Some Gmail add-ons for better productivity

If you want a piece of software which makes Gmail better, you should know about:

Other ideas:

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Cairo – Gmail!, https://flic.kr/p/am1eKM

Despre reclama “Lemon”

O reclamă e făcută ca să vândă. Sunt multe lucruri extrem de discutabile aici, dar scopul e vânzarea.

Mă irită seria de reclame, îmi stă pe nervi repetiția din final, gluma mi se pare slabă.

Dar am reținut reclama mai bine decât pe altele.

Îmi place să mă uit la reclame, nu am televizor și când am acces la un televizor, prefer să mă uit la calupuri publicitare (schimb canalul până găsesc ceva), mi se pare că în 30 de secunde sunt investite extrem de multe resurse, cunoștințe, timp, efort, creativitate.

În reclama de mai sus vinde umorul, repetiția (final), surpriza. Ești indus emoțional în Africa, căldură, soare, totul e hot.

Multe din reclamele de la SuperBowl din ultimii ani mi se par extrem de agresive, și mă irită.

Dar mă uit pentru mecanismul din spate, și ca să înțeleg cum gândesc alții.

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Muhammad Ahmed – Splashing Lemons,
https://flic.kr/p/2gkSwy

Cătălin Nedelcu: “Cum este posibil ca în țara mea un monument dedicat luptătorilor din Munții Făgăraș să nu poată fi construit și inaugurat nici în 17 ani ?!”

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Acum cateva luni scriam ,,Cum este posibil ca în țara mea un monument dedicat luptătorilor din Munții Făgăraș să nu poată fi construit și inaugurat nici în 17 ani ?!”

Astazi putem sa indreptam acest lucru. Putem sa implinim ultima dorinta a surorii fratilor Arnautoiu din Nucsoara. Puteam sa cinstim memoria a 16 partizani executati la Jilava – preoti, invatatori, tarani, militari. Dar si memoria celor 130 de persoane, poate mai multe, care au avut de suferit in inchisorile comuniste fiindca i-au ajutat pe cei din munti.

Domnul Sergiu Rizescu, presedintele AFDPR filiala Arges a deschis un cont pentru Monumentul Haiducilor Muscelului din Nucsoara care isi asteapta crucea si numele eroilor.

Cont – 003RONECONOI9806801BTRL – BANCA TRANSILVANIA FILIALA PITESTI.

Trebuie specificat ca donatia se face pentru Monumentul Haiducilor Muscelului de la Nucsoara.

Eu voi sustine din tot sufletul terminarea acestui proiect si va rog si pe dvs, prietenii mei virtuali, sa ajutati, cu o suma sau cu o rugaminte adresata celor care pot mai mult.

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Excessive promotions

See this ad:

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It is supposed to make me go from “free service – 2 GB” to “paid service – 10 GB”.

What’s the problem with it? It tries so much to do upselling, that I don’t trust the brand anymore.

  • It’s obviously I generally wouldn’t pay for social sharing (I can share things very well on my own, thank you very much, and, also, generally the things which I send via a service like this aren’t meant for Facebook / other network sharing.
  • I can create a password encrypted archive very easily, but I can see the utility of the service (for ease of use, for the people who might not have installed on their computer a software with ability to decompress files with passwords.
  • Personalized pages. Come on, this is not meant paying for.
  • No ads (it’s not included in the list above, but it’s a reason).

Yes, going from 2 to 10 GB is a powerful reason. I understand why I would pay these money. But the extras? Not so much.

Perhaps most people look at the list above and say to themselves – “look, you also get this and that”. Perhaps this happens. I don’t deny this. I’m just saying that to me, personally, this is really a frustrating ad to see and by giving me so many (useless) options, I have a smaller trust in the brand.

Cea mai importantă regulă de care să ții cont când trimiți un email – scrie ce dorești ca destinatarul să facă la începutul emailului

Articolul de față are un singur scop – să îți arate că cea mai importantă regulă de a scrie un email este să scrii încă de la începutul emailului ce dorești de la destinatar (“te invit să contactezi persoana X și să îi transmiți Y” / “am nevoie de la tine de ajutorul X în problema Y” / “vreau să îți spun ce s-a stabilit la ședința de ieri, mesajul de față e pur informativ, nu e necesară o acțiune din partea ta”). Și mai bine este să scrii textul introductiv cu caractere aldine (bold).

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Will Lion – email pebbles, https://flic.kr/p/5Metsp

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How to learn a foreign language better? Watch movies with subtitles in that language

“We’ve all probably tried to learn a new language at some point. Foreign films can help you learn those words and accents, but a recent study suggests that subtitles can help a lot.

