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Comment: Re:Watson is a scientist (Score 1) 235

by t4eXanadu (#48567023) Attached to: James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

I'm sorry, being old is not an excuse. A racist, sexist old person is still racist and sexist. Sorry, get with the times or get out. I don't care how great of a scientist he was (and let's face is, he would not have made those discoveries without the hard work of many of scientists, some of whom never received the credit they were due). He's still a crummy person.

Comment: Re:Discipline and training (see my comments!) (Score 1) 312

by t4eXanadu (#48537569) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Infrequently, but I did try to get out and walk 2-3 miles at least 3-4 times a week. I would go out at midnight and walk around if I needed to (no wonder the neighbors don't talk to me). There's a small park 2 miles from me, so walking to that and back was a nice break from reading, gave me time to stretch, and collect my thoughts. Depending on my workload, I sometimes made time for exercise, but other times I did not. So, I would call it irregular exercise.

Comment: Re:Discipline and training (see my comments!) (Score 1) 312

by t4eXanadu (#48533469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

We have a saying here, "grad school is 99% drudgery, 1% fun" and I think it's very true. This is an example of the drudgery

I will echo someone else's sentiment that reading on paper might actually help. I've now grown accustomed to reading everything in Mendeley, but for the first year and a half, I printed everything out (anyone want a 50lb box of Action and Perception readings?), and I think the physicality helped.

Comment: Discipline and training (see my comments!) (Score 1) 312

by t4eXanadu (#48533445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

I am a PhD student, 4 years into a very difficult program (ecological/dynamical systems psychology... basically mathematical/physical psychology). My attention span has increased significantly from when I was an undergrad. Why? Discipline and hard work. I'm not implying you don't work hard. What I mean is that you need to re-train your brain, though. The first two years of my program involved courses where I has to read on average 500-800 pages per week (in addition to research and teaching obligations) in order to prepare for a weekly oral exam that was administered in front of my peers (it was very embarrassing to be unprepared for that!). This is what forced me to concentrate better. It wasn't fun, it sucked real bad, but I'm much. much better off for it.

Now, it does take me about an hour to get focused enough to do work, but once I get there, I'm good. So, my only suggestion is that you have to keep trying, keep reading, for many hours, even if you think you're not getting anything out of it, You are, it just takes time to see the results (kind of like working out). There might bet better way to go about this, this is just how it happened for me.

Comment: This would fail for me (Score 1) 186

by t4eXanadu (#48519655) Attached to: Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

I get very anxious when I am presented with a bunch of menu items, and I feel social pressure to decide quickly because I am waiting in line. This causes me to stare blankly at menu items for many seconds at a time. I suspect that this would cause this thing to build the strangest pizzas for me, and probably not at all what I want. Good thing I don't eat at Pizza Hut anymore.

Comment: Re:You're still doing that? (Score 1) 274

by t4eXanadu (#48519267) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

I probably won't but not for that reason... I am very suspicious of how most non-profits use their donations. It's well known, for instance, that the Red Cross is horribly mis-managed and probably wastes a shitton of the money that is donated to them. Many non-profits lack transparency, and so we have no way of knowing what happens to the money we donate to them. No thanks, there's better ways to spend my money.

Comment: Re:You're still doing that? (Score 1) 274

by t4eXanadu (#48510979) Attached to: A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

I don't remember seeing any of that. Perhaps I did get that pop up the first time I used it, but apparently it didn't bother me as I don't even remember it. Wikiwand work great for me. When I switch back to the default Wikipedia interface, it makes me cringe. Apparently, they're still stuck in the 90s. I realize they are trying to keep the site accessible, even for people in 3rd-world countries with spotty internet connections, but still, the site is an eyesore... literally. Have they never heard of night view mode? I pretty much use Wikiwand for the night view mode, I'm not a fan of black text on white backgrounds,.

Comment: Re:US Centric? (Score 1) 167

by t4eXanadu (#48510931) Attached to: Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

The British publication, The Economist is quite good, provided you agree with their generally liberal slant (liberal in the European sense). Of course, they're more focused on news of economic and political impact. They're certainly better than any U.S. news media I've ever read. I don't even read U.S. news anymore (tech news aside), it's a total waste of time.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

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