Week 15: Breaking Habit

30 Jan

We are all creatures of remarkably incessant habit.  From the time we wake up until the time we go to bed, our days are filled with habit.  Some of our habits are good and some of them, well, not so good.  The truth of the matter is that our days and lives are on auto pilot.  Our habits seemingly controlling our each and every move.  However, this week is the week we break free from auto pilot; the week we break away from the routine and mundane.          

Your challenge for this week is to break away from your habits.  Throughout the day consider all the things you are doing out of habit.  For instance, the route you take to school/work; your morning routine; the first fifteen minutes at work/school; when/where you go to lunch; the places you go and things you do for entertainment; etc.  Once you’ve realized just how much of a creature of habit you really are, break away!  Change things up and report back with your life changes as a result.

Best of luck everyone, and remember that all these challenges are intended to test your comfort zone.  Have no fear, have no shame, and have no insecurities!

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Week 14: Record Your Life

23 Jan

After a short (long) hiatus, the Weeklings are back! And to start us off, we were inspired by this video circling the web.

The video was created by a girl who filmed 5-seconds of her life, every day, for a full year. Now, we didn’t have the foresight to do this on January 1st, so we’re not as smart as the girl whose film we’re ripping off.

So, here it is: the rebirth of Weeklings. Enjoy!

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Week 13: A Week of New Music

23 May

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m really bad at finding new music. I usually just stick to what I love. But what that usually means is that I’m the only one out of college listening to Dave Matthews Band. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course!

So this week, find some time to seek out new musicians, bands or even genres then post them to the site. Hopefully everyone will share their new music discovery and then we’ll all have new music to listen to. And then we won’t be made fun of for having a music catalog from the 90s.

Go at it, Weeklings.

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(HeyGordon)
1: I saw a Tweet from someone about that the album D. by a band called White Denim was available to listen to, in full, for free. So I listened, and it was good. D. – White Denim

2: A friend at work sent out a link to his friend’s band’s new music video: Black Screens – Yours. Some cool beats and interesting visuals.

3: I heard a really cool song pop up on Pandora. One from a band that I’ve never heard before. Thought I’d share: Patrick Park – Here We Are

4: Another discovery from Pandora: Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn

5: Some friends were talking about a group called Bassnectar at work: Bassnectar – Bass Head

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By RideForTheTrees: Checking in from Italy, albeit a bit late… a 29-year new Italian friend of mine, a tough-guy sort, the type you would never expect to suggest opera, recommended these two songs.  He’s proud the singers speak Napolitano, a dialect similar to Italian.  I can’t understand a word he says.  Anywho, this music isn’t exactly my cup o’ tea, but give a click and let my tough-guy friend and I know what you think.

Week 12: My Top Ten

16 May

Good day weeklings! I hope you all found last week’s challenge inspirational.

This week’s challenge is to create a list of top tens! Your list can be anything: best movies, countries to visit, sports, etc. Each day post your list, and of course your criticisms and comments about others’ lists are encouraged!

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Week 11: Quote Your Inspiration

9 May

Post the most memorable/inspirational quote from your day (each day, when applicable).  

Keep this challenge in mind throughout each day, make conversation, ask questions that matter, eavesdrop on nearby conversations.  Then, tell us– what are the good folks in your life saying?

Maybe your boss is a positive-reinforcement ninja, or a reporter on the news asked a tough question of a politician, or you smile after seeing a sidewalk-chalk drawing of a glass half full.

As always, bonus points if it has the potential to make the world a better place… but hey, feel free to think as far outside the box as you like.  If you happen be inspired by humor, quote the joker.  If you are inspired by the silence after an insult, tell us the story.  If you can pull an inspirational quote from the TV, a song, or a sports match, go for it.

Post your comments below or on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_196129500425126

Day 1: It already happened and it’s not even 10am.  Thank you Jean.  Jean is my roommate’s girlfriend.  This morning she offered to go pick up some feed for our chickens.  The big question: Organic or inorganic?  I’m notoriously cheap, so I admitted I’m okay with either one, but probably more like 60% in favor of inorganic and 40% in favor of organic, because organic costs twice as much as inorganic.  She said, “That’s true if you think like a capitalist, but we don’t have chickens to make money.”  So simply stated!  My first thought was that you have to think like a capitalist when you’re spending money.  But you don’t have to think only like a capitalist.  She’s right; we don’t have chickens to make money.  We don’t even have chickens to save money.  We have chickens partly as pets and partly to know that chickens are being cared for and partly for delicious eggs whenever we want them and partly to boycott unsustainable industrial agriculture and partly to avoid recalls and salmonella and partly to share eggs with our friends and neighbors.  The idea of spending as little as possible while maximizing output without taking into consideration the complex relationships behind a monetary transaction is widely engrained in the minds of people in western culture.  So, then, the conversation turned toward not only the chemicals that can accumulate in chickens over time, but the unknown risks of GMOs and the ridiculously corrupt corn industry we’d be supporting.  Movies and books came up: King Corn, Fresh, Food Inc., Omnivore’s Dilemma.  Of course it’s worth a few extra dollars a month to take better care of our chickens and our own health, and to support responsible practices.  Thanks to “… if you think like a capitalist…”

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(HeyGordon)

1. A quote from my friend Neil, who is in Indonesia on a mission to teach classes at orphanages around the world. He was sitting at the beach, after about a year of planning, and before works starts. This was what he was looking at:

The quote: “Savor all this, son…There is a tough road ahead of you.” I just love Neil’s determination, but it’s also important to just enjoy the beauty around you.

