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Surround yourself with media in the language you want to learn and confront yourself with it daily:

* Read beginner-level books (jump over words you don’t know in the beginning as long as you understand the meaning of the sentence).

* Watch series & movies.

* Switch your computer’s system language.

* Switch your phone’s system language.

jazz  ·  2246 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Users of Windows 10 please check in and vent, praise or say whatever you think of it.

I’m happy with it on my gaming PC and switched over to it as soon as it became available without any issues. I don’t see any reason why someone would use it on any other machine though, unless working in a company that lives in the Microsoft world.

That being said, I think Microsoft is going in the right direction with their new products (surface pro 4, surface book), so staying on the ball might be worth it.

jazz  ·  2325 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Fitness Advises That Will Change Your Life

I feel that each time I stumble upon fitness advice it's just throwing advice around without having any solid basis at all. It seems that it most often has its root at personal experience and sometimes experience from training others, leading to highly conflicting statements depending on the sites you visit/book you read.

While I don't think empirical knowledge is bad all around for this field, it would be very refreshing to have scientific sources and references to back these statements.

Does anyone know a site or book that at least tries to work more scientifically and states sources?

jazz  ·  2341 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Which programming language should I learn for software development?

Could you go into more detail on what kind of goals you have in mind? I don’t think your question can be answered on a general basis, but highly depends on what you want to achieve.

Do you want to be better prepared for the companies in your area? Or make your ideas a reality in a fast and convenient way? Is it mobile, web, industrial, research,… development you’re interested in? Depending on your answers, the recommended programming language(s!) will differ.

jazz  ·  2341 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Could you live without a computer or smartphone?

Do a little experiment. Calm down for 10 seconds and try to think of as little as possible.

Now imagine you get an email, a message on Facebook or any other notification.

How does that make you feel? If you're like me a few month ago, it might stress you out and you might feel an urge to read it. That's when I turned off nearly all (regular calls ring normally) notifications.

It's not an abstinence from technology, but it is indeed a quieter life. Checking everything when it's a good time for me instead of constantly being ripped from my current train of thought by notifications makes all the difference to me.

jazz  ·  2344 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Micro self care

From what I’ve gathered from BJ Fogg’s “Persuasive Technology” and Stephen Wendel’s “Designing for Behavior Change”, motivation may not play as large a role for changing behavior as you might think it does. While this may sound counter-intuitive, bear with me and take a look at this section in “Designing for Behavior Change”. You can paraphrase this for yourself to “what blocks me from taking an action”. What’s described is the CREATE funnel, an acronym for cue, reaction, evaluation, ability, timing, execute.

Simplified, this might mean for you to set up a reminder at an opportune time (e.g. at the usual time in the evening when you get home; or piggyback on existing behavior like when arriving at work) to do an activity you find worthwhile and which you are able to do easily(!). This should lead to you taking action more often, and which, in my interpretation, is why the micro self-care approach worked for the author.

I’m actually well under-way of building something during my thesis which respects this model. If you want to discuss this approach, or you’re interested in participating, I’d love to get PMs.

jazz  ·  2344 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why childhood memories disappear.

The emphasis on infused emotion is interesting for me. I have a childhood memory of lying on the surgery table just before they anaesthetised me, followed by a memory of waking up after surgery when my mother told me that the nurse was named like my sister. :)

I always wondered why I remembered the last part so strongly, especially because I fell back to sleep immediately after. Strong emotion seems like a reasonable explanation.

jazz  ·  2344 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why do you shower in the morning?

I like showering in the morning to help me wake up and feel fresh and ready for the day. Also, I usually exercise in the evening, so I’ll shower after that again anyways.

In my opinion, neither morning nor evening showers are exclusively better. It largely depends on your job and daily activities.