[Fiction Practice] Comprehensive Employee Plan

Dear Employees,
As part of continued progression for our loyal employees here at Digi-Tech, we’re introducing the Comprehensive Employee Plan or “CEP” in collaboration with PsycHealing. The plan is simple! CEP will monitor every task you do throughout your day, both at work and at home, to predictively analyze anything we can do to help you work at peak performance! Let’s follow Sandeep in Accounting as we helped him become our employee of the month!

WANNA READ MORE ABOUT THIS DATA MINING ALLEGORY? KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] Pain in the Grass (2017)

Seattle radio station KISW hosts an annual all-day concert festival, Pain in the Grass, at the White River Amphitheater. This year’s eclectic performers, appealing to their fanbase or appearing in their programming, included Korn, Stone Sour, BABYMETAL, The Pretty Reckless, Yelawolf, and more. This outdoor event is similar to the Warped Tour, except there’s nothing to do except listen to music, or maybe sleep out on the lawn. Were the performances worth risking a sunburn?

Average Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
WANNA READ ABOUT WHY IT WASN’T A PAIN IN THE GRASS? KEEP ON READING!

[C-C-Combo Breaker] 51 Day Combo

Gonna use a sick day.
I have some drafts but none are complete enough to use as a filler post today. I had some ideas for today’s post but the review was taking longer to write and another post needed more effort than I could expend. Should be back tomorrow. It was a good consecutive 51 days of posts. Better than 10.
Missed the 7AM cut off point, too.

[Rowing Machine] 66+49+78+76+50

Life is cruel if you let it afflict you. Life will beat you down with illness, emotion, and never-ending barrages of stress. If that’s what you allow. If you can train your body and mind to overcome minor illness, calmly react to negative emotions, and deflect stress, you can find your invincible summer. Rowing has helped me overcome some of that by letting me throw that anguish into something productive that helps me endure hardships.

WANNA READ ABOUT SOME GENERAL ENDURANCES FROM THIS PAST WEEK? KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] GUITAR WOLF (2017)

Guitar Wolf are fearless! They prove that if you pour work hard and sweat into your labors, you can achieve success on your terms. Though not selling out a 27,500-person capacity venue, selling out an intimate 200-person capacity venue that “normally doesn’t sell out on a weekday” is still an achievement, especially for their anti-conformist take on garage rock! If you can embrace their abrasive noise, they might be the best teachers of fearless motivation.

WANNA LEARN ABOUT FEARLESSNESS IN MUSIC? KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] Working Through Unmotivation

Even when we know our successes are completely based on the effort we give, and we fully understand the fragility of life, there are still days and moments where it’s difficult to put in the work. We get sick, tired, and lazy. It is easier to idle. That’s when I think about how wasted time ends up disappearing forever and writing during those moments where I’ve felt unmotivated have led to some really inspirational stuff.


WANNA GET MOTIVATED? KEEP ON READING!

[The Story] Respect Above All

“Dad, I want to include some bigger themes like respect when I write this story. What should I keep in mind?” “Respect is five times more important than anything else.” In this week’s brainstorming update to The Story, let’s explore ways that John (right, shaking hands with Trishna’s dad, Divit) and Trishna (left, not doing anything interesting for the photo) might learn respect, how that manifests in their relationships to others, and with themselves.

Spoiler Warning Scale: Minor (character background brainstorming)
WANNA READ SOME ANALOGIES ON RESPECT? KEEP ON READING!

[Fiction Practice] Thirty Minutes Left

“Thirty minutes left…”
“What? Oh, that’s bad!”
The timer ticked down mercilessly. The temperature rose steadily as the two engineers assessed the situation. They were trying to figure out how to dismantle a device that in now twenty-two minutes was scheduled to complete. It wasn’t ready. The device couldn’t launch in that condition. Panic started to set in. They were trained expertly in building and fixing devices, yet here they were, with twenty minutes left.

WANNA SEE IF THEY MADE IT BEFORE THE END? KEEP ON READING!

[Applied Psychology] “Quit Bullying Me!”

Quit bullying me!” That phrase is like a silver bullet, piercing through the zero-tolerance veil of a shallow polite society hiding more of a ruthless undercurrent than any bygone era where you could actually fight back against your aggressors. What happened? How come we’ve become so prone to others? Why do we revel in being victims? Have we fully sacrificed dignity in the name of comfort? Or are we just not fighting back efficiently enough?


WANNA FIGURE OUT WAYS TO OVERCOME YOUR BULLIES? KEEP ON READING!

[Concert Review] Tool (2017)

“I drove eight hours to get here!” Tool is a progressive metal band that, years after their contemporaries faded from popularity, easily sell out amphitheatres or 27,500 tickets in minutes. Their aggressive intelligence, both musically with complex time signatures rarely seen within rock music and philosophically with lyrics that encourage self-awareness, might be why so many were willing to embark on the odyssey. Was it worth the 7-hour drive compared to watching a live video?

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
WANNA INSERT RELEVANT TOOL LYRIC HERE? KEEP ON READING!