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  •  I do factoring for fun. (2+ / 0-)
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    DrJeremy, Jyrinx

    Well, fun isn't quite the right word, but it helps me clear my head sometimes. I suppose it's like clearing the pallate.

    I'll be at my desk, and see a number on something, and see what factors it has. When I put it that way, it doesn't sound like much fun at all, does it? But it does shake the dust off the parts of my brain that weren't getting that much work.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 10:05:21 PM PDT

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    •  Welcome to my brain :-D (2+ / 0-)
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      Been there. Between having been raised on Square One TV and being an introverted space cadet, my brain crunches upon many an integer factorization exercise :-)

      “If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution.” — Emma Goldman

      by Jyrinx on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 10:09:11 PM PDT

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      •  Keeping the brain active (2+ / 0-)
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        I listen to the radio at work to keep my brain occupied. It's either Air America for some science podcasts. If my work tasks don't require too much language processing power, I can keep my mind occupied on my task and what I am listening to. If I have to read something that takes some work to figure out, I either shut the radio off or I just don't hear it.

        Having something to keep the rest of my brain occupied allows me to not be too distracted at work.

        The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

        by A Citizen on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 10:16:54 PM PDT

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    •  And that will keep you clear-headed (1+ / 0-)
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      Jyrinx

      for years and years and years and years to come.  Challenging your mind for fun is totally the way to go.

      I never did get the hang of factoring.  I changed schools a lot and must have missed that bit, so major props to you.   Now, if you want to talk to someone who ended up taking sex ed three times in the 70's, I'm all over that . . . .

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