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[1396448110] 100hrs/week

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how do you pull off 100hrs/week of studying without fucking around?

[1390499859] Time

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How to beat time

Try these strategies to stretch your day

DO THE words "time management" rub you the wrong way? To many busy professionals, the real problem seems to be that there isn't any time left to manage.

   You can sometimes get better at managing your time by prioritising all your tasks and scheduling carefully. But when you are already using all the time you have efficiently and there is still not enough, there are four strategies you can try:

Make more time

The fastest way to make time can be to buy it. You may think you don't have enough money to pay for help, but think about what your time is worth.

   If your salary is equivalent to earning $25 an hour, and you pay someone else $12 an hour to run errands for you, that's a bargain. And what value would you set on being able to spend an extra hour having fun with your partner or kids?

   You can buy time by paying to have your house cleaned, your car taken for servicing, or your laundry done. Pay a professional to prepare your taxes, have your groceries delivered and make routine purchases by phone or Internet.

   Another way to make time is to double up on activities. Get a hands-free mike for your cell phone so you can return calls, place orders or give instructions to staff while driving or walking.

   When travelling by public transport, take backlogged mail or documents to review. Use your waiting time at the prescription counter or dentist to balance your chequebook or plan your day. Having something to do will also make your wait more pleasant.

Make less time do

If this were a perfect world, we could do everything perfectly. Many of us try to do this anyway, and it eats up an enormous amount of time. A good example is writing business or personal letters. If it takes you two hours to write the perfect letter, you have lost an hour you could have used to write to someone else.

   Try setting a time limit on routine tasks like this, and stick to it. You may find you can write a satisfactory letter in half the time. Embrace the idea of allowing what you do to be "good enough" instead of insisting it must be flawless.

Give some things away

Is every responsibility something you need to look after personally, or could someone else handle it? If you have employees, look hard at what you are hanging on to.

   Is there anything else you could delegate, maybe by providing some training first? If there is no one you can delegate to on the job, be sure you ask your boss for help before assuming it's impossible.

   Examine your personal life and volunteer responsibilities in the same way. Ask your family to take on more household chores, or find someone else to help with the community event you are organising. Asking for help isn't cheating; it's what all successful people do.

Do some things later

Does it all really have to done now? Maybe there is just too much on your plate for anyone to realistically handle. Choose only a few items to focus your energies right now, and put some of those other projects on hold. You don't have to give anything up, just defer it to later.

   If you find yourself often distracted by new ideas, start an idea file. When an exciting new thought occurs to you, put it in the file instead of acting on it right away.

   Look at your file from time to time for inspiration. Whenever you complete a project you have been working on, you can choose something new from the file.

   The most important thing to learn about creating more time in your life is how to say "no". Just because you are asked to take something on doesn't mean you have to accept it. Ultimately, your time belongs only to you; make sure you are the one who chooses how to use it.

[1204679837] The Smartest Race

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No, I'm not a racist, nor am I Caucasian, but I've been reading ramblings that tend to suggest that the two "smartest" races on the planet are the Chinese and Indians. From what I've read, this is mostly based on IQ tests and universal academic performance. I believe this goes under genetics, but which group(s) do you guys think has grown to be intellectually superior and why?
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[1391925381] Problem Of The Week

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Problem of the week

Suppose f is a function from positive integers to positive integers satisfying f(1)=1, f(2n)=f(n), and f(2n+1)=f(2n)+1, for all positive integers n.

Find the maximum of f(n) when n is greater than or equal to 1 and less than or equal to 1994.

[1395912655] Bash Street Laboratory

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'Erbert : "How can you blow up a balloon using only a bottle and a few kitchen ingredients? Science has the answer!"

What you need :

Small empty plastic bottle, vinegar, small balloon and baking soda.

1) "Allow me to help you, 'Erbert!"

Carefully pour half a cup of vinegar into the plastic bottle.

2) "I'll do it!"


"No, I'll do it!"

Stretch the neck of the balloon a few times.

3) "Wrong balloon, 'Erbert"


Use the funnel to fill the balloon a bit more than halfway with baking soda. If you don't have a funnel you can make one using paper and some tape.

4) Quickly and carefully stretch the neck of the balloon over the opening of the bottle without letting any of the baking soda out.


Pick the balloon up so the baking soda falls into the bottle and begins to mix with the vinegar.

6) "Ooooh!"




"Have you lost weight, Fatty?"

Your fizz-inflator is alive!

Science Bit : The Baking soda and the vinegar react with each other to create a gas. The gas takes up more room than before, so starts to fill the bottle and then the balloon making the balloon inflate!

