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Body

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My work week runs from Tuesday-Saturday this was a decision I made a little while back. (I’m not sure when. Time has lost all meaning this year) I made it to have more structure and so that I could always be able to guarantee being around for events such as family gatherings. It would save my parents the annoyance of working out if it was my week with a weekend off or not.

Having two days off together is a good way to reboot and to feel refreshed – at least that is the plan. What tends to happen though is that on a Sunday I tend to crash and crash hard.

This happens in the afternoon. I end up with no energy and need to try and take a nap. It is a frustrating for me as I like to be doing stuff and even though I have no energy it feels like a waste of a day off.

This is going to sound bad – but there have been times when being with family I have fallen asleep in the afternoon – pre-covid of course. My mum always says that if that happened then I must need the rest.

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I am rather slow on the uptake but I am dumbly starting to realise how much of a delicate balance the human body is. From sleep, to nutrition, to exercise it all contributes to how we feel day-to-day and I don’t think I am doing well in any of those catagries.

I now have a date for moving into my new place – a one bedroom flat as opposed to a studio flat. Once again I am pinning my hopes on this bringing about a change. This is a common mistake but maybe something will change.

One piece of advice I have seen repeated again and again is to switch off electrical devices an hour before bed. Will this be easier when I have a living room to leave them in?

I will have a proper sized freezer allowing for meal prep. Will this mean that I cook more and rely on simpler food less?

I will be able to have a bike again – so getting home from work will be twice as fast and it is less likely I will be tempted by food on the way home.

I will also have a back patio meaning I can get some air without having to go anywhere.

And I will be able to exercise at home without having to worry about the person living below me as it is a ground floor place.

It is my hope that all of these factors will contribute to better well being. I fear that may not be true.

I may have been too much for introspection here lately. Is that what a blog is for? My mind feels blocked lately like I am devoid of energy – and I need to come up with a fix for how I feel but I don’t know what that fix is.

The internet can be a wonderful place for finding things out but there is so much information it can be very confusing figuring out what is best for each individual – although no one would argue that more vegetables is a good thing – he said while thinking that dinner will probably be pizza.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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If I Could Write Poetry this Would be a Poem

The thoughts are swimming around in my head. They are lost and confused and I can’t even bring them to words. Both my hands are on this keyboard and as I type I do not know what will come next. As I type and you read we both know as much of what is to come as each other.

It is Sunday today which is my day off. I did go for a walk earlier but I am not going to meet my step target today. I feel tired. I always seem to be tired.

It must come from my choices of eating. I eat… poorly.

Every time I think of that word I think of the knight who says it in The Last Crusade.

I need to cut down on the bad foods. The bad foods are so nice. The best solution is to remove the temptation. Don’t even bring the chocolate into the house – you can’t eat what is not there to eat.

I don’t ever seem to stick to my calorie count. Rather than it being a way to eat less it is just showing me how badly I do eat.

I have not moved house yet. I am still waiting to hear about it. I want to move. Now that I have that possibility the house feels smaller with each passing day – not helped by the fact that I started to bag up some of my things.

I am clutching at straws here. I want to write words for you. The words that pop into my mind and just keep going till I have something. Anything.

Diet and lifestyle is such a balance. Food intake. What food. Exercise. Sleep. These things are all of great importance and are so easy to get wrong. What is right, and what is wrong, can change depending on the article and who has written it.

Today is not the best of days for me. It is not the worst either. I write for me today. I just want to get words out on a page. I want to say that I am feeling out of sorts and that I do not know why. I want to say that I am here – and for today that will have to be enough. In closing I want to share this with you – because music is wonderful.

What a beautiful Welsh song!

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Moving

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I am in the process of moving. Saying that I am counting my chickens (it is not all confirmed yet) but I wanted to get a head start so I am putting stuff in bags. Once again I am becoming aware just how much stuff I have accumulated and I am a bit annoyed at my past self.

…your living areas are bursting with useless junk. Then you die, your relatives sell everything, and start the cycle all over again.

Odo (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Q-Less)

None, or virtually none, of the accumulated stuff would be worth anything which makes getting rid of stuff a bit easier. I have books, CDs and DVDs and many of them will be able to go.

You might be wondering why I am keeping some of this stuff. I wonder the same thing sometimes. So why don’t I get rid of it all and rely on streaming services? One word: change.

Passion of the Nerd’s Videos are wonderful!

