Monday, December 14, 2009

Multi-Tasking, Like Batman

Today we watched the premiere of Sing-Off and played Lego Batman.  We finished our level after the show but it was a nice break switching back and forth.  I forgot how hilarious Lego games are.  Today was refreshing because instead of regimented play it seemed like we were playing during commercial breaks without any thought of why; we were just hanging out and playing like we might have before we had kids.  

I cannot find my glasses an hour of play did give me a bit of a headache.  John seemed annoyed that I kept asking him where my character was until he realized I could not see the screen.  I am glad we were playing Lego Batman because we enabled unlimited lives to compensate for my squinting.

I need to finish my post soon because Dollhouse is waiting in my queue and must be watched immediately; as you all know I am an avid fan of all things Whedon. 

First I need to illuminate a few thoughts about multi-tasking.  Having kids seems to almost demand multi-tasking.  John hates that I blog or make tea or write little notes when it is not my turn to play.  He thinks that I am not “really” there.  So does the hour count if I multi-task?  Today we divided our attention between television shows and play so we were technically both multi-tasking.  It is okay if we both divide our attention but not if I lose focus?  Can multi-tasking be so bad if Batman does it?


  1. If you are multitasking the same things then it is good. If you are multitasking different things it is bad. The way the brain works (as explained in James Medina's kick ass book Brain Rules) is that when we multitask we are actually turning one activity off and turning another activity on--some of us can switch very quickly but no one can do both activities simultaneously--it just seems like we can because we switch so quickly. As for Batman, in all his years on the planet precisely how many relationships has he maintained through all that multitasking?

  2. Sometimes your multi tasking can be tough. I admit I like it better when you are in the game. I have to say this time you have been a lot more present. Maybe it's the lack of a stringent rules to this experiment. While on one hand the experiment was never as needed as it is now, but it seems like just the act of playing even if its only a few rounds of Carcassonne every bit it's a blessing I'm thankful for.


  3. It is exhausting to be the “fun wife” all of the time. Several people have commented it does not seem like I am enjoying gaming because my mind wanders and I check my phone or take a few photos. My laziness/ mutli-tasking now seems to be not learning rules. I am happy to let john remain my human strategy guide instead of learning all the rules myself.