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  1. Hello! Last three days I was spending time with my girlfriend, so I could not write new posts. It has been amazing days, I really enjoyed it. Recently I had a little more craving for youtube videos than before, maybe it was because I watched some tech related youtube and my brain instantelusly cought up to previous habits, so it wants more of it. I need to be careful with that. I did not find out the solution to learn from youtube videos without picking up on cravings and bad habits. I was feeling really the putting off syndrome with youtube, I dont have the best way to deal with it. When I come back from my work at like 6 p.m., I dont have good options to do besides piano, because that stuff like engineering, microcontrollers and programming is very close related to my work, so If I want to rest from it, it is not the best option to do. My brain really wants some different activity (not every day, some days) Playing board games is nice, but it have some of the properies related to games: you're playing for fun, after one game you want more. But there is one board game, that is challenging and good for playing - it's called Go (quite popular recently because of AI), so I play it sometimes, although it is tough.
  2. Hello all! Today I was playing boardgames with my friends and it was very fun! We've also had some nice discussions. I've got one consideration to share: when sb is telling the group about the problem, I have a tendention to help them, even if they did not ask for help: that is something, that I need to work with. As to raspberry project: lately I made a program, that recognizes hand gestures (using OpenCV 4 and some github projects) and those gestures are used to regulate volume and playing/pausing music. I'm thinking about implementing it with for ex. Alexa, but this will be the next project. My current project on raspberry will be a control system for controlling dc motor: to archieve the best dynamics and steering, according to some math eq. in python:) 25.webm
  3. Hello everyone! Today was the first time I couldn't wait to get home to do some electronics projects:) I'm really getting hooked up and I see much progress in my journey. I saw new oppurtunities to improve my design and coding skills - like learning embedded C++ or designing some testing circuits. I can't wait to make some cool circuitry with my STM32 board and Raspberry:) Also in work my friends share similar point of view, so I think soon we'll be doing some nice projects after work. Only if I could go back in time and tell my younger self to get detoxed:) I've also improved much in piano: I've almost learned a new piece and I will continue to learn the harmonic structure, adding some stuff into it, learning soloing.
  4. Hi @ceponatia I agree with you, speedruning is for fun. Gaming is also for fun. But things like music and engineering make more meaning in life, so we should stick to them in my opinion:)
  5. Good evening everyone! (or morning, depending on the timezone) Today I've managed to do a lot of things thanks to planning. I've cutted the day to 1 hour periods of activities and managed to do them:) (like reading books, learning piano, fixing stuff, doing workout) I did make a 2 hour videoconference with my girlfriend showing the building and developing my stepper motor circuit running by Raspberry PI 3 connected with VNC to my laptop πŸ™‚ After that I got into some electonics films from ElectroBOOM channel - it's nice entertainment combined with learning. So I've managed to go through the first week of detox without much difficulties. When I'm hooked up to my planned tasks, I don't have the urge for spending time watching streams in excuse for resting. Now I'm going to think about some bigger projects to do, to have a nice goal to achieve besides my Master's degree. I did think about making a line follower robot: it would combine all my hobbies (electronics design, control systems, C/C++ programming). I've got one more remark to make: when I was watching Twitch I was mostly watching speedruns. Mostly I watched it because it was fun, but now I see the real cause - the most interesting thing was when someone was breaking a world record in some game. So I watched them achieving their goals and was cheering inside with them. But from the distance: the record was irrelevant in the bigger picture, it did not make anything relevant in the real world. So now when I'm thinking of them is like this - they do tremendous amount of work to achieve something, that is not worth anything, so it's like a useless effort. Doing my hobbies is both fun and relevant, so it's straight better. And if I'm to tired to focus so much on new knowledge or problems I can watch interesting things about engineering - that is gaining me more momentum to do more engineering and trying some stuff by myself πŸ™‚
  6. Hello everyone! Yesterday I did not post, because I was focusing hard on finishing my last project for university - I've managed to do it today:) So now I will focus on my Master's Degree and my hobbies. This was a very successful week. Now, when I don't have an urgent work to do it will be a challenge to plan the time for productive things. First of all I'm going to fill up my calendar with things, so I don't have spare time to waste. Secondly I've some tasks that are not urgent but were waiting a long time, so I will finish them for peace of mind:) Thanks everyone for support in this hard week, now finally I've time to do some awesome projects:) My favorite DYI guys are Mark Robber and Adam Savage, I surely recommend getting inspired by them:)
  7. Hello, how're u doin? Today I've been working on my project in the train, that i'm traveling to work. Usually I slept on the way there but hey, the travel is 1 hour long, so there is 2 additional hours every day:) When I came back home I managed some stuff and went learning piano for 1.5 hours. Actually I haven't slept long this week - 6 hours a day, so today I'm going to take a 9 hour sleep to recover. Tomorrow, after a good sleep I'm sure, that will be a great day:)
