Thursday, September 25, 2014

5 Things I Learned Watching Big Brother 16

Whelp, this year's relatively boring edition of Big Brother is over, and I've got a whole bunch of things I want to talk about. When I say boring, I'm speaking more in terms of the gameplay that went on. Derrick pretty much ruled the roost from day one, and nobody had the intelligence or foresight to stop him. That being said, it was still entertaining to watch everything go down. Ok, I'll stop my blathering, here's the stereotypical list!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

5 Reasons Why Frankie Grande Is Unbearable To Watch

If you've watched Big Brother at all this summer, then you're probably familiar with Frankie Grande. As he would assuredly want you to know, he's related to Ariana Grande (they're siblings). After watching this jerk run around as if he were high on thirty shots of espresso these past few months, I thought I'd try and knock him down a peg or two. So, why exactly is this guy unbearable to watch? Read on...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

iPhone 6 Barely Faster Than iPhone 5S

According to, at least. Of course, BGR dresses it up nicely by saying that the iPhone 6 is "significantly" faster, but the numbers say otherwise. The benchmark program Geekbench 3 rated the iPhone 6's multi-core performance at 2920, while the 5S scored 2540. To put that in layman's terms, you'll notice practically zero difference when switching from one to the other in terms of performance.

Gaming is another matter. 3D intensive applications will run probably run better on the 6, though still, I wouldn't expect anything mind blowing. As I've been saying for years now, it just seems like smartphones have hit a wall in terms of technological development. They're getting more feature-filled, to be sure, but companies seem to be struggling to find ways to draw more power out of the silicon microchips they're equipping them with.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

8 Ways To Read Faster Than You Do Now

Hey all, I really enjoyed writing the following article for Lifehack and figured I'd share it here since my audiences are a bit split:

Contained in that little (huge) article are eight things I learned in college about how to both read faster and remember what you read.

The basic point to take away, I think, is that you don't have to read books in their entirety to understand what they're about and their overall significance.

Hopefully after reading that you'll be blazing through books much more rapidly than you did before!

About The Author

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Nicholas Garcia (M.A.) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Co-Founder of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. Previously, he contributed to and the Davis Humanities Institute.