Things that made you happy today (are cool)

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Thomas

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:17 pm

My first successful attempt to deliberately break out of a low-mood period!

I've gotten a lot better over recent years at picking out the signs of it happening, and the affects of that. So I found myself refreshing youtube, hoping for new videos to appear, searching through Netflix without watching anything, not starting a new game to play, not cooking properly, lying in bed all that kind of thing. And normally I get trapped into going through my usual website, trying to find anything new to distract me. That would inevitably fail, lower my mood further, eat up a bunch of time and maybe even disrupt my sleep pattern.

This time I convinced myself to out for a walk and to look round some shops, and from there to do a longer walk to one of the more coastal parts of Cardiff, and from there to the tip of Cardiff Bay and then back along the barrage (where a ton of people and families walk by) and home. And by the end of it, I was way better and even got some cooking and chores done. There were even some little signs of improvement during the walk, liking going from wanting to buy a fizzy drink to wanting to buy a smoothie instead.

So that was really nice to achieve, because normally I'd just resign myself to a few days of disruption and unfun. But it's also confirmation that I'm beginning to solve the puzzle and figure this out more. I still don't have it all down, because I've done walks before and they haven't helped, but I think if I wasn't consciously aware that the webbrowsing makes things worse I wouldn't have been able to convince myself to go out today.

One of the bits of advice the head designer of Magic: The Gathering likes to give, is that gamers tend to use a whole bunch of analytical skills in their games and that you can apply a lot of that thinking to your life too. I'm not a very analytical gamer, but this is one problem I'd like to solve. I've still got a ton left to do - like making this reproducible and figuring out what causes it and what causes the good-mood periods - but I've definitely hit a checkpoint.
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Wide And Nerdy

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Wide And Nerdy » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:12 pm

Finally after 6 years, I'm going to be upgrading my motherboard. It will have the Z270 chipset and an i7-7700K* (vs the i7 950 I have now) because we're starting to see games that can use all those threads and DD4-3200.

I'm not upgrading the other components but I already have a GTX 970 and a couple of SSDs that I believe were all bottlenecked or at least bound by my old hardware. But next item on the list will probably be an M.2 drive.

I should probably put this under things that suck but I broke my 500 dollar monitor. One of those fancy 144hz ips gsync deals. Its probably going to cost half of that to fix the cracked screen.

*To counter the perception of bragging here, I'll remind you that I can only afford to do this because I'm a pathetic single guy who irresponsibly spends his tax refunds. If you can't afford this, its probably because you're an actual adult, not just the age of an adult.
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Wide And Nerdy

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Wide And Nerdy » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:15 pm

Separately, I'm enjoying He Will Not Divide Us.

I think with time, the story of a grand game of capture the flag taking place between an overly serious celebrity and a bunch of playful trolls will bring us all together in a rather ironic fashion (irony being the only force that has a chance of uniting us). This isn't violence, its a game. It has even been broken up into seasons. By the end, there may be a book in this that will prove a fun read.
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Retsam

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Retsam » Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:43 pm

A week from today, I'll be getting married. We've been dating since my last year of college, almost four and a half years now, so it's been awhile coming, but it's still kind of hard to believe how close it is.

We're both pretty nerdy (she's a big Zelda fan, a bit of unfortunate timing for her on that BoTW launch date), but the wedding won't be overtly nerdy, except for a few music choices, with To Zanarkand (FFX) and Dearly Beloved (Kingdom Hearts) as processionals, the Star Wars Throne Room theme as a recessional, and Suteki Da Ne (FFX) as our first dance piece.

I'm a bit nervous, a bit behind in honeymoon planning (maybe a bit more than "a bit"), but I'm mostly excited. So if I disappear for most of the month of April, that's why.
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Thomas

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Sun Apr 02, 2017 3:20 am

That's brilliant to hear, good luck!
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4th Dimension

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby 4th Dimension » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:28 am

Best wishes!

