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Compendium of Links #8

Happy almost-Easter, everyone! I’ll be off to my grandpa’s house tomorrow for a wonderful day of extended family getting-together. I’m looking forward to eating up a good many of my aunt’s fantastic homemade rolls, too. So, without further ado, a number of links for your Easter perusal…What I’ve learnt about Twitter after 1000 tweets – Since just one more tweet will bring my own tweet-count to 1000, I Googled “1000th tweet” and this was the first result. A rather interesting one, too, though written more from a business angle.55 Ways to Have Fun with Google (PDF) – Gosh, somebody had waaaaay too much time on his hands. But the result, though now outdated, still contains some interesting ways to waste time, such as egogoogling (to which I’m no stranger—it’s the “Google your name and ‘is’ and see what comes up” game), making a pictorial alphabet from Google Images results, and googling random proverbs and seeing what they’ve been applied to. (This link if the first doesn’t work properly…

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I wrote a related post on my college admissions/marketing blog earlier, but I think it warrants one more essay...

A recent blog post on Boundless passed on some "promises of life" that a Willow Creek Church youth leader had said "gives a person the ability to live in the world as a grown up." Those were:
1. Life is hard.
2. You are not that important.
3. Your life is not about you.
4. You’re not in control.
5. You’re going to die.
The list rings true, though it also sounds pessimistic.... and the idea was that, once one understood these five truths, one could really be called an adult.

I can tell you that "life is hard" sounds like "life isn't fair," what my parents have been telling me since I was old enough to understand spoken English. And frankly, though I may play a major role in certain people's lives (my sister, for example, or my roommate), my role in the lives of most others is minor--I'm not that important.

My life's not abou…

Compendium of Links #7

As I posted earlier, my weeks have been busy… thus I have not posted links (or anything else). I shall attempt to rectify the omission starting today. (“Rectify the omission” is one of my favorite sentences.)How little sleep can you get away with? – nope, not 5 or 6 (or 7). 8 it’s gotta be, unless you’re a mutant. (NYTimes Mag article)Is sitting a lethal activity? – another article in the NY Times Magazine, but this one about the importance of fidgeting and not sitting down all the time.This is your body on chairs: Electrical activity in the muscles drops — “the muscles go as silent as those of a dead horse,” Hamilton says — leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects. Your calorie-burning rate immediately plunges to about one per minute, a third of what it would be if you got up and walked. Insulin effectiveness drops within a single day, and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes rises. So does the risk of being obese.Humility without heirarchy: How submission works for us – a…

Good morning!

I’m not dead! Can you believe it?OK, so I know the whole “I’m not dead” bit is getting pretty old. You see, I’ve been finishing up my last semester of college. And you’ve heard how seniors are always the busiest, and yet the least motivated to finish their homework?Fortunately I’ve not suffered much of the senioritis syndrome. Instead, I’ve just taken somewhat easy classes. Linguistics? Homework is done in five minutes. Rhetoric? I don’t even read the book anymore and I still ace most of the little quizzes.That’s how easy some of these classes are for me. Case in point: in the rhetoric class, to illustrate the importance of metaphor and language in carrying meaning between people… we spent 3/4ths of the class time watching an episode of Star Trek. “Darmok” was certainly entertaining, but sometimes I question whether we needed to spend so much time (about 40-45 minutes) watching it just to illustrate this bit.On the other hand, my co-curricular/extra-curricular activities have eaten up…