[Applied Psychology] Body Language: Interest

In our previous dialogue concerning body language, we considered three subjective ways to read nonverbal communication when people are disinterested in what we’re saying. How about gauging interest? Remember, this isn’t a syntaxical language like sign language. It’s tricky reading between the lines because people can multi-thread attention, appearing distracted while paying attention, or feign interest. Here are three clues that someone is probably invested in your topic of conversation or faking it well enough.

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[Rowing Machine] 33+28+24+24+27

Compared to the mad rush to lose weight I had in my mid-20s, which saw me burn off 60 pounds 6 months, my main focus now is general health. Improving my diet. Increasing my mobility, flexibility, and overall endurance. I’ve been feeling better in some areas, while feeling more fatigued in other areas. Despite of all this hard work, even burning 136 (or 33+28+24+24+27) calories on a new rowing machine doesn’t feel like that much progress. Fitness ain’t easy.

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[Thrifting Adventures] Al’s Music, Fire

The fire destroyed nine businesses in the Federal Way, Washington complex, including one of the three Al’s Music, Video, and Games stores. It’s not clear if it was arson. “It’s just fortunate there was a space between the buildings.” Al’s is one of the remaining family businesses specializing in used media that haven’t been swept up by the ubiquity of online retail. Let’s cover what’s helping them stay relevant in this somber Thrifting Adventures episode.

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[Applied Psychology] Body Language: Disinterest

Body language is an unreliable subtext within the art of communication. When we speak or write, we convey our intent in usually logical language. Nonverbal communication is visceral, emotional, and something we emit constantly. We are never not nonverbally communicating. If we can read the occasional nonverbal cue, then we can gauge the interest of others, without having to ask them directly. We’ll cover three main examples below. Just remember, these are more general implications.

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[The Story] Work and Duty

I fell into my career path by accident. As a shy bullied kid, talking with customers, quickly troubleshooting issues, and documenting the results have helped me progress toward my duty – writing! – much more than if I had picked a career that might occupy my life while leaving me unfulfilled. In this brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore how the work Trishna (with new haircut!) and John do might help them perform their collaborative duty.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (Nothing big! Just plot anchors after the narrative’s beginning)
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[Fiction Practice] Haunted Crisps Bag

All these people… workin’ so hard ’round ‘ere! Stretchin’… liftin’ weights… rowin’… Eye’d like havin’ a little heap of fun with these hard workin’ folk. They’d been doin’ all that work ta repent for eatin’ too much bad food… Eye like placin’ a bag ‘a crisps in th’ locker rooms ta mess ’round with ’em! Most ignore ’em crisps… but some… some look longingly… weighin’ their fitness options! It’s fun ta’ see how they act!

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[Concert Etiquette] Talking During Shows

“They don’t know I can hear them!” I’ll never understand why people casually converse during performances. It’s one thing to briefly let someone know where you’re going or talking when music isn’t going on. Other than that? It’s rude! I really shouldn’t even need to write about this topic. I’ve just been seeing more examples of this sense of entitlement that the conversations of certain rude individuals seem to take precedence over all else. Why?

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[Concert Review] Robin Trower (2017)

What’s the point of going to a concert when you could watch a better quality version of the performance at your convenience? Shouldn’t closer camera angles, clearer sound, and not dealing with crowds be the superior choice? One advantage of attending live performances, even in balcony seating with heavy echo distortion, is having the time to thoroughly study the lessons of a genre. Robin Trower is full professor in the art of electric guitar solos.

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[Rowing Machine] Two Five Four

Now “XL shirts” feel extra-large and “large shirts” feel comfortable again! While I’ve been enjoying these and other small victories, I have to be careful not to push myself to the point of overexertion. The inclusion of my rowing stats within these weekly fitness columns are helping me track trends to predict when I might be pushing myself too much without noticing. That pacing might be key for fitness consistency as well as weight maintenance.

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[Grime/Glitter] Following Photographic Policies

It’s always a good idea to follow the laws established by governing bodies. Even if not strictly enforced, laws were made to allow the preservation of peace. How about rules requested by organizations? They’re usually more codes of conduct that range from specific requests that keep areas safe and sound to suggestions that keep polite society comfortable. How about strictly prohibited photography policies at shows? Is there any situation when it’s acceptable to be disobedient?


“Photo, audio and video recording is strictly prohibited during the performance”

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