People in the movie industry complain that piracy is encroaching on their profits, that home entertainment systems are decreasing box office revenues, and that the internet is the root of all evil. To a certain extent these things are true: I can say with almost complete confidence that any movie or TV show is available for streaming and downloading somewhere on the internet. The thing is, most people I know don’t mind going to an officially sponsored website to watch their TV shows. If Hulu had all the shows I wanted, I’d live there. I don’t mind sitting through some commercials to watch my shows. I think this applies in particular to most college students, who almost all have laptops, lots of free time, and limited spending money. I don’t want to download movies illegally, but if I can’t find it on Netflix, I’m not going to spend $10 to watch it once.
The most unexpected thing I discovered about college is the amount of free time I have. Of course, there are awful weeks around finals and midterms where I sequester myself in my room for 72 hours, and live entirely off Cheerios, carrots, and Arizona Green Tea, but for the most part, my days have large [...]
In my house, there are only two rules about music: no matter what you are listening to, you have to be listening to it loud, and you have to be listening to it through good speakers. With these rules in mind, and a fabulous Bose iPhone dock that I got for Christmas, I’ve set out to find the best ways to listen to music on my computer and iPhone. I checked out seven different programs, with the goal of finding the best listening experience possible. Here are the results.
In our increasingly digital age, the practice of letter writing is dying out. With the convenience, immediacy, and cheapness of sending email, text, or instant messages, there seems to be no point in sending snail mail. There’s the matter of buying stamps, envelopes, and if you’re feeling really fancy, stationary. There’s the concern that by the time you send the letter, the information will be outdated. However, letters do have their time and place, and knowing when and how to send them is an invaluable skill to have. Plus, writing letters is a great way to keep in touch with friends who have moved away to go to school.
When considering going to the gym from afar, the perceived difficulty of going to the gym and exercising is much greater than the actual difficulty. By telling yourself you aren’t going to actually exercise but just to walk you eliminate the ability to rationalize how much effort it takes. You replace the perceived difficulty with effortlessness.