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  1. KDY added a post in a topic Mentally engaging website   

    Mentally engaging website #2:
    THE ZOONIVERSE WANTS YOU!
    Real-world learning when the triggers get you . . .
    Here's my go-to place when the gaming bug bites -- except it's all real science.  You get to work with "primary sources" -- actual research material that the ordinary person never has a chance to see:  https://www.zooniverse.org/projects
    ZOO began back in 2007, when an astronomer realized that he was drowning in data.  Automated data collection was the coming "thing", and he had the wisdom to recognize he couldn't keep up.  This was back in the days of "publish or perish" and closely-guarded data.  But hey, he was "perishing" anyway.  So he took the unheard-of brave step of putting his data on line and, basically, hollering "HELP!".  So ZOONIVERSE had its beginnings in astronomy, and still has a very strong collection of astronomy projects (map moon craters, the landscapes of Mars as its seasons change, track fearsome solar storms, find exo-planets, look for the birthplace of galaxies . . . and on and on).
    ZOO has expanded to include 69 projects in disciplines from Astronomy to Zoology.  Study wildlife in Africa, count flowers in Ireland, transcribe original Elizabethan documents from Shakespeare's time, monitor penguins in Antarctica or condors in California, etc.
    For history and military buffs:  Zooniverse military-related projects:
    Measuring the Anzacs https://www.measuringtheanzacs.org/#/
    Operation War Diary  https://www.operationwardiary.org/
    Decoding the Civil War https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/decoding-the-civil-war

    History-related (more history than military)
    Old Weather - lets you choose Arctic or Whaling ship log-books, hunting for clues to weather data
    https://www.oldweather.org/

    If you create a ZOO account, the system keeps track of all the projects you're on, and all the work you've done.  I joined ZOO when there were about 14 projects and 685,000 registered participants world wide.  There are now 69 projects and over 1.5 million people registered in the ZOONIVERSE.  Thousands more take part without registering.  New projects are always coming on line.
    These projects have some of the things Cam teaches us to look for:
    -- temporary escape (but into the real world);
    -- constant measurable growth (most projects keep a count of your work);
    -- a challenge (there's a tutorial for every project, so you learn new stuff);
    -- social (there's always a "Talk" forum for each project, and several for ZOO as a whole, including scientists and project leaders).
    Because most of the projects require close attention to detail, I find I don't fall into the endless-looping I did when gaming (going round, and round, and round again).  I get tired instead of just going numb, like I did with gaming.  Tired+sleepy = a good thing (going to bed).

    Another project that might interest a history buff:  This one is from 2014, but looks like it is still running.  The goal is to transcribe the letters of the letters of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists in post-war US.  This includes a lot of correspondence with Albert Einstein.   Again, these are original (primary) documents.  The project is called "Dear Professor Einstein".  It is run by Oregon State University, in the USA.
    http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/omeka/exhibits/show/ecas/letters-to-the-emergency-commi/index-of-letters
     
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  2. KDY added a post in a topic Replacing gaming with worse! OVEREATING, IMAGINING, WANDERING. My three steps to overcome it.   

    Cam has a useful video called "Stop consuming content".
    I fall into this trap too -- binge-watching old TV series or crappy science fiction movies on line.  At least Cam's video made me aware of how I was substituting mindlessly staring at videos for mindlessly playing solitaire.
     
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  3. KDY added a post in a topic relapsing   

    Hey Smoked Beef . . . two thoughts for two cents.
    1.  To buddy, or not to buddy?  That is the question.  
    (Pardon me, Shakespeare.)
    Maybe it is time to toss the relationship with your "buddy" in the recycle bin.  It seems you've tried hard enough.  I think there's a big clue in the fact that, when you were sick, he didn't even wish you "Get well soon."  He also certainly doesn't seem to understand that uni is important to you.

    This points to a specific personality type.  Some clues are:  the person is 100% self-centered.  Everything they do is about enhancing their own self-image.  They are often addicted to buying expensive stuff as status symbols.  This person demands 100% of the attention in the room, 100% of the time.  Sometimes they are masking insecurity, but sometimes it's about dominance.  Does this sound like your "buddy", when he's around you? 
    If you're into reading (even more than you have to for university) there's a book about this personality type.  It's called "Why is it always about you?".  The author (a professional psychologist) concludes that relationships with this personality type (narcissists) are "relationships of inevitable harm."  That sounds very much like how you describe your "buddy"'s impact on your life.  The professional advice is simply to avoid all such relationships.  The harm is inevitable.  The personality type does not change, because the foundation is laid by age 2.
     
