Monday, January 21, 2013

How to surf the web effectively

The above statement is an impossibility for most people, especially when it comes to researching things for a report or paper on something you don't give a shit about, (im talking to you art history papers...)

The simple answer no one wants to hear is don't.

If it doesn't interest you don't bother. Otherwise you will just end up watching Tina Fey's rant about twitter on hulu...or on facebook playing farmville so you can finally show up all the cheerleaders you secretly hated in highschool, you know they'll be jealous the unicorn cow, if only you can get it to hatch...or indulging whatever your guilty pleasure youtube search is.

The best defense is a good offense.

So before you are assigned to write about your favorite mathematical principal, do a little pregameing, a google here a click there and you end up watching a TED talk about origami, the cool kids and nerds will be impressed and you avoid a mass suicide inducing powerpoint about the amazing power of proofs...
The stuff I hate researching can be improved by adding the phrase "worst of" to it, it always makes what im really looking for much less awful:
Online Shopping-actually a very entertaining blog
or looking up youtube videos on the subject.

In short if you are actually trying to research something, go to a library and pick up a book. The web may have started as a place store information, but has ended up as a place to waste time

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