My brain is getting fuzzy!

Posted on May 2, 2009. Filed under: Games, Health, Music, Musings, Philosophy |

energybrain …or something. I like to watch YouTube videos of classical choral performances. Or, more to the point, I like to listen to them, and it’s easier for me to find pieces I want to hear on YouTube than on ITunes. I don’t know why. I’ll watch the chorus and the orchestra and the conductor, and unless I know some of those people, it gets kind of boring after a while. Most choruses are not very animated, in spite of conductors admonishing them to be so…So, at some point, I’ll usually open up another tab and start playing a game, like Free Cell or Spider Solitaire.

I like those, because I don’t have to think too much and can still listen to the good music. But, those games, especially the Spider one, come with their own sets of noises. I’m the kind of person who leaves their speakers off most of the time, unless I’m watching a video or the news or something. So, when I play these games, on their own, my computer is usually mercifully silent. And that’s another thing. For someone who is a musician, I like silence a lot more than you’d think!

So, it’s kind of weird to be listening to a very serious sacred piece and have my game make a strange carnival type noise. It does this when it’s not pleased with me or my move, so it makes it that much more disconcerting. Usually, the game noises conflict horribly with the nice music I’m listening to, but, tonight, I played Spider Solitaire while listening to Haydn’s “Little Organ Mass”. {Go ahead; snicker, but that’s really the nickname of this work.} I found myself clicking on “Show an available move” in the game menus, because the “Ta-da” sound it made was a chord in the same key as the Haydn! They were perfectly in tune. So I asked the game for help even when I didn’t need it.

Anyway, here’s the fuzzy brain part (or was that already it?) I’ve played Spider Solitaire a lot, lately, letting it act as one diversion or another. And I play the “easy” version, with only one suit (spades) because that way I win most of the time. I get grumbly if I don’t win most of the time. I’d played so much Free Cell, that I just needed a break. At first, it was strange putting a black card on a black card, as in most other Solitaire games I’ve played one must alternate the colors. I got used to it, though.

Tonight, after playing the Haydn-Spider combo long enough for the novelty to cease to amuse me, I went back—after probably ten days—to Free Cell. I felt disoriented! Just seeing all those red cards mixed up with the black ones felt as if I’d slipped into another dimension. As perhaps I had.

You know how if you look at something like a black and white spiral design for several minutes, and then look at a white wall you’ll see an “after image” of the colors opposite to what they originally were? It was like looking at something like that, but also like I was playing a brand new game. I could hardly remember where to put the cards. I forgot how many I could move at a time! My brain felt fuzzy!

It seems to me, from this unintentional experiment upon myself, that intense focus on a specific over time can begin to make one lose ones broader perceptual abilities. I’ve always played my share of computer card games, but on this occasion, I felt a little seasick. It felt as if someone had plucked me out of the Sonoran Desert and plunked me on a beach in Hawaii (hmm, not a bad idea) but without any warning or travel time. Have you ever felt this way? And if so, what caused it? I’d really like to know!

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12 Responses to “My brain is getting fuzzy!”

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First off, I would like to clear my comment about Twitter- what I should have said was: Twitter should only be used by people with LITTLE or no internet access. Hope this consoles.
Back to your post. Yes, I’ve experienced this too but I think it was because of a chemical reaction which might give you a clue.
In your case, my first suspect is overstimulation which we can also call digital stress (could it be because of Twitter which I just saw you were using? :-)) Screen LED’s prevent us from sleeping. What happened was no joke Muse so take care.

Hi Muse! I’ve had this very same thing happen to me – without the Haydn. The brain gets trained in a certain direction and just when it’s happily stuck in a pattern it knows, you turn it on it’s head! How unfair. Oh wait…it’s already in a head. Well…you know what I mean.

If you feel experimental, try going back and forth from one to the other. It starts to get easier. Kind of like brain aerobics. As for the fuzzy head…is that always a bad thing? People pay lots of money to get that effect! Hmmm…then again, maybe it’s a chance to practice zen techniques by welcoming and embracing the feeling. Possibly a whole new state of awareness can be achieved in the Free Cell/ Spider Solitaire vortex! πŸ˜‰

Ronnie Ann

I just love Ronnie Ann’s comment! πŸ™‚

Fuzzy brain? Me? Never? Just kidding. Been there many times.

Hey, poch, thanks! You could well be right. I’m sure Twitter isn’t for everyone. I’m finding it kind of fun at the moment: Get in, get out, do something else, take a peek, multi-task—easier than writing a post! πŸ˜‰ Chemical reaction? Clue? I can’t imagine what you mean. Nope, not me. Don’t know what you could be talking about. πŸ˜› Oh, yes, you have posted about digital stress! What a term. I was a night owl long before I had a computer, but I read just recently that the blue light from monitors is fatiguing, yet keeps us awake! Yah, I think I forgot to mention that I was up way too late when I posted this. I do like to read and do some relaxation exercises before I sleep. πŸ™‚

Trust my dear Ronnie Ann to make my quirkies seem like a gift! So you’re suggesting I turn my head on its head, I take it. That just might do the trick! πŸ˜‰ I do like your phrase “happily stuck in a pattern”. This applies to much more that just the situation in my post. Requires much contemplation. Shall do. And thanks for both the practical and the zen/awareness/vortex suggestions. I happily (without pattern) embrace both. πŸ™‚

So do I, BD. She has both wit and wisdom; a rare combination in our complex world. πŸ™‚ Of course you wouldn’t/couldn’t/shouldn/t have any understanding of fuzzy brain syndrome! πŸ˜€ But if you did, well, it’s good to have company!

Thanks Beadden and Muse! I’ve been a tad down in the dumps lately (perhaps I need to turn my own head on its head) and your kind words made me smile. But I must say – as I’m sure your readers will agree – you inspire measureless mental meanderings, Muse.

Peace out and in to you both!

Ronnie Ann

Oh, RA! I’m sorry to read you are going through challenging times. 😦 Glad to know you found some cheer, here, though! πŸ™‚ Thank you! And much peace to you as well.

Well then, I am glad I commented, Ronnie Ann! I often enjoy reading what you have to say here. Sorry that you have been down in the dumps 😦

Awww…thanks! I believe times like these are brimming with messages. Just waiting for babelfish.altavista.com to add the translator. πŸ˜‰

Peace out and in to all.

RA

People can’t seem to understand my post ‘MySpace Murder’ Muse. Will you please see if YOU can see what I’m trying to get across? I value your opinion highly ma’am. πŸ™‚

BD, I believe you would like Ronnie Ann’s blog, too. She has a post about “Green Jobs” up now, for instance, that’s right up your alley! πŸ™‚

Oh, do, please let me know when the translator is active, RA! At the moment, my conversations with friends go something like: “WT(H,F,choose your consonant) is going on???” “Uh…I dunno…something!” —You are not alone; it’s strange right now. πŸ™‚

I shall take a look, poch. Thanks for the compliment! πŸ™‚

Thanks, Muse. I hopped on over to Ronnie Ann’s site and read the post. You were right. Excellent article. I will have to check out all the links. πŸ™‚

You are welcome, BD. Glad you did! πŸ™‚


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