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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