Wax On, Wax Off: The Truth About Multi-Tasking In Research + Learning

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There are so many theories and claims out there about the human ability to multi-task or not, and I thought I'd put my thoughts out there. I've been a multi-tasker for at least 20 years, if not longer. Though there's a right way to go about it, and it requires both organization and discipline. I have loads of the former but I struggle with the latter. Instead of babbling theoretically, let me give you a concrete example. (My posts tend to be long and detailed, but I'll try to be brief this time.) As of this month, if I can manage the workload, I know have enough writing/ blogging contracts to consider myself a full-time professional freelance writer and blogger. My own sites' revenue is tiny, but that's another story.…
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

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This is a meme that's going around started by Jeff Pulver. As far as I understand, if you don't get tagged, you can still hop on board the meme train. I'm starting a new branch here, and I'll tag five bloggers below. You don't have to tag anyone else, but you should at least publish a similar post. So here are 5 things you probably don't know about me. Then again, I'm a digital chatterbox, and I've probably written about most of these tidbits somewhere. And it's the reason I've probably managed to stuff about 15 things about me into 5. You'll see how much of an ultrageek I am. Computers. I started computer programming in Grade 10, in El Cerrito, California, working on bubble cards. We had to fill…
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Art Therapy: Instant Jackson Pollock

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Art Therapy is a technique sometimes used to teach autistic or troubled children or even adults. But it has immense value for anyone because it reduces your current inhibitions and breaks down any mental walls. Artmaker points to the site Jackson Pollock, which lets you create your own instant Jackson Pollock "paint thrown on canvas" masterpieces. Try it and you'll see why Art Therapy is in fact incredibly therapeutic. Using this tool is like a visual primal scream. It's a great visual and mental stimulator when you're suffering from a case of writer's or learner's block. To get tonal variation, press and hold your left mouse button. If you release and re-depress the button, the colour changes. Bound to either annoy the heck out of you or captivate you and…
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Hacking Knowledge: Topic Mind Map

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To further my new topic direction on this site, I've put together an initial mind map representing the topics I'll be discussing here, based both on my own knowledge and that of what I'm researching at the moment. Some of the topics overlap my Prosperity Project site (more on that later), Steve Pavlina, Life Hack, Life Hacker, and others. Keep in mind that I've been following these topics since approximately 1975, from even before I first laid hands on a computer in 1977, when my father had a sabbatical at Berkeley University. The techniques I'll discuss often work from first principles, using pen and paper, but can be translated into digital form. I'll mix the two together and, when appropriate, let you choose how you want to follow along. My…
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New Direction For Count Wordula Weblog

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While being immersed in writing for "clients", I've had not only no time to work on my own blogs, beyond a post here and there, I've also completely lost track of why I started blogging in the first place: to learn and to teach. Learning and teaching is a centuries old tradition in both my family lines (mother, father) and in retrospect is what I am best at. Aside from an appreciation of art and music, my upbringing was to value knowledge and education above all else. I've been fortunate to be involved in some education-related writing lately, and it reminded me of my own learning and teaching research of 30 years. I've been studying learning and memory techniques since my mid-teens. When I was a college teaching assistant, I…
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