Re: “Daily Prompt: I Am a Rock”

As a result of my broken laptop, I’m not able to release any fancy content, or even really add much multimedia at all to my posts. Yes, the old desktop computer I’m using while my laptop is being repaired is literally so old that it will take me about four minutes to finish opening, editing, and exporting a single photograph to upload to my website.

I decided that this would be a good idea to focus more on text-based blog posts, seeing as I don’t really have much of a choice. To get some ideas, I went back on WordPress’ Daily Post blog.

Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?

Source: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/daily-prompt-self/

The way this prompt is written makes it seem as if you can only be one or the other – communicative or independent. I’m actually both – it’s very easy for me to ask for help when I need it, but I will generally always prefer to rely on myself.

Most people don’t like to ask for help from others because they feel awkward. Fortunately, I have some strange inability to feel awkwardness, and tend to take more of a logical, reasonable, and analytic approach to situations (rather than avoiding situations just because I feel “weird” about it). As a result, if I think the social setting is supportive of communication, I have no problem going up to someone and asking for help.

However, I tend to only do this in one of two situations – either as a last resort, or if the thing I need help with is something I don’t have to learn. For example, if I tried something for hours that should only take a few minutes, I will probably ask someone for help. On a related note, in the second scenario, if I need to spend hours doing something that I will only ever do once in my entire life (during that instance), I’ll probably ask someone with more experience for help, and/or ask them to do it for me.

The reason I like to do things independently is because figuring things out yourself through research, trial, and error helps you learn things more completely and lastingly due to the integrated experience you have while learning. Basically, figuring something out on your own and doing it yourself will set you up for an increased chance of future success upon repeating the task, rather than getting shortcut in­struc­tions from someone and cheating your way through to the end.

Some people might argue that if it’s something you really need to learn, you can finish the task now as quickly as possible and learn it later. However, I’m very supportive of taking opportunities as they come. To me, people are better off taking the opportunity of learning how to do something by actually doing it, rather than putting it off. If I was in that situation and I put off learning something, I probably won’t end up even learning it later anyway, because in the future, I’ll be too busy pursuing other opportunities that come up at that time.

Overall, my suggestion is to find a good balance of both asking for help and being independent. Someone is not always going to be there for you to help you through tough times, and practicing your problem-solving skills is definitely going to benefit you in the long run.

 

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Re: “Daily Post: Buffalo Nickel”

Dig through your couch cushions, your purse, or the floor of your car and look at the year printed on the first coin you find. What were you doing that year?

Source: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/daily-prompt-this-year/

I conveniently found a dime sitting on the upper ledge of my desk, so I grabbed it and looked at the date.

It was 1978.

I was not even alive in 1978, so that makes this response quite easy – I wasn’t doing anything in 1978, because I wasn’t even born.

But that would be a pretty boring end to this blog post, so I also took a picture of the shiny dime.

… And that’s it.

 

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Re: “Daily Prompt: Musical”

What role does music play in your life?

Source: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/daily-prompt-music/

Music has a pretty significant role in my life.

Ever since I was little, I’ve been a pretty musical person. As a kid, I got lessons for the piano and cello. When I was around middle school age, I joined the school band and played the clarinet and saxophone. Also starting at around this time, I taught myself how to play the guitar using my dad’s classical guitar.

Although I’m not one of those people who say that music helps them get through life because they can relate to the songs, I still enjoy listening to music (just not on such an emotional level). When I was younger, I tended to be more picky about the type of music I liked, but now I’m pretty much accepting to all kinds of music except rap and hip-hop.

Whenever I’m at a computer with decently good speakers, I tend to always turn on some sort of music. Even if I’m not actively listening to it, I like having the sound of the melody and the bass in the back­ground, as long as I’m not trying to fully focus on something.

Since I’ve started attending classes at university, I’ve had significantly less time to produce music of my own. I considered doing some covers of popular songs and uploading them to YouTube, but I finished a grand total of one video before running out of time and realizing how much work it is to release a single cover.

However, whenever I go back to my hometown house over my university breaks, I still play the guitar to refresh my memory on the chords and notes, and sometimes pursue learning more songs on my electric guitar.

 

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Re: “Daily Prompt: I Got Skills”

If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?

Source: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/daily-prompt-skills/

If I could choose to be a master at any skill in the world (assuming “in the world” indicates that it has to be something that actually exists in the world, so I can’t pick “time control” or something like that) I would definitely choose to be a master at memorization.

Right now, I’m a student studying to earn an undergraduate degree at university, and after finishing my degree, am strongly considering continuing into further education to earn more degrees. One of the biggest problems students have is that they are not able to remember all the information they are given.

If I was able to be a master at memorization, I would be able to memorize all the information I need to know to prepare myself for my future much more quickly than anyone else. Being a master, I would also be able to manipulate what I forget.

