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Virgin Media catch up appears to have a small selection of episodes of Robin of Sherwood available, including the fantastic Swords of Wayland two-parter. Gives me an excuse to introduce youngest to a series that shaped me significantly when I was younger. πŸ™

Three huge bin bags full of crap chucked in the skip on the drive as a part of the ongoing purge and life improvement. Cleared out an old toybox (now knitting storage box) and emptied all the crap from the Welsh dresser, before polishing plates and stuff and putting them back like a grown up. Slow and steady improvements.

I wish the weather would improve though, so I can Glyphosate the fuck out of everything green, ready to start again.


Snap. That is the sound of my core mechanic, core loop and theme suddenly all clicking into place nicely. I might even get this one published (for the first time in 35 years of writing games). Playtesting soon!

I've been polishing the combat rules for my Georgian/Victorian 'punk RPG. So I'm treating myself to some bloody, bastard, buggering Sharpe!

Seriously, fuck Java. Such a frustrating language (though I am working with a legacy API that is really badly written).

Day 16 . I'm not finding it particularly challenging so far. Differences this time:

⭐ Cut out caffeine at the same time and have been drinking green tea instead.

⭐ Focusing inwardly on myself and my feelings.

⭐ A fantastic support network via a sobriety app that encourages...

⭐ ...pledging to take it one day at a time.

⭐ Acknowledging alcohol and myself are a problem, a coping strategy and have been for a long time.

Everything feels net positive. This is a good place to be. πŸ™

Coronavirus (poll for people in England) 

In England, from this Friday 24th July shoppers will be required to wear masks in shops, but staff will not.

People living or shopping in England, what are your plans regarding shops where staff are *not* wearing masks?

[ #coronavirus #COVID19 #poll ]

Happy birthday mate. Enjoy it, it only gets better in your 40s. πŸ˜‰

Everybody trying to figure this out, but only a few voices asking the real question.

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I'm loving . Seeing all these rich, capitalist shitbags get hacked and jacked in real time is funny as fuck. It's gotta be a 0day or compromised admin account. SigRed even maybe? Dunno?

Just realised, I never @ the person I was replying to into this. I'm a daft'un sometimes.

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Early morning editing. Change the words "quick start" into "playtest" for my abridged RPG document. As it certainly isn't turning out to be a 32-page quick introduction to the game.

It is turning out to be a productive process however. Refining concepts and simplifying things. It's also fun.

Going dry. One day at a time. Day four and up at 5.30am to do some writing. Why do I always forget that this is one of the benefits of not drinking. Or more accurately, one of the problems of drinking is NOT having the energy or focus to get up early and write or do other things. My goal is to beat my previous record of 18 months without booze (and hopefully, carry on after that).

Can anyone point me towards research on 'ritual' and 'online spaces'? How can 'ritual', usually tied with spectacle, performance, and physical presence in a group, be facilitated through online space/s, where bodies are not physically in the same space?

Any ideas, thoughts, pointers to essays or books greatly appreciated!

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Virtual Lewdness 

I'd forgotten how time-consuming and fun it is to adjust your nipples in Second Life.πŸ˜†

All I want to do is make my avi's (new) body look good as we're both just chilling in shorts and writing.

(It's less weird than it sounds.)

Bed at 9pm, woke at 2am and 5.30am. I'll take it. Morning folks.

Awake since 4am. Have so far:

- Made chilli-cheese bread with smoked paprika (on first prove).
- Measured up windows for blinds.
- Put a load more glyphosate down on the drive/weeds/lawn.
- Done some writing.
- Done some editing.
- Done some work (I really should wait until 9am...)

I hate hot weather. β˜•

I'm blitzing things around the house. Maxi skip on the drive, no desire to placate angry neighbours out of false obligation and get it moved quickly. I (we) are making changes to the doer-upper we bought 14 years ago, finally. It feels like positive change and a deep exhalation.

Now I have a lot more space in our (south facing) dining extension to and start home . I just need to free up inner space to start doing so, each morning.

This feels positive. πŸ™

Apologies if I'm teaching you to suck eggs, but maybe look into the Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, which are becoming more prevalent these days? They kind of bridge the gap between traditional CBT and holistic, person-centred approaches such as mindfulness and would probably fit in that space between "traditional" psychotherapy and practices like yoga.

As an side, when I was in trauma therapy my counsellor praised yoga as having a higher success rate than many forms of therapy. πŸ‘

do you have any idea what "a11y" means?

please boost this, I'm actually curious

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