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Olvídate de las nóminas. A partir de ahora, es posible que cuando pidas un préstamo en el banco, lo que éste te pida sea revisar tu historial de internet. O al menos, es lo que el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) recomienda al sector.

Según recoge Gizmodo, cuatro investigadores del FMI han llevado a cabo una investigación acerca de la relación entre las finanzas y la tecnología. En su estudio mencionan la posibilidad de analizar datos como el historial de búsqueda, navegación y compras, lo que serviría para calcular de una forma más precisa la calificación crediticia de una persona o empresa o en otras palabras, su puntuación para recibir un crédito.

Según los investigadores del FMI, esto podría servir para que se concedieran mayores préstamos a los prestatarios que son rechazados por las instituciones financieras tradicionales.

Tal y como recoge Gizmodo, lo que quiere hacer el FMI es proteger el sistema bancario tradicional de la amenaza de gigantes como Google, Amazon, Facebook o Apple, que poseen una enorme cantidad de big data de las personas, hasta el punto de tener influencia en sus finanzas.

El informe del FMI dice textualmente que “el tipo de navegador y hardware utilizado para acceder a internet, el historial de búsquedas y compras en línea” podrían añadirse a la evaluación crediticia.

Otro asunto es lo amenazada que pueda estar la privacidad del usuario, pero según Gizmodo, una relación más estrecha entre entidad crediticia y cliente favorecería la condición de créditos.

enlace : https://www.20minutos.es/noticia/4518216/0/fmi-propone-bancos-revisen-historial-web-clientes-pidan-credito/

 
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from insect

Fuerzas de seguridad de Guatemala utilizaron este domingo palos y gas lacrimógeno para detener el paso de la primera gran caravana de migrantes centroamericanos de 2021 que partió de Honduras el pasado viernes y busca llegar a Estados Unidos.

Tras cruzar de forma forzosa el punto fronterizo Florido, miles de migrantes empezaron a concentrarse por la tarde del sábado en un retén militar en Vado Hondo, en Chiquimula, donde primero les pidieron documentos y una prueba negativa a Covid-19 en medio de forcejeos, que en la noche escalaron a choques.

Dos grupos que suman en total unos seis mil migrantes y que pernoctaron en la zona, se unieron el domingo temprano para tratar de atravesar la barricada de más de tres mil policías y soldados, pero fueron repelidos, informó la autoridad migratoria guatemalteca.

Con todo, PolicíaNacionalCivil y ejército guatemalteco contienen el paso a la primera CaravanaMigrante2021 en VadoHondo Chiquimula. Las autoridades de Guatemala reiteran petición de cumplir las leyes nacionales de ingreso al país y piden el RetornoVoluntario a Migrantes pic.nitter.net/pY9ONPtNMn

— Gabriela Coutiño (GabyCoutino) January 17, 2021

Videos compartidas por el gobierno de Guatemala mostraron a cientos de migrantes, muchos sin cubrebocas, presionando contra un muro de las fuerzas de seguridad, que usaban palos para repeler la oleada de personas. Un número indeterminado resultó con heridas.

Durante el choque, las fuerzas de seguridad dispararon gas lacrimógeno y utilizaron una granada aturdidora para dispersar a la multitud, dijo más tarde un fotógrafo de Reuters.

La caravana se desarrolla pocos días antes de que el presidente electo de Estados Unidos, el demócrata Joe Biden, asuma el cargo.

La Policía de Guatemala lanzó gas lacrimógeno a la caravana migrante de hondureños para que retrocediera en el sector de Vado Hondo, Chiquimula. Confirman que hay varios migrantes heridos y elementos del Ejército. pic.nitter.net/i1lUB4b7g3

— TCS Noticias (tcsnoticias) January 17, 2021

Aunque algunos migrantes dijeron estar alentados por una posible flexibilización de las políticas migratorias bajo una nueva administración en Estados Unidos, la dura respuesta sugiere que Biden puede beneficiarse inicialmente de las medidas de línea dura del presidente republicano saliente Donald Trump.

