "Master Cheng says great strength comes from controlling your ki."
I.e. martial arts that work efficiently, rather than being bogged down with philosophy and specialist terminology. Such as Krav Maga.

Though the combination of the athleticism and the application of that athleticism to something useful does sound better than "man go to gym. man have big muscles. what man do now?", so yes, I'll look into it.

Exactly, the practicality was what I was aiming for. It's the results that count. If "Master Cheng says great strength comes from controlling your ki," and Master Cheng can defeat just about any man on the planet with his bare hands, Master Cheng must be doing something right. But yeah, there are a lot of scams out there too.

Delphinus
07-14-2011, 03:13 PM
Made a decision as to the precise structure of this. Three requirements a day seems to be the maximum sane amount for weekdays and fits neatly into the rule of three, so I'm going to go with that. The weekly requirements can be spread out as I see fit.

EDIT: Done for today; didn't fulfil the art requirement but did spend far over an hour learning lines for a play. Which has to count for just as much.

Fenn
07-14-2011, 05:40 PM
Somewhere along the line you should learn another language.

Survival skills (Making shelter, making fire, etc).

Also, if martial arts falls through, distance running and swimming are practical alternatives.

Delphinus
07-14-2011, 05:55 PM
Somewhere along the line you should learn another language.

Yes. Probably either Latin, Spanish, or German. Or - hey - all three. I have the tools necessary to learn basic Latin atm so I can get started right away.

Survivial skills aren't really part of a continuous scheme. They're more of a one-time thing - once you know them, you're done.

Fenn
07-14-2011, 05:58 PM
Yes. Probably either Latin, Spanish, or German. Or - hey - all three. I have the tools necessary to learn basic Latin atm so I can get started right away.

Survivial skills aren't really part of a continuous scheme. They're more of a one-time thing - once you know them, you're done.

True.

I'd actually like to try this too someday, when my life is more...stable. I can certainly see the appeal.

Lucifer
07-15-2011, 07:24 PM
Very interesting, though I am bit too lazy to force myself to things each and every day. Perhaps in the future I will commit myself to this project in a proper fashion.

Delphinus
07-15-2011, 08:40 PM
Mission accomplished for day 3, though again, rather than the languages or the art, I was doing acting stuff. I'm considering lowering the reading requirement as well, for the sake of older literature and philosophy; those take 2 or 3 times as long to read as modern fiction does.

EDIT: crap I didn't do the writing requirement. forgive me, I had an interesting friday night.

ClockHand
07-15-2011, 09:02 PM
Very interesting, though I am bit too lazy to force myself to things each and every day. Perhaps in the future I will commit myself to this project in a proper fashion.

If you had to work to do those objectives then you miss the point.
Being someone who enjoy reading, writing, arts, music, etc. needs to be for something natural in you and not something you need to work.

I love movies, music, comics and art, thats why I keep searching for those. And as I love to draw, write, paint, do pottery, etc. I keep doing it. And even more don't doing those stuffs make my feel awkward. Also I love combat sports and I do that also.

If you have to work, you failed. If you do it because you really feel to, then do it.

Also this thread already existed before and end in darkness and sorrow. I think the same its gonna happen now.

Delphinus
07-15-2011, 09:03 PM
^ imma prove you wrong clockhand

And there's a difference between wanting to do something but procrastinating and not wanting to do something.

Hamachi
07-15-2011, 09:41 PM
Some of the things I do include running and archery. When the zombie horde attacks you'll wish you'd done the same.

Silent... but deadly.

jubeh
07-15-2011, 09:42 PM
Some of the things I do include running and archery. When the zombie horde attacks you'll wish you'd done the same.

I feel the same way about competitive badminton

ram
07-16-2011, 07:45 AM
nice to do list,
but i think it would be much more fun if you put a not to do list,.
for example:
restrain self from smoking and drinking atleast one week per month

Lucifer
07-16-2011, 11:25 AM
If you had to work to do those objectives then you miss the point.
Being someone who enjoy reading, writing, arts, music, etc. needs to be for something natural in you and not something you need to work.

If you have to work, you failed. If you do it because you really feel to, then do it.


Not exactly what I meant, I am all in for learning new things and finding new ways to express myself. I just don't like forcing myself to learn/study things each and every day. Setting up a training/learning regime might help you attain skills at a faster rate, by not allowing you to slack off and thereby forgetting what you have learned. That is the commitment I was talking about.

An example of the above is me learning C++. Right now I study whenever I want to, but I somehow feel that if I dedicated a portion of my time to studying it everyday, I would learn the ins and outs of the language much faster.

Anyways, a list I would like to complete:

Learn to play an instrument (pref. cello or piano)
Learn a martial art
Learn another language (Japanese and/or Latin)
Improve my drawing/painting skills
Improve my 3D modeling skills
Improve my writing (by writing x-number of pages/chapters/words a day)
Improve my stamina and strength
Learn how to use C++, C# and the DirectX API


There's room for a whole lot more, but that's all my sleep deprived brain can think of right now.

indescribable
07-16-2011, 02:50 PM
Cue bucket list thread.

Also, Del, this kind of thing makes for a good blog. Not to mention that you could write about the things that you do and it would totally fill your daily word requirement, or you could just post the writing that you do.

Delphinus
07-16-2011, 06:02 PM
Giving myself some sort of exemption for today. I woke up at 11:00am, left the house at 12:00pm, and didn't get back home until 11:00pm.

May or may not attempt the reading and writing requirements, but the art or language isn't happening. I imbibed huge amounts of rice, duck, prawn crackers, and apple juice, then fell asleep.

However, I finally learned how to use chopsticks.

Fenn
07-16-2011, 07:09 PM
Giving myself some sort of exemption for today. I woke up at 11:00am, left the house at 12:00pm, and didn't get back home until 11:00pm.

