How to Train Your Dragon 2

Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation’s official website.

For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here!

Disclosure: This information has been provided by IMAX.

 

Arcade Fire, Coachella and Geocities

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Image credit: NBC, SNL

Twenty years ago if you screamed “arcade fire” someone would have responded “oh no, the video games.”

Nowadays, everyone replies “hooray.” Well almost everyone. Yes hooray for that super cool band playing Coachella this Sunday.

I am obsessing and want to see them. Since I am not going, I will post about my concert withdrawal. It has been 10 years since seeing a band play in a large venue. Surrounded by sweaty, drunk fans. Saying it out loud doesn’t sound pleasant. Somehow the music muffles out the body odor and beer stench.

I have another band to blame for my obsession of great concerts. The masters at creating the total concert package is Radiohead. Lights, sounds and intoxicating, spellbinding melodies. I will remember that day like it was yesterday. They played Universal Amphitheater at City Walk on April 1st, 1998. I excused and nudged my way to the front of the pit. Looks like I was in great company but I paid no attention. I was hypnotized and in a trance watching them blow it out of the water. Being that close to the stage, no drugs or alcohol are necessary to trip out. There is no doubt they take this shit seriously.

Back then, I used to take public transit home from work. It was a rather dreadful hour and a half long ride on 3 buses, a gaggle of grumpy people and a few random encounters with the mentally ill. I would get situated far in the back, plug in my earphones and then drift away. This went on for longer than I hoped…being car-less sucked.

My escapes happened on weekends.

I would plan and plot away. I worked for them. Hundreds of dollars for last minute, spontaneous fun. I started “blogging” about the concerts to keep track of them, on the now defunct Geocities sites. It seemed like every few weeks it was a new band. The Verve, Portishead, Depeche Mode and The Cure. Radiohead.

And more Radiohead. Arcade Fire might top them should I ever get to see their show. I REALLY wanted to see them this weekend…for the first time.

For now, I have this link and I will start plotting away for the concert date in July.

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Radiohead, Fake Plastic Trees. At about 2:35, things get real. You’ll miss the build up but it is the best part. Headphones make it surreal. Haunting melodies that creep up into my brain late at night. Fantastic.

 

What’s Inside Your Johari Window?

This question keeps surfacing in various forums and I find myself asking the same question. How personal is too personal for a blog post? There is no easy answer. Yet an interesting technique from communications can help reduce publishing anxiety. It is the Johari Window.

What is a Johari Window?

The technique developed in the 50′s as a tool for improving ones self awareness. It has 4 section and resembles a window. Each section assigned to what we do and don’t know about ourselves. In its entirety, it represents ones understanding of their own self concept.

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Print out the worksheet.

Useful tool for blogging

While the Johari Window exercise has a list of predominately positive traits to be categorized, we can alter the tool a tad to include topics. So whether we are talking about personality traits or topics, this is helpful in understanding our comfort level with sharing details of our life.

Overall, the goal is to widen the Open Area. Self-disclosing Hidden items can help audience engagement but be thoughtful if you’re sharing a painful experience. Avoid over-sharing if you are concerned about being judged. Stick with smaller bits of information. If you have a larger Open area, you are considered to be an easier to person to talk to. Note: no one needs to know the granular details of your entire lifetime but an overall understanding is realistic and helps keep safe boundaries.

The original question is how does one blog about difficult experiences. Most of the hard-to-blog-about topics fall within the Hidden area of the Johari Window. Yet, once we self-disclose they get categorized into the Open area. If you are completely uncomfortable with the topic being public knowledge, then skip it for now. Or if you are ready to disclose, then decide how much you want to reveal. Remember, this does not have to be a full disclosure of the event or situation.

For example, lets say the topic is Domestic Violence. An easier way to publish the post is to tie it with an awareness day, week or month. You can include a short summary of your own personal experience. The rest of the post can show support for the cause.

Ready to work on your Johari Window? There is an online Johari Window too. This has interesting results. It covers personality traits. Try with close family and friends. Remember have fun with it!

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