I’m following a considerable number of web resources to stay up-to-date of tech or science topics of my choice. In the past I used Google Reader, which completely satisfied my needs, but unfortunately it was discontinued by Google. As I couldn’t find another good solution I have chosen Tiny Tiny Rss as a standalone Reader, which I installed on my server. The only problem with it was, that it was rather slow. So I kept looking for other possibilities.
Yesterday I was blown away by the speed of the BazQux Reader, which is written in Haskell and Ur/Web with some unique features such as in-reader-comments-reading. As result I decided to leave the standalone tt-rss for BazQux. I found News+ as a perfect complement Reader App for my Nexus 7.
I have made my mind and got new Nexus 7 today. Really exited to find new ways of syncing between iOS Mac and Android gadgets. It is also not clear what apps to use for different tasks. See some updates soon.
Research shows that people who follow strategy B [read ten pages at once, then close the book and write a one page summary] remember 50 percent more material over the long term than people who follow strategy A [read ten pages four times in a row and try to memorize them]. This is because of one of deep practice’s most fundamental rules: Learning is reaching. Passively reading a book—a relatively effortless process, letting the words wash over you like a warm bath—doesn’t put you in the sweet spot. Less reaching equals less learning.
On the other hand, closing the book and writing a summary forces you to figure out the key points (one set of reaches), process and organize those ideas so they make sense (more reaches), and write them on the page (still more reaches, along with repetition). The equation is always the same: More reaching equals more learning.
Here is an interesting historical fact. Just have a look at the calendar for the month of September 1752. Go to Google type “September 1752 calendar” & see for yourself. You will notice, 11 days are simply missing from the month.
Here’s the explanation: This was the month during which England shifted from the Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.
A Julian year was 11 days longer than a Gregorian year. So, the King of England ordered 11 days to be wiped off the face of that particular month.
So, the workers worked for 11 days less that month, but got paid for the whole month. That’s how the concept of “paid leave” was born. Hail the King!!!
In the Roman Julian Calendar, April used to be the first month of the year; but the Gregorian Calendar observed January as the first month. Even after shifting to the Gregorian Calendar, many people refused to give up old traditions and continued celebrating 1st April as the New Year’s Day. When simple orders didn’t work, the King finally issued a royal dictum; which stated that those who celebrated 1st April as the new year’s day would be labelled as fools.
From then on, 1st April became April Fool’s Day. History is really interesting.
It is the one of the ideas, wich many have on the tip of their tongue, until some clever guy express it in a proper way.
Thank you, Panayotis Vryonis for this.
The idea is in adding VSRE to the subject of the email, so the person who you want to reply in one to five words knows that the polite formula can be skipped and reply directly with “Yes” or “Agreed” or “No”.