Friday, February 24, 2012

f|break: billy fin

(image here)
THANKS @rickygervais for more animal chuckles. (last week's panda chuckles with jon stewart's the daily show over here)

quahog coach surfing ... during this week's family guy (full episode on hulu), enjoy gervais with dolphin puns (and then some) as billy fin - a dolphin hanging out with the griffins in quahog.

brit scene shared a clip from the show, so i'm passing along the little behind the scenes clip   ...

enjoy a morning fiber break with ricky gervais (over here)
for ~ 2:45 min as billy fin 



squid pro quo
i just learned that "much" thing ... through the tele

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

f|break: dicki

comedy ... thanks @rajskub (on twitter, imdb, comedy central) for dicki (on web, facebook) chuckles! shared about mary lynn back in a feb 2010 fiber break mash-up on vajayjay advice. for just mary lynn on the vajayjay ...



dicki ... what's/who's dicki? ...
Mary Lynn Rajskub stars as Dicki, a quirky 40-year old who still lives with her parents. The series follows Dicki's attempts at finding love and friendship anywhere and anyway she can. 
... dicki is one of many offerings of my damn channel (over here). now some dicki dating chit-chat ...

enjoy a morn fiber break with dicki (over here
for ~1:45 min when dicki gets a boyfriend

Monday, February 20, 2012

tiny habits: revisting

from behaviormodel.org
over-share ... i have shared quite a bit about bj fogg's 3 tiny habits experience. so just to pull it all together through today .. 
my water glass near my phone
and my tiny habits ... from bj fogg's tiny habits program, i have started 7 tiny habits - health and organization.
  1. after i sit down in my office chair, i will place my water glass next to my phone.
  2. after i park my car at home, i will clean out one thing from my car. 
  3. after i come home after working, i will place my work bag near my stool.
  4. after i get out of bed in the morning, i will do one back-related stretch exercise on my yoga mat.
  5. after i use the bathroom at work, i will walk once around the floor before going back to my desk.
  6. after i drop off my work bag near my stool, i will brush my teeth.
  7. after i brush my teeth at the end of the evening, i will pick up my yoga mat and unroll it near my bed. 
any other positive changes? ... when asked after the end of the week, in addition to sharing that i would totally do 3 tiny habits again, i responded to bj fogg's wrap-up question about any other positive changes. 3 came to mind -
  • self-awareness of choices
  • positive anticipation
  • seemed to unleash creative juices
image image: BJ Fogg's behavior grid
what's working with/without little hiccups ... i have thought about my behaviors. of the 7 habits - 1, 2, 3, and 5 are done deals. for my wanting to be more regularly stretchy with 4 and 7, well, hmmm ... the sequencing does note quite feel natural enough, however, i am better about getting my to stretches; oddly, it helped to have that hip/back problem earlier in the week. and with 6, i am realizing it's simply important that i'm better about brushing my teeth during the work day after lunch; will change up the anchor and make sure to have my toothbrush/toothpaste available (e.g., structure).

victory celebrations ... during the formal program, i was quite regular with my celebratory moments of "woo-hoo" at the end of each day, when i remembered and did the habit, and just because i was excited about my evolving tiny habits. i also celebrated with friends! (i was not a regular about celebrating during my rogue week.) as for the little tidbits to keep in mind while also celebrating ...
Simplicity changes behavior.

If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right, then you won't have to motivate yourself to have it grow. It will just happen naturally, like a good seed planted in a good spot.

You can create many Tiny Habits at once. And, in fact, I believe you should work on multiple habits at once because that's how you learn what matters.

You need to match the new behavior you want with the best anchor to trigger your new behavior.
bringing the trigger, motivation, and ability
together all at the same time!
plant the seed ...
got anchors?
get habits!
JOIN HERE

Sunday, February 19, 2012

f|break: panda love

comedy ... @thedailyshow @rickygervais (on twitter, web, blog) - THANKS(!) for a great, random, unexpected chuckle at the expense of pandas (and racoons) ...

enjoy a fiber break from ricky gervais (over here)
for ~ 7:40 minutes with jon stewart on the daily show (on web, twitter)

cuddle buddies ... like pandas
when did they stop having sex? 
... like a big, wobbly, spunk bomb


Saturday, February 18, 2012

tiny habits: rogue report

new habits ... oh @bjfogg, i have become a mini-promoter of tiny habits. i enjoy hearing my friends' ah-ha moments. and for me, i participated formally at the end of january and have continued with my original, virgin 3 tiny habits!

