Friday: May 8th, 2009: Another Essay due today..

Adventurous Friday Night:

Finished my paper at 745pm

Showered, dressed, printed assignment, grabbed a piece of raisin bread, hightailed it to Uni and handed the assignment in at 825pm (Assignment Minder: Where you hand in your assignments closes at 8:45pm lol)

Bumped into a fellow classmate who also was late handing in his assignment, yet, he had not printed it yet, and the library was closed… standing there like a lost bunny, I started barking orders to him and quickly after the gentleman found an empty Cardboard assignment folder for me to use (he ran out, and could not accept an assignment without one, QUT rules) I then headed down to Woolworths (Woolys) and to the Mac PC lab to help him print his assignment..turns out they didn’t have the software he needed so he had to walk back up the hill to another lab to access it. By this time, AM had closed, but there was another one closing in an hour at another campus. lol Being in the clear I said I was going to head on home but he asked me to accompany him since he had never been to that campus before, I agreed on the condition he accompany me back to this campus, and so both agreeing to terms… lol we got on the next and last bus  to Gardens Point(9:20pm). On that bus there were 2 other students heading to AM to hand in their assignments as well, so we weren’t  alone, and technically I was no longer needed, but oh well…We get there, and he hands in his assignment( 12 mins before the final cutoff), and we walk to the nearest bus station which was Queen Street (King George Station), that’s a very happening spot in the city.. so being Friday night, about 930pm, there are alottt of drunks and partiers running amuck lol.. we ate some Hungry Jacks aka “Hungry’s (Burger King), and then headed to the bus, and went home. DONE!!! lol Home at 10:47pm

4.5 hrs this morning + 4 hours yesterday morning = 8.5 hours slept total since Wed morning. lol

Facebook Updates:

7:43amKimi Hall I successfully pulled an ALLNIGHTER!!!, insane and I’m still not done with my assignment, grrr, luckily I have til 8pm tonight.
 John Stenson likes this.

Liza Grace at 8:48pm: wow kim, i think you’ve written more on facebook than your assignment??

7:28amKimi Hall is home, in bed, and just finished some leftover dinner from last night.. and in a few will continue typing her paper..

6:49amKimi Hall is goin home… eff thiss shit.
6:45amKimi Hall is fallin asleep, NOT GOOD!
6:23amKimi Hall OMG, for the first time in almost 11 hours, I closed my eyes, and almost fell asleep… not goodz

Kimi Hall is almost done with her rough rough rough rough draft/outline??? lol and the cleaners left the lab, and now the first student is in… yikes… i need to go homes and shower lol.5:54am
Kimi Hall signing off for a bit, to officially start typing this paper. lol 4:36am, still at Uni. lol4:37am

David Ricco at 5:29am May 8
pulling an all nighter…I’m loving the dedication…

Kimi Hall at 5:53am May 8
still here. lol
Kimi Hall taking a singing break from referencing…. w0000tz! (oh crap, is someone here??? Damn headphones)3:50am
Kimi Hall so i just realized, i am the ONLY one in Zblock pc lab.. lol I can sing as loud as I want, and noone will hear me…3:22am
Kimi Hall onto 2nd reading for references.. :(3:20am
Kimi Hall has her basic essay outline done now.. hahha.. now to find research & references to fit that outline.. mehhhhhh2:18am
Kimi Hall 12:11am, and I’m at Uni taking notes, highlighting and referencing.. nice.12:12am
Kimi Hall Kimi is soooo coool, its midnight, and she’s STILL AT UNI!!, nice.. lol NOT!11:51pm
Kimi Hall part 1 of KMB105 Assessment, DONE… now, onto the dangdit paper.. :(Yesterday at 9:25pm

Kimi Hall I’m such an Apple N00B!, how do you burn a disk???Yesterday at 9:18pm
Kimi Hall What has made me think I’m a “One-Night Scholarly Paper Writer”??? GrrrrrrYesterday at 8:32pm
Kimi Hall has successfully imported a vocal audio file back into garageband.. after 2 days of fighting with the mac… I finally prevailed!! :)Yesterday at 7:03pm
Kimi Hall is sweating it out in the Z block Mac lab…. Grrrr.Yesterday at 6:52pm

Kimi Hall 15 mins to voice lesson, then to cook din-din, and then an allnighter of paper writing.. :(Yesterday at 3:13pm Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience,” describes flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”
Csikszentmihalyi’s ideas on flow stemmed from his attempt to discover a path to happiness. He wanted to figure out “how to live life as a work of art, rather than as a chaotic response to external events.”

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (Chick sent me high) discusses what it feels like to be in flow:

■Completely involved, focused, concentrating – with this either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training.
■Sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality.
■Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done and how well it is going.
■Knowing the activity is doable – that the skills are adequate, and neither anxious or bored.
■Sense of serenity – no worries about self, feeling of growing beyond the boundaries of ego – afterwards feeling of transcending ego in ways not thought possible.
■Timeliness – thoroughly focused on present, don’t notice time passing.
■Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces “flow” becomes its own reward.
So how do you get there? Wikipedia’s entry on the subject says the following conditions help:

■Clear goals (expectations and rules are discernable).
■A high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it).
■Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be adjusted as needed).
■Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).
■A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.
■The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action.

Group environment matters too. A couple of flow friendly space attributes:

■Creative spatial arrangements: Chairs, pin walls, charts, however no tables, therefore primarily work in standing and moving.
■Playground design: Charts for information inputs, flow graphs, project summary, craziness, safe place (people can say what is usually only thought), result wall, and open topics.
Enemies of flow include fearing what other people think…

A major constraint on people enjoying what they are doing is always being conscious of a fear of how they appear to others and what these others might think. Ecstasy includes rising above these constraining concerns of the ego.
…and mundane daily routines.

Stepping outside of normal daily routines is an essential element…This might be obtained through diverse routes or activities, such as reading a novel or becoming involved in a film.



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