THIN AIR Streeter: Ashley Goodfellow

 

I’m guest blogging on the THIN AIR blog! Here’s my first entry.  I’m going around the city finding people who like reading and asking them a few questions.  

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THIN AIR streeter: Ashley Goodfellow

I met Ashley Goodfellow on the set of a film being shot in Winnipeg.

We were both extras and, as many extras can attest to, there was plenty of downtime. While waiting for her next scene, Ashley was reading Echkart Tolles’ A New Earth. For my first THIN AIR streeter I decided to come back to Ashley to ask her a few questions about her current book selection.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey,” she said. “I love insightful books; books that make you think.”

Why did you choose that particular book?

“[It] was recommended to me by my previous employer. I actually didn’t have any interest in reading it – sounded kinda lame to me and I almost didn’t get it. But now that I’ve gotten into it I feel bad having judged it because it’s honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s my second favourite book next to Tolles’ A New Earth. It’s a life-changing book for sure! It’s helped me as much personally as it has professionally and has taught me some amazing insights that I can apply to all areas of my life. It’s amazing! So glad I decided to read it!”

Why do you enjoy reading?

“I hated reading as a kid and then one day, I just woke up in my teen years and had to read everything in sight!

The first novel I ever read was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It was assigned reading by my high school teacher. I loved that book!

Then I read The Thief of Always by Clive Barker and I was off to the races! I love how reading stories can transport you to other times and other places. I started reading self-help type of books, insightful books, and loved how they challenged my beliefs/opinions and really made me think and question why I believe what I believe.

I suppose I love to read now because I love to learn! I believe words have great power and we need to respect them and use them wisely. For example, with words alone you can tear someone down or build them up. Words are powerful, and so is the knowledge they convey. I also believe knowledge is power, and I crave knowledge/learning.

I also read books about controversial topics such as “How Porn has hijacked our Sexuality” and “Saving Jesus from the Church”.

Do you have any final thoughts?

“I feel sad for people that don’t like to read. I feel like they’re missing out on some of the richness of life. Reading is enriching and empowering. If there’s something you want to learn, then there’s a book that will teach you. It blows my mind that we have access to bookstores, libraries and online media where we can essentially learn anything we want. Books really are open doors to anywhere we want to go…”

A new THIN AIR streeter takes place right on the streets of Winnipeg every week. Next time, we could be walking up to YOU and asking questions about your book selections. Be ready!

–          Joel Nickel

LINKS:

The 7 habits of Highly Effective People – https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits.php

A New Earth – http://contemporarylit.about.com/od/philosophyreligion/fr/aNewEarth.htm

Ways Our Minds Warp Time

Via PsyBlog

The mind does funny things to our experience of time. Just ask French cave expert Michel Siffre.

In 1962 Siffre went to live in a cave that was completely isolated from mechanical clocks and natural light. He soon began to experience a huge change in his perception of time.

When he tried to measure out two minutes by counting up to 120 at one-second intervals, it took him 5 minutes. After emerging from the cave he guessed the trip had lasted 34 days. He’d actually been down there for 59 days. His experience of time was rapidly changing. From an outside perspective he was slowing down, but the psychological experience for Siffre was that time was speeding up.

But you don’t have to hide out in a cave for a couple of months to warp time, it happens to us all the time. Our experience of time is flexible; it depends on attention, motivation, the emotions and more.

1. Life-threatening situations

People often report that time seems to slow down in life-threatening situations, like skydiving.

But are we really processing more information in these seconds when time seems to stretch? Is it like slow-motion cameras in sports which can actually see more details of the high-speed action?

To test this, Stetson et al. (2007) had people staring at a special chronometer while free-falling 50 metres into a net. What they found was that time resolution doesn’t increase: we’re not able to distinguish shorter periods of time when in danger. What happens is we remember the time as longer because we record more of the experience. Life-threatening experiences make us really pay attention but we don’t gain superhuman powers of perception.

2. Time doesn’t fly when you’re having fun

We’ve all experienced the fact that time seems to fly when we’re having fun. Or does it? What about when you’re listening to a fantastic uplifting piece of music? Does time seem to fly by, or conversely, does it seem to slow down?

When this was tested by Kellaris (1992), they found that when listeners enjoyed the music more, time seemed to slow down. This may be because when we enjoy music we listen more carefully, getting lost in it. Greater attention leads to perception of a longer interval of time.

The same thing happens when you have a really good, exciting day out. At the end of the day it can feel like you ate breakfast a lifetime ago. You enjoyed yourself enormously and yet time has stretched out.

The fact that we intuitively believe time flies when we’re having fun may have more to do with how time seems to slow when we’re not having fun. Boredom draws our attention to the passage of time which gives us the feeling that it’s slowing down.

Or—prepare yourself for a 180 degree about-face—it could all be the other way around. Perhaps you’re having fun when time flies. In other words, we assume we’ve been enjoying ourselves when we notice that time has passed quickly.

There’s evidence for this in a recent experiment by Sackett et al. (2010). Participants doing a boring task were tricked into thinking it had lasted half as long as it really had. They thought it was more enjoyable than those who had been doing exactly the same task but who hadn’t been tricked about how much time had passed.

Ultimately it may come down to how much you believe that time flies when you’re having fun. Sackett and colleagues tested this idea as well and found it was true. In their experiments, people who believed more strongly in the idea that time flies when you’re having fun were more likely to believe they were having fun when time flew. So, the whole thing could partly be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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A Philosophy of Mokey – S4E05 – A Tune For Two

*visit the Mokeyism blog.

