Procrastination Meter

There’s being productive and doing work, and there’s straight-up messing around. But then there’s that confusing grey area of thinking-about-doing-work-ish-but-not-really-cause-you-keep-checking-Facebook-but-you-really-don’t-want-to-commit-to-full-on-messing-around. Yeah. That limbo.

Let’s face it: as much as we commit to being good students, we don’t spend as much time actually doing work as we should (in the productive spectrum). Some of this time of not-working-dom is spent in the spectrum of concretely messing around. But we find that a majority of this time, we wish we could be working, because we know we should be. So we do as much as possible without actually doing work to try to avoid the guilt that we think would most likely accompany the straight-up-messing-around sphere of activities. We open books and tabs, organize our notes, open some more tabs and maybe a word document or two, and alternate between various social media outlets as a tiny little cheat, because that’s not as bad as committing to watching a movie, right? RIGHT?! Sadly enough, in our trying-so-hard-to-avoid-procrastination brains, it is. read more »


I Voted

There are lots of people posting pictures of themselves voting today – including pictures of their marked ballots. Bad idea. read more »


knuckleThis does not come from a place of bitterness or pettiness but rather as a friend who points out when you have something in your teeth. We realize that in a room full of humans – who have their own unpleasant needs and idiosyncrasies – we need to be patient and tolerant of pretty much everything, but a lot of people do easily avoidable things that they may not realize is actually really annoying.

1.) Cracking your knuckles. When you stretch your fingers, it creates more volume in the capsule holding the synovial fluid surrounding your joint. This decreases pressure and makes the gases dissolved in the fluid become less soluble. A bubble is formed, which when burst, causes the familiar pop. It is also gross and distracting. Crack ‘em up all day outside of class, but can you really not get through an hour and a half without messing with those read more »


Now, the Clog wouldn’t call ourselves redditors – we’re too afraid of being sucked into a deep dark corner of the internet (although not as dark as 4chan), but today we ventured on to the popular site to be greeted by a dear friend. Oski.

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Ain't he cute?

Why was our mascot reppin’ reddit Monday, April 16? Apparently Berkeley won third place in a “Grow a College Subreddit Competition,” so all the world had their interwebs invated by the Golden Bears (or in this case, bear). The 6 other colleges in the top seven will also get their moment in the light, but we don’t think their mascots will be as cute as ours.

Can whoever designed this Oski redesign the creepy monster that adorns Cal gear nowadays? Seriously, we have nightmares. Enjoy the next 45 minutes of Berkeley’s occupation of reddit.


ComputersssIt’s been a strange time for the Internet recently. CalMail traumatized students and faculty forever, Megaupload.com met its demise and, in a strange twist of fate, there was a mass outage of approximately 80 campus department websites (mostly Letters & Science) since January  17 due to a hardware failure at Dreamhost, the hosting provider for many of Cal’s web pages. There is no estimated date when the sites will be back up due to the large number of clients affected by the hardware failure, but the Dreamhost blog is regularly posting updates on the recovery process. In the meantime, the main L&S page is still up and offers departmental contact information as well a brief overview of each major for those poor, poor souls who are still modifying their Fall schedules.

Speaking of CalMail traumatizing students and faculty read more »


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Slow internet speeds bumming you out? Well, you’re in luck, because Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Internet2 just decided to create one of the world’s fastest networks and therefore solve your First World dilemma.

But before you can go fast, you must first be patient, grasshopper; this project, also known as the Advanced Networking Initiative (ANI), has invested $62 million towards creating “one of the world’s fastest scientific networks,” which is presumably reserved for read more »


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A typical male researcher when exposed to IT.

A new study authored in part by Haas School of Business’ Waverly Ding seems to suggest that “access to information technology benefits female research scientists more than their male counterparts.”

Apparently, female researchers with access to IT saw an 18 percent boost in publications in certain institutions. “I’m not saying IT isn’t helping men; it’s positive for both,” says Ding. “However, women gain more from IT advancement in universities than men do.”

The study surveyed more than 4,000 researchers from the past 25 years. To account for the years prior to the mid-1990s, when the Internet not yet in wide use, Ding studied access to a prototypical informational technology called “BITNET.” The technology lacked email and search engines, but it did allow for researchers to connect and share information among one another. Historically, after a university installed a BITNET system, “women’s publications increased 19 percent.” There was no significant gain for men.

It begs the question: what could those male researchers possibly have been using IT for, if not strictly for research purposes? Hmm…

Closing the Gender Gap in Scientific Publishing [Haas Newsroom]
Image Source: praziquantel under Creative Commons


DSCN5462The overcast and rainy weather didn’t do much to dampen spirits at yesterday’s “>play Conference.” That’s probably because the event was held indoors at Haas School of Business. Or it could be because a majority of the conference attendees are the type who rarely see sunlight anyway, given the amount of time spent in a cubicle. Whatever the case, there was excitement in the air (and doubtlessly lots of wireless signals) at UC Berkeley’s annual >play Digital Media Conference, which featured presentations and panels on all manner of trending topics in the digital world. Facebook, Microsoft, Pixar, Wired and Twitter were there. And, being the cutting edge trend-setters that we are, so was the Clog. read more »


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There are still hours left until that midterm, and anxiously deciphering all of those lecture scribblings is just plain tiring. Luckily, one very clever programmer has got us covered.

It’s called “Kick-Ass” and it’s a bookmarklet for your web-browser. Touted as a good way to kill time (and annoying advertisements), the tiny Javascript application turns any webpage you are viewing into the classic game of Asteroids, placing a little triangle on screen — your spaceship — and allowing you to maneuver about whilst utterly obliterating all in your wake. Literally, the content of whatever website you’re visiting becomes your target. And you destroy it. (Read: kick its ass.) Welp, so much for us being productive this afternoon!

We recommend hitting up bspace first thing. All those reading assignments? Vaporized.

Image Source: Kick-Ass running on UC Berkeley’s bspace
Kick-Ass Bookmarklet Turns the Web Into Asteroids [Wired]


DSCN5420We here at The Clog know all about wi-fi, that cool thing that lets you, like, go on the internet and stuff. And we’re assuming that since you’re reading this post online — and not on some wood-pulp-based anachronism — you too are overflowing with tech know-how. Which is why we think you should join us in being excited about the recently announced “Super Wi-Fi.” Sounds pretty sweet, no? But what exactly is it?

Essentially, super wi-fi is the same thing as regular old wi-fi. It still lets you procrastinate through Youtube and Facebook. It still lets you receive tons of junk email. However, this technology purports to greatly improve several aspects of your internet experience. First off, speed: with the F.C.C. predicting download speeds of 15-20mbps (about as fast as a standard cable modem) you’ll be able to waste time with even greater efficiency. Second, range: it’s supposed to be able to extend for several miles, as opposed to the meager yards of our current wi-fi. Cool, right? Super, even! read more »


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