Tag Archive: relaxation


Do nothing for two minutes

Whilst visiting Hornsea and walking Molly on the beach I was taken back to my early teens, with memories of coming out to the beach, early on a Sunday morning after I’d finished my paper round, and just sitting watching the waves lapping at the shore as the sun came up over the sea. It was quite therapeutic, and something that I realise now I really took for granted then.

Part of me really misses this kind of relaxation and, at the risk of sounding a bit like a hippy – meditation. However when I’m struggling to focus my mind on a particular task in it’s often helpful to clear your mind somehow. Maybe take a walk, or do something a little more straight forward and let your unconscious mind mull over the difficult problem for a while.

Ooops, Alt + PrtScn Fail!

doNothingForTwoMinutes.com is a website that challenges people to do nothing for two minutes. It shows you a nice scene of the sea for two minutes, during which you’re not allowed to touch the mouse or keyboard, otherwise you have to start over.

If you’re a bit more receptive to the idea helping your focus by relaxing, try calm.com which will talk you through taking a relaxing, meditative break for five minutes or so.

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Cogs: Utterly Charming

Cogs Game: Utterly Charming

I’ve bought Cogs at least twice now in various charity style bundles but I’ve not really given it much time until recently, and I’ve been missing out. Cogs is basically a more engaging variant of the frustrating sliding puzzles I used to have to endure on long trips before the days of hand held video games. You basically have to slide tiles around until you make the machine work. In the puzzle above I am trying to redirect steam to all six sides of the rocket so that it can take off. It’s a simple idea, but executed to an extremely high standard, and you are challenged to keep coming back to complete the puzzle within a certain time, or in a certain number of moves.

The gameplay is simple and addictive. Sliding pieces around is accompanied by a satisfying clunk noise, and there’s something very pleasing about an extremely well engineered machine, even if it is only a virtual one.

I highly recommend the utterly charming Cogs; especially if you purchase it now as part of the latest Humble Bundle.