Thursday, February 6, 2014

Life is a game. This is your strategy guide


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Real life is the game that – literally – everyone is playing. But it can be tough. This is your guide.


You might not realise, but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running, and sex – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.
Most importantly, successful players put their time into the right things. Later in the game money comes into play, but your top priority should always be mastering where your time goes.


Life begins when you’re assigned a random character and circumstances:
Select your character
The first 15 years or so of life are just tutorial missions, which suck. There’s no way to skip these.

Young adult stage

As a young player, you’ll have lots of time and energy, but almost no experience. You’ll find most things – like the best jobs, possessions and partners – are locked until you get some.
This is the time to level up your skills quickly. You will never have so much time and energy again.
Now that you’re playing properly, your top priority is to assign your time as well as possible. Every single thing you do affects your state and your skills:
Drink vs code
This may sound simple, but the problem is you won’t always know what tasks to choose, and your body won’t always obey your commands. Let’s break it down.

How to obey your own commands

Many players find that when they choose to do something – say “go to the gym” – their body ignores them completely.
This is not a bug. Everybody has a state, which you can’t see directly, but looks something like this:
If your state gets too low in one area, your body will disobey your own instructions until your needs are met. Try studying when you’re exhausted and hungry, and watch your concentration switch to Twitter.
Your willpower level is especially important. Willpower fades throughout the day, and is replenished slightly by eating, and completely by a good night’s sleep. When your willpower is low, you are only able to do things you really want to.
Every decision you have to make costs willpower, and decisions where you have to suppress an appealing option for a less appealing one (e.g. exercise instead of watch TV) require a lot of willpower.
There are various tricks to keep your behaviour in line:
  1. Keep your state high. If you’re hungry, exhausted, or utterly deprived of fun, your willpower will collapse. Ensure you take consistently good care of yourself.
  2. Don’t demand too much willpower from one day. Spread your most demanding tasks over multiple days, and mix them in with less demanding ones.
  3. Attempt the most important tasks first. This makes other tasks more difficult, but makes your top task more likely.
  4. Reduce the need to use willpower by reducing choices. If you’re trying to work on a computer that can access Facebook, you’ll need more willpower because you’re constantly choosing the hard task over the easy one. Eliminate such distractions.
A key part of playing the game is balancing your competing priorities with the state of your body. Just don’t leave yourself on autopilot, or you’ll never get anything done.

Choosing the right tasks

Choosing the right tasks at the right time is most of the game. Some tasks mostly affect your state, e.g.
Others mostly affect your skills:
You need to put time into things that ensure a healthy state – like food and sleep – to keep your willpower high. And then you need to develop your skills with what you have left.
Some skills are more valuable than others. Good ones can open up whole paths like a tech tree:
Others are dead ends:
Dead skills
Combinations of skills are the most effective. It’s very hard to max out one skill to be the best – in fact, that’s often impossible. But it’s much easier to get pretty decent at lots of related skills that amount to something bigger, e.g.
Ladies magnet
See how psychology just helped you become both rich and attractive? You should study that.

Where you live

Your environment has a constant impact on your stats, skills, and your chances of levelling up.
It’s possible to play the game well almost anywhere, but it’s a lot easier in certain places. If you’re female and in the wrong country, for example, you can’t unlock many achievements.
The odds of anyone being born in their optimal location are virtually zero, so research your options, and consider moving early. Location is a multiplier to all of your skills and states.

Finding a partner

Attraction is a complex mini-game in itself, but mostly a byproduct of how you’re already playing. If you have excellent state and high skills, you’re far more attractive already. A tired, irritable, unskilled player is not appealing, and probably shouldn’t be looking for a relationship.
Early in the game it can be common to reject and be rejected by other players. This is normal, but unfortunately it can drain your state, as most players don’t handle rejection or rejecting well. You’ll need to expend willpower to keep going, and willpower is replenished by sleep, so give it time.
80% of finding someone comes down to being your most attractive self, which – like so much in life – just means putting your time in the right places. If you’re exercising, socialising, well nourished and growing in your career, you will radiate attraction automatically. The remaining 20% is simply putting yourself in places where you can meet the right people.

