Monthly Archives: December 2012

Apocalypse Week

Apocalypse Week

Until Saturday morning, we are going to hear more and more about the Mayan calendar, the end of the world and tips on how to survive an apocalypse. Chances are what we’ll hear will be a repetition of what we have been hearing since 2000, when it became clear that people we wrong about that apocalypse.

The theme of the apocalypse is not a new one, of course. People have been announcing the end of the world for centuries. When 1666 came around the corner, people in Europe panicked, thinking this would be the year of the devil, the end of the world. The same was announced about 2000, both by people quoting the Bible and others who thought computers would stop working entirely and chaos would follow. Now it’s the Mayans’ turn to provide inspiration for the apocalypse discourse.

How fun and games can make a better world, and a better you

How fun and games can make a better world, and a better you

Among the most common comments about people who like playing video games is that they are wasting their time. In fact, after her first TED talk, in which she argued that video games can make a better world, Jane McGonigal started receiving this comment, in this form or another, repeatedly:  on your death-bed, are you really going to wish you’d spent more time playing angry birds?

Helpful apps for Students

Helpful apps for Students

Taking notes during classes, lectures and conferences help you stay focused and assimilate information. Writing your ideas can also help you organize your thoughts, which is helpful when working on a paper or a project.

I use notebooks and my iPad to take notes and create illustrations to document my thought process. Although many applications and other software are available for Google chrome, iPad, computers, other tablets and smartphones, in many cases for free, the majority of them simply don’t cut it. Over the past year I have tested quite a few and have identified 3 that I think are pretty great. They are free, but one requires in app-purchases.