“Lo que había dicho el nuevo presidente, Joe Biden, dijo que iba a haber paso libre, que pasáramos todas las caravanas. Entonces yo no me explico por qué está pasando eso, por qué los guatemaltecos se ponen a favor de los norteamericanos y los mexicanos”, dijo el hondureño Joaquín Ortiz tras el choque.

“Extraordinariamente peligroso”

Las autoridades guatemaltecas habían calculado en la víspera que entre siete mil y ocho mil personas entraron a su territorio desde el viernes, tratando de huir de la violencia y la pobreza agravada por la pandemia del coronavirus y el paso de dos potentes huracanes en la región a finales de 2020.

Así el Ejército de Guatemala con la CaravanaMigrante

Las fuerzas de seguridad detuvieron violentamente a los miles de migrantes hondureños, que pretenden llegar a México y posteriormente a Estados Unidos.

Vía EFEnoticias pic.nitter.net/2IZ9lHN1h5

— Ruido en la Red (RuidoEnLaRed) January 17, 2021

Entre el viernes y el sábado, Guatemala había enviado de regreso a casi mil migrantes que ingresaron desde Honduras, dijo la autoridad migratoria, mientras la caravana intentaba avanzar hacia México.

Un funcionario del equipo de transición de Biden aconsejó a los migrantes no dirigirse a Estados Unidos. “Superar los desafíos creados por las políticas caóticas y crueles de los últimos cuatro años, y los presentados por Covid-19, llevará tiempo”, dijo el funcionario, que prefirió mantener su nombre en reserva. “El viaje a Estados Unidos sigue siendo extraordinariamente peligroso”, agregó.

México reconoce destacada labor de Guatemala

El Gobierno de México, a través de la Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, reconoció la destacada labor del Gobierno de Guatemala, por actuar de manera firme y responsable en la atención integral de los contingentes de migrantes que vulneraron su soberanía.

Destacó que el país centroamericano hizo valer el cumplimiento de la ley migratoria y sus protocolos sanitarios para garantizar ingresos ordenados y regulares, salvaguardando la integridad y la vida de las personas migrantes y de su población.

Asimismo, hizo un exhorto respetuoso a las autoridades de Honduras para que atiendan, oportunamente, este flujo irregular de personas migrantes, de tal manera de que prevengan nuevos desplazamientos.

México exhorta a cumplir protocolos migratorios y sanitarios establecidos en la gestión de flujos masivos irregulares de personas migrantes. https://t.co/ozsiuFkjpS pic.nitter.net/CSrtdG7CP9

— Relaciones Exteriores (SRE_mx) January 17, 2021

“En relación con la caravana de migrantes irregulares procedentes de Honduras, que inició su desplazamiento el pasado 15 de enero, el Gobierno de México hace un llamado a los países de la región para aplicar de manera responsable los protocolos migratorios y sanitarios localmente establecidos, a fin de evitar riesgos sanitarios derivados de la pandemia de COVID-19 para las personas migrantes y la población de las comunidades de tránsito”, señaló en un comunicado.

“El Estado mexicano no es indiferente a las causas estructurales que provocan estos movimientos masivos y reconoce las necesidades legítimas de las diversas poblaciones que integran los flujos migratorios. Sin embargo, está convencido que solo a través de esquemas migratorios seguros, ordenados y regulares se podrá garantizar la atención efectiva y transversal de estas poblaciones, que se enfrentan a altos riesgos durante su ruta migratoria”. (Con información de Reuters)

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from insect

Un gran proyecto de Tesla en Alemania corre peligro. Ambientalistas lograron que un tribunal detuviera la tala de un bosque donde la empresa planea construir una gran fábrica de autos eléctricos.

De nada le sirvió a Tesla su imagen de protector del clima terráqueo con sus autos eléctricos, ni la satisfacción que provocó entre políticos y empresarios alemanes su proyecto de levantar una gran fábrica en Brandeburgo, al sudeste de Berlín. Nada menos que la organización ambientalista Liga Verde se interpuso en sus planes y se enfrentó al Goliat de Silicon Valley en los tribunales, donde obtuvo una sonada victoria: la corte frenó, por ahora, la tala de un bosque en el lugar donde ha de levantarse la planta automotriz, que debería iniciar la producción ya en julio de 2021.

