Follow-up to "Narcissist?"
A couple months ago, I wrote a blog post wherein I questioned whether I'm a Narcissist, or whether I have a bunch of Narcissistic traits. I still don't think I'm much of a Narcissist, although I feel as if I wouldn't know if I was or not.
Anyhow, recently, TED-Ed, which I love, posted a little animated video about it.
Follow-up to "Aiming for resilience"
I recently posted about how enduring stress builds resilience, and how...
In that post, I discussed failure and embedded a quotation about learning from failure. However, this video recently saw points out a problem at success measurement:
In an effort to monopolize as many jeffnords handles as possible, I bought jeffnords.com. It redirects here.
As I noted in my "Adulting" post, being an adult is complicated and fraught with disillusion and cognitive dissonance. I am envious of people who seem to be able to smoothly traverse their lives. Perhaps they've given in to the system, but at least they're happy.
Last Friday, I attended a Professional Day session with an Occupational Therapist. Although the session was aimed at teachers who were dealing with students who had suffered from trauma, I kind-of chose it more for myself. I've been feeling pretty crushed by life as of late and want to get better, want to figure out what's really happening with me.
The therapist made many references to the relationship between stress and resilience. In response, I made a few reflection 30-second videos; here are a couple of them:
When I lived in Egypt, within the first couple months I'd grown pretty sad that I didn't have a guitar. My wife graciously allowed me to put some of our earliest cash towards one, so we went down to Mohammed Ali Street in Cairo and I bought the guitar you see below: an Axl Badwater. I think. I mean, it's not like it came with a label or anything. But I think it's a Badwater of some sort..
I took it apart and planned to carve it up a bunch, but like most of my guitar customization plans, I still haven't made that happen. I thought I'd brought home a unique guitar, but found a very similar one in a guitar shop in Victoria. That kind-of took the wind out of getting it ready to rock.
So yesterday I put it back together and walked over to Long and McQuade and bought some regular old nickel-wound strings for the first time in a decade or so.
I fiddled with it a bit, but didn't quite want to plug it in yet.
But after a lone "heart" from Tinker McJingles, I decided to make sure I made the promised video.
It's not entertaining, but I have to admit that the guitar sounds better than it ever sounded in Egypt. That's partly due to the brand new strings, but definitely also due to the fact that I'm using my Marshall now. Middling guitars can sound pretty good with new strings and a good-enough amp.
It's not an overly comfortable guitar, at least in comparison with The Crow. But it's sure nice to play with a humbucker for once. And it could be a lot worse. And, as I've learned with most of my judgement calls, there are millions of players who will make this guitar sound much, much better.
Sounds great with that distortion and tremolo.
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