Running on empty

The annoying alarm tone on my cellphone chimed into life at 5.30am this morning. The birds were starting to chirp in the nature reserve that neighbours our house, and the sun was starting to rise over the Durban ocean. This has been the start to my day pretty much every day for a year, thanks to a new health and fitness mission I’m on. But today, the routine was slightly different.

What normally happens is this:

  1. I wake up, grumble at the alarm, and get out of bed
  2. I stumble through to the bathroom, wash my face, brush my teeth (no one wants dog breath at gym) and put my contact lenses in
  3. I go to the spare room, put on my gym clothing, and take my training supplement (either Muscle Work’s ShredFX Hardcore or NitroCharge)
  4. I go downstairs, grab my breakfast and lunch, have a small snack and then head off to gym.

Today, it went like this:


So, yeah, not the greatest morning ever. Why? Well… I played Xbox with two mates until after midnight (one of my favourite things to do, incidentally), I had a heavy leg-day training session yesterday morning, and had a really busy day at the office.

But, the truth is, I’m just feeling a little bit flat at the moment. I feel like I’m running on empty and that I need a break.

Been sitting at my desk like this all morning.
Been sitting at my desk like this all morning.

Ever get to that stage when you feel you just need a holiday? I’m at that stage right now. So that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. I’m going to take a week off soon and just veg at home. I’ll take the time to saunter around my city, chill on the beachfront, walk my dogs, and just have general amounts of down time.

But until that day — which is only likely to be in about three weeks given the heavy work schedule I’ve got to deal with in the near future — I shall take the advice of my favourite meme:


If you’ve made it this far and gotten to the bottom of this post, I’d love to hear from you. What should I do with my time off? I want to stay around Durban and don’t want to spend much money at all. Let me know in the comments section below.

10 Awfully Bad Manners You Display Which Make You Look a Fool Online

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Some cool tips here.

Originally posted on Red Website Design Blog:

Your online reputation can make or break your business. Everything you do online helps to create that reputation including the manners you display when engaging with others.

To ensure you aren’t making a fool of yourself and bringing your business down with you follow these dos and don’ts from Know The Net.

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“If they didn’t want the pictures to be seen, they shouldn’t have taken them.” Really?!?!

“If they didn’t want the pictures to be seen, they shouldn’t have taken them.” Really?!?!

The next time a friend’s house gets broken into, I’m going to say: “Jeez, man. If you didn’t want your house to get broken into and your stuff stolen, you shouldn’t have lived in a house and bought stuff.” Or when their car gets stolen, I’ll say: “That sucks. But, you know, if you didn’t want your car to get stolen, then you shouldn’t have gotten a car.”

Because this is the argument you’re making when you say that those who had their nude pics leaked should rather not have taken the pics at all. I assume those photos were either taken for personal use and stored, or taken (and presumably sent) to a significant other. They weren’t intended for public consumption — if they were, they would have been shared on a public platform, don’t you think? Whether you mean it or not, you’re blaming them for having their privacy breached.

Does this amount to victim-blaming? I think so. And that’s not a good look on anyone.

My view on the leaked celebrity nude photos is a simple one: it was a break of privacy, plain and simple. It was theft of private data. Sharing them and viewing them is akin to using stolen property. And, I say again, that’s not a good look on anyone.

I think that if we were to sit down and really think about it — and chat and listen to various people — it might just change our minds and make us think things slightly differently.