Apretando el acelerador

Cuando se trata de grandes proyectos, como esta fábrica de Tesla, que podría producir hasta 500 mil autos anuales, se lleva a cabo un estudio de impacto ambiental, que puede tomar un año. Solo después se inicia el proceso de autorización de la construcción propiamente dicha. El estado federado de Brandeburgo, una región alemana con poca industria, abrevió en buena medida el trámite, para facilitarle las cosas al inversionista. Antes de haberse aprobado formalmente la construcción, las autoridades permitieron el inicio de preparativos, incluyendo el derribo de árboles en un área de casi 92 hectáreas. El 13 de febrero llegaron las máquinas y comenzaron a talar a gran velocidad.

Esto fue lo que inquietó a los ambientalistas y los indujo a recurrir a la Justicia. “No queremos impedir (el proyecto) de Tesla, pero el gobierno regional ejerce una gran presión. Por eso queremos que los tribunales examinen si todo se está haciendo correctamente”, dijo a DW Heinz-Herwig Mascher, presidente de la Liga Verde. Los defensores del medio ambiente argumentan que, una vez cortados, los árboles no se pueden reponer sin más. “Tardaría años en haber de nuevo un bosque allí”, subrayó Mascher.

Las aves y las hormigas

Pero, ¿por qué tiene Tesla tanto apuro encortar esos árboles? La razón es simple: de acuerdo con la normativa alemana, solo se puede talar un bosque fuera de la temporada en que las aves empollan y crían a sus polluelos. Esta comienza en marzo y termina en el otoño boreal. En consecuencia, la empresa no podría avanzar en su proyecto mientras los pájaros aniden en los árboles en cuestión.

Por lo menos otro obstáculo ya ha sido superado. Tesla accedió a remover unos hormigueros que fueron encontrados en el terreno para salvar a sus minúsculas habitantes, que está bajo protección. Según la prensa, hay cinco hormigueros, en cada uno de los cuales vive más de un millón de insectos. Removerlos no será, por lo tanto, una tarea tan sencilla, aunque quizás no resulte tan compleja como lidiar con la burocracia alemana y con los ambientalistas.

En la esfera política local hay disgusto y preocupación. “Tras el daño que sufrió la imagen de nuestro estado por el retraso de años en la construcción del aeropuerto de Berlín, ahora la región de la capital debe velar por un proceso limpio, y con un desenlace exitoso”, dijo a la prensa Wolfgang Steiger, secretario general del Consejo Económico de la Unión Cristianodemócrata (CDU). Pero también algunos políticos de Los Verdes consideran que no hay que exagerar. La encargada de la cartera de Economía de Brandeburgo, la ecologista Ramona Pop, opinó que “hay que posibilitar con agilidad la inversión de Tesla. Por la movilidad limpia, por la protección del clima y por Brandeburgo”.

Extraído de https://www.dw.com/es/tesla-los-%C3%A1rboles-que-bloquean-la-ruta-de-silicon-valley-a-brandeburgo/a-52424581

 
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from Poetic Scraps

I am not a Christian

Because gays are to be stoned but rapists are to pay a fine and marry their victims

Because “don’t do thought crimes” made god’s top 10 rules and “women aren't propery” didn’t

Because when I came out my parents said I must have rejected god because somehow being myself and being Christian were opposed Because when I told my family about being abused my mother tried to give me a speech about forgiveness

Because god commanded “do not kill” and ordered the death of anyone who disobeyed

I am not a Christian

Because being born female and not wanting children is appalling Because being born female and not wanting to be married is appalling Because teenage girls hope their future husband won’t want sex all the time and I realized much later that we were just hoping our husbands wouldn’t be rapists

Because a girl’s worth is defined by her virginity Because if you have sex before marriage for any reason you’re a used toothbrush or a flower without petals or a chewed-up piece of gum (yet no one ever tells this to the boys) Because a woman’s worth is defined by her husband and his misdeeds fall on her head Because a good wife submissively lets him beat her bloody in hopes that her patience will convert her husband (before he kills her – but nobody says that part)

