Those were the Days

What is it about an old song that brings a smile to your face? Maybe it brings with it memories of good time, an old friend or a younger age. Whatever it may be no one can deny feeling nostalgic from time to time after hearing an old song, seeing a photograph or even just looking at the date. While nostalgia was touted for a long time as a negative feeling which brought about depression, studies have recently found that feeling nostalgic a few times a week can actually benefit your overall emotional health and actually make you feel warmer from the inside out. Have a look at this article and then maybe even indulge in some reminiscing yourself!

>> What is Nostalgia Good For? <<

-Monisha

A Slice of Pi

Today I decided to indulge my inner math nerd and read a couple of articles on Pi. Now, before you go screaming in the opposite direction, have a look at this quote:

” Pi is an infinite, nonrepeating decimal — meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in pi. Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all great questions of the universe. “

While these two articles do contain quite a bit of mathematical complexity, they provide somewhat interesting insight into a foreign concept.  

>> Your Life in Pi <<

>> Are the Digits of Pi Random? <<

-Monisha

Gaming and Violence

>>Shooting in the Dark<<

This article doesn’t really reach any conclusions, but it’s interesting to see the research out there comparing violent video games to violence in the real world. It’s pretty much a no-brainer that playing a violent game would lead people to act more aggressively but the perspective that playing such a game helps people get out their innate aggression in an acceptable manner is also plausible.

-Monisha