Money money money

Later in the game you’ll have to manage a new resource called ‘money’. Most players will find money increases throughout the early game, but that this actually introduces more problems, not less.
Money 2
The most important rule of money is never to borrow it, except for things that earn you more back. For example, education or a mortgage can be worthwhile (but are not necessarily so, depending on the education or the mortgage). Borrowing to buy new shoes is not.
Depending on your financial ambitions, here are a few strategies to bear in mind:
  1. Not fussed about money. The low-stress strategy: simply live within your means and save a little for a rainy day. Be sure to make the best of all the time you save though, or you’ll regret it.
  2. Well off. Choose a career and environment carefully, and be prepared to move often to move up. You’ll need to invest heavily in matching skills, which will cost you time, and be careful not to abuse your state or you’ll burn out.
  3. Mega richStart your own business. It’s almost impossible to get rich working for someone else. Riches do not come from work alone, they come from  owning things – assets – that pay back more than they cost, and your own company is a powerful asset you can create from scratch. Compound your winnings into more assets, and eventually they can remove your need to work at all.

Later life

Your options change as the game progresses. Marriage and children will reduce your time and energy, and introduce more random elements into the game (“Emergency diaper change!”). This makes it harder to develop yourself as quickly.
Older characters usually have more skills, resources and experience, unlocking quests that were previously impossible, like “owning a house”, or “writing a (good) novel”.
All players die after about 29,000 days, or 80 years. If your stats and skills are good, you might last a little longer. There is no cheat code to extend this.
At the start of the game, you had no control over who you were or your environment. By the end of the game that becomes true again. Your past decisions drastically shape where you end up, and if you’re happy, healthy, fulfilled – or not – in your final days there’s far less you can do about it.
That’s why your strategy is important. Because by the time most of us have figured life out, we’ve used up too much of the best parts.
Now you’d best get playing.


How to trick yourself into thinking positive

People are so predictable. Fortunately.


If you ask a person a question, they cannot help but try to answer it. They may not say an answer – they may not even have an answer – but the question is etched into their brain, like an hole begging to be filled.
In the same way, you’re asking yourself questions, all the time. And whatever you ask, your brain can’t help but try to answer it. Say you ask yourself:
“What the hell is wrong with me?”
Your poor brain will try to come up with a reflexive answer. Maybe “I’m an idiot” or “I knew I could never do this”. Whatever it comes up with, if you’re asking leading questions like that, it’s gonna make you die a little inside. So stop.
Consider instead what happens if you ask better questions. Remember – whatever you ask, no matter how stupid or impossible, your brain will try to answer. How about:
“How could I do this better?”
“How could I do this in half the time?”
Or, if you’re feeling audacious:
“How can I get every damn thing I want?”
You might huff and say that’s stupid. But asking a question is like carving a tiny hole in your mind. Without thinking about it, slowly, your brain will work to fill the hole.
Have you ever bought a shirt or blouse or whatever that you thought was unique, and then noticed countless other people wearing the exact same thing? You didn’t notice before because your brain didn’t have a place for that information.
Try asking yourself better questions. Carve a hole in your mind and see what new things you find.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dua Fenomena Bersamaan Tingkatkan Gangguan Cuaca

JAKARTA, - Gangguan cuaca dari dinamika kelautan di Samudra Hindia saat ini diperkirakan tak kunjung surut, tetapi justru meningkat. Itu akibat dua fenomena bersamaan, Osilasi Madden-Julian dan dipole mode negatif yang memperbanyak pembentukan awan hujan dari Samudra Hindia.

”Data peralatan di ekuator 90 derajat Bujur Timur menunjukkan Osilasi Madden-Julian (MJO) mulai memasuki perairan kita. Lalu, indeks dipole mode diperoleh negatif antara 0,5 dan 0,6 yang menandakan masih terjadi penghangatan Samudra Hindia di wilayah Indonesia dari arah barat atau Afrika,” kata Kepala Program Operasi Ina Buoy Tsunami Early Warning System pada Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi (BPPT) Wahyu Widodo Pandoe, Kamis (13/6/2013), di Jakarta.

Dipole mode menunjuk pada gejala akan menghangatnya suhu permukaan laut, khususnya di ekuator Samudra Hindia.

Sebelumnya, prakiraan musim kemarau Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG) tahun ini dinyatakan tidak terpengaruh dipole mode. Kata Wahyu, puncak kejadian dipole mode negatif ini April hingga Mei.

Pada saat ini, penurunan suhu muka laut dampak dipole mode negatif berada di atas pola normal. Suhu muka laut Samudra Hindia di ekuator barat Sumatera sekitar 30 derajat celsius.

