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Deal or No Deal

The idea of a banker at the other end of Noel Edmonds’ phone is a unique one. 

So unique in fact that the whole essence of Deal or No Deal has been taken onto the online world.

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Special sighting of the Moon

Every few months, we have a special sighting of the Moon where it is not only a full Moon but what is known as a supermoon.

To understand why it is a supermoon, we first have to understand why different parts of the Moon are lit up at other times of the months.

The two spring dates

For people living in the northern hemisphere, spring has two official start dates.

Meteorologists consider 1 March a spring day, according to the seasons formalised in the 1900s. However, the astronomical seasons show spring starting at the vernal equinox, which falls on 20 March.

Positive Feedback Loops

Most of our plans of getting some discipline in our morning routine get hit by the truck of distraction and interruption. The mistake we make is that we plan something which is already set up for failure, leading to discouragement. If this happens constantly, it results in negative feedback loops that ‘deactivate’ our motivation.

The solution is to change the design of the plan to incorporate positive feedback loops.

Becoming an astronaut: The selection process

Choosing NASA's astronauts is not a simple process. In March, 12,040 hopefuls, already in possession of a master's degree, applied to be members of the next class.

  • The selection process involves a written application and reference checks as the process narrows down. Then, around 120 applicants will be invited to the first round of interviews.
  • Some skills analysis and basic medical testing will be done, and then 40 to 60 people will be back for the second round of interviews.
  • During the second round, they spend a week doing some team reaction exercises, individual performance exercises, and checking other competencies.

Set strict limits and boundaries on time spent on it. The more time you're able to put in a project, the more you can build your confidence.

Demanding projects are often a combination of a marathon and a sprint - many intense deadlines and tasks that lead towards accomplishing a larger goal. Take the time to celebrate the sprints after they're done.

The Good Stuff We Have But Don’t Use

It is very easy to accumulate stuff nowadays when online ordering is done with a few clicks and the stuff reaches our doorstep in no time. What’s has become an increasing problem is using the stuff we own.

Example: Most of us use only 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time (the 80/20 rule applied to our wardrobe), without even realizing it.

  • Empathize with your future self: You put things off to future you because it’s easy to assume that future you has boundless energy and motivation. Unfortunately, that perfect vision is not real.
  • Pre-commitment: You increase your chance of success by removing a temptation future you may try and weasel out of.
  • Break down big goals into small manageable chunks: Big goals take a long time to achieve and so are susceptible to the far-off reward curse of hyperbolic discounting.
Unhappiness vs Depression

Unhappiness and depression are on the same platform. They both are caused due to our disconnection from what makes us happy.

The Naming of The Tropics
  • The Tropic of Cancer. It was so named 2000 years ago because the sun was positioned in the Cancer constellation during the June solstice.
  • The Tropic of Capricorn. It was so named at the time because the sun was in the constellation Capricorn during the December solstice.

The sun is no longer in those constellations at that time of year. The sun is now in Taurus at the June solstice, and in Sagittarius at the December solstice.

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