Buffy is the most extreme example of which I am aware. I am keeping my Buffy dvds because I don’t want to not have the best version of the show. The Friends DVDs have the full version – last time I looked on Netflix they were the shorter broadcast version.

This can also effect music, although less directly, owing to the various versions of the song – and often the same artist has many versions. This means having to give very specific instructions: Okay, Google. Play: Deep Space Nice Opening Credits season 4-7. For example.

That is not to say that all remastering is bad. I don’t own these but the remastered Star Trek: The Original Series is outstanding. They did an excellent job and managed to keep the spirit of the show. The episode The Doomsday Machine in particular looks amazing. To my eyes the special efforts blend well with the live action. It still has a 60s feel. The Blu-ray, I’m given to understand, has the option of playing the old or new version. This is the perfect compromise between old and new. Actually it is better than a compromise. A compromise means not getting all that you want – normally a fact of life – in this instance a thing not required.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Star Wars. Star Wars has been changed many times. Some changes make sense, such as a tidying up of the images and improving things like the Death Star explosion, but in other places unnecessary CGI has been added, and some scenes are worse off for them. To me the best example is Vader’s turn at the end of Jedi. The silence of it perfectly communicates what he is going through. We don’t need him to say anything. Now he says: ‘Nooo’.

At this juncture someone usual mentions that the film makers made it they can change it. And so they can – no argument. The problem is when a decision is taken that there is one true version. If Blu-rays were released of the original trilogy with just a bit of a clean up but otherwise untouched they would sell so well. You know they would. In closing I just want to say: ‘Han shot first!’

I also want to say that this post is the very definition of a first world problem. I know this. I know it is unimportant. Given the heaviness of the news recently I wanted something light for this week.

Places are coming out of lock down now. So I hope you are all doing well as we begin to get back to the new normal.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Back to Reality

Today is Sunday and I am back to my normal life. I have just completed my first five days back at work. Things are starting to return to normal – well the new normal.

It was a strange week. I wasn’t doing my regular customer facing role as there are no customers to face. It was good to do something different and, without customers, focus and just get it done. It is the switching between tasks that I find hardest so it was nice to have the change.

Having to get up in the morning is the most noticeable change. I have never before had such a long period of not needing a wake time. The closest would be the summer holidays – but even then most of the time we were doing something.

During lock down my bedtime drifted further and further along. The latest it got was 0300 – which is an insane time to go to bed in my opinion. I have to really force myself to go to bed at a good time – if I don’t my bedtime will drift forward by a couple of hours each day. There was one day during lock down that I took a nap at around 1700!

I woke up this morning at 0430. I didn’t set an alarm I just woke up – so a little under six hours of sleep. I know though at that time of the morning I wouldn’t have been able to get back to sleep.

In an attempt to fix my sleep schedule I removed YouTube from my phone. I figured that without that distraction I would go to bed sooner. Did it work? Nope. Now I just watch on my iPad instead!

Perhaps I need to remove YouTube from that too.

Being in lock down has been quite eyeopening for me. It gave me a feel for what my life would be like if I didn’t have anywhere to be. In someways it was a struggle and in other ways it was amazing.

It would be nice to have the company of a dog – that might make walks more enjoyable – but in general I am okay. The walks I have been going on have basically just been a 10,000 (ish) circuit from my house and back. I pass the time with an audio book. It would be nice to have more places to go but at least I get little fireworks graphics on my pedometer.

I wish I could say that I have learned something invaluable to carry on with now that full time work has resumed – unfortunately that is not the case. I still have many projects and chores to do and am setting myself too much.

I hope that everyone that is reading this is happy and healthy. Thank you very much for reading and I will see you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Black Lives Matter

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I feel I would be remiss in having a blog and not talking about recent events in the USA. The problem is, when it comes to the subject of racism, I am not sure I have anything useful to say. I could tell you it is a very bad thing but you know that. So why am I writing about this? Because I have seen on the Twitterverse posts that suggest that staying silent is unacceptable. Doing so might be considered, at best, not seeing the problem and at worst agreeing with the prejudice. So what am I to do when I don’t know what to say? Well I am just going to write and hope something good comes to me.

History was one of my favourite subjects in school. I don’t know how it is now but back then an argument was made that World War Two was too much of a focus. If memory serves half of the history units we did were on the war or Nazi Germany. (This was As Level or GCSEs I can’t remember which) Please bare with me I am going somewhere with this.

