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  1. How do you choose a desktop wallpaper?

    I've always found a fresh desktop wallpaper now and then is a good way to stop your PC feeling stale, and keeps me enthusiastic/more productive. That said, I always have a hard time finding one...

    I've always found a fresh desktop wallpaper now and then is a good way to stop your PC feeling stale, and keeps me enthusiastic/more productive.

    That said, I always have a hard time finding one when the time comes.

    Unsplash seems like a good resource, but can feel so impersonal just having a nice picture of some mountains or a field. I have some friends who I know just rock whatever the default wallpaper for the OS is -- I can't verbalize why but something that feels tailored, or an image that brings me some joy, makes me much more comfortable using the computer.

    Unfortunately the popular spots online I'm aware of for sharing wallpapers tend to lean toward certain subsets of interests (such as contemporary geek culture and/or lewd anime women) which you may or may not be into.

    I've toyed with the idea of just having a solid colour to avoid any kind of decision fatigue, but it feels like staring at a wall - it's nice to have something with some depth behind all the flat windows.

    Curious what others here on tildes use for their wallpaper, how often they change it, and where they might source a new one.

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  2. Comment on Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~misc

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    It doesn't need to take much. HBomberguy and his 'fucking aquaman' clip is quite possibly the most successful takedown of Ben Shapiro. I'm less concerned about what's scholarly and more about...

    It doesn't need to take much. HBomberguy and his 'fucking aquaman' clip is quite possibly the most successful takedown of Ben Shapiro. I'm less concerned about what's scholarly and more about what's rhetorically effective. There's none of that here.

    I can't imagine anyone arguing that that 'platforming' Tucker could be unethical when he already possesses what might be the largest possible platform a human can obtain apart from head-of-state or papacy.

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  3. Comment on Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver in ~misc

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    I think this video is bad rhetorically. It's possibly a good as an introduction for Carlson for those who haven't seen his content before, and I think it at least begins to explore the...

    "It's important to remember that what Tucker is saying is fucking outrageous."

    I think this video is bad rhetorically. It's possibly a good as an introduction for Carlson for those who haven't seen his content before, and I think it at least begins to explore the implications of being supported by abhorrent groups and what that says about what's being implied vs. what's being literally said. The latter is easily wiped away by saying 'people can take whatever anyone says and run with it'.

    It never actually dismantles any of Carlson's talking points. The closest thing to it is a dissection on a glib comment Carlson made about forks 13 years ago.

    It's not good enough to point at something someone says and just respond 'I can't believe you said that, it's fucking outrageous', you need to give people the tools to actually dismantle those points. Anything else and you're just furthering the divide by failing to understand, because when put up against those who agree/consume this content it simply isn't enough to say something is bad because it is.

    Tucker says 'I don't want to grow up in a country that looks nothing like the country I grew up in, is that bigoted', and Oliver says it's the equivalent of describing yourself as a possum and asking if you're a possum. Please don't think this is some great 'own'. If anything it does a massive disservice to anyone pushing a progressive agenda. It's basic human nature to associate yourself with what's familiar (as wrong as it might be), and what Carlson says taps into the hearts of millions of people - it is not the definition of 'bigoted' just because of it suits Oliver's argument that it should be. Plenty of those who grew up in the Soviet Union/East Germany are unhappy with the since reformed states - are they objectively bigoted?

    Very frustrating. Be outraged, but understand the arguments why, if for nothing more than to ground your own beliefs.

    23 votes
  4. Comment on PeerTube v3 : it’s a live, a liiiiive ! in ~tech

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    I remember back in 2017(?) there was a big day when it seemed like everyone stormed to Mastodon, and I honestly got really swept up in the excitement - there were all these small neat instances...

    I remember back in 2017(?) there was a big day when it seemed like everyone stormed to Mastodon, and I honestly got really swept up in the excitement - there were all these small neat instances setting up of all different sizes with quirky names and rules that it took me days to settle on one.

    I have my heart in PeerTube, and donated during the V3 crowdfunding. It feels difficult to dive in despite the team's best efforts to make it accessible - I'm concerned that perhaps unlike Mastodon the barrier for entry is far higher. I imagine a typical PeerTube instance requires far more resources than a typical Mastodon instance, and it takes much longer to create/edit a video than to toot.

    Browsing the instance list it's hard to drive up a passion to call any of them a 'home'. Feels like there's a dozen 'this instance is for doug run by doug' or an instance with a promising description called something like 'Cool Tube' that has the URL lwvyd.jujuj.info (exaggeration).

