Category: "Health+Fitness"

Unexpected sources...

.Various, QoTD, Health+Fitness, Mentality Send feedback »

I was talking to Hunter on Facebook this afternoon about various things that are going on, and have gone on in the past. In my brief response, I popped out this little pearl:

It's always interesting how often something relatively trivial leads to the discovery of something more important ... & not just in diagnoses.

Even when it's not in your pocket?

Health+Fitness, Mentality Send feedback »

We've all done it ... well, 80% of us at least. You feel your phone vibrate, whether it's in your pocket or not. Sometimes you even hear it 'ring'. Well, there is a reason (other than that too many people use the same text message sound as you).

We can assume that people like to notice when their phone is ringing, and that most people hate missing a call. This means their perceptual systems have adjusted their bias to a level that makes misses unlikely. The unavoidable cost is a raised likelihood of false alarms – of phantom phone vibrations.

I'm guessing there's a wishful thinking component too, but that's just a purely non-scientific hunch.

Now if only I could feel my phone when it does ring. :-/


Foolish view on high drug costs...

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Foolish as in The Motley Fool. They have a nice little article talking about drug costs. I've been pointing #2 out to people for years. Basically it comes down to:

  1. Research & Development &mdash of released and failed products.
  2. Subsidizing the rest of the world &mdash price controls come at a price.
  3. Marketing.
  4. Taxes & Government fees.
  5. Profit.


2012

.Various, Edumacation, Health+Fitness 4 feedbacks »

There was this little article over on Lifehacker as part of there Top-10 called Top 10 Easy-to-Keep Resolutions for This New Year. It was a pretty decent list, so I thought I’d use it as a basis for my goals this year. Here’s a summary of their list for the lazy:

10. Create (and Stick to) a Realistic Budget
9. Get a Better Education
8. Make New Friends
7. Keep Your Home Cleaner
6. Start Working Out
5. Learn a New Skill
4. Get that Promotion (or New Job)
3. Reboot Your Sleep Cycle
2. Eat Healthier
1. Back Up Your Data



For me, I think 2012 will be primarily a year of refinement, though there may be some minor revolutions. With that in mind, here are my interpretations & what I’ll try to do in each area…

10. Create (and Stick to) a Realistic Budget

Well, I sort of try to do this now. I at least keep track of everything using Mint. However, I don’t see myself doing much more. My version of this would be to continue to save where possible & cut expenses where I can.

9. Get a Better Education

Well, I am already doing this … I should graduate in May! :D

8. Make New Friends

This is definitely on my list. And really has 3 parts.

  • Make new friends & be more social with them.
  • Improve my networking habits professionally & personally.
  • Strengthen existing friendships where it’s justified and cull them where it isn’t.


7. Keep Your Home Cleaner

For this one the emphasis is on my clutter. It’s past time to purge. There is definitely a cleaning aspect too, all that clutter makes it hard to do things like dust & vacuum & mop regularly. So far I am doing a bit better already.

6. Start Working Out

It’s more about working out more consistently for me. I already work out, just not as regularly as I would like.

5. Learn a New Skill

I’m thinking this would be good, but really, I just want to brush up on some of my existing ones. Perhaps dust off my Spanish, or get back to painting & such.

4. Get that Promotion (or New Job)

I think #9 will help with this. I’m a bit overdue in that regard. I’ve been in the same position for more than a bit too long.

3. Reboot Your Sleep Cycle

This would be nice, but it’s another one I don’t see happening. I think I will try to get to bed earlier so I can get a bit more sleep though.

2. Eat Healthier

I started this already. But I will never eat really healthily, I like the naughty stuff too much. :D

1. Back Up Your Data

I’ve been doing this for ages. Nothing offsite beyond Dropbox yet though, that’s something I may add in … I’m just not sure how.

Resolution?

.Various, Health+Fitness Send feedback »

I think I have 2 things for 2010 that resemble resolutions…

  1. Do something either physical or social (or both) every day.
    It doesn’t have to be something big. As simple as going for a walk in the other building at work or some exercises on Wii Fit for the physical side. Or meeting someone for dinner or coffee or something on the social side.

  2. Do a mini-project a week.
    I’ve started a list of mini-projects to do. Stuff around the house, to the car(s), whatever. Just little stuff that can easily be done in a short amount of time. So far I don’t have a lot on the list, but I’m slowly adding.


That seems like a good start. At first I thought I might try to do a mini-resolution a month or something, but I think I like this better. The project list kind of has that feel to it. And I think both are fairly achievable, they aren’t what one would call stretch goals in the corporate parlance.

I would also like to travel a bit more this year, but that is contingent on so many things, that I don’t think I’ll make that an actual resolution. The same goes on blogging more, actually.

Counterproductive...

Geekdom, Enviromentality, Health+Fitness 1 feedback »

So, I was using some of that pre-foamed soap from the new dispensers they just installed @ work today and realized something. That stuff may actually make you do a worse job of washing your hands. Previously, I would get my hands wet, and soap, rub them together until I had a good hearty lather, then rinse. With the new stuff I start out with foam, so I find myself rinsing my hands way sooner than I would otherwise. I realize that the foam dispensers probably use less soap & stuff, & I kind of like the foam, but I think the law of unintended consequences is definitely at play.

(And for those from facebook, this isn’t the post I wanted to research first. :p )

195 days later...

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It’s been 195 days since I used Wii Fit. :oops: Shame on me. The balance board forgot my name. &#59;D But for the good news, my Wii Fit age was 30. Yippee! :P

I seem to be wel balanced today. I just set a new record on Warrior Pose as well. Tree wasn’t as good, but then it never is. I did set records on the Palm Tree (by 8pts), Chair, Triangle, Down Dog (by 17pts) & Dance (from 36 to 51 - didn’t take much) though to make up for it. :p I also did enough time to unlock the last 2 Yoga poses & another Strength exercise. The Shoulder Stand wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

I think 36 minutes is enough for the night.

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