Of course, you forget, Peter, I was present at an undersea unexplained mass sponge migration.

Some days are just not good days for staying focused at work. Today happens to be one of those days.

I've tried a few different strategies for fostering and maintaining focus. I've tried the Pomodoro technique, where you set a timer for 25 minutes and you work, ignoring all distractions for that time period and then follow it up with a 5 minute break. You repeat that process and every fourth 25 minute session you take a longer break. If you come up with any distractions during one of your 25 minute "pomodoros" you write them down and just move on without acting on that distraction.

The technique generally works pretty well for me – but not alone. I need to combine that with some sort of auditory distraction as well. I love listening to podcasts, but generally listening to something that's giving me new information can be distracting. I need to listen to something that I know – something I've listened to many, many time. Beatles music works really well for me since I was *completely obsessed* with the Beatles from age 15 to 18. I've been having a bit of a Beatles renaissance lately, actually, and very much enjoying listening to them pretty much non-stop. But this afternoon I knew I wanted something different. Music wasn't going to do it for me.

It had to be "Ghostbusters". I've seen the movie hundreds of times – it's one of my favorites and I know the movie by heart. The only drawback to half-watching this movie while I work is that I keep laughing out loud and I keep catching myself speaking the lines aloud. I wonder what my coworkers think… "Oh, the crazy girl is laughing/talking to herself again."

I'm able to watch "Ghostbusters" at my whim, by the way, because of StreamToMe on my iPhone. I <3 it. There's a small app that runs on my iMac and that, in combination with the StreamToMe app on my iPhone, allows me to stream my entire iTunes library as well as media content from any other folders I specify. The iTunes stuff can be streamed without an app through Safari, but this app allows me to output to a TV via the component out cables (and I don't think I could do that through Safari (though I've never tried)). I love that feature because we don't bother with cable and so when I want to watch something while I'm working in my sewing room, I can use the cables to output Netflix or, now, whatever I stream from my iMac downstairs (without having to wait to sync it to my phone!) to the little TV I have up there.

I'm sure that technology and the web play into my inability to focus in the first place, but I love that I can find ways to use them to solve the problem as well. My Pomodoro timer tells me it's time to get back to work now, so I'll pour some fresh coffee (yes, have some) and get back to it!

Amazon Instant Video now avail free to Prime Members. Yay for another source of entertainment for cable cutters!

If you are already an Amazon Prime subscriber, you now have access to free (well, included in your subscription) “all-you-can-eat” movie streaming. It looks like a lot of overlap with what’s available on Netflix Instant Streaming, but I did see a couple of movies right on the first page of Prime Eligible movies that aren’t available on Netflix Instant Streaming. Nice to have another source for instant content (especially when you’ve cut the cable, like me).

Movies that are “Prime Eligible”:
http://amzn.to/eXJNKw

TV Shows that are “Prime Eligible”:
http://amzn.to/e8hJcL

Devices to stream Amazon Instant Streaming to your TV:
http://amzn.to/fnNNAc

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It’s a streaming video service…

Amazon’s got over 5,000 (commercial-free) movies and TV shows out of the gate,

…available to (most) Amazon Prime customers…

if you’re already shelling out $79/year for the free two-day shipping Amazon Prime gets you, then Instant Video is just an added bonus. If you’re not already a Prime member, $79/year works out to about $6.50/month—cheaper than the least expensive plans offered by Netflix and Hulu. And if you’re unsure whether you want to commit to Prime, you can sign up for a one-month free trial here.

…that you can watch on most set-top boxes…

Amazon’s lined up what looks like a decent array of hardware partners: GoogleTV, Logitech, Roku, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Vizio. But then you see who’s missing: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Apple TV.

…and has a few nice touches…

More important is that Amazon Instant Video also includes the option to rent or buy the free videos as well, if you want to take them on the go when you don’t have a reliable internet connection. Average price seems to be $12 to buy and $4 to rent (for 3 days) a new or newish movie release, and $10/$3 for the back catalog stuff.

…although it’s not great to navigate…

it’s an endless sprawl, a mishmash of content with limitless drilldown options.

…and the selection is kind of dire…

I’m sure Amazon’s going to beef up its selections. But they’d better do it fast.

…so don’t go out of your way to sign up.

If you’re an existing Prime customer who owns a Roku, you just got maybe the sweetest added value feature ever. But for the rest of us, Amazon Instant Video seems like a faded carbon copy of services to which we already subscribe.

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Nerdy Valentine's treats for Nerdy Girls (like me!)

CrunchGear posted a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for girls and some of the suggestions are really adorable! :) I especially like the plastic 8-bit flowers and the

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Why not try a box of sushi candy? Straight from Japan, this candy set combines creativity and cholesterol with a DIY set of powders and gels that react together to create what looks like real sushi. In fact, it’s sushi candy!

realistic gummy heart only a true science nerd could appreciate

She’ll be the envy of her office as this plastic bouquet sits on her desk year round to make co-workers jealous and remind her how awesome and thoughtful her guy is. Because every Princess needs a Mario! Plus, it never needs watering.

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