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Cyrus Murphy
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Only for people who want to improve ability to remember things:

This exhaustive guide (and science of effectiveness) to Spaced Repetition Systems was the most popular article on Hacker News today which is no small feat.

If you have a child in school or want to learn anything and you commit to the daily work (5 to 20 mins depending on how many things you have to learn) it is virtually impossible for you forget the things you want to remember.

I've been using Anki DAILY (I've skipped maybe 10 days) since early 2012.. and I can't forget the stuff in my flashcards if I tried. If I only had this 25 years ago.. all that stuff I learned and forgotten in school I could actually put to use.

There's a bit of a learning curve setting it up and figuring out best ways to make your flashcards, but once you have it set up it's very easy to follow through with.  Best for learning languages, computer programming, vocab, geography, physics, formulas, really anything once you figure out how to word your flashcards correctly. 
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My sideways approach has been such a waste of time all these years. Square up to the bar and follow the bartender with your head.
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I couldn't keep my jaw closed after 20 seconds. I can't even imagine how this will revolutionize the design process.
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Here's two must have apps for heavy reading and night-time screen use. I've been testing these out for a while and I'm very very sold:

1) Flux - Have been using F.lux on the computer for over a year (job requires a ton of middle of night work) but just noticed there are mobile versions of this (Flux on Apple devices and Twilight on Android). This auto changes the temperature of your screen based on time of day to reduce eye strain and insomnia. You want warmer colors at night. Lots of settings you can mess with. I like the beta version better and is stable.
http://justgetflux.com/

2) BeeLine Reader - This is great for heavy text articles. Thought would be a little gimmicky but find myself rereading lines much less. Standard install is as a bookmarklet but there is an unofficial Chrome extension (Beeline) that I prefer because you can assign a shortcut (I set it to alt+b) to enable on a web page very quickly. Shortcuts can be set from Extensions settings page. Would love to see this integrated in to Evernote's Clearly extension.
http://www.beelinereader.com/
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Have been testing this music/technology service out for the last month and after the trial ended I was happy to hand them a small monthly fee to continue with the unlimited version.

They use hard science (read more on their site) to make your focus sessions as productive as possible and I must say it's worked for me.

The music playlists are outstanding as well (although the point is you're not supposed to notice the music too much).
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My brother is doing his annual Lymphoma cancer ride and is trying to raise money via a t-shirt campaign (slight coincidence that this is the launch of a new fundraising service that his team developed at customink t-shirt company). 

Please help if you can!
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I've tried them all.. and this is by far the best music app out there on so many levels (robust app takes advantage of all Android design best practices, large and diverse song list, few/no ads, quick to load). Also great on web. 

The best part is what they call "the Concierge", it's really thoughtful contextual playlist suggestions based on day of week, time, and your playlist history.. so if you were waking up on a Saturday it would recommend playlists like: Waking up lazily in bed, making coffee, Cleaning Day, etc.
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This proposition will help put the focus nationally. If you don't live in CA.. call CA voters here: http://www.carighttoknow.org/phone_bank
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This is a great little Chrome add-on to see media bias on Memeorandum
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