A recent study demonstrates that having a smartphone within one's sphere of awareness is distracting, reducing one's ability to concentrate effectively. From the Discussion section of Experiment 1 (p. 146):
[T]hese results suggest that the mere presence of one’s smartphone may reduce available cognitive capacity and impair cognitive functioning, even when consumers are successful at remaining focused on the task at hand.
It seems that it is best to leave the phone out of sight, and preferably even in another room, when doing anything which requires intensive thinking.
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You have lots of time before that's due, right? One more game can't hurt...

Very portable collection; the .js links are probably the easiest way to play in your browser.
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ironphoenix: (gear)
( Mar. 25th, 2016 10:10 am)
This smartphone-based $99 3D printer may well be the build technology which takes 3D printing to a large percentage of people; prior systems are an order of magnitude more expensive.

The other puzzle piece which we need is a free or very low-cost, easy to learn and use tool for creating 3D printable designs. I suspect that this may well use a neural human-machine interface, in which the design is specified and adjusted as we visualize it, reducing the need for technical skills.
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ironphoenix: (pimp)
( Feb. 13th, 2016 12:30 pm)
Researcher illegally shares millions of science papers free online to spread knowledge (Fiona MacDonald) (short) Halelujah, and more power to her. The paywall sites are charging exorbitant amounts given how low the real costs of publication are.

Attention Fellow Introverts: It's Time to Stop Beating Ourselves Up (Ashley Lauretta) (medium-length) I'm not an introvert (I'm a moderate extrovert), but I know and love many, and this article rings true to me.

The opposite of rape culture is nurturance culture (Nora Samaran) (long!) This is a really good synthesis of a lot of ideas about masculinity, development, and relationships. Highly recommended, but don't be in a rush. For people who are wondering how masculinity can fit with feminism, this is a really good place to look.
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An inverted distribution of particles in available energy states has been created in the lab. This is deeply weird. It looks like thermodynamics-violating weird. If it's real and scalable, it may be world-changing.
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ironphoenix: (bookgasm)
( Feb. 26th, 2015 10:46 am)
How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps An interesting and affecting story linked from [livejournal.com profile] metahacker's LJ. TW for suicidal ideation.
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ironphoenix: (flaming)
( Jan. 4th, 2015 07:00 pm)
Alex Feinman on the stupid "rules" our society foists on guys. Snarky, hyperbolic, and very pointful.

An excerpt:
Man Rule 1. If you don’t show it, you aren’t feeling it
“Men aren’t allowed to have feelings.” This is, of course, inaccurate—men are allowed to have feelings, provided they show them in some sort of caricatured, over-the-top way. If they don’t show it, they aren’t really feeling it.

Angry? You have to smash something. Punch a wall. Shoot your TV. Hit someone. It’s justified: you were angry.

Upset? You can’t cry; that’s for sissies. Get really drunk and wreck your car. Glower into the darkness smoking your cigarette, making sure everyone *sees* you glowering and brooding.

Attracted to that woman? Better make sure you tell her. In fact, be ridiculous about it, invasive and over-the-top. Stand outside her window and throw rocks, or yell, or hold a boombox over your head. Buy a thousand roses and scatter them all over. Wolf-whistle at her and call her names. Bitches love names.
The analysis shows how this relates to homo- and transphobia, too.
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ironphoenix: (blast of happy)
( Sep. 19th, 2014 08:26 am)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] zenten on G+, Panic! at the Disco covers "Bohemian Rhapsody"; I think they make it their own.

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] goldsquare, An outstanding display of driving skill. The first little while is kind of ordinary, but then, a bit past the half-way mark, it gets incredible--the kind of thing one expects in CGI, not IRL.
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ironphoenix: (pirate)
( Aug. 29th, 2014 09:21 am)
There are stones which appear to push themselves around a dry lakebed in Death Valley, but nobody has caught them at it--until now.
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Here are a couple of experimental results from FaceBook: one person Liked(tm) everything for 2 days; another person didn't Like(tm) anything for 2 weeks.

LJ doesn't have a Like(tm), +1(tm), or other such general-purpose one-click response option, so we have to, brace yourself, use our words here. This is rather likelier to involve thought, but it takes more effort--effort which people hooked on FB/G+/etc. are unused to putting in. As a result, we get less feedback here than we get on other shiny social media (even though the feedback there is ultimately less genuinely connected), so we post less here.

It's frustrating. The marketers are winning, because we are, more than we like to admit, creatures of reflex and habit, and those things are very manipulable. The only defense is mindfulness: awareness of ourselves, our instincts, reflexes, and habits, and claiming our power of choice.
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Tinfoil hats are so last year; check this out!
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ironphoenix: (academia)
( Jul. 30th, 2014 12:34 pm)
This article illustrates core problems with corporate personhood pretty well.
ironphoenix: (academia)
( Apr. 30th, 2014 11:02 am)
Chameleon vine imitates host plants; mechanism unknown. (Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking.)

