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5 Ways To Stop Procrastinating
You have a deadline and you just can not focus. It happens to the very best of us and it completely kills time. Avoiding work is one of the biggest time wasters and even worse, it can keep you from having fun. Here are some tips to help you get done quick and get to doing what you really want to do. Don't sit next to your friends As I am trying to write this card there is a room full of people having conversations that I want, no need, to be involved in. It has actually taken me 10 minutes just to write the title. The most important thing you need to remember when trying to meet a deadline is to not sit by your friends. It may be a lonely library/work day but when you finish your work early you can catch up with your friends doing something you'll all enjoy...happy hour! If you have no other option, bring headphones Shut off All social media Websites have been developed to help students get rid of distractions during finals. Apps like SelfControl let you plug in the website that you need to be blocked from, be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Buzzfeed, anything, as well as the time frame you need to be banned from. Once you enter the information you must wait out the time. Its the best way to avoid the distractions. Listen to Classical Music It is extremely difficult to study while listening to music with lyrics. Your brain will only be half paying attention to your work as the other (obviously more fun) half will be rocking out to whatever music is blasting from your headphones. It has been scientifically proven that classical music helps you focus, even on those dry as hell science textbooks. Break it up into smaller portions We've all been there; the night before a huge paper and you have only the title. Staring at a blank page and knowing all the work that lies ahead of you makes it even harder to start. If you break up the assignment into smaller portions it will be much easier to not only finish, but to focus on. Writing 2 pages a day is a lot easier then 20 in one day. Although lets be real, some of you are still going to wait till the last second. Just break it up during the all nighter. Write 3 pages then get a snack, write another 3 and go for a walk or allow yourself to check Facebook. Smaller portions is always better. Have Something To Look Forward To! Have a reward waiting for you once you cross that invisible finish line! It can be meeting your friends at a party and drinking until you forgot about the assignment you just finished, or hopping into bed for a nice 17 hour slumber. Whatever it is make sure you know that after you power though your work you will be much happier!! Like I am now. And heres a perfect video to motivate you. If Shia LaBeouf doesn't get your ass moving, nothing will.
Invisible Illness Awareness Week Spet. 28 - Oct. 4, 2015
A chronic condition is any condition or disease that either develops over the course of time or persists for at least 3 months. As a general rule, a chronic condition cannot be prevented or cured by medication. The symptoms of most chronic conditions can be treated, but these conditions also will not just fade away or disappear. An invisible illness is a chronic condition or disability that tends to be, well, invisible to everyone except the person suffering. To everyone else looking in, this person seems to be fine. They look healthy and, more likely than not, happy. They tend to wear the most careful of "masks" to hide how much pain and discomfort that they are in all the time. Some of these illnesses include pain, chronic fatigue, cognitive dysfunctions, dizziness, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments. More than 130 million Americans are affected by a chronic illness. 96% of those people are suffering in silence, a victim of invisibility. Many times, they smile and lie, saying, "I'm fine, doing ok", even to those that they love - spouses, children, parents, and even doctors. The plight of someone with an invisible illness is a lonely one. Can you imagine suffering in silence? We have all done this at some point. But could you do it every single day? It is our nature as humans to judge one another based entirely on what we see. For many people with a disability, there is a way to see it, a visible impairment such as a wheelchair, cane, walker, even a limp. You look at that person and you know that they have a condition of some sort. You may even go out of your way to help them by opening a door or assisting them across a crosswalk. 