How your brain ‘forgets’

Whether it’s short or long term, humans have always have always had the ability to forget. When you’re walking through the local grocery market, and you completely forget what you wanted to get in the first place. Or when you raise your hand in class to answer a question, and when the teacher picks on you, what you were about to say slips and you’re left in an awkward silence. Forgetting is a normal part of life and in some ways it can be strangely essential to prevent an overload of information. We all forget now and then…but why?

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Where Apple is headed

Apple has long been renowned as the creator of modern technology and the core of technology itself. But it wasn’t always like that. When Steve Jobs and Wozniak founded the company in the 1970’s, nobody cared for them. They were probably a startup that wouldn’t be able to stand up on their own and would probably close down in a few weeks. If you had bought Apple stocks when they first came out in the late 1900’s, you would have made about 11 million dollars. But that’s besides the point. The point is that after Steve Jobs shocked the world with his first computer and operating system, he continued to shock the world year after year, with things like the iPod and iPhone. Then came the iPad, and the iPad 2, and the ‘new iPad.’ I don’t think I’m the only one thinking this, but I believe Apple itself is going downhill. It may not seem like it, and the amount of money they are making everyday will tell you that Apple is still widely successful. But product wise, and consumer wise, I don’t think Apple is going to be going up any time soon.

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What’s the point of car alarms? (and alarms in general)

You’ve probably been walking down the street one day, maybe to get some groceries or maybe to simply enjoy the day. But everyone has probably heard a car alarm at one point in their lives. There are the simple car alarms that loop a loud and annoying sound over and over and over. And then there are the complicated car alarms which switch sounds every five seconds for the purpose of irritating any bystanders nearby. But what’s the point? In my eyes, car alarms are the most useless security feature that I’ve ever witnessed. What do you think of when you think of car alarms? A majority of people would say that car alarms are simply an annoying mix of sounds that has the purpose of driving somebody insane. The truth is, most people don’t even think about what a car alarm is meant to do: prevent car theft.

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The story behind laziness

It’s probably clear by now that I had prematurely stopped all efforts on writing my blog on a day to day basis. I am saddened by the fact that I gave up on a blog that some people actually enjoyed reading. So why did I stop my blog? Laziness. There’s nothing more to it. I’ve been too lazy to write anything for the past two months. I even tried escaping my own laziness by putting up an update post saying “New post every other day!” which never really seemed to work out. The truth is I’ve been to lazy to write a letter on my blog. I really don’t know what caused this sudden interval of laziness. Maybe it’s the fact that I just started summer vacation or maybe it’s the fact that I’m just occupied by other less-important things. In fact, when I look back on the early days of my blog, where I posted every day a full detail blog about whatever, I ask myself how I accomplished such a prodigious task in such a short time.

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Emotions run in the blood

Sadness, anger, frustration, amusement. These are all common emotions that run in everybody’s blood. Emotions are complex psychological reactions that people get when interacting with internal and external influences. You might think that a certain person in your life can never get angry or frustrated. But you’re wrong. Every living human on the face of the Earth has emotion inside of them. What is different from person to person is how they reach those emotions and what it takes to get angry, sad, or amused. You can visualize this concept by thinking of an accelerometer or thermometer. Yes, it might be very hard for a person to get angry, but that doesn’t mean that anger fails to exist in that human being. The fact is that their anger point on their thermometer is a lot higher up than the average person, and so it takes more effort to reach that state of anger. This is a simple concept that I thought of while thinking my futile thoughts. Every living being on Earth has every single emotion or feeling inside of them. But how much effort or energy it takes to reach those emotions differs from person to person

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No longer a championship team