    2.  Real-world learning when the triggers get you . . .
    Here's my go-to place when the gaming bug bites -- except it's all real science.  You get to work with "primary sources" -- actual research material that the ordinary person never has a chance to see:  https://www.zooniverse.org/projects
    Zooniverse military-related projects:
    Measuring the Anzacs https://www.measuringtheanzacs.org/#/
    Operation War Diary  https://www.operationwardiary.org/
    Decoding the Civil War https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/zooniverse/decoding-the-civil-war

    History-related (more history than military)
    Old Weather - lets you choose Arctic or Whaling ship log-books, hunting for clues to weather data
    https://www.oldweather.org/

    If you create a ZOO account, the system keeps track of all the projects you're on, and all the work you've done.  I joined ZOO when there were about 14 projects and 685,000 registered participants world wide.  There are now 69 projects and over 1.5 million people registered in the ZOONIVERSE.  Thousands more take part without registering.  New projects are always coming on line.

    Another project that might interest a history buff:  This one is from 2014, but looks like it is still running.  The goal is to transcribe the letters of the letters of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists in post-war US.  This includes a lot of correspondence with Albert Einstein.   Again, these are original (primary) documents.  The project is called "Dear Professor Einstein".  It is run by Oregon State University, in the USA.
    http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/omeka/exhibits/show/ecas/letters-to-the-emergency-commi/index-of-letters
    These projects have some of the things Cam teaches us to look for:
    -- temporary escape (but into the real world);
    -- constant measurable growth (most projects keep a count of your work);
    -- a challenge (there's a tutorial for every project, so you learn new stuff);
    -- social (there's always a "Talk" forum for each project, and several for ZOO as a whole, including scientists and project leaders).
    PS:  I'm also going to post the ZOONIVERSE stuff on the forum for interesting websites. 
    I hope some of this is useful to you.
     
     
     
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  4. KDY added a post in a topic Relapsed after 22 days.   

    Fall down seven times, get up eight times.
    This proverb is attributed variously to the Chinese, Japanese, (Zen) Buddhists, and the Christian Bible's Book of Proverbs.  But whoever it originated with, it's still a useful reminder.  Like others have mentioned, you've gained 22 days of experience you didn't have before.
    You sound like you might be beyond this, but here it is anyway:  Khan Academy  is a not-for-profit winner of a Google Global Impact award for their contribution to education ("A world class education.  For everyone.  Free.  Forever").  They have a department specifically on computers and programming. 
    https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming
    I've been studying with Khan Academy for more than 5 years.  The website is clean, user-friendly.
    If you're interested in using your expertise to teach others, there's a huge need for skilled people in what are called STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  This includes emerging countries, like those in Africa and elsewhere.   Starting about 20 years ago, the United Nations became so concerned about the need for increased STEM education, that they started the International Bureau of Education, under the auspices of UNESCO. 
    Australia has a number of international exchange programs.  (Actually, I was really miffed when I set off overseas a loong time ago . . . Aussies, Kiwis and Brits had access to a whole range of exchange opportunities that left us Canucks out entirely.)
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  5. KDY added a topic in Celebrate   

    Made it through 90 days!
    I just counted up the squares on my "90-day strip" -- seems I passed the 90th day last week.  I still don't have a single game on my computer, haven't even played my once-favorite on-line 8 Ball Pool.  Instead, I've gone back to science and math projects that got waaaay neglected.
    But 90 days doesn't look like it will be enough, in my case.  All the crud and tensions that were submerged in gaming started surfacing somewhere in Month 2, and they aren't going away.  So Cam's June 12 posting on responding to a shitty day was perfectly timed.  Thanks (how did you know?).
    I'd be interested to learn if anyone else has noticed this.  Once the fog lifts, ya gotta face the landscape.
    At least, I've gotten back to the subjects I missed. (Would you believe, it's taken me 5 YEARS to complete Grades 3 - 8 math!!!!!).  Sadly, one of my main real-world coping mechanisms has had to be put on hold -- broke my right arm in 4 places back in January.  The cast came off mid-March, but the specialist says no music (I play recorders) until I lose the "trigger finger" in my right hand.  I've been running away from meditation (music took its place, nicely),  but I guess it's time to deal with that now.
    PS:  Gardening is also good for what ails ya.  Dirt, bugs, weeds -- and making things grow.  Very real.
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  6. KDY added a post in a topic I quit gaming. So I made a short film.   

