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littleman

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tuning out?
« on: July 13, 2017, 06:09:24 PM »
World events seems to be unfolding like a bad telenovela show.  Paying too much attention to the daily drama can suck the productivity out of life.  I do not want to spend my days refreshing news feeds and reading the latest headlines.  At the same time I do not want to be completely ignorant of current events.  How are you all finding your balance?

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 06:16:24 PM »
I was suffering from "Trump overload" so I started some construction.  I'm also making a conscious effort to not think about problems I'm not going to be able to solve.

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 06:32:57 PM »
>I'm also making a conscious effort to not think about problems I'm not going to be able to solve.

Yeah, that usually works for me, not so much lately.

One thing I am doing, I mentioned it in another thread a couple of weeks ago, is putting some thought into making a low cost desktop video magnifier for seeing impaired.  Those things tend to be $2k -$5k and I think I could put something useful together for under $200 with off the shelf products -- it has been a nice distraction.

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 06:43:29 PM »
I have gone back to watching BBC America.

It is interesting to discover other countries have "issues"
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 06:49:47 PM »
I mostly tune out, although not 100%.

The world stage has many ugly corners these days but there's seldom much value in just watching someone else's train wreck.

I sometimes peek at the train wrecks but I try to keep my main focus on things that I could actually do something about.

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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 09:21:29 PM »
I have narrowed my news intake to BBC America and a daily NPR news hour. Nothing is truly balanced, but if a guest starts spewing PR speak I'm out.

To fill the space, I listen to some non-political podcasts. Tim Ferriss, Kevin Rose, STEM Talk, etc... I can actually do something useful/beneficial with that information.
Also, side projects. Just put together a solar-powered kayak for fun. I'll post about that in another thread.

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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 09:55:12 PM »
Started listening to self help books.

On the "lean Startup" at the moment.  Can be a bit dry, but some good ideas.
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 10:14:22 PM »
>if a guest starts spewing

If an article I'm reading mentions that it's in any way related to a new book that's being published I nuke it immediately. This pretty much applies across the board, but definitely to news and/or politics.

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2017, 10:38:13 PM »
I deleted all news apps and RSS off my phone and computers. I have a tablet that still has my RSS feeds and it stays in the living room. Never in the bedroom or workspace. So if I check the news it's more of a conscious decision.

I also bought a Kindle paper white so that it's easy to keep books available.

I keep only Le Monde and Vox in my news feed. And a max of once per day, I check CNN and Foxnews websites, neither of which I've ever paid attention to but it's more informative simply to see what's being covered by Trump's nemesis and his biggest propaganda arm. It is fascinating to see that on some days there is virtually no overlap. But you don't have to read the mostly vacuous articles on either one. Just front page lead stories tells me what I need to know.

CNN: G20 has Trump totally isolated in the world and this is the story of the year, so we have seven G20 stories on the home page
Fox: G20? What's that?
Le Monde: G20 is happening and the other leaders sort of don't like Trump, but this isn't like really big news or anything

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2017, 11:57:49 PM »
Reading more books.  Started reading HP Lovecraft, because I prefer my horror to be fiction not reality.

News: very selective feeds and subjects on my news reader apps.

Rely on NPR and BBC news via radio or Alexa.  I avoid TV news.

For entertainment I listen to a lot of old time radio on Tunein app.

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« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2017, 02:52:33 AM »
Reading more books.

For 2016, I made a New Year's resolution to "read fewer articles and more books" and I also killed my Facebook account. That has served me well these last 12 months.

I avoid TV news.

And I haven't had broadcast TV in my home since I had my own home... so I haven't had easy access to TV since 1988. That again is something I'm glad of, because I don't think I would have the self-control to not watch. It's like having ice cream in the freezer and not eating it. I just can't do it.

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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2017, 06:39:17 AM »
I don't think we are normal.  :-\
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2017, 10:16:53 AM »
I'm not normal  8)
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2017, 11:45:01 AM »
>normal

No we are not normal.   :P

I keep enough real time news to stay informed but I avoid reading 27 articles rehashing the same scandal du jour.  One of the best things I did a few years ago after a thread here on the Core, was cut cable and go to antenna, so no 24 hour CNN or Fox.

I do get our local newspaper which focuses on hyper local news and what is happening on a county and state level.  This is very important, since local government has a much greater effect on my life than stuff happening in Washington or Paris and I actually can directly influence local decisions.  Most people overlook the local, but it is far more important IMO.

I do have one news app just set up only for things like archeological news, history and motorcycles which is great reading.

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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2017, 03:55:28 PM »
Good point about local news... We don't, but should reconsider.