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Just so everyone's clear, this is my observation of what it's like in the US. I don't know what it's like in your country, but I hope it's not dealing with this problem like we are.

When it comes to getting myself to motivated to work on my art videos for DailyMotion, I've noticed I've gotten into this bad habit quite a bit recently:
I'd wake up (sometimes late in the morning)
Eat my breakfast in front of the TV or computer
Aimlessly watch videos or aimlessly look up things on the internet
Realize it's now 2pm and I haven't done anything all day
Rush to get everything I should've gotten completed earlier completed at the last minute
Get frustrated with myself for being so lazy and addicted to technology
Finally, I somehow still struggle with breaking the habit

As they say, breaking a bad habit isn't easy, but after making an observation about myself, as well as the rest of society, now I've figured out how to finally do so (which I'll explain in the next paragraph). While there's nothing wrong with getting entertainment from TV shows, movies, video games, videos, and music, especially when you have someone to share it with, what is wrong is people not using their devices in moderation. The same thing goes for using the internet and social media. Back when Mark Twain was still alive, life was a lot more simpler because the population at the time was a lot more freer from distractions. If they wanted to be entertained, and there wasn't a play or concert being held in their area, they'd read a book, create works of art if they were an artist, gather with family and friends where they'd talk about events going on at the time, go on a hike, go horseback riding, play card games or board games, etc. Being cultured actually meant something back then. Because so many people are so accustomed to being indoors, or having a screen in front of them, they've become complacent, ignorant, lazy, and plenty of other negative descriptions (I don't mean any of you are like that, I'm just talking about the general population). What's even worse is a number of parents have let the TV raise their kids for them, or they've pacified their kids with technology just to shut them up for an hour. Either way, it leads to the kids developing bratty, spoiled, or other inappropriate or bizarre behaviors because they think what they see or hear on a screen is perfectly okay to imitate. I'd love to see a kid reading one of Issac Assimov's books, mainly because reading a paper book has been scientifically proven to improve their brain development, but not too many of them are doing that these days because it's not considered popular anymore. This is one of the reasons why the comics industry has gone down drastically in the last 20+ years (the other is the SJWs only caring about the Spider-man movies and not the comics, and therefore have no real clue who he actually is as a character). What's ironic is I need to have a screen in front of me so I can get my videos made, uploaded, and monetized, but I've fell into the same trap most other people have, which is why I've made the decision to work on my videos using my laptop in the car to reduce distractions at home.

Because this thought has been bothering me all day (to the point where I felt like it was worth sharing), I made a decision to lead by example by setting up daily schedules and becoming what I'd like to call a techno-minimalist. What I mean by techno-minimalism is using technology sparingly. For example, I'm going to have a friend over tomorrow, and we're going to watch the original Scooby-Doo, but before I drive him home, I'm going to unplug my computer monitor, and after I drop him off, I'm going to pull into the parking lot of a McDonalds or wherever and work on my videos. When I'm done with my videos for the day, I'm going to go back home and read a book about Bruce Lee's philosophy called The Warrior Within, and then I'm going to push myself to get into the habit where I'm not going to let technology take over my day like it has before.

Hopefully this topic has made you think about things you might not have before, and maybe get into techno-minimalism as well.
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The first thing that instantly comes obvious is No Exercise.

When I was working there'd be a 10 km ride to work, a lot of people wanting things done and a 10 km ride home in the evening. Since retirement there is what is called a Shed, started in Australia and the civilised bits of the world have them so not many (7?) in USA. Ride a few km to the Shed, do a lot of technology, fixing things, loading software, searching the web for how it comes apart, riding home via the library (books and magazines), picking up what is needed at the supermarket on the way i.e. no McDonalds.

So get outside and move. In the weekends put in some real km, a hundred km one day a week plus riding to work will get you fit, which switches the brain on. Best year for me would have been about 13,500 km. Then throw in a few hundred km sea kayaking too.
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RollyShed wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:55 am
The first thing that instantly comes obvious is No Exercise.

When I was working there'd be a 10 km ride to work, a lot of people wanting things done and a 10 km ride home in the evening. Since retirement there is what is called a Shed, started in Australia and the civilised bits of the world have them so not many (7?) in USA. Ride a few km to the Shed, do a lot of technology, fixing things, loading software, searching the web for how it comes apart, riding home via the library (books and magazines), picking up what is needed at the supermarket on the way i.e. no McDonalds.

