I agree. That's why I started the club... its a bad feeling to drop $80 on a bottle and hate it... good to share the cost with a bunch of people and if you like it you can go buy a bottle of your own. Been doing it since march and its going well... slowly gaining momentum. The hardest part is getting enough people at the beginning to make it cheap enough to afford.That's awesome. I would love to join a scotch club, I love trying new brands. Its so unfortunate that I picked the most expensive alcohol as my favourite (after wine of course)
My Ph.D. is in Scriptures (Old Testament).+1 for family uber alles
What field of study is your Ph.D. in?
And what kind of role playing games do you play? If I had more time, I'd love to get back into pen and paper gaming.
OT is awesome! Nice choice! That's one heck of an epic adventure! I love the OT!My Ph.D. is in Scriptures (Old Testament).
I don't play any online RPG's. Pen & Paper for me. I started when I was a kid, so I cut my teeth on D&D and came back to it with 5e. But I've played or at least dabbled in most systems out there.
If you're interested in going deep, the philosopher considered the culmination of all the streams of ancient thought is "Plotinus" - hard as hell to understand but if you do, super fun! Of course you've already discovered Marcus Aurelius. Plutarch's "Lives" are great and will keep you busy for years if you're into them. He was the official interpreter of the Oracle of Delphi (i.e. the real oracle of Delphi) and was very erudite. Confucius' "Analects" are also super fun, if you know how to appreciate them. His philosophy is based on archery practice.I'm huge into baseball. Played a little in University (NAIA) in Canada, still play senior ball every summer, and coach our province wide all star team. I do different age group (15,16 or 17) every year, its an absolute blast.
Othewise, I love reading, whether its self development (I hate that term), exercise or leadership type stuff. General interest in war, ancient greek/roman warfare or classics on war/strategy like Sun Tzu or Machiavelli. I have started reading more and more philosophical work and in the last 6 months to 1 year have really come to appreciate works on Stoicism and am reading as much as I can get my hands on right now. I find it such practical wisdom and thoughtful thinking based, and has made a big impact on me.
This past January I began training in martial arts, with the intention of trying 2-3 styles and picking my favourite to stick with. Always liked it but never did it as a kid so wanted to give it a shot. Did shotokan karate, found it enjoyable, beneficial and had a great sensei full of wisdom and discipline and a great teacher, but it was just missing something for me. Took the summer to play ball, tried a muay thai class or two and found it really enjoyable as well, but then I tried Brazilian jiu jitsu and I can say 100% after one month of doing it it is by far my favourite discipline. My sensei is fantastic, very technical based, its a small school with small class sizes and the other members are great guys, all respectful and helpful and willing to work with beginners. Definitely will be sticking with this one for a long time.
So with ball season over, my days are get up, read, work, weights on lunch breaks unless its jiu jitsu day, get home, eat, read, jiu jitsu or watch playoff baseball. Doing an online course as a GPA upgrade in prep to apply for my masters in a couple months. Luckily my girlfriend supports all my hobbies and continues to keep me around
Burlington, but I haven't been there for about a year and a half. I just am overwhelmed with the combination of raising three kids and a full time job. That's why I'm a weightlifter now, and I actually think I'm much fitter than previously!