    My main mastodon account is on Mastodon.art - I like that when I say 'here's my mastodon' to someone unfamiliar with the service, the URL looks reliable and trustworthy.

    I don't have the knowledge or resources to run a PeerTube instance, but would gladly pay toward one as I do for Mastodon. I wish I had the wear-with-all to rally together an instance for content creators that don't necessarily come from tech-backgrounds.

    I think PeerTube has an uphill battle to face in this regard. There's a big overlap between people who are able to have interesting thoughts and are able to contribute to Mastodon. It seems those that who are are both 1. able and willing to put together a video and 2. able to willing to navigate PeerTubes instances, deliver a certain subset of interests/content.

    Is it the great irony of the fediverse that most people gravitate toward one flagship instance, when the objective is to decentralize? I'm concerned that without one, PeerTube will struggle to grow past these niche corners.

    Sorry for the whiny/self-entitled post. Power to those who are contributing and creating instances. PeerTube represents the core and soul of a better internet, and I yearn to see it succeed.

    11 votes
  5. Comment on Why I post my pronouns and you should too in ~lgbt

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    I feel the same way, but it should be said that the counterpoint to all this is that this is a priviledge. I feel strange about announcing my pronouns because I never chose them, but regardless...

    I feel the same way, but it should be said that the counterpoint to all this is that

    I thus do value the ability not to specify my own pronouns, or, if asked, to say that I genuinely don't mind whatever they choose to use.

    this is a priviledge.

    I feel strange about announcing my pronouns because I never chose them, but regardless I'm still comfortable in them and I'm able to take them for granted. As such I'm lucky that my identity isn't easily challenged. That comfort is something not everyone possesses, and 'not minding' isn't reachable for many, which is something I think the article ought to mention.

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  6. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~music

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    Quelle Chris - Box of Wheaties

    Quelle Chris - Box of Wheaties

    I'm ballin, y'all should put a nigga on a box of Wheaties
    I'm skatin', when I dip, just put me on a box of Wheaties
    I flip it for the gold, gone, put me on a box of Wheaties
    I hold up weight, these haters need me on a box of Wheaties
    I kick it, they should stick a nigga on a box of Wheaties
    I run it 0-100, put me on a box of Wheaties
    I par up bar for bar, pa, put me on a box of Wheaties
    I K.O. every day yo, put him on a box of Wheaties

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  7. Comment on The UK Labour party has a new leader: Keir Starmer in ~news

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    There were six candidates to begin with, there were hustings and debates all throughout the race. Considering our population is a fraction of the United States, it only makes sense that it's...

    There were six candidates to begin with, there were hustings and debates all throughout the race. Considering our population is a fraction of the United States, it only makes sense that it's scaled down.

    It probably didn't receive as much international coverage since, a) The United States a larger and more influencial superpower, b) There's laws here in the UK that encourage political coverage to non dramatised on TV, c) The final three candidates all aligned pretty similarly politically and all had a mutual respect for one another, which doesn't make spicy exciting TV, and d) the pandemic meant things had to be much more scaled down and low-key.

    Curious to hear what you think they could/should have done differently.

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  8. Comment on What's a song you enjoy listening to from a genre you don't? in ~music

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    Ah! I got it back to front -- culturedleftfoot asked more eloquently what I wanted to ask. Rap being 'pretty much just swearing a lot' is a pretty common and glib reduction of an entire culture of...

    Ah! I got it back to front -- culturedleftfoot asked more eloquently what I wanted to ask.

    Rap being 'pretty much just swearing a lot' is a pretty common and glib reduction of an entire culture of music that's existed and evolved and established itself for decades now. Like all genres, hip hop has its exploiters. The Ramones singing about sniffing glue was wild in the 60s, popular music will always evolve to be as edgy as it can within reason. Besides, it's not like Danny Brown's verses in Frankie Sinatra is G-Rated.

    The Avalanches's plunderphonics is derived from Instrumental Hip Hop, so maybe try some more of that, you might enjoy it. I recommend seeking out Nujabes, a late japanese producer that samples jazz and classical pieces. MCs do occasionally feature in his tracks, but it's usually pretty soft on the ears if swearing is what turns you off.

    Maybe try something from Common, almost famous for being a soft rapper, but his lyrics do what lyrics should, paint a picture, tell stories, put forward questions to the listener.

    If you enjoy those, explore a little more, you might find there's more to a genre with origins rooted in the struggles of young men and women who might fall on harsher language as a necessity to survive in less-forgiving social circles.