May or may not attempt the reading and writing requirements, but the art or language isn't happening. I imbibed huge amounts of rice, duck, prawn crackers, and apple juice, then fell asleep.

However, I finally learned how to use chopsticks.

We should totally have a "good-cop bad-cop" scenario here (for lack of a better term) where one of us uses negative language and the other uses positive language to try to motivate you. I'll be the bad cop if someone else wants to be good cop.

Delphinus
07-16-2011, 07:11 PM
Bear in mind the last two nights were friday and saturday nights...

Fenn
07-16-2011, 07:13 PM
Bear in mind the last two nights were friday and saturday nights...

Perfection takes no days off.

But seriously I wanna be the bad cop.

Delphinus
07-17-2011, 12:53 PM
Ill. Weak, shaky, and cold. However, will attempt to fulfil requirements nonetheless.

The writing is almost done already. Laptops ftw. Reading is passive and can thus be done even when ill. The only problem is going to be the art or language requirement.

EDIT: Fenn, given your 'bad cop' appears to consist of impossibly high expectations...

EDIT 2: Yeah. Art/language isn't happening. Once again, though, I succeeded in reading and writing.

Delphinus
07-18-2011, 06:21 PM
Done for today. Maybe I should post my art for critique.

BozeSG
07-18-2011, 06:35 PM
maybe

Hayashida
07-18-2011, 11:38 PM
Guys I'm looking for Maggie, is she in here?

Fenn
07-19-2011, 09:10 AM
Ill. Weak, shaky, and cold. However, will attempt to fulfil requirements nonetheless.

The writing is almost done already. Laptops ftw. Reading is passive and can thus be done even when ill. The only problem is going to be the art or language requirement.

EDIT: Fenn, given your 'bad cop' appears to consist of impossibly high expectations...

EDIT 2: Yeah. Art/language isn't happening. Once again, though, I succeeded in reading and writing.

What if you merged your art and writing requirements into illustrated writing assignments? In theory it could save you a little time.

Delphinus
07-19-2011, 11:18 AM
It would only work if I were good enough to draw things from thought alone...

And I'm ill again today. Ffs. This time quite heavily. I'm typing this in bed.

Sylux
07-19-2011, 11:21 AM
You should run a mile every day and have a 3-day 1-off muscle exercise repertoire (like a chest, tri, back & shoulders type of deal, or maybe a 4-day with leg exercises). Also go camping.

Fenn
07-19-2011, 04:34 PM
It would only work if I were good enough to draw things from thought alone...

And I'm ill again today. Ffs. This time quite heavily. I'm typing this in bed.

At least your white blood cells can work on their own Project Ubermensch now.

Get well.

Delphinus
07-20-2011, 07:32 PM
Done for today. Doing anatomy studies has made me realise just how much I suck at drawing bodies from below the neck and given me newfound respect for some of the artists here (especially Gunz and Cype). Also, my eyes are shockingly feminine.

I really enjoyed my writing piece today. I want to write more in a similar theme in the future, maybe even in the same setting.

Delphinus
07-20-2011, 07:36 PM
You should run a mile every day and have a 3-day 1-off muscle exercise repertoire (like a chest, tri, back & shoulders type of deal, or maybe a 4-day with leg exercises). Also go camping.

Jogging is quite attractive to me; it's the middle of summer right now, and if I got a pair of trainers (as opposed to converse shoes) and some appropriate trousers (rather than jeans) I would seriously consider it. Blaring power ballads and cool stuff while sweating like a master? Sounds surprisingly good for someone who played hooky from most of their gym classes in school...

I also like racket sports. Joining a sports club near me would be winning, especially if there's some free public courts I can play on.

Hayashida
07-21-2011, 02:45 AM
yeah that'd be good except you'd make it about 20 metres then you'd be out of breath

Delphinus
07-21-2011, 04:36 AM
i'm not private piles dude

Sylux
07-21-2011, 11:30 AM
Maybe just not that stupid... >_>

Fenn
07-21-2011, 03:59 PM
Jogging is quite attractive to me; it's the middle of summer right now, and if I got a pair of trainers (as opposed to converse shoes) and some appropriate trousers (rather than jeans) I would seriously consider it. Blaring power ballads and cool stuff while sweating like a master? Sounds surprisingly good for someone who played hooky from most of their gym classes in school...

I also like racket sports. Joining a sports club near me would be winning, especially if there's some free public courts I can play on.

Music is to exercise what hot fudge is to ice cream. Not imperative, but always awesome.

Delphinus
07-21-2011, 06:45 PM
Done for today. :D

Kodos
07-22-2011, 05:52 AM
i'm not private piles dude
Private Pyle.

Delphinus
07-22-2011, 06:13 AM
Private Pyle.

Okay Private Pedant.

EDIT: christ I don't think imma manage it today. forgive me for my weakness

Sylux
07-22-2011, 06:09 PM
Oh, you silly man. Just drink a Monster! ;D

Delphinus
07-23-2011, 05:32 PM
There are two prepubescent girls running around my house and giving me a massive headache. I don't have time to do this today. Sigh.

EDIT: Ahaha, actually I finished the writing part somehow. At 4:30am.

Delphinus
07-24-2011, 06:54 PM
Oh... christ. 3 days of failure in a row. BUT TOMORROW. SOMEONE VERBALLY ABUSE ME SO I DO IT TOMORROW.

Evil_Cake
07-24-2011, 07:02 PM
EXCUSES EXCUSES YOU'RE A FAILURE

jubeh
07-24-2011, 07:05 PM
Take a dump and go to sleep.

ClockHand
07-24-2011, 08:14 PM
EXCUSES EXCUSES YOU'RE A FAILURE

Why are you so evil?... oh right.