Because any theology that leaves room for a god that hurts you because he loves you leaves room for a partner who does the same

I am not a Christian

Because god loves us so much that he gave us free will and created eternal torment if we don’t choose him

I am not a Christian

Because science is persecuting Christians for not allowing creationism without evidence Because the government is persecuting them for not enforcing Christian values and rituals Because the school system is persecuting them for not letting instructors lead Christian prayer Because political correctness is wrong for letting people practice non-Christian religions for letting people be different Because equal rights is wrong for enforcing the humanity of “sinners”

Because anyone in power who disagrees is a persecutor and anyone not in power is sub-human

I am not a Christian

Because you have to put on a Good Christian Face for your Christian friends Because non-Christian friends are “projects” Because the end goal of any friendship with a non-Christian is conversion they teach you how to make friends for the sole purpose of converting them and if you haven’t talked about Jesus you’re a bad friend

Because physical disability is a punishment from god Because mental illness is a sign that you don’t love god enough Because god allowed every bad thing in your life and you’re supposed to thank him for it

Because one of my only memories from childhood is my father with his hands around my throat and he is still one of his church’s most respected elders

I am not a Christian

Because “your heart is deceitful above all things” Because you’re taught not to trust yourself Because you’re taught that you are inherently evil and that anything you want is inherently wrong Because taking care of yourself is the very last priority right behind giving everything you have to others

I am not a Christian

Because forgiveness means you’re the bad one for being angry

Because forgiveness means I’m wrong for being angry at my rapist Because forgiveness means I’m wrong for being angry at my abusers Because forgiveness means I’m wrong for being angry at injustice

Because loving myself means I’m succumbing to evil because I am evil

I am not a Christian

Because Christianity looked me square in the eye and said, We don’t care about you, we just care that you play by our rules.

 
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from Poetic Scraps

I wish I could say that I hate you, But I don’t and that’s what hurts the most Because every time I think of you I remember that I loved you, That I believed when you told me “forever” And I told myself I’d love you for all of my life. That’s the blade through my heart at night. That’s what I feel when I lay awake, Every thought like blood in my throat, choking me, Gasping for breath, trying to keep my head above the flood of memories, And I want to drown so it will just stop. If I cut the memories out and let them bleed from my wrists Maybe then I can breathe again Maybe then you will care again And take me in your arms and tell me not to cry, Tell me that you’re there and that I’ll be all right. Every time I think I’m over you it crashes into me again And I’m drowning in our cold, dead love.

I don’t want it anymore And yet it’s here, drowning me in my own tears, Leaving me gasping, desperate for a breath of forgiveness, of moving on.

I can’t. You hurt me. You took advantage of a naïve child. You told me you loved me and took what you wanted. You groped my breasts, you made me suck you and swallow your bitter pleasure. You did things I wasn’t comfortable with, things I didn’t want to do, but I didn’t say no Couldn’t say no Didn’t feel safe to say no Didn’t feel like my no meant anything to you.

Was I anything to you? Anything but a fucktoy, someone to use, someone to abuse, hands to stroke, a mouth to suck, a body to pleasure you and be paid in words of love and texts with smiles and empty promises of forever?

It took me so long to realize what you did to me was wrong. It took me so long to realize saying yes because I felt unsafe saying no was abuse. It took me too long to realize that the absence of no is not the same as yes. For so long I thought it was my fault. Maybe if I’d given more Maybe if I’d been more comfortable Maybe if I’d gone all the way with you, let you take everything from me Maybe you would have stayed then Maybe you would still love me And maybe this love left in me would be love for an abuser but at least it wouldn’t be a poison destroying me from the inside out.

I don’t want you anymore. But you’re just so charming, so smooth, When I see you I just can’t hate you. I try to be cordial I try to be polite I try to act like we’re still friends But I hate you I hate you And I want you out of my life and out of my heart Because I can’t let you go and I don’t want you anymore. Get your claws out of me Let me go I want to be free and I want to move on and I need you to let me go so I can heal. I’ve become promiscuous trying to get over you. I’ve become angry trying to get over you. I’ve been harboring a flame of rage deep in my heart that not even the flood of memories can quench And if I had the opportunity to get away with it I’d murder you in a heartbeat. I want you gone.

