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Reflecting on 2010 – a year I will never forget

January 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Wow, it’s been almost a year since I posted anything on this blog, and what a year it’s been!! 2010 has finally said it’s goodbyes, never to return. I can honestly say it’s the one year I will never forget, and one that I feel a twinge of sadness and nostalgia for.   As has been my tradition at the beginning of every new year, it’s time to reflect on the past one, and to consider the things that made me sad and the things that made me glad.

(Some) Things that made me glad: [Read more →]

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Reclaiming Old Habits

January 30th, 2010 · No Comments

One of my new year resolutions has been to reclaim some old good habits, one being the habit of pleasure reading. Between studying for school and being really busy with computer stuff, I haven’t really hard time or the inclination to read just for the pleasure of it. However, starting this year I plan to make the time.  My book preferences have definitely changed, and I’m not as inclined to read novels and fiction as I used to be, but I have a nice little pile of books to work through.

The key here is to make the time.  It may mean turning my latop off a little earlier every evening, bringing a book to school so I can read it on the train, and generally finding other ways to make time.

I’m off to a good start, a week or so ago I finished reading my first book this year – Something for the Pain, and I’ll be talking about that soon.

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What Would Happen if You Fell Through a Black Hole

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments

In case you’ve ever wondered…

This is why I love Physics, it explains everything! :)

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Chimamanda Adichie – The Danger of a Single Story

January 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Absolutely worth watching and pondering. Thank you Mary for bringing this to my attention, you rock :) !! And thank you Chimamanda.

Here’s the link to Chimamanda’s The Danger of a Single Story on TED in case you have trouble streaming it on here.

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OMG, I have a myth about productivity tools!

January 7th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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I know that’s a weird title but the truth of it just occurred to me a few seconds ago! I have come to the realization that productivity tools -  calenders, to-do lists, alarms, reminders, etc. ARE helpful for me, just like they have been proven to be for many people.  They’re not just for ‘other’ people, they’re for me too.  I have JUST NOW come to that realization!! WOW!!  I know that sounds incredibly arrogant on some level, and it is.  But it’s the truth.  I have never felt the need for them, I’ve used them but not really, I own them, I write stuff in them, I claim to need them, but I don’t truly feel like I do, and I don’t really use them.  I think that needs to change.

Let me give you a little background on how this ‘epiphany’ just ‘happened’.

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