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Sep 27 2010

Simply Noise

Dorm life will eventually force you into uncomfortably loud situations that just might make your head split open. Imagine with me! It’s a Thursday night, and the Thirsty Thursday parties perhaps have already begun. Oh but wait, you have a paper due tomorrow and can’t seem to focus at all. Maybe, you have a roommate who has an intense case of sleep apnea, and the pleasant sounds of loud snoring just doesn’t seem to lull you to sleep. Whatever the case, the solution is simple: you need to block that out! However, for some of us listening to music is just as distracting as the loud party-er or the snoring. So, let me offer you an alternative that has been suggested by one university faculty member (who maybe deals with loud parties in neighboring offices?). Simply Noise provides free sound files of different colored noises (white, pink and brown) which can not only help you block out distractions but also allow you to relax from some of that overwhelming stress.

I did in fact do extremely scientific experiments by finding prime examples of the above annoyances while listening to the simply noise files. See Thirsty Thursday and Snoring. Needless to say Simply Noise was super effective! : D

As a final note: Simply Noise does offer a cheap app so you can make their product a little mobile. It might not be worth the 99 cents, but you can always just have your laptop by your bed with some headphones…Meditate, Sleep, Study whatever you got to do let simply noise cancel out the distractions.

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Jan 31 2009

User Submission: Cool Tools for School

Sharing is Fun!

This isn't a picture of Kristen M., but she understands sharing too!

Here at SfSS we’re celebrating today! We’ve had our first user submission of a resource, and we couldn’t be happier. Kristin M. sent us to to this list of handy tools for students, and there’s a lot of great stuff here. Some of our favorites:

  • This dynamic, interactive periodic table lets you quickly and easily visually filter the elements based on any number of criteria.
  • LiveMocha is a social network for language learners. It can help you connect with other students around the globe who either speak the language you’re learning or are learning it at the same time.
  • FoldIt is a game that lets you attempt to solve scientific puzzles — specifically, by competing with others to fold proteins in the most efficient way possible. The solutions you provide could be used by scientists to predict actual protein folding patterns!

One of the most intriguing tools (and one that’s received a lot of attention in the press) is wePapers, which is basically a site for sharing, browsing, and reading academic papers and participating in virtual study groups. There’s a wealth of academic information here, and many institutions are participating. In many ways, it embodies the greatest features of the Web by creating a platform for anyone to teach and learn. However, some folks worry that it’s just a huge repository of papers to be plagiarized. (NOTE: Here at SfSS we NEVER condone plagiarism. Not only is it a serious violation of UMW’s honor code, it’s just a sign of intellectual laziness and an unwillingness to really commit to your own education. Don’t plagiarize. It isn’t cool.) We’d be interested in hearing our readers’ take on sites like wePapers. Do you see yourself using it as a valuable study resource? Or do you think many students will just abuse the access to all of that academic content?

BTW, we’d never seen the site where this list came from: makeuseof.com. It’s a pretty cool tool in it’s own right. There are regular posts similar to what we’re providing at SfSS, pointing you to interesting online tools and tips. Check it out.

Thanks again to Kristen M. for the contribution. Keep sharing!

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