[1182375052] Time Machines

ID:/B3OaVEf No.19410 View ViewReplyOriginalReport
Surely if humans will ever make time machines, we would know about it?

This matter poses the theory, time machines could be built in the future.. but if we didnt know they changed the past, we would not know any different. They could of gone back in time and made up holy books, wars etc.

ps; If they have allready come back in time, then the future has allready happend for them? so they would be in the past present and future? Travel to the past, still in the present, but if they are in the past, then they came from the future?

just making conversation.

[1104136314] Calculus in Higher Education

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I took a year of calculus in university, but I don't remember 95% of it.

Just what is calculus good for outside of engineering, CS, and physics?

--Waiting for a brilliant math major to shut me down with a well-written response.
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[1392698705] Deduction

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Solve a murder at Sherlock exhibit

Columbus, Ohio - If you make your way to the Center of Science and Industry to see The International Exhibition Of Sherlock Holmes, which opened last Saturday, there is a new mystery.

   You are meant to follow in the footsteps of the fictional detective described by his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, as "the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen". The case involves a seaside murder (which you are asked to solve), a smashed bust of Napoleon (which you must piece together), a blood-spattered wall (which you must interpret by creating similar spray patterns), a burnt worm in an ashtray (do not ask) and marks on the sand (which you try to replicate using a rotating footprint machine).

   Before investigating that case (which, admittedly, is a pale shadow of the originals), you have already been led through a lushly imagined reconstruction of the detective's Victorian sitting room at 221B Baker Street.

   This semi-immersion in a fictional universe might seem in keeping with contemporary intoxication with this Victorian dynamic duo: Robert Downey's two recent Holmes films, the BBC's startling re-envisioning of the characters in Sherlock, and the escapades of a New York-based sleuth with a female Watson in the TV series Elementary.

   And, indeed, the exhibition ends with contemporary fanboy Holmesiana, including a costume worn by Lucy Liu as Dr Joan Watson in Elementary, an electric prod brandished by Downey in Sherlock Holmes and an "explosive vest" Moriarty forces onto Watson in Sherlock.

   This 10,000 sq ft exhibition will tour eight other cities in North America before heading overseas.

   And while the show does not solve the mystery of how Holmes, after more than 125 years, still grips obsessively at people's brains, most of it is so informative, thoughtful and amusing that the viewer glimpses what a revolutionary figure he was.

   The evidence is in the exhibition's first half, which is devoted to the creation of Holmes and the nature of his era. It includes not just Conan Doyle manuscript pages and early publications but also a preserved heart with a stab wound (from 1831) and a "tibia and fibula with osteomyelitis (bone infection)". There is a discussion of botany, photography and ballistics. How, out of all this, did Holmes evolve?

   Some fictional predecessors appear in a display of "shilling shockers and penny dreadfuls".

   "What a swindle," Conan Doyle wrote in 1888, soon after creating Holmes. A fictional detective, he noted, typically "obtains results without any reason". Conan Doyle was inspired instead by Edgar Alan Poe, whose stories featuring C. Auguste Dupin made him "the master of all". The real inspiration came at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, where Conan Doyle enrolled in 1876 at 17. His teacher, surgeon Joseph Bell, became the model for Holmes.

   Conan Doyle recalled watching Bell scrutinise a patient in street clothes before beginning a conversation a conversation which anticipates the deductions of Baker Street: "Well, my man, you've served in the army." "Aye, sir." "Not long discharged?" "No, sir." "A Highland regiment?" "Aye, sir." "A non-commissioned officer?" "Aye, sir." "Stationed at Barbados?" "Aye, sir."

   The first collection of Holmes stories was dedicated to Bell. Diagnosis of disease became the model for Holmes' diagnosis of crime.

   One gallery here surveys the advances of the late Victorian era which made the modern detective possible. The Kodak box camera turned the photo into a tool (and into evidence). Fingerprints were analysed. The telegraph provided instant communication. And forensic science advanced. "The common maggot," you read, "has a fixed life cycle, and when its eggs or larvae are found upon a dead body, scientists are able to work backward to calculate the time of death."

New York Times

[1364924334] Aliens

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Jon was reading the newspaper.


Then Jon stared at garfield.



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[1146438271] Is drinking pee healthy?

No.5380 View ViewReplyLast 50OriginalReport
Well, I just wanted to confirm this here. I'm serious BTW. Is drinking pee healthy? Somebody told me drinking pee is healthier than drinking whatever she drank to produce it. Is this true? I need to know this because I usually engage in watersports play and I don't want to risk our health with this.
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