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Jacquie
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Jacquie,

In one sentence you summed it up!  

I was putting you on a bit, Sanj, but one thing about kids when they are young they "play" unconditionally.  

As we all grow older we are conditioned.  Sometimes, as is my case, I'm trying to become aware of "unlearning" some of the things I learned.

Joy


My husband and I still buy games and others toys. I still buy barbies and play-doh etc. sometimes. He just bought a Lego spaceship yesterday. He's 30. I'm 24. I know a good amount of older people too who also play computer games.  There's really nothing to be ashamed about Sounds like you're long over due to embrace your inner child
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There is a Set puzzle of the day online here:
http://www.setgame.com/puzzle/set.htm

They are quite fun.


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ABJoe,

My inner child did have fun.  Thanks.

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Jacquie,

It sounds like you and your husband are in the "inner child zone" and that's great.  When the world becomes "too much" it's fun to just be able to focus on shapes, colors, and things that remind us of times when the world was right in front of us and we were creating.

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Jacquie,

It sounds like you and your husband are in the "inner child zone" and that's great.  When the world becomes "too much" it's fun to just be able to focus on shapes, colors, and things that remind us of times when the world was right in front of us and we were creating.

Joy


You got that right! No reason it should ever have to end
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life itself is nothing but a game ....

Simply to live is to keep one's brain cells firing - sure! As for "nothing but"?



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There is a Set puzzle of the day online here:
http://www.setgame.com/puzzle/set.htm

They are quite fun.

Tried this, but the instructions were in gibberish/code, as sometimes happens. Is there a place to learn how to play?

I've  been learning Sudoku over the past couple of weeks. At first I played on paper and found it stretching the grey matter.
Then I discovered it on websites where it has the potential to become a sort of hand-eye coordination screen-game, rather than the logic exercise I get every time on the page.
Also: More intense attention is required on paper.

So: I'm gradually learning which "options" I want to use onscreen, but I think I prefer to play all of these games the old fashioned way. A function of age, I think?

I've also just added two new languages to my reading program.


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I purchased a set of 6 activity books from dyslexiagames.com for my dyslexic type O daughter. Although it is targeted for children with learning disabilities it is also fun and stimulating for my older daughter. There are 2 versions; I purchased the first version for early to mid-elementary school aged children but I think the second version is for preteen, teens, and adults with more significant learning disabilities.

The science behind the creation of the books is pretty compelling. It is actually recommended to begin a learning session with one or two of these "brain game" activities because it stimulates the dendrites of the brain which "wakes up" the brain before moving on to an activity that requires deep thought or concentration.

My daughter loves the activities. Even though most people here on the forums wouldn't need these kind of games for themselves, they would make great gifts for kids and young teens (version 2) that enjoy art and intellectual stimulation.


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Tried this, but the instructions were in gibberish/code, as sometimes happens. Is there a place to learn how to play?

Did you see this instruction page for the Setgame?
http://www.setgame.com/sites/default/files/instructions/SET%20INSTRUCTIONS%20-%20ENGLISH.pdf


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ABJoe,

I start most days by playing the "set game".  It might be for kids and probably they have quicker reactions than mine but I find it helps me with color, visual perception, and function.  I feel more alert after playing this game.  

Thanks, Joe, for mentioning this once again.  

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No. I clicked on "learn to play" at the page linked to, and got gibberish here:
http://23.23.253.39/sites/default/files/tutorials/tutorial/SetTutorial.swf
or here:
http://www.setgame.com/sites/default/files/tutorials/tutorial/SetTutorial.swf


I don't know what I was supposed to click on at the SET website to arrive at the URL you provide, especially with the two "%20" numbers in it.  

I just started winging/ guessing, however - it doesn't look all that interesting to me.  


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I've just tried for the first time the Setgame tutorial and game, it worked and it's fun!  

During the workout it was a bit annoying and worrisome: where are my brains already?   It's very much about attention  


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About the game of life, it reminds me of the scene when Adam and wife, after eating from the forbidden fruit, realizing that they were nude, and sewing themselves girdles, hid in the trees in the Garden of Eden.

God participated and called: "Adam, where art thou?"  

Genesis 3, 9.



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I've just tried for the first time the Setgame tutorial and game, it worked and it's fun!  

During the workout it was a bit annoying and worrisome: where are my brains already?   It's very much about attention  


All of the puzzles are about attention, no?
A "Near Impossible" or "Diabolical" Sudoku is also demanding of intense attention.
An Acrostic demands the same.
A Diagramless Crossword Puzzle, and on and on.

I don't know about other B's but I am someone who can apply my attention to one task for amounts of time others find amazing if not harrowing. I might not seem to come up for air (i.e., eat, go to the bathroom) -- nearly undistractible. Does anyone relate to that?  

The same with Research - When I want to understand something, I go to great --nay, phenomenal-- lengths to do so. Hours at a time, years of reading/ studying/ questioning, if necessary.

