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  1. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Sounds interesting. I'll definitely give this a try.

    Sounds interesting. I'll definitely give this a try.

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  2. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll give this a try.

    Thanks for the advice. I'll give this a try.

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  3. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Umm I'm not even sure? They can be anything. About anything. Related to life or family or the future or something I read in the last line or something I watched yesterday. The randomness of it...

    Umm I'm not even sure? They can be anything. About anything. Related to life or family or the future or something I read in the last line or something I watched yesterday. The randomness of it makes it all the more confusing as I cannot identify and stop the process before it takes too much of my time.

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  4. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Like 5 minutes after I start? It's a very short amount of time so taking a 5 minute break every five minutes doesn't seem productive to me especially considering the fact that it takes you some...

    Like 5 minutes after I start? It's a very short amount of time so taking a 5 minute break every five minutes doesn't seem productive to me especially considering the fact that it takes you some time to start focusing again.

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    Hey, thanks for the advice. I'll give this a shot. Thanks!

    Hey, thanks for the advice. I'll give this a shot. Thanks!

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  6. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    I try doing that but you can't do it all the time. Sometimes the place or situation doesn't lend itself to sitting down and taking notes and sometimes you just don't feel like it.

    I try doing that but you can't do it all the time. Sometimes the place or situation doesn't lend itself to sitting down and taking notes and sometimes you just don't feel like it.

  7. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Actually that's one of my biggest fears: having ADHD/ADD. Btw have you considered that the material you read at a younger age might've been simpler and hence demanding lower levels of...

    Actually that's one of my biggest fears: having ADHD/ADD. Btw have you considered that the material you read at a younger age might've been simpler and hence demanding lower levels of concentration? Like a story is generally just a linear series of events with detailed descriptions of said events which allows you to ignore most of the text and only remember a few important details hence a lack of concentration doesn't really affect one's ability to read a story book.

    Regarding audio books; I've always presumed (unfounded one) that I would hate audio books as if I lose concentration going back is an annoying process and you can't scroll and look at what came before and what is to come easily. Also your speed is limited by the pace of the speaker. I guess if it helped you focus then it might not be such a bad idea? I have a couple of audio books someone gifted me but I never got to them because I was afraid I'd get annoyed more so than an actual book. I guess I'll give them a listen.

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  8. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Hey, thanks for the suggestion. While I do agree with you that sleep matters a lot and that one resists sleeping and can run on little sleep without realising, I went through this myself when I...

    Hey, thanks for the suggestion. While I do agree with you that sleep matters a lot and that one resists sleeping and can run on little sleep without realising, I went through this myself when I was in college, lack of sleep currently isn't a problem for me. I regularly sleep around 6 to 8 hours each night and wake up naturally most of the time. So sleep is fine.

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  9. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Haha it's generally in another room when I'm studying. My thoughts on the other hand…

    Haha it's generally in another room when I'm studying. My thoughts on the other hand…

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    It's generally my own thoughts that distract me. I have a wandering mind I guess. I think I'll try the repetitive music thing and see if it helps. Thanks!

    It's generally my own thoughts that distract me. I have a wandering mind I guess. I think I'll try the repetitive music thing and see if it helps. Thanks!

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  11. Comment on Help! Can't concentrate while reading in ~books

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    Yeah, I'm interested in those, maybe moreso than I was in my own major. Yeah I guess that helped as maths tends to be more concise than life. Understanding it is much easier I think. I guess the...
    1. Yeah, I'm interested in those, maybe moreso than I was in my own major.
    2. Yeah I guess that helped as maths tends to be more concise than life. Understanding it is much easier I think. I guess the abstract nature of maths is more concrete than the concrete nature of life.
    3. I tried taking notes and thay helps, not in concentrating but more in helping me review things that I read mindlessly which spares me some time. The problem is you can't take notes everywhere e.g. while travelling or in the bed and the like.
    4. I generally leave my phone in another room while studying so notifications generally aren't a factor. It's usually on silent anyway.