74% of people with a disability do not use any of the aforementioned assistive devices. For those dealing with an invisible illness, there is typically nothing to show another person that they are in any way impaired! How can you help? First, remember that every single person is different. Just because someone is in a wheelchair does not mean that they can't do a lot more than you might expect. Keep that same thought in mind for those suffering from invisible illnesses. They may look perfectly capable to you, but sometimes they simply aren't at 100% and will not be able to do everything that you think they should. Next, treat everyone with respect and kindness. You have no idea what they are dealing with on a daily basis. If someone looks tired, do not assume that they spent the previous evening at a party! (Yes, this has happened to me.) Be considerate and thoughtful. Don't make assumptions about people feel. Instead, ask. Ask how that person feels. Ask someone if they need help. Finally, join us this week for Invisible Illness Awareness Week, running from September 28 through October 4, 2015. This annual event was started in 2002 by a woman named Lisa Copen. After living many years with an invisible illness, she decided that we need to spread awareness, educate one another, and create a network of people helping one another to deal with the battle that we are silently fighting one at a time. This year's theme is My Invisible Fight. Here on Vingle - and elsewhere - I will be doing my part to help spread awareness and shed a light on my own invisible fight. Later tonight, I will posting something called "Our 30 Things". This is basically a "30 questions" for those of us fighting a chronic condition. If you would like to post your 30 things, please, let me know and I will tag you in that post. Remember that you Are Not ALONE. You are no longer INVISIBLE. Together, we are Stronger. Edit: here is that card - My 30 Things. Are you asking yourself if you even "qualify"? If you are asking, then you do. There are thousands of illnesses that are considered "invisible". This explanation is from the Invisible Disabilities Association: "We do not maintain a list of specific illnesses and diagnosisโ€™s that are considered invisible disabilities. Invisible disabilities are such symptoms as debilitating fatigue, pain, cognitive dysfunctions and mental disorders, as well as hearing and eyesight impairments and more. There are thousands of illnesses, disorders, diseases, dysfunctions, birth defects, impairments and injuries that can be debilitating. Therefore, all conditions that are debilitating are included when we talk about invisible disabilities..." Again, if you even think you MIGHT qualify, then you likely do! #invisiblefighting
Japan's New Temporary Tattoos Detect A Common Food Allergy.
Food allergies are no joke. As many of you might know, being allergic to foods like nuts, eggs, and wheat flour can cause a range of extremely dangerous symptoms, ranging from itching and nausea to even painful swelling of the throat and airways. Japan has been taking a pretty impressive proactive stance for early allergy detection - and the method they've employed to get the job done might really surprise you! These 'ukiyo-e'-inspired temporary tattoos have been specially created to indicate whether or not the wearer is allergic to soba. Soba, a staple noodle popularly enjoyed in the country, is made from buckwheat, the top food-related allergen among children in East Asia - with the strongest reactions resulting in anaphylactic shock. If the wearer is not allergic, the tattoo will remain a black-and-white design. If the wearer has an allergy, sudden red detailing will appear. And, differently from a traditional allergy test, this indication does not result in burning or itching skin. The tattoos are currently being used by the 230 Soba Street Promotion Association, a Hokkaido-based group of soba noodle restaurateurs along the region's popular foodie destination, Route 230. They hope that this kind of technology will catch on and encourage similar products to be made for other common food allergies. Would you rock one of these tattoos? Let me know in the comments below what you think of this story, and for more strange but true developments in the name of science, follow my Weird Science collection!
