• Here are some tips for improving how your fonts look on Arch.
  • Slow cookers are incredibly useful for students and the lazy (they are not always synonymous). You can do some quick set-up before leaving for work and come home to a meal which is ready to eat. As someone who tends to be a bit lethargic, or at least unwilling to spend serious amounts of time with food preparation most weekday evenings, it’s incredibly useful as a tool for saving time and for prevention of eating expensive rubbish for convenience.
  • Using xterm-256color instead of screen-256color causes redrawing issues in weechat, and other applications.
  • If you have a record player, don’t put your speakers anywhere near it. It really damages the sound quality.
  • Learning to program, remember the important thing is to learn to program. Once you can do that, new languages are often just new grammars, and are extremely easy to pick up.
  • That said, if you need to pick a few languages to focus on, it’s good to choose one more flexible, high level language (such as Python or NodeJS) and one more heavy-duty language which allows for more power and optimisation (such as Groovy or C++).
  • Learn some books. It’s a good idea for any number of reasons.
  • If you find reading a book difficult, note that ‘deep reading’ is a skill you have to practice - and one that is especially damaged in the age of heavy Web use, in which we simply scan-read things. To get into the habit of reading regularly, and to build up your deep reading skill, it can be helpful to read a bit directly before bed every day - making it a habit. Once you’re into the book, you’ll find you want to read it the rest of the time too. This approach has the additional benefit for those who stare at computer screens all day of relaxing the mind, and making it easier to fall asleep.
  • Don’t get addicted to nicotine. Just don’t. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself to have an addictive personality or not; once you’re addicted, it’s ridiculously difficult to shake off. Many experts in the field of addiction consider nicotine to be one of the most addictive substances available.
  • If you do get addicted to nicotine, switch to a vape. Start with a comfortable level of nicotine concentration, and then slowly work yourself down. Don’t allow yourself to smoke alongside, and the transition will be surprisingly easy. Many people have managed to quit nicotine completely using this method, and even if you get stuck on vaping, it’s almost certain you’re doing much less damage to yourself. Don’t put it off, I’m sure you well know how bad smoking is for you.
  • “Don’t assume bad intentions over neglect and misunderstanding.” - Hanlon’s Razor
  • Try your best not to be angry or hateful. Bad things happen, and people will wrong you, but ultimately how you feel about things is your decision. This may sound trite, but with a bit of practice thinking in this manner can be an incredibly powerful tool for a happier and more contented life.
  • Don’t limit yourself to genres of music. You’ll miss out on a lot and probably be insufferable.