rogue week wrap-up ... in this post, i'm resharing my "rogue" week (outside of the moderated program), revisiting some reminders and tips, and sharing what was the most automatic of habits THIS WEEK. ALSO, something kinda funny about one of my other tiny habits that was spawned because of a bad habit i used to have. ENJOY!

going rogue ... outside of the moderated tiny habits program, i chose new habits this past weekend with the intent of reading more about the behavior model and developing my habit of checking-in with myself about the outcome of my tiny habits.

reminder tidbits ... from the habits experience i have had this week, i am experiencing a few things that bj fogg shared during my virgin voyage week -
If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right, then you won't have to motivate yourself to have it grow. It will just happen naturally, like a good seed planted in a good spot.

You can create many Tiny Habits at once. And, in fact, I believe you should work on multiple habits at once because that's how you learn what matters.

You need to match the new behavior you want with the best anchor to trigger your new behavior.
keeping it simple ... for the day 5 check-in, the following question was posed in the moderated program -
"After 5 days, which habit became MOST automatic for you? (Extra credit: Why?)"
- for my rogue week, this is simple after looking at the daily results and experiencing it ...
taking the long walk back to my office after using the restroom. it is so simple to turn left (long way) rather than turn right. and as mentioned during day 3 check-in, i do have the bonus of re-filling my water glass (if needed). the MOST AUTOMATIC habit of last time is tied to the MOST AUTOMATIC habit this time around. 
revisiting a BAD HABIT i USED TO HAVE but don't because of my tiny habit ...  a habit i have is
  •  after i come home after working, i will place my work bag near my stool.
on day 5 (friday) in the morning, i was scavenging around the house looking for my work bags (purse, computer bag, project bag) to leave my house for my commute. THAT is what i USED TO DO pretty much every morning - kitchen, family room, office annex, bathroom, living room, etc. ... i LAUGHED OUT LOUD as i walked from my kitchen to my stool where my bags were all nicely organized. i guess i just got reminiscent?! haha.

simplicity changes behavior 
 
days 1-2 went well. i am learning about whether a couple of habits are sequenced well, as well as whether i have the best anchor for my trigger.
  • after i get out of bed in the morning, i will do one back-related stretch exercise on my yoga mat.
  • after i use the bathroom at work, i will walk once around the floor before going back to my desk.
  • after i drop off my work bag near my stool, i will brush my teeth.
  • after i brush my teeth at the end of the evening, i will pick up my yoga mat and unroll it near my bed.
day 3 summary: yyyn. and "yes" i intend to do my tiny habits. about my 4 tiny habits for day 3  ...
  • bed in morning / stretch ... i did this habit. and perhaps because i want NOT TO BE in pain (see day 1 and 2), i'm definitely getting the stretching in.
  • bathroom / walk ... still lovin' this tiny habit. and not only am i taking the "longer walk" back to my office, i'm simply taking advantage of walking more. oh! and often, this is coupled with my filling up my water glass (because the water fountain is near the bathroom).
  • work bag stool / brush teeth ... i did this habit. home fairly early, toothpaste and toothbrush near sink. simple.
  • brush teeth / yoga mat ... i did not roll out my mat. after i brushed my teeth in the evening (3rd time in the day), i watched some television and fell asleep on my couch. just didn't roll out my mat because i wasn't sleeping in my bedroom.
day 4 summary: yyny. and "yes" i intend to do my tiny habits. about my 4 tiny habits for day 4  ...
  • bed in morning / stretch ... i did an extra stretch. one thing i realized is that if i am running late for getting up in the morning (because this is a day when i carpooled - which means i am out of the house before 5:55 am), i CAN STRETCH - and frankly, i used to blow off stretching.
  • bathroom / walk ... no brainer walking. i also DO NOT take a few shortcuts around the office buildeing, which i used to do.
  • work bag stool / brush teeth ... i did not do this habit. i realized an hour after i arrived home that i did not do this. i checked the bathroom sink; i had stored the toothpaste out of sight. i don't know if that is part of what contributed not to doing this, but that is one thing i noticed.
  • brush teeth / yoga mat ... i did roll out my mat, remembering that i had not rolled it out the night before. 
day 5 summary: yyyy. this is the one day of the 5 days where i did all 4 tiny habits.  and "yes" i intend to do my tiny habits into the weekend and then some, although i see i will be refining a couple.
  • bed in morning / stretch ... i did extra stretches. i have a sheet of paper that outlines various stretches. i definitely want to get to the point where i do not have to refer to the sheet of paper.
  • bathroom / walk ... check!
  • work bag stool / brush teeth ... i did this habit, making sure the toothpaste if visible, when i drop off my work bag.
  • brush teeth / yoga mat ... i did roll out my mat. and for this habit, i am pondering whether this is the best anchor.

bringing the trigger, motivation, and ability
together all at the same time!
plant the seed ...
got anchors?!

