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For a couple of hours now, been looking up SSDs and RAM. Having an internal battle on whether to buy them or not.

For the sake of simplicity, let's round things up and say that a relatively cheap 1 TB SSD costs around 120 $, and the 8 GB RAM around 80 $. I can finance one or the other right now, whereas my employed bro will have to splash up for the rest, which I'll slowly but surely pay off.

Due to the limitations of my motherboard, I can only get a SATA3 SSD, and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM @ 1600 Hz. I'm not really expecting any huge performance improvements, but it will make it easier on my laptop and my nerves, especially regarding multitasking and loading times. I'm very much aware that my CPU is the next big issue as well, but since I believe it's soldered to the motherboard I pretty much have no choice.

But, as can't buy a new laptop right now due to tight money, it is what it is... This is the best I can do right now.
 

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Alright, ordered the SSD and RAM yesterday, got them early today, the switch was quick and easy. Installing everything again, and I can tell that RAM and disk aren't sweating at all anymore. I'm actually having issues at getting the RAM to go over 50% right now and the disk over like 10%. 😂 The CPU is working hard though.
 

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Started going to the gym about 4 weeks ago. Squats and deadlifts are both up to 115 lbs (~52.16 kg) for 8 reps. Been upping the weight slowly but steadily. I still remember when the bar by itself felt heavy, haha. Hoping to reach my bodyweight (~165-170 lbs, or about 75 kg) soon, but for now my immediate goal is 1 plate on each side (61.2 kg total).
 
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The week of drinking and partying. On Thursday I went to a little party, had so much fun - all because of myself. Just felt in a good mood and entertained myself first, and met a lot of new people. Loved every second of it.

Tonight I cooked fish stew with friends outside, had a few drinks and laughs.

Haven't fully enjoyed two events in a single week in a loooong time. Usually I feel okay, or negative, or nothing. This felt almost regenerative.
 

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The week of drinking and partying. On Thursday I went to a little party, had so much fun - all because of myself. Just felt in a good mood and entertained myself first, and met a lot of new people. Loved every second of it.

Tonight I cooked fish stew with friends outside, had a few drinks and laughs.

Haven't fully enjoyed two events in a single week in a loooong time. Usually I feel okay, or negative, or nothing. This felt almost regenerative.
Dude are we synchronized?
Today was literally my first dine-in experience at a restaurant since the pandemic, haha. Took my nephews to a chicken sandwich place and it just hit different. Looking forward for life to go back to normal in the upcoming months.
 
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To round off a very good week, just saw that the project I worked on for a fellow student was good and approved by the TAs for a passing grade. The aforementioned student has to go in front of the TAs and show it a bit, but it being approved means I did my job well and can get my money now.

It took a lot from me. Accepted the job last fall, and soon aftee got notified that the TAs have tripled the amount of work required for a passing grade, which meant I had to make a more or less fully functioning web store, which included products and making appointments, all from the side of the customer, the site admin, the store admin, and a little bit from the side of users who held appointments, with all the little quirks necessary. Thankfully a basic design was enough, else it would've been overkill.

I actually failed in February, and felt really bad about it ever since. I could not accept my failure first and foremost, then seeing the fellow struggle (panic attacks, difficult family moments), then having empty pockets. Not to mention I lost a lot of time on a project that, in industry, is worth incomparably more, time which could've been spent on getting a degree earlier.

Funnily enough, for all the stress it has caused me, I learned a ton, even though I knew enough to finish it beforehand. I challenged myself to learn new things, do things in a different way, and all to make work on similar future projects easier for me and to become a better engineer. And this being the largest project I had to do on my own, I had to employ every task-management and progress-tracking tool we learned before. It will all come in handy one day, for sure. A very very stressful experience, but right now I'm just glad it's over.
 
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To round off a very good week, just saw that the project I worked on for a fellow student was good and approved by the TAs for a passing grade. The aforementioned student has to go in front of the TAs and show it a bit, but it being approved means I did my job well and can get my money now.

It took a lot from me. Accepted the job last fall, and soon aftee got notified that the TAs have tripled the amount of work required for a passing grade, which meant I had to make a more or less fully functioning web store, which included products and making appointments, all from the side of the customer, the site admin, the store admin, and a little bit from the side of users who held appointments, with all the little quirks necessary. Thankfully a basic design was enough, else it would've been overkill.

I actually failed in February, and felt really bad about it ever since. I could not accept my failure first and foremost, then seeing the fellow struggle (panic attacks, difficult family moments), then having empty pockets. Not to mention I lost a lot of time on a project that, in industry, is worth incomparably more, time which could've been spent on getting a degree earlier.

Funnily enough, for all the stress it has caused me, I learned a ton, even though I knew enough to finish it beforehand. I challenged myself to learn new things, do things in a different way, and all to make work on similar future projects easier for me and to become a better engineer. And this being the largest project I had to do on my own, I had to employ every task-management and progress-tracking tool we learned before. It will all come in handy one day, for sure. A very very stressful experience, but right now I'm just glad it's over.
qq, do you have your own business on the side line as a webdeveloper? or was it just a so called black-money-job?
 

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My home town is next door to where the collapsed building fell last night in Miami, I know a lot of people in Surfside, it's a tragic state of affairs. Thankfully no one I know is hurt but really feel for the community.
 