If you want to learn more about Neil’s organization that is helping bring education to the world’s orphanages, visit www.teachaclass.org

2. I was reading the speech President Obama gave in El Paso and many phrases stood out, but one I wanted to call attention to: “It was a reminder of a simple idea, as old as America itself: E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. We define ourselves as a nation of immigrants — a nation that welcomes those willing to embrace America’s ideals and America’s precepts.”

I’m sure we’re all familiar with the latin phrase “E pluribus unum”. It’s on our currency and is one of the very principles that led to the founding of the United States of America. There it is again, in our own name. It was just a powerful statement and something to reminder when we think about immigration reform.

3. I saw a pretty cool article about these runners with incredible streaks where they’ve been running at least a mile, every day for years. Sometimes 30! Here’s a quote that was pretty inspirational: “All are tethered by a common compulsion: to never be too injured, sick, sore, tired, depressed, hungover, sleepy, hungry, full, busy or lazy to finagle their way out of exercise, to skip a day of running.” http://www.thepostgame.com/features/201105/runners-feat-travels-decades

4. I don’t know if this counts, but it should:

5. My friend Will on whether putting yourself through the hell of working full-time and going to school full-time is worth it: “A year and a half of hardship is better than a lifetime in a job or career you hate. It was worth it and I’d do it again.”

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(AttorneyPrice)

Day 1: Okay, so I didn’t notice the challenge yesterday.  Reflecting on my day yesterday I only remember one “quote.”  Sadly, and perhaps pompously, I said it.  I think it was pretty good, but more importatnly, I think it carried meaning.  So, my wife has been preparing to take this certification test for the last week or so.  She is easily nerved up and made anxious.  She was having a really hard time yesterday, and she just kept saying “what if I don’t pass.”  My quote: IN TAKING A TEST, OR IN LIFE IN GENERAL, YOU CAN’T GET FIXATED ON “PASSING” AND “FAILING.”  NOBODY CAN CONTROL WHETHER HE OR SHE PASSES OR FAILS A TEST.  HOWEVER, THE ONE THING YOU CAN CONTROL IS HOW WELL PREPARED YOU ARE.  IF YOU ARE WELL PREPARED FOR THE TEST, WELL…THAT’S ALL YOU CAN DO.  SO, STOP FOCUSING ON WHETHER YOU’LL PASS OR NOT, AND FOCUS INSTEAD ON WHETHER YOU FEEL PREPARED OR NOT.  Does that count as a quote??  Seems a little long.  Oh well, I like it.

Day 2: I was just watching the 30 for 30 special about SMU.  My quote of the day comes from a guy who was talking about how to stop the cheating in college football.  He said: “SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THEY DON’T BELIEVE IN CORPORAL PUNISHMENT.”  “YEAH, WELL TO THAT, I SAY THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE A MOUTHY KID!”  Haha.  Okay not meaningful, but hilarious.

Week 10: Become Smarter (From reader: zosephine)

2 May

Thank you reader zosephine for this week’s suggestion! This week, we were challenged by zosephine to “Hit “Random” on Wikipedia every day, and share what you learned with at least 2 other people.” So that’s what we’re going to do!

I (HeyGordon) also thought that if you wanted, watch a random Ted Talk video and do the same thing. I just wanted to add some multimedia to the mix.

Post what you learn here or to our Facebook Group

By Sam:  Day 1:  Alright.  I’m on this challenge like a cursor on the random button.  Here’s what Wikipedia gave me… haha… “Honey is an album by American pop singer Andy Williams that was released in the spring of 1968 by Columbia Records.[1] The album made its first appearance on the Billboard 200 chart in the issue dated June 8, 1968, and remained on the album chart for 40 weeks, peaking at number nine.”

Of course you’re wondering what the album sounded like, so here’s a song from Honey, called Honey (I Miss You)

Day 2:  What the heck.  I heard a story on NPR about customized advertising… what’s the right term? Target marketing?  Apparently, if you’re searching for something online (something that costs money, usually) like, say, Tom’s Alpargata shoes, there are companies that exist with programs set up to spy on what you’re researching and offer it to an advertiser.  Advertising firms have programs set up to accept or decline these auto-offers based on certain criteria; if they accept, the ads are sold for as little as 2 cents each, and the ad arrives on your screen, all within a few seconds.