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    3 tiny habits: days 1, 2

    new habits ... @bjfogg, as mentioned this past sunday, although i'm not in the formal program this week for feb 13-17 with bj fogg and his gurus (but i was a couple of weeks ago), for this week, i choose 4 tiny habits. and unlike a couple of weeks ago where i did my 3 tiny habits each day, that has not been the case for a couple over the past 2 days.

    • after i get out of bed in the morning, i will do one back-related stretch exercise on my yoga mat.
    • after i use the bathroom at work, i will walk once around the floor before going back to my desk.
    • after i drop off my work bag near my stool, i will brush my teeth.
    • after i brush my teeth at the end of the evening, i will pick up my yoga mat and unroll it near my bed.

    day 1 summary: nyyy. and "yes" - i intend to do my habits on day 2. about my 4 tiny habits for day 1 ...
    • bed in morning / stretch ... i did not do this habit. i had a previous hip/back issue sunday night that was quite painful. i decided to forgo the stretch because i was concerned if i would hurt myself somehow. however, my yoga mat was ready to go in case i was ready to go.
    • bathroom / walk ... this is really simple to do. it's just doing a quick lap around my office floor before going back to my chair. taking the longer way rather than shorter way.
    • work bag stool / brush teeth ... this habit is AFTER the habit i now have of dropping off my bag nearby my stool. my stool is nearby my bathroom sink. simple!
    • brush teeth / yoga mat ... i did this but ALMOST did not. it's a totally new habit. it sets up for my morning stretch.
    day 2 summary: yyny. and "yes" i'm starting day 3 already and intend to do my tiny habits. about my 4 tiny habits for day 2 (valentine's day) ...
    • bed in morning / stretch ... i did this habit. the day before (day 1), i mentioned about my hip/back pain. during the early evening of day 1 (after talking with my doc's office and a couple of folks) after getting home from work, i decided to stretch out, walk a bit, and relax. significantly much better heading into day 2, and therefore got my morning stretch. ALSO, i made sure to take breaks from sitting in my office chair too long throughout day 2.
    • bathroom / walk ... love this tiny habit - just take the longer walk back to my chair. so simple. AND i also am more aware of the benefit of getting up and walking rather than being seated for too long of periods in my not-as-comfortable-as-i-would-like office chair.
    • work bag stool / brush teeth ... i did not do this habit. i see how sequencing is tied to this habit. my intent for this tiny habit was to get an extra brushing in the day, and i usually am home before 7. i went to dinner after work and got home around 9:30, pretty much near my bed time when i'd normally do my evening teeth brushing.  in other words, if i do not go out for dinner, the intent of the habit works. i had not thought about those times when i am home late.
    • brush teeth / yoga mat ... mat rolled out (after brushing my teeth). simple habit.
    i kinda miss the email rah-rahs 
    from bj fogg and crew.
    (the little note is nice to get.)
    onward, nevertheless!

    f|break: man-car love

    thanks(?) @TLC @thesoup ... saw #mystrangeaddiction clip about man-car love. I. AM. SPEECHLESS. i pulled the tlc clip because it was a snippet of the chelsea lately roundtable jibber-jabber and of joel mchale's the soup blog (here and here).

    enjoy(?) a fiber break with man-car love (over here)
    for ~2:19 minutes with chase (the car) and nathaniel (not the car)

    (still. speechless.)

    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    count the ways ...

     express your love

    image from: i love you more than blank ...

    i love you more than ... is a nice little way to share your love with others. with nine categories to share your love of - the benjamins, coffee vs. fizz, wired, eatables, wax poetic, pop culture, if you only knew, homies, and motley crew - have at it.