So get outside and move. In the weekends put in some real km, a hundred km one day a week plus riding to work will get you fit, which switches the brain on. Best year for me would have been about 13,500 km. Then throw in a few hundred km sea kayaking too.
A while ago, I did fill up a few milk and cat litter jugs to use as hand weights, but I never did anything with them up until making this decision. If I'm not doing anything worth noting tomorrow, I'll start getting into the habit of exercising more (especially since I have a flabby chest and have been meaning to do something about that).
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SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:26 am
I'll start getting into the habit of exercising more (especially since I have a flabby chest and have been meaning to do something about that).
On a bike for at least half an hour each day, riding hard will improve breathing as well as general fitness.
It also switches the brain on, probably due to better blood flow.
Make sure you are not using a high gear, the secret of riding a bike is use lower gears and spin.

My mention of sea kayaking is for full body exercise, rotate the body and don't use bending elbows to paddle.
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RollyShed wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:42 pm
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Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:26 am
I'll start getting into the habit of exercising more (especially since I have a flabby chest and have been meaning to do something about that).
On a bike for at least half an hour each day, riding hard will improve breathing as well as general fitness.
It also switches the brain on, probably due to better blood flow.
Make sure you are not using a high gear, the secret of riding a bike is use lower gears and spin.

My mention of sea kayaking is for full body exercise, rotate the body and don't use bending elbows to paddle.
I'm not a bike rider to be honest. I've always found the seats uncomfortable to sit on, and I have balancing issues.
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SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:01 pm
I'm not a bike rider to be honest. I've always found the seats uncomfortable to sit on, and I have balancing issues.
Maybe a week of an hour a day would fix those problems? Certainly no less.
There are a wide range of seats available. Personally I always have a sheep skin cover on my Brooks leather seat.
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RollyShed wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:35 pm
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Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:01 pm
I'm not a bike rider to be honest. I've always found the seats uncomfortable to sit on, and I have balancing issues.
Maybe a week of an hour a day would fix those problems? Certainly no less.
There are a wide range of seats available. Personally I always have a sheep skin cover on my Brooks leather seat.
A stationary bike of some form could be the ticket.
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kelevra wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:03 am
A stationary bike of some form could be the ticket.
You mean a bit of virtual reality, headset and googles and be riding in the Tour de France over mountains and with sprints to the finish. Yes, I suppose one way of making it more interesting.

We are talking computer after all - I think we are....
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I used to ride a pushie to work every day. Now I ride a motor bike whenever I feel like it. I still own a pushie, but have not ridden it as much as I could have. I've always been fairly fit, but I would not call myself a "fitness junkie".
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With how I was talking about that Bruce Lee book I've been reading, I decided to set up a men's book reading club with 2 of my friends. Stereotypically, book reading clubs have been associated with women getting together and taking turns reading chick-lit out loud, but this is one of the clubs (I've found a few others on the internet earlier tonight) that will help show there's nothing wrong with men getting together and reading as well. Since my friends and I have mental disabilities, we've decided to read The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin (who's on the Autism Spectrum herself, and I got to meet her twice) and Richard Panek. Because one of my friends is into mystery stories, we might read one of the Sherlock Holmes short stories sometime in the future (if they're available at the library).

If you're a man who likes to read, see if your male friends would like to form a book reading club as well
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recognizing you have a problem is the first step, so good on you for that.

I know exactly what you mean, I'm not in the US, but I think it is quite the same in most places. I was in an office waiting area not too long ago, and 8 out of 10 people there had their heads firmly glued to their cell phone, sad.
My sister came to visit awhile ago, she was there (here) about an hour, and never took her eyes off her new 800 dollar phone. I finally said can you turn that thing off, or go back home and visit with your phone.

Don't get me wrong I like my computer a lot, and like you mentioned in the opening post I can "waste" a lot of time on it (like now, rather pointless drivel really), but know when to say when. And when I am away from the computer I don't think about it. I used to have my own business, and was always coming to check if I had emails from customers. Sure glad I'm done with that too.

Degradation of society, I agree it is real.
A lot of people would probably opt for an implant directly into their brain to stay "connected". I'm just not one of them.
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rickNS wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 2:20 pm
recognizing you have a problem is the first step, so good on you for that.

I know exactly what you mean, I'm not in the US, but I think it is quite the same in most places. I was in an office waiting area not too long ago, and 8 out of 10 people there had their heads firmly glued to their cell phone, sad.
My sister came to visit awhile ago, she was there (here) about an hour, and never took her eyes off her new 800 dollar phone. I finally said can you turn that thing off, or go back home and visit with your phone.

