Can you earn money by walking? We try out 3 apps.

With the world cautiously reopening, and many of us enjoying a slightly chonkier frame due to lockdown eating, drinking, and sitting on our arses, we checked out a few apps that might encourage a little more walking. Specifically apps that promise to reward you with actual money for doing some exercise. Sure you can fill your rings on an Apple …

COVID-19: the frontline view from ITU

Health Bar Special Welcome back to the Health Bar. Normally what I would do is take you on a journey through an illness or a disease and talk about the cool history, the nuts and bolts of how it works and all the ways we treat the issues. Not today though. Today we will talk about dealing with Covid whilst …

A game of Pong representing a perosn with poor personal hygiene

Break the Stereotype: Practice Good Hygiene While Gaming

No one likes stereotypes, but sometimes so many people in a group live up to them that they stick. In this case, they also stink! Gamers have gathered all sorts of stereotypes over the years. Which are true? Which are totally out there? And how can you avoid falling into those categories? Debunking the Stereotypes Thanks to popular media, when most …

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy While Playing Video Games

Video games allow hours of entertainment in worlds that only animation, graphics and creativity could dream up. However, playing them can sometimes come at a cost to your eyes.  If you get headaches easily or have vision problems, you know the importance of playing video games the right way. The following tips can help you keep your eyes healthy while …

We asked some streamers what games make them happy

Videogames! They can be a source of fun, of exhilaration, or utter fucking frustration when you fuck that fucking mission up for the umpteenth fucking time. *narrows eyes and glares at GTFO* It’s easy to forget that games can be fun when guns deep in the latest grey and beige shooter, or getting attempting to survive as a civilian in …

CfG Free Training – May 2020 Schedule – Learn stuff and/or things

Geeks need skills – not just to get the most bells for your turnips in Animal Crossing New Horizons, to paint those miniatures (don’t forget your basecoat!) or to avoid cosplay catastrophes. Life skills, business skills, personal skills. Get good, scrub. During lockdown the most important thing is to take good care of yourself. But of you can pickup some …

3 gamer tips for hacking your gaming health – our guide

Contrary to popular belief, gamers can experience injuries and health conditions too. After all, too many hand movements and extremely long hours of gameplay can cause different ailments from wrist injuries to mental health issues. As a gamer, it’s important to watch your health as it tends to be easy not to be mindful of your well-being when playing games …

A-Z of Vitamin Deficiency

Welcome back to the Health Bar. Today we’re going to try something a little bit different. We’re going to stroll through the alphabet and look at those vitamins and minerals your body needs, and what happens when you either don’t get enough, or your body can’t use them properly.  The Name Game Let’s start with the word vitamin itself. Vitamine …

Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Energy Levels

The daily grind of work, home, and social life can very easily become a source of frustration when – despite your best efforts – your workload grows bigger, friends are nagging, and family needs more time with you.  We’re constantly rushing to give more time and energy to our family, friends, partner, or career; this often comes at our own …

Camp Wildfire Review: Updated for 2020

Final release tickets are now on sale! Use our Camp Wildfire link to get £10 off your ticket! There is a magical place in the woods near Sevenoaks and I have just returned home the better for having visited. Camp Wildfire, hidden away on the St Clere Estate, in Sevenoaks, Kent, UK is billed as a half music festival and …

Gaming and Self Care

Video games! They’re great. They allow us to explore far off worlds, conquer wild beasts, and enjoy the unlikeliest of scenarios such as owning a property and having a stable relationship, thank you The Sims! Gaming can be an undeniable force for good, with friendships forged across the globe, achieving common goals, beating the forces of evil, and raising money …

Diabetes, Not So Sweet.

Welcome back, fellow geeks. Today’s Health Bar is going to take a deep dive into the world of Diabetes. We will look at what it is, the history, the treatments, the science and pseudoscience surrounding this fascinating metabolic disorder. (with some additional comments from me, Robin, who has type 1 diabetes) Diabetes – What’s in a name? Let’s start with …

Convention Diversity with Kyle-Steven Porter – PAX Diversity Lounge Manager

PAX events have a set of rules governing attendee behaviour. And their safety and accessibility pages state “Since the early beginnings of the show, PAX has been proactive about creating and implementing policies that ensure a safe and fun environment for attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and Enforcers alike.”   At PAX East, the Diversity Lounge was showing just how safe and …

When adults get drunk and make a kids’ craft box – ToucanBox Review

Chick chick chick chick chicken, make a ToucanBox with me! Chick chick chick chick chicken, I’m going to eat you for my tea. BY ROBIN BATES​ Review Summary Product Name: ToucanBox Product Type: Craft subscription box for children and the young at heart Price: £7.99 plus £2 postage. Get your first box free with our link and code. ​ Summary: Chilled, …

Beat Wheat – a guide to Coeliac disease

Welcome back fellow geeks. Today’s Health Bar is going to take a deep dive into the world of Coeliac disease. We will look at the history, the treatments, the science and the pseudoscience surrounding this fascinating and misrepresented disease.   Coeliac Disease: What’s in a name? Pretty straight forward this one, coeliac comes from the Greek Koiliakos, meaning abdominal. Coeliac …