A war, and particularly Word War Two, has a narrative. You can point to Neville Chamberlain, his ultimatum to Hitler, and the invasion of Poland as the start – and you can point to the Nazi surrender as the end. It is also easy for it to have a narrative of good defeating evil.

At least that is the way it can come across. I in no way mean any offence to my history teachers. In fact one history teacher in particular was amazing.

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We also studied the civil rights movement in the USA. I remember learning about segregation, Rosa Parks, the Montgomery bus boycott, Martin Luther King, including his famous speech, and I remember stories of children who needed military protection just to get an education.

These stories were unbelievable to me that such racism would exist and that it was so recent. It was so easy for me to believe, as a child, that things like that were behind us. I was 18 when I finished school in 2006 – the events above happened only 50 years before I was born.

As I indicated above it is very easy to fall into a narrative mindset with history. We can delude ourselves in to believing that King gave his speech, segregation ended, and racism became a thing of the past. It is not true though. The only thing that ended was the lesson. There were, and are, events beyond the syllabus and sometimes we have to remind ourselves that they are still going on.

I don’t have anything substantive to offer in closing this post. I don’t even know what to say. The fact that we still have issues of racism is sickening and I hold on to the hope that we will end this one day.

Being British it is easy to dismiss this as an American problem. This is demonstrably not true. For our part we need to lean the truth of our own history and look at in a narrative that doesn’t show us at our best. If you feel so moved I would like you to to take a look at this petition: Teach British Children about the Realities or British Imperialism and Colonialism.

I am not completely happy with this post and something is missing. I will only add that I hope things start to change and that we can all begin to make things better. It is beyond sad that King’s dream is still a dream.

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Dagger of the Mind (TOS) Review.

Dagger of the Mind is the tenth episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. Captain Kirk and Doctor Helen Noel visit Tantalus penal colony and discover a dangerous mind altering device.

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The title of this episode comes from Macbeth – you can see more information from the episode link above but here is the relevant passage:

Is this a dagger which I see before me
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight? Or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation
Proceeding from the heat-oppressèd brain?

This would not be the only Star Trek episode to draw inspiration from the works of Shakespeare – there is The Conscience of the King, in a few episodes time, Requiem for Methuselah in the third season, and of course Picard, over on TNG, is also a great admirer of his works.

You’re here to learn about the human condition, and there is no better way of doing that than by embracing Shakespeare.

Captain Picard (Star Trek TNG: The Defector)
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The episode opens in the transporter room. The Enterprise is beaming down supplies to the Tantalus penal colony.

The name Tantalus comes from Greek mythology. Tantalus was a king made to stand in fresh water that would recede every time he attempted to take a drink. It is where we get our word tantalise.

This seems like an odd choice for a rehabilitation colony as it suggests that the rehabilitation is always something out of reach and never attainable. Perhaps it is a suggestion that the struggle itself is worth it?

From a lore perspective this scene is interesting as it establishes you can’t beam through shields.

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The Enterprise receives some cargo from the colony – and when the transporter operator’s back is turned a man climbs out, knocks him out, and as danger music plays the teaser ends. This is a very effective cliff hanger and, unlike the previous episode, it does pay off.

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Security alert. Condition 3. All sections go to alert condition 3. We may have an intruder aboard.

Uhura (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind.)

The Enterprise is alerted to the problem, goes to full alert, and the intruder, Van Gelder, is spotted. The crewman spotting him calls it in immediately. Which is great – I am sure we are all aware of the trope of characters not doing that!

It is all for nothing though as the intruder is still able to get a phaser and get to the bridge.

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Yes that is the wrong type of bridge but a play on words still works!

I mention the security effort to apprehend the intruder because security is something Star Fleet kind of sucks at – which is often a narrative necessity. Here I feel it works a little better and we are only ten episodes in so it is not so much of a cliche yet – although five of the preceding episodes have had a security failure of one sort or another.


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A question… – shouldn’t the security guard on the bridge be faceting the turbo lift?

Well he doesn’t and is quickly jumped from behind with ease – I take back what I said – Starfleet security sucks.

My name is…Van Gelder. I want asylum.
At Gunpoint?

Van Gelder and Captain Kirk (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

Van Gelder is clearly terrified of going back to Tantalus. He is subdued by some Kirk-fu and a Vulcan nerve pinch and taken to sickbay.

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There are a couple of intersting exchanges I want to comment on before we contiue.

Have you ever been to a penal colony since they started following (Dr. Admas’) theories?
A cage is a cage, Jim.
You’re behind the times, Bones. They’re more like resort colonies now.

