Setting a Bed Time Alarm (Science of Well-being Course Rewirement Week 4)

For Week 4 of the Science of Well-being course, the rewirement was to get more sleep, like maybe an extra half hour each night. More sleep, to some degree of sufficiency or a little excess, will boost your mood. Chronic lack of sleep also shortens your telomers, or ends of your DNA, that shortens lifespans, supposedly. It’s just not a good thing, let’s just say.

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My Extroversion Resolution

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2014 will bring you much joy and prosperity!

As usual, I have a slate of resolutions to aim for in a continual effort to improve myself and my life. Instead of blogging them all at once, though, I thought I would just blog one at a time every now and then. If anyone were inspired to do the same thing, there are no rules to say they can’t take it up part way through the year, so there is no need to blog all my resolutions at once. Besides, it would be a very long post because I don’t just have statement sort of resolutions, I have plans to help make them happen. I also have indicators to track their progress and success. That’s how resolutions should be done if people wanted a better chance of making them happen. It’s all in the details! Finally, some support others so not all are stand alone resolutions, either.

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Learn How to Enable Windows 7’s Rotating Wallpaper Feature

Wallpapers were a great idea, unless you had one on for a long time and it might start burning in a few pixels or more into your screen.

Screen savers were invented for that reason. However, they tended to be custom made software which isn’t always to everybody’s liking.

Being a maker of wallpapers on this blog, I had posted instructions on how to make your own customized screen saver from wallpapers of your choosing (for Windows XP because I was only familiar with it at the time).

Now that I have Windows 7, though, I see it has a great new rotating wallpaper or background feature that is better than the customized screen savers. That is because you don’t have to wait for some inactivity time on your computer before it kicks in. With a screen saver, there is still a default desktop wallpaper image that is on by far the most often. With this, there isn’t.

Essentially, you put your favourite wallpapers into a folder and you tell Windows 7 which ones you’d like to use (cause you don’t have to use all of them). Then tell it if you want the order shuffled for a little randomization, and how long between each switch over. No worries. It doesn’t take up that much memory so it’s like a luxury without a cost. 🙂

Here’s how you go about enabling this feature:

  • Designate a folder for your wallpapers.
  • Find your wallpapers. I have plenty here for starters. 🙂
  • Download to your wallpapers folder.
  • Click on the Start menu.
  • Choose Control Panel
  • Click on Change Desktop Background.
  • Click on the Browse button and find your folder with your wallpapers.
  • Click the pictures you want to use, or just Select All to use them all and let them rotate through.
  • Choose your time interval below the picture window.
  • Check off Shuffle to add some randomization to your background changes.

You can always add more images later. Just go through the set of actions minus the first step to designate your folder.

Hope that helps!

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