Here in New Zealand it is most definitely Friday in mid-winter. As regular readers will know, I’m not one given to recommend medications – but in deepest, darkest winter there comes a time whenI think it’s wise to consider effective treatments for our winter blues.
As some of you noted, last Friday I didn’t post a Friday Funnies – and did I get my hand slapped. Sorry.
This week, never fear (or should I reword that?) here are the Friday Funnies.
OK, last one…
(do you think that works on teenagers or during a so-called ‘sleepover’?!)
Fabulous places on the web:
Stress and Humour – Patricia Cameron-Brown and Shayne Yates show us that Ozzies haven’t lost their sense of humour. This couple have been around in healthcare for years – at least since 1995! Worth a wander through their site, and consider either attending a workshop, or getting a DVD of their material – laughter really is good for your health.
Laughter yoga? Well you might if I ever did any yoga – but this is different. The Giggles run workshops and seminars in Christchurch on how to incorporate laughter into your workplace. Here’s a link to some of their information about the research carried out on laughter in the workplace.
…and at the last minute, I stumbled across this one (couldn’t resist)
Things I wish were real…and some that actually are.
Yes, that’s a USB pet rock. It simply sits. Being a rock.
An occupational therapists ‘extreme solution’ (please, don’t!)
And special people and places I’ve seen…
Marianna Paulson, aka AuntieStress (on Twitter) – a warm, caring person who shares readily and writes about life as it is – go here for a taste
Research Blogging, edited by Dave Munger, tireless, indefatigable man with humour and passion for getting real research ‘out there’ – go here for the latest research posts
Tony Bridge – for a visual feast, and unafraid to be himself online and share his ups and downs, he comes across as very real – go here for stunning pictures
That’s it for today – I hope your weekend refreshes, enchants and engages your imagination.
Have you had a hard week? Is Saturday taking too long to arrive? Read on and be prepared!
Posts & tweets I liked this week:
Arabic proverb: “He who doesn’t know how to dance says the ground is uneven.” via @shiradotnet on Twitter
Growth needs sadness – a post on making meaning from loss and growing in a positive way from these experiences
The ever-learning Diane Jacobs on Twitter @dfjpt Sharon Begley on neural correlates of culture on fMRI. (Maybe we could see the brain as being like a tree, a living… http://bit.ly/919wpY
My friend @AuntieStress on Twitter ‘Difficult people in your life? Remember, you can only manage you. (Ongoing project!)’
…and what I saw on Sunday last week & sometimes how I feel at work (with less sunshine!)
It’s been a week or two since I last posted Friday Funnies, but Do Not Panic! Dreadful though they may be, they return with vengeance today.
First, a little light philosophy – Aphorisms of the Philosophers (courtesy of Glyn Hughes Squashed Philosophers: Go there, you’ll love it)
One who knows and knows he knows is a wise man, Follow Him
One who knows and knows not he knows is asleep, Awaken him
One who knows not and knows he knows not is a child, Teach him
One who knows not and knows not he knows not is a Fool, Avoid him
Schopenhauer – Would you believe, German pessimist academic philosopher (no kidding!)
Der Reichtum gleicht dem Seewasser: je mehr man davon trinkt, desto durstiger wird man. (Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.)
Intellect is invisible to the man who has none. Aphorismen for Wisdom
Nietzsche Fiercely anti-religious German academic philosopher
Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? Beyond Good and Evil
Oldie but goodie
… and last but not least: cute animal pix with captions
…OK that last one? Slipped in when I wasn’t looking, pass me the bucket kthx
I can heave a sigh of relief, because draft number two (hopefully final draft) of the PhD proposal is off to be reviewed…if I only didn’t ask so many questions of myself I’m sure it would be easier!
So, time to chill out and bit and start the process of relaxing before Labour Weekend.
After having had a very productive morning with two other therapists, having coffee, laughing, telling stories and planning a workshop, I thought I’d search the internet for some takes from other people on the theme of When Women Get Together… enjoy and have a great weekend!
First up: When women get together outside the kitchen is a post from Zuska about the way in which other people, typically men, view groups of women when they’re together. This excerpt from UrsulaK le Guin,
How men feared women! she thought, walking among the late-flowering roses. Not as individuals, but women when they talked together, worked together, spoke up for one another – then men saw plots, cabals, constraints, traps being laid.
Zuska continues with a look at the way women can be perceived even in informal gatherings in an academic setting… Beware men, some of us really ARE plotting and out to get ya!
There really are only three reasons for women meeting together outside the kitchen:
- Catfight. Two women fighting with each other, generally over a man or access to a man. You know, of the Krystle & Alexis variety, which the menz are always hoping will devolve into
- Plotting against a man or men in general. They want to manipulate him, they want to defame him, they want to emasculate all men. Whatever it is, you can be sure they are Up To No Good.
- Swapping recipes for the next time they are meeting together inside the kitchen.
Of course, some women get together to plot revenge…while others simply take action – alone
And others simply let their hair down as these women dancing Khaleegi (Arabian Gulf-style dance) show us.
Which reminds me that everyone, including the men in our lives, need to take a break. Let’s do this over the weekend!
Mebbee dey mennt liddle horses?
350 horsies can do much more work than one silly lil truck.
Ehn. I see yer problem right here – there’re no horses in this enjin.
also, there’s no hay for them either.
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Shooda used da teleporter
Have a great weekend – the first weekend in SPRING!
Feels good, doesn’t it? The last day of the week, winding down for a weekend of relaxation, family, all that good stuff… To help you prepare I’ve found some fun mind stuff just to keep you on your toes until the end of the working day!
First up: think you have a good brain? Feel like testing it? Cognitive Fun has a whole lot of great cognitive tests to tickle your fancy. See how well you can recognise musical intervals, visual memory, the Eriksen Flanker test (no, it has nothing to do with ball handling skills), spatial working memory – oh the list goes on. You can make up a (free) account, and come back to test your skills, as well as check your results against the collected results of others who have whiled away their last working hours on these clever games.
For a rather more traditional set of optical illusions, you can go here to ‘Scientific Psychic’ – an oxymoron if ever there was…
Some quirky and quite challenging visual information processing activities, this site EyeCanLearn (and you thought my puns were bad…) has some really tricky figure-ground puzzles, and some fun eye tracking activities that are sure to develop your ability to read faster (and perhaps find your keys on a desktop?!)
On a slightly more sensible note, Psychology Today has a series of self tests on topics like Burnout, Procrastination (can’t think of anyone that might apply to!), and attention. Have fun!