Kirk and McCoy (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

I find this interesting because of the Norwegian attitude to crime and punishment. They have the attitude of turning criminals into good neighbours rather than it being purely punishment.

Enjoy the video – there are a number of others on YouTube

Norway seems to be doing now what Star Trek is saying is a new idea. That by no means is a criticism of the episode – you can’t always predict the future.

We disposed of emotion, Doctor. Where there is no emotion there is no motive for violence.

Spock (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

I disagree with this statement. Vulcans may not have emotions but they are still biological beings with a survival instinct. This can lead to violence. If your group lacks something another group has – we do see next season that Vulcans fight over their mates – there is the possibility for violence without emotion. I think Spock has a tendency to feel superior to humans and that sometimes that is unwarranted – that may, after all, be the point.

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McCoy can’t identify what is wrong with Van Gelder and wants to study the case. Kirk tells him it is not their problem.

You smart, button-pushing brass hat. Wash your hands of it. Is that your system? You’re both quite sure of yourselves aren’t you? Quite expert. Take him back. Let someone else worry about him.

Van Gelder to Kirk and McCoy (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

Spock discovers that Van Gelder is not a patient but a member of staff.

Dr. Adams says that Van Gelder was testing an experimental procedure on himself and something went wrong. However McCoy has his doubts and since he logs that Kirk is required to investigate the penal colony.

This episode does a good job in building up the mystery. I unfortunately don’t remember the first time I saw the episode – so this is only coming from this re-watch – but we start with a stowaway, we find out he is a member of staff and not a patient, and then there is a question mark as to how this happened to him.

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We are introduced to Doctor Helen Neol. She and Kirk have some history having met at a Christmas party – although how long ago that was we can’t know.

Mr. Spock, you tell McCoy that she’d better check out as the best assistant I ever had.

Kirk (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

I am not sure why this plot point was necessary but it seems to be a common feature of Trek that female characters must have a romantic link – as the they have in many of the previous episodes.

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So they beam down to the planet and a scary elevator quickly finds Kirk and Noel holding each other. That seems to happen a lot too! I don’t mean the scary elevator I mean women being scared and wanting to hold Kirk.

On the planet’s surface they meet Doctor Adams. Kirk follows regulations and is about to hand over his weapon but Adams tells him that that isn’t necessary – which leads me to two questions: Why did Kirk bring it if he knew this regulation? Why did Adams let him keep it since he is up to no good?

Adams offers the landing party a drink. (Is it still a landing party if it is just two people?) And Kirk decides there is nothing wrong with drinking on duty. I suppose it could be argued that he wants to keep Adams on side.

One of the advantages of being a captain, Doctor, is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.

Kirk (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

Kirk and Noel arrive at the Neural Neutralizer Room. Dr. Adams claims that it is a failed experiment but as the conversation goes on we find that this is the room where Van Gelder had his accident. The device is quickly shown to be evil as, when Kirk and company leave, the patient in the room is told he will experience great pain if he tries to recall any of the conversation that occurred between Adams, Noel and, Kirk.

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Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, Spock and McCoy are continuing their investigation. Spock calls Kirk and makes sure he can speak freely. Dr Adams leaves the room and Spock makes his report.

Van Gelder is Extremely agitated, Captain, and warns that you are in danger.

Spock (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

Noel believes there is no cause for concern and Kirk decides that the two of them will stay on the surface over night. This seems like a rather strange decision as, with the transporters, being on the ship is functionally the same.

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Spock decides that the best solution to the puzzle is to perform a mind meld. This is the first appearance of the mind meld in the the Trek universe.

(Dr. Adams), can reshape any mind he chooses. He used (the neural neutraliser) to erase our memories. Put his own thoughts there. He was surprised it took so much power.

Van Gelder during the mind meld (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

The mind meld scene is very effective. It introduce us to another aspect of Spock’s people, it is just a little creepy, and it gets out the necessary information for the story. We find out that Adams is using the device to manipulate people’s minds and mould them into something new.

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Meanwhile, on the planet, Kirk and Noel slip away to investigate the neural neutraliser. They test the machine and Noel plants the suggestion that Kirk is hungry – and Kirk feels hungry!

Yes I am making Kirk being hungry into a cliffhanger!

To make doubly sure that the device is indeed working Kirk asks for a more unusual suggestion.

At the Christmas party…we met. We danced. You talked about the stars. I suggest now that it happened in a different way. You swept me off my feet and carried me to your cabin.