  8. Today was a very good day! Yesterday I've finally ended my project for university that I did procrastinated to end for like a month, and today I've started a second one: even I went to library for some new materials. It is a lot easier to start my projects now than like 2 days ago, when I started them after a long break. Before I was like saying to myself after coming to my apartment after work: just rest a little, then start the project. And it always was the same: I watched one episode, then another, then some gameplay and it was already too late to do anything. Actually, listening to music helps me start my projects: I think because I used to listen to music at work too when soldering some circuits. So I'm little by little gaining some more energy and I dont feel like a digger after 12 hour shift πŸ˜‰ Binge-watching series, gameplays and videos actually drain energy. This is not a way to rest after all. After I understood that it became easier to not come back to them. The next weekend will be a challenge to me. I've not planned it yet, so I have to do it carefully. I think I will go outside to change enviroment, because home is the place, when cravings will have the most power: at least for now, when it is so recent. Keep your fingers crossed πŸ™‚
  9. Hey @ElectroNugget! I just joined gamequitters and I've found, that your story is almost same as mine πŸ™‚ I'm an embedded systems engineer and I like my job a lot, but when I came home, I did same things as you did: watching netflix, youtube and twitch (and weekends also). Today is my second day, and I've been doing some progress with my projects, I did immediatly cut out of youtube, netflix and twitch. I've a question for you: what is your favorite subject at the university? There must be at least one πŸ™‚ When I was studying for my Bachelor's degree, I did not like most of the subjects: there were too much excess math and tables, I did not see the purpose of those. When I got a job in electronics design, I was beginning to see the applications and then I've began to undestand, why I was learning all those things πŸ™‚ The breakthrough I think was, when I begin to really enjoy science - it was when I found the book (there is also an audiobook) "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" It's an amazing book, and I absolutely recommend it. For the sleeping problem: there is a quick tip, that helped me get asleep very fast, and I'm using it almost always for several years: It's on youtube, so please quit the page as soon as you watch it πŸ™‚ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j730idKdAiw
  10. Hello all, My name is Lucas, and I'm 24 years old engineer / masters degree student. I'm on the way to quit binge-watching gameplays, youtube and netflix. I want to start my Journal by telling you a story, of a bird by brothers Grimm: "There was once on a time a shepherd boy whose fame spread far and wide because of the wise answers which he gave to every question. The King of the country heard of it likewise, but did not believe it, and sent for the boy. (...). β€œThe third question is, how many seconds of time are there in eternity?” Then said the shepherd boy, β€œIn Lower Pomerania is the Diamond Mountain, which is two miles and a half high, two miles and a half wide, and two miles and a half in depth; every hundred years a little bird comes and sharpens its beak on it, and when the whole mountain is worn away by this, then the first second of eternity will be over.” So that is a hell of a bird, this story inspires me every time - to make progress. So it's day two already and I've unsubscribed from every watching and streaming platform, deleted my second account on youtube (with a lot of subscriptions to game channels), and deleted all my games on my computer, that I've recently been hanging too. That was big steps, and I'm eager to do more. Yesterday I derusted my piano and played some, it felt really good. Now I realize, that when I'm not wasting time to binge-watching, I'm not as tired as before when I go asleep.
  11. Hi Hitaru, Thank you for the response. In my opinion, not so much people realize, that binge-watching is as bad as playing or watching games, because it is maybe less socially disaccepted, on the contrary, it is approved (films and series I mean). I'm glad, that I've realized this now (finally), and now I'm beginning to see, what options are available to me. Thankfully, most of the people from my job dont watch too much movies and they are aware, that they dont have time for them, so they do not push me into it. It's day two of my detox, and I'm felling good about it πŸ™‚ I've a question for you: what are you doing, when you're tired? In my case watching movies is not an option of course, and I dont really am into cooking or drawing. Reading books is a good option, but it is only one, that I can think of now. Any ideas?
  12. Hello, My name is Lucas and I've been addicted to watching gameplays on twitch and youtube for about 2 years. Previously it was not so bad, I've spend maybe 2 hours a day. But lately I've been spending like whole weekends (when there are no lectures) and evenings after my work. I'm studying also at weekends, and I've found out, that the projects, that we've to do are pretty simple so I procrastinated them, and did well, so it did strenghten my addiction. I'm hoping to make a lot of progress in learning piano and electronics design. I've also plans for getting better at Linux and Python. For social life - previously I did play some board games with my friends, let me know, if it is a good habit. Lately I've found, that this addiction is called binge-viewing (like watching whole seasons on netflix, that I've also done). Let me knew, if sb was also making his way through this. Wish me luck πŸ™‚ Lucas
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