let’s want a healthy mind, not just a healthy body..

1. Wouldn’t it be great to be free of all the commotions in our heads? Here, I am not saying I am an expert, but I definitely have meditation helping me a lot in this. Practice mindful meditation regularly in an effort to live the moment and not be dragged by the voices in our heads. Although I have friends who think watching 24 is more therapeutic, I would insist that you guys slowly dip your toes (if you don’t already) on this journey to mental tranquility. To all the critics or believers: Start here << An awesome TED Talk.

2. Well, how long has it been since you’ve had a good hearty laugh?! Of course, the internet if full of funny stuff. If you want proof, click here.

3. One word: Music. If you haven’t, try Spotify! There is, of course, the mother of all, youtube!

4. Two words here: friends and family. Do I need to say anything here..?

5. Hobbies are hot for life. We need them. Let’s pick a tennis racket today or a book to graze through under the shade of a tree.

6. Volunteer. Devote some time to helping others in any way feasible. It not only (potentially) help build lives, but also does help build character and self-esteem.

7. Optimism is the key. It might be cheesy to stress this point, but that’s how you can feast on your ‘happy hormone’ the best!

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An Inspirational Video

Life is a game – we fall and fail before we learn how to win. It is a struggle up the hill of survivorship, where we do get knocked down at times. However, raising ourselves to some beautiful glory demands positive attitude, a belief in the self, and want for change. Along the way, our action “ripples”  out for the change that we want to see in the world.

Free Bawo / Bao / Omweso African Mancala Game on www.bawogame.com

Fumba Game Labs™ will be officially releasing its first version of the traditional African mancala game on the 8th of August, 2010. Bawo ( Bao, Omweso ) is played is several countries of Eastern Africa (including Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and eastern Congo) but it is most popular among Swahili people of Tanzania and Kenya. [ref: Wiki].

Fumba Game Labs™ Bawo Version 1 will be available for free download at http://www.bawogame.com . The bawo game will be compatible with all Windows Operating Systems (XP, Vista and 7), Macintosh OS and Mobile Devices that support Adobe Flash Player. The game will also be playable on Apple iPhone and iPad.

The first version of FGL™ Bawo Game will be available as a standalone application which will not require any installation. It will also be playable online from any browser with the Adobe Flash player plugin.

Fumba Chibaka*
Game Designer, Fumba Game Labs™.

The game link is www.bawogame.com.

[*Fumba, friend of mine, is finishing up his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Gettysburg College. For more info: http://fumbani.blogspot.com]

Crazy Zipper!

Jeans_zipper_closeupImagine yourself sitting in a box shaped like a giant whistle. You have your legs blocked by a sturdy strap, and you have bars to hang by all your might. The box, attached to a giant rod, can spin freely on its hinge. What happens when the giant rod starts spinning? Your nightmare!

Fumbani ( mi amigo, Mr. Mzuzu from Malawi) and I were crying loud enough to muffle every other  freight voiced similarly in other boxes. Never in my entire life had I felt so much of force; my back was completely  against the back of my seat, alright – but my belly was experiencing the g-force in agony after a while. Needless to say, this was making me feel as if I was being shot out, along with the box, into the space, far away.

But this was just a cast. I started really freaking out when the spin shared the frenzy with the g-force. One swift 360 up in the air – my hands clinging to the bars as strongly as my larynx was working – followed by another one – all while the things down below were zooming on and off. “Dinesh, make them stop. Make them stop”, Fumba said with his face hunched down, a mobile in his right hand recording our frenzy cries all along. “They are stopping”, I said and wanted to believe. But, whoop! every thing started spinning on the reverse, and then everything repeated again; “oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!”, and ‘the reverse 360s’.

zipper

After we were out, Mr. Mzuzu stopped to record an outsider’s view of what we experienced. I looked at it too, with a weird sensation ringing in my gut. As I looked, all those whistle-shaped-boxes started spinning and moving along a rod spinning in itself-giving an impression of a giant zipper. As I feel my breath scathe my windpipe, I am thinking – obviously, the crazy zipper did everything to us, but zip our mouth shut.

As if it was not enough, we went for the ‘Orbitz’, which was as bad, if not worse than Zipper. We were experiencing the “fictional” centrifugal force, upto its maximum craziness. Just to give you an idea, my lips were flapping over half the ride, while my arms were tight against the side of my seat almost throughout the ride.