Audio Attitude Exploring situational influence on attitude and behavior.

August 31, 2009

Chance It

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Brian @ 10:04 pm

Another video-induced piece of music.

Podsafe Music by Roadside Zoo “Chance It”

July 12, 2009

Bach to the Beach

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , — Brian @ 9:49 pm

The doggies brave the waves. Podsafe music by The Tsunami Experiment (find them on

Bach to the Beach from Brian Rendel on Vimeo.

October 15, 2008

Campaign Update from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Brian @ 5:41 pm

Some observations about the campaign in my neck of the woods.

July 7, 2008

Summer Attitude

Filed under: Attitude Check,General — Tags: , , , , , — Brian @ 5:47 pm

Once in a while we get a really good day on the weekend. Yesterday was one of those days. Got a minute? I’ll show you.

On Lake Superior in July from Brian Rendel on Vimeo.

January 4, 2008

Eat Brussel Sprouts or Skip Dessert: Attitude and Dilemma

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , — Brian @ 11:58 am

Though I never left the table hungry as a kid I was never satisfied when my mom served Brussels sprouts for dinner. Mom was a parent who believed in giving her children informed choices. When Brussels sprouts were featured at dinner I was able to practice negotiation skills even though my best efforts got me no place. Each time I got a simple choice – to torture my palate, or leave the table and and skip dessert. I learned to live without dessert.

brussels sprouts

Perhaps experiencing these existential dilemmas at a young age helped me develop tolerance for multiple outcomes. Struggles viewed in this way are not catastrophes, bad luck, fate, or events of anguish. They are dilemmas of choice. And how we struggle with these dilemmas reveals who we are deep inside. So as I learned to make choices in little dilemmas instead of launching into hysterics or shriveling into self-pity. In essence I developed a belief about my world that everything works out and helps fuel my attitude as I move along.

Did you notice the “attitude” word? May I offer a definition? Attitude is not a smile or a snarl. Attitude is how we automatically respond to situations based upon millions of tiny little realities we have over time constructed for ourselves. How someone wrestles with little dilemmas tells us more about who and what they are than any psychological test or “facts” you might think you “know” about them. Such facts tend to be items that fit into our own constructs of reality and are generally a poor way to size up a person.

Dilemma triggers attitude. Core beliefs fuel attitude. Despite our desire to think we’re in control of all this we usually just go along for the ride.

Political seasons are a smorgasboard of human attitude. I have a taste for political seasons. As I watch the candidates I look at their style of speech, body language, defense mechanisms and, of course, how they struggle. Yes, I am interested in their policy positions, but I have yet to find a candidate whose policy positions are exactly mine. So instead I focus on their attitude. Is their attitude consistent with their stated positions? If so, is their attitude toward the people and constitution of this country one of respect?

Now I face a dilemma. This January 15th I will be served a plate of Brussels sprouts. I get to decide between voting for a candidate with an attitude I distrust whose name is on the ballot or vote “undecided.” Should I vote for “undecided” on the chance enough voters in Michigan will do the same with the hope that, in such a case, the delegates will vote for my choice of candidate whose name is missing?

Is this a catastrophe? Should I become hysterical and rant and rave at the Michigan party leaders for making this silliness happen? Should I fire off angry letters to the Edwards and Obama campaigns? Should I stay home and give up on the political process? Should I weigh the cost/benefit and focus on the benefits of making a choice? Based upon what you know about my own attitude, what do you think I’ll do? What would you do?

Photo credit: MassDistraction

December 18, 2007


Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Brian @ 1:40 pm

The other day was sunny so I decided to grab the camcorder to give you another view of winter where I live on Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. About 75 inches of snow fell in the past month to the delight of snowmobilers and skiiers, as well as local businesses relying upon tourism.

This video is a bit less than smooth because holding the camera steady in cold weather turns out to be more of an effort than I anticipated. Still, it should give you an idea of how fast winter settled in since my video tour of a few weeks ago.

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