Your first instinct is probably to turn on subtitles in your native language (English subtitles on a Spanish movie for example). But ideally, you’d watch with the subtitles in the foreign language as well. In the study, students learned the accents better and were able to understand new material easier. Plus, it helps you pick up individual words when people talk quickly.”

Source – Learn a Foreign Accent by Watching Films With Subtitles

The study (Foreign subtitles help but native-language subtitle… [PLoS One. 2009] – PubMed – NCBI) says:

Understanding foreign speech is difficult, in part because of unusual mappings between sounds and words. It is known that listeners in their native language can use lexical knowledge (about how words ought to sound) to learn how to interpret unusual speech-sounds. We therefore investigated whether subtitles, which provide lexical information, support perceptual learning about foreign speech. Dutch participants, unfamiliar with Scottish and Australian regional accents of English, watched Scottish or Australian English videos with Dutch, English or no subtitles, and then repeated audio fragments of both accents. Repetition of novel fragments was worse after Dutch-subtitle exposure but better after English-subtitle exposure. Native-language subtitles appear to create lexical interference, but foreign-language subtitles assist speech learning by indicating which words (and hence sounds) are being spoken.

Personally, I always watch movies in English with English subtitles only. Now I have some material to backup my thesis. :)

Chris JL - Languages, https://flic.kr/p/87K4spChris JL - Languages, https://flic.kr/p/87K4sp
Chris JL – Languages, https://flic.kr/p/87K4sp

Mental math

Mental math is by no means required to survive in the world, but being able to do a few basic calculations in your head makes life a lot easier. For example, calculating a tip is all about basic percentages and is simple to do in your head:

  • To find 5%, find 10% and divide it in two.
  • To find 15%, find 10%, then add 5%.
  • To find 20%, find 10% and double it.
  • To find 25%, find 50% and then halve it.
  • To find 60%, find 50% and add 10%.
  • To find 75%, find 50% and add 25%.

(source – The Skills We’ve Lost to Technology (and How to Get Them Back))

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Chris Blakeley – math in the body, https://flic.kr/p/eFnc3H

Empowering the hero in movies

I see this happening more often than not. You take one character, and you give him more power than the adversaries.

When James Bond is in prison, there’s always an escape route, even if in real-life, James Bond would probably not escape. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, it’s just difficult to escape.

Sometimes, in more recent movies, the bad guys also have lots of power. They dominate, and they almost win. You need to believe this, that if you have some special skills (intelligence, brute force, agility), you can overcome any obstacle.

Real life is really not like that. You can be a professional martial arts fighter and get beaten in a club.

I like “Gattaca” a lot. One of the reasons for doing so is that it is really really difficult to beat your condition. I also like “The Grey“. In the movie, there are no superheroes. Plain humans. It’s hard to beat your condition. Same for “Le notti di Cabiria” – no super powers. Real, tough, life.

I really don’t get into superhero movies. Sure, it would be lovely if life were like this. It generally isn’t.

James Bond, in the last movie of the series, has little weapons arsenal, has little powers. He beats others with his intelligence, mostly.

In the last Superman movie, the main character is very powerful & all that. But he’s not invincible, based on powers. He still needs brains.

You can’t solve all the dilemmas by insisting.

In the last Bourne, the bad guy is better than all of the police at being an opponent for Bourne.

In the second movie of “How to train your dragon” the main character wins by finding creative solutions. He can’t win by skills, he needs things which others have – creativity, leadership, courage.

Hani Amir - It's Superman!, https://flic.kr/p/ZwLzpHani Amir - It's Superman!, https://flic.kr/p/ZwLzp
Hani Amir – It’s Superman!, https://flic.kr/p/ZwLzp

Câteva idei despre Univers

1. Ori de câte ori amestecăm un pachet de cărţi, aproape sigur creăm o combinaţie care nu a mai existat.
2. Există mai multe combinaţii în jocul de şah decât atomi în universul cunoscut.
3. Richard Feynman a propus cândva ipoteza că n-ar exista în Univers decât un electron, prezent simultan în mai multe locuri.
4. Doar 0,000000000000000000042% din Univers conţine materie, restul este gol.
5. Universul şi-a consumat până acum 0,00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001377% din timpul de viaţă estimat.

(sursa: D. Căstăian pe Facebook, via http://www.cosmosup.com/)

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Matt Hosford – Underneath the Universe, https://flic.kr/p/kDtNdZ