Friday, September 07, 2007

Speedlinking 9/7/07

Quote of the day:

"The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking."
~ A. A. Milne

Image of the day:


BODY
~ Mastering the pull up -- "Today’s “tip of the day” is how to properly do a pull up."
~ Get Tips on Getting Healthy in Fall -- "Dr. Madelyn Fernstrom gives you tips on how to stay healthy this fall."
~ Sugary Drinks, Not Fruit Juice, May Be Linked To Insulin Resistance -- "Steady increases in consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages over the last several decades, as well as rates of Type 2 diabetes mellitus, led nutritional epidemiologists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and colleagues to explore the relationship between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and insulin resistance, a precursor to Type 2 diabetes."
~ Mediterranean diet may ease arthritis pain -- "Learning how to eat Mediterranean-style may help people with rheumatoid arthritis improve their symptoms, a study suggests."
~ Cutting down on sleep 'a recipe for heart disease' -- "People who deprive themselves of sleep may be more likely to die of heart disease, researchers have found. A new study has identified a link between lack of sleep, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease."
~ 7 secretly healthy foods -- "Some foods get a bad rap as artery-clogging diet busters. These 7 items are better for you than you think." Moderation is the key on this topic.
~ Understanding Amino Acids and their Importance in Diet -- "The importance of protein in a healthy diet is well known to nutritional scientists, and widely understood by the general population. Indeed, every bodily system is directly or indirectly supported by protein. For example, protein supports the structural development of cells, helps ensure the integrity of tissue, aids digestion, carries hormones, and strengthens the immune system."
~ Tricks and Recipes for Make-Ahead Meals -- "Make-ahead meals put you in control of your schedule. Do the preparation when you have time, and your reward is a quick, tasty meal later on." This is one of my keys to eating healthy -- have your meals already prepared. That way, you have dinner waiting at home so you are not tempted to stop for fast food.
~ 14 Everyday Food Habits for Better Health -- "One of the more difficult habits for people to change seems to be what they eat. It’s also seems to be one of the most popular ones to try to change."


PSYCHE/SELF
~ Depression Eclipses Other Chronic Disease for Poor Health Status -- "No individual chronic disease -- not angina, not arthritis, not asthma, not diabetes -- is more disabling than depression, according to a World Health Organization study."
~ Nail nibbler? Treatment may prevent biting -- "Do you find your fingers drifting into your mouth when you’re nervous, anxious or just bored? Are your nails chewed to splinters or your cuticles gnawed to bleeding pulp? A Dutch business claims its treatment cures nail nibblers."
~ Work stress found to promote obesity -- "Stress experienced at work significantly increases a person's risk of obesity in general and central obesity in particular, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology."
~ Advice for Students: Taking Notes that Work -- "Note-taking is one of those skills that rarely gets taught. Teachers and professors assume either that taking good notes comes naturally or that someone else must have already taught students how to take notes. Then we sit around and complain that our students don’t know how to take notes."
~ 