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The Intersection of Mansplaining and Procrastination

Fueled by Passion, Defined by Curiosity. Exploring the Possibilities of Coding, 3D Design, Photography | Film, and AI. In baby steps.
Pixla is Andree Markefors.

InterestsTools I use

curiosity feeds the soul

You can only learn so much. So, so much.

These are some of my areas of interest. We live in an amazing time where more information is available than we, as individuals, will ever be able to consume. One must choose wisely and act diligently.

Speak Code

Learn the language of our robot overlords—or die.

Color Theory

Hues are loudmouths, every palette tells a unique story.

3D Worlds

From flat to fantastic. Imagination is the only limit. 

Laws of Design

To break free from them, you have to know them first.

Time Machine

Everybody carries a Time Machine in their pocket.

Rock on

Sing your heart out. It’s always good for something.

powerful software

No limits

Powerful software is more accessible than ever. Most of the software I love to use is available for free.


Featured softare: Xcode – App Development | Blender – 3D Package | DaVinci Resolve – Video/Audio Production & Post | Figma – Vector Design suite | Midjourney & ChatGPT – AI tools

how to retain information

Learning to learn.

How do you actually acquire new skills or knowledge and make them stick? I’ve spent a lot of time trying to memorise information and gained a few insights. Later, I came across the book "Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning”, which explained the science behind some of my own experiences, while simultaneously giving me new insights.

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Listening ≠ Learning

While active listening is a very good start to learning something, it isn’t quite enough. You might be familiar with the saying ”in through one ear and out through the next”? Everyone with children can relate, but even the most motivated learner will find that simply hearing new information won’t be enough to truly learn.

Understanding ≠ Learning

As someone who frequently watches video tutorials, I often find myself thinking, ”Yup, I understand this!” However, it’s important to recognize that understanding something doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve learned it.

Repeating ≠ Learning

Simply repeating information does not guarantee long-term learning. Many have experienced studying hard for a test—learning everything—only to forget most of it later.

Learning requires Resistance

All of the previous points are important building blocks on the road to acquiring skills and knowledge. However, true learning occurs not just by absorbing information from external sources, but by retrieving that information from within ourselves. We must challenge our brains to organise and recall what we have learned, creating new, long-lasting pathways to that information. Ideally, we should space out the retrieval or internal repetition over time, and even allow ourselves to forget some things, since relearning strengthens old pathways and provides the necessary resistance for optimal brain function.

A recommended book that uses science to explain successful learning techniques is "Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning" by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. Some of the techniques recommended are:

Retrieval Practice: The act of recalling information from memory strengthens the learning. The book suggests that frequent testing or self-quizzing is more effective than simply rereading the material.
Spacing: This involves spreading out study sessions over time rather than cramming. Spacing helps improve long-term retention because it utilizes the psychological spacing effect.
Interleaving: Mixing different topics or subjects to improve learning. Instead of mastering one topic at a time, interleaving suggests you switch between them. This approach improves your ability to differentiate between concepts.

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