11 Struggles Of Ridiculously Creative People
Honestly, I'm not disorganized...I just have a lot of ideas. 1. People are always asking you "what do you do?" Creative people do a lot of things. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what you do, but you're good at whatever that is right? 2. You've got a lot of different interests. You like music and art, fashion, writing and movies. You play guitar and you draw. You like a lot of different kinds of websites and you work on a lot of different things. There's nothing wrong with that. People may criticize you for your divided focus, but you view it as a gift. 3. People are always concerned about your wellbeing. You tend to get stressed pretty easily, probably because you're doing a lot of things at once. You can't help it, you love to work and you love to let your creativity flow. Probably because you're being rewarded for just being yourself. 4. You are really eccentric, because most creatives are. It's lame to be weird as a kid, but totally cool to be weird as an adult. If you're going to be crazy, you better get paid for it. Being creative means that you're automatically a secret weapon. You come in when there's no other recourse. 5. You have an insatiable need to create, and sometimes it makes you crazy. You wake up in the middle of the night sometimes and you end up writing something profound in your notebook, or drawing a beautiful masterpiece. There is something inside of you that makes it hard to sleep or take off from work. You have to be doing something all the time, and alhough that leads to stress and anxiety...you will ultimately be rewarded. Because everyone loves a good worker, and people like it even more if that work is innovative. 6. When you get blocked up, it can totally cripple you. Your creativity is the thing that keeps you going. When you hit a road block, and the ideas stop flowing it can seem like you have nothing. But sure enough, when you put pen to paper to draw, write, paint or create, you know that something will come out. Because it has to. 7. Your creativity isn't a hobby...it's your life. It offends you when people don't value it as an asset. Sure, your'e not like everybody else, but that's a really good thing. Creativity is something that not everyone can possess. It's a natural ability and when people tell you that you can't use it, or that it's not valuable, they're wrong. 8. You constantly worry about missing opportunities, and not moving quickly enough. Because your brain is always firing on all cylinders it's easy to become anxious. When those blocks happen, things can get trapped and ideas start to falter. It seems like you're always creating something new, and when that doesn't happen...well, it might seem like the end of your world. 9. You're always fighting with yourself about art and commerce. What can make you the most money doesn't necessarily yield the most artistic results. There's a constant struggle in your head based on a key struggle that has been happening for centuries. It's a fundamental thing. You want to be creative, and make art. And people want to sell your creativity for profit. You have to find the good in what you're doing. 10. You have a serious fear of becoming a "starving artist". You don't want to prove all of your haters right. People in creative fields, or creatives in non-creative fields are always pitted against those who go the more "traditional" route. It's something you'll have to deal with. Creatives are automatically viewed as the underdog, simply because people tend to misunderstand what you're doing. 11. No matter what holds you back, you find a way to get past it. Because you're creative, and nothing can stop you. You're constantly inventing new ways of doing things, and you won't stop until you change the world.
How To Learn A New Language At Home
I've been trying to improve my French recently, and came across these awesome YouTubers called DamonandJo. They have self-taught themselves nearly 6 languages! I believe they speak French, Spanish, Portugese, Italian, German, and of course English! You can either watch the video above (which I suggest cause they have the BEST sense of humor) or check out their tips below: 1. Follow Famous YouTubers in the language you want to learn! There are tons of youtubers in other languages, and often if they are famous enough, there will be english subtitles. Listen to them to hear real people speaking the language rather than a text book! They're usually super entertaining too so it helps :) 2. Follow those YouTubers or famous people on twitter so you see that language each day! The easiest way to get used to a foreign language is to see it all the time and this really helps! 3. Change your phone/facebook/etc language to your desired language! Since you probably already know where everything is in your phone or facebook, you wont be confused and you'll learn a ton of new vocab! 4. Listen to audio books in the language you want!!! Audible has a ton of foreign language books. Try starting with a book you already know well (like Harry Potter for me - I'm trying to read that in Korean right now...) and listen throughout your day! 5. Sign up for foreign magazines or newsletters! Or even better download their app in another language! For example, my boyfriend gets push notification from Le Monde which is a french newspaper :) Even if you only read the headline, its practice. 6. Try cooking a meal using a recipe in a different language! You start to learn that a lot of words you actually already know (for example, sautรฉ means the same thing in french and in korean bokkeum (like bokkeumbap) means fried! so literally "fried rice!" 7. Watch TV shows in the language Duh!!!! 8. Talk to yourself and dont be afraid! Practice speaking whenever you can, even to people who are strangers! be brave! What languages are you trying to learn?!
