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Three Apps to Beat Procrastination

A mere month into the academic year, midterms are in full swing and have caught some of us relatively off guard. This, coupled with our tendency to procrastinate, usually leaves us in a less-than-enviable position. Whether you prefer to dismiss procrastinating as a personal bad habit, character flaw or what have you, procrastination is more or less universal – we all procrastinate. But before you decide to put off another study session, we here at Mojo have a few apps that will help you beat procrastination and give you an edge when crunch time rolls around. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites:

1) Strict Workflow

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This Chrome app blocks all social media and any other site that might take away from your work for 25 minutes. You can delete the app, or even reboot your computer, but those websites will still be blocked until the timer runs dry. While this might come across as a bit harsh, it all but guarantees a period of productivity for the user. Moreover, after each 25-minute session, the app allots the user 5 minutes of free time, which is plenty of time for you to check up on your social media outlets. If you feel like you need help working out a moderately healthy balance of work and play, Strict Workflow might be an excellent option for you. (Strict Workflow on Chrome Web Store)

2) Yelling Mom

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Named after the original bane of one’s procrastination, this mobile app is arguably every bit as effective as its namesake. Operating on the premise that aggressive prodding is the optimal method of motivating an individual to complete any given task, Yelling Mom takes you to task by reminding you of your scheduled tasks via a sizable host of obnoxious alerts. These alerts range from disco music to sirens to car alarms. Interestingly enough, the sound file of an actual nagging mom is not included as an option. Notwithstanding, if your mother was your motivator at any given point in life, it probably wouldn’t hurt to give Yelling Mom a shot. (Yelling Mom on iTunes)

3) Write Or Die

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This app is positively diabolical. Its unforgiving nature has actually attracted attention (and perhaps a grudging endorsement?) from The Guardian. By incentivizing productivity with pictures of kittens and puppies, Write or Die seems innocuous enough prima facie. But don’t be fooled, because that’s where the other foot drops: if this app catches you slacking, it will start deleting your work. In fact, the most recent edition of Write or Die has made it so that upon a detecting the passage of a predetermined period of inactivity, the app will start selectively deleting every vowel in your piece, effectively disemvoweling (haha, get it?) your work and leaving it an unintelligible husk of gibberish. Talk about taking the carrot-and-stick method to the next level! But if you subscribe to the “go hard or go home” mentality, this app was made for you. (WriteOrDie.com)

How do you deal with procrastination? Comment below, let us know! Or alternatively, tweet us @dbmojo.

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The Hike to Hedrick

Whenever you hear that someone lives in Hedrick Summit, you immediately feel bad and wince in pain at the thought of walking up all those stairs.

Once you decide to make the trek, you have to mentally prepare yourself.

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At first, you feel so energized, until you hit your second set of stairs, and then it starts to feel like they’re never-ending. Because they are.

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I decided to measure the amount of steps it actually takes to get from Hedrick Summit to Kerckhoff Coffee House, since coffee is a priority in every college student’s life.

Beginning in Summit’s lobby and taking the shortest route, I walked 1,647 steps in about 15 minutes. BONUS: I burned 31 calories. That’s my workout for the week.

That’s over 1,600 steps just to get to Kerckhoff. Just imagine the walk to UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Next time you make your way to Hedrick Summit, feel free to skip the gym. Walking to Summit is enough.

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Arts & Entertainment

#TrendingNow: TV Shows

It’s the beginning of fifth week. We all know what that means … Midterms are over. Or, it’s your last chance to drop that Writing 2 class – which you happened to not do the 12-page paper for – without that pesky mark on your transcript. If you’re anything like me, you won’t know what to do with this abundant amount of extra time on your hands. Finally you can watch a 45-minute episode of Walking Dead on Netflix without trying to fit it in a 25-minute study break!

We have chosen one trending show for each day of the week for you to splurge on. Luckily for you most of these shows are brand new so there’s no need for a three-day marathon to catch up. Not that there’s anything wrong with that … I mean I’ve never done that … never … yeah.

