Monthly Archives: February 2014

Digital Motion Sickness – do you suffer from it?

Both The Telegraph and the Daily Mail have reported on digital motion sickness.

Assassin's Creed

The first time I realised something wasn’t quite right was when I was watching and playing video games with my brother-in-law a couple of years ago. I couldn’t figure out why I felt sick.

And then not long after, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about regarding World of Warcraft so I signed up for a free account and started exploring. I lasted exactly 15 minutes, at the end of which I promptly deleted my account and the game from my laptop. Not only did I feel motion sick but a migraine was building.

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Insomnia, Chronic Migraine, and Doctors Who Don’t Understand

puppy with ice pack on his head - migraine?

Migraine pain and symptoms affect 18% of women and 8% of men. According to the [UK] Department of Health (2005) eight million people get migraine making it the most prevalent long term neurological condition. – The Migraine Trust

I am so sick of begging for more medication or help in general with my chronic migraine and insomnia. Doctors don’t listen. They don’t understand. Most of them are middle-aged men with no idea what a migraine or PMS (which triggers migraines) feels like or how debilitating it is. Living in darkness, confined to your bed, in constant pain and unable to do anything but exist is depressing and can lead to suicide – and yes, I’ve thought about it, it’s hard not to.

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Cloned & Curious by Kimbra Clausen

Cloned and Curious

“You want to film me fucking myself.”

Man is lured into participating in a super-secret medical trial. Man is unknowingly cloned, pumped with viagra and anti-anxiety drugs to lower inhibitions, then locked in a room with his clone. What happens next? Bow-chica-wow-wow.

Narcissus, from Greek mythology, ‘saw his reflection and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image.’

Narcissus painting

So, is this a form of extreme narcissism? An odd kind of masturbation?

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A Rulebook for Arguments (Fourth Edition) by Anthony Weston

A Rulebook for Arguments

Anthony Weston encourages the use of representative examples and counterexamples, warns of the hazards of statistics (like I recently have), imparts the importance of impartial and reliable sources, explains the correlational relationship between cause and effect, presents deductive reasoning in the words of Sherlock Holmes, preaches the value of librarians, and can teach a thing or two to Badly Behaving Authors.
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When and how would you choose to (live and) die? Aged 60 or 100?

elderly crossingThis issue has been on my mind since my 54-year-old mother spent a couple of weeks in hospital in January. 99% of the patients on the emergency care ward and later the all-female general medicine ward, were over 80 and had mobility issues. And of those, about 90% suffered from dementia.

After witnessing this, I’ve been re-evaluating my retirement years; how I want to live, and when I want to die.

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Monthly Round-Up: January 2014

Chinese New Year Horse 2014

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

The most popular post this month was Leafmarks – the Goodreads replacement? by a long shot – 600 views in 30 days, and is the 2nd most popular post with 900 views (the 1st is Latest Censorship News: Goodreads Can’t Take Criticism, Badly Behaved Social Network? with 1,000+ views).

Here’s what I posted this month, in date order:

[In order of popularity]

1,300 views this month.

Thank you for reading!