    Thanks a lot for the advice btw. I really appreciate it.

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  12. Help! Can't concentrate while reading

    So I am currently reading books to pass time but they aren't fictional books; rather they are books on philosophy, religion, politics, state formation and history. They do require some level of...

    So I am currently reading books to pass time but they aren't fictional books; rather they are books on philosophy, religion, politics, state formation and history. They do require some level of concentration as they contain concepts of varying complexity and most content is invariably causally linked to the previous content but I just can't concentrate. Like at all. I'd read a sentence four or five times and still wouldn't know what's in it because I lose concentration mid sentence. This not only slows me down considerably but is also annoying and causes me to lose interest. I have a bachelors in EE and didn't have considerable problems (only an year ago) reading course books and understanding what was in them and applying the concepts so I don't really understand what's wrong with me. Can someone kindly help me? Thanks.

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  13. Comment on Algeria shuts down the internet for 2 hours to prevent leaks and cheating on exams in ~tech

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    That's nothing compared to what South Korea does for exams. Flights aren't allowed to land. Offices open late. Construction banned. Trucks are banned from roads near exam centres. Even the stock...

    That's nothing compared to what South Korea does for exams. Flights aren't allowed to land. Offices open late. Construction banned. Trucks are banned from roads near exam centres. Even the stock market opens late. It isn't to prevent cheating though but to ensure students can focus on their exams.

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  14. Comment on Pale Blue Eyes - The Velvet Underground in ~music

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    I know what you mean when you say that you don't like anything after WL/WH as that was a turning point for the band and they chose a different, more commercialised direction than their previous...

    I know what you mean when you say that you don't like anything after WL/WH as that was a turning point for the band and they chose a different, more commercialised direction than their previous long artistic works. I don't like this song because it's a VU song rather I like this song because I generally like songs with simple music and and simple (?, I don't really know how to describe it accurately but something more like someone talking rather than melodiously singing) vocals. I'm also very partial to Lou's voice which is why I like most of his independent work too (Transformer was a very good album). As for why it gets a lot of praise? Because it's a very beautiful and evocative song which perfectly describes the feeling you get when you love someone you can't have and how you idolise them and ponder over them but can't can't have them. Also the way he sings it and the fact that it was not a run of the mill love song but a song about the sadness of his unattainable love (his first love actually) makes it all the more evocative.

    PS sorry for rambling.

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  15. Comment on ~music Listening Club 1 - OK Computer in ~music

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    Oh shit, I don't know how that happened, sorry I guess. The version of True Love Waits in A Moon Shaped Pool was done on piano IIRC? I never really liked that version a lot. I liked it better on...

    Oh shit, I don't know how that happened, sorry I guess. The version of True Love Waits in A Moon Shaped Pool was done on piano IIRC? I never really liked that version a lot. I liked it better on guitar but that wasn't released on any album, only performed live I think. Anyway I agree that the instrumentation on it is really nice and is a very big reason for me to like this song, simple yet serene and beautiful.

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  16. Comment on ~music Listening Club 1 - OK Computer in ~music

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    I think its mostly because he doesn't have a lot of variation in his voice, sounds sort of monotonic I guess if that makes sense. Anyway what's your take on True Love Waits? I think he did a...

    My thing with this is that I have trouble with Radiohead tracks that are mostly based around Thom wailing or trying to sound beautiful. I don't think he can often carry vocally driven songs and I find that he can get really annoying at times.

    I think its mostly because he doesn't have a lot of variation in his voice, sounds sort of monotonic I guess if that makes sense. Anyway what's your take on True Love Waits? I think he did a pretty good job in it.

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  17. Comment on Pale Blue Eyes - The Velvet Underground in ~music

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    Although the name says "Blue eyes", the song is about someone with hazel coloured eyes (Shelley Albin) who was Lou Reed's first love and married to someone else at the time.

    Although the name says "Blue eyes", the song is about someone with hazel coloured eyes (Shelley Albin) who was Lou Reed's first love and married to someone else at the time.

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