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Saturday regrets

Apr. 26th, 2014 | 11:08 am

Woke up with an oversleeping headache - "Thou shall not sleep for 3 hours after waking up and feeling ok" - and drinking Friday certainly didn't help.

Will be around people continuously starting at noon (less than an hour, oh my poor me) - and instead of enjoying some quite time to get through the day I'm listening to the sounds of a party going somewhere up the hill.

My day better be good.

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probabilities - why I think people don't like applying them to themselves when thinking about death

Apr. 22nd, 2014 | 10:33 am

They inherently rely on repeating the same action over and over again. Any person, of course, has only one life, that is not replicable.

That's why people are much more likely to use probabilities correctly when thinking about non-death related probabilities - like being elected President - and can't handle rare chances of death - like the probability of dying in an airline crash.

"50/50 - you either die or you don't"

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Apr. 12th, 2014 | 12:30 pm

I’m sitting out on the back porch, the wood warm under my feet, and the weather is divine: the sun is warm, and the scents of snowdrops and crocuses are quite delicate. A squirrel is loudly complaining on a tree. The birds are back, chirping, and it finally feels like true Spring.

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Dec. 31st, 2012 | 11:26 am

Level of happiness rarely depends on the circumstances of your life, especially in the long term; rather, it remains constant over the lifetime. This is called hedonic treadmill, and is a useful phenomenon to remember. The question becomes how to raise the happiness set point to raise overall happiness, and most often earning or spending more do not achieve this goal. Moreover, according to Diener, Lucas, and Scollon, people tend to have more than one happiness set point, which makes the task all more interesting and challenging. Headey suggests attaching importance to non-zero sum goals, such as relationship or society, increases subjective well-being, compared to zero-sum goals such as career, wealth or social status. 

Other studies suggest a strong genetic influence on set happiness points. The notion of "historical neglect", that people tend to focus more on negative emotions than positive emotions, can become a great detriment to improving our happiness set point. Negative emotions require more attention and are remembered better, overshadowing any positive experiences that may even outnumber negative experiences.

Overall, the "do not remember evil deeds" seems like a pretty good motto to go by. Do not remember them, but do act on them (think about what you can do to avoif=d tis happening to you, make new resolutions, and move on). 

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Fall break passing by

Oct. 8th, 2012 | 09:35 pm

The peak of the season for vibrant leaves and breathtaking views; one of the most striking times in Ithaca, maybe. I am trying to combine working, studying and having fun: the past week was great for fun, the others better for work, and studying seems to be going so-so: the material is tough. Went camping this weekend for a day: beautiful spot in the Finger Lakes National Forest, Blueberry Patch Campground. They call it primitive: I think it's wonderful, with few RVs, no buildings and trees all around.

Having a car - a recent addition to my one-person household - is great. Such a freedom of movement and choices, choices everywhere. Even sitting at the table working I still know that if I wanted to go somewhere that very minute, I could. It's also cute; a bit more of a statement than a practical choice; I like all the more for that.

I'm not sure where to take this blog of mine: I sometimes have this epiphanies that I would really like to share with someone, but it feels somehow inappropriate. Writing it in a very vague way seems to be a coward's way out, not sharing my thoughts at all is a waste; and, of course, sharing it with real-life people is always risky, and often puts other people's feelings at risk. Maybe locked posts visible to me only? I'll try it next week. 
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Sep. 18th, 2012 | 10:21 pm

I now have a deep understanding: few moments of shining splendor come from months of hard work.
When is the time to cut losses? When to push through? I think the alternative decisions create so many future-me selves.

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End of work week.

Aug. 31st, 2012 | 08:55 pm

Just realized one full week of studies is over. Tired, tired, tired. Have one studying debt (in a sense I have to study through it on my own for my own sake, and the sake of my education), and lots of studying to do (still on schedule for those). Labor day weekend and holiday seems like a good time to work a bit, and relax a lot. Our team is getting closer to submitting the article: the first article with my name on it! Pretty exciting. Made a cheesecake - have to get back to making photographs.

And sleep - lots of sleep. Passed my road test, second try, Ithaca was kinder to my driving skills.Watching Weeds now - my relaxation technique for now. 
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Work work work

Aug. 24th, 2012 | 10:23 pm

The semester seems to be well underway, and intense. It is interesting that I already feel that the only way to not only survive but to succeed this semester is stringent discipline and hard sports, friends, and partying weekends. It is though a challenge, and I feel a bit excited in anticipation of being able to beat this semester. 

Also I failed my August Break test: I couldn't take pictures every day. I started with my iPhone, but my camera is so much better, and it's a shame to make crappy quality pictures when you have the opportunity to do so much better. So in the end I just didn't take enough pictures: a shame, and I should just work on taking more. Practice is the mother of success, or so they say.

The squirrels on my balcony are feeling right at home. Funny furry animals!
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Beginning of school year

Aug. 20th, 2012 | 10:24 pm

My apartment feels better after a whole day of decluttering. All clothing ready for the Fall season, lined up, with the drying rack out of the way, and the work desk finally having at least some working surface. Two days ago went on my first yacht sail. Great, although stronger winds would have been even more fun!

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