Jun 12, 2012

MULTI-TASKING GOOD OR BAD?



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Multitasking: Good Or Bad [Infographic]

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT

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I remember back in the '90s when the Amiga computer sort of introduced the multitasking feature on a personal computer. It was as huge of a deal as the iPhone was when it was first announced. Suddenly you could do things with your computer that enabled the user to take the technology beyond what even the manufacturer could imagine. The word multitasking itself was commonly used among computer geeks, and it sort of got introduced into the everyday lives of people later on. To multitask meant to time optimize, which enabled you to be able to do more things, period. However, there are few people out there that can truly incorporate the multitasking ability into the human mind.

It so happens that it solely depends on your personality whether you can multitask with good results, or if you can do it during a short period of time. This infrographic from The Good Coach takes some data provided by the University of California and Microsoft and lays it out. What it reveals is that introverted people are more likely to solve problems than extroverts. An extroverted person doesn't stay with the problem until it is actually solved, but instead they often give up on finding a solution for it and move onto something else.

What's further interesting is the fact that this research shows that it takes the human brain 15-20 minutes to recover from an interruption while you work. This is astonishing considering that we have phones ringing, people knocking on doors and constant interruption variables in an office environment, especially in office landscapes where there are a lot of cubicles. This basically tells me that giving each employee a room of their own would significantly increase their productivity and focus.

That in turn would lead to greater things and a more rapid progression when it comes to results. Everything is of course relative, and you have to factor in the fact that some people will actually perform better when they have a lot of people around to inspire them. The same goes for the opposite. Some people would probably work way better alone at home than in an office since their creativity is solely driven by results and any interruptions will render their efforts useless in the long run.

The tips to enable you to multitask better are quite basic. Turn off any distractions, whether that means turning off your cell phone or closing the window. All of these factors impact you attention and focus which in turn decreases your ability to generate good results. Don't think that just because you are an extroverted person that you won't be able to multitask. The research only shows that introverted people are better suited to multitask, not that they will create great things just because of it. Extroverted people might have a harder time multitasking, but they make up for it by making sure they are ahead of the game by interacting with people who help them do things.

I am quite sure that multitasking is a mind trick that you can train yourself to do. From personal experience, I have found that continuous multitasking can become a normality for your brain. Preparing your brain to process more information than usual makes it more aware of it, and you learn to process it faster. This doesn't mean you will be able to teach yourself things faster, only that you will be able to sift out the non important information that is streamed through your senses. Compare it to someone who can sift through a page in a book in a couple of seconds and know exactly what it is all about. They haven't read the entire page in that short period of time, they have merely learned the skill of how to find the key words that make up the story of it.

So, in order to multitask, all you really need to do is to introduce yourself to a couple of main outputs of information and tap into them. Sift through what is important and process it together. That way you will always teach yourself to become a better multitasker. Great multitaskers aren't intelligent or geniuses, they have just learned how to process the important information and skip the non important. That's what multitasking is all about, at least when it comes to the human brain.

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Via: [Visual.ly]


Adorable Toast Art: Start Your Day With A Smile [12 Pics]

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT

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If you are a fan of toast, raise your hand. I love toast, especially when it's slathered in sugar and cinnamon or strawberry jelly, and of course you can't forget the butter. But did you know that toast is increasing in popularity as a canvas for art? It's true. If you didn't already know that, now you can add that to the never-ending long list of completely useless, yet somewhat interesting facts that you learned here on Bit Rebels.

We've actually written quite a few articles about toast. My favorite one was How To Make Pac-Man Toast. Oh, and then of course there was the Toaster Made Out Of Toast. Today I'd like to share with you some more toast designs.

These aren't quite as geeky as the ones we've shared before, but they sure are adorable and very creative. As it turns out, making these types of toast designs is very simple. All you need is some aluminum foil, a sharp knife and a toaster oven. Since the bread has to lay flat in the oven, the traditional toasters where you set the bread in vertically wouldn't work well. So, for this, you'll want to use a toaster oven or just a standard oven. If you want the design to really transfer well, you can add a thin layer of butter or mayonnaise to the bread before you start cooking it. All of these pictures came from various Japanese blogs. You can see the entire collection of pictures and get the exact directions for making your own toast art on Rocket News 24.

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Via: [Kotaku]


20 Zombie Tattoos That Will Rival Your Worst Nightmares

Posted: 11 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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I am in the beginnings of getting yet another tattoo. I am actually penning it little by little since I want all of my tattoos to be personal and self-made. It usually takes me about 2-3 months to draw a tattoo that I am 100% satisfied with. However, usually when I step inside the door of a tattoo studio and show them my designs, there are always a few things that need to be adjusted or changed due to the details being too small and whatnot. They are minor changes and usually get worked out on the spot. There are of course some people who go for different kinds of tattoos when they set out to make their body the canvas of their inner self.

There are some rather horrible examples of fails when it comes to tattoos that can be found on the Internet. They can be everything from spelling mistakes to tattoos chosen during a drunken craze that we can be quite sure the people who got them regret it the second the alcohol evaporates from their bodies. Then there is a breed of tattoos that we don't hear too much about, and those are the horror themed ones. They are the ones that will rival your worst nightmares, and give you new ones.

In an attempt to satisfy your need for a little adrenaline on this Monday, I decided to set out to find the most horrific zombie tattoos you can think of. This time around, they are on to a different kind of flesh, namely yours. I would personally never get one of these, but the people who did I am sure scare the socks off everyone when they are at the beach, or when they show their tattoos off to their loved ones. Would you get one of these? Is the zombie apocalypse so real to you that you think in order to blend in you need to become the canvas for a thousand flesh eating zombies? Maybe it is and maybe it isn't, but you can't dispute the horror factor in all of these zombie tattoos. Beware, they are coming for you. Sweet dreams!

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