News: Horror Movies Burn Calories

“The study found that films with regular “jump-scare” moments were most likely to help burn calories because they increased the heart rate dramatically…

Some movies were more effective than others…of the 10 films studied, the top calorie-burners were the classic Stanley Kubrick chiller The Shining (184 calories), Jaws (161 calories) and The Exorcist (158 calories).”
-from The Guardian

Click here for the full article, and remember to keep your eyes open during the scary bits if you want to justify that movie-theatre junk food.

The Pomodoro Technique for Productivity

“The Pomodoro technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.[1] The technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals called ‘Pomodoros’ (from the Italian word for ‘tomato’) separated by breaks…”Wikipedia

I just came across this technique today, after falling down one of the endless internet rabbit holes the technique itself should help combat.

The basic idea is this: set a timer, work (write) for 25 minutes, take a five minute break, repeat. You get the reward of a quick break just when it’s most likely that your mind has started to wander.

I bought a timer (digital, though manually-wound is recommended) and gave it a shot. Other than the fact that I cut out early to watch a show about Voodoo, it worked well. Knowing that I had a break coming up freed me to concentrate on my story without feeling like I was glued to the chair all night. It’s a simple thing, but it seems to be working so far. And hell, I’ll take all the help I can get.

PS – The technique is called “Pomodoro” because its inventor used a tomato-shaped timer. I like to think of each of my “pomodoros” as being one of the mutant tomatoes from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!. Take that, lack of focus. I WILL DESTROY YOU.

A Reminder from Art Student Owl

I love this blog (tumblr? Is it called a “blog” or a “tumblr” when it’s hosted on tumblr? If it’s the latter, pretend like I knew that and take “I love this blog” as a reference to THIS blog, sniderwriter, which I do, in fact, love. Some clever bitch writes it.) ANYWAY.

Fuck Yeah Art Student Owl is a collaborative…thingy…detailing the lives of overworked and underloved art students. Most of it is visual-arts specific, though there’s some carryover with the arts in general. I like to read it because no matter how busy I am, I will never be as busy as these guys seem to be. It nurtures my inner chain-smoking misanthropist.

Halloween Food: Make a Meat Head

This would be a fantastic centerpiece for a Halloween party*. You’ve got a month left to harvest I mean, purchase a skull…

Get the recipe at The Rogue Cookie. (Photo by EmergencyFan2000 on flickr.)

*For extra credit, set it nonchalantly on the table at a regular party and wait for the screams!