MONDAY
GOTHAM
8 p.m. on FOX
Everyone knows “the Caped Crusader” of Gotham City: the American billionaire Bruce Wayne, who is a philanthropist by day and Batman by night. But FOX is taking us along a different route with one of DC Comic’s most popular characters. “Gotham” is a brand new crime television series that follows the early career of Detective James Gordon as he gets himself tangled in the corruption of politics and the mobster business. The show features younger versions of Batman and the villains he will face in the future, including Catwoman, the Riddler and Penguin.
For all you superhero fanatics, this is the show for you.
Your roommate after you’ve watched an entire season of a show on Netflix without moving from your bed:

TUESDAY
THE FLASH
8 p.m. on The CW
Superheroes sure do seem to be the fad nowadays. Based on the DC Comics character Flash, this brand new series follows the origin of the costumed speedster as he copes with witnessing his mother’s murder and father’s conviction for the murder he did not commit. Barry Allen, the man behind the mask, is an outcast among his peers and works as a crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department, but once he acquires his superhero power to move at superhuman speeds, he promises to protect Central City from escalating crime.
Me on the way to steal yo man.

WEDNESDAY
American Horror Story: Freak Show
10 p.m. on FX
AHS is back and more twisted than ever. On its fourth season now, this show really knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat or hiding under the covers. The season features the supreme Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars, the leader of a struggling Freak Show in Jupiter, Florida who is looking to make it big. Characters include the classic bearded lady, siamese twins, a strongman, a woman with three breasts, a handsome boy with lobster hands and many more not-so-normal performers.
When you get into bed to sleep at night and then remember you have a paper due tomorow:
Shocking … I didn’t use the notorious “Surprise, bitch.” gif that has driven tumblr users to madness. Oh. Wait … No …

THURSDAY
How to Get Away With Murder
10 p.m. on ABC Family
The new buzz in town, How to Get Away With Murder, is a legal drama series starring Viola Davis as a defense attorney/law professor at a competitive university in Philadelphia. The series opens up with a group of students at a murder scene and constantly flashes back in time to the events that led to this point. The cast includes the standout star student, a quiet but determined brunette, a daddy’s boy know-it-all, a man who sleeps his way to success and a quiet but determined underdog, all who work together under the firm of Annalise Keating (Davis) to prove the best of their class. But things don’t go quite as they expected …
When Netflix says it has new releases of your favorite show, but then you check and they’re still a season behind.

FRIDAY
America’s Next Top Model
9 p.m. on The CW
Y’all better werk! It’s a classic. We all know it. Now on its 21st cycle, Tyra Banks still slays the competition with her smize, and things have changed quite a bit since the beginning of the series. The show now features both female and male contestants and we still have our favorite judges telling it how it is, the amazing Tyra Banks, Kelly Cutrone and J. Alexander. The goal of the show is basically still the same: be the model on top. But there’s a new twist: social media is a factor in eliminations so models best not get on our bad sides.
ANTM holdin’ down the fort since ’93. YAAASSSSSS!
by Jeremy Ortiz

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Science & Health

The Non-Intimidating Guide to Yoga

To yoga newbies, a yoga class is an awkward combination of not falling asleep when you are supposed to “meditate”, feeling uncomfortable with everyone closing their eyes and losing your balance when attempting a position.

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Yoga, though seemingly intimidating, is an amazing practice. It’s the best way to de-stress before and after your midterms, and to stretch out your poor calf muscles after venturing up and down the Hill. Whether you can gather up the courage to join a yoga class at the John Wooden Center or are content with following a YouTube video in your dorm, here are some tips for the aspiring yogis out there.

1. Body-hugging clothes are essential

I know this may come as a surprise, but “yoga pants” are not strictly worn on days when you’re too lazy to wear real pants.  You should wear them to yoga too! Tight-fitting tops are also essential, especially when you’re upside down or twisted over in a pose and don’t want to be distracted by any accidental skin exposure.

2. Yes, it’s normal to close your eyes during class

When meditating at the beginning and end of class, it is encouraged to close your eyes. It allows you to focus on your body and how you feel, and to prevent you from accidentally staring at some girl’s super cute Nikes across the room.