You taught me that you would save me, You taught me to rely on you, You taught me that I needed you. I don’t. I don’t need you. I’m surviving on my own and I’m surviving without you. I’m starting to fall in love again and damn it, it’s not with you. But apparently nine months without you isn’t nearly enough To overcome ten months with you And you still won’t let go of my heart.

I loved you And I want to say it’s past tense but it isn’t because there’s still a part of me that’s drowning missing you And there’s still a part of me that wants you back And if you wanted to date me again I’d like to think I’d laugh in your face and tell you to fuck off But I don’t know. I hate myself for being so weak I hate myself for letting you abuse me I hate myself for not recognizing it. You never fucked me but I wish you had because I would have known that as rape. You never hit me but I wish you had because I would have known that was abuse.

But no, you chose the insidious route, You chose to push me just a little farther, just a tiny bit outside my comfort zone, Not so far that I would push back but far enough that I was nowhere near comfortable And when I asked you to stop You’d say yes You’d say sorry And then three days later we’d be back in the same position and I’d feel so dirty But I never said a thing because my opinions didn’t matter And if I was uncomfortable, well, that didn’t matter because you enjoyed it So I never spoke up.

I feel like it’s my fault because I only said no once, But you didn’t respect that and I stopped trusting you And that was the beginning of the end. I stopped pushing back. You kept pushing forward. And soon I was looking at myself in the mirror and crying and feeling so unclean and so impure because of the things you’d done to me and the things you made me do And the guilt was eating at my soul until there was nothing left in me to resist And still I didn’t recognize that was wrong. I thought the problem was with me. I never thought it was you Your selfishness Your cruelty Your disregard for me Did you ever love me? Was I anything more than someone to pleasure you?

But you promised forever, and I wanted that. I wanted to be loved and I fell for your pretty words And so I stayed. And I hate myself for it. I’m furious at myself for letting it happen— Me. A strong woman. A fighter. An intelligent, take-charge woman. A girl who can out-bitch anyone if need be. I’m ashamed. I’m ashamed to say I was abused. I’m ashamed to say I stayed. And I’m afraid to tell anyone because I’m just the quiet girl in the corner and you’re the social butterfly and everyone likes you And I’m afraid of being blamed for it when I’m already blaming myself. I wish you would take responsibility I wish you would admit to being wrong.

So don’t you go telling me you don’t think you did anything wrong Because if you didn’t do anything wrong, then I wouldn’t be sitting here with mascaraed tears running down my cheeks and thinking about all the times I cried, all the times I felt unclean, all the times I laid there and prayed to a god I used to know that it would just be over. If you didn’t do anything wrong, I wouldn’t be drowning And I wouldn’t be telling the man I love now that I’m too scared to be in a relationship.

You were my first And you took my innocence And you broke my trust And I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to trust anyone fully again

Because of you I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop And waiting for the kindest man I’ve ever known to turn on me. I’m waiting for him to disregard my no. I’m waiting for him to decide his pleasure is more important than my comfort. I’m waiting for him to use me up and leave me like you did.

I’m tired of this and I hate it I hate you And I hate what you did to me. I want you out of my heart And out of my head And out of my life. I’ll be just fine without you. I’ll be better without you. Get out of my heart, get out of my life. I don’t want you anymore.

 
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from Poetic Scraps

Head down, mouth closed, Wipe your eyes and blow your nose. Don’t cry, don’t speak, If you do, it means you’re weak, Too sensitive and too thin-skinned. It doesn’t matter what he did Or who he hurt or insults hurled – Shut up and take it like a girl.

 
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from Poetic Scraps

I don't believe in deities, but if there is one, He must have considered me blessed to write us into the stars together, to give me you.