Kepala Bidang Peringatan Dini Cuaca Ekstrem BMKG Hariadi mengatakan, pola arus angin saat ini masih menunjukkan anomali. Seharusnya, pola arus angin menyesuaikan pola monsunal kemarau, yaitu pola angin bergerak dari timur ke barat.

Pola angin sekarang, dari barat daya di Samudra Hindia menuju utara timur laut. Pola arus angin itu membentuk awan hujan di wilayah Indonesia. (NAW)

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Global Warming - itu barang apa e?

Tuntunan singkat mengenal Perubahan Iklim:

- Pemanasan Global itu barang apa k? pemanasan global itu adalah kenaikan suhu permukaan bumi secara rata-rata (dari ujung pukul ujung) yang diakibatkan oleh peningkatan secara alami dari efek rumah kaca. (efek rumak kaca nan sa jelaskan abis ini e…)

- Kenapa semua orang basibuk dengan Pemanasan Global e? karna barang ini bikin ktong pu iklim di bumi berubah secara perlahan-lahan... (pasti kam ingat to dulu tuh bulan maret ke bawah tuh (april – sept) hujan2 su berkurang, tp skarang ktong bisa dapat hujan dr januari sampe desember dengan curahan yg sama, make sense to?) dampaknya nanti tuh ke ktong pu tanaman2, kebun2 yg ujungnya ke ktong pu mama2 pu jualan di pasar karena waktu panen juga akan jd kacau. Ahli2 dong bilang itu karena kegiatan industri yg semakin berkembang pesat…

- Trus, efek rumah kaca tadi tuh apa e? oh iyo, efek rumah kaca itu… perpindahan ikan kapala batu dr kolam yg satu ke kolam yg lain tanpa proses meti kring… hahahaeee… nes nho… yg jelas kam tau to klo rumah kaca tuh de pu nama lain pesemaian (tp yg tutup mati tuh)… nah waktu kam masuk ke pesemaian yg tutup mati (dengan plastik atw senk bening) apa yg kam rasa? lebih panas to? suhu lbh tinggi dr waktu ktong di luar to? kenapa e? karena, senk/plastik bening itu menjebak panas matahari di dalam pesemaian; jadi panas bisa masuk tapi tra bisa keluar (sebenarnya panas yg masuk dgn yg keluar/di-intersep tra sama besar)… nah, hal yg sama yg sedang terjadi dengan ktong pu bumi sekarang, kadar dr gas2 yg pu sifat menjebak panas (gas2 rumah kaca) itu di ktong p atmosfer semakin tinggi jd panas matahari yg dipancarkan ke bumi lebih banyak drpd yg dipantulkan kembali ke luar angkasa… hasilnya ktong p bumi nih jd lebih panas (hangat)…

- Tadi katanya, yg bikin efek rumah kaca terjadi tuh adalah gas-gas rumah kaca… itu gas-gas apa saja k? gas-gas utama adalah uap air, CO2, metan, NO, ozon dan halocarbon… kebanyakan dihasilkan dr aktifitas manusia terutama pembakan fossil fuel dr kendaraan bermotor… (boh, klo bgitu ktong jalan kaki sj sdh k? hehehe…)

- Trus yg kena dampaknya tuh apa2 saja e…??? yg paling top yg orang skarang perdebatkan tuh kenaikan permukaan air laut k ini… rata2 tuh 6 mm per tahun jd bisa sj ktong kehilangan banyak pulau2 kecil nanti tp itu paling cepat diperkirakan tahun2 2050-an nanti… itu juga utk pulau2 kecil yg ktong biasa bilang lapangan timbul-tenggelam k itu… trus yg jelas dan pasti juga ktong pu keadaan cuaca berubah to, yg sekarang kam su bisa liat – musim hujan deng musim panas macam su trada k? ktong (apalagi manokwari) bs kopeng hujan dr januari sampe desember…- nah hujan yg tra jelas stop kapan itu, mengakibatkan ktong pu tanaman2 bisa rusak (terutama busuk akar) atau umbi2an macam keladi, kasbi, betatas itu su jelas rusak atau tra masak2 jg (tra bs panen)… itu berarti mace2 dong pu jualan di pasar su berkurang (iyo k tra…? tp klo yg tanam kangkung aman2 sj to? hehehe…); selain itu juga perubahan iklim berdampak pada distribusi hewan terutama burung2 (yo dorang kan mobilitasnya paling tinggi to)… tp menurut sy, justru ktong yg di area equatorial ini yg bakal kedatangan banyak spesies burung baru dr tempat lain…