    I especially liked the fact that your video didn't have a tidy, clear-cut ending . . . . cuz life's not like that anyway.   Showing both extremes was important, especially the way sides are being taking in North America these days.  Congratulations on the production -- to all of you.
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  7. KDY added a post in a topic HAIKU for Gamequitters   

    Egad, it's been a loooong time.  I have actually passed the 90-day mark!
    The first two are inspired by Cam's June 12 post on responding to a shitty day.

    Cloudy
    Stormy, cloudy day
    Grey and unsettled, moody. 
    Wind blows gloom away.
    Patience
    Dump on me, go on --
    I'm not playing your game, see?
    Your moves expose you.
     
    The Long Game
    Two weeks was easy,
    Two months hard -- third month hardest. 
    Ninetieth day -- in sight!
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  8. KDY added a post in a topic [DE] Mein Problem   

    Es gibt Wörter auf deutsch die besser als auf englisch diese Spielsucht beschreiben:  Zeitfresser.  Wilkommen in die non-Enlgish Journals, dirkj3.
    Musik kann eine Art Meditation sein (spielen, nicht nur zuhören).  Als instrument, etwas einfach und nicht kostbar (ich habe gern Blockflöte, besonders tenor und alto).
    Es gibt auch Meditationen für Anfänger, zB mit Video
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onemomentmeditation.omm1&hl=de
    Am leichtesten für Anfänger finde ich die geführte Meditationen, zB
    http://www.yourepeat.com/watch/?v=UqEqIWB2wnc
    die man runterladen kann, um mit Ohrhörer anzuhören.
    Schiesslich gibt es auch Musik mit “binaural” beats, von Alpha bis Delta Wave.
    Eine Erklung findst du hierhttp://www.binaural-beats.eu/
     
    Es gibt immer Siten die kostenlose Downloads anbieten.
    Ich habe nur einige Minuten am Internet besucht.
    Die binaural Beats finde ich, haben eine gute Wirkung, auch wenn man sehr stressgeplagt ist.
     
     
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  9. KDY added a post in a topic [FR] Journal de KDY   


    Jour 26.
    Dès 2-3 jours, je commence à vraiment sentir ce que j’appellerais des symptômes de sevrage.   Je me sens toujours mal à l’aise, anxieuse, stressée.  Me concentrer sur une tâche quelconque – c’est la galère.  Mange trop, bouge pas assez.
    L’aut’ jour dans l’autobus j’ai vu un mec jouer à Boggle (jeu de mots) sur son smartphone.  Je me suis immédiatement dit, “Ah quel bon jeu – que j’aimerais le jouer, moi aussi – c’est un jeu intélligent . . . . “
    C’est ainsi qu’ont commencé des milliers d’heures passées au clavier et au souris, sans rien acccomplir.  Je viens d’achever 63% des exercices necessaries pour finir 8me année de maths chez Khan Academy (y en a plus de 500).  Ayant commencé le mois de mars avec environ 40% des exercices achevés, j’en suis fière.  Je n’ai fait autant de progrès depuis plusiers mois.
    Je commence aussi à me refamiliariser avec mon logiciel de MuseScore, pour transcrire des danses du 17me et 18me siècles – je ne me rappelle  pas la dernière fois quand j’aie touché de MuseScore.  Dommage, hein.
    Le soliel se levra bientôt.  Au ‘voir.
     
     
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  10. KDY added a post in a topic HAIKU for Gamequitters   

    DisOrienteering
    Feeling lost: seeking
    a mountain of achievements
    I can’t see for trees.
    Spillway
    Toxic gaming leak
    vented into cyberspace:
    warp core is safe now.
    Ohm
    If I meditate,
    just who will I encounter
    when I click “enter”?
    Anakin's Observation
    Om mani padme . . .
    hmmm.  A galaxy drifts ‘round
    this black hole’s heart

    Astronomy non-Dominé
    Spiral galaxy:
    two arms, black hole for a heart.
    Data loss:  guaranteed.
    Snow's White
    Turned seven hours loose
    upon the day.   They reported back,
    put their feet up, napped.
    For Tom Lehrer
    Mathematically
    “prime” time can’t be divided
    between games and me.
    -- KDY
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  11. KDY added a post in a topic HAIKU for Gamequitters   

    Balance
    Zero, one, two, three --
    Solve the equation:  freedom
    Equals  infinity . . .
     