In other plant news, the walking palms apparently don't actually migrate by growing new roots as they are alleged to... it made a good story, though.
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ironphoenix: (wake up call)
( Apr. 28th, 2014 08:53 am)
I just read an interesting book review of C. Wright Mills' White Collar: The American Middle Classes. The book was written over 60 years ago, but the article is fresh, and makes me keen to read the book. The article highlights some of the issues we white-collar folks contend with and how the Mills anticipated them; I can recommend reading at least that much!
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ironphoenix: (I love my work)
( Feb. 1st, 2013 01:32 pm)
I work in electronics, so I could really use one of these!
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ironphoenix: (flaming)
( Jul. 23rd, 2012 03:43 pm)
Living With Voices: an article offering a perspective on psychosis and schizophrenia that I'd never thought of.
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ironphoenix: (bookgasm)
( Apr. 1st, 2012 11:56 am)
Duolingo is impressing me quite a bit... I was invited in to the beta this weekend, and have been working on my Spanish. The premise is pretty neat: you mix various language exercises with translating stuff from the web, and they use the crowdsourced translations to cover their operating costs so you learn for free. The implementation is also very good: I haven't found it buggy, and it's engaging, which is really important for language learning, especially when it's a hobby. Currently, they only offer English, Spanish, and German, but more languages (supposedly including Klingon!) are on the way. I don't think it's sufficient to become fluent, but I think it can help one reach basic competency in a practical and enjoyable way.
ironphoenix: (gear)
( Feb. 4th, 2011 04:42 pm)
This is very cool... there are some neat options to play with, including a planet-tracker in Tychonian mode.
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ironphoenix: (academia)
( Sep. 29th, 2010 03:34 pm)
...a link to a news website article about a scientific paper.

Also, read the comments.
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ironphoenix: (blast of happy)
( Sep. 29th, 2010 01:01 pm)
Imitating those wacky romantic comedies: how much jail time will that get you?

Awesome animal (and plant) disguises! (Probably not good clicky for the phobic!)
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ironphoenix: Raven flying (Default)
( Aug. 11th, 2010 02:32 pm)
US soldiers killed themselves at a rate of more than one a day in June. "There are instances where a leader's lack of soldier accountability resulted in suicide victims not being found until they had been dead for three or four weeks[.]"

Those Manic Pixie Dream Girls in the movies. Just like Doritos (tasty, but without real nutritional value)?
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ironphoenix: (tunez)
( Jun. 16th, 2010 04:09 pm)
A short, imagined monologue: An Aspiring Club DJ Reluctantly Moves On To Weddings.
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ironphoenix: (flaming)
( Jun. 9th, 2010 11:09 am)
You Are Not So Smart: A blog of articles about how our minds (don't) work. Quite a few people I know need to read this.

How do they get to be that way?: A n article by Roger Ebert about racism as it's exemplified in people's reactions to a mural on a school in Arizona.
ironphoenix: (hangover)
( Sep. 13th, 2008 08:01 am)
...I've been playing too much of this very cute, brain-twisting game. I'll just quote her: "It's like if the game Lemmings had knocked up the movie 'Primer'."

Such cute puzzles!

I'd better finish writing my reflection for this weekend, though...
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ironphoenix: Raven flying (Default)
( Aug. 20th, 2008 03:41 pm)
From [livejournal.com profile] ancalagon_tb, a serious one about how little mental illness in understood in Canada.

From [livejournal.com profile] beable, an "OMG what were they thinking" moment in Burger King advertising. [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking, you'll probably like this one.
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ironphoenix: (blast of happy)
( Mar. 26th, 2008 01:24 pm)
And now... The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra!
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ironphoenix: Raven flying (Default)
( Mar. 19th, 2008 12:06 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] siderea and [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking offer different, but excellent, links: from [livejournal.com profile] siderea, we have a transcript of a speech, and from [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking, we have a news flash.
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ironphoenix: (night)
( Aug. 11th, 2007 04:24 pm)
One Hungry Village: An essay about one person's experience in Africa, and the complex problems faced by people there. There are no easy answers.

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] zingkotori!
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Cool Petri dish gardening/art
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ironphoenix: Raven flying (Default)
( Oct. 28th, 2006 03:53 pm)
An excellent (long) article about psychology and elephants, ganked from [livejournal.com profile] siderea.

I'm encouraged to see us taking the consequences of our actions seriously; hopefully, we'll learn to live so as to prevent these destructive "side effects".
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