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  10. Comment on What have you been listening to this week? in ~music

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    This week's chart! Gavin Clark has been my biggest discovery of late. Gorgeous voice and lyrics, often described as the forgotten Nick Drake. I might not go that far, but 'Beautiful Skeletons' is...

    This week's chart!

    Gavin Clark has been my biggest discovery of late. Gorgeous voice and lyrics, often described as the forgotten Nick Drake. I might not go that far, but 'Beautiful Skeletons' is a beautiful sweeping overview of his career as a musician, released not long before he passed away. I highly recommend anyone listen to it.

    Jon Hopkins and King Creosote's 'Diamond Mine' has been cementing itself as one of my favourites. I've always loved Jon Hopkins, even if he's often involved in projects I don't enjoy. I think this kind of projects works best for him, where his work as an electronic artist allows him to create soundscapes from field recordings in Scotland and create a very sensitive feeling of rhythm and place. Creosote is a lesser known artist, but his voice is something else. The record gets a lot of criticism for being too simple, but I think there's much more going on under the hood. I urge everyone to hear 'Bats In The Attic'.

    Sudan Archive's debut was a little hard to digest. The singles are very poppy, but the rest is hard to digest. I think I owe it another listen, incase it's not all just posturing, and is actually smart song-writing. It sounds mostly like a mess. Still, 'Confessions' is a really fun little tune, listen to it.

    Never been a huge fan of FKA Twigs, but I think this new album could convert me. Only had one play-through so far, so would need to report back. It's definitely landed pretty hard on the music scene, so it won't be one to overlook.

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  11. Comment on Why 3D logos fell out of favor overnight in ~design

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    I remember seeing this video back-when, and there's a lot wrong with it. It seems like an anecdotal reckoning why the trend has gone flat - something someone might say to you at a party, but...

    I remember seeing this video back-when, and there's a lot wrong with it. It seems like an anecdotal reckoning why the trend has gone flat - something someone might say to you at a party, but doesn't actually hold much weight.

    It's so boxed-in by it's idea that all the world is using Apple products, and no world exists beyond it. 3D logos for apps and services existed long before touchscreens. A huge part of that was almost certainly because we thought they looked cool at the time, and suddenly we had software to create them.

    Likewise, the world didn't 'LITERALLY(!!)' change overnight because of Apple. The trend for flatter logos was gradual. Just compare Google's logo in 2010 to what they had before it - not flat, but certainly less bevelled. Similarly, the iOS update, while drastic, was still less flat that we're used to today. The use of gradients still give the subtle illusion of depth.

    It's fashion at the end of the day. The video pretends as though designers wished so bad they could make designs flat, but users were forcing them to put sick shines and bevels and dropshadows on everything. Let's not lie to ourselves - we all thought it looked dope in 2006.

    Also, 3D logos because Adobe developed InDesign? Come on now.

    17 votes
  12. Comment on Profile customisation in ~tildes

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    I'd be opposed to profile pictures, but maybe simply being able to choose a single colour that decorates your profile page in a simple way would be a cute addition. Given the colours in the logo,...

    I'd be opposed to profile pictures, but maybe simply being able to choose a single colour that decorates your profile page in a simple way would be a cute addition. Given the colours in the logo, I think it would be on-brand.

    I'm not sure this should leak out to anything other than a profile page though. Maybe at most a small square of that colour next to your username, but I think this kind of thing would just confuse new users (eg. mistaking a certain colour as moderators or admins or similar)

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  13. Comment on How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable in ~tech

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    I started writing a list of things until I realized there really isn't correlation between the podcasts I do listen to. It all comes down to the people, and whether we connect with those people,...

    I started writing a list of things until I realized there really isn't correlation between the podcasts I do listen to.

    It all comes down to the people, and whether we connect with those people, there's probably nothing more to it than that. Everything I listed above are reasons I couldn't connect with those people, but there isn't a specific format that works for me.

    I'll go over what podcasts I am subscribed to, and what it is I like about them.

    Hello Internet - I imagine everyone knows this one. I'm not too interested in the stuff they talk about, but the stripped down, conversational nature of the podcast, absence of guests to ruin the chemistry, and the fact neither of them are trying to be funny, but incidentally make me laugh, makes the whole thing feel genuine. CGP Grey irritates me sometimes for speaking on things he knows little about, but for the most part they both have interesting outlooks.

    Kermode and Mayo's Film Review - Again, not too interested in movies personally, but there's great chemistry between the two hosts, and Kermode is a non pretentious and caring film critic whose love for film is infectious. There are guests, who I sometimes skip through, but often they're charismatic (since they're often actors) and are only on for a small portion of the show.