The story opens with Sprocket playing some game on an archaic computer and Doc comes shivering in through the door.  He comments on how cold it is: “and though the seasonal metamorphosis moves me in mysterious ways I still mourn the loss of nature’s abundance.”

Sprocket shoots him a confused look.

“The Garden,” Doc explains.  All of the plants in the garden have died because of the frost of Autumn. “At least we still have Lucinda,” but unfortunately, Sprocket hasn’t been keeping up with his duties to take care of Lucinda, the plant.  Sprocket feels badly about Lucinda, but Doc reassures him that “Lucinda is a hearty specimen,” and isn’t dead yet.  They need to continue to water her and also talk to her.  Doc says he read it in a book called: “You’re Okay, and Your Plant is Okay Too.”  So he begins telling Lucinda his whole life story while Sprocket giggles on the floor.

In Fraggle Rock, a social event is taking place.  Fraggles pair off and sing to each other in something called a Duet-a-thon.  It’s a “very meaningful event” in which each Fraggle picks “the perfect partner with which to blend their voice in song.”  Mokey has picked Red.  Mokey views the duet-a-thon as “a meeting of minds,” and “a harmony of souls,” they’ve written a song that illustrates their friendship.

But Red sees the event as having a different significance.

“[It’s] a really neat contest that we’re going to win!” She proclaims proudly.

Even though Red and Mokey are roommates and best friends, and had apparently written the song ahead of time, they have different ideas about the content of the song.

Red wants it to be about a great warrior slaying dragons who turns them into something called Doozer dust. Mokey doesn’t want to sing about something so violent.

“Violence? What has dragon slaying got to do with violence?” Red asks.

Rather than argue, Mokey turns to Wembley and asks him what he and Gobo will be singing about. Wembley is horrified to realize that he doesn’t know! He and Gobo hadn’t actually talked about what song they are doing.

“I’ve been so excited about the duet-a-thon that I completely forgot!” He cries.

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A Philosophy of Mokey – S4E19 – Mokey Then and Now

The episode blows your mind immediately as you begin watching it.  Doc is talking to his dog, Sprocket, about time travel. “Wouldn’t it be fun to travel in time? Of course you wouldn’t go anywhere because the past and the future are happening here and now in the present. It’s all a question of perception. I thought dogs knew stuff like that.”

They made a model of a time machine and Doc suggests trying it out.  So he stuffs Sprocket in and locks him inside.  Then he begins to shake the machine and says: “and now to press the button to the not so distant future.” But then he leaves. He grabs his hat and leaves with Sprocket still locked in the time machine only to return a few moments later dressed as an old man! He unlocks Sprocket from time machine and says: “Sprocket, where have you been all these years?” Wow, way to mess with Sprocket’s mind!

The story revolves around Mokey who’s putting on a play she wrote called ‘the legend of Bloomdig’; she plays Bloomdig. It’s about a great leader, Bloomdig, who was some sort of deity who “appeared out of nowhere”. Bloomdig lived in a time where everyone was bald and “anyone with hair was instantly banished.”

“Better bald than banished,” quips Wembley

Mokey, Boober, and Wembley are rehearsing in the cave in which Bloomdig supposedly appeared out of nothing.   She makes them wear hats, because the ancient bald Fraggles needed to wear hats. (Makes sense. They needed something to cover their heads, and it sure as hell couldn’t be hair!)

We learn an important fact about Mokey in this episode: she’s a method actor.  She has to go to the Sacred Cave to rehearse, and when Boober expresses his anxiousness about being in the Sacred Cave, Mokey responds: “Mokey? Who’s Mokey? I am Bloomdig, great and wondrous leader of the Fraggles who were Bald.”  Another thing we learn is that Fraggles call their ancestors Fraggles who were Bald.

Boober finds a “mysterious and somehow familiar” painting of a Fraggle, which appears on one of the cave walls.  Weirdly enough, the Fraggle was depicted with hair.  Mokey immediately dismisses it. “Wembley, this is no time for ferburps.” *I assume that’s Fragglian for: nonsense.

Obviously the word is archaic and Wembley has no idea what she’s saying.

“Bloomdig lives in a time where Fraggles were bald, she talked funny,” which I found amusing remembering my first encounters with Shakespeare and Chaucer, and I’m sure if I knew Latin or Greek the same would be true for Homer and Socrates. For Henson to include such concepts is why he’s my favourite storyteller!  It makes you believe that they have their own Fraggle society that’s been going on for a very long period of time.

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“In This Twilight” – Nine Inch Nails

Watch the sun,
As it crawls across a final time.
And it feels like,
Like it was a friend.
If it’s watching us,
And the world we set on fire,
Do you wonder,
If it feels the same.

And the sky is filled with light,
Can you see it?
All the black is really white,
If you believe it.
As our time is running out,
Let me take away your doubt.
We can find a better place,
In this twilight.

Dust to dust,
Ashes in your hair remind me,
What it feels like,
And I won’t feel again.
Night descends,
Could I have been a better person,
If I could only do it all again?

But the sky is filled with light,
Do you see it?
All the black is really white,
If you believe it.
And the longing that you feel,
You know none of this is real.
We will find a better place,
In this twilight.

Official Music Video for “Ennui” by Grey Spade

So now for something that ISN’T from the Ouroboros – Original Score, this is a song called “Ennui”.  The first single from an as-of-now unnamed, upcoming Grey Spade album.  I filmed the Music Video in Media Production class.  Let me know what you think.

Featuring the lovely Jennifer David as the physical embodiment of Beauty and Happiness. 🙂 *type-casting!  Thanks for all your help, Jennifer!