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spotless mind 1 week ago
Addictions that seem harmless but take most of our precious time.

Some silly addictions that I know:
  • Our obsession with our phones, checking our pockets all of the time and the sense of phantom vibration.

  • Making your kids watch TV has become a punishment to take away their iphones.

  • Getting your latte in order to function in the world. And it needs to be a pumpkin spice latte.

  • Millions tabs open in the browser, never closing them. Or closing all of tabs and re-opening them after 2 seconds.

  • Taking your phone to restroom.

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dem 2 weeks ago
Entropy is, by the most popular definition, the measure of the "disorder" of a system. The scientific definition of entropy is the number of microscopic states that correspond to a given macroscopic state. For example, if you toss 100 coins, there are so many different combinations that yields total, let's say, 43 tails. The number of those different configurations that corresponds to the total number of 43 tail is the disorder of this system, hence the entropy of that state.

The fascinating thing about entropy is that natural process always cause an increase in entropy, in other words, leads to greater disorder. This is natural simply because there are many more random disordered configurations than ordered ones for given state. For example if you have 100 coins in a box, and if you shake the box you will most likely get half heads and half tails because there are many more arrangements that give 50 tails than 3 tails only.

(see: the second law of thermodynamics)
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spotless mind 1 week ago
The new fantastic host of The Late Show. He is the smartest and most talented comedian in today's television world. He has an underlying sense of empathy in everything he says. His character portrays America's backward thinking conservative and republican population. I wonder sometimes how he can be that real in this character.
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dem 1 week ago
Honest and heartwarming modern fiction writer. He is also a creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the winner of Pulitzer Prize. He explains his presence at a school like MIT by his love to defend art in places where art is not seen as central; America and MIT share a lot in common in this respect.
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dem 5 days ago
As with any good college, the life is fast, the exams are difficult, and the competition is fierce. MIT is my favorite school that actually cares about its students. They provide students with every possible help to make them succeed.

Life is MIT is strongly tied to life in Boston. You can spend at least a few hours walking around town every weekend. You can join at least one student club that has activities every week, whether sports, service, social or activism.
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spotless mind 5 days ago
Refers to both people of france and the language of love. it is also resembled with classy, elegant, charming, fashion and cuisine.
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dem 4 weeks ago
The chillest animal that lives in trees, eats leaves and sleeps all day.
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dem 4 weeks ago
A school that makes you choose only two out of those three: good grades, a social life, or sleep.
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Bagheera 4 weeks ago
Some make the case that this saves water, but if it becomes sexy time, you probably will end up wasting a lot of water while you're in there...

Regardless, in winter, this becomes the theater for determining who loves the other more as you battle for standing in the delectable stream of hot water.

Also, if you have a small shower, this could result in a lot of elbowed ribs and bruised knees.
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hermes 2 weeks ago
The capital of Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was previously the city Bonn. The city is home to hundreds of attractions from the monarchical period and from the aftermath of the world wars. Alexanderplatz seems to be the center of the city, with the long Fernsehturm, and the fountain called Neptunbrunnen. The museum island is definitely worth seeing. The famous bon marche street stretching from the Alexanderplatz to Die Brandenburger Tor is called Unter den Linden and is definitely great. At the end of this street, in the eastern corner of Tiergarten, the German parliament which is called Reichstag, is located. Besides the Baroque and Neoclassical architecture, which we are all familiar from other european cities, the socialist architecture is dominant in the city since it was also the capital of Eastern Germany, DDR. The districts of Berlin are also interesting to discover. Mitte, which constitutes the central area, was in the Eastern Germany. Kreuzberg, Wedding, Neukölln, Charlottenburg were all in the West Berlin and are today still home to a significant migrant population, despite the comprehensive gentrification projects. The lines where the Berlin Wall once stood were highlighted to make it visible today. Berlin is surrounded by an efficient metro system (u-bahn) and accompanying regional trains (s-bahn).
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hermes 2 weeks ago
Muscles, smiling, love of animals, chinstrap beard, cooking, suit, and above all, a functioning brain.
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dem 2 weeks ago
A cute dwarf planet that was once a planet and has been downgraded because of not clearing the neighborhood mass in its orbit. The probe, New Horizons, we sent just reached there and took this great picture.

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dem 2 weeks ago
American physicist at MIT. He is famous for his studies in inflation theory, excellence at teaching and messiness of his office. In 2005, he received the messiest office award by the Boston Globe. Also in 2012 he was an awardee of so-called Russian Nobel Prize, as receipent of 3M$.
(see: Fundamental Physics Prize)
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dem 1 week ago
The brilliant man who mocked President Bush to his face at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

"Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32 percent approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in reality. And reality has a well-known liberal bias ... Sir, pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, ..., because 32 percent means it's two-thirds empty. There's still some liquid in that glass, is my point. But I wouldn't drink it. The last third is usually backwash. "

"Over the last five years, you people were so good—over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out"
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pseudoscientist 1 week ago
Very natural if you are from a very religious and devout family. It may sound childish to some but telling your parents that you don't believe in a god can strain familial ties to the breaking point.
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spotless mind 1 week ago
To get into and survive MIT life, you really have to be a kind of masochist. You have to be ready for far too much stress, lack of sleep, and never feeling satisfied with yourself, even with grades of A's. As you work more, you feel increasing pressure to work. Most of this pressure results from the fact that everyone else seems smarter than you are. Stories about extraordinarily successful people around you who either won a science olympiads or has learnt coding when they were seven years old. They all seem self-driven, aware of what they are doing and what their plans are. From even the first year, they secure urops or internships. Their success is obvious and gives the impression that they are always on top of their work, completing it accurately and quickly, while you seem to struggle and request extensions.