Don't get me wrong I like my computer a lot, and like you mentioned in the opening post I can "waste" a lot of time on it (like now, rather pointless drivel really), but know when to say when. And when I am away from the computer I don't think about it. I used to have my own business, and was always coming to check if I had emails from customers. Sure glad I'm done with that too.

Degradation of society, I agree it is real.
A lot of people would probably opt for an implant directly into their brain to stay "connected". I'm just not one of them.
It really goes to show how so many people have been trained to be technologically immature, and that they'll treat their devices essentially like toys
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SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:57 pm
With how I was talking about that Bruce Lee book I've been reading, I decided to set up a men's book reading club with 2 of my friends.
Australia started it and a number of other countries (New Zealand, Britain, Canada) have picked it up, Men's Sheds. Though to the outside world it is doing woodwork and metalwork, one of the main things is socialisation, especially at 10.00 a.m. or 3,00 p.m. - cup of tea or coffee time and a yarn. It is not uncommon for them to have members who never do anything technical but make the tea and sweep the floor and have a yarn.

Our Shed also has an electronics/computer section and all the computers are running Linux Mint and a number of members have also installed it on their computers.

New Zealand population 5 million has over 100 sheds, USA population 328 million has 8 sheds.
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RollyShed wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:46 pm
SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:57 pm
With how I was talking about that Bruce Lee book I've been reading, I decided to set up a men's book reading club with 2 of my friends.
Australia started it and a number of other countries (New Zealand, Britain, Canada) have picked it up, Men's Sheds. Though to the outside world it is doing woodwork and metalwork, one of the main things is socialisation, especially at 10.00 a.m. or 3,00 p.m. - cup of tea or coffee time and a yarn. It is not uncommon for them to have members who never do anything technical but make the tea and sweep the floor and have a yarn.

Our Shed also has an electronics/computer section and all the computers are running Linux Mint and a number of members have also installed it on their computers.

New Zealand population 5 million has over 100 sheds, USA population 328 million has 8 sheds.
How does that relate to having a men's book club?
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SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:36 pm
How does that relate to having a men's book club?
It is the socialising with a purpose. That is the key to what you are talking about. No reason not to have a book reading section in a Shed.
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RollyShed wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:48 pm
SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:36 pm
How does that relate to having a men's book club?
It is the socialising with a purpose. That is the key to what you are talking about. No reason not to have a book reading section in a Shed.
When you started talking about the other stuff, I misunderstood what you were saying. My apologies.
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SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:52 pm
When you started talking about the other stuff, I misunderstood what you were saying. My apologies.
Easy to do, misunderstand, we all do it.

Only a suggestion and a thought about how to expand the social interaction thing and besides exercise the interaction is just as important though I don't usually admit it. Another of our "things" is music with a ukulele group meeting each week. A "theme" or excuse for doing things together. Certainly in this country we don't have the virus so physical distancing isn't a problem.
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SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:01 pm
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I'm not a bike rider to be honest. I've always found the seats uncomfortable to sit on, and I have balancing issues.
Cycling is probably the least problematic sport (besides backstroke swimming) - you can also dismount at any time ...

If you are struggling with balance, please have a look at the photos of these old bikes. They all have front forks that are rounded at the bottom and pulled forward. This has the great advantage that these bikes practically drive straight ahead on their own - even hands-free ...

The straighter and steeper the front fork, the more sensitive (and malicious ...) the bike reacts - not ideal for learning and practicing.


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RollyShed wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:20 pm
SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:52 pm
When you started talking about the other stuff, I misunderstood what you were saying. My apologies.
Easy to do, misunderstand, we all do it.

Only a suggestion and a thought about how to expand the social interaction thing and besides exercise the interaction is just as important though I don't usually admit it. Another of our "things" is music with a ukulele group meeting each week. A "theme" or excuse for doing things together. Certainly in this country we don't have the virus so physical distancing isn't a problem.
That's good to know, and I'm glad that the virus hasn't affected your country. I honestly keep facepalming over how even more restrictive the US has become, and how so many gullible sheeple are still crapping their pants with fear. This is why the mainstream media and the political puppet show exist outside of my head, and why they're going to stay there.
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SpongebobFan1994 wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:23 am
That's good to know, and I'm glad that the virus hasn't affected your country.
New Zealand 4 deaths per million. USA 500 deaths per million (rounded figures). New Zealanders agreed with the rules and stuck to them. 100+ days without any community infections. All infections now are people coming into the country and into isolated.
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