- Yg ktong bisa bikin tuh apa sj e? sederhana sj… ktong bs mulai dr rumah… misalnya

o kasih mati lampu, tv, computer, ac, dan alat2 listrik lainnya yg sedang tdk dipakai…

o kasih mati kran air waktu tra lagi atau su selesai tadah air…

o kasih mati mesin motor/mobil waktu parkir atau waktu tra jalan…

o tanam2 tanaman berkayu (buah2an juga bisa) di halaman rumah – karena tanaman2 ini menyerap karbondiksida dan menghasilkan oksigen dari proses metabolisme alaminya…

o pisahkan sampah sesuai kategori sampah kering untuk dibakar, sisa makanan dan sisa babat rumput untuk kompos, kaleng + botol + plastik untuk daur ulang (bisa jual ke juragan2 botol dorang to? Hehehe...)

ini saja yang sa bisa share untuk famili dorang, kalo ada yang mau tambah silakan... kalo mau perbaiki juga silakan...

*)source: dari berbagai sumber

Kebagusan – July 20, 2011

Jabat erat selalu,

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Oceans Could Rise 5 Feet by 2100

  • A warmer Arctic will mean rising sea levels of between 3.0 to 5.3 feet by 2100.
  • Even the low end of this range would have devastating consequences for coastal cities and densely-populated, low-lying deltas.
  • Higher seas would literally cover some small island nations, ruin vast expanses of land and boost the intensity of deadly storms.

Warming in the Arctic occurring at twice the global average is on track to lift sea levels by up to 5.3 feet (1.6 meters) by 2100, a far steeper jump than predicted a few years ago, a consortium of scientists reported Tuesday.

Melting ice and snow has accounted for 40 percent of recent increases in ocean levels and are likely to play an even larger role in future, according to the Oslo-based Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Project (AMAP).

"Global sea level is projected to rise 3.0 to 5.3 feet (0.9 to 1.6 meters ) by 2100, and the loss from Arctic glaciers, ice caps and the Greenland Ice Sheet will make a substantial contribution to this," AMAP said in a report.

Even the low end of this range would have devastating consequences for coastal cities and densely-populated, low-lying deltas in Bangladesh, Vietnam, China and many other countries, scientists have warned.

Higher seas would literally cover some small island nations, ruin vast expanses of land used to grow food, and boost the intensity of deadly hurricanes and other extreme weather events.

In early 2007, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the world's oceans would creep up 18 to 59 centimeters (7 to 23 inches) by century's end.

But the panel's landmark report did not include the potential impact of melting ice, especially from the massive Greenland Ice Sheet, which alone holds enough frozen water to push up sea levels by at least five metres (16 feet).

The new study shows that the past six years have been the warmest period ever recorded for the Arctic, and that summer temperatures were higher in the past few decades than at any time in the last 2,000 years.

"The changes that are emerging in the Arctic are very strong, dramatic even," said Mark Serreze, director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, and a contributor to the report.

"But this is not entirely a surprise. We have known for decades that, as climate change takes hold, it is the Arctic where you are going to see it first, and where it is going to be pronounced," he said by phone.

The report forecasts that the Arctic Ocean, within three or four decades, will likely become nearly ice free during the summer months.

Three of the last four years have seen polar sea ice shrinking to its smallest area since satellite images became available, with a record low in 2007 of 4.13 million square kilometres (1.56 million square miles).

The report also highlights new evidence that changes in Arctic snow and ice conditions may actually be accelerating the warming process.

"The fact that highly reflective snow and ice surfaces are diminishing means that darker land or ocean surfaces are absorbing more of the sun's energy, warming the Earth's surface and the air above," the researchers said.

Rather than being bounced back into space by white surfaces, in other words, the sun's heat is trapped inside the atmosphere.

The study identified eight of these so-called natural "feedback mechanisms" that have become both symptom and cause of climate change.

Rising average temperatures, for example, threaten to unlock long-frozen stores of carbon dioxide and methane -- at least 20 times as potent a greenhouse gas as CO2 -- from the region's permafrost.

"The amount of carbon that is locked up in permafrost is equivalent to what is in the atmosphere today," said Serreze. "The question is how much of it is going be released."

