Weekly Reads: Busted MacBook Pro Edition

by Breanne

Okay, so maybe “busted” is a bit of an overstatement. I’m a big fan of my MacBook Pro (first gen) — so much so that I’ve avoided taking it in for repairs for quite some time (trust me, it needs some work… the screen has dead pixels and bruising, the battery is shot and not that old, the VRAM fails its tests and frequently freezes the machine, the fan sounds like it’s out of balance, the top case has some serious pitting issues… and those are just the things that I can think of off the top of my head. But I love it! It just seems to be time to finally take it in. Thank goodness for AppleCare).

Anyway, I had planned to take it in this weekend, even going so far as to take it to our new Apple Store. Sadly, once I got there, only to find out that they’re soooo busy, they were booked up for the whole weekend. Note to others — call ahead and book an appointment if you need to see the Apple Geniuses.

So, here I am, writing up a delayed Weekly Reads on my MBP — which has none of my bookmarks, links, or browsing history, since my last-ditch effort to repair the VRAM on my own was to reinstall the operating system. Ah well, the things we do for our … uh … “adoring public”!

If you would like to pass on anything you think I might be interested in, post the link as a comment to this thread! I’m always looking for new things to explore. Note that comments on this site are moderated, especially if they contain links, so if it doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry!

Made Me Think

Why We Do Dumb or Irrational Things (from PsyBlog). There are probably at least a half-dozen articles I could have picked for this week’s roundup from PsyBlog, but the title alone makes this collection of interesting studies worth mentioning. I think my favorite was The False Consensus bias. I’ve been working a bit on marketing and communications at work, and I think this study is important for marketing specialists in particular.

9 Brain Habits You Didn’t Realize You Had (from MindCafe). While I was familiar with some of the tidbits from this article (for example, the notion that your short-term memory is only really good at holding a maximum of seven things at once), others were new to me. For example, did you know that we have two nervous systems?

How to Travel the World for Free (from Traveler’s Notebook). This past week, J and I spent some time reviewing our finances and our short- and long-term goals (we do this relatively often). One thing that we made a real effort to work into our plan this time was some money for vacations — mostly the small, going-camping-since-we-live-near-the-mountains-type — but even international travel doesn’t have to be super expensive, as this article demonstrates.

Things to Try

Oatmeal Streusel Cookies (from Baking Bites). Yes, I have a fair bit of a sweet tooth, and I also have a thing about baking. If not for the fact that I just baked up nearly 5 dozen bran muffins for lunches this week and next, I would probably already have made these. And eaten them all, too.

Water Balloon Luminaries (from CandleTech). A picture will do this link more justice than any long-winded description from yours truly…

 

Water Balloon Luminaries

Water Balloon Luminaries

One for the Road

Stripes — another one that I just can’t describe. Part optical illusion and part sheer awesomness (hm… I think I watch too much Ace of Cakes), this is pretty nifty to play with.