Is Wikipedia doing this?

Usually when I arrive at work I switch on the Pandora (Shins, lately).  When I hear a song that I want to learn on the guitar, I look up the chords to see if my clumsy fat fingers could manage it.  So I pretty much stick to emails and Pandora, but sometimes I venture out to the world wide web to do a search… usually about music.

My question is, when you click “random article” on Wikipedia, do they give you an article related to what you’re doing online?  Hey, Gordon, were you looking up electric circuits for copywriting project, or listening to satellite radio?

With no further adeaueauoiaeaux, here’s my second “random” Wikipedia article.  “Dave Lombardo.”  This guy rocks the drums.  

Day 3: I got an email from a gal in my program (Sustainable Communities) saying this song should be our theme song.  It’s a link to TED, so that counts as a Ted talk, right?  If this song doesn’t help us become smarter through knowledge, perhaps through wisdom. http://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_browne_if_i_could_be_anywhere.html

Day 4: Theresa Weld Blanchard (August 21, 1893; Brookline, Massachusetts – March 12, 1978; Brookline, Massachusetts) was an American figure skater who competed in the disciplines of single skating and pair skating. Her pairs partner was Nathaniel Niles.

Day 5: Yes, a cool random article! Nyctimystes foricula is a species of frog in the Hylidae family. It is endemic to Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moistmontanesrivers, rural gardens, and heavily degraded former forest.

It probably looks something like this, its cousin.

Day 6: Either “random” has a preference for people, or there are a lot more people on Wikipedia than events, places, foods, or anything else.  “Claude Charles Marie du Campe de Rosamel (June 24, 1774 – March 27, 1848) was a French politician and naval officer.”

Day 7: How about that? A place! “Oratta is a village in southeastern Nigeria. Also, it is located near the city of Owerri.”

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(HeyGordon)

Day1: Random Wikipedia Article, Radio Classics, a Sirius XM Radio Channel that broadcasts some of the classic radio programs.

Day2: Random Wikipedia Article, AJC. This led me to the disambiguation page and I thought the most interesting article from there was Anti-Jitter Circuits; which of course is a class of electric circuits designed to reduce the amount of “jitter” in a regular pulse signal. Duh.

Day3: Watched a Ted Talk from a 12 year old named Adora Svitak who talked about the benefits of acting “childish” and how it can free up thinking.  http://www.ted.com/talks/adora_svitak.htm

Day4: A Ted Talk sent by my dad about the idea that we need to think about WHY instead of the How or What when trying to get people to listen to us and follow our lead: http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action.html

Day5: Random Wikipedia article… drum roll please. I give you, 2005 in Athletics (Track and Field). We Americans really held our own.

Day6: Random Wikipedia article, for some reason, again on a sports theme: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ollie_Brady. There’s nothing like learning about a Gaelic Football half-back who liked to attack from the defense.

Day7: A Ted Talk that features a short clip of a beautiful video that looks at the world of pollination with an HD, slow motion capture camera: http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_the_hidden_beauty_of_pollination.html

Week 9: Become An Urban Explorer

25 Apr

Remember when you moved to your city and everything was new? Now it’s time to see your old city with new eyes.

This week’s challenge is to discover something new about your town/city. Go to a new part of town, talk to interesting locals, try a local restaurant that you’ve never been to. Just be an urban explorer in your own town and have fun with it.

Also, post pics on our Weeklings Facebook Group

Here are Sam’s days 1 and 2: (Exploring Flagstaff by mountain bike)

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Heygordon:

- Went to a little (and I mean, little) bar that I’ve always wanted to go to called the Black Horse London Pub. Here’s how small it is. That’s not me, btw:

- Went with a co-worker to a nice little restaurant overlooking the bay called Plant. 5 Stars.

- Another co-worker and I went to Cafe Buena Vista to try their famous Irish Coffee. I had never been, but always wanted to go. Legend has it they were the first ones to serve it in the US. And it was delicious. Buena Vista Irish Coffee

- The next day was my last day at work before I start a new job and I decided to walk and take a new route. The only problem is that there’s a large hill between where I live and where I worked and the most common way to walk to work is around it. So a new route over the hill using a really beautiful stairway with amazing views of the city. It lead to a street that let to charming new houses that I had never seen.

- On Saturday Lauren and I finally had a chance to check out a restaurant that out friends had been telling us about. And after 2 hours of waiting by the bar for a table, we ate at Marengo (http://www.yelp.com/biz/marengo-on-union-san-francisco) and it was delicious.

- Sunday, Lauren and I took a jog, I showed her the steps I had taken to work on Friday and she showed me a new place she found called the Hyde Street Beach, where the oldest city pier gives you great views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

A look at the city.

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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