A Simple Guide to Women's Vitamins
While a balanced diet should get you all that you need nutritionally, there will always be days when you need a little help. Taking the right supplements will give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay in top shape. This list contains some of the best vitamins for young adult women, but are only suggestions! Food is the best source of nutrition, but when you have fallen into a junk food kick or have been sick and unable to get the right vitamins, this list should help boost your bodyโ€™s nutritional intake. A Good Womenโ€™s Multi. If youโ€™re going to choose one vitamin from this list, it should be a multi-vitamin that is made specifically for women. Make sure it contains folic acid, which is very important for women ages 18 to 40! Be sure to take these after you have eaten something. It is very common to feel nauseous if you take one of these on an empty stomach. Biotin. Biotin does amazing things for hair, skin and nails. Just taking 500 micrograms a day, can make your hair longer and shinier, your skin clearer, and your nails stronger. Iron. Iron is especially important for any vegan or vegetarians out there. You only need about 10-20 milligrams, but it makes a serious difference in your mood. If you eat a lot of red meat (about a serving every day) you might be getting enough iron already. Leafy greens like spinach are also great source of iron! Zinc. Zinc is an important mineral that boosts our immune systems and helps to fight off disease. Make sure youโ€™re getting between 8 milligrams and 11 milligrams of zinc daily. Fish Oil. This omega-3 right supplement is fabulous for healthy hair, skin and nails, and will support your heart and blood systems. Take about 1-2 grams per day. But be prepared, certain capsules might lead to weird fish oil burps later in the day (ew!) Vitamin D. The main job of vitamin D is to help your bones absorb calcium and phosphorus and to keep your cells happy and healthy. You can get a ton of this from sunlight, my letting the sun hit your closed eyelids for fast absorption! If you live somewhere with constant cloudy weather or you're inside too much, you might not be getting enough vitamin D. Taking 3000 IUs should help to get you back on track. Calcium-Magnesium. Calcium is one of the most important supplements that women can take to strengthen their muscles, bones and teeth. A glass of milk just isn't going to cut it! The recommended dosage is 1000 milligrams of calcium and 400-600 milligrams of magnesium. As with all things in life, take these suggestions in moderation!
Youngest Organ Donor in The World Saves a Stranger's Life
Teddy was with us for only 100 minutes, but he was able to save the life of someone he will never meet. Teddy had anencephaly, which is a rare and fatal condition that prevents the normal development of the brain and the bones of the skull. Parents Jess and Mike Houlston, were told Teddy would die very shortly after his birth. Even though the doctors offered other options for Teddy, the parents refused to stop the pregnancy. โ€œWe thought that even if we had a moment with him, or 10 minutes, or an hour, that time was the most precious thing that we would ever experience,โ€ Jess told Britainโ€™s The Mirror. Baby Teddy was born on April 22 last year and died 100 minutes after he entered the world. Just three minutes after his death, doctors carried out a surgery to donate Teddyโ€™s kidneys and heart valves. He became Britainโ€™s youngest-ever organ donor and saved an adult strangerโ€™s life. โ€œHe lived and died a hero,โ€ said Mike. โ€œItโ€™s impossible to explain how proud we are of him.โ€Adds Jess: โ€œAlthough he wasnโ€™t with us very long and we brought him into the world knowing there was no hope of a life for him, we are incredibly proud of his heroism.โ€ Teddy has already inspired other people to give: A JustGiving donation page his parents set up in honor of him to raise money for a charity that supports parents that have lost young ones has already raised $16,500!
Man Plays Saxophone While Receiving Brain Surgery
A team of doctors in Spain became medical pioneers after performing neurosurgery on 27-year-old Carlos Aguilera while he remained conscious and playing his saxophone. Carlos was undergoing surgery to have a brain tumor removed, and as a diehard musician, the medical team didn't want him to have to lose his ability to play his saxophone any time soon. His neurosurgeon, Dr. Guillermo Ibรกรฑez of the Regional Hospital of Mรกlaga, insisted that playing the instrument mid-surgery would help the team keep the part of the brain that deals with music language unharmed during the tumor removal. According to the BBC, the patient performed a number of jazz standards for a team of sixteen medical professionals - during a surgery that lasted OVER 12 HOURS! After the surgery proved to be a success and Carlos had properly recovered, both he and his doctor participated in a press conference, where he explained how it felt to be the first patient in such an experimental surgery: "Music is what has accompanied me half a lifetime, so when the doctors told me I could do that, I did not think twice." A recording of the surgery has been made available to the Associated Press, so if you haven't hit your quota of extremely strange YouTube videos yet this week, the following clip is for you. (WARNING: It's definitely an uncensored surgery video, so proceed with caution.) So what do you guys think? Would you have been brave enough to pull this off? Let me know in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection!
