My New Favorite Service: Fulfillment By Amazon

One of the biggest challenges for college students such as myself is finding affordable (haha) textbooks at the beginning of the term… and then getting at least some of that money back at the end of the term when you don’t need the book anymore. I use Amazon to find textbooks (they’re almost always cheaper there than at the college bookstore), but selling them back is a bit of a hassle. Sure, I can just take them to the campus bookstore and sell them, but the one time I did that I got $20 for a $60 book and swore never to make that mistake again. Instead, I list the book as a used seller on Amazon, but there’s all sorts of trouble there, too. Continue reading “My New Favorite Service: Fulfillment By Amazon”

Things of Interest: 01/06/15

I read and watch a lot of stuff on the Internet that I find interesting; plus, as a university student, I receive a lot of recommendations from students and teachers alike. In these posts, I share a few of the highlights I’ve come across.

  1. My Shakespeare teacher recommended this article from the Economist, discussing the archeological finds at the village of Towton, the site of a massive battle during the War of the Roses that established Edward IV’s 22-year-reign as king of England.

  2. This article compares churches to cruise ships. I think it’s a valid argument, though it depends on the church you’re talking about.

  3. I’m a fan of Minecraft, though I think it’s best with friends and it’s hard to schedule around work and school, and I really enjoy this song parody (particularly since I have nothing in common with the original song).

Geeking Out! Zelda Collector’s Puzzle!

I didn’t even know this existed until today! A friend took me to the Ontario Mills shopping mall yesterday, where all the shops are twice the size of the same shops at my local mall. We walked into a Hot Topic and I stumbled across a rack of board games. First thing to catch my eye was the Zelda-themed Monopoly game, but it was too pricey for me. Sitting nearby on top of a few Supernatural-themed Ouija boards was this jigsaw puzzle, and I immediately bought it. If you want to buy it as well, you can do so at Amazon. Continue reading “Geeking Out! Zelda Collector’s Puzzle!”

Things of Interest: 01/04/15

I read and watch a lot of stuff on the Internet that I find interesting. In these posts, I share a few of the highlights I’ve come across.

  1. Mike Masnick at Techdirt looks at the events of the past year, many thought to be impossible, and is optimistic about 2015.

  2. This one is from my archive of bookmarks, but back in May, Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic wrote that taking notes by hand was better for remembering lectures, while trying to type the lecture verbatim could actually be a hindrance to study.

  3. Mentalfloss has an article about twenty-five English words that have contradictory definitions.

  4. This video is old, but Casey Neistant was ticketed by the NYPD for not riding his bike in the bike lane, so he made a video showing why staying in the bike lane is quite impossible at times.

My Resolutions for 2015

Every year I make resolutions about what I’m going to do for the new year, and every year I fall off the wagon sometime in mid-January, maybe February. However, despite all of these failures, I keep trying, because I have learned that eventually things seem to arbitrarily click into place. My best example of this in the realm of reading. For years I had a horrible habit of starting a book and not finishing it, not because the book was bad, or boring, but because I was distracted by the Internet. In an effort to break this habit, I started compiling a list of the books I successfully finished, but my lack of dedication to books created a lack of dedication to that list… until the summer of 2013, at which point I redesigned the list and tried again. This time, for some reason, it worked: in 2013 I completed thirteen books (eleven of which during the six months after the list redesign), and in 2014 I completed forty-three. There are no signs of me slowing down for 2015, either.

So here are my 2015 resolutions, and let’s see what sticks. Continue reading “My Resolutions for 2015”