Drawing from the research of several hundred climate scientists and glaciologists, the report comes ahead of a May 12 meeting in Greenland of foreign ministers from Arctic Council nations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

Founded in 1991, AMAP is now a working group of the Council.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Paus Merana

TEMPO Interaktif, Wellington. Sebanyak 74 ekor paus pilot terdampar di bagian utara Selandia Baru. Ini adalah kejadian kedua dalam rentang dua bulan terakhir.
Laut berombak dan angin kencang mendorong kawanan paus itu ke karang-karang dan menyebabkan mereka cedera. "Tim penyelamat langsung menidurkan setiap paus yang bisa diraih," kata Patrick Whaley, manajer operasi Departemen Konservasi Selandia Baru, seperti dikutip CNN, Kamis (23/9).
Sisanya tenggelam di bagian terpencil pantai Spirits Bay. Petugas mengidentifikasi 25 ekor paus tidak berhasil diselamatkan. Lusinan lain dikuatirkan bernasib sama. "Miris melihat begitu banyak paus mati," ujarnya.
Agustus lalu, 49 paus pilot mati setelah terdampar di pantai Karikari, yang juga terletak di utara Selandia Baru. Hanya sembilan ekor yang berhasil diselamatkan.
Penyebab terdamparnya paus masih jadi misteri. Diantara sederet teori adalah perilaku kelompok, dimana jika ada satu anggota yang terkena bahaya, anggota kelompok lain akan mengikuti. Teori lain yang juga berkembang adalah paus-paus itu menghindari pemangsa, formasi pantai yang membingungkan dan kacaunya arah renang mereka akibat gangguan sonar manusia.
Source : (23092010)
Picture : Associated Press (23092010)
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Posisi Jupiter Mencapai Titik Terdekat ke Bumi

TEMPO Interaktif, Cape Canaveral - Akan menjadi hari-hari terbaik untuk melihat Jupiter minggu depan di langit malam. Planet itu tidak akan tampak lebih besar atau lebih terang lagi sampai 2022.

Jupiter akan melewati jarak 368.000.000 mil dari Bumi Senin malam, jarak terdekat sejak 1963.
Anda dapat melihatnya di timur sekitar senja. Sekitar tengah malam, dia akan langsung di atas kepala. Itu karena Bumi akan melewati antara Jupiter dan matahari.

Planet terbesar di tata surya itu sudah muncul sebagai bintang yang sangat terang - tiga kali lebih terang dari bintang paling terang di langit, Sirius. Satu-satunya benda yang lebih terang di langit malam saat ini adalah bulan kita.

Teropong dan teleskop secara dramatis akan meningkatkan tampilannya saat Jupiter, bersama dengan bulan-bulannya, terbit di timur saat matahari terbenam.

"Jupiter begitu cerah saat ini, Anda tidak perlu peta langit untuk menemukannya," kata Tony Phillips, seorang astronom California yang dikontrak NASA. "Anda hanya perlu berjalan ke luar dan melihatnya. Itu sangat menarik."

Phillips tidak pernah melihat Jupiter begitu cerah. "Untuk seorang pengamat berpengalaman, perbedaannya adalah penting," katanya Jumat.

Kebetulan, Uranus juga akan mendekati bumi di malam yang sama. Dia akan muncul dekat dengan Jupiter namun sulit untuk melihat dengan mata telanjang. Melalui teleskop, ia akan bersinar seperti disk berwarna zamrud kurang dari satu derajat dari Jupiter.

Jupiter relatif dekat ke bumi sekitar setiap 12 tahun. Pada tahun 1999, dia sedikit lebih jauh. Hal yang langka saat ini adalah Uranus membuat penampilan terdekat pada saat yang sama, kata Phillips. Dia menyebutnya "peristiwa sekali dalam seumur hidup." Saat dilihat tepat di samping Jupiter melalui teleskop, Uranus akan berada 1,7 miliar kilometer dari Bumi pada Senin malam.

Phillips mendorong penikmat untuk tidak menyerah jika mendung Senin malam. Jupiter akan tetap relatif dekat selama berminggu-minggu, katanya, yang memberi kesempatan untuk melihat dengan baik untuk beberapa waktu. Dan bagi mereka yang bangun pagi, Jupiter akan terlihat di barat sebelum matahari terbit.

Source: (18092010)

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