3. Know some basic poses

Every yoga instructor explains the positions and varying difficulty options throughout class, so don’t worry about being clueless on the differences between the “child’s pose” and the “happy baby pose”. However, knowing the basics on the most common poses can give you some extra confidence when class begins. Here are some basics:

  • The Child’s Pose: Starting on your hands and knees, push back with your arms, bringing your butt to the mat with your knees spread further apart. Your arms should be stretched out and long, and forehead to the mat. If you ever feel uncomfortable or have pain during class, use this pose as a resting point!
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  • Downward-facing Dog Pose: Start on your hands and knees, and slowly push up your arms while bringing your butt up to the sky. Try to push away from the ground using your arms, instead of resting all of your weight on your legs. Downward Facing Dog is most used as a starting position for other poses.
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  • Cat-Cow Pose: On your hands and knees, inhale as you push your stomach towards the mat, and exhale as your arch your back up like a cat. This one is a very common warm up pose, and allows you to stretch out your neck and spine,and focus on your breathing.
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    4. Take your shoes off

    It may feel uncomfortable at first, but make sure you remove your shoes before you get on your mat. Being barefoot allows you to connect more with your body, get better traction on the mat and stops the dirt from the bottom of your shoes from getting all over the place (believe me, dirt isn’t something you want stuck on your forehead after “child’s pose”).

    5. Be open-minded 

    Yoga can be very spiritual and has a great influence on your emotions and awareness. Though you may be weary at first, just allow yourself to become a part of the experience. Even if you feel awkward, try to adapt and respect the effort of everyone around you. Yoga may not be for everyone, but everyone can take a lesson and apply it to their lives in their own way. Just remember to be patient, observant, and nonjudgmental!

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November Is Not Depressing

November is the black sheep of months. Everyone seems to hate November, deeming it the most depressing month of all, but we at Mojo disagree. Here are nine awesome things to love about the new month, especially this year, in no particular order. We hope they will change your heart.

1. The win

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We kicked off the month with a win against Arizona which, by the way, wasn’t even our safety school. In case you missed it, the Bruins beat the Wildcats 17-7 in Saturday’s football game. If that’s not a good start to November, we don’t know what is.

2. Daylight savings

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On the night of the victory, we also got to sleep one more hour. But wait, IT GETS BETTER.

3. The cooler weather

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So the whole “summer all year round” thing is cool and all, but sweating your way to class is not exactly the best. Besides, now you get to wear those jackets and UGG boots that were collecting dust in the back of your closet. Did somebody say, “sweater weather”?

4. The USC game

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The biggest, most important football game of the season is a home game this year AND it’s not during Thanksgiving. Read: Den Sports Pass holders will get to cheer on the Bruins and curse the Trojans to their heart’s desire.

5. Thanksgiving

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Surely the holiday makes you hate November just a little less. Sweet potato casserole, stuffing and cranberry sauce make all your hard work in school SO worth it. And, you know, family is okay too.

6. Black Friday

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Who says Black Friday means trampling people in your local mall to score some sweet deals? Ah, the holidays.

7. Fall meets Christmas at Starbucks

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The coffee giant brings back its iconic red Christmas cup every year on Nov. 1. You can now drink happiness in the form of a Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha or Caramel Brulée Latte, but this doesn’t mean you have to give up on your pumpkin spice just yet. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is still on the menu through December. Thus, fall meets Christmas. Boom.

8. Fall meets Christmas IRL

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The dream continues beyond the plush atmosphere of your local Starbucks. Stores everywhere are whipping out the Christmas candy, decorations and gifts. Add a few classic carols in the background, and we’re not complaining. Been to Ackerman lately?

9. It’s not midterms, not yet finals

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If you chose your major wisely, you will have at least one week of lull this month when you can sit back and enjoy your blatant lack of midterms before it’s time to think about finals. And goodness knows you’ll have deserved that rest.

Did we convince you yet? What’s your favorite thing about November? Share it by tweeting us @dbmojo or commenting below.

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