As for me, small things are what do it for me. Like finding a chat community on discrod where I can went my thoughts on Nanoha, sci-fi and etc. That made it a lot of fun for me. Which is strange since I'm really not a chat kind of person. But this one does it for me.
The bad news is that I tend to waste my time there now EVEN MORE. Oh well, no glass of honey was ever drank without mixing it with vinigar.
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Thomas

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:24 am

It was a really sunny weekend that made it feel like spring and Cardiff was really pleasant with lots of people outside, so that made me happy.

And then we had the mother of all April showers (on 1st April!), that amused me :p
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Wide And Nerdy

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Wide And Nerdy » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:35 pm

Wide And Nerdy wrote:Finally after 6 years, I'm going to be upgrading my motherboard. It will have the Z270 chipset and an i7-7700K* (vs the i7 950 I have now) because we're starting to see games that can use all those threads and DD4-3200.

I'm not upgrading the other components but I already have a GTX 970 and a couple of SSDs that I believe were all bottlenecked or at least bound by my old hardware. But next item on the list will probably be an M.2 drive.

I should probably put this under things that suck but I broke my 500 dollar monitor. One of those fancy 144hz ips gsync deals. Its probably going to cost half of that to fix the cracked screen.

*To counter the perception of bragging here, I'll remind you that I can only afford to do this because I'm a pathetic single guy who irresponsibly spends his tax refunds. If you can't afford this, its probably because you're an actual adult, not just the age of an adult.


And got it done. On and off it took most of a day. But it came together beautifully. Everything works and runs faster and cooler even with a little less power. Something is going right.
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Sudanna

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Sudanna » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:24 pm

Rutskarn's current Patreon serial is getting real real good.
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Daemian Lucifer

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Daemian Lucifer » Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:45 am

My father came home from surgery,well on his way to full recovery.And more importantly,it was not cancerous as we feared it couldve been.
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Wide And Nerdy

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Wide And Nerdy » Mon May 01, 2017 6:20 pm

I've read Clickhole (same people behind "The Onion") before, but I just discovered they have a series called "Split Screen" which makes fun of games journalists reading too much into video games. And they have a ton of stuff mocking slacktivism and other social media bathos. In the beginning they were just mocking listicles which was cute but not enough to keep me coming back. They're next level now.
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grahams_xwing
Location: Corby, UK

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby grahams_xwing » Wed May 03, 2017 7:23 pm

Please welcome to the world of Nerd-dom my new born daughter.

Leia Jasmine Mitchell.
Born 24th April 2017 @ 11:28 AM
Weighing 7lb 3

Image

She's the one in the pink.
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grahams_xwing
Location: Corby, UK

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby grahams_xwing » Wed May 03, 2017 7:24 pm

Yes... I did get to name her. My wife was perfectly happy with a baddass Princess name (twice) For family tradition we needed an 'LJ' and I'm a bit of a fan so..... Happy right now!
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Trix2000
Location: California

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Trix2000 » Thu May 04, 2017 2:18 am

grahams_xwing wrote:She's the one in the pink.
Dammit! And I was totally going to make the obvious joke and everything!

Congrats regardless. :)
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Wide And Nerdy

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Wide And Nerdy » Mon May 08, 2017 4:55 pm

My sister got married this weekend. The family was there, everybody had fun, it was pretty like I knew my sister wanted. I'm happy both because I remember when my little sister was a little girl and all the time she spent rummaging through costumes in her room changing every ten minutes. She managed to dress like a princess bride saturday night without blowing her budget. My father revealed a previously unknown talent for writing speeches that had everyone present in tears, even the men. Apparently he just needed the right inspiration.

I'm blessed. All three of my siblings did a great job picking their mates. Level headed, nice, thoughtful, not at all likely to be sources of drama. Especially Candace. Not once did we even need to worry that we were going to have to beat up one of her boyfriends in spite of our promises to do so if necessary.

My part in it could have gone under the "things that make you unhappy" section. The wedding was held out of town and Google failed me as a navigator, turning me down a mud road where I ended up stuck for hours, partly because I struggled to even tell them how to find me. Thank goodness for gps and camera phones and backup batteries.

