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Month: November 2011 (Page 2 of 5)

Distraction: being pulled to pieces, being scattered.

Are you easily distracted? Do you have a tiny attention span? Do you get bored very quickly? Do you find yourself lost in thought in meetings?

Well, you know what? Concentration is SO overrated. Unless of course, you are a yoga guru.

And you know what else? It isn’t about being unable to concentrate. It’s about not wanting to concentrate.

Personally, I consider meetings, massages, yoga, a long movie, or anything else that imposes relaxation or long periods of concentration torturous. “Dude”, I’d be thinking, “I need to check my email, go buy bread, call my mother, try to think of a creative solution for some work-related project, wonder what the best route back home is, if I have enough cash…”

Want to torture Roba? Sit me down and make me listen to things I find boring.

When I was very, very young, I did not know how to handle my need for distraction, and I did not do well at school or have many friends. Not that that’s a surprise, society shuns any one with different needs. I was constantly day dreaming, drifting off to random thought, getting bored after a few seconds. People naturally thought I was stupid.

Then, when I was in 4th grade, I learned that the secret to doing better in life was to embrace my need for distraction- doodling during classes helped me concentrate, doing a million things while studying allowed me to remember what I was reading, watching TV while playing a game let me get through both, taking a minute off work to tweet helps me refresh.

And that was that. And today, I am the queen of productive distraction.

This little, and perhaps boring to read, post was inspired by this Wired article (I love Wired). Some excerpts:

Wired.com: What does it mean to be distracted?

Jackson: Literally, it means to be pulled away to something secondary. There’s also an a interesting, archaic definition that fell out of favor in the 18th century: being pulled to pieces, being scattered. I think that’s a lovely term.

Our society right now is filled with lovely distractions — we have so much portable escapism and mediated fantasy — but that’s just one issue. The other is interruption — multitasking, the fragmentation of thought and time. We’re living in highly interrupted ways. Studies show that information workers now switch tasks an average of every three minutes throughout the day. Of course that’s what we have to do to live in this complicated world.

Thing 16

Children playing soccer.

JustLittleThings Amman Edition is a (week)day-ly celebration of the little things that make Amman special. The project will run throughout November, 2011. To share your little things, please email them to roba.assi (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

This project is inspired by JustLittleThings.net.

Thing 15

Snow days.

JustLittleThings Amman Edition is a (week)day-ly celebration of the little things that make Amman special. The project will run throughout November, 2011. To share your little things, please email them to roba.assi (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

This project is inspired by JustLittleThings.net.

Are you drowning?

I was taken by the rawness of this image, because it managed to stop my breath and suffocate me.

I’ve never physically felt the drowning sensation because my mother taught me how to swim at an age too early for me to remember. But sometimes, I feel that mentally.

Fortunately, these days it’s all about cats stuffed in pop tarts that shit rainbows. #yay.

Coke is the root of all evil

And by coke, I do not mean the snorted type, but rather Coca-Cola. Seriously. If you need any more proof, here are some brilliantly funny images of an anti-Coke calendar from Russia:

The illustrations are brilliant. But yeah, like they said, Coke is evil. Drink Pepsi instead.

Via English Russia

Thing 14

Kaek, to eat.
Kaek, to smell.

JustLittleThings Amman Edition is a (week)day-ly celebration of the little things that make Amman special. The project will run throughout November, 2011. To share your little things, please email them to roba.assi (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

This project is inspired by JustLittleThings.net.

From the department of things that make me wanna explode with joy

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Everything Will Die Eventually

Profound.

Thing 13

First rainy day of the year.

JustLittleThings Amman Edition is a (week)day-ly celebration of the little things that make Amman special. The project will run throughout November, 2011. To share your little things, please email them to roba.assi (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

This project is inspired by JustLittleThings.net.

Crowdsourcing My Thoughts: Help Me Locate a Song I Heard

Okay. The other day, I heard a song booming from the radio, and it was AMAZING. I was so mesmerized that I stopped doing whatever it was that I was doing and just listened, completely taken by the vocals.

Since I haven’t been able to get my mind off the song, I’m going to download it. But I have one (large) issue: I have no idea what the song was :)

I’ve gone through the discographies of possible artists, with absolutely no luck. So, I thought, maybe you can help me. I don’t even know if that’s possible, but it’s better than not trying. I’m going to share with you what I know, and if you help me discover the song, I’m going to love you forever, and ever, and ever.

A good way for you to help is to suggest titles or YouTube links based on what I know. Think of it as a game of 20 questions.

What I know:
The song is very popular. I already knew it before I heard it that night, but I never really concentrated on it
The song is rock, and is probably from the late 60’s, 70’s, or early 80’s
Possible artists (or at least, it sounds like): AC/DC, Deep Purple, The Doors
– It’s a male vocalist
– The lyrics seemed empty, which is why I can’t remember them
– I heard the track at La Calle
– The vocals are really shrill, with lots of vocal Olympics, Robert Plant/ Freddie Mercury style.

I don’t know if that’s enough information, but fingers crossed!

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