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“How does time perspective shape our lives?” is the question…

Thanks, Adam for this video from @GoogleTalks, through the Authors@Google series.

In The Time Paradox, Drs. Zimbardo and Boyd draw on thirty years of pioneering research to reveal, for the first time, how your individual time perspective shapes your life and is shaped by the world around you. Further, they demonstrate that your and every other individual’s time zones interact to create national cultures, economics, and personal destinies.

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Isn’t it time we reinvigorate our thinking and start asking more questions? Yes, says The Atlantic. Their refreshing thought initiative, The Atlantic Project, challenges America to Think. Again. 


Get in on the discussion starting with a range of questions such as:

Should women settle? Why do Presidents lie? Which religion will win? Is porn adultery? Is Google making us stupid? When is evil cool?

Each topic is accompanied with sources for more reference (beyond your own opinion and knowledge). Click on an image or topic at the bottom of the page and find either an article, short documentary, video, and/or blog for more information.

Ready. Set. Go.

If you’re a Minnesota resident, you’re well-aware of the precious summer time we have. Now that it’s almost August (and I’m thinking, but summer just began), I realize I still have not gone to an outdoor movie. For the past few years I’ve put this summer activity on my list of ‘to do’s’ and so far I have never followed through. This summer I’m going to really try and do this. Here’s a list of family-oriented movies, from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, with park locations: park_movies_schedule1

Find park locations here.

Also see Loring Park’s Summer Music & Movies calendar. The theme is politics, so catch “Hollywood’s take on politics–from scalding satires of authoritarian regimes by the Marx Brothers to the romantic squabbling of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Music by local and national artists begins at 7 pm, movies at dusk/8:45 pm.

All this visual goodness thanks to co-presenters the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board; sponsorship by Lunds; additional support from The Hotel Minneapolis—a Doubletree Hotel, and Elizabeth Redleaf; and media partners City Pages and 89.3 The Current.

“Facebook in Reality”, amusing and fairly spot-on in its humanized interpretation of the social interactions possible within Facebook. (This was on the BBC Three show The Wall.)

Specifically, it paints a straight-forward story of the questionable actions we seek to make with our Facebook friends. For example, do we need to associate with our neighbor kid from five years ago, who said less than ten words to us when we were neighbors? Just because you and I share twenty mutual friends, should you accept my friend request according to this so-called social/digital connection? Because we’re within the same circle, is it a given that I be granted access to your private (or not-so-private) digital life?

These questions are not new, and they’ve been asked in various formats (face-to-face conversation, blogs, videos, etc) for years, but it seems they’re being asked more frequently now that more people are joining social networking communities.

Current TV created a hilarious, spot-on how-to for navigating the path to love in today’s text-addicted culture.

Watching (and laughing) at this video got me thinking…While I do a fair amount of texting in general, compared to my circle of friends, I still believe in actual phone conversations. When it comes to romantic relationships – potential and real – I appreciate the actual effort that is made on my behalf to better establish real communication. True, I shoot off a ‘casual’ text to say hello or what’s up? but in this day and age, it’s too easy to get lazy and use the text in place of real conversation. We need to gauge the nature/status/level of our relationships with those we want to reach out to and ask, ‘Is a text more appropriate or a phone call?’ Too much texting with too little real talking, or sporadic and random texting is a bit confusing, and borders on frustrating. Who agrees with me?

@ Dunn Bros. I ended up here partly because I have 2 gift cards for Dunn Bros. and 1 for Caribou. I thought about going to a neighborhood coffee joint, such as French Meadow or Common Roots, but decided I felt more ‘chain’ today. Dunn Bros. is a happy medium between cookie-cutter shop and neighborhood ambiance; no two are exactly alike. This particular DB features a charming loft with cozy fireplace, hardwood floors, brick walls, and exposed ducts. (Yes, I am in the Warehouse District, for those of you familiar with downtown Minneapolis.) Saturdays are always relaxing because I can sleep in and be completely lazy if I feel like it. This morning I decided I wanted to have coffee, do some reading, maybe people watch. Since I decided to go with a chain, I thought I should go to a location I had never visited.

But before coffee, I checked mail (real mail, not email). A non-descript white envelope peeked out at me from my too-small mailbox. I didn’t open it until I got here, and to my delight, I saw it was my much-awaited Alex Bec Smile stickers. Immediate thought: Must slap somewhere and document for Alex (and you) to see. And I brought my camera today, just in case I felt like stopping by the river, near the Guthrie or Mill City Museum. A while back, I saw these stickers and they brought a smile to face…basically, they’re the artist’s attempt to “spread a bit of happiness. By placing ‘smile’ stickers in certain places ordinary, mundane objects take on a completely different outlook.True, too often the every-day objects or places give us no point for reflection, no inspiration, no reason to smile. See his work here.

Alex Bec

A few months ago when I had emailed Alex and he agreed to send stickers, upon the condition that I document their whereabouts. I’ll start slapping and snapping soon…

Maybe my first sticker-placement should be on the man here who has been loudly talking on his cell for the last hour!? Do you think he’d hold still long enough for me to get his picture?


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