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The Fortress, The Book, and the Brain

Friday, September 06, 2013

I'm futzing about with "Dwarf Fortress" some, because at last I'm able to comprehend it without having a migraine. No, literally I used to get way too overwhelmed to do anything in there - lol now I can at least sort of play the thing. Which I like. It's good mental exercise, and we need that just as much as we need exercise for the rest of our bodies! Challenge your mind, people, whether it's by playing a different kind of game than you're used to, going on StumbleUpon for a half hour and finding new stuff you might never have known about - for instance, that's how I learned about Guerrilla Gardening - or read something. Mental workouts are good!

I'm currently reading "The Difference Engine" and I love it; one of the original books to inspire the Steampunk movement, it's for research for the game I'm working at but I find it entertaining as well. And I'm at Phase 2 of said game: http://jahowe.wordpress.com/20

Mentally I've gone back to thinking some about my weight and my looks - not to a huge extent but some. I still want to be in shape more than I ever wanted to be rail-thin, at the same time I'd rather have a weight around 120-125 than 130-something. That's damn hard to manage on neurontin, which not only lowers blood pressure so I feel like I need more salt, but it also makes me retain more water. (Therefore, my weight's around 130lbs). Reorganizing my thoughts so I can accept that some of it is beyond my control is difficult! Always has been, especially since as a female I'm bombarded with TV images and ads that insist I'm "supposed" to be trying to be thin and have skin with no pores or scars. (Yeah... anyone else irritated by those Kellogg's commercials about "what will you gain when you lose?" I mean, on the one hand they've given names to whatever look a person wants, which I like, and then they ruin it by yet again bringing the focus back to losing weight!).

We will see how fall goes with regards to stuff like that.
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