12 Burnout Prevention Tips from MIT

Life's a Game

I ran across these “MIT Burnout Prevention and Recovery Tips” the other day:

1) STOP DENYING. Listen to the wisdom of your body. Begin to freely admit the stresses and pressures which have manifested physically, mentally, or emotionally.
  • MIT VIEW: Work until the physical pain forces you into unconsciousness.

2) AVOID ISOLATION. Don’t do everything alone! Develop or renew intimacies with friends and loved ones. Closeness not only brings new insights, but also is anathema to agitation and depression.

  • MIT VIEW: Shut your office door and lock it from the inside so no one will distract you. They’re just trying to hurt your productivity.

3) CHANGE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. If your job, your relationship, a situation, or a person is dragging you under, try to alter your circumstance, or if necessary, leave.

  • MIT VIEW: If you feel something is dragging you down, suppress these thoughts. This is a weakness. Drink more…

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Arduino controlled POV Display

So, I’ve graduated. I am single. I have nothing else to do at home except eat, sleep, watch movies and check facebook. Then I come up across this awesome blog by Carlos Asmat which has a lot of interesting stuff. There I find a simple project based on using Persistence of Vision (POV) to create a display (2D) using an LED strip (1D). So I decide ‘Lets do it’ and what goes below is my first attempt at replicating that display. It is still very crude and requires polishing, but well its a start.

Here is a list of parts that went into the making of it:

  1. Arduino Uno (or any Arduino for that matter, as long as it has 11 or more digital I/O pins)
  2. CPU Fan (You can find it in any electronics store). The one I have is rated 12V/0.25 mA.
  3. 9V Batteries
  4. LED’s (whichever color suits).
  5. Connectors
  6. IR Transmitter (I used TSUS4400 from Vishay. You can find it on element 14 here.)
  7. IR Receiver  (I used TEFT4300 from Vishay. You can find it here)
  8. 220E resistors (for LED’s and IR Transmitter)
  9. 1K8 resistor for IR Receiver
  10. 7805 voltage regulator (for giving 5V continuously to IR transmitter. Not needed if you have a 5V or 3.3V battery)
  11. Bergsticks
  12. Some kind of glue (I used Fevistick)

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