Posts tagged with #likes

We as a people have a problem with our phones. Some people more than others. But things like this… really make me shake my head and examine my own relationship with my all-knowing, all-answering, always-with-me, constantly-buzzing, internet-connected device.

I think I’ve said it before, but “If you climbed mount everest and didn’t take a photo at the top, did it count?”

So, a reminder to everyone, including myself: capturing that you were at an event is not more important than being at the event. Unless this event is a conference that your work sent you to, that you secretly had no interest in and really just wanted to go to Chicago. Then, capture the shit out of that event, and make it look like you really learned some things.

That’s beside the point, I guess, because the event that the group in the video is at is not a baseball game. They’re at a baseball stadium where hotdogs and churros are served, and every once in a while people cheer. That’s the event they’re at.

Behold, the hypocrisy of the media in one, succinct 30 second clip… followed by the wise words of a modern day philosopher/poet/intellectual, Don Henley.

One of my favorite comedians, and favorite comedy bits. Totally ON POINT, and hilarious.

(Youtube likes to flag this for copyright violations, so if this video doesn’t exist whenever you’re watching this, here it is on Netflix, as part of the comedy special “Bare”. Start at 26:17 for this video.)

Can’t say I’m a big fan of guns, or bullshit arguments. And neither is Jim.

Check out part of a radio interview with him, where the gun-owning host is challenging some of his points.

The first part is interesting, but the last few minutes takes the cake with:

The four saddest letters in the english language are T.G.I.F. If all you do is get through and tolerate the workweek so you can have two days to yourself… that is unfortunate.

The culutral meaning of a lot of days is predicated on the belief that work is horrible, and to be tolerated until you get to the end of the week, at which point there’s this oasis called the weekend that starts on Friday night… and now you get this blissfill weekend that you want to hang onto as much as possible, and in the later hours of Sunday you begin to realize it’s going to be Monday tomorrow and this whole morbid cycle repeats. We don’t say it explicity, but there’s this a kind of continued reinforcement in that, of this idea that we shouldn’t think about work as something we’re excited to get back to.

The whole “Welp, IT’S MONDAY…” thing, and “Happy Friday!!!” thing has always annoyed the shit out of me, and that little nugget pretty much pins why. Am I supposed to wait until the weekend to enjoy my life? Or is it alright to have the most fun on a Tuesday?

In the last year or so with my current work life, my weekdays and weekends run into each other, with me sometimes wondering what day it is. Fridays and Saturdays are often my most productive work days, and sometimes I don’t do anything on say, a Monday. But I realize this isn’t normal. I’m just saying, those two guys make some good points.

But I guess I’m just one of those rare unicorns who actually likes to work, and does work that isn’t manual labor. My job and my passions align pretty well, and for that I am grateful. Weekends might be a different story, otherwise.

Either that, or I’m just like my parents and don’t know how to have a hobby and have fun, and only know how to work. Let’s not dig into that right now.

But regardless, every time I’ve seen one of those “Is it Friday yet?” signs on an office secretary’s desk, I’ve never thought “Oh how fun! What a cute sign! I can’t wait for Friday either!!”

This is a fantastic episode of On Being on Mindfulness and Mindlessness. This shit is everything, and parts of this idea are very reminiscent to me of what David Foster Wallace talked about in This Is Water about default modes. Our default mode is to be mindless, running our lives in autopilot. Most times, our default modes aren’t great. Which is why being mindful is important.

Ellen Langer is a social psychologist who some have dubbed “the mother of mindfulness.” But she defines mindfulness with counterintuitive simplicity: the simple act of actively noticing things — with a result of increased health, competence, and happiness. Her take on mindfulness has never involved contemplation or meditation or yoga. It comes straight out of her provocative, unconventional studies, which have been suggesting for decades what neuroscience is pointing at now: our experience of everything is formed by the words and ideas we attach to them. What makes a vacation a vacation is not only a change of scenery — but the fact that we let go of the mindless everyday illusion that we are in control. Ellen Langer has shown it’s possible to become physiologically younger through a changed frame of mind; to find joy in what was experienced as drudgery by renaming it as play; and to induce weight loss by substituting the label “exercise” for labor.

Grit your teeth through the parts where the host talks over the guest, trying to fit in some lesser point that feels like all she really wants us all to know that she knows things, too, because Ellen Langer has some pretty great truthbombs about brains and life.

These guys are pretty awesome. Makes me want a looping setup. Looks like fun. And those harmonies the two of them do are preeettty killer.

I found this where I find everything: Reddit. They were really into the part at 4:25 where it sounds like he’s making random sounds, but with the looping pedal it all comes together in awesome way. These guys are great.