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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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More From Google Analytics

So, apparently the #1 search that leads to my blog is “i do it i get a squiggly line under the event”. Am I the only one who is puzzled by that? Do what? How do you get a line under an event? (Is it a Windows thing? If so why does it lead to my “Apple” tag page?) Am I the only one who is bothered by the staggering lack of proper syntax? I could understand one person typing this in but eighteen? I think that squiggly lign ling line might have something to do with the same kind of bad grammar that would lead to typing something like “i do it i get a squiggly line under the event” into a search engine.

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Daily Consolidation: April 30, 2007

In a effort to cut down on the number of posts I will be consolidating misc. things that don’t have another place into a single post (at least as a trial). These consolidations will be divided into subposts to make them easier to read.

#1: Creeeeeepy

This is probably one of the strangest, most disturbing things I have ever seen (yeah, I don’t get out much).

I found this while randomly surfing the blogosphere, and more pictures can people found here along with some other interesting stuff.

#2: My Favorite Section(s) From An Otherwise Stupid Post

Things about the web that scare me…

1. It knows where I live (however, it is a small comfort that Google Maps thinks I live two doors down).
2. It’s so impersonal (never once have I head, “Hi, I’m Jim and I’ll be your server (no pun intended) today”.)

#3: My Favorite Phrase From An Otherwise Wonderful Conversation

Me: I just want a goddamn Linux Shoe!

(I doubt many of you will get that).

So…thats today’s consolidation post. If I hadn’t done this I would have made a whole two extra posts and polluted the blogosphere that much more with my senseless ramblings.

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