The layman’s anthem – Pissed Off And Mad About It. We are. Amen. No kidding.
We’ve all seen it. We’ve all felt it. We hear it day in and day out. Seems that EVERYONE these days is constantly angry – as in pissed off and mad about it. We ain’t taking no shit. We’re going to bite before the other party has a chance to bite us. To hell with right or wrong – we are all going to act like politicians and aren’t they just one fine bunch of human beings.
Well, the Texas Hippie Coalition (God bless them all – and they are all fine human beings) wrote what is certainly the anthem of the American layman today. They wrote this song back in ’08 so they were well ahead of their time.
Play it loud. Play it often. Send this song to your elected representatives and share with them the wonderful feelings that stir in our souls. They should go to church this Sunday and thank God that tar and feathers aren’t as easy to come by as they were in the earlier history of our country (just kidding, probably, no really, well, we’ll see).
These days we need referees from the WWF to moderate our town meetings. And if you happen to attend a “political” event it starts to smell an awful lot like the two minutes of hate some guy named Orwell wrote about. To see some really neat stuff, follow President Trump on twitter. We all know how some of his tweets seem other worldly. But, take a look at the tweets that follow each and every one of his. It is sad that human beings can even think such thoughts.
Better days are ahead. We get to trick-or-treat on Halloween and Santa Claus will make all things right for us this Christmas. But in the mean time we are Pissed Off And Mad About It.
Today was a great day to kick back and relax. The sky was clear and the temperature truly balmy – almost hot. It is definitely a strange year in the weather arena.
I had a chance to read leisurely in my Psychology text. Experiments and studies, data collection and reduction. Statistics, correlation coefficients, skewed distributions, equations. It was all a lot of fun and very relaxing.
I learned the great value of landing in the control group – you don’t have to record tons and tons of data. And how you can add “power” to a survey by either adding a lot more questions – especially asking the same thing in different ways – or surveying a larger sample of people.
How many times have we heard students complaining about homework? Let me tell you, as a new student, homework these days is fun. Maybe that should even be FUN.
This week we had a reading assignment in our massive text book. However, we got to go online to something called “BlackBoard” and print out an outline of the chapter. Our assignment was to fill in the blanks and tables in the outline as we read the text. How easy is that? Piece of cake.
Even better, on BlackBoard we can access the same set of slides used by the instructor in class. And even better yet, there are linked in videos to watch – lots of them. The only thing not flowing from the school’s website is popcorn – and I have plenty of that in the kitchen.
This psychology stuff is all right. And school is more fun than ever.
I almost titled this “Back to the Salt Mine” but it seemed that Back In School was actually better. Today was my first day in a class room as an enrolled student, yes taking a class, in 23 years. It was fun. It was interesting. And things have certainly changed.
Last fall, I read a book called The 10 Minute Cognitive Workout. I was skeptical, but I tried it and got amazing results. And quickly – almost instantly. This book explained a thing called cognitive reprogramming. Reprogram the executive centers in your brain and the rest of you body falls into line. It really only takes 10 minutes each day. It really works. I’ll describe my experiences, tests, and trials in other posts.
Having been bitten by the bug of unexpectedly good results, I did a little reading and found this other thing called neuroplasticity. In neuroplasticity, our brain is constantly changing and adapting to the things and environments we experience. And to make things even sweeter, our brain is constantly growing new brain cells. So, if we are going to tend a garden lets go for a great crop.
I sat today in that purposefully uncomfortable student desk and took the first lecture in my Psychology 101 course. (It is 102 in the course catalog but that just indicates a way better introductory class). The professor launched us off with the usual line “so much to cover, so little time” – don’t be disappointed – which is secret academic speak for I am going to kick your butt and if you can keep up you will learn a lot.
My hover board is stowed away. My text book at the ready. In class today, I see that most material is introduced on the web and not in the classroom. You can literally drown in all the stuff a department staff can link into a course web page. But hey, we’re paying for this and a lot of the posted stuff is really good. I haven’t experienced online quizzes yet or take home exams or papers written in the internet age. It will be fun. Psychologically, I’ll probably finish as a better man. Or at least a smarter man.