[Applied Psychology] Doing Better Work

“Today, I helped maybe 10 people. Why not 10,000 people?” When I first started working, I was just happy to help anyone I could. As I become more experienced in both work and life, I see the value in both continually improving my work and the lives of others. This effort requires sacrifice. You might sacrifice leisure for study time or steady work for the chance to do more rewarding, better work. Bands are great examples:

Rating: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
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[Videogame Review] Shonen Idle Z (Steam)

My alarm would go off. Rather than go back to sleep, I’d jump on the computer to run through my Shonen Idle Z timers. I beat the game after 5 months of letting the idle game run in the background for nearly 1,000 hours. It’s a pretty game in a low-impact, somewhat trivial, genre. Doesn’t that mean it’s functionally useless and valueless? Why not play a more rewarding game? It can teach one big lesson about motivation.

Mechanics Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
Discipline potential: ★★★★☆ [4/5]
WANNA LEARN ABOUT SOME INCIDENTAL MOTIVATION? 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!

[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!

[Concert Review] Warped Tour 2017

Until GWAR signed onto the Warped Tour, I hadn’t been interested in attending the all-day pop rock and punk festival. Festivals are a convenient way to see twenty bands you’re halfway interested in seeing live along with two you want to see. It was a bummer finding out Anti-Flag and Suicide Machines were only for select dates. Was it worthwhile otherwise?
Sidenote: “Low priced” 32-ounce bottle of water for $5.50? More disgusting than GWAR! (Try $2.)

Average Rating: ★★☆☆☆ [2/5] [37 stars out of a 90 possible star rating]
Adjusted Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5] [my score]
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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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[Concert Review] Rodrigo y Gabriela (2017)

How far off-script can you go? If you’re performing a cover song, do you keep the song strictly intact, or can you quote famous passages and improv the rest? Your answer might help determine how you’ll feel about seeing Rodrigo y Gabriela live. You might be distracted following along with the flamenco guitar duo’s casual interpretations of Metallica and Led Zeppelin covers. How about if that’s unimportant and you’re there to observe pure technical musicianship?

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[Concert Review] Sabaton (2017)

History classes bored me. If Sabaton’s lyrics were incorporated into educational materials, stories of decisive battles, pyrrhic victories, and almost mythical figures overcoming impossible odds would come alive! We might then more actively appreciate history or consult historical situations when considering future efforts. Sabaton celebrate those who gave their all while encouraging you to do the same through their upbeat performances. Not only do they motivate you to fight harder, they’d probably lend a hand!

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[Tape Review] Sub Pop Video Network Program 1

My first entry to the Better Zombie catalog eight months ago was a proto “Thrifting Adventures” post about a thrift shop I like and some stuff I got there. I made this review and forgot about it. As I’ve been clearing out my backlog, upped my lightbox game, and strengthened my reviewing skills, I figure I’ll add to that practice and get this review of the Sub Pop Video Network Program 1 tape in the can.

Bias: Huge Nirvana fan
Rating: ★★★☆☆ [3/5]
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[Concert Review] Devils Hunt Me Down (2017)

Some small part of me didn’t want to write this. That part that doesn’t like stirring up trouble. I’ve thought about this Devils Hunt Me Down show during the week from different perspectives, and concluded that I should write about the majority good even if it means I have to cover the bad. In over five years of going to shows, this was the first time I’ve ever wondered: “am I in an unsafe situation?”

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