You met me in the darkest days, when hurt and fear and sadness filled my soul slick oil coating everything I was. I made my thoughts into briars around my heart and I fashioned my words into spears to keep you out to drive you away. I thought that if I tore out my heart myself, it would hurt less than letting you in.

But you didn't go.

You took the bullets I hurled at you with compassion, with love, and you gave me only love in return. You gave kindness to my anger, love to my bitterness. You took the hurt I handed you and in your hands it became love, love unconditional, and you didn't go.

And in that love, you gave me what I needed - space. You didn't try to force my broken pieces back together, you gave me space and love to heal myself. Your kindness helped me fashion the swords of my words into ploughshares, your compassion let me take down the thorns around my heart. In the space you gave, I began to pick up my broken pieces and fit them together again, and you gave me love to fill the gaps.

You can see that I've changed since you met me, but I don't think you'll ever understand how much you changed me. You gave me a safe and steady love, a persistent love, an unconditional love that never left me, and it touched places in my heart that had been broken all my life. You didn't try to fix me, but gave me space to fix myself, and by doing that, you saved me from self-destruction. I say the words “I love you,” but you were the one who loved me first, who changed my scars into constellations and brightened the night of my pain with a million shining stars.

 
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from Poetic Scraps

I don't even mind being called “her” during sex because my everyday self is so divorced from my sexual self that we're not even the same gender.

-God said that sex is evil

 
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from Bluejay Watches

Trigger Warnings: Blood, extreme gore, guns, vomit, body horror, medical experimentation, cannibalism (mentions)

In 1982, a massive star ship bearing a bedraggled alien population, nicknamed “The Prawns,” appeared over Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years later, the initial welcome by the human population has faded. The refugee camp where the aliens were located has deteriorated into a militarized ghetto called District 9, where they are confined and exploited in squalor. In 2010, the munitions corporation, Multi-National United, is contracted to forcibly evict the population with operative Wikus van der Merwe in charge. In this operation, Wikus is exposed to a strange alien chemical and must rely on the help of his only two new 'Prawn' friends.

My husband found this one in the $5 DVD bin at Walmart and decided we should watch it. I knew nothing about it, but he'd heard somewhere it was good. (That's kinda how he picks a lot of movies, it seems.)

About 10 minutes or so into the movie, I asked him if it was supposed to be a metaphor for refugees. Apparently it's supposed to be a metaphor for apartheid (which is why it's set in South Africa), but I think either interpretation works...

...at least at the beginning. Once Wikus gets exposed to the alien chemical, it turns into more of an action movie and loses the metaphor a bit.

There's three main factions in this movie.

  1. The MNU, which is the government agency who deals with stuff related to the aliens. They're doing a bunch of illegal and unethical stuff to the aliens, mostly because humans can't make the alien weaponry work and the government wants to use those weapons.
  2. The Nigerians, who are arms dealers selling things like meat and cat food (which the aliens like for some reason) to the aliens in exchange for money or alien weapons, and scamming them while they're at it.
  3. The aliens, who are largely passive (due to the whole “being oppressed for the past two decades” thing) and the closest thing to “good guys” this movie has.

And then there's Wikus, who should probably be considered a faction of his own because he is looking out for himself and himself only. We find out about 30 minutes in that he has a wife, and about halfway through he has an emotional phone call expressing that he loves her, and that's it. It's only in the last 10 minutes or so that he shows any hint of caring about anything other than himself.

(Also, he makes some incredibly stupid choices that had both me and my husband telling the screen how dumb he was. My husband was okay with that because he felt like it was realistic, but I like my protagonists to have a little bit of common sense.)

The movie around him, though, was enjoyable. The plot was solid, the CG or SFX makeup or whatever it was to make the alien stuff was good, the action scenes were solid, the acting was good, and the main antagonists were well done. Wikus was just a terrible person. I don't think it was a bad movie, and it was quite entertaining, I just think I would have liked it much more if Wikus was a better character.

 
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from protodrew

So this would normally sound very dreamy, and it probably will be still, but with the first term of college behind me, and a few mistakes to learn from. I understand what is required for me, what I like to do, and how I am going to move forward. I am going to break this into three parts.

