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Macs, productivity, &c.

The Student’s Guide to Studying (French and Chemistry)

French

As with any language, learning French provides its challenges. Being the quintessence of all things both pedigological and Francophilic, I would like to provide you all with a list of resources for better French-learning.

1. Google Dictionary is different from the bane of every language teacher’s existence- Google Translate. More often than not, you can avoid embarrassment by finding the correct word.

2. Le Conjugueur is a great tool to find all the conjugations of a given verb (it even suggests verbs as you type). There is also an Spanish and an English version for those of us who is having problems conjugating English verbs. It also has some other cool features and references.

3. Mental Case is a great flashcard app for Macs. I personally don’t do this (and it’s probably why I don’t do well on conjugation tests) but it would be great for testing yourself on conjugations or vocabulary.

Chemistry

Chemistry, and science in general, is a bitch (if you ask me). Luckily, there is help out there.

1. Smell-o-Mints is a snappy periodic table (for Macs, of course) with a fair amount of data. The developer has actually said that he is intentionally leaving features out so as not to “take money from those who sell shareware Periodic Tables.” I personally think this is ludicrous, but to each his own.

2. ChemBuddy is a simple but cool chemistry utility with a periodic table and lots of other features and calculators.

3. WIkipedia is a great resource for this, just look up the element you want and you’ll get all the data you could ever need.

4. WebElements has a nice periodic table online with lots of data.

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It Has Begun

My four-day hoop-jumping session known as “finals” began today. I’ve gotten French and math out of the way (the latter being the most stressful, most dreaded, most I never have to think about it again (unless I fail, which I probably will))1 so far. I still have bio and two essays for English to worry about.

Up next I have a study hall. The name is very throughly misleading, absolutely no studying goes on and we do not not study in the hall (if we did, we would get yelled at). I plan to make a .doc icon to match the Somatic Set (by David Lanham).

In other why-can’t-it-be-summer news, I have recovered two of the textbooks that I lost on Friday, however the library book that I lost earlier that day is still missing. It was a good book too, and I haven’t finished it. To distract me fro my grieving I have started the reading list for this summer. I have already finished American Born Chinese (its a graphic novel, not a real book…I’m not that much of a geek) and am most of the way through Speak2 (which is a normal no-pictures book…I never said I’m not a geek at all).

It seems like I should wrap this up some how…so I’ll turn it over to my good friend Mr. Footnote.

Footnotes:

1 Shouldn’t there be a better convention for double parenthesis? It looks so ugly under the current system.
2 I would mention the author, but that would require more work on my part.3
3 Footnoting shamelessly lifted from Fumbling Towards Geekdom.

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