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#1 Posted by Karthas (153 posts) -

@scullinator: Do it! While losing weight will help, it's not always 100% of the problem. Plus, losing weight will go a lot easier if you aren't so tired during the day. Once I got on my CPAP I was able to manage the gym a lot easier. I then backslid a bit once my wife started making wedding cakes but that's another issue. I'm so used to the mask now sleeping without it is really difficult on the very rare occasion I've had to.

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#2 Posted by Karthas (153 posts) -

@president_barackbar: If you listen to random folks on the Internet, every community is going/has gone to shit, and of course all the moderators are/are becoming literal nazis. The frequency of these declarations always hits a high whenever one of these events happen- I moderate the Giant Bomb subreddit and even in our tiny "community" there things got a bit dicey for a bit. I think in 24 hours I removed more comments than I have in the last 3 years.

Trying to make sweeping policy changes around aberrations never works out. I won't get political, but you don't have to look far to find examples.

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#3 Posted by Karthas (153 posts) -

With an important, tragic anniversary coming up, I thought I should talk about something not related to games but very important.

Sleep Apnea

If you paid attention to the tweets from Ryan's father, you know there's a good chance this was the culprit or at least played a very large role. I know first hand how lethal this condition can be- I lost a father-in-law to it just 4 years ago. It's because of Sleep Apnea my mother went to bed with her husband and woke up next to a corpse. It's also important to me, because I have Sleep Apnea.

Sleep Apnea is Fucking Serious

Put simply, Sleep Apnea is where you stop breathing when you're asleep. There is something interrupting the "automated breathing mechanism" your body uses to keep you alive, or obstructing the air pathway, and it could be a number of things that are congenital, illness, or weight related. In most cases, your body is eventually able to overcome the blockage and you start breathing again after a number of seconds- but there's always the chance that you might not, and that is what should scare you into acting.

"How do I know I have Sleep Apnea?"

There's a good set of warning signs- if you have ANY of these, get yourself checked.

  • Excessive Snoring (hell, any snoring get yourself checked- worse that could happen is you find out you're just annoying when you sleep)
  • Headaches in the morning: You know how if you hold your breath for too long you'll get a headache? You could be doing that all night. It's like being hungover without even getting to have the fun that caused it.
  • Daytime Sleepyness: Turns out, if you're getting knocked out of deep sleep every few seconds so your body can breathe you won't get a good night's sleep. Before I got treatment I'd have to start the day with back-to-back energy drinks.

There's a whole lot more but those are the big ones.- there's a whole list here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleep-apnea/basics/symptoms/con-20020286

"That's kinda vague, how can I know for sure?"

Go talk to your doctor. If you don't have a doctor, go get one. They'll likely schedule you for a Sleep Study. Easiest test you'll ever take, you just have to go to this office for the night and sleep while they monitor you. Generally you'll do two of these- one without a CPAP and with. If you're "lucky", they'll wake you up in the middle of it and put you on one because you're that bad off you're stopping breathing some insane number of times per hour (I want to say I was 30s/40s). I'm one of the lucky ones!

Treatment

So that CPAP thing I mentioned in the last section- that's how they treat most "Obstructive Sleep Apnea" (there are multiple kinds, this is the most common). Stands for "Continuous Positive Airway Pressure", it basically blows air into your nose/mouth to keep your sinus/throat/whatever is causing the apnea from closing off completely. Yes, you will look and sound a little bit like Darth Vader. Yes it's awkward to get used to. I'd start using it the last day of your work week so you have a couple nights of adjusting before you have to go back.

Also, there's multiple types of masks these days so you'll be able to find one that suits you. I could't do one over my nose (didn't fit right and blew into my eyes) and ended up with a "nasal pillow" mask that plugs into and blows directly into your nostrils.

I think that about covers it- GET TESTED. Seriously, it's not that bad and you could be much better off for it. I'll try to answer any questions you might have- but bear in mind that I'm not a doctor by any means.

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#4 Edited by Karthas (153 posts) -

Tabula Rasa. I think they shut down that game two months after I got a copy.

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#5 Edited by Karthas (153 posts) -

    @nelson1tom:

    Now-a-days everybody wanna talk like they got somethin' to say

    But nothin' comes out when they move their lips

    Just a bunch'a gibberish

    And duders act like they forgot about Drake

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    #6 Posted by Karthas (153 posts) -
    @dallas_raines said:

    Excited for the future of GB, but the handiling of this whole thing is a little weird now. It's obvious Dan was always the hire, which makes this entire topic pointless. No one applying ever had a shot, it was a ruse.

    I hope you don't mean to imply that this was anything other than a policy thing most likely mandated by CBSi?

    This is how corporations work. They find who they want to hire, make a show of having an "open position" and then quietly slot their scalp into place. It's just business, man, there's no need for salt.

    It's also entirely possible that Dan wasn't looking until the position was posted- unless Jeff comes right out and says "Ha ha, it was Dan all along you suckers!" we'll never know and anything here is pure conjecture.

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    #7 Posted by Karthas (153 posts) -

    At long last, our national nightmare is over!

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    #9 Posted by Karthas (153 posts) -

    @pinner458: It's alright man, just gotta put in some nights in the Improv Forum and workshop some new material. (I did get the joke)

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    #10 Edited by Karthas (153 posts) -

    Usually HDMI out of my tower or a laptop for most stuff. During E3 while playing some Wildstar I was using the TV as a second monitor for the after-shows. So far my attempts to stream GB video through the PS4 (either from Giantbomb.com or the youtube.com/tv page) hasn't gone well- I think it chokes a bit on long format video.