Quite interesting, really. Usually when I need to concentrate on homework, I'll play instrumental or movie soundtracks. It wasn't cutting it for me this morning. On a whim, I played "Hymn for the Missing"one of my favorite songs by Red
, a Christian hard rock band (granted, this is a soft song). Through the related videos, I played an album or two before drifting into other bands with a more distinct "screamo" flavor. Who knew that a bunch of screaming and drums was what I needed to concentrate on my Fluid Mechanics homework? Heh, not me!
I branched out to listen to songs by Demon Hunter and Wolves at the Gate, as well.
What's your ideal flavor of study music? Or do you have specific genres depending on the subject?
On a completely unrelated note, I accomplished some pretty awesome feats in my rock climbing class today. My university has a rock wall in the gym, and so I like to climb there sometimes. This semester, I was invited to enroll in the rock climbing course, and of course, I did just that. And it is by far my favorite class.
Rock climbing is not a new thing for me, and I would not be exaggerating when I said that it is one of two sports that I actually have a passion for (the other being Taekwon Do, but I stopped that when I started university). It's a full-body workout that also effectively challenges the brain into problem solving with your body and a rock face instead of numbers and words (not putting down traditional problem solving; I do enough of that myself).
So, today, I climbed the chimney (think of an actual rectangular chimney, remove one of the long sides, and then make it an indent in a rock wall). It's all about leverage and surface area. You gotta wedge your body into the chute so that your back is against one side while your hands and one foot press against the opposite side. Through friction, you can hold yourself there for a while. To rise, you must position your other foot on the same wall as your back, and then you press both feet into opposite walls while scootching your shoulders up the wall. Press your hands against the wall so that your shoulders and back create enough friction to hold you in place while your reposition your feet. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The other climb was along a crack in the wall. The ultimate challenge is to climb the crack from bottom to top without using any of the colorful, bolted-in rocks. Instead, all handholds and footholds are found in the crack and the contours of the wall itself. I confined my handholds to the crack, but since I have little experience in negotiating cracks, I allowed myself to use the extra rocks for footholds. Toward the top, the footholds get scarce, and it's all about leveraging your hands in the crack in such a way that you get a good "grip" (since you're jamming fingers or a fist into a crack in the wall, it's not exactly a grip, but I don't know the technical term). After a few attempts at that last part, I made it to the top! By the end of the semester, I will have worked my strength and technique up to where I can conquer that crack.
What's the biggest thing you've overcome so far this week?
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