The Most Important Thing To Remember

This is the simplest rule in learning. It is the most important rule. Yet it is the one almost everyone forgets, or doesn’t even know.

Never banalize information!

Never say: “I won’t use this?” Never say: “I’m just learning this to pass a test.” Never say: “Once I’m done with this, I’m going to forget it.” Because if you do, you’ll never remember it in the first place.

The Von Restorf effect tells us that unique or strange things are easy to remember. But more powerful than that is: relevant things are the easiest to remember.

Make learning it fun!

The best way to make something relevant, is to make it pleasant and pleasurable. People love joy. People love being happy, having a good time, seeing something funny. How often have you come out of a movie that you laughed at, and you’re able to quote your favorite jokes?

Anything can be made fun, you have to believe that. Even the most boring thing, even the periodic table of elements, can be fun. (How about an evil mutated science teacher that can only be destroyed by mixing all the elements together in order into an obscenely shaped suppository and shooting it at him from a hairspray powered potato canon?)

Think about video games. How many video game players develop a curiously encyclopedic knowledge of weapons and gear, stats, strategies, and paths to favorite raiding locations? There are people in the world who know their way around Azeroth or Nullsec better than they could navigate their own home town!

Because knowing the shortest path, or knowing the right combination of weapons and armor leads to success, and success is the most fun thing of all. Nothing beats winning for a shot of awesome.

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Be Better – Benjamin Franklin’s List of Virtues

  1. Temperance —Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence —Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order —Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution —Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality —Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. Industry —Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity —Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice —Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation —Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness —Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
  11. Tranquility —Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity —Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation
  13. Humility —Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
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Auto mount WebDAV drive in fstab (Debian/Ubuntu Linux) (Hetzner Storagebox)

This is easier than you think.

Be sure to install davfs:
sudo apt-get install davfs2

The Configuration File

Edit /etc/fstab like so.:

Now you’ll need to edit your /etc/davfs/secrets file and add a line in the section marked # Credential Line like so:

Et, voila.

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The Second Essential Habit – Daily Exercise

Your body is your brain. It may not seem like that, but from a computer perspective, it doesn’t much matter the processor if you have a hard drive with low I/O speeds, No RAM, fuzzy monitor, and a keyboard missing important keys, like the forward slash.

The mind and the body form a system, not to mention the fact that your “gut” is sometimes called your “Second Brain.”

Your overall health in non-brain areas affects your brain, your mood, your motivation. The number one cause of procrastination is: Feeling like crap.

The second essential habit to studying is having an exercise routine that gives you a nice shot of mood enhancing endorphins.

Mood improvement immediately after a single bout of exercise is well documented, but less is known about successive and longer term effects. … However, exercise seemed to have a much greater effect on positive than on negative moods. The favorable moods induced by each class seemed to have worn off by the following week, to be reinstated by the class itself. In the Callanetics class, positive mood also improved significantly over time. The Callanetics class involved “slower,” more demanding exercises, not always done to music. The Callanetics and Advanced classes also showed significantly greater preexercise negative moods in the first three sessions. However, these differences disappeared following exercise.

Generally speaking, daily exercise for 7-10 minutes is really all you need to keep fit and get the benefits.

Here is a list of what I do:

  1. Bicep Curls
  2. Shoulder Press
  3. Bench Press
  4. Push Ups
  5. Air Squats
  6. Lateral Raises
  7. Arnold Presses

I also do a small yoga routine first, but that’s to taste. If you are up for it, I strongly suggest you add some yoga preparation into your workout routine to stretch out and get your blood flowing.

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Braintree – No Acceptable Use or The Puritan Processor

Now I’ve mentioned Braintree Payments a few times as the measuring stick against which all CC processing APIs should be considered. It’s a company I’ve wanted to work with for so long, just because I hate all of the existing payment gateway APIs. Finally a client came along who needed a replacement for the insanely Nazi-esque Paypal. Paypal by the way is a company that I hate, with a passion.

So I hop on over to Braintree Payments and what do I see, a Paypal Company. What the hell? That’s right, they sold out, but not just to any company, but the one company in the whole world that I hate with the fire of a thousand suns: Paypal.

Oh well, I imagine they just got bought by Paypal, so I decide to shoot them an email to see if they can help me with my client, selling legal goods online (just the kind of legal goods that Paypal will freeze your account over.)

I get a nice reply from a sales rep who directs me to their Acceptable Use Policy. Words fail me. Do they process any transactions at all?!?

It’s like they decided to decline to process transactions for 90% of the fucking internet. No Porn. No Age Restricted Services. No telecommunications equipment? No drug paraphernalia? Like t-shirts? Pipes? Because those are legal, it’s just the drugs that aren’t. And in some places, Mary-J is legal.

Essay Mills? I can only guess they mean those sites that sell college/university level essays? Umm, yeah…

Was this fucking list written by John Calvin or Martin Luther? What the hell. While I can understand not wanting to process transactions for things that are Illegal, that’s to be expected. But many of the things this company won’t process are simply immoral, by Christian Standards (not mine actually.)

What a disappointment, what a shame. Puritanism is alive Online, and it’s seat of power is the credit card processors. Whatever are us dirt merchants, vice ridden purveyors of sin, going to do…

Such a shame really.

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