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My (probably) closest male friend is dating my closest female friend. They know each other through me actually. Personally have nothing against them dating, but it puts me in a really tricky spot. I know them more than they know each other (especially the bad things), and from the start I really don't want to get involved. Don't really think we're gonna survive this, I can't think of a scenario where we are still friends in the years to come. Maybe that's just my cynicism but I already lost a long-term male friend because his GF doesn't like me for stupid reasons (we bro'd out drinking and playing Madden up until late and he didn't go home). It's always some form of jealousy or possessiveness by one or the other. Sometimes people just get crazy when it comes to relationships, and I sort of already know, specifically, what could easily happen. There's ways to prevent this, but, if I get involved I might make everything worse.
 

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My (probably) closest male friend is dating my closest female friend. They know each other through me actually. Personally have nothing against them dating, but it puts me in a really tricky spot. I know them more than they know each other (especially the bad things), and from the start I really don't want to get involved. Don't really think we're gonna survive this, I can't think of a scenario where we are still friends in the years to come. Maybe that's just my cynicism but I already lost a long-term male friend because his GF doesn't like me for stupid reasons (we bro'd out drinking and playing Madden up until late and he didn't go home). It's always some form of jealousy or possessiveness by one or the other. Sometimes people just get crazy when it comes to relationships, and I sort of already know, specifically, what could easily happen. There's ways to prevent this, but, if I get involved I might make everything worse.
That sucks
 
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My (probably) closest male friend is dating my closest female friend. They know each other through me actually. Personally have nothing against them dating, but it puts me in a really tricky spot. I know them more than they know each other (especially the bad things), and from the start I really don't want to get involved. Don't really think we're gonna survive this, I can't think of a scenario where we are still friends in the years to come. Maybe that's just my cynicism but I already lost a long-term male friend because his GF doesn't like me for stupid reasons (we bro'd out drinking and playing Madden up until late and he didn't go home). It's always some form of jealousy or possessiveness by one or the other. Sometimes people just get crazy when it comes to relationships, and I sort of already know, specifically, what could easily happen. There's ways to prevent this, but, if I get involved I might make everything worse.
sucks man.

The scenario isn't the same though. seen as you're friends with both instead of the (outsider) G/F not liking you, but its a tough spot,

One of my best m8's dated, married, got kids and then divorced one of my other best m8's sister. The way two of them where able to keep their friendship going is sort of an unsigned agreement to not get involved in the ins and outs of said relationship. Its basically a mutually agreed uppon don't ask, don't tell thing. So problems at work, school, dates, talk about movies etc. all fair game. but the minute one of them brings up a (potential) problem related to him, her and the kids the responds from both of them is a bit like: "change the topic you/I am not your shink, go talk that out with someone else, lets play a videogame"

dunno if that'll work for you but it seems to work for them.
 

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sucks man.

The scenario isn't the same though. seen as you're friends with both instead of the (outsider) G/F not liking you, but its a tough spot,

One of my best m8's dated, married, got kids and then divorced one of my other best m8's sister. The way two of them where able to keep their friendship going is sort of an unsigned agreement to not get involved in the ins and outs of said relationship. Its basically a mutually agreed uppon don't ask, don't tell thing. So problems at work, school, dates, talk about movies etc. all fair game. but the minute one of them brings up a (potential) problem related to him, her and the kids the responds from both of them is a bit like: "change the topic you/I am not your shink, go talk that out with someone else, lets play a videogame"

dunno if that'll work for you but it seems to work for them.
Yeah yeah, that's how I "separate" most of my friendships - some people are just for fun and banter, some are for going out, some are for more serious talks (some are crossovers) etc. I'll definitely handle the entire situation in that way, but that's down to me. The first time he decides to go out (or go on a hike, or fishing, or whatever) with me when she wants him to stay at home, we'll see who she gets mad at and how she handles that problem. Or vice-versa, he went home for the weekend but her and I went to get coffee or to a party together or whatever, and let's hypothetically say maybe they had some sort of an argument before. Let's just hope they aren't the sort of people who would get bothered in those situations, but knowing them I'm not so positive.
 

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There's finally a festival near me - EXIT (Paul van Dyk playing too!) - and since I'm fully vaccinated, I can go without much worry (there are also free tests available). But even then, the ticket prices basically doubled (and are still on the rise) over the past few weeks, most of my friends won't be going, and I had quite an average time in '19 ('18 was amazing though). Plus, even if my friends went, they would probably hang at the main stage (which is almost always full of big-room garbage). All of that combined means I won't be going this year. I do miss going out though...
 

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^ I went. Had a great time at the main stage, and even though it's commercial trash I would usually dismiss, a few too many beers made sure I still enjoyed it. Until I didn't, and then I went home on my last legs. 30-minute walk, every step was a struggle not to just give up, curl up in a ditch and wake up there tomorrow. Feel really guilty now because I was really careless with the booze and I should've stayed for 2 more hours at least - I would've loved visiting other stages - but oh well... Shame it was the last day, I wanna go again!!

Can't recognize myself to be honest. In just a few months, I've essentially become a thousand times more sociable, which is incredible. I have the urge to go out, hang out, meet people. Last time I had that was like 10 years ago, when I basically had the time of my life and met a huge amount of people, some of my closest friends. There's this strange level of fun I feel about myself, I don't even know how to express it; I don't even know where this is coming from. And I can't really say I've noticed any mood changes over that period, I'm basically the same guy I was.
 

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In other news I got accepted as a sales consultant for my local gym and all I had to do was speak to the manager and send my resume and they offered me the role. I am still struggling with social anxiety but I am hoping this wilk give a chance to really fight that.
 

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Wanting to produce so hard, have so much things I wish to express through music. But I seem to have lost it completely after a long time off, and my personal standards have only grown...