Let’s get one thing straight – when trying to focus on a mediocre PowerPoint, we find nothing more irritating than

No, Professor, Im laughing because English is soo fun.

"No, Professor, I'm laughing because your powerpoint is soo fun."

an ESPN video flickering in our field of vision. But sometimes, despite the demand for undivided attention in class, one finds they just have to be on top of that ending eBay auction, or is overcome with burning desire to catch up with an exciting new Clog post. If you’re going to indulge your ADD symptoms – and we know you inevitably will, you slacker – here are some ways to do it discreetly, without bothering the rest of us (or earning a dirty look from your GSI).

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How To Not Get Called On (1)After a summer in which we’ve emptied our heads of all relevant material, the first few weeks of school can get pretty… well, awkward. And I’m not just talking about your inability to make pointless small talk or find new friends. Nah, it’s way more weird when your professor asks a question to a lecture hall of 500 people, and you shuffle around uncomfortably until the professor moves on to something else and the Adjustment Bureau wipes the minds of everyone in the room.

At some point during the hour-and-a-half lecture — minus that crucial ten minutes of Berkeley time, of course — the professor is going to want some answers out of your hung over, fried brains. Being smart, he or she is going to see the look on your petrified face that screams, “don’t call on me!” And being the academics they are, they call on you. It’s a constant back and forth game between students and professors. And the object is to knock them out of the game. read more »


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Before braving the flyers and sign up sheets, keep these six tips in mind.

1. Think outside of your past: Yes, maybe you were in the Red Cross club in high school or were never in any student organizations (doubtful, since you got in to Cal), but college is the chance to push your boundaries. Why not write for a psychology journal or join an LGBT club regardless of your major or your sexuality? Take a moment to give those inklings you’ve always had in your gut a chance.
2. You can’t do everything: read more »


Joseph Kony and his child soldiers took up Facebook by a storm the other night when Invisible Children’s eleventh documentary entitled “Kony 2012” began popping up on everyone’s Newsfeeds. We were intrigued by the ubiquity of the 29 minute (and 59 second) video (does anyone really have time for that?) that has already garnered 11 million views on YouTube alone, and decided to spend some quality time procrastinating for a cause instead of doing homework (that’s much better than regular procrastination, right?). read more »


wreathNeed a good, healthy distraction from finals preparation and paper writing? Of course you do (those whole three in the hours really wiped you out for the rest of the week)!

Luckily, you can find a festive way to procrastinate at oh-so-lovely University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Tomorrow, from 6 to 9 p.m. take a pair of hand pruners and head up to the garden for their Evergreen Wreaths and Garlands workshop! No essay seems too monumental after you’ve made your own holiday decorations, right? read more »


Protest days are excellent  — lectures are canceled (shout-out to Letters and Sciences!), the atmosphere is charged with collective activist spirit, and Cal goes aboutDSC02460 doing what Cal does best.

Today’s Occupy Cal, Day of Action or whatever you wish to call it, was enormous in terms of turnout. But how does this campus consistently have widely-viewed protests week after week? What is it that we do? For those cities and campuses around the country hoping to host a large-scale protest consisting of the 99 percent, here are a few key things to do on protest day:

Step 1: Begin with picket lines and catchy phrases. People with signs walking around in a circle and blocking traffic tends to attract attention. Catch-phrases from today’s protest included: read more »


3768198101_34ff711267_oWhether you’re done with midterms for now, just beginning them or in the middle of a hellish whirlwind of exams and essays, you’re probably procrastinating right now. Hello – you are reading the Clog.

On the rare occasion that we commend our neighbors in the South bay, Stanford philosophy professor John Perry won an Ig Nobel prize the week before last for his “structured procrastination” theory. He writes: “The procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks … as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.”

Finally our Cardinal rivals get something right. Now you don’t have to click “stumble” 285 times or watch 15 consecutive episodes of “Entourage” (or, we suppose you can justify it as cultural education). You can procrastinate and get off scott-free! Here are five of the things we did today our choice ways: read more »


2322200249_e3c0330b78As most of you already know, the city of Berkeley — once primarily known as a haven for political activists and radicals — is now mostly home for a burgeoning population of, um … let’s say eccentrics.

Case in point: the Berkeley Psychic Institute, which offers “psychic kindergarten” for adults looking to learn how to embrace their psychic abilities so they can do things like “clean off a lot of those little tension points out of your aura” or become a “self-styled psychic hairdresser.”

They also learn how to perform a “house healing” wherein the bad vibes of a house are replaced with good ones. We strongly encourage you to watch the video clip so you can see how these kindergarteners are putting their teachings to work read more »


It is an excellent day when we have the excuse to use a clip from this film. Because, sure, Harry Potter may have your heart all a-flutter now — but if you’re anything like us, your childhood was dominated by a different kind of magic.

Oh yeah, we’re definitely talking about Disney. And a name with which you might be less familiar is that of John Musker, the animation director behind the epic masterpiece featured above as well as numerous other gems you surely know and love.

Throughout this week, BAM/PFA will be holding a “Behind the Scenes” series in collaboration with the San Francisco Film Society to showcase Musker’s work. Check it: read more »


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If you’re having a slacker summer in Berkeley since you selfishly decided against saving the world via these programs, then you know that Berkeley summers can get a little dull. How many times can you go to the marina, anyway? Well, to be fair, we don’t have a kite …

And if you’re especially bored because your Harry Potter extravaganza came to a close, may we suggest you carry some of that movie-marathon-magic momentum over to BAM/PFA, where the “Hands Up! Essential Skolimowski” series kicks off tonight?

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