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Things which relax me

So vtraveller has compelled me to do this meme thing, since he said (and I quote):

This guy is known by the people who know him, but hides his true identity (like Superman) from his LJ preferences.  It would be interesting to know.  He's an edgy geek and so it would be interesting to be surprised.

Edgy? Do I seem edgy to people? Because that sounds new. Also, I would like to believe that I maintain an aura of mystery, but it never seems real to me.

Anyways,

The meme is thus: What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list, post it to your journal and then ask five friends to post it to theirs. (leaving off obvious answers like friends, family and sex.) (Ed. - I will not be asking other people to do this, because I don't believe in that sort of thing)

1. Making Virtual Things Dead

This has to be number one. Somehow, there is some primal instinct in me that rewards my slayage of virtual critters, Covenant, Protoss/Terran/Zerg, space pirates, zombies, nazis, and nazi zombies with a glowing warmness in the sub-cockles of my heart. I think it's genetic, and I got it from my dad - he used to come home from deliverying babies and say, "Okay, helped enough people into life today - time to help  some motherfuckers die". Okay, he didn't say motherfuckers, but I know he was thinking it. That was how I was introduced to Doom - I turned off the Care Bears and watched Dad blow the shit out of some gruesome, hulking, undead mutant soldiers/demons etc. There is no moral imperative that any of those things live - and my dad made sure I understood that.

Whether I ultimately grew up as a well-adjusted, fully-functional member of society is left as an exercise to the reader.

2. Coding/Configuring Things

There are days when it makes me want to rip my . I think the main reason I like running Gentoo at home is just putzing with it and tweaking it - I don't know how much time I actually spend using it for task-based activities. I get a similar buzz from writing software or tinkering with pretty much anything. I'm pretty sure I am a Nocker.

3. Listening to Loud And/Or Angry Music

One prospective girlfriend in high school (who I took to Lilth Fair in 1998) was a little surprised when I started getting a mild case of road rage somewhere in Central Wisconsin, and I asked her to put Smash in. You know, the one with "Bad Habit", the song about shooting bad drivers? Yeah - calmed me right now. Then it was Rage Against the Machine and Gravity Kills. I was a grinning hippy by the time I became the third straight man at the 1998 Lilith Fair.

Maybe it's something homeopathic - or maybe I'm just weirdly wired inside. I've never really understood.

4. Walking, and 5. Meditation

These are the two traditional relaxation activities I do to relax, but I don't do them as often as I should/would like. I have a seiza bench, but I rarely use it - I'm hoping I can change this in the near future.
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