    (repost from jan 30, 2010)

    (reposts from '09 - feb 17, april 25, sept 26)


    oh ellie grace ... an excuse to post this little clip. (hee-hee)
    (may be a little "pg-13+" rated, for some)


    i love you more than ...
    little britain & little britain USA
    (well ... kinda sorta)
    oh yeah
    >peace, bitch


    . grits at rudy's . happy hour with the gals .
    . watching glee . pressing speed dial on my phone .
    . non sequitur conversations . ocean wet smell .
    . air-conditioned buses on an indian summer day .
    . color theme dress-up day .
    . the colored markers i lug around at work .
    . the garden fresh fruits & vegetables you share .
    . movies we quote for the immature teenage boys
    that we truly can be  .
    . le pen .
    ... blank ...

    . all the bags in my closet . that tasty cookie at caffe trieste .
    . the smell of the ocean . a cup of espresso forte or garuda .
    . i did yesterday . you love yourself .
    . reading david's recaps of fave (and not so fave) reality tv shows .
    . a scoop of chocolate therapy . cheese .
    . the color of the sun setting and rising .
    . how much i love how you smell .
    . writing . people think i love penguins .
    . our stupidicus and moronicus frivolity . i miss san diego .
    . staring at the ceiling . fried pickles .
    . harold and his purple crayon .
    . sweet potato fries (baked of course, ha!) .
    . sound of your loving sigh . blogging . ha cherng .
    . your love for jumble words . your love for gardening .
    ... blank ...

    . i love our hit or miss morning chats . the heat in d.c. .
    . that filipino dessert i forget the name of . guacamole & chips .
    . you love gerard butler . oatmeal mango cookies .
    . you love talking in french . pedicures with leg massages .
    . you love your belgian beer .  you hate muta .
    . hot chocolate with whipped chocolate mousse .
    . you love to travel . buzz loves the spice girls .
    . you love poppy & rosey . the sound of music .
    . you love our harry potter books . uffpa .
    . you love shopping . the guns you own . your love for wine .
    . you love bejeweled . your dragonboat fun .
    ... blank ...

    today's ... blank ...?
    .
    barney's burgers & milkshakes .
    . awesome shopping deals .

    Sunday, February 12, 2012

    tiny habits: going rogue-ish

    well @bjfogg, while continuing my 3 tiny habits (which is going great) on my own, i'm going to do new tiny habits this week.

    passing along the excitement ... for the week of feb 13-17, a colleague of mine (a mentee) will be part of 3 tiny habits. it's his first time, and i am excited for him. he's pretty self-aware to begin with, so i'm looking forward to hear what he gains from his experience. 

    remembering the basics ... i've got to make my behavior tiny, do it with an "after anchor" (one-time anchor or multi-anchor) for natural sequencing, and celebrate (woo-hoo!).

    other tips to remember include ... the easier the behavior, the less it depends on motivation; arrange the world around me to make my new habit easy to do; mentally and physcially rehearse the existing anchor then the new behavior 5 to 8 times, quickly ... each time declaring victory; and the stronger i feel a positive emotion after my tiny habit, the faster it will become automatic in my life. and of course ...

    simplicity changes behavior 

    my new tiny habits ... although i'm not in the program this week with bj fogg and his gurus, it's simple enough to take on tiny habits and self-report each day (via girl nutkin). for feb 13-17, i have 4 tiny habits, with two of them kinda related to each other...
    • after i get out of bed in the morning, i will do one back-related stretch exercise on my yoga mat.
    • after i use the bathroom at work, i will walk once around the floor before going back to my desk.
    • after i drop off my work bag near my stool, i will brush my teeth.
    • after i brush my teeth at the end of the evening, i will pick up my yoga mat and unroll it near my bed.
    as part of choosing my new tiny habits, i re-read the email information and also re-read information about the behavior grid and behavior model, which has led to the behavior wizard. for all 4 tiny habits, i am starting or increasing a behavior. after answering the wizard questions ...
    from BJ Fogg's behaviorwizard.org
    ... i have learned my "colors" within the context of fogg's behavior grid 
    • bed in morning / stretch ... blue path => doing a familiar behavior from now on
    • bathroom / walk ... purple path => increase a behavior from now on.
    • work bag stool / brush teeth ... green span => doing a new behavior for a period of time.
    • brush teeth / yoga mat ... green path => doing a new behavior from now on.
    image: BJ Fogg's behavior grid

    bringing the trigger, motivation, and ability
    together all at the same time!
    got anchors?!

    got mortified ...

