Hank! How do you deal with stress? I am in advanced classes and I know I am smart enough for them just sometimes I feel like collapsing under stress. I have so much stress and I wish I had a better way to deal with it. Any advice?
Somehow I ended up the sort of person who deals with stress by dealing with the thing that causes the stress. This works extremely well except in cases when you can’t figure out a way to deal with the thing…in which case, you can’t deal with it.
In that case I think about how the galaxy has 300 billion stars and I’m just one guy on one planet around one of those stars and, like, what’s the worst that can happen really?
Last Weekend The Chinese government implemented new restrictions on U.S.-allied military aircraft, requiring them to identify themselves anytime they plan to pass through the new no-fly-zone over the Diaoyutai and Senkaku islands.
Tuesday a pair of unescorted American B-52 bombers passed…
Translation: “Those islands aren’t yours, and you’re going to have to do better than that if you want to make them yours.”
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The most useful of flowcharts for a college student. I am currently disobeying it (going to the one class not related to my major), but will shortly be following it. And considering what I’m missing it for, I’m totally OK with that.
In case you haven’t heard, in the last week or so we’ve found out that Paul gave a speech that included a lengthy description of the movie Gattaca, a description lifted word for word from the movie’s Wikipedia entry. And he gave a speech that included a description of the movie Stand and Deliver, lifted from that movie’s Wikipedia page. And he lifted a part of another speech from an AP story. And he lifted a part of a speech from a Focus on the Family report. And he copied part of a column he wrote for the Washington Times from an article in The Week. And he plagiarized reports from the Cato Institute and Heritage Foundation, and an article in Forbes, in his 2012 book Government Bullies.
You have to work hard to commit that much plagiarism.
Protip for when you have to present in front of your college class: we all understand that not everyone is comfortable with doing it, and at this point most of us can tell who is and who isn’t. If you’re shaking, fine. If your voice isn’t steady, fine. Just do your best, and for your own sake try not to apologize for/mention how nervous you are at a point other than the beginning of the presentation.
… also, don’t be the asshole in the audience who laughs at someone’s accent.
“There already is some talk about this event being a “random” one. But it is not. These things are becoming as regular as rain, as predictable as the summer heat.”—Charles Pierce of Esquire Magazine says Friday’s LAX shooting was nothing random, even when many across America are starting to call these shootings “random.” They’re absolutely not. The shooting was a political one and there is nothing random about terrorism. (via shortformblog)
These four points are some of the most valid points I’ve ever seen someone make about this stage of life. Read them, and read the whole thing if you want to.
1. Decide that you will not be jaded. Be indecisive about most things but certain about this. Say to yourself, ‘I will not be a jaded twenty-something, I will have self-respect, I will become a minimalist and move to New York and I will never complain, I will recognize sweetness and I will make it last.’ Mid-mantra, experience near-fatal blows to your beliefs about the integrity of the world and your place in it. Arrive at realizations that everyone else has already reached, crude truisms you’d idealistically dismissed or ignored. Money is power, pretty is good, sexism is the status quo. Adults don’t know what they’re doing, most mistakes matter, and you will never be cool. Try to be realistic without growing disillusioned. Bite the insides of your cheeks until they bleed.
2. Avoid telling strangers your age. Wish that you were 20 already, because when you are 20 people will take your emotions seriously, they will take your ‘work’ seriously, and they will take you seriously. Simultaneously take great solace in the fact that no one takes you seriously at all. Find comfort in the reality that you are still a teenager and glaring errors are still permitted and perfection is still suspicious. On low nights, take shelter in lowered expectations and fulfilled clichés and bad alternative rock. Recognize that once you turn 20, no one will describe you as a prodigy, no one will call you ‘exceptional’ or ‘advanced’ or ‘gifted’ or ‘special,’ Craig Ferguson will not say “Wow, and she’s only 19!” when the entrance music dies down. Master the art of feeding yourself consolatory nonfat yogurt while wrapped in blankets and reading things on the Internet. Let your eyes grow wide.
3. Begin a relationship with a person who feels more ‘real’ than your high school sweetheart, whose words sound heavier and more trustworthy, whose touch feels more intentional. Keep your feet on the ground. In an attempt at full disclosure, ensure that he sees you at your absolute worst. Be honest. Approach love consciously, in real time. Do not drift. Do not write poetry. Use words like ‘solid’ instead of ‘dreamy.’ Consider the concept of semi-permanence. Linger, savor, know now that there is no rush. Use your past as a parachute, then discard with metaphors and, for the first time, love someone in concrete terms. Feel like you could maybe spend your life with this person. Mail your parents a 20th anniversary card and realize that you have no idea what that means, no concept of how much ‘spending a life’ costs. Love on a day-to-day basis instead. Build slowly. Learn that this is more than enough
Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition after gunfire erupted at a northern Nevada middle school Monday morning, according to police. Two students said a beloved math teacher was killed when he told the shooter to put down his weapon.
Police have not identified the two fatalities, except to say one was the gun man, after shots rang out at Sparks Middle School, RGJ.com reports.
The two hospitalized victims are described as two male minors. They were received at Renown Regional Hospital at 7:45 a.m. PDT, hospital spokeswoman Angela Rambo told the Daily News. An earlier report by RGJ identified one victim as being 12 years old.
A student speaking to RGJ, 13-year-old Kyle Nucum, described one of the victims as a male teacher who after spotting a student with a gun rushed at him to get him to put it down.
"We heard a pop, like a loud pop and everyone was screaming, and then the teacher came to investigate,” Nucum said. “I thought it was a firecracker at first, but the student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him to put it down, and then the teacher fell and everybody ran away.”
As he and the others were running he said they heard “about four or five more shots.”
Because Nucum was outside near the school’s basketball courts when it happened he said a neighboring lady allowed them to hide in her home.
Nucum approximated the teacher having been shot in chest.
Then again, video games aren’t the only way one can waste time or damage others. People give their time and energy to all kinds of virtually pointless things — very few people truly have a problem with playing video games too much, thanks to some combination of self-discipline and psychological normalcy. And the value inherent in any game depends partly on how the player perceives it, alongside the game itself. So figuring out how much time we’ve spent on video games, television or any other form of entertainment is ultimately less important than understanding the tradeoffs we make when consuming it in the first place.