I wonder where that trait figures in the Plasticity scheme...

People I've known with Attention deficits, if you will, have tended to be people whose minds are prone to wander and who find it very difficult to focus.
Granted, I haven't studied the phenomenon of "attention" itself, in all my attending(s)!


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All of the puzzles are about attention, no?
Sure!!! inter alia....

Sudoku demands your unmost attention - it's a swell coaching!




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I was thinking this morning, BTD's principle has been sitting there before humanity's eyes, and almost nobody had paid attention to it, until Drs. D'Adamo came and rescued us.


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There is a Set puzzle of the day online here:
http://www.setgame.com/puzzle/set.htm

Due to a site update, this URL is no longer working...

The new URL is:
http://www.setgame.com/set/daily_puzzle

The tutorial link from that page worked for me...  Although it is an animated tutorial, rather than just the instruction sheet from the link I posted earlier...


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Update....

I signed up for a free account on Lumosity, plus, I added the KenKen and KaKuro games to my tablet.

Various Replies...

The characters "%20" in a URL stand for a space character.  Older browsers did not tolerate spaces in the URLs.

When I played the Sudoku in the newspaper, I'd frequently reach a point that was an impossible solution, where two of the same numbers had to be in the same row, column or 3x3 box.  Now that I play on my tablet, that doesn't happen anymore.  The app prevents me from entering two of the same numbers where ever I shouldn't.  BTW, the first app I played was faulty after an update and offered puzzles that were impossible to complete.


My SWAMI diet is a blend of BTD and GTD Explorer, but I'm not totally compliant.  Also I try to choose foods that have a Low Glycemic index.  DW and DD are A+, probably also Explorer.
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I was really into Sudoku for a while, years ago when my father was in the hospital it was a great way to pass the time just sitting there.  I still do the ones in the Boston Globe on occasion but sometimes they just take too much time.  I LOVE the Kenken puzzles.  The ones at the beginning of the week are too easy (the 4x4s) but the 6x6s are more challenging and don't take forever to figure out.  I love hard crosswords - the kind where even if you don't know the answers, persistence will eventually get you there. You might get a couple of letters wrong if the clues in both directions are complete unknowns but usually I can finish them.
Yesterday I could really see their value.  I was exhausted....had only 3 hours sleep the night before then all day at work.  Things I knew that I knew were just weren't coming to me but I kept working the puzzle and eventually finished all three - kenken, crossword and sudoku in the Boston Globe.  
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I used to do Luminosity but I had to pay for it.

I do free games on my IPad & IPhone:  Clockwork Brain, CyrptoQuip, Mahjong, LogiGrid, WordSlide, Reversi, Spider, etc


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All of the puzzles are about attention, no?
This is fabulous in the book of Jeremiah, my fave prophet since early teenage. This unforgettable formula - God's question to Jeremiah, which is also repeated further in the book - appears right in the first chapter: "What do you see Jeremiah?" This key question calls for the prophet's attention and makes him realize that the simple, everyday, trivial phenomenon he has just noticed has also a more deep/significant meaning.

We use this formula every now and then in daily life, when questing an opinon of somebody who is more capable than ourselves and evidently sees farther and deeper then us.




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I purchased a set of 6 activity books from dyslexiagames.com for my dyslexic type O daughter. Although it is targeted for children with learning disabilities it is also fun and stimulating for my older daughter. There are 2 versions; I purchased the first version for early to mid-elementary school aged children but I think the second version is for preteen, teens, and adults with more significant learning disabilities.

The science behind the creation of the books is pretty compelling. It is actually recommended to begin a learning session with one or two of these "brain game" activities because it stimulates the dendrites of the brain which "wakes up" the brain before moving on to an activity that requires deep thought or concentration.

My daughter loves the activities. Even though most people here on the forums wouldn't need these kind of games for themselves, they would make great gifts for kids and young teens (version 2) that enjoy art and intellectual stimulation.


There are Brain-Game books for the development of different categories of intelligence. I was surfing Amazon and found a few. Neurologists write that deficits/weaknesses in particular brain-regions or types of intelligence can be therapeutically addressed, to an extent, using cognitive exercises carefully prescribed/ chosen.
Interesting.
So it's more than just fun.  


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None of the above are feasible.  Oh well, I am so obsessed with keeping my creativity active that I might just boldly go in the store and buy the game, anyway. Joy  

People are always buying gifts for children. On the other hand, being me, I would probably go in there and tell them that I had heard good things about the game and wanted to try it for myself!!   Reminds me of the time a good friend and her husband brought our seventeen year old son a coloring book and crayons while he was in the hospital. Her husband nearly had a cow that she had bought him such a thing, but, guess what, he LOVED it! There were all kinds of other things for him to read, play, etc., but he enjoyed coloring in that book! In fact, I think it is still in his things here at our house!


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