    THANKS @mortified @thefreezesf ... mortified (on web, facebook, twitter) and the freeze (on web, facebook, twitter, youtube)  made for great chuckles yesterday evening at your doomed valentines show in berkeley! so awesome for people to share their stories and totally awesome for the improvised hip-hop after each story-teller.
    image from: getmortified.com ... go there NOW!
    more about mortified ... a jaunt through mortified's site includes nice mortified FAQS about participating with participate FAQs, and most importantly, their upcoming events.

    yesterday evening ... i'm glad my friend debbie thought of me for the evening jaunt with her husband and her. dinner at gather (on web, facebook, twitter), mortified at shattuck down low (on web, facebook, twitter) and licky-treats at gelateria naia (on web, facebook, twitter). after the show, i shared a few under 20-years old and over 20-years old dating stories with my friends. now i'm gonna hunt down my high school and early college pack-rat-writings!
    my search begins ... i'll be seeking out my childhood-ish scribbles. for better or worse, i know in 2006 (when i moved from SD to BA) i had a ritual burning of letters written during my late teens ... and although not within the mortified age range of 5-20 years old, a TOTAL shredding of letters and cards from a prolific writer boyfriend back when i was 21 and from a my-ex-girlfriend-was-not-found-guilty boyfriend back in the late '90s. nevertheless, i kept a couple of scrap books and little diaries here and there written during high school and college. i also wrote letters to girlfriends. AND i also wrote poems. (OH HOW I TRY TO FORGET about the my calligraphic-lyric-writing of "endless love" to the first one. ewwww.) 

    boy2.0 list ... for kicks, i am recreating a "list" i started on my rest-in-peace-blackberry - a list that listed boy-stuff; this list shall be boy2.0. (this list is NOT to be confused with the "men of ...fill-in-the-blank..." calendar lists i have also made.) the original boy list included everyone i remember kissing (and then some, PG-13, R, and soft X), along with symbols indicating if i thought i was in love with that boy, and if he was a shitty kisser (imho).*
      
    licky-treats chit-chat ... short version - over gelato and sorbetto, i shared a few college-dating-ish stories and post-college stories with my friends.  and most notably (and a bit horrifying), i shared three stories about dating during '88-'90 (which puts me in my mid/late 20s).

    my gal pal stupidicus, for i was moronicus
    the stupidicus era ... my three stories can be corroborated (sadly yet likely much more entertaining) by my dear friend and super gal pal affectionately known as stupidicus. here are three stories that are quite abridged (as they should be) ...
    • the dmv guy ... i met him at a dance club (and stupidicus was there). over the course of a couple of weeks, we (finally!) got to 2nd base (kinda), and i later found out he had a fake i.d. - in other words, uhm ... he kinda was REALLY (and i mean REALLY!) young (like WRONG YOUNG!). how i found out? completely unbelievable work-related-ish connection.
      (thanks, stupidicus, for laughing WITH me. right?)

    • jerr-bear ... my art class partner and i went to dinner at paragary (kinda cool adults-drink-wine kind of place) jerr-bear told the waitress to "top it off" (my wine glass, that is) and insisted it was necessary to remove the shell before eating ... that would be the shell of the soft shell crab. later during his good night kiss attempt, jerr-bear also tried to run his fingers through my hair. tried ... because my spiral perm was so unruly that there were little matted/knotted parts. did that stop jerr-bear? no, he really, REALLY kept trying to complete that task. ouchie!
      (thanks, stupidicus, for the serendipitous interruption call - mind you, on a land line, so i HAD to get up to pick up the phone!)

    • b&b metalhead guy ... such a sweet guy from a blind date that consisted of a progressive date - progressive because if at any phase it was going not-so-well, game over(!). the phases ... dinner (6:30 reservations), desert (by 8:00 at the diner), and dvd (by 9:00 and nearly sure-fire 1st base). short version, a total HE said/SHE said sparring. yes, we kissed goodnight, and then our stories diverged.

      the sparring began ... HE said tongue; SHE said no tongue. HE totally had a kind of love-at-first-sight. SHE totally had a you-are-totally-cute-yet-scare-me-a l'il-but-i-don't-know-why moment. HE sent her a spring bouquet of flowers at work. SHE eventually used the lame excuse that the long-distance phone call thing between us was a no-go. HE countered with very reasonable solutions to make it work. SHE made him sad. THEN ... SHE 2 months later, started seeing someone who lived even farther. HE found out under quite unbelievable 1990's-spring-training-walk-out circumstances while i was with the OTHER HE. SHE drank too much. HE ignored her. the OTHER HE was ... well, that's another story with many subplots (part of the WB #3 spiral perm era).
      (thanks, stupidicus, for  giving me the 2.5 blocks-of-walking-home "tips" (nudge-nudge) before i met the OTHER HE, going up to random strangers at john wayne airport, and letting me cry my eyes out over the OTHER HE. i appreciate that you are NOT blackmailing me.)
    ... and of these 3 stories, two guys were asian and one was white. why is this relevant? it's not really, but i figure i'd give myself an excuse to post pics from boys of the past - in this case, two white guys and one asian guy.

