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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Improve My Memory For Study?

badford Exercise is the key, young man. (384 comments)

Young Man,

There are 3 things you need to do to become an exceptional college student and I will not charge you a dime for this extremely valuable information. Let us begin:

1. Begin a disciplined exercise regimen that consists of sustained aerobic activity every day. Cross-training is fine and even preferred. Run, bike, swim, walk, climb, engage in a bit of hanky-panky, etc. Read the book "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" by John Ratey for inspiration. Sleep is a natural side-effect of vigorous exercise. Exercise is good for the brain.

2. Learn MindMapping (The Buzan way) and begin to take notes in this fashion. Mindmaps use a basic ordering idea and radiate out from the center. It is an efficient and very effective way to capture important points. More importantly, it helps to instantly cull away non-essentials. MindMap the textbook. Mindmap the lecture.

3. Cure your addictions. Whether it be nicotine, Alcohol or even processed sugar. Read Allen Carr's "EasyWay" to quit smoking/drinking/overeating. A 25 year old is resistant to the self inflicted poisons of youth (Beer, Cigs, etc) At 35, your body is spending a lot of it's precious energy dealing with toxicity and withdrawal. There is no morality play here. Simple Science. Alcohol, for instance, is a highly toxic poison. let that go. You will be much happier.

This will make you stronger, smarter, sexier and wealthier and will probably make you live longer.


about 9 months ago

Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

badford so what's the counter-argument? (198 comments)

My child does not have any genetic bias towards degenerative brain disease after age 65. I guess I should feed her a diet of froot loops & iCarly

1 year,4 days

Give Your Child the Gift of an Alzheimer's Diagnosis

badford I had the test done (198 comments)

Forgot what it said, though. Now, where is that damn paper? Have you seen the remote? I put it right here! What were we talking about?

1 year,4 days

Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized

badford Your Homeland Security Money At Work (835 comments)

DHS is militarizing local police in a "use it or lose it" typical way.

smalltown USA now has a local office of homeland security that helps gives police tanks, drones, tactical weapons and other military gear.

how soon before we start turning in our neighbors for reading 'bad' books?

about a year ago

Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

badford Oculus Rift is not like your fathers VR eyewear. (69 comments)

I have not seen it and I am actually intrigued by it. Thought the history of VR Googles was kinda funny though:

it's different than Sega VR, Nintendo Virtual boy and Google Glasses.


in ways I don't even dream of knowing how. it is special in wonderous, magnificient ways. ways beyond human understanding or comprehension.

it RIFTS your OCULUS and other some such.

when you look from your own eyeballs it makes you think you are in DOOM LAND (or mario land or some other land that is not your own plain-old boring land)

VR land is better than reality because we all know that immersion is the name of the game here.

please don't reach out and touch OCULUS land for it is covered in magical patent juice and will make your children bleed money.

about a year and a half ago

Tesla Motors Loses Appeal Against BBC's Top Gear

badford Tesla sucks? (385 comments)

I would not have known or believed that if it weren't for them attacking the press.

dumb move, Tesla.

about a year and a half ago

Developers May Be Getting 50% of Their Documentation From Stack Overflow

badford Good doc writers can't code (418 comments)

and good coders can't write docs.

They are different things. VERY DIFFERENT THINGS.

One is DOING, the other is TEACHING.

about a year and a half ago

Blimps To Help Protect Washington DC From Air Attack

badford "blimp"is derogatory (270 comments)

we prefer to be called "weight challenged service-people"

about a year and a half ago

Wall Street Journal Hit By Chinese Hackers, Too

badford This is Great News! (92 comments)

Perhaps now, someone in the ivory tower will see how vulnerable we really are.

This is not a 'china is bad' story but rather a 'US Corporate Security Sucks' story and it should be.

There will always be baddies trying to get in. We need to be the best in the world at stopping them.

Right now, I am sad to report, we are not.

about a year and a half ago

Have a Wi-Fi-Enabled Phone? Stores Are Tracking You

badford Gas points (323 comments)

They will track your movements with facial recognition cameras.

Insurance company will know how much butter, beer and beef you are buying.

Your car will track your driving habits and your TV will track your entertainment.

They will know when you are happy, sad, indifferent or lonely and will provide a product or service that will hit the spot.

Just relax. They have your best interest firmly in mind

about 2 years ago

Give Us Your Personal Data Or Pay Full Fare

badford stop being a wuss (342 comments)

everything is negotiable. If you pay 'full' price for anything it is the result of your negotiation.

full price is an arbitrary number.

about 2 years ago

Has 3D Film-Making Had Its Day?

badford It's the story! (436 comments)

special effects are always supplemental to story.

the bar for what 'dazzles' the film-goer raises over time but regardless of technique (3D, Stop-motion, green screen, CGI) a bad story will not become better with 3D.

about 2 years ago

80,000lbs of Walnuts Purloined In Northern California

badford knock, knock (127 comments)

who's there?


Walnut Who?

Walnut too strong, don't lean on t.

(hahahahaha. I crack myself up. get it? walnut? *crack* myself up? come on! )

about 2 years ago

Valve: Linux Better Than Windows 8 for Gaming

badford Ship Half-Life 3 already, Valve! (768 comments)

If you want to make tons of money, just ship another AAA game.

Windows 8 people will buy it and they will pay for it whether it is on Steam, Xbox live, Windows Store, what have you.

Put your resources and talent where it belongs.

Half-life was the bees knees way back when. I remember when the first head crab jumped out at me. almost shat meself, me did.

HL2 was rip-roarin fun.

HL episodes were like dancing naked in a filed of posies.

Focus all of your resources on HL3. Make it epic. Why are you still reading this, Valve? Off with you, then...

about 2 years ago

Cisco Pricing Undercut By $100M In Big Cal State University Network Project

badford Cisco is a Partner Led company (220 comments)

I did not read the article. Just want to state that Cisco typically does not bid directly on projects like this.

A 'partner' (Service Provider like AT&T or Century Link. An integrator like Northrop Grumman or WWT)

Would bid on this. They get (Managed Solutions Partner) Discounts that they would bake into the RFP response.

Some of these discounts are as high as 65-70%, depending on the product, competitive landscape and so-on.

I would take this price comparison with a big grain of salt. There is more here than meets the eye.

about 2 years ago

72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

badford Ender's Game (446 comments)

COD is real. The Drone strikes were caused by you, Player 1.

about 2 years ago

How Do You Spot a Genius?

badford We Geniuses (385 comments)

are misunderestimated. Just because I can memorize pi to 1000 digits, lift 75 lbs with my weiner and compose French poetry in the bathtub don't mean I should be treated like a freak.

I'm just a people, too.

about 2 years ago

The Great Meteor Grab

badford Damn it all! (152 comments)

I just built an autonomous spaceship and 3 asteroid mining robots. Wish they would give us a heads up every once in a while.

about 2 years ago



U.S. House Science Committee Member calls Evolution a lie from the "Pit of Hell"

badford badford writes  |  about 2 years ago

badford (874035) writes "Representative Paul Broun (Georgia Republican) said that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior. It would not be quite as shocking if Broun did not sit on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. What impact could this have on policy? What impact could this have on STEM education not just in Georgia but all over the U.S.?"
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