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The Decline and Fall of the English Major

An interesting opinion piece which talks about the direction humanities are headed in the near future. It comes as no surprise that during tough economic times people tend to choose majors that are more likely to land them a job. However this choice often costs students the opportunity to explore a potential passion or even gain and learn from the great minds of the past. 

Something else which occurred to me while reading this piece has to do with the nature of college classes these days whether they are humanities or not. For a place of higher education which is meant to groom and cultivate the minds of students, college classes now have become more of a means to an end.

>> The Decline and Fall of the English Major <<



The amount of free time you need to be happy

So what do you like to do in your free time? Read a book, watch a movie, exercise, drink with your friends, spend quality me time, sleep, etc? Well if you’re like the average working individual you often find that you don’t have enough time to squeeze all of this into your life along with a regular work day. So how much time is enough to have the perfect work-life balance? Well according to this article its a little north of 7 hours. Have a look at the schedule they provide in this article and see how your average day matches up.

>> The Official Amount Of Free Time You Need To Be Happy <<


Staying Focused in a Distracting World

We live in a society where it’s socially acceptable to check your phone right in the middle of a conversation. We are used to having many different distractions calling our name while we try to focus our attention to any one thing. So in the midst of all this, how do we pay attention? Moreover, does the way we deal with the amount of distractions around us influence how the future generations will respond to those distractions as well? This article certainly doesn’t answer all these questions, but it makes a solid attempt:

>> The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World <<


What motivates us?

Have you ever wondered why highly skilled people(such as the creators of Skype or wikipedia) have created work that they produce and distribute for free? While they have an amazing product to offer which could very well produce them a good amount of money, what is it that causes them to do all of this without a monterey incentive? Have a look at this video and find out for yourself.

>> The surprising truth about what motivates us <<

I can’t decide if the illustrations in this video are cool or distracting, but I enjoyed the overall message it was trying to put forth.


The Dark Side of Greek Yogurt

There always has to be a balance in life. A bad for every good. A yin for every yang. Only that can explain how something as delicious and nutritious as greek yogurt could also be producing a byproduct called acid whey that is becoming an increasing problem for greek yogurt producers everywhere. Personally I feel the acid whey scare is a little hyped up in this article, because while they start out saying that it’s toxic and harmful to nature they then go on to say that there is a possibility it can be fed to babies. Either way it’s always good to know about the things you’re eating and just how and where they come from.


>> Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side <<


A Slice of Pi

Today I decided to indulge my inner math nerd and read a couple of articles on Pi. Now, before you go screaming in the opposite direction, have a look at this quote:

” Pi is an infinite, nonrepeating decimal — meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in pi. Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all great questions of the universe. “

While these two articles do contain quite a bit of mathematical complexity, they provide somewhat interesting insight into a foreign concept.  

>> Your Life in Pi <<

>> Are the Digits of Pi Random? <<