Helen Noel (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

I am honestly not sure why this connection between them needed to be here. It is certainly a pretty big coincidence that they had this, admittedly small, connection. It could just be McCoy having fun with Kirk – that is always possible. So we get a brief scene of a romantic encounter – at least what could be shown in the 1960s.

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The jig is soon up and Dr. Adams and his lackey step up to the controls. He reinforces what Noel was saying that Kirk is in love with her. Then he orders Kirk to drop his phaser – the phaser that Kirk was prepared to surrender to him at the beginning. In the chair though Kirk is powerless to resit and drops the weapon. When it comes to his communicator Kirk tries to call for help but is unable to do so and collapses on the floor.

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The next part is a little disappointing. Kirk awakens in his room with Noel taking care for him. He briefly expresses his neural neutraliser induced feelings for her but is able to shake it off very quickly. I think they could have spent a little longer on this to further show the effect it was having.

They open a vent on the well leading to the ducts, which are huge because they are in TV land, and Kirk orders Noel to go through and cut the power.

Megavoltage. Touch the wrong line and you’re dead.

Kirk (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

And as Noel crawls into the duct all I can think of is: ‘This sounds like a Crystal Maze game from hell’.

Meanwhile the guards come to take Kirk back to the chair.

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Kirk is in intense pain because of the chair but manages to resit and Noel shuts off the power.

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The guards enter the power room looking for Noel. It is not entirely clear, at least not to me, if Kirk gave up the information or if the guards made an educated guess.

With the power off Kirk is able to get free. The unfortunate Adams is left in the room with the neural neutraliser and when power is restored he is left in there with no one at the controls.

Noel defends herself and is and is forced to kill a guard, kicking him into the live electricity. Doing this brings down the shield meaning Spock can beam down to the surface.

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Spock finds Kirk kissing Noel, it is Kirk after all, and by this point McCoy and the security personal have beamed down.

They find Adams and McCoy declares him dead. Which is his thing. According to Google he declares someone dead in twenty-five percent of the episodes.

Adams mind has been emptied by his own device.

Can you imagine a mind emptied by that thing? Without even a tormentor for company.

Kirk (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

As the episode comes to an end Van Gelder is restored to health. The neural neutraliser equipment has been destroyed.

It is hard to believe that a man could die of loneliness.
Not when you’ve sat in that room.

McCoy and Kirk (Star Trek TOS: Dagger of the Mind)

And the Enterprise heads off to its next mission.

Overall I find this to be a good episode. It starts well as we slowly learn what is happening on the planet and Kirk and Noel are also a good team. My problem is in the pay off as it is never explained why Adams is doing this. Nevertheless it is an enjoyable outing.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Today is a Good Day to Diet.

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I don’t do well with food. I am obese. According to Wii fit, yes I am using a game that came out 12 years ago, I am just on the cusp of obese and occasionally I drop down into the overweight section. As far as I am aware I have never been an ideal weight – well maybe once as a baby.

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When I think of the word ‘obese’ I imagine someone a lot bigger than I am. When I was in the USA many years ago I remember seeing trousers (pants) that were large enough that I could fit into one leg. Being obese though is a much broader spectrum. Also just because I have a few too many kilograms doesn’t mean I am not active.

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We have been fortunate with the weather where I live and I have managed to go for a walk, and hit my step target, for the last 24 days and I want to continue doing that. Nothing like a streak of success to motivate you.

I have spoken on this blog before about dieting and exercise and I have, once again, decided to embark on changing my diet and trying to be better about what I eat while also not completely denying myself nice foods.

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There is no way I am giving up pizza. I can’t have it that often but I can have it sometimes. If I count calories, as I am starting to do again, I can have pizza and stay within my limits. It just means cutting back on food for the rest of the day.

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I am trying intermittent fasting. As well as that I feel it is important to get away from the idea that food should be eaten just because the clock has clicked round to a specific time. This is easier while not in work – I can eat when hungry – at work it is more complicated. If you don’t eat when on break then it could be hours till the next one.

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Normal life, or the new normal, is fast approaching as the UK starts to open up. It is not yet known exactly what that will look like but when it happens everyone will have to make an adjustment one way or another.

I know there will be good days and bad days. If I am to stick to intermittent fasting then today (Friday) dinner needs to happen by 1830. However I am also counting calories and as long as I stay under that threshold I will get smaller. When work starts that will be harder. At home I can be tempted by the chips in the freezer – but eating them means cooking – at work they are always available with zero effort. I am not exactly lazy but the extra effort can be enough to go for something else – or nothing.

