[Applied Psychology] Playing Dress Up

If you want to study human psychology, start with dogs. Imagine psychology as a series of if-then-else patterns, where you say or do something to a human they might react in hundreds of different ways and dogs might just have a handful. So when we dressed up my childhood dog Patrick in an old shirt and he looked particularly happy, that wasn’t just him smiling for the camera.

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[The Story] Rowing Up More

Unlike previous brainstorming updates to The Story with collaged ideas about varied topics, this will focus on how exercise relates to the main characters John and Trishna. There will be deeper background into both characters below, however not extending much past the beginning of the intended narrative, so consider this week’s update a spoiler-free character developing exercise.

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[Concert Review] Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience (2017)

I was curious in seeing Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, despite having not even finished the first episode, based mainly on the strength of the music I’d heard. Along with all the merchandise I’ve passed on over the years, I’ve also watched videos analyzing the psychology of certain characters, so I figured this would be a good chance to dive into the series. Would this concert, were it to return next year, convince someone that otherwise had no interest in the series to investigate further? Does the music stand alone and work on its own?

Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Grime/Glitter] What is Fun?

Fun? What is fun but enjoying freedom at your own pace, without being judged for thoughts and actions unscripted, in a world so structured around fear. I say let your flag fly high and proud, even in the noise and conflict, because maybe someone out there will support you, even if it’s yourself! How then can you keep the resolve to hang your flag when the wind tries its best to knock you down?

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[Book Review] Inherent Vice (2009)

After watching Inherent Vice, I was still fascinated with the story, so I finished the novel in a brisk seventeen sittings. We still tag along as private investigator “Doc” Sportello takes on a case like the movie that it inspired, and though much is still the same, there are certain elements that make the novel cooler and crazier at the expense of being more cluttered.

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
(Highlight to reveal like this spoilers.)
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[Rowing Machine] Two Sixty Seven

Two hundred and sixty seven. The most I’ve ever weighed at just around six foot. The last time I let myself go this badly was coincidentally around a time I could easily join a training program that taught about general health and specific fitness. I burned sixty pounds in six months. Gaining the weight back was inconsistency and a little more, so now that I’m back at rowing and thinking healthier, here’s what works for me.

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[Applied Psychology] Understanding Our Mortality

There’s a poignant moment in a video about Smiley, an aging golden retriever, where after telling the audience about how he’s growing older, Smiley’s owner asks her son if the dog will live forever, and he naively responds yes. Digitally, perhaps. Smiley in some large way reminds me of my childhood dog Patrick, quickly becoming the accidental mascot of this section, and though this was something I learned long after he’d passed, Patrick taught me the value of morality.

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[The Story] Plush Without Spoilers

I’m testing an idea of peppering rewardingly time-consuming content like reviews between content I can write quickly, like updates to The Story, with the goal of getting those creative gears moving more efficiently. These updates to The Story will be spoiler-free because after all I haven’t decided the formal name let alone began writing it yet, When I do, I’ll use a tag, and until then here’s my recent brainstorming and musings after the jump.

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[Concert Review] Year of the Cobra (2017)

You’ve gotta start somewhere. Year of the Cobra, along with other bands expanding the Seattle sound into heavier territory like Wounded Giant and Devils Hunt Me Down, could eventually boil over into wider acclaim. They’re tenacious enough to perform as much as they can. Fill the opening “local band” slot for some rock bands that don’t sound anything like you? Sure! Any opportunity to practice, refine and develop their sound, aiming to win new fans and solidify existing fans.

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