No True Skeptic Playlist (And Good News From Chili’s Autism Event)

It’s only Tuesday and already I’ve had one of those weeks where mentioning your wedding anniversary on Twitter gets about the same response as a pet rock and mentioning your birthday results in a out-of-the-blue tirade on how your use of social media isn’t acceptable to usually deathly silent followers (even if you do post clear disclaimers in your profile). Hmph. I’m clearly becoming oversensitive and need a break. Before I start breaking necks, maybe starting with my own.

I was helped a little after getting some much needed perspective about who my friends are – but it’s enough to encourage a distancing from social media saturation for a while. Instead, I plan to take the time I’d usually spend online – and use it to recalibrate what I’d like to do over the next few years. Starting with playing the bass guitar. Rearranging the office. Change my darn hairstyle. Answering millions of emails and completing projects I’ve started. And being more happy about things like this, from American food chain Chili’s:

And mope about this:

So, to start being a little more positive in my interactions – a while back I said to Linley that I’d post my most recent exercise playlist and I started making a list a while back, after reading this little odd article: Spotify and Scientists Team Up to Create the Ultimate Workout Playlist.

Did your eyebrows raise like mine? Just how thoroughly sick are you of hearing Katy Perry’s Roar every time you go to the gym? Because apparently that’s one of their recommendations. But here’s the main push behind their 2014-overly-friendly list of Eminem and Ke$ha:

Dr Costas Karageorghis, the Brunel University psychologist behind this study who is known for studying the relationship between music and physical performance, had this to say:  ”When synching your movements to the beat of the music, increase the intensity of your workout by raising the music tempo by one or two BPMs beyond your comfort zone – this will increase your workrate with the added benefit that the difference in effort will be almost imperceptible.”

So, here’s the No True Skeptic Playlist, for when nothing you do seems to work out – so you might as well move your arse and work out instead. In the following order:

  • On And On – Girl Talk
  • Hard Out Here – Lily Allen
  • Saturday Night Palsy – TISM
  • Get It Get It – Girl Talk
  • Keep On Moving – Five
  • Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  • E=MC2 – Big Audio Dynamite
  • Thunderbirds Are Coming Out – TISM
  • Come Around – M.I.A
  • Mercury – Bloc Party
  • Hands in the Air – Girl Talk
  • Post Post-Modern Man – DEVO
  • Cry Sisco! - Afro Dizzi Act
  • Q.U.E.E.N – Janelle Monae
  • Legend of A Cowgirl – Imani Coppola
  • Buffalo Stance – Neneh Cherry
  • Canary In A Coalmine – The Police
  • Looking for Clues – Robert Palmer
  • Rocket Scientist – The Teddybears
  • Don’t Let’s Start – They Might Be Giants
  • Let’s Dance To Joy Division – The Wombats
  • Sinnerman – Nina Simone
  • Fool’s Gold – Stone Roses
  • Step On – Happy Mondays
  • Digital Witness – St Vincent
  • Mike Mills – Air
  • One Of These Things First – Nick Drake
  • Requiem in D Minor – Sequence 6 Lacrimosa Dies Illa – Mozart

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.


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