Monday, February 15, 2021

Day 9

7:50 A.M.

I'm trying an experiment where I set the online stopwatch countdown timer to 25 minutes, and for that 25 minute stretch I'm not allowed to open any new tabs or refresh any pages on the internet.  I know 25 minutes is the same amount of time used in one of those well-known "productivity" techniques, and I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use those 25 minutes to focus on one task, but, hey, it feels like a good, non-round number.  So I'll just use the same number.  30 minutes is too round, and 20 minutes is too short.  Nothing new happens in 20 minutes, but something new might happen in 25 minutes.  

7:55 A.M.

If you pause a movie on Amazon Prime Video for a while and then re-start it, you'll see the little "X-Ray" information, and then you'll see the MPAA rating info pop up in the top-left corner.  And the rating info just sits there for like 10 seconds.  It's really distracting.  I just want that thing to go away immediately.  So what I wind up doing is rewinding the video 20 or 30 seconds just to make sure the screen is clear by the time I pick up where I was before.  Netflix does the same thing with the ratings info.  That's 20 or 30 seconds wasted just because Amazon feels like it has to tell me what the movie is rated, or whether there's foul language or drug use.  Imagine if every time you visited a web page, a pop-up appeared on the screen telling you if there was foul language on the page.  Just put that stuff on the title card, along with the cast and the running time, and never bother me again with it.      

10:10 A.M.

I increased the timer to 1 hour and 5 minutes.  So that means I'll avoid using the internet for a stretch of 1 hour and 5 minutes at a time.

4:30 P.M.

I did drink a Bang energy drink this morning.  That breaks my "no caffeine" rule, but here's my reasoning:  I could feel some shit piling up in my body, and Bang energy drinks make it so you have to take a dump (or two).  They contain plenty of caffeine and I guess other stuff.  I ate an omelet with homes fries and toast this morning, then I drank the Bang energy drink and now I'm down to 213.6 pounds, which is close to what I wanted.    

5:40 P.M.

I've been checking Wreddit after each 65-minute interval, and there's really not much happening on it today.  There was a post around midnight about how Chris Jericho's wife was at the Washington, D.C. rally, and that got around 14,000 upvotes and that's been sitting at the top of the subreddit all day.  There was a thread about it on the F4W Board as well, but at some point a moderator removed it.  The Wreddit thread has over 3,200 comments and I haven't checked them yet.  I was expecting some sort of follow-up post, but it hasn't happened yet.

6:30 P.M.

There's a muscle involved in not checking Wreddit.  Maybe part of the challenge is figuring out how to strengthen that muscle without straining it, because if you strain it then you'll have to start over.  I've been able to maintain the 65-minute intervals, but I'm hesitant to try two hours.  Maybe I'll just keep it at 65-minutes for the next couple of days.

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