PocketBlog Vol. 4 (4/12)

I apologize for the very cut-and-dried format of this week's installment; I was in a bit of a rush.

RMPA


This coming weekend, I and a small group of other psychology undergraduates will be traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the 2011 RMPA (Rocky Mountain Psychological Association) conference.  There, we will present a research study we worked on with a professor.  This study is a massive undertaking that involved several years of preparation between two different universities.  As for the presentation, we will be presenting in front of some of the leading psychologists in the Rocky Mountain area.  So that's pretty stressful.  I'm not worried per se, but there a nice, adaptive feeling of panic and stress setting in as I prepare and study and rehearse it.  The rest of the weekend will be devoted to seeing other presentations from said leading psychologists, attending workshops, and visiting the local college (which is so old-fashioned, the females are required to wear long skirts). Sometime today, I need to go pick up another nice shirt and tie to wear to the conference.  I'm not sure if anyone will care if I wear a white shirt and red tie both days.

Psychology Networking


So tonight, I need to take a brief break from RMPA preparation, because there is a networking even for psychology at the university.  This is very exciting, because there will be a number of organizations there looking for potential interns and employees.  As a junior, this is a big opportunity to get a good internship with a high-profile organization.  There are going to be a couple of mental health organizations there, which will be cool.  Oh yeah, and the FB-fucking-I.  Can you imagine how many dick measuring contests you would win if you had a job at the FBI?  There is more stress here on account of the prospect of an internship in Washing D.C.  RIght now, I'm working on a resume to hand out to the folks at the networking event so I can get my name out there.  Even though I'm leaning more toward a counseling career, being a psychologist for the FBI would not be a shabby trade-off.  It was an interest I had at one time and then sort of let go of, but this has renewed my interest in being a part of it.

Stand-Up


I will frequently get into modes where I become engrossed in stand-up comedy.  I'll start hunting down DVDs of the comedians or looking up acts on Youtube.  On top of that, I will attempt to learn about one new comedian every time I do this.  This time, I returned to Louis C.K. with "Hilarious", which was a much stronger act than "All Chewed Up".  After "Hilarious", I stumbled upon Jim Gaffigan, a comedian I hadn't had much exposure to beyond his excellent "Hot Pockets" piece.  I believe someone on the forum posted another video of his, which prompted me to hunt down his "Beyond the Pale" (on Netflix instant) and "King Baby" DVDs.  They are both excellent and have cemented Jim Gaffigan as one of my new favorite comedians.  Sometime this week I'll give Kevin Hart a try.  I've heard some good things about him.  This renewed interest in stand-up comedy has once again prompted me to give some thought to my own stand-up.  I work best if I'm playing off of someone else, and I need to write more material, but I really want to keep it in mind for something to consider testing out. 

What I'm Playing


I have had limited time for gaming in the past week on account of my horribly cramped schedule, what with RMPA preparation and the papers I have, and a couple of tests I still need to make up.  I've been mostly doing iPhone games in between classes.  Two days ago, in a state of extreme stress, went on a comfort spending spree on the iTunes store (so really not that much money) and bought a ton of games.  I finally got the Angry Birds games, along with Canabalt, Land-a-Panda, Mirror's Edge, and my new obsession, a game called Collision Effect.  Everyone should give this one a try because it is awesome.  It's a highly addictive little puzzle action game about action and reflexes.  I tried posting a picture here but it would only show up either massive, or tiny and right justified.  Next week I plan on hitting Dragon Age again, hard.  I've been missing it something fierce.

What I'm Watching


Again, not a lot considering how busy I am.  I was going to see Hanna on Sunday but I instead spent Saturday night getting drunk and mucking around on my Twitter account.  Major bummer there.  I did rent the movie I Love You, Phillip Morris, which I loved.  It sometimes seemed like elements of Jim Carrey's wilder movies and the black humor of Bad Santa were fighting to get out of the shell of this romantic comedy-drama.  It occasionally was detrimental to the film but it didn't stop it from being a very sweet movie, and a very brave and impressive performance from Carrey.  

What I'm Hearing


I've been having a lot more interest in electronic music lately, particularly since last week's of Tron: Legacy: Reconfigured, which is one hell of a techno album.  I started tracking down some of the other material these artists have done, and I really like it.  All of it.  I'm going to get back to my own music writing after this weekend.  Stay tuned.
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Posted by DrPockets000

I apologize for the very cut-and-dried format of this week's installment; I was in a bit of a rush.

RMPA


This coming weekend, I and a small group of other psychology undergraduates will be traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah to attend the 2011 RMPA (Rocky Mountain Psychological Association) conference.  There, we will present a research study we worked on with a professor.  This study is a massive undertaking that involved several years of preparation between two different universities.  As for the presentation, we will be presenting in front of some of the leading psychologists in the Rocky Mountain area.  So that's pretty stressful.  I'm not worried per se, but there a nice, adaptive feeling of panic and stress setting in as I prepare and study and rehearse it.  The rest of the weekend will be devoted to seeing other presentations from said leading psychologists, attending workshops, and visiting the local college (which is so old-fashioned, the females are required to wear long skirts). Sometime today, I need to go pick up another nice shirt and tie to wear to the conference.  I'm not sure if anyone will care if I wear a white shirt and red tie both days.

