Saturday, July 26, 2014

Safety Not Guaranteed

A pleasant surprise from Netflix...


Safety Not Guaranteed is a 2012 independent film by director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly.  It stars Aubrey Plaza as Darius - an aimless 20-something magazine intern, and Mark Duplass as Kenneth - a small town grocery store clerk who is either a little mad or an imminent time traveler.

Safety Not Guaranteed is a clever, gentle, funny, and wistful examination of longing, regret, first times, and second chances.

Does Kenneth save Belinda? I recommend you watch Safety Not Guaranteed so you can tell me...

Friday, July 25, 2014

I Have a Commute Again

Therefore I can listen to podcasts...



When I first arrived in Prescott I lived in an apartment all of five minutes from work. My drive-time podcast listening took a major hit. Now that I have a place about 15 miles and 30 minutes from school I can get some serious listening in.

iTunes U


Humanity and Sin Dallas Theological Seminary

"A study of angelology, the doctrines of the unfallen angels, the fallen angels, and Satan; anthropology, a study of the creation of humanity, the material and immaterial aspects of humanity, and the Fall of humanity; and original and personal sin."

Evolution of Mind, Brain, and Culture Emory College

"An Overview of the Latest Discoveries in Biological, Cognitive and Cultural Studies of Evolution. Scholars of evolution gathered at Emory University for the Evolution of Brain, Mind and Culture conference on November 12-13, 2009. The talks give an overview of the latest discoveries in biological, cognitive and cultural studies of evolution. Emory's Center for Mind, Brain and Culture hosted the event. Speakers included science writer Matt Ridley, Emory primatologist Frans de Waal, Richard Passingham and noted anthropologist Joe Henrich, among others."


Witch-Hunts and Persecution La Trobe University Australia

"In this course, we will use the anthropological approach and methodology to understand witch-hunts and persecution. We start by looking at magic, witchcraft and sorcery and explaining the persistence of related beliefs and practices. As we will see the basic idea of witch persecution is that we have an image of a witch (or sorcerer) and then we pin it on someone. We analyze this image in greater detail. Pinning this image on someone is a process of accusation; we analyze among whom, why and how accusations occur. Finally, we look at some “witch-hunts”—including the Great Witch-hunt, the Salem Trials, and McCarthyism—in greater detail."

The New Psychology of Depression Oxford University

"We live in a world filled with material wealth, live longer and healthier lives, and yet anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and depression have never been more common. What are the driving forces behind these interlinked global epidemics? In this series, Professor Mark Williams (Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at Oxford University) and Dr Danny Penman discuss the recent scientific advances that have radically altered our understanding of depression and related disorders. Also discussed is the latest treatments and therapies that are offering hope to those suffering from depression. Professor Williams co-developed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a treatment for anxiety, stress and depression that is at least as effective as drugs at preventing new episodes of depression. It's now one of the preferred treatments for depression recommended by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. The same technique, based upon an ancient form of meditation, can also help us cope more effectively with the relentless demands of our increasingly frantic world. Professor Williams and Dr Penman co-authored the bestselling book Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World."

Environmental Psychology UC Irvine

"How are people affected by overcrowding, traffic congestion, and noise? Why do people litter or vandalize their environments? How do buildings affect their occupants? Does the architectural design of apartment buildings influence patterns of neighboring and friendship formation? Why do people consume scarce environmental resources? Can residential, work, and neighborhood settings be designed to reduce stress, increase productivity, and promote physical activity? These are some of the questions that have concerned environmental psychologists. Environmental psychology is the study of human behavior and well-being in relation to the large-scale, sociophysical environment. The term, large-scale environment, refers to places such as homes, offices, neighborhoods, and whole communities. These places can be described in terms of several physical and social dimensions, including their geographical location, architectural design, membership and social organization. The term, sociophysical environment, reflects the assumption that the physical and social dimensions of places are closely intertwined. The architectural design of a housing complex, for example, can exert a subtle but substantial impact on the friendship patterns that develop among residents. This course emphasizes the interdependence between physical and social aspects of places, rather than viewing these dimensions as separate and isolated."

Podcasts

My podcast listening has remained much the same, but having access to iTunes on my new iMac has restored access to several old favorites:

Reasonable Doubts

"Reasonable Doubts takes an informative and humorous look at religion from a freethinking perspective; offering news and commentary of interest to skeptics, atheists, agnostics, humanists, courageous religious believers looking for a challenge and freethinkers of all persuasions. In addition to interviewing the top minds in skepticism (former guests include Christopher Hitchens, Susan Jacoby, Paul Kurtz, Edward Tabash, DJ Grothe) RD offers regular segments on counter-apologetics, biblical criticism, creationism intelligent design and church state issues. RD also examines the psychology of religion, reviewing recent and exciting research you won't hear about anywhere else. Tune in for a hard-hitting critique of religion balanced by plenty of humor, a fair-minded attitude and a commitment to critical thinking. Check out our website at doubtcast.org for information, episode links or to email questions, comments and challenges. Reasonable Doubts...for those who won't just take things on faith."

Quackcast

"A review of Quacks, Frauds and Charlatans. Oops. Thats not right. That should be Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine i.e. SCAM's. Winner in 2009, 2010, and 2011 of The People's Choice Podcast Awards for Best Health Podcast. A side project of Pusware LLC, home of the Infectious DIsease Compendium: A Persiflagers Guide, your uber hyperlinked guide to Infectious Disease, the Persiflagers Infectious Disease Puscast and a Gobbet o' Pus."

Hmmm! Brain food. Life is good.




Sunday, July 6, 2014

The View From The Sofa

Is mighty rustic...


And yes, I do "use antlers in all of my decorating."


And the pines are nice.


I'll have to get off the sofa one of these days, but for now I think I'll close my eyes, for just a few minutes.



The Loft

Is ready for house guests...


I bought a log home nestled in the Ponderosa pines in the Groom Creek area south of Prescott. It's cozy, only 1088 square feet. It has two bedrooms and a loft. It'll sleep three or four without effort.  If guests are comfortable on the floor or bring cots there's room for a dozen.  We'd have to work up a schedule for use of the single bathroom though.  


This place is solid, all pine logs and heavy iron bolts.  There are many homes I could imagine living in the rest of my life. This little place feels like the place I should have lived in all my life.

The Den

My idea of man cave is coming together...


Another bookshelf bit the dust on this move so I only put out the books I haven't read yet. The "read" boxes will probably go to the loft as time and energy permit. The friends who helped me move kept muttering about "libraries" and "kindles" the whole move. They might be on to something... I'll set up the iMac after Cable One visits next week.

PS Cell phone coverage is so spotty up here I'm having a land line installed with my cable service...quell retro