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I'm Andy and I'm the admin of mentalhealth.social.

My interests are covered in my profile. On I've briefly known the Black Dog in the past and work hard to keep him on a leash. My wife lives with bundled with and (though has a grip on all of them) and her illnesses are one of the things that drive me to be so passionate about support and care. Which is why I set up this Masto instance; a safe place to socialise and chat. ๐Ÿ‘

I am a therapist in private practice. I am booked solid in my practice and it's quite overwhelming. I am managing. I live with ADHD so it's a bit difficult. Luckily I have support that tries very hard to assist. Feel free to ask any questions you want to. I love talking about mental health.

Working on learning to make sourdough now. Made a starter over a week or so ago and utterly failed on my first attempt other than on the taste. Tried again today. Amazing structure, flavour and crust but still a pretty pathetic rise. I'll try a longer prove I think, probably overnight in the fridge.

Installing Observer_ as I can't hold out until 19/11 and need my 'punk fix somehow.

Meditation has become a part of my life. Iโ€™m still learning, but hereโ€™s a quick list of some of the lessons learned so far.

Part of the #100DaysToOffload series.

alanmarsden.me/meditation-hicc

Day 60 and I'm really enjoying it. More clarity and moments of self-awareness, especially regarding my relationship with alcohol. I'm listening to Annie Grace's "This Naked Mind" as well, which is reinforcing many of the conclusions I'm coming to, as well as some things I've known for longer than I would normally admit. It's a weird combination of metaprogramming, NLP and liminal thinking but I'm enjoying it.

I've been playing Generation Zero most of the day with a friend. It's a buggy gem of a game and it's really sucking me in. Great gear customisation, solid AI and firefights that genuinely require planning and team communication. It feels threatening being stuck on an island full of robotic killers, more than Breakpoint ever did. The Rival system is a lot of fun too. Recommended for a tenner on Xbox and probably our gaming group's new weekly game.

Remember to take care of yourself. You canโ€™t pour from an empty cup.

Off to the office for the second time since March 18th. One of my dev team members will also be in and I'm really looking forward to seeing her again. Sometimes even I have to admit to being an ultrasocial primate. ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‰

Just hit 71 pages and 22,000 words and I've barely started work on introducing the world itself outside of mechanics and character creation (not started Skills and Professions yet either...) At least the social system is vastly more detailed than combat and stands apart from it (which is what I wanted - violence is a last resort).

"Early Playtest Document" is probably a better title than "Quick Start Rules" though. ๐Ÿ˜†

We need to finish watching Beth playing at the Albert Hall this evening. Until then, enjoy my favourite tune of hers (smouldering doesn't even begin to describe it). The version with Joe Bonamassa is equally fantastic.

youtube.com/watch?v=O52kh1lhZo

Joe Bonamassa on Sky Arts, though I've missed most of the concert. Hopefully it'll be in catch up. But...

...followed by Beth Hart. โค๏ธ

Received a random invite to Cyph.com ("jump the beta queue, we reserved your username") as a replacement to Keybase.io since I burned my account after the Zoom acquisition.

Anyone know anything about it?

Abortion 

The Satanic Temple ritualises abortions, thus ensuring that they and the rights of the individual are protected in the US under the Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. The ritual essentially involves affirming that compassion is essential and one's own body is inviolable. Awesome group of folks.

announcement.thesatanictemple.

I shit you not, I set up a Twitter account yesterday to start getting some visibility for my , followed a bunch of reputable game designers and writers I know, and the first thing I see when I open it this morning is a genuine, overt, in-your-face Nazi fuck preaching free speech and tolerance for the intolerant.

This is why I quit Twitter in the first place. Fuck me. At least its cemented my decision to put a foreword in the rulebook about gender, politics and inclusivity. Fuck all Nazis.

Pet peeve of the day: not understanding what a depressant is and authoritatively stating to others that it means that it makes you depressed.

Yes, alcohol is a depressant. Yes, depression can be comorbid with alcohol abuse. But...

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MentalHealth.Social

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