If you know some Java or Python, CodingBat is a great website if you have some time to kill, and a laptop. It’s a site full of coding puzzles for people read more »

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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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 »

What have I done!?

What have I done!?

We’ve all done it. Streamed endless amounts of television until our minds are pleasant puddles of mush, putting off the inevitable grade-determining work that defines college. “I’ll get it done,” we all chant to make ourselves feel better. But when we actually get down to it, it’s like the world has crashed down on our shoulders. How did all that work suddenly multiply?!

Here’s some advice on making it through that last minute writing assignment without pounding your head on your laptop in frustration: read more »

Ah, Deadweek … um, we mean Reading, Review and Recitation week, of course. Now that classes have ended officially, a whole week lies ahead before the crushing doom of finals. We all spend it differently, attempting to study with variations of success. The Clog went out on Sproul to find out what you’ll be up to, from student organization socials to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to living in the library. Comment below with your plans, both virtuously optimistic and realistically self-indulgent.

Best of luck in your studies (or lack thereof)!

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 »

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]


So it’s finals season again, and the best students are studying. But you aren’t, and why should you? After all, you’ve got your Anoncon, TV to catch up on, and the like. So how about going to see a documentary about the Mexican justice system? It’s on tonight May 3 at 6:30 at the PFA, and it’s $11 for students. This way you can procrastinate and learn something (not involving Piano Cat) at the same time.

The documentary is Roberto Hernandez’ and Geoffrey Smith’s “Presumed Guilty” (o “Presunto culpable”) and it deals with a justice system that’s well, corrupt. The system has a 95 percent conviction rate, and this documentary “forcefully expose(s) the gross unfairness of the Mexican courts.” Hernandez will be on hand for the screening as well, presumably to answer questions.

So show your face at the PFA tonight, mmkay? You’ll learn something, it’ll be a break from studying (hem hem, Anoncon), and you can vent your frustration at the Mexican justice system. The law, indeed.

Film programs [BAM/PFA]
Image source: Keith Burtis under Creative Commons

procrastinationChances are you are already an expert procrastinator.

Probably less likely is that you actually feel that your time spent zoning out while pretending to do homework is actually accomplishing anything. But oh, how wrong you are.

Recent research on attention has found out what most college students already knew—that a wandering mind is a very common affliction. However, somewhat more surprisingly, researchers found that the lapses in attention might be playing a crucial role in helping us work through difficult problems.

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* Isn’t it protocol to have someone “uninvited” come to a frat party and then get kicked out? [Daily Cal]

* Hit up yard sales, Google-style. [Lifehacker]

* Proof that even Berkeley professors wait until the last minute. [UCB LJ Tango & Cash full ]

* The original Peet’s Coffee & Tea re-opened. We didn’t even know it was closed. [Seattle Times]

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