But honestly, that could have gone under fun memories now that I'm free of it.
Cinebeast

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Cinebeast » Wed May 10, 2017 4:28 am

I'm working on a project in Unreal Engine 4, and recently I've been hampered by some incredibly frustrating technical issues. I asked for help on the forums, and someone answered. We've been going back and forth for a few days now. This afternoon we finally fixed the issues.

Not exactly a wedding or a baby or anything, but it's left me feeling pretty happy all the same.

Also: I'm new here! To the forums, I mean. I've been a fan of Shamus' since 2012 or so, but this is my first post. Hi.
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4th Dimension

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby 4th Dimension » Wed May 10, 2017 6:54 am

Hello there. I know the feeling of finally resolving some annoying technical glitch/problem.
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Thomas

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Sat May 13, 2017 8:21 pm

Eurovision!!!
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Lachlan the Sane
Location: I come from the land down under, where women blow and men chunder

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Lachlan the Sane » Sun May 14, 2017 9:52 am

When is Australia just going to send Sia? She's by far the Eurovisioniest pop star we've ever produced.
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Thomas

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Thomas » Sun May 14, 2017 6:55 pm

Germany decided to send fakeSia instead
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Humanoid

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Humanoid » Tue May 16, 2017 2:57 am

Now that I formally have taken possession of my house, I can finally do the stuff I've wanted to do for years - been busy booking quotes for air conditioning, an alarm system, and renovation of the bathrooms. Timing is a bit awkward coming right up to winter, but I didn't want to wait any longer.
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Supahewok

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Supahewok » Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:08 pm

I weighed 260 lbs at the beginning of the year. I know that, as a kinda thick built guy, 180-185 lbs is what I ought to be. So I've been dieting. Dropped down to 250 lbs in a month or so, but plateaued there. Got discouraged, loosened up on the diet, gained 5 of the lbs back. I'm back on the wagon now, and this time I'm putting exercise into it.

Which is all just a foreword to say that I'm getting back into martial arts for the first time in several years. Intensive, too. I looked for an MMA school this time. I'm slightly knowledgeable about the different schools of eastern martial arts, and decided that the common MMA disciplines, jui-jitsu (for grappling/wrestling), muay thai/kickboxing (for legwork), and boxing (for striking), were both varied (which appeals to me) and intensive in exercise which is what I really need. So I went to my first kickboxing class last week. The instructor likes to change things up, some days are just workouts, some days are only work on technique and combat, and some days are mixes. That day was a workout day. That was actually a fairly bad thing for me. When you work out your arms, your arms only have themselves to work against. Whereas, without gym equipment, your legs have to carry your whole upper body. It's one thing when you're weak but a healthy weight and your doing lunges and squats. It's another thing when you're weak but overweight, so you're essentially like the healthy guy but wearing a 75 lb weight vest while doing said lunges and squats.

That said, I never quit the mat, and even if I wasn't moving all the time like all the other students, I pushed myself to at least get a few reps out of my jelly legs. Kept thinking "Bruce Lee never quit, probably. Jackie Chan does some of his takes in his movies over a hundred times to get them right. They did it, you can do it." Made the instructor happy. He said the last few folks who'd tried the class had all quit halfway through. So it was an accomplishment for myself. But the soreness of my legs the last few days interferes with my work and with going up and down the stairs at home. It's not just being sore, the first day afterwards I very nearly couldn't get up to my bedroom by myself. So I'm gonna hold off on any more of that until my legs don't have to support as much weight. The instructor told me besides that the jiu-jitsu class would be better for losing weight, and was what he'd turned to in order to lose some pounds before a competition (you know, they got pretty strict weight categories in these things, and you would much rather be at the high end of one than at the low end of the next one up). So I'm gonna try that this week.