    now for the boy2.0 list-making
    (oh, excel spreadsheet, 
    how handy you will be)
    and the teens and post-teens diary-hunting
    *i learned late last year when i was contacted via a facebook reconnect, 
    i FORGOT i dated him in college. bad shirlnutkin. bad. 
    (add him to the boy2.0.)


    Saturday, February 11, 2012

    who me?

    Photo credit: Chip Simons (from I am a dog)
    faux interviews ... and not so faux-moi. after waking up this morning (5:35 am), i wasn't feeling my morning meditation practice. my mind just wasn't holding still. so i decided to remind myself about bits and pieces of myself(?!) - reflecting and remembering (and not remembering) stuff.

    a quickie stroll ... through this blog for tidbits and clues ...
    and keeping the doggy thing ... my FAVE EVER in the world of - who am i? who are you? who cares? Gone to the Dogs has a faux "personality" test (see the "Game" link to the left of the website) ...

    and woo-hoo!!!
    once czesky terrier ...
    interim mini schnauzer interim ...
    and now ...



    got me back that czesky terrier!

    "weird hairy undercarriage"
    (heehee - now go dog yourself!)



    Friday, February 10, 2012

    f|break: rats

    love portlandia (on twitter, web, facebook) and a past episode with the mix of eco-awareness and rats! yup ... rats.

    enjoy a fiber break with zero packaging (over here)
    for ~3:05 minutes with rats in portlandia 


    i'll look at a ... mouse in the face ... 
    yeah, we're not squirrels

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    3 tiny habits: a week later

    OH @bjfogg ... i pee more, and i use my time more wisely, thanks to 3 tiny habits, you (and me)! i loved day 1, day 2, days 3 & 4, and day 5 (last day). onward! time for continuing habits and creating new habits!

    refresher resources ... for those that may (should) give this a whirl -



    my memory lane ... my 3 tiny habits last week -
    • after i sit down in my office chair, i will place my water glass next to my phone.
    • after i park my car at home, i will clean out one thing from my car. 
    • after i come home after working, i will place my work bag near my stool.
    results? ... yup, i gots results -
    • water glass ... i definitely drink water and not just at my office. 
    • car ... i am always pleasantly shocked surprised when i get into my car that i can see the upholstery and flooring AND that my car is not a closet random storage compartment.
    • work bag ... no more scavenger hunt in the morning and therefore more time.
    any other positive changes? ... in addition to sharing that i would totally do 3 tiny habits again, i responded to bj fogg's wrap-up question about any other positive changes. 3 came to mind -
    • self-awareness of choices
    • positive anticipation
    • seemed to unleash creative juices
    - and a couple suggestions, e.g., on-going stats for the week, community journal for participants.

    got anchors? 
    get tiny habit.
    CELEBRATE!

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    podcast poking

    thanks @HistPhilosophy @nerdist (and also pandora for comedy) for keeping me company during my east bay to downtown SF commute to and from cubeopolis.

    back and forth ... in the morning, i wake up easily before 5:30 am, get some meditation in (a few times a week), get ready for cubeopolis, head to paddy's for hello and hot liquid of choice (time permitting) if i drive in (or head to the park n ride if i carpool), and cross a bridge. in the evening, i often leave later than normally, pack up my take-home-with-me-from-cubeopolis stuff, head to the spendy parking lot i parked my car (or the commuter bus terminal), and cross a bridge. and keeping me busy both ways, lately, i've been pinging and ponging between two podcasts, depending on my mood.