Since the beginning of the regular season, the Dallas Mavericks have been fighting to earn respect as the 2011 NBA Champions. The Dallas regular season had its twists and turns, but the Mavs somehow maintained their position in the playoffs. Hoping to surprise the nation one more time, the Mavs went into Game 1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder strong and confident. That’s when it all went wrong. With 1.5 seconds left in the 4th quarter, Kevin Durant hit the game-winner and gave the Thunder a huge 1-0 advantage over the defending champions. From there, it seems Dallas never recovered from that unexpected loss. In Game 2, the Mavericks gave up a 7 point lead with 2 minutes left in the game, which led to the triumphant Thunder. In Game 3, Dallas’s sadness and fatigue showed unmistakably when they were ripped apart by the Thunder in Dallas. In Game 4, Dirk Nowitzki hoped to shine and show some pride as the defending Finals MVP. The Mavericks came into their home court loud and confident and soon took a 13 point lead in the 4th quarter. But not long after, James Harden led the Thunder to a comeback victory and sweep against the Mavs. It looks like the Mavs never got the respect they earned. Instead, they were discarded in the pile of long-lost heroes. It’s obvious that the Mavs have taken a step back from last year. But why?

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How brand names influence consumers

Would you rather buy Nike Air Jordans or some cheap shoe-maker’s basketball shoes from China? Would you rather buy an Apple Macbook Pro or the Impulse NPX-9000 laptop? Would you rather buy a Samsung Smart TV or a RCA LCD TV? The answer is quite obvious, or at least I hope it is. The problem with electronics and products in general these days is that it isn’t the actual product itself that is affecting consumers’ decisions: it’s the brand names. This little bug that irritates our way of buying the products we use everyday goes to the extent where we don’t even bother looking at specifications or features…we go straight to the brand names.

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Bringing my blog back to life

For the past 2 weeks, I haven’t posted much of anything on this blog. But fear not, because I have decided to continue writing this blog and I plan to write a new post every other day from this day forward. Stay tuned!

Why you dream…

You’ve always wondered why you dream during your sleep, yet you’re too lazy to search it up. So I’m doing it for you. From the time you’re born to the time you die, you’re always dreaming. Sometimes you might not be able to remember, but other times you can illustrate your vivid imagination and show your friends what you thought of the previous night. Dreaming is actually a deep language which conveys ideas and situations using symbols and visual representations. This complex language finds a way to communicate with you and that’s why you feel like you’re actually in the dream. Just yesterday, I had a rare nightmare of a giant spider in my room. The spider got so close to my face that I tried to leap out of my bed, but by that point I was so engulfed in fear that my brain immediately woke me up. I ended up waking up suddenly lunging out of my bed. What powers these reflexes and how are dreams (or nightmares) produced in the long run? The long debate over why we dream still remains unresolved. Many suggest we dream to assist and revitalize our minds and bodies. Others believe that dreaming reduces stress in our bodies by reviewing the day’s events. The debate will keep going, and an answer doesn’t seem to be in our scopes just yet. Whatever the answer is, scientists have produced numerous theories of why we dream.

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You call this art!?

The Pietá sculpture by Michelangelo.

In my opinion, the standard of art has decreased dramatically as the decades and centuries have passed by. Everybody knows who Da Vinci and Michelangelo are, but not a lot of people know many modern artists. Da Vinci and Michelangelo set the bar of art so high for their time and even our time. Even with our range of technology, it is still physically and mentally demanding to recreate one of Da Vinci’s or Michelangelo’s greatest works of arts. Imagine creating such an elaborate painting or sculpture using only the primitive resources that were available to these great artists at the time. Pietá is one of Michelangelo’s most impressive sculptures produced, and yet he only did this with simple stone chisels and teeth to hack away at large blocks of stone. One of Da Vinci’s most famous works was the Mona Lisa. Da Vinci only used simple oil paints on poplar wood to create this magnificent creation. It’s still unknown how Da Vinci applied the paint onto the wood. The Pietá and Mona Lisa are only a few of Da Vinci and Michelangelo’s creations just like Da Vinci and Michelangelo are only a few of the greatest artists that roamed the Earth. My point is that after this ridiculously high standard of art that artists created during the 14th and 16th centuries, the complexity of art has gone down tremendously. After inventions like the camera and intricate sculpture and painting tools, contemporary artists have, in a way, become lazy. So lazy that instead of mimicking the diverse structure of 15th century art, these modern artists adopt the way of abstract art. Simply put, abstract art takes no talent whatsoever and is just a pitiful display of artwork through my own eyes.

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