This has been my usually overly verbose way of saying I'm exercising and happy for it. I also have found that I immensely miss martial art competitions. It's a longing that I wasn't really conscious of until I started hitting a bag again. So that's something for me to look forward to and train myself towards.
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grahams_xwing
Location: Corby, UK

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby grahams_xwing » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:36 am

There are three newly released tracks that were cut from Radiohead's Ok Computer. I've heard the first 'I Promise' and it's beautiful. There is MORE Ok Computer - this makes me very happy.
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Wide And Nerdy

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Wide And Nerdy » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:11 pm

Supahewok wrote:I weighed 260 lbs at the beginning of the year. I know that, as a kinda thick built guy, 180-185 lbs is what I ought to be. So I've been dieting. Dropped down to 250 lbs in a month or so, but plateaued there. Got discouraged, loosened up on the diet, gained 5 of the lbs back. I'm back on the wagon now, and this time I'm putting exercise into it.

Which is all just a foreword to say that I'm getting back into martial arts for the first time in several years. Intensive, too. I looked for an MMA school this time. I'm slightly knowledgeable about the different schools of eastern martial arts, and decided that the common MMA disciplines, jui-jitsu (for grappling/wrestling), muay thai/kickboxing (for legwork), and boxing (for striking), were both varied (which appeals to me) and intensive in exercise which is what I really need. So I went to my first kickboxing class last week. The instructor likes to change things up, some days are just workouts, some days are only work on technique and combat, and some days are mixes. That day was a workout day. That was actually a fairly bad thing for me. When you work out your arms, your arms only have themselves to work against. Whereas, without gym equipment, your legs have to carry your whole upper body. It's one thing when you're weak but a healthy weight and your doing lunges and squats. It's another thing when you're weak but overweight, so you're essentially like the healthy guy but wearing a 75 lb weight vest while doing said lunges and squats.

That said, I never quit the mat, and even if I wasn't moving all the time like all the other students, I pushed myself to at least get a few reps out of my jelly legs. Kept thinking "Bruce Lee never quit, probably. Jackie Chan does some of his takes in his movies over a hundred times to get them right. They did it, you can do it." Made the instructor happy. He said the last few folks who'd tried the class had all quit halfway through. So it was an accomplishment for myself. But the soreness of my legs the last few days interferes with my work and with going up and down the stairs at home. It's not just being sore, the first day afterwards I very nearly couldn't get up to my bedroom by myself. So I'm gonna hold off on any more of that until my legs don't have to support as much weight. The instructor told me besides that the jiu-jitsu class would be better for losing weight, and was what he'd turned to in order to lose some pounds before a competition (you know, they got pretty strict weight categories in these things, and you would much rather be at the high end of one than at the low end of the next one up). So I'm gonna try that this week.

This has been my usually overly verbose way of saying I'm exercising and happy for it. I also have found that I immensely miss martial art competitions. It's a longing that I wasn't really conscious of until I started hitting a bag again. So that's something for me to look forward to and train myself towards.


It sounds like you've got what it takes. I wish you best of luck. Several years ago I lost 120 pounds then gained it back but I think that was partly because I wasn't doing everything you're doing. I've been meaning to try again but several subsequent attempts have failed to get off the ground. Now that I'm on the right meds I think I'll have another go at it. Only problem is one of my meds is definitely making me hungrier than I used to be.

Which leads me to my doctor's recommendation, Inositol. You might try it too. Supposedly helps with allergies, fatigue (it used to be classed as a B-vitamin) and in some people it helps with apetite.

I'm not going to give you any tips unless you ask. As someone who's been fat his entire adult life and been on the roller coaster before, I know how annoying it gets when people fail to realize just how many people are already giving you tips.


Now on to my good news.

I just discovered a service called Shipt, a grocery/booze delivery service (God Bless America). 15 bucks a month or 100 a year and deliveries of 30 bucks or more are at no additional charge (although the site has a tipping mechanism so that is probably expected). Its like Uber for Groceries and Booze. I say Booze because ABC Liquor is one of the partners and because booze is a funny sounding word.

I'd post a promo link to get credit for the recommendation but I want those of you who can to try it without thinking I'm just promoting a product for personal gain.

It makes me happy and will probably aid my dieting and definitely my finances because I used to order delivery and drivethrough almost exclusively (because I don't like walking around in public).
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Supahewok

Re: Things that made you happy today (are cool)

Postby Supahewok » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:51 pm

It's cool, WaN. But my mom's a dietition, and I work for a nutritional supplements plant. I got all the help around me that I need.

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