Not Sleeping

Everybody sleeps. That’s a fact that we all know.

Whether they be a child or an adult, big or tall, smart or not, as long as they’re alive, they have the capacity to sleep (unless of course you’re in some sort of coma, but that doesn’t really count does it). Some people enjoy sleep more than others, and some people just can’t control their urge to sleep.

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And yes, we need sleep. Although it’s common knowledge that sleep is vital for us, for some odd reason, we keep on pushing ourselves to not bend under the crushing grasp of sleep.

Well, to be fair, it makes perfect sense.

Drivers, pilots, and navigators push their body’s capability a bit so that they can successfully not die as the complete their job. Students can stay up long periods of time to maximize the amount of stuff that goes in their heads (and complete pesky homework). A lot of people work night shifts while still being active during daylight hours. First world people in general have made it culturally okay to not sleep.

And it seems to be highly encouraged.

A quick visit to the corners of the internet will show you a massive amount of people who go by the saying “Sleep is for the weak.”

The thing is, people keep trying to ditch sleep to do everything they want to do and maximize their time. However, when they do sleep, it feels frickin’ awesome, and it becomes increasingly hard to wake up on command. This is something that I call alarm immunity.

I am one of those people. Sometimes I forget that I even have an alarm… This comes from my productive nocturnal nature. For example, last night I did some KhanAcademy, read a Feynman lecture, and made a post about Harambe.

So you see, in my opinion, if sleep wasn’t vital for human beings and we could choose not to, then I think I would choose not to altogether. So would many, many, other people. Heck, in that hypothetical reality where sleep is unneeded, I don’t think people would sleep. Maybe it would be categorized into the same phenomenon as fainting.

Unfortunately, that hypothetical reality is not this reality, and we all need a good share of sleep. How would you feel if you lived in that reality? Would you choose to ditch sleep altogether, or would you carry on per usual?

We can think that out while we continue living in our world where sleep is actually important. Catch those z’s folks!

Physicist? Surely You’re Joking!

Anybody get the reference? The… title… reference? Surely you’re joking? No? Meh, alright… I’ll keep this on topic, and I’ll try to stray away from why I haven’t been posting for such a long time (psst, it’s exams!), not that very many people read this anyway…

So! That’s that and this is this! In this post, I am announcing the path I want to take in this life. And that path is a path of SCIENCE!

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And heck yeah, science bitch indeed Jesse! Well, the truth is, aside from academics and learning things, I’m kind of useless (most of my hobbies involve big hands, and my hands are small [insert sad face]) and I have to work up my way from the ground instead of being able to float on a cloud of talent and genetics as many others have.

My cloud of talent slash genetics however, is floating me over the ground in the talent of curiosity. Wait, what’s that? It’s not a talent? Oh. Never mind then.

The thing is, my passion in learning things tends to be a bit more than your average John Doe (no offense to people named John Doe, like that psychotic guy in Se7en) and I have found that I really like physics.

“What?! Physics? Surely you’re joking, you fit better in math! Or computer science! Or chemistry because you keep talking about Breaking Bad! Anyway, your math grades are better than science!”

Well, strange all-knowing third person-esque narrator who is commenting in my post (but not really because this is all just a hypothetical conversation I’m having with my fingers), I must say that yes, my math scores are better than science. But I like physics better than math, and I must say I am better in physics than math. And why is my math better you ask? Well, oddly enough, Indonesian curriculum has not split physics and biology and chemistry at this point in my colorful spectrum of education, and… I’m mediocre at best in biology.

Why oh why is the eternal good boy student mediocre in biology you ask? I, for one, blame the curriculum and questions and curriculum and questions and also how it all revolves around things and names and not systems and processes.

The great physicist and teacher of all teachers, Richard Feynman, once said, “You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird… So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing — that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.”

Aaand, that just about explains it. I am quite fond of understanding things, but I despise science by rote. That just takes away all the fun in it, doesn’t it? Where’s all the curiosity and discovery? Curiosity killed the cat you say? Well, in a way, Indonesian curriculum killed curiosity!

Aaand, I am off track (although the number of a’s in my long version of ‘and’ is consistent, hurrah!) and getting all Douglas Adams with my randomness, so I’ll just say what I wanted to say this whole time.

Physics is awesome, and I will be chasing it and chasing it until I can call myself a physicist, just like many of my many role models. Cheers, man!

(And no, I have never watched a full episode of The Big Bang Theory.)

(And no, I’m not trying to be a physicist just because just about everybody who people consider extremely smart is a physicist (ahem, ahem, Newton, Einstein, Hawking, ahem) although it may be a contributing factor.)

(And no, that was not the last and no.)

Unproductive

Hello people of the internet. It’s been what, a week maybe, since I’ve last posted. I can’t find the post history anywhere to make sure, but that doesn’t matter.