Psychology Networking


So tonight, I need to take a brief break from RMPA preparation, because there is a networking even for psychology at the university.  This is very exciting, because there will be a number of organizations there looking for potential interns and employees.  As a junior, this is a big opportunity to get a good internship with a high-profile organization.  There are going to be a couple of mental health organizations there, which will be cool.  Oh yeah, and the FB-fucking-I.  Can you imagine how many dick measuring contests you would win if you had a job at the FBI?  There is more stress here on account of the prospect of an internship in Washing D.C.  RIght now, I'm working on a resume to hand out to the folks at the networking event so I can get my name out there.  Even though I'm leaning more toward a counseling career, being a psychologist for the FBI would not be a shabby trade-off.  It was an interest I had at one time and then sort of let go of, but this has renewed my interest in being a part of it.

Stand-Up


I will frequently get into modes where I become engrossed in stand-up comedy.  I'll start hunting down DVDs of the comedians or looking up acts on Youtube.  On top of that, I will attempt to learn about one new comedian every time I do this.  This time, I returned to Louis C.K. with "Hilarious", which was a much stronger act than "All Chewed Up".  After "Hilarious", I stumbled upon Jim Gaffigan, a comedian I hadn't had much exposure to beyond his excellent "Hot Pockets" piece.  I believe someone on the forum posted another video of his, which prompted me to hunt down his "Beyond the Pale" (on Netflix instant) and "King Baby" DVDs.  They are both excellent and have cemented Jim Gaffigan as one of my new favorite comedians.  Sometime this week I'll give Kevin Hart a try.  I've heard some good things about him.  This renewed interest in stand-up comedy has once again prompted me to give some thought to my own stand-up.  I work best if I'm playing off of someone else, and I need to write more material, but I really want to keep it in mind for something to consider testing out. 

What I'm Playing


I have had limited time for gaming in the past week on account of my horribly cramped schedule, what with RMPA preparation and the papers I have, and a couple of tests I still need to make up.  I've been mostly doing iPhone games in between classes.  Two days ago, in a state of extreme stress, went on a comfort spending spree on the iTunes store (so really not that much money) and bought a ton of games.  I finally got the Angry Birds games, along with Canabalt, Land-a-Panda, Mirror's Edge, and my new obsession, a game called Collision Effect.  Everyone should give this one a try because it is awesome.  It's a highly addictive little puzzle action game about action and reflexes.  I tried posting a picture here but it would only show up either massive, or tiny and right justified.  Next week I plan on hitting Dragon Age again, hard.  I've been missing it something fierce.

What I'm Watching


Again, not a lot considering how busy I am.  I was going to see Hanna on Sunday but I instead spent Saturday night getting drunk and mucking around on my Twitter account.  Major bummer there.  I did rent the movie I Love You, Phillip Morris, which I loved.  It sometimes seemed like elements of Jim Carrey's wilder movies and the black humor of Bad Santa were fighting to get out of the shell of this romantic comedy-drama.  It occasionally was detrimental to the film but it didn't stop it from being a very sweet movie, and a very brave and impressive performance from Carrey.  

What I'm Hearing


I've been having a lot more interest in electronic music lately, particularly since last week's of Tron: Legacy: Reconfigured, which is one hell of a techno album.  I started tracking down some of the other material these artists have done, and I really like it.  All of it.  I'm going to get back to my own music writing after this weekend.  Stay tuned.
Posted by JJWeatherman

GL with the conference. I say wear a blue tie. Red ties and white shirts look nerdy.  =P

Edited by DrPockets000
@JJWeatherman said:

" GL with the conference. I say wear a blue tie. Red ties and white shirts look nerdy.  =P "

Thanks, haha.  Well, a red tie is what I had.  I've always thought that red ties make you look Republican.  But I have a blue tie too, so maybe I'll take that along and have a woman choose for me.  They know best. 
Posted by Skald

Comfort spending on the iTunes store...


I've been there.
Posted by Kolonel_Kool

You need to check out Bill Burr, he's my favorite comedian working right now.

Posted by JJWeatherman
@Kolonel_Kool: Hey! You're that one dude that does stand-up! I love that avatar pic.

Have any recent videos?
Posted by Kolonel_Kool

  

    
Posted by RudeJohn

This is why I hate blogs.  And woodchucks.

Posted by DrPockets000
@RudeJohn said:
" This is why I hate blogs.  And woodchucks. "
Do tell.
Posted by beej
@DrPockets000 good luck at the conference. What journal are you publishing your findings in?