Manipulating forgetting is very important – there are people who can already remember everything they experience (called savants), but some of them are driven crazy by their condition because their minds remember everything without question and they’re not able to forget anything.

Being a true master at memory, I would be able to put myself in a good balance, and end up becoming a Google search index providing instant results.

 

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Re: “Daily Prompt: Study Abroad”

If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose and why?

Source: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/daily-prompt-study-abroad/

If I were asked to study abroad for a year, I would actually decline the offer because I’m not very interested in going abroad (at least for right now). I’m comfortable where I am now, and I feel as if taking a random year off to go abroad and study would disrupt my plans quite a bit, especially seeing as this is a pretty important transition period in my life.

If I were asked to study abroad and had no choice but to accept (meaning, I couldn’t decline the offer), I would probably go to South Korea. Not only am I South Korean and know the Korean language fluently, so I would be able to live fine, but I also want to experience the South Korean education style.

Most people probably already know how hardcore Asian education is compared to American education, and I’m interested in experiencing it myself. I feel as if surviving it would enhance my overall work ethic and focus, and will help me with other aspects of my life as well.

 

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Re: “Daily Prompt: Live to Eat”

Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. What about you? How far would you trav­el for the best meal of your life?

Source: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/daily-post-live-eat/

I’m definitely the type of person who eats to live, rather than living to eat. Although I like snacking and attend almost every event I can where I get free food, the reasons behind my actions tend to be more utilitarian rather than liking food (such as saving time or money).

I tend to take a careless approach to eating – I eat what’s available, and tend not to particularly seek out special foods. If I don’t have easy access to food, I might sometimes opt out of a meal, or just drink some water instead.

My parents like to go out and eat at restaurants, and a lot of restaurants to which we go together are about an hour or so away. Even in those situations, I think the traveling distance is too far, so, addressing the second part of the question, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t travel much for food, even if I were to be offered the best meal of my life.

I think the main reason behind this is that once I finish the meal, the experience is over, and I don’t have a particular preference for short-term enjoyment; I tend to be more attracted to things that have a more long-term or permanent effect on my future pleasure or comfort.

 

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Re: “Daily Prompt: Just a Dream”

You’re having a nightmare, and have to choose between three doors. Pick one, and tell us about what you find on the other side.

Source: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/daily-prompt-nightmare/

Considering this is a nightmare, I would assume that whatever is behind one of the three doors has to be something terrifying to me.

Unfortunately (and fortunately for me), I’m not really afraid of many concrete things, but one of the few things that I am afraid of is the unknown, or not knowing what is going to happen. On a related note, I’m also pretty afraid of getting lost and not knowing where I am or how to return to a familiar location.

So, the nightmare could play out in one of two ways. If it were to play with my fear of the unknown, the fact of me simply being forced to open one of the three doors without having any additional background information about what’s behind them would be a pretty scary nightmare, especially if the setting of the room containing the three doors was eerie.

If it were to play with my fear of getting lost, the three doors would lead to three additional doors. Right at this point, my first instinct would be to go back through the previous door and not go any further, but then, the door would close and lock behind me and I would be forced to continue.

 

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The Importance of Sleep

I have a zoology exam coming up in about two weeks, and some of the questions on the exam relate to the mental functions of sleep. So, I decided to pick out this Daily Post prompt and twist it into a way that I can write about what I’m learning so it can act as extra practice for me.

 

The Daily Post at WordPress.com

Topic #323: If you needed more time, where would you take from? Lets say you had an emergency this week that required you to spend an hour, every day, taking care of something you don’t currently do. Where would that time come from? What would you drop first?

I’m not sure what I definitely would reduce first, but it seems like the most logical thing to drop is some sort of entertainment that is not needed in my life right now.

One thing that I assume a lot of people would say that they would drop first is sleep. I would drop sleep for up to 7.5 hours a night, but past that, I would not reduce it any more because if I did, I would be putting my own health at risk.

Sleep is largely responsible for restoring bodily functions and bringing you back to a well-functioning state. If you do not get 7-8 hours of sleep every night, your sleep debt piles up and you get progressively and increasingly tired and unresponsive. After a while, you will start having periods of microsleep where you doze off for very short periods of time, which can be extremely dangerous if you’re engaged in tasks that require your full attention like driving.

Sleep is also required for enhancing your memory. While you are sleeping, your brain is constantly creating scenarios in your mind about real life. Sometimes, we are able to recall these as dreams, and sometimes, we are not. The more our brains visualize ourselves doing a particular task over and over again, the better we get at it because we are essentially practicing without actually doing the task. Studies have shown that staying up all night to study for exams is actually not a good idea, and that getting a full night of sleep is better because your brain will take the information that you learned before you sleep and repeat it in your mind to get better at it.

 

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