In our individual towns, our academic talents first earn us positions as demigods. We are known for our skill - it becomes our identity, a means of distinguishing our character from others’. When we enter MIT, our first experience of a larger social environment, our perspective necessarily shifts. Suddenly, we are no longer the most gifted in our social group. success has been marginalized. Struggling with distinguishing ourselves in the main way we’ve always known, we face a serious identity crisis.

From my years here, what i realize is that what everyone has really learnt best is to mask their insecurity. Everyone is as insecure as i am. Life at MIT is very different from all other aspects of life. At mit, it is “normal” to feel depressed, lonely or even stupid. And while these deep emotions would seem more crucial to address, you don’t focus on them - you instead just do your work, the marker of your success. Because of business with psets and midterms, we have a false perception of personal satisfaction. We spend a small fraction of our time thinking about life outside our bell jar. My friendships have all felt superficial, which is not a criticism of my fellow students’ characters, but that of the work culture. Everyone around me is too busy to have an extended conversation other that just dry “hi’s” exchanged in the infinite corridor. And after a while, when students consistently ignore their building frustrations with the lack of intimate and regular social connections and validation from personal pursuits other than their work, they withdraw from life and themselves. In some cases, this leads to suicide. In 2012, four students took their lives. The fact that, at times, a week went by before anyone realized them missing shows the state of our connectedness outside the classroom.

When we exit this social experiment, we are allowed to discover “real people” and “real life” and are expected to continue succeeding. Our talents are supposed to carry us through to the end of our lives. But in a real sense, we are not ready for the world outside mit after we graduate, because the world is not MIT. We will again be distinguished for our classroom strengths, but will unfortunately carry with us the deep memories of frustration, loneliness and insecurity. It is unfortunate that so many of the young people who are charged with facing life’s biggest challenges undergo these feelings.

(see: IHTFP)
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Bagheera 1 week ago
This vibrant color is, in painting, considered part of the "warm" spectrum of the color range, and has the effect of coming forward in a visual work as compared to other colors like blue or green, which tend to recede into the background. Its vibrancy attracts the viewers eye, making it a great color to use in advertising for brands or images that want to strongly be associated with a strong energy.

The color tends to stand out to humans because shades of red are often found in fruit, which was, some time ago, rare to find in the mostly green and brown forest environments of our evolution.

Associated with passion, love, anger, danger ~ general excitation of the senses. It is associated with these emotions because it is the color of blood and blood flow increases to our muscles during exercise or fighting (anger, danger), and our capillaries under thin skin when we are aroused by something in the environment, or indeed, within our own mind (sex, love, passion). Lipstick and blush (also known as rouge, "red" in French) are shades of red because they mimic and enhance the natural florid look of sexual excitation, when there is increased blood flow to the lips and cheeks.

During estrous in many primates, including Baboons and our close relatives, Bonobos, (but thankfully no longer in our own species due to its rather gaudy appearance), the female genital region swells enormously and is bright red, signaling to males that she is near ovulation and ready for mating. For more about Humans and our distinct lack of estrous swellings, see concealed ovulation.
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pseudoscientist 5 days ago
At MIT the problem sets, lab duties, and essays are designed in a way that you have to learn some material which is not covered in the class. You basically learn how to learn everything by yourself. It is also a process where you have to collaborate with other students, which definitely prepares you real life where you do your own shit.
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pseudoscientist 5 days ago
Jeans with no pockets. Seriously why do we all wanna have a purse or something 17 hours a day.
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Ghartheem 4 days ago
Addictions that do not have any harm to your health but that take your precious time. Even if it doesn't seem to be an addiction, dreaming at nights before you fall asleep is one of them for many people.

Some people go to bed earlier than usual so that they can dream much more before sleeping.

Because many people must sleep early in order to wake up at the right time without feeling the desire to continue sleeping or feeling fatigue, they just go to bed one hour earlier and begin dreaming.
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spotless mind 4 days ago
The intellectual endeavor that is actually practically inconclusive and mostly useless but brings a pure sense of joy.
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spotless mind 4 days ago
The funniest man in America. No wait, the world. Not only is he funny, but all of his jokes, rages, and swear words tell the truth. He's a genius, and I salute him.

"They're going to ban the toy guns.. AND THEY'RE GONNA KEEP THE FUCKIN REAL ONES!!"
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Ghartheem 3 days ago
An American comedian who hated euphemism. He said he was afraid that someone would refer to rape victim as "unwilling sperm recipient" if euphemism continued to dominate the language.

you can watch that part of the show here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuEQixrBKCc
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Ghartheem 3 days ago
Refers to the final date when a certain assignment should be submitted if you are a student.

Funny thing is that even if I don't complete my assignment due to deadline, I still feel the relief of it passing by.

So, it is not the assignments students get nervous about but it is the very existence of deadline.
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spotless mind 2 days ago
A Stanford study found a high correlation between walking and creative thought output. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.

The study found that walking indoors or outdoors similarly boosted creative inspiration. The act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor. Across the board, creativity levels were consistently and significantly higher for those walking compared to those sitting.

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