1. Constructive Procrastination A couple of articles from the vault, plus a personal observation on the subject ... * "The Importance of Creative Procrastination" <http://www.powazek.com/2006/05/000589.html> "Give yourself that loose time to be creative, or you'll never get anything done." * "Good and Bad Procrastination" <http://www.paulgraham.com/procrastination.html> "Most people who write about procrastination write about how to cure it. But this is, strictly speaking, impossible. There are an infinite number of things you could be doing. No matter what you work on, you're not working on everything else. So the question is not how to avoid procrastination, but how to procrastinate well." I learnt the wonders of positive procrastination at Uni. I would often leave the writing of essays to the last weekend before due date. Don't get me wrong - I would start researching early and collect lots of material on the topic. I would prepare an outline pretty early too. But I wouldn't start writing much until everything "gelled" in my head. Actually, a better analogy would be the crystallisation process. You get bigger and better crystals if you don't rush the process. So, I was waiting for the structure of the essay to "crystallise" in my mind. I still try yo do that when I write computer programs nowadays, if I get the chance :) 2. "Brain Scans Reveal Why Meditation Works" <http://www.livescience.com/health/070629_naming_emotions.html> "Brain scans show that putting negative emotions into words calms the brain's emotion center" 3. "Serious Study: Immaturity Levels Rising" <http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2006/06/23/immature_hum.html> "The adage 'like a kid at heart' may be truer than we think, since new research is showing that grown-ups are more immature than ever. Specifically, it seems a growing number of people are retaining the behaviors and attitudes associated with youth. As a consequence, many older people simply never achieve mental adulthood, according to a leading expert on evolutionary psychiatry." 4. "Learning, or, Learning How To Learn" <http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/archives/000895.html> "The value of education isn't in the specific material you learn -- it's in learning how to learn." 5. "Why we blink without noticing" <http://www.livescience.com/health/050725_blink.html> "Scientists have figured out why we rarely notice our own blinking. Our brains simply miss it, they say." 6. "Beauty is in the eye of your friends" <http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn10966> "A new study suggests that, in fact, women will look more favourably on the men that other women find attractive." 7. "Study: Internet partly to blame for your lack of close friends" <http://www.networkworld.com/news/2006/062306-internet-friends.html> "Increased use of the Internet, along with the number of hours people are spending at work, are factors contributing to a drastic decline in the number of close friends that Americans have."