    This American Life - I've unsubbed and resubbed to this more times than I can count, but I've become a keen listener as of late. They own the annoying NPR style, and so doesn't often feel forced. The stories are almost always good, and the anthology style means there's no conflicting host personalities, and the stories shine through.

    Hip Hop Saved My Life - Romesh is just a comedian I find funny. Hip Hop is something I have an interest in, and the guests are usually from interesting backgrounds that have good stories to tell. I enjoy them discussion Hip Hop records as well.

    BBC Radio 4's 'Seriously' - Essentially a collection of mini documentaries from the radio show. Almost always excellent, but range from infuriating to sublime. You could literally get anything with this podcast, and it allows for some really experimental storytelling, and unusual stories. I rarely ever regret putting this on.

    Any recommendations welcome!

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  14. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~music

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    R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People - a pretty obvious choice. An popular modern classic that surrounds itself with death and mortality, but with a real hum of optimism. Probably the quintessential...

    R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People - a pretty obvious choice. An popular modern classic that surrounds itself with death and mortality, but with a real hum of optimism. Probably the quintessential western Autumnal album, it's hard to place it with any other season with it's twangy acoustic guitars and orchestration. The woodwind section in Nightswimming is the soundtrack to a warm, decaying autumn night.

    The Microphone's Glow Pt. 2 - Mentioned earlier on in the thread. Similar reasons to Automatic, thick melancholy and acoustic instrumentation. The drone between tracks, if nothing else, feels like Winter approaching. The lo-fi production invokes a crunchiness of fallen leaves.

    Mark Hollis's 'Mark Hollis' - Lesser known than his work with Talk Talk, but just as strong. Could be the most gentle album you've ever heard. Despite 'The Colour of Spring' being the first track, the entire album definitely has a chill bite to it. There's soft woodwind and brass sections throughout, which really bring out the autumnal vibes.

    D'Agenlo's Voodoo - I can't really explain this one, but I always associate it with October weather. It's like a muted summer album, that's less feel-good and more feeelin' good. It's for listening while walking through the city with the jacket you've just unearthed from the closet. It's for bringing its smooth warmth indoors when the nights are getting cooler.

    Art Blakey's Moanin' - A jazz classic that's all Blue Note. There's such a crunchiness and closeness to the whole record, it's like you're in a thich, cramped jazz bar. Yet it's not claustrophobic at all - the opposite - it's a metropolitan record that places you right into October New Jersey streets in the 1950s.

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  15. Comment on How podcasts went from unlistenable to unmissable in ~tech

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    I have a love hate thing with podcasts. I really can't stand the typical format and sound of popular podcasts. I think it's been coined as NPR's sound, but it's everywhere - the same writing...

    I have a love hate thing with podcasts.

    I really can't stand the typical format and sound of popular podcasts. I think it's been coined as NPR's sound, but it's everywhere - the same writing styles, vocal delivery, kooky music queues, political outlook.

    I don't enjoy the 'two dudes talking' format that seems to be every other podcast, usually because they often have no idea about the subject they're talking about, always require you to have the Seth McFarlane dudebro humour.

    And I don't understand this 'celebrities interviewing other celebrities' thing that everyone seems to be doing now. Those aren't stories I'm interested in hearing.

    Podcasts have essentially become reality TV for the established middle class (if you couldn't tell from all the Blue Arpon ads), and they cater to one particular taste.

    It enfuriates me that there just doesn't seem to any podcasts I can get into. I've spent years trying.

    My line of work means I have hours I could be listening to something - which is often music - but I would adore listening to a decent, realiable podcast that suits me.

    The reality is, with so many out there, it almost certainly exists, but when podcast discussion and articles online applaud that one particular outlook, it's almost impossible to find.

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  16. Comment on Boris Johnson is already shedding allies before he's touted to take Britain's top job in ~news

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    It's simple, the general population like his character. He has a daft, witty demeanor that harks people back to the days of Black Adder and sipping tea while watching the Red Arrows. The way he...

    It's simple, the general population like his character. He has a daft, witty demeanor that harks people back to the days of Black Adder and sipping tea while watching the Red Arrows. The way he walks and talks reminds people of the great British bulldog Winston Churchill. His calling of gay men as 'bum boys' and saying muslim women look like 'letterboxes' are just him saying it how it is, so he won't be afraid to go into Brussels and tell them what-for, securing us a deal that best for Britannia. He's willing to cast his own country to ruin by sending it into economic terms with absolutely no precedent, just to spook those suits in Brussels, and show them who's British.

    He says 'wiff waff' and it's all very, very funny.