So, as you can see, I’ve put this post under most categories, because being unproductive has EVERYTHING to do with EVERYTHING. For starters, I was sick. Then after that, it became an excuse.

“Why aren’t you pressing words together?” I asked myself not too long ago.

My inner me replied with, “You’re sick and irrelevant anyway.” And I was cool with it.

 

But not to worry folks, I’m going back in production. With my last day of finals tomorrow, my spare time will be going up and up. There is an undeniable correlation between spare time and the end of finals.

Actually, never mind, I have MORE finals on the 19th – 21th. I just fail to understand curriculum sometimes.

I also haven’t worked on the logo and the banner and whatnot, haven’t even tried, to be honest. I’m blank on the ideas there, so you guys could comment some logo ideas (or even make me one if you’re annoyed with Tesla and Thunderbird sitting up there).

Well, I blame my Pokemon Nuzlocke and Breaking Bad, because they’re a lot more fun than being productive.

And yes I am, Mr. Heisenberg, yes I am.

-R

Khanacademy

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If you’re a student and you don’t know what this site is, I’m not really sure where you’ve been, because this site is extremely useful for studying.

I’ve been using khanacademy.org since I was younger, when the overall interface was kind of weird, and everything was still focused on math. No worries, now Salman Khan’s Khanacademy is a lot better than it was earlier, with tons of videos teaching you practically anything textbooks have to offer.

There are also fun little challenges and the ability to ‘master’ certain skills and earn badges to flaunt to your friends. You can also earn energy points, which unlock avatars for you to use.

Aside from that, the beautiful thing about this site is that it truly believes that primal memorization makes you a shadow of your true potential. It aims to help you understand what school is forcing down your throats, all without charge. Say no more, I have provided the link. Just click on the picture.

-R


I should actually be studying now…

Studying: Keep it Instrumental

Are you a regretful procrastinator like I am? Do you ever want to study, but can’t find the willpower? Well, I have a fitting solution; music. Wait, you already use music to study? Hmm… I bet it’s a vocal-filled hip-hop/pop/dance/EDM or the like, or maybe rock/country if you’re a bit less modern (or jazz!)

Anyway, studies show that there is a large impact made by listening to music. It moves your brain into removing that stressed, lazy feel or something. But studies also prove that people perform better with sedative music, not their stimulating preferred music. So you can say good-bye to accidentally karaokeing in the middle of your trigonometry, because that’s simply ineffective.

I myself would recommend game OST’s, especially the vibes that Assassin’s Creed gives off (the pirate aura from Black Flag is bliss) in it’s soundtrack. I also highly recommend anything off of this YouTube playlist because LOTR is friggin’ awesome. Smooth jazz is reminiscent of elevator music, and is pretty okay too. They’re not exactly sedatives, but at least they’re instrumental.

If you’re actually a more desperate species of procrastinator, by all means search up and bookmark all of that sedative music to boost your performance up a notch.

-R

About the Favicon and Banner

Well, whattayaknow? It’s already the end of November, and the year of 2017 is slowly arriving. Americans are in post-Thanksgiving-and-Black-Friday(-and-Cyber-Monday) fever, which is practically just completing everything in anticipation for the holidays.

In fact, even in this rainy equatorial part of the world I happen to be wasting space in, the holiday fever is slowly arriving. Why? Because, surprise, surprise, the finals are here! That means the end of the semester (more importantly, the break) is coming. I should actually be memorizing and doing things, but my procrastinating has halted that, again.

Anyway, you may have noticed the favicon and banner of this blog. Epic aren’t they? Unfortunately, they’re both temporary until:

  1. I happen to legitimately get out of my tight schedule.
  2. The break arrives.
  3. I happen to design a logo which I will display as my favicon and on my banner.

But for now, you’ll have to hang on to these temporary stuff. For a closer look at my favicon, I have taken the liberty of putting it right here.

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And there you have it. It’s the Nikola Tesla photoshopped by yours truly into some sort of word art. My current photoshop skill level is categorized as ‘find-tutorials-on-YouTube-whenever-I-feel-like-photoshopping’ so it’s not the best.

The banner is just wallpaper I downloaded off of the Pottermore site after I took a housing test and got ‘Thundabaahhhd!!!’, which represents the soul, as my Ilvermorny house on my second account. On my first account, I had a different set of questions and got Horned Snake, which represents the mind. Both are pretty accurate, but I just stuck old Thunderbird on as homage to this guy, a favorite of mine since childhood.

Once again, these are temporary and are prone to change until I design myself something. So, I guess that’s that (I’ve hit 300 words again), see you guys later.

-R


And yes, I’m probably gonna make posts about Tesla, Harry Potter, and Pokemon to make things a little more clearer.