Using a mouse all the time? This is what you get to look forward to when you get older!

Ah, modern society and its technology. I’ll spare you the rant regarding how we’re slaves to it and the various troubles and pain it causes. For now.

I’ve been behind a computer and using a mouse since about the mid-90’s. So for about 30 years I’ve been gripping a mouse with my right hand without much support in terms of recent technology such as mouse & keyboard wrist pads (which don’t prevent CPS anyway). So that’s around 8 hours during the day at various jobs, then anywhere from 3 to 6 hours at night playing video games on the computer. I continue to use a mouse to this very day because I’m a one-man production company and I produce/edit my own youtube videos and podcast.

I started having Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-like pain in my right arm, from the elbow up the arm to the wrist, since around 2015 while still working behind a computer for various companies. However it wasn’t that bad and didn’t seeing a doctor. It was just an aggravating burning, inflammatory type of situation. So I forced myself to learn how to use the mouse with my left hand. It’s funny because my left hand is my dominant hand. I write with my left hand. But when it comes to the mouse, I use my right hand. So becoming ambidextrous with the mouse provided my right hand and arm a great deal of relief and helped reduce the pain to where it practically went away.

In addition to that, I also stopped playing video games at a computer and moved to the console, which provided even more relief. However, fast forward to this year, 2021, and over the course of September and October, for whatever reason, the CPS-like symptoms flared up again. And because video production & audio engineer work requires a lot of tedious and accurate mouse work, I really couldn’t switch to using my left hand like I could at previous jobs because while I can use the mouse with my left hand, I’m not as accurate with it as when using my right hand. I did try using a vertical mouse but it wasn’t as precise.

So about a week prior to this entry, I looked into getting a wrist brace. I found one that received decent reviews, and it has been a life saver! It was uncomfortable at first, but once I broke it in, and after about a week of wearing it while both behind the computer and while sleeping, it has practically alleviated all CPS-like symptoms! While the symptoms have been pretty much alleviated, I plan to continue to use the brace while sleeping and while at the computer because of how much wear and tear I’ve put on my arm. CPS doesn’t go away either. I don’t want to or plan to wear the brace for the rest of my life but for now it will have to do until the CPS-like symptoms have resided to the point where I maybe no longer use the brace at night. I probably will continue to still use it while behind the keyboard though.

So if you’re younger, whether in your teens or even your 30’s, and you’re using the mouse a lot due to job requirements, when gaming at home, or streaming all day long, you should do yourself a favor and consider using the mouse with your other hand whenever possible. Because eventually you’re going to end up like me and so many others that have to wear a brace to relieve CPS symptoms. The worst case scenario if you don’t take care of your arm is getting surgery, cutting tendons, and who knows what else they do, and you always want to avoid surgery whenever possible.

ERP #30: Fear (Part 2) – Physiology to Phobias

Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 30 were I discuss a variety of topics ranging from the physiology of fear (limbic system (amygdala, thalamus)) to phobias and everything in between & beyond such as: OG monkey vs modern brain, anger, paranoia, controlling behavior, the power & speed of fear, innate vs learned fears, common fears, patience & fear / anxiety, these self-aware biological machinations, the human body has no user manual, our inability to inquire our own minds.

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Squid Game Analysis: The 1 Argument That No One Raised

Yes, the participants involved in the Netflix series Squid Game chose to join the game by their own volition.

However, the 1 immersion breaking part of this otherwise perfect show was that no one ever said “yes, we willingly obliged to join the game to win money, but none of us knew that we would be killing one another or putting our own lives at risk!”

There was 1 particular scene where one of the main protagonists was shouting and questioning everything that was going on, and 1 of the people running the show, maybe it was the Front Man himself, said how each person chose to be there on their own accord. And that was that.

And as I sat there watching this scene unfold, I was waiting for the contestant to say: “well, duh, yeah.. but we didn’t know we were joining a game where we had to kill each other or that we might get killed in the process!”, because that’s what I was thinking.

It’s funny how smart these characters were, how smart the writing was, but they weren’t that smart. The fact that no raised this argument was kind of a immersion breaking and a bit of a let down.

Because the first question asked in this scenario was: “none of us wanted this!” and the response given was “but we didn’t force you to be here!”. So the next logical response/argument to raise is “true, but you never told us what we’d be getting involved in!” which the response then would be “if we told you, you’d never join the game!”. Of course if the people running the game told them what they were getting involved not only would no one join, but the people running the game might actually get arrested. All you needed was some people to record the conversation about “join our game where you have to kill other people and you might even be killed yourself, but you have a chance to win a ridiculous amount of money”. Not to mention it would ruin the surprise of what they were getting involved in.

The writing was 99% smart except for this one part, and maybe a few other scenes, but nothing’s perfect. And I’m pretty sure if the contestants knew about what they were really getting involved in from the git-go, they wouldn’t have ever joined the game in the first place.

But then we’d never have (this wonderful and amazing series that is) Squid Show.

ERP #29 – Down the Wikipedia Rabbit Hole Part 2

Welcome to the Ephemeral Rift Podcast episode 29.This is part 2 of the ongoing, periodic series where I go down the Wikipedia rabbit hole, picking up where we last left off with the entry for Crust. But before all that I revisit micro plastics, Squid Show, Parasyte anime, then talk sequels, plot twists & reveals, the pros and cons of some listener/viewner countries, anti-intellectualism, “woke” as an insult against smart people, my drug “experiences”, taxes, and human spaghetti code.

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Just another praying mantis

This young praying mantis was found on the tire of my car this October 2021. It’s always a wonderful occasion whenever I spot one of these just because of how uncommon they can be. Apparently this one had no problem basking in the limelight. Or maybe it wanted to get the hell outta dodge and was hoping to hitcha ride. We will never know.

The praying mantis will always be my favorite insect. I think its because of the obvious and apparent humanoid appearance. That, coupled with the fact that they are never aggressive towards humans. They will never jump at you or anything, unlike bees or spiders.

After this photo was taken, I picked up the mantis and put it under the car so it would be out of the sight of birds. A few hours later, I found it on the exact same location but on the other front tire. I then scooped it up and put it in the shadows of some brush so it was better hidden out of view this time.

“Boredom”, a Poem

I’m fucking bored,
so I went down into my basement,
because that’s where my computer is.

While my computer renders my next video,
which is scheduled to be published on October 10th, 2021,
I decided to post this poem I made up on the spot.

And now I’m done,
and I’m still fucking bored,
so it’s time to do something else,
besides be on the fucking internet.

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“Shit”, a Poem

I took a shit in the toilet.
I felt relieved afterwards.
I think I found god.

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ERP #28 – Rise of the Plastic Fungi People

Nothing scarier than reality. Welcome to episode 28 of the Ephemeral Rift Podcast where I talk about time, Carpe diem, irrational people & COVID mask mandates, indoctrinating children into organized religion, wisdom teeth, Fantastic Fungi documentary, fungi health benefits, our fungal ancestry, Terrance McKenna’s Stoned Ape Theory, microplastics & human evolution, Parasyte anime, Back 4 Blood video game, High on the Hog documentary, Squid Game show, and responding to messages about “why this ASMR stuff works”, science & proof, learning to drive, anxiety, and people who like cold weather.

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