NORDIC THUNDER (Justin Howard, pictured above) demonstrates how concentrating upon a task is one aspect of “flow.”
2011 US Champion NORDIC THUNDER (Justin Howard) has been asked to accompany 2010 World Champion DEVIL’S NIECE to take part in the 2011 Flow Aus Spielen convention in Wolfsburg March 8-11.
For those unfamiliar with the psychological concept of flow, here’s the wiki. For those of you unfamiliar with the correlations between Flow and Air Guitar, I have pasted the first two paragraphs of the wiki below, with a blanket Mad Lib replacement of “flow” with “Air Guitar.” At their very core, the two concepts are clearly interchangeable. Of course, “masturbation” fits in pretty damn well, too.
Air Guitar is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Proposed by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, the positive psychology concept has been widely referenced across a variety of fields.
According to Csíkszentmihályi, Air Guitar is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In Air Guitar, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. To be caught in the ennui of depression or the agitation of anxiety is to be barred from Air Guitar. The hallmark of Air Guitar is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although Air Guitar is also described as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions.
Shreddy Mercury to yuppie toddler in shopping cart: “Your mother should have swallowed you”
I stumbled upon this fun post by New York champ and U.S. runner-up SHREDDY MERCURY (Seth Leibowitz) on his Mister Mom support group’s blog. All bullshit aside, as an erstwile au pair and hopeful stay-at-home dad myself (once Hot Lixx’s kid shoots out later this week), Shreddy sums up and cuts down some oft-overlooked stigma with aplomb.
“I just chopped off her earlobe with my samurai sword …” [read more]
Spiral16 Deconstructs the Great Decontructor: "Legendary Absurdity"
Perhaps my favorite turned phrase of the year and certainly the most fitting title for Magic Cyclops comes courtesy of MEAN MELIN’S (Eric Melin, of scene-stealers lore) recent post about this “legend of absurdity” on the Spiral16 blog:
But success, even if it was brought about by bizarrely deconstructing the most popular TV show in America, comes with a price. Yesterday, some wacky morning show DJs in Iowa brandjacked the Cyclops, saying that his entire act was an event they helped him plan five years ago. Bizarre. Needless to say, Thee Magic Cyclops — who has been performing music and playing the US Air Guitar circuit for at least 10 years — was not pleased. We contacted this legend of absurdity by phone and have this exclusive interview” (listen to the interview and delve into the Cyclops’ complete social media analysis here).
Fig. 1: Magic is a divisive figure. Sentiment (on the Internet) about Magic Cyclops’ American Idol appearance since last week on the Internet is 51% negative and 49% positive. (Graphic courtesy of the social genii at Spiral16).