5 Simple Tips for Writing a Fan Letter in Korean
1. Use polite verb forms. Basically, Korean has two types of verb endings for polite speech style: ์š”(yo) and ๋‹ค(da). When writing fan letters to celebrities, ์š”(yo) form is more appropriate than ๋‹ค(da) form; ๋‹ค(da) would sound too polite and formal for that kind of letter. 2. Use polite noun forms. In Korean, some nouns have entirely different forms for plain speech and honorific speech. To be polite, use ์ €(jeo) / ์ œ(je) instead of ๋‚˜(na) / ๋‚ด(ne). ์ €(jeo) is the equivalent to โ€˜I, meโ€™ in polite speech. ๋‚˜(na) is the casual form of ์ €(jeo). ์ œ(je) is the equivalent to โ€˜myโ€™ in casual speech. ๋‚ด(ne) is the casual form of ์ œ(je). 3. But donโ€™t be too formal and too polite. Iโ€™ve noticed that a lot of Korean learners tend to use the most polite noun forms when writing. Erring on the side of politeness is, of course, always good and safe, but in this fan letter, too-formal and too-polite nouns would sound a little awkward to native speakers (that is, the celebrities who will read your letter). Do not use ๋‹น์‹ (dangshin). Instead, choose the right title for them, such as ์˜ค๋น (oppa), ์–ธ๋‹ˆ(unni), ๋ˆ„๋‚˜(nuna), or ํ˜•(hyung), and use it. 4. Choose the perfect titles for celebrities. If the people youโ€™re sending a letter to are older than you, you should use an appropriate title for them. There are four kinds of titles you would use. The most common titles are ์˜ค๋น (oppa), ์–ธ๋‹ˆ(unni), ๋ˆ„๋‚˜(nuna), and ํ˜•(hyung). But what if you would be the same age as he/she? Adding the suffix์”จ (ssi) to the name could be the appropriate solution in polite speech. When writing the letter with casual speech, you would attach ์•„ to the name ending in a consonant or ์•ผ to the name ending with a vowel. In most cases, the given names are used with the titles weโ€™ve just learned : First name + title. e.g. ์„ธํ›ˆ์”จ Sehoon-ssi (from a male/female who is the same age as Sehoon in polite speech) ๋ฐฑํ˜„์•„ baekhyun-a (from a male/female who is the same age as Baekhyun in casual speech) ์ˆ˜ํ˜ธ์•ผ Suho-ya (from a male/female who is the same age as Suho in casual speech) ๋ฏผํ˜ธ ์˜ค๋น  Minho oppa (from a female younger than Minho) ํ‹ฐํŒŒ๋‹ˆ ๋ˆ„๋‚˜ Tiffany nuna (from a male