    Volta
    Electricity
    fails, machines halt.  Everywhere
    a fresh perspective.
    Stellae
    Stars come out to play,
    Tumbling across the night sky,
    Pixel-free, sharp, bright.
    KDY
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  12. KDY added a post in a topic [FR] Journal de KDY   

    Jour 13
    Toujours aucun jeu, ce qui me semble un peu incroyable.  Pendant les 3 - 4 années passées, le plus longtemps que j’avais quitté les jeux n’était qu’une poignée de jours.
    Jai encore visité le site web de Khan Academy et achevé quelques exercices de maths.  J’ai dessiné une affîche au moyen de GIMP.  Une fois libérée du plâtre rigide alouridissant mon bras droit depuis le 7 janvier au 7 mars,  j’ai même recommence à jouer mes flûtes à bec. )le kinésthérpeute estime que l’exercice musical peut servir de thérapie).
    But pour cette semaine:  rentrer à un autre site web préféré au sujet des sciences.
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  13. KDY added a post in a topic Starting Over With A Fresh (Real) Life   

    Welcome aboard!  People like you are an inspiration to me -- I don't suppose I gamed as heavily as you or many others, but definitely went into a long dive over the past 3 - 4 years where every irritation was solved by heading for the keyboard & mouse.  For me the key sign that I was addicted was that once started, I couldn't stop.  10 or 20 minutes of "relaxing" or "skill-building" games invariably ended 4, 5 or 7 hours later when I was falling down from exhaustion.
    Needless to say, my sleep cycle ceased to exist, I gained more weight than ever before in my life, I lost interest in things like gardening that used to be a real joy, etc. etc.  I quit gaming on March 08 (2017).
    The one thing I think that tripped me up in my earlier attempts to quit gaming:  I filled the time with more activities -- didn't dawn on me until I went through the Respawn stuff, that I had never designed an activity that was genuinely restful (except for reading).  That one-trick pony just wasn't enough to keep me away from the keyboards.  So I seem to be going back to writing poetry.  Might try to put to use a pretty expensive drawing course that I took about 5 years ago.
    On top of gaming, I was/am addicted to my other drug of choice -- exhaustion.  So a word of caution:  rest.
    Marcus Aurelius put it this way nearly 2 millenia ago:
    Do the things external which fall upon thee distract thee? Give thyself time to learn something new and good, and cease to be whirled around. But then thou must also avoid being carried about the other way. For those too are triflers who have wearied themselves in life by their activity, and yet have no object to which to direct every movement, and, in a word, all their thoughts. [Meditations, Book 2, Med. 5]
    Hang in there . . . .PS what instruments did you play?
     
     
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  14. KDY added a post in a topic HAIKU for Gamequitters   

    Trinary
    Zero, one, two, three,
    Solve the equation: freedom
    equals infinity
     
    Transporter Room
    Ready to beam out:
    the only way off the ship
    is when shields are down.
    I guess creativity was one of the taps that got turned off when gaming took so many hours, cuz I kinda can't stop this . . . .
     
    Obstetrics
    I.
    Marshall MacLuhan called it
    the glass teat.  Now, when we curl
    inside?  the glass womb?
    II.
    Glass womb, classroom, flat
    screen to hide behind.  Breech birth
    messy, painful, real.
    III.
    Who has ears to hear,
    hear voices unmediated by
    electrons:  singing.
    IV.
    Who has eyes to see,
    see colours unbalanced
    (no RGB):   free.
    V.
    Who has hands to touch,
    touch the living world again.
    It might touch you back.
    --KDY
    PS:  Cam, thanks for the shift+enter tip!
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  15. KDY added a topic in Main Room   

    Mentally engaging website
    Here's a website that meets Cam's criteria for being mentally engaging.
    It also does other Gamequitter's stuff:
    -- offers an escape (you hafta concentrate hard)
    -- constant measurable progress (you learn stuff & collect reward badges)
    -- a challenge (how about advanced calculus?  differential equations? electrical engineering?  computer programming?
    -- social (kind of:  you get to listen to Salman Khan's video lessons, or other experts on their fields)
            You can also become a course coach, take Khan Academy into your community & more
    WHAZZIZ?
    https://www.khanacademy.org/
    https://khanacademy.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/community/topics
    Khan Academy is free.  Their motto is "A world-class education, for everyone, for free, forever". 
    I have a couple of other websites up my sleeve, but will parcel them out.
    The website is bug-free and never spams you.
    -- KDY
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