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The most important news of the day has nothing to do with the economy or Obama’s newest appointment, but one of the biggest academic breakthroughs in years.  No, nobody has cured a disease or (re-)discovered the meaning of life (apparently “42” is not a widely accepted theory,) but there is now an equation that explains procrastination! [Link]

U=EV/ID

  • U = utility (desire to complete a task)
  • E = expectation of success
  • V = value of completion
  • I = immediacy of the task
  • D = personal sensitivity to delay

This actually makes sense if you think about it.  Rewards over urgency is desire.  At least I can now justify the need to get to the next level in Super Paper Mario instead of mopping the kitchen floor.

In theory, free time is a great thing. When you have a lot of it, there’s no consequence when you waste it. See: the last four months of my life. The problem is, when you suddenly no longer have all the time in the world, you become very annoyed at yourself for “wasting” time. Some people might say that some of the things I’ve done were not useless time wasters, but as I sit here and stare at the pile of law school applications that are “due” soon, I am beginning to regret my insane need to reach the pro level in Wii Bowling and tag all 6100+ songs in iTunes with perfect metadata and album art. Not that I’ve actually accomplished these things, but I could have if I had actually (1) cared a little more, (2) was less lazy about pointless things I don’t really care about and (3) stopped twisting my wrist at the last second.

So what have I been doing? When I think about it, I honestly have no idea. Time just seems to leak. But that’s a subject for another time when I have the free time to ponder. Now, I’m going to write what I came here intending to write, so I can back to what I have to write.

Right?

I don’t know how many of you readers watch Jeopardy on a regular basis like I do. In fact, I don’t know if anyone besides Jess even reads this, but that’s not the point ;-) If you have been watching, you would have seen Meredith Robbins on the show for the last five days. Winning Jeopardy four times in a row (SPOILER ALERT: She does not win on today’s show) is pretty cool, but the insane thing is that she got the Final Jeopardy question wrong all four times! On last night’s show, she went into the final round with a guaranteed win based on the amount of money she had, so even though another contestant got the final clue, Meredith still won. This is inspirational for all of us who kick ass at those weird word game categories but choke when asked to put a wager on a topic such as 14th Century Russian Midget Poetry. The weirdest part: tonight she got the question right, but she did not wager enough to win. The moral/life-lesson: what you know is not the only thing that matters, it’s all relative to what others know and what others have. Not really a surprising lesson, but a good reminder from an unlikely source.

Other (not-so)important news: drinking about a gallon of water and listening to a “sounds of nature: ocean” cd is not the best combination. Replacing “ocean” with “thunderstorm” is equally stupid. I’m thinking of calling NASA and getting my living room pimped out with space station style hookups so I don’t need to get up every 90 seconds.


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