The Bookbyte Blog
Confidence is great for many a thing. Like when you're working up the nerve to ask the cute person at the bar to dance, or when you're about to give a speech to a room of your peers. But overconfidence is best avoided, especially when mixed with ignorance.
Ah, the start of the term, when countless shiny new textbooks are traded to college students in exchange for an arm and a leg. Meanwhile, last term's books are being sold back for what seems like pennies on the dollar. It's amazing how frequently textbooks get "updated" to new editions and seem to depreciate overnight. What then happens to all the old editions? They magically transform into some of the greatest bargains of our time!
I'm sure you've seen headlines and read blogs telling you to hit the gym before you hit the books. Not only is it great for your overall health, but exercise also boosts your brainpower too. Besides giving you an energy rush, exercise has been proven to improve attention span and your ability to process information faster.
The average American spends 13 hours a week playing video games. What great things might we achieve if all that collective time was directed toward something productive? But before we discount the value of video games, we must ask ourselves what makes them so incredibly engaging and captivating.
<img class=" size-medium wp-image-2689 alignright" src="https://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/3d-printing.jpg?w=300" alt="3D printing" width="300" height="225" />You may already know how awesome 3D printing is, so forgive me if this post is a kind of "No duh" for you. My inner old lady comes out when I hear the word "3D" -- the Nintendo 3DS gives me a headache as do 3D movies. Not a fan. Of course, as you may already know, 3D printing is not really like those things at all. 3D printing makes your dreams come to LIFE! Okay, maybe that's a slight overstatement, but not really. You want to make a <a href="http://www.odd.org.nz/spideralumide2.jpg" target="_blank">spider guitar</a>? You can. How about a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISXqC-YPnpc" target="_blank">pizza</a>? Yes. Did you have a dream last night of Abraham Lincoln riding off into the sunset on a unicorn? You can probably make that, but I couldn't find an image of it on the internet. Need a liver or kidney? Pretty soon, doctors will be able to <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/aug/24/medical-implants-drive-3d-printer-growth" target="_blank">print one up for you</a>.
<img class=" size-medium wp-image-2670 alignright" src="https://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/grandpa-christmas-sweater.jpg?w=300" alt="grandpa christmas sweater" width="300" height="200" /> Alright, I'm calling it: ugly Christmas sweaters just aren't funny anymore. Some have rung the death toll for this Christmas trend long before me, but now it's time to put the final nail in the coffin. What started out as a small-scale holiday event where kitsch-lovers could comb through the racks of thrift stores and estate sales for the most horrendously ironic of Christmas cardigans (think: bright pink sweaters with puffy-paint kittens and Christmas trees) has been ruined the way most fun things are: by stores trying to monetize a trend. From Urban Outfitters moody models trying to look sexy in oversized sweaters with gold sleighs to the NBA - yes, the NBA - making their own ugly Christmas sweatshirts printed in team colors, here are the worst offenders we could find.
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2602" src="https://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/girl-reading-book.jpg" alt="girl reading book" width="540" height="360" /> Goodreads recently asked the question: What do men and women read when it comes to books? What is Goodreads, you ask? Goodreads.com is a website for users to track, rate, and review the books they read. Users can participate in book club discussions, follow their friends, create "To-Read" book lists, and read reviews from other users. Goodreads took the top stats of 40,000 of their most active readers to see what the sexes are reading. Here's their collected information in a cool infographic:
Google's search engine algorithms are getting smarter. Great, right? What if the trade-off is that we're getting dumber? Is it beneficial to find immediate answers through a quick Google search? Not if we're getting too lazy to ask the right questions.
<a href="https://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/bookbyte-study-time.png"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-2591" src="https://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/bookbyte-study-time.png?w=200" alt="Bookbyte Study Time" width="200" height="300" /></a> Holidays and finals don't mix. Between shopping for presents for loved ones, working part-time jobs to pay for presents for loved ones, DIYing presents for loved ones since you don't make enough to pay for presents at your crappy part-time job - let's just say it can be difficult to find enough time to study for finals. If you're anything like me, finding time to study is only half the battle. Fighting procrastination and trying to retain everything from what little study time you have can be an unending struggle that results in late nights and dark under-eye circles. That's where the focus maneuvers come in. From plugging in your ear buds and listening to classical music to getting out of the house and into a coffee shop or library, most students seem to have some study habit they pull out when they need to get serious. Read on for some weird study habits students swear help get them through finals. Who knows - they might help you out this holiday-finals season.
<a href="http://atlanta-restaurantblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Uber-driver-mobile-app.png"><img class="alignright wp-image-2575" src="https://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/310px-car_with_driver-silhouette-svg.png?w=300" alt="Uber driver " width="229" height="192" /></a> Services like UberX and Lyft have turned out to be a boon for many a person looking for safe transport from a bar at 4 a.m. Or for people needing a ride from the dentist's office when the effects of nitrous oxide are still wearing off. With their prices often being lower than what a taxi service offers, these driver-finding apps are even more beneficial for students without wheels of their own. If you've never used UberX or Lyft, here's the basics: Open the app and select your location, then a driver is sent over and you're texted when he/she arrives. When you get to your location, you hop out (no need to pay cash - the fare is automatically charged to the credit card on file), and you leave feedback on a 1 to 5 scale. The thing is, while you're rating your driver, your driver is rating you right back.