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  • The Shakespeare Club's performance of "Julius Caesar" will be on April 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the WAUD. Admission is $5.

  • Festival of the Arts is April 26 and 27 from 6-9 p.m.

  • Come to A234 on April 26 during lunch for a presentation on immigration and refugee settlement. Pizza will be served.

  • The media center will be closed before and during school April 26 for SMOB voting.

  • See Ms. Safran in B311 if you're interested in becoming Whitman's liaison to the Montgomery County Regional SGA.

  • Whitman Idol is April 25 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $5.

  • Anyone interested in auditioning as a speaker at graduation should come to A212 on April 27 after school.

  • Tickets for prom are being sold starting April 24 at $45 per person.

  • The Science Club will be hosting interactive discussions and presentations on April 25. Come to Room C326 after school.

  • Dogs will be visiting Whitman on April 21. Stop by the small gym during both lunch periods.

SelfControl, for those who have none

By Hailey Siller

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There’s an 100 point essay due tomorrow, but instead of writing it, I’m on Facebook for hours. Typical.

SelfControl is easy to operate, with a slider to set your allotted time on a website. But beware: once you hit "start," there's no turning back. Screenshot courtesy visitsteve.com.

But there’s no longer an excuse to waste time stalking photos. Apple developer Steve Lambert created SelfControl, an application that allows Mac users to block certain addictive websites for self-allotted time periods, in March of 2009.

Although SelfControl is a fairly simple application, the results can be devastating. Users can limit their website access for anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours. Just remember to choose the ‘blacklist block’ option so that the software only blocks the URLs you want it to. Be careful of the ‘whitelist block,’ which only allows users to go on websites they list.

This new generation of “focus” applications, like Think, which prevents desktop distractions, and Pomodoro (25 minutes of work, five minutes of break), have grown increasingly popular within the last year because more people are multi-tasking, focus application expert Jackson Chung said.

Although the application may help hopeless procrastinators, beware: once you start SelfControl, there’s no turning back. Not even shutting down your computer exits the application until the timer runs out.

After using SelfControl the entire semester, I’ve begun to notice that I depend almost as much on this successful application as I used to on Facebook; it really does work.

3 Comments

3 Responses to “SelfControl, for those who have none”

  1. anonymous on January 13th, 2011 11:18 am

    This sounds amazing!

  2. firm supporter! on January 13th, 2011 3:02 pm

    I totally agree! it has literally saved my grades.

  3. average student on February 10th, 2011 10:35 am

    apple is mean

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