So I am going to measure everything right down to the square or two of chocolate. I have failed to stick with a diet before, it does get tedious logging it all, but hopefully this time will be different. And no I don’t know why it would be!

I hope you are all doing well where ever you are in the world. Stay safe and I will see you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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The Pod of Productivity

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If humanity is ever able to settle on another world one of the things we will have to deal with is a different length of day. This will be a very small consideration compared to building habitations, or making sure the terraforming torpedo doesn’t fall into the hands of an angry Klingon, but it is still a consideration.

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In the current situation I think we are all considering how long our day is – from a certain point of view.

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Timescape

We don’t have the usual checkpoints of time. There is nowhere we have to be and nothing we have to do. This is both a blessing and a curse. I am sure we have all had days that felt really productive. There are also bad days:

This sums it up!

Productivity experts are fond of saying that we all have 24 hours a day. It is statement designed to illicit the idea that all of us can achieve great things. However it is my opinion that this statement is not all that helpful. Each person has their own foibles and struggles – thus what barely registers as anything to one person could be a big challenge to another.

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In the most basic sense we all have 24 hours, obviously, but not everyone is as capable of putting them to the best of use. Maybe this is me trying to correct for my own shortcomings of productivity. And maybe I am my own worst enemy. Maybe another person would say I, and you, are doing fine. Who is to say? I suspect if you have doubts about yourself as I do about myself you don’t want to seek out another’s opinion.

Mr Grey doesn’t upload often but everything he does is pure gold.

When this lock down started I had grand plans. I was going to write so much – 6000 words a day – it turns out that is beyond my capabilities. To do that would require typing six hours a day. Somehow time disappears on me. I think I have taken a brief pause but it turns out it wasn’t so brief!

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I don’t work from home in the real sense rather I am being productive with my own projects. Eight hours alone at home is very different to eight hours at a place of work. At work you have colleagues, occasions of downtime, and jobs that can be done while having a nice conversation. At home it is just you and, in my case, a brain that doesn’t always co-operate. So all I can do is try to take this advice myself. If you are staying home at the moment do the best that you can. And try not to judge yourself too harshly.

Of course many people are still working through this period. I want to close by expressing my gratitude to them and say how amazing you all are.

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I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Internet Black Hole

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Links are what makes the internet. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your point of view, this can lead to a very long session of reading. I spent around an hour today looking at Mythcreants.

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Mythcreants is a website that has numerous articles about world building -particularity for fantasy and science fiction writers. It talks about tropes and how to create more compelling fiction.

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As today (Thursday) stands I haven’t been doing any creating because I have been reading these articles. I am well aware of the irony of that statement.

If you are a writer of fantasy and/or science fiction this is a resources that is well worth checking out. Whatever problem you are having with you writing, with the exception of procrastination, there is sure to be something here that you will find useful. They also have podcasts that discuss common facets of fiction. I hope you will check it out.

I hope that you are all well and not going too crazy in our new reality. See you next time.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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By the Skin of My Teeth!

I mentioned last week about having a deadline. Well I made it and only just. I am not going to go into detail about the competition as it was an anonymous submission and I don’t want to risk making it known. That might be paranoia on my part but, nevertheless, better safe than sorry. And I was safe but I was almost sorry.

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My competition entry came right down to the wire. I was literally still editing even as the deadline approached. I went to email it. Time was ticking down. And…

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My computer, Majel, decided at that moment not to connect to the internet – despite the fact that other devices were connected. The time ticked by and all hope was lost. I had missed the deadline.

Then suddenly there was hope again. The deadline was in a different time zone! I had an extra hour! A reboot later and I was able to submit the work.

That’s good.

I was unable to finish the last run through and spell check – so it was certainly submitted with a few mistakes left in.

That’s bad.

However, spelling mistakes notwithstanding, it is a piece of work I am proud of.

That’s good.

Even if I had missed the deadline I would still have a piece of work to send somewhere so from that point of view it was always going to be a success.

So what have I learned from this? Don’t leave things to the last minute? Well I would hope so but I’m not sure how capable of change I am!

Now for the waiting game. It will be four months until the shortlist and winners are announced.

The waiting game sucks lets see what is on TV.

I hope you are all well wherever you may be in the world. I will see you next time for another post. Have a great night or day depending on when you read this.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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