  1. A discussion of what I learned in 1 term of college
  2. An analysis of what tools work for me and what tools don't
  3. A system moving forward to keep me busy

Before we jump in, I am going to give a little bit of a back-story as to what I do and who I am, I don't have a dedicated following online, so I am going to assume you have 0 idea who I am. My name is Drew, I am 18 years old, I use they/them pronouns, and I am a Computer Science and Game Development double major in college. My school is known for having 4 quarters instead of 2 semesters, and we take 3 classes at a time rather than the 6 or 7 of other schools. This is great because it allows me to really focus my efforts on a few things at once, but it means it is much more fast paced, because I have to fit a semester's worth of knowledge into 7 weeks. Ok enough talking about me, lets talk about me

Part One: What I Learned in Term 1

So I made it through the first term passing 2/3 of my classes, this isn't ideal but it is going to work out fine and allow me to keep my scholarship. However, it made me aware that I need to avoid transferring classes at all times, so that I can avoid playing catch up for a whole term. I also figured it will take me about 8 hours of work per day to get done what I need to get done, so using that knowledge I have figured out a schedule that will work for me.

Part Two: Tools of The Trade

I am a big user of software for note taking, keeping track of what I am doing, and planning. the only exception is note taking for math classes as my LaTeX typing isn't fast enough to keep up with a lecture (I do my homework in LaTeX though). With that in mind I have figured out the 5 apps that work best for me to keep my work on track and optimized.

Todoist

This is the trusty task manager I have made use of for years, I love it because it has an android app, linux client, and browser extension, and functions as a good middleground between full featured apps like IOS' Omnifocus and stylized apps like Due. I have the premium version so I can make use of the reminder system but I think this is a great free app if you want to keep a list of non time-sensitive tasks

Outlook

This is not my preferred app for either email or calculator (that would go to simple calculator on IOS with CalDav sync to gnome calendar, and fairmail respectively), but my university is so integrated in it it just makes sense to use. That being said it isn't a particularly bad jack of all trades and I like the list style of its android widget, that allows me to see upcoming events without a clumsy grid interface. I use this to triage school email (most of which gets deleted or sorted into folders to reach that beautiful inbox 0), and maintain a calendar.

Notion

This is what I use when i am planning conceptual projects and acts as a replacement for spreadsheets and Trello, I also use the wiki system to create digital notebooks. I like its cross platform capability and simple design that allows me to get work done quickly without sacrificing any of the functionality I need.

Toggl (AKA Toggl Track)

I have yet to find a better time tracking app for android and linux, and while it may not be as elegant as other programs like timery or atrack, it works well enough for me as assessing what time I'm spending and what time I am wasting. Not much to say on this one, its a good free app.

Typora

This is my basic markdown note taker, if I need math functionality like LaTeX its there, it uses Pandoc to export to pdf and docx, excellent piece of software.

Part Three: The Machine

The biggest change I am making in Term 2 is my schedule, I am making a more rigid schedule that will go into effect starting Mon November 2 and last for the remaining 6 weeks of my term. I am going to be utilizing CGP Grey's Weekend Wednesday system as my schedule has 0 classes on Wednesdays. This is an effort to curb burnout and allow for more work to be done during the week. I have attached a schedule below that presumes I wake up at 9am every day and spend the first hour eating some instant oatmeal and showering/ preparing for the day. W = an hour working and B = a break hour (for food or diving into another game of Openttd or Silicon Zeroes)

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10 W W B W W W B
11 W W B W W W B
12 B B B B B B B
13 W W B W W W B
14 W W B W W W B
15 W W B W W W B
16 B B B B B B B
17 W W B W W W B
18 W W B W W W B
19 W W B W W W B
20 B B B B B B B
21 B B B B B B B
22 B B B B B B B
23 B B B B B B B
0 B B B B B B B

This is obviously going to be flexible as big project deadlines come in and I spend a few late nights getting stuff done, but the long break from 20:00 to 0:00 allows for plenty of buffer time I can tap into if necessary.

So yeah, I will do a report on my winter break of how it went, but that's the plan going forward. Here's to hoping I succeed!

 
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