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    [–] If you're alone on Thanksgiving or Christmas, remember that movie theaters are open! Go escape into a good story and a crowd of people who won't abuse you. harmonicdynasties 1 points ago in raisedbynarcissists

    So should families who go to the movies on Thanksgiving also stay at home instead to spare people from having to work on family holidays? I doubt your problem is going to go away purely by us ACoNs staying at home

    [–] Daily Simple Questions 28 November 2019 - Basic Questions Come Here! harmonicdynasties 4 points ago in xxfitness

    I've been lifting regularly for close to 4 months, and have definitely seen strength gains but still feel like I have no idea what I'm doing sometimes, especially as I'm too nervous/self conscious/cheap to consult with a trainer. I'm pulling significantly better numbers in my deadlift compared to my bench or squat, so that of course makes me suspect that I've accidentally got bad form which is making it easier. That being said, could anyone do a quick form check? Sorry that my knees are mostly obscured by the plate, I couldn't find a great angle to inconspicuously film from...

    [–] All kinds of chill on the tram harmonicdynasties -1 points ago in melbourne

    Pretty sure I've seen this guy in an op shop in Chapel St, buying some kitsch jewellery...

    [–] [WEEKLY THREAD] Interpersonal Tips Tuesday - Advice and commiserating on fitness and interpersonal encounters harmonicdynasties 1 points ago in xxfitness

    Good on you for standing up. I had to take 3 20kg plates off /each/ side of the leg press before I could use it (so 120kg/260lb in total...) just two days ago. Annoying and not very fun for me when I'm not very strong yet.

    [–] [WEEKLY THREAD] Feats of Thorsday - How did you kick butt this week? harmonicdynasties 2 points ago in xxfitness

    Been lurking around the sub for the past few weeks and decided to make a comment *waves*

    I've dabbled in the gym a few times over the past couple of years but after about 2.5 months of consistently lifting 3 times a week, I feel like I'm really in a groove now and that fitness is becoming a real thing that's here to stay for me ^_^ there's been so many positives out of this but wanted to highlight one cool moment from the other day.

    I was looking at some body pics I've taken over the past year or two and realised that I look just as lean now as I did when I was 2.5kg lighter last year before I started lifting. I already knew that my body has been changing, and estimated I've lost around 2% body fat in the past couple of months based on my measurements (while maintaining the same weight), but man it was cool to see that evidence. The body recomp is real!

    [–] [Homemade] Chocolate milk bubble tea (boba) - recipe in comments! harmonicdynasties 3 points ago in food

    While on holiday, despite having limited resources, both in terms of ingredients and kitchen equipment, I decided on a whim to try making bubble tea for the first time. Here’s how I did it. (Sorry to anyone who needs to convert from metric units, I’m from Australia. :P)


    Serves 1

    Sugar syrup:

    • 100g white sugar
    • 100ml water

    Main ingredients:

    • 50g tapioca pearls (bought at Asian grocer)
    • 500ml water (for boiling pearls)
    • 2 black tea bags
    • 200ml water (for brewing tea)
    • ~4 ice cubes
    • 100ml milk (type of your choice)
    • 40g chocolate topping (bought from supermarket)

    For serving:

    • Large transparent cup or glass (mine was 450ml)
    • Wide straw (straws for bubble tea can be found at Asian grocer)


    1. Brew the tea. Pour 200ml of boiling water over tea bags, and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, and place tea in fridge until cold.
    2. Prepare the tapioca pearls. Heat 500ml water in a saucepan until boiling, and then add the dry pearls. Stir to ensure they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan, and then when they float to the top, let them boil on high heat for 15 minutes with the lid on the saucepan, stirring every 5 minutes.
    3. While the pearls are cooking, make a sugar syrup by heating the 100ml of water and the white sugar until the sugar has dissolved entirely.
    4. Once the pearls have boiled for 15 minutes, strain into a colander, then place into a bowl and pour the sugar syrup on top. Let sit until needed for assembly (pearls should be cooked within 2 hours of assembly, so that they stay soft).
    5. With the tea cold and the pearls prepared, it is finally time for assembly. Place the pearls at the bottom of the cup, leaving any excess syrup in the bowl.
    6. Add the chocolate topping to the cup, drizzling some along the sides of the cup.
    7. Finally, add the ice cubes, then the milk, then the tea.
    8. Serve with a wide straw, enjoy, and don’t forget to take pictures to make your friends jealous.