younger than Tiffany) 5. Attach ๊ป˜ or ์—๊ฒŒ to titles in the first sentence of a letter. The Korean equivalent of โ€œto / dearโ€ is โ€œ๊ป˜(kke)โ€ or โ€œ์—๊ฒŒ(ege)โ€. Though grammatically ๊ป˜(kke) is the more honorific form than ์—๊ฒŒ(ege), there is no big difference between them. Just choose whichever youโ€™d like to use. e.g. ์ค‘๊ธฐ ์˜ค๋น ๊ป˜ / ์ค‘๊ธฐ ์˜ค๋น ์—๊ฒŒ To Joongki oppa, Dear Joongki oppa (from a female younger than Joongki) Here is the entire example of a fan letter written in Korean. This letter was written to ์†ก์ค‘๊ธฐ (Joongki Song, a male Korean actor) by a younger female fan. For reference, I've made some blanks. You can freely adapt this template to suit your context, and fill in the blanks with the name of the celebrity you love! (์ค‘๊ธฐ ์˜ค๋น )์—๊ฒŒ, To Joongki oppa, ์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์š”. ์ €๋Š” (์‹ฑ๊ฐ€ํด)์— ์‚ด๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” (์ค‘๊ธฐ ์˜ค๋น ) ํŒฌ (์ œ์‹œ์นด)์˜ˆ์š”. Hello, Iโ€™m your fan Jessica from Singapore. (์˜ค๋น )๊ฐ€ ๋‚˜์˜ค๋Š” ๋“œ๋ผ๋งˆ โ€˜(ํƒœ์–‘์˜ ํ›„์˜ˆ)โ€™๋ฅผ ์ •๋ง ์žฌ๋ฐŒ๊ฒŒ ๋ณด๊ณ  ์žˆ์–ด์š”. (์˜ค๋น )๊ฐ€ ๋‚˜์˜จ ์˜ํ™” โ€˜(๋Š‘๋Œ€์†Œ๋…„)โ€™๋„ ๋ดค์–ด์š”. (์˜ค๋น )๋Š” ์ •๋ง ๋ฉ‹์žˆ์–ด์š”. ์ œ๊ฐ€ ์ œ์ผ ์ข‹์•„ํ•˜๋Š” (๋ฐฐ์šฐ)์˜ˆ์š”. Iโ€™ve enjoyed watching your drama โ€˜Descendants of the Sun.โ€™ I also watched your movie โ€˜A Werewolf Boy.โ€™ Youโ€™re so cool. Youโ€™re my favorite actor. (์–ด์ œ) (์˜ค๋น )๊ฐ€ ํฐ ์ƒ์„ ๋ฐ›์•„์„œ ์ •๋ง ๊ธฐ๋ปค์–ด์š”. (์˜ค๋น )๋Š” ์ถฉ๋ถ„ํžˆ ๊ทธ ์ƒ์„ ๋ฐ›์„ ์ž๊ฒฉ์ด ์žˆ์–ด์š”. I felt so happy as you won the big prize yesterday. You fully deserve it. (๋‹ค์Œ ๋‹ฌ)์— (ํ™์ฝฉ)์—์„œ ํŒฌ๋ฏธํŒ…์„ ํ•œ๋‹ค๋Š” ์†Œ์‹์„ ๋“ค์—ˆ์–ด์š”. (์‹ฑ๊ฐ€ํด)์—์„œ๋„ ํŒฌ๋ฏธํŒ…์„ ํ–ˆ์œผ๋ฉด ์ข‹๊ฒ ์–ด์š”. Iโ€™ve heard that you have a fan meeting in Hong Kong. I hope you also hold it in Singapore. (์˜ค๋น )๋ฅผ ์•„์ง ํ•œ๋ฒˆ๋„ ๋งŒ๋‚˜์ง€๋Š” ๋ชปํ–ˆ์ง€๋งŒ ์ œ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘๊ณผ ์‘์›์€ ์‹์ง€ ์•Š์„ ๊ฑฐ์˜ˆ์š”. Although weโ€™ve never met, my love and support for you will never fade. ํ•ญ์ƒ ๊ฑด๊ฐ•ํ•˜์„ธ์š”! ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ๋‹ค์Œ (์ž‘ํ’ˆ)๋„ ๊ธฐ๋Œ€ํ• ๊ฒŒ์š”! Always take care of your health! Iโ€™m looking forward to your next work! (์ œ์‹œ์นด) ์˜ฌ๋ฆผ From Jessica [ Download 'Eggbun' ]