    image from HoP web site over here
    serious and cerebral, and yet entertaining ... it has been about peter adamson's history of philosophy (on web, twitter). the podcasts are ~ 15-20 minute mark - easily digestible. and as stated on adamson's site - 
    "Peter Adamson, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at King's College London, takes listeners through the history of Western philosophy, "without any gaps." Beginning with the earliest ancient thinkers, the series will look at the ideas and lives of the major philosophers (eventually covering in detail such giants as Plato, Aristotle, Avicenna, Aquinas, Descartes, and Kant) as well as the lesser-known figures of the tradition."
    - yup! without any gaps. (gimme visual timeline soon)

    from nerdist.com
    funny and entertaining, and yet cerebral ... it has been about chris hardwick's the nerdist podcast (on web, twitter) and over here, also. the podcasts are ~ 60+ minutes, which makes for a great listen when i know i'll be in traffic - - in MAJOR traffic. and as described -
    "I am Chris Hardwick. I am on TV a lot and have a blog at nerdist.com. This podcast is basically just me talking about stuff and things with my two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, and usually someone more famous than all of us. Occasionally we swear because that is fun. I hope you like it, but if you don't I'm sure you will not hesitate to unfurl your rage in the 'reviews' section because that's how the Internet works."

    talk at me, podcasts!



    Monday, February 6, 2012

    counting down to #improv

    made up theatre over here
    3-2-1 ... march 4 @madeuptheatre - sunday night at 8pm! our improv group (level d) will perform for friends, family, and friends of friends and family over in fremont. after our 8-week class, we'll have our graduation-ish show -

    • where:  made up theatre - 3392 seldon court, which is off of osgood road (near fry's).
    • when: sunday, march 4
    • what time:
      • door opens at 7:30 pm.
      • show begins at 8:00 pm (pretty promptly).
      the show will run about an hour.
    • how much: $5 per person (for convenience, cash only, please). 
    who WE are ... we are 11 people who have come together to play and have fun. 3 of us were from the starter level a class. after we finished our level c class (24 weeks of improv classes), which garnered us two performance opportunities, we retro-ed with the class behind us; that is, we joined the level b class, which meant we were welcomed by other budding improvisers and have ad an opportunity to perform two more times.

    our level d ... we continue to build upon what we have learned - new games, short-form improv, and continuing with long form improv - the potpourri has included what are you doing, new (other) choice, gibberish, forward reverse, freeze tag, blind freeze tag, zip zap zop, and many more of which to speak. we continue with idea generator montages, channel surfing, and other long form activities while being reminded to -
    we're looking to seeing folks at our march 4 show
    make bold choices



    Sunday, February 5, 2012

    f|break: chuckle reads

    celebrity autobiography ... as part of sf sketchfest, saw the feb 4 show of celebrity autobiography over here. those at our show last night -
    creators Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel with Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family, on imdb) and his first time with celebrity autobiography, Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210), Fred Willard (Best in Show), Florence Henderson (Brady Bunch) 
    - and what a wonderful set of readings. engineerbri (not to be confused with stranger-dangerbri or mustangbri) and i both agreed that one of the many best moments of the readings was laraine newman's cher - when newman bowed her head onto the microphone (BONK!) as part of the celebrity mash-up portion of the show. (and engineerbri will be visiting a bookstore to check out the actual neil sedaka autobiography). a question i (and i'm sure other audience members) had - publishers publish some of this stuff?! HO-LY-SMOKES!

    enjoy a leisurely fiber break with celebrity autobiography explained (over here)
    for ~ 10:23 minutes, for which you'll want to watch the show yourself!


    BONUS (for me, at least) ... during our show, fred willard read from justin beiber's autobiography.

    RANDOM THOUGHT ... this reminded me of a website with the actual domain name - help me sell more books than justin bieber - REALLY! check it out OVER HERE. and if you don't know who justin bieber is, here are a few head (face) shots - literally - over here.  am i fixated on justin bieber? not always. just when he's in my mouth for 2 + 2 minutes for oral hygiene. 
    (and no, i'm not going to buy bieber's autobiography. 
    maybe i'll check it out of the library, or maybe someone will gift it to me, 
    but no. i have to spend my money on dental floss.)




