Sports! .. and with an on-topic association.
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Tue Dec 21 13:23:46 CST 2010
> While one can distinguish between sports and athletics and exercise,
> let's keep in mind Alan Turing's interest in running (e.g.
Yes, he is the exception, a great mind who did do exercise...
> I get lots of exercise through running and cycling, and have done so
I am reminded of Winston Churchill's statement : 'I get all the exercise
I need acting as a pall bearer for my friends who run and do exercise' :-)
> consistently for the past 30+ years (while I have in the distant past
> participated in competition and 'organised' events, they are not really
> my thing). So I'm of the mind that both body and brain cells work best
> when they get some exercise; and as Turing suggests, physical exercise
I am sure this is a personal thing becuase I am of the opposite opinion.
I am the sort of person who can run 100m in 10 minutes, and who thinks
the best thing to do with a bicycle is to multiply it by 5*10^-7 . A
quick look at the picture of me on the recent HPCC conference page
(linked from http://www.hpcc.org/ ) will, I think indicate that I am
not the wort of person to go running...
But if it works for tyou, I am not going to comment further...
 Do I really have to explain that on _this_ list?
 Actually on-topic. The picture shows me surrounded by bits of an
HP9836CU computer. It's not too clear from the photo, but I am holding
the brightness control assmebly, at the time I was explainign how I'd
dosmantled the pot to de-seize and then made a brass collar to fit the
knob so it souldn't slip again (and yes, I did mill a flat on the spindle).
> can help keep the brain sane. Getting some exercise after sitting on
> one's ass staring at a monitor for hours on end, or hunched over a
> workbench of hardware, while working on a 'brain' problem - can be very
> beneficial to the brain and solving those problems.
I find soloving some other problem works for me. If I am stuck on sorting
out an electrronic fault, I will go and do some metal turning to fix
another part of the machine (or another machine), or something like that.
> So while we're dissing the pointlessness of physical games, how about
> the pointlessness of computer games .. (or is that likely to start a
> flame war here)?
I have no interest at all in arcade/action games, what we used to call
'blast the b*st*rds' I playued Doom once on a friend's machine about 15
years ago, I didn't enjoy it much.
I do like some text adventures, becuase I like solving puzzles (just
about all puzzles). But I've not played one for years. Probably still a
waste of time, though. But then isn't fixing classic computers really a
waste of time? Or for that matter isn't that lmost the defintion of a hobby?
No, the only computer 'game' I enjoy is called 'programming' :-)
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