[Media Meandry] Meditative, Competitive, Narrative

This entry in my playthrough of Pokémon LeafGreen will be less directly related to character building/discovery and more metaphorical, exploring what interests me about Pokémon and other media along with their relation to what I want to create. The way I see it, all media are tools to teach or entertain, but it’s a matter of finding that which teaches or entertains what is relevant to you. You can do that with defining and refining.

Novel Spoilers?: Minor [Interests directing novel’s path]
Game Spoilers? None

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[Media Meandry] !mine !mine !mine

It may seem counterproductive or even disrespectful to be watching something on one part of the screen and playing something on the other part of the screen. Wouldn’t I want to dedicate my entire focus to one thing? There are some things that can be done simultaneously to achieve a deeper whole. Other things can be done in tandem without significant drawback to either one, like watching a video with a mostly-still shot and !mining.

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[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 23 {209.5} “Remotely Meeting Doctors”

I met with Doctor-Number-Thirteen and Doctor-Number-Nine without physically meeting them. With current events interrupting normalcy, perhaps even ravaging traditional society, it was less than three months ago that I wouldn’t have considered meeting doctors remotely. Not just for fiction research, but going to a doctor’s office was always just how it’s been. I hadn’t even thought that -Nine would have videoconferencing capabilities. Three months ago, no way, but going forward, this might be the norm.

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[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 22 {210.0} “Rowing Back Motivation”

It’s tough to get the motivation to do much of anything when my back, shoulders, neck, and therefore head all hurt to such a degree that I lose any creativity or ability to think with any nuance or mulit-task-icity… There’s not much I can do without drastic changes to everything, so I’ve just stopped rowing for a few days, and have done what I’ve could to rest my back. It’s been helpful but only somewhat.

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[Sober Living] Seven Years Sober, Part 4 of 5

In previous entries into this series, I wrote about the events that inspired my sobriety – seeing Clutch. I’ve taken some meandries because how many thousands of words can one write about any topic? Well, there is still the matter of addressing the question of how often do I want to go back to those simpler times? Although my life is much better “clean and mostly serene,” there is one major disadvantage: you can’t fully relax.

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[Media Meandry] Playful Versus Perfection

Although I can conduct my way through overly technical playthroughs of platformers and other games, they don’t bring me much joy. Depending on the game and the level, you might have to jump through arbitrary hoops to reach pedantic goals, then, return back through the level you traversed in the name of gameplay. I’m fine with some of this. Too much of it, however, becomes tedious, and those are the times when I stop playing.

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[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 06 {222.5} “Headache’s Root Cause?”

For seventeen days, I could not row. The rower was waiting for me the whole time but my health was in such poor condition that any superfluous movement could have caused lasting pain. My tension headaches were a constant annoyance. My migraines were occasional showstoppers. The pangs of whatever you want to call them scared me. I’ve been mostly headache-free now for a day and a half. I’ll take it. I’m working toward lasting improvement.

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[Downsizing Zeal] Culture Of Vultures

It’s more expensive than we think to keep up with the expectations of others. When we dress to impress, we limit the time we spend on other activities, whether for career development, or even just “getting a half a second to think.[1]” When we watch or read what doesn’t interest us, only to be part of the conversation, we lose our inner voice and our own perspective on our life’s values and our critical edge.

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[Rowing Machine] 2019: Week 39 {214.0} “Dysmorphic Calorie Gouging”

I’m not sure what compulsed me to consume 3,700 additional calories. I had my theories, thought about the absurdly angry antagonists, things not going according to plan, but these are lies. Whenever you tell yourself an answer like that, you’re lying. Don’t worry, we all lie to ourselves for casual convenience. If there’s an answer, you don’t need the right answer. My answer happened yesterday afternoon after washing my hands and just before returning to work.

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[Downsizing Zeal] Clutter: Mental? Physical?

What I find weird is how often we celebrate our tiredness at work or our willingness to allow our lives to be permeated by things outside our control. I’m no paragon of time efficiency but I still find time to do what I love the most: write daily. Even when I’m tired, I don’t let that impede my life. I would have let it bother me years ago. Now I just discard anything goal impeding.

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