Category Archives: Interesting Distractions and Stuff I Try to Learn

Let’s hear (read) it for mindless, multi-tasked exercise

One of those funny things about exercise (at least for me), is how, no matter how much time I might have whiled away in stuff I can’t remember, I’m usually pretty sure that my falling back on my to-do list is correlated to the few minutes I spared for meaningful exercise. Now don’t get me wrong; I love exercise, at least in theory. I’d love to do it if I had the time. There was even a time (long, long ago) when I enjoyed the sense of wellbeing that stretches and weights brought me, that feeling of a body that works. I did mention that it was long ago, right? Well… Of course not all exercise is exercise. Walking, for me, is not exercise. It is pleasure. I can do it for hours, and never think of the to-do list lengthening with every minute I spend away from it. But …

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Using my procrastination mood to create a book trailer video

July beginning. There were heaps of things I should have been doing, but they were all large projects, and I just couldn’t get the energy to plan and get started on them, so I kept nibbling at smaller to-dos. But though I did nibble a few millimetres off my to-do list that spans several pages, I felt dissatisfied. What I wanted was to do something that I found fun, that made me feel productive(even if I wasn’t being productive in a productive way, if you know what I mean). I wanted to make something. So, though creating this video was nowhere in my active and overflowing to-do list, and merely a small item at the bottom of my huge wishlist, I spent a few days creating it: (you can see the video directly on youtube, too, at: this link. Ah well, the sketches were fun to make, and I did …

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Learning vector graphics using Inkscape

In the past few years, because of the websites and videos I was creating, I often needed to create graphics or edit sound or video files, and so I’d look around for some free but reliable software and pick up just enough skill to get my work done. For graphics, after some looking around, I mainly used GIMP and some amount of Microsoft Powerpoint, and I used these always used these packages with some specific end-product in mind. Recently, though, I decided to try out a vector graphics package just for the fun of it, and I chose Inkscape, a free vector graphics editor. Inkscape is open source (Wikipedia page in Inkscape here) and the software can be downloaded at their site here. One reason I wanted to try out Inkscape is that it is a vector drawing software, which means that the graphic remains okay on resizing. And Inkscape, …

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About this blog

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My main blog for some years has been a rather solemn one where I shared stuff about dementia and caregiving and somber thoughts on identity and ageing; this was an integral part of my life for many years and my identity and day revolved around it. I also had another blog for sharing lighter stuff, but I rarely posted on it and it degenerated into a rarely updated blog where I would share my occasional writing successes. For some months now, I’ve wanted to blog on topics other than dementia/ care, but I didn’t want to add these entries to my existing blog (which has over 200 posts/ pages) as many visitors reach the blog looking for dementia-specific information and I didn’t want to dilute the focus. I then started a blog hosted on blogger and I was uncomfortable with that platform and so I rarely posted in it (almost …

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