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  17. Comment on How Pornhub and Girls Do Porn are enabling doxing and harassment in ~tech

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    We all know that a balanced, cooked meal is the healthiest choice for us, but imagine if we were able to access a hamburger, at any time, for completely free. No hassle or fuss and it satisfies...

    We all know that a balanced, cooked meal is the healthiest choice for us, but imagine if we were able to access a hamburger, at any time, for completely free. No hassle or fuss and it satisfies that need. You're going to start getting more an more obese citizens.

    Porn instantly satisfies a need with virtually zero barriers. For a lot of people, as soon as the need is felt, it can be immediately satiated. Our brain rewards us for this, and we reinforce that reward in our mind, and start associating it with more pornography. Some get addicted, most make it a habit.

    Couple that with a habit that surrounds itself (largely, although absolute not entirely) an industries very rigid idea of sexuality, a completely fabricated concept of sex, and total objectification through a male gaze, and we find ourselves with a society where on-mass our brains reward us consistently (and consistently is key) with visions of a reality that doesn't exist, and projects a very negative image toward particularly women.

    It's a very difficult thing to measure, and it's the product of decades of reinforcing ideas on what sex is, but I personally think some harm must be being done.

    It's a difficult thing to argue when sex positivity is, quite rightly, being campaigned for. I do think powerful companies, like MindGeek, exploit that progressive movement for their own exploitation of human sex. It ought to become our job to see that grey area, and all the complications that will come with it.

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  18. Comment on Introducing a new Twitter.com - a refreshed and updated website in ~tech

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    I'm a similar use-case to you, and Tweetdeck has basically solved those issues for me. I have my notifications column to the far left, to move the real content toward the center. I then have a...

    I'm a similar use-case to you, and Tweetdeck has basically solved those issues for me.

    I have my notifications column to the far left, to move the real content toward the center. I then have a 'Highlights' column, which shows me a curated list of the users I don't want to miss content from, including their retweets. 'Home' is the third column - it's just everyone I follow with all retweets turned off, that way I can skip most of the dead memes, 'literally me' gifs, and political takes. Fourth column shows me my own account's tweets - helps remind me to post some content if it's been a while.

    The redesign is fine but it seems like it's just a lick of paint. Without the ability to toggle off retweets, Twitter seems unusable (or at least a time sink of trash) for anyone following more than a few hundred active accounts.

    I've never heard anyone ever speak fondly of a non-chronological timeline on any site.

    I try to use Mastodon where I can.

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  19. Comment on This week's album and EP releases in ~music

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    Yes, I love it, been listening to it everyday since it dropped. I think it's a perfect sister album to Pinata, capturing the same energy but going for a more subtle, subdued and darker tone. Funny...

    Yes, I love it, been listening to it everyday since it dropped. I think it's a perfect sister album to Pinata, capturing the same energy but going for a more subtle, subdued and darker tone.

    Funny you think Gibbs sounds disconnected since, unlike Pinata, Bandana was recorded with both artists in the studio for the first time. Since the beats were actually made for Gibbs this time, you can tell Madlib made them to bring Gibbs to the forefront, and it really pays off.

    I think that clash of style is exactly what makes the Madgibbs project so special. Gibbs on his typical trap beats blocks him into a corner of cliche, but Madlib just adds that splash of colour and abstraction that lets Gibb's imagination run far. It really seems like each artist completes the other, Gibbs provides the rock solid foundation that Madlib's production needs to ground itself back to reality, while Madlib lets Gibbs explore every avenue of his psyche (often involving cocaine).

    Bananda pretty much cements my feeling that Freddie Gibbs as the best MC alive right now -- he always finds a perfect balance of politics, metaphor, and keepin it real gansta shit. Madlib, need I say more, proves himself to be a living legend, and ever relevent.

    My #2 album of 2019 so far, behind Hiding Places.

    Also Motherfuck Jeff Sessions.

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  20. Comment on Do you practice any form of meditation? in ~talk

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    I tried non directive meditation every day, about 15-20 minutes for about a month. I definitely got better and better at it, but I didn't feel any kind of improvement in my day-to-day goings...

    I tried non directive meditation every day, about 15-20 minutes for about a month.

    I definitely got better and better at it, but I didn't feel any kind of improvement in my day-to-day goings about.

    But then, I'm very happy with where I am in life. I enjoy stress-free work, I'm not worried or anxious, and with age I've found myself getting better and better at slowing down and appreciating a moment in time.

    I thought perhaps meditation would lead me somewhere I didn't even realize I could be. Maybe one month isn't long enough, but I've found some stretching and exercises are better uses of my time.

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