    Saturday, February 4, 2012

    3 tiny habits: day 5

    thanks @bjfogg for 3 tiny habits
    bravo @bjfogg ... here is my last tiny report for day 5 (and also the last day) of 3 tiny habits, i'll miss bj fogg's checking in on my 3 tiny habits daily victories.

    this past week's victories ... sharing day 1, day 2, days 3, 4 ... and now day 5 (tear). 

    my 3 tiny habits ... it has been great fulfilling my 3 tiny habits with the anchor afters -

    • after i sit down in my office chair, i will place my water glass next to my phone.
    • after i park my car at home, i will clean out one thing from my car. 
    • after i come home after working, i will place my work bag near my stool.

    keeping it simple ... for the day 5 check-in, bj fogg posed the following question -
    "After 5 days, which habit became MOST automatic for you? (Extra credit: Why?)"
    - my response as i reminisced about my 3 tiny habits experience ...
    habit MOST automatic and why? ... my office chair/the water glass habit was the MOST automatic. i think it has been the most automatic because sitting in my chair is no-nonsense, no judgment. and just making sure my water glass is next to my phone is really, REALLY simple. and i realized that i didn't just do that habit when i first arrived at work, it was each time i sat back down in my chair. it has been a TOTAL BONUS that i would fill up my glass with water, drink, and repeat!

    looking forward to answering the wrap up questions.

    THANK YOU!
    got anchor? got habit?
    celebrate. 
     
     

    Friday, February 3, 2012

    3 tiny habits: days 3, 4

    woo-hoo @bjfogg ... i have a witness to my victories! (past victories: day 1 and day 2) and i continue to be more fascinated, esp. with the behavior grid and therefore the behavior wizard.

    celebrating ... celebrating the awesomeness of 3 tiny habits is a must! yesterday (wednesday) morning at cubeopolis, i celebrated my 3 tiny habits victories with a princess cake slice (paddy's coffee house). i shared slices with friends.

    and then post-cubeopolis as i was preparing for my commute home, a friend's (shiny penny andy's) disbelief and surprise echoed in the parking garage -


    OH - MY - GOD!
    YOUR CAR IS CLEAN!!!
    WOW!!!
    (DAMN STRAIGHT!)
    surprises? ... for the day 4 check-in, bj fogg posed the following question -
    "To this point in 3 Tiny Habits, what has surprised you most?"
    after deciding which of the many surprises is the one that surprised me the most, i shared -
    "there are SEVERAL surprises, and as i think about the many surprises ... what has surprised me the MOST is how quickly i became very excited and engaged not only with my tiny habits but with what i know to be my more long-term goals associated with each of these tiny habits. it's like the tiny habit is a runway for me to totally take off onward and upward!" 
    my 3 tiny habits ... it has been great fulfilling my 3 tiny habits with the anchor afters -

    • after i sit down in my office chair, i will place my water glass next to my phone.
    • after i park my car at home, i will clean out one thing from my car. 
    • after i come home after working, i will place my work bag near my stool.
    recap of day 3 (wednesday) ... something quite surprising happened -
    • ofc chair/water glass ... CHECK! **AND** here's something surprising i experienced today. today, i started taking a class after work (once a week for a month). when i got situated around the conference table setting (e.g., setting my computer, organizing my notebook, pens out, etc.), i noticed an offering of chips, power bars, soda, and water. i picked up a can of soda. as soon as i sat in the chair, i looked at the can, got right back up, put the soda back, chose the water, and sat back down. WHAT THE HECK?!  i chuckled when that happened. maybe it was the combination of soda is bad, water is good. but i do believe when i sat down, i looked in the direction of where my phone would be if i was in my office and there was no water glass. i saw the soda i just picked up and that just didn't seem right.   
    • car park/clean car ... CHECK! looking good in my front and rear seating areas and floors! tomorrow, it's 30-seconds with that trunk of mine! 
    • home/work bag ... CHECK! i practically ran to drop off my bags, i was so excited.
     
    recap day 4 (thursday) ... here, i explain a bit more about my "surprise" with my 3 tiny habits experience to date -
    • ofc chair/water glass ... my long-term goal is simply being hydrated and cleansing my system. my tiny habit is just to have my water glass near my office phone. i'm actually filling it up with water and drinking water MUCH MORE regularly. 
    • car park/clean car ... my long-term goal is simply to keep my car organized and not cluttered; this means the seats, glove box, console, under the chairs, trunk, coin holders, etc. - my whole car! today, a friend (who has been a passenger in my car regularly) exclaimed with a happy and incredible chuckle this evening after he opened the passenger door - OH MY GOD! YOUR CAR IS CLEAN!!! WOW!!! SUCCESS!!! 
    • home/work bag ... my long-term goal is to minimize my morning scavenger hunt around my home for my work bag and ultimately for many other items that don't quite have a consistent home, e.g,. keys, bluetooth earpiece, jewelry, mail, etc.
    got anchor? got habit?
    celebrate.
    looking forward to 
    a fantastic friday finale!

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