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Dec. 9th, 2004 | 09:48 pm

Still alive, though still avoiding my life by living vicariously through my world of warcraft character. I do intended to everyone who responded to me when i was last still playing with LJ.

Some of reality has impinged on my in some weight gain from having sat in front of my computer far too long. This led to a bizarre idea for how to include some exercise in ones online gaming.

My first idea was to use an alpha grip controller and just require that I stand to play. After sharing my idea with my coworkers this led to another idea of using a dance dance revolution pad as a way of controlling in-game movement. Since the alpha grip isn't being shipped till February one could use a handheld mouse-like thing (as used for presentations) for targeting and strap a numeric keypad configured as the special ability trigger to ones leg.

That should certainly be better for you than sitting for hours on end, though perhaps it'd be even better if motion was controlled by running on a treadmill.

Or maybe I could just go outside.

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TroyToy

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from: troyworks
date: Dec. 10th, 2004 01:19 am (UTC)
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good ideas.

You might also consider a sit stand workstation (I'm standing typing this) won't get you moving but will get you variation.

DDR by itself is a good exercise, you can also get serial based ones from ebay and the like which can use normal mp3.s

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Dec. 10th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
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I had no idea that such things as sit stand workstations existed. That's useful. I have wished that my kitchen counter worked like that as well, especially when I date someone "short".

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TroyToy

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from: troyworks
date: Dec. 10th, 2004 09:02 am (UTC)
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i have an older frame from ikea as my sit-stand, I don't think they carry it any more as the last few times I've been there I haven't seen it (in the office section).

Like most the desks, you can replace the top with whatever. In my case being rather utlitarian and having a spare chrome wire shelf is what I have.

It operates like a compound bow with a ratchet. You counterbalance the weight by increasing tension on the pneumatic cylinder to get the force to move it down to one hand to life. Coming down like an elevator the ratchet has to be disengaged.

THere are several other approaches to this, some passive some electric, other ones use screws mechanism which are slower.

Hear you on the dating thing :) We probably have similar issues slow dancing as well.
I have sat on it before. It can support several hundred pounds. THe downside is it's pretty heavy and has to be moved most the time (from room to room) with a dolly.

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Bolowolf

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from: bolowolf
date: Dec. 10th, 2004 06:10 am (UTC)
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True to geek form, why go outside when you can just hack, mod, and make something else work to meet your needs? ;)

Good to see yer still alive! I was just thinking yesterday it had been awhile since I read anything from you.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Dec. 10th, 2004 06:55 am (UTC)
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Changing how to control the game seems complicated. What if you just sat on a stationary bike while you played? You could even make the bike provide some of the power to the system (to the monitor, say), so you can't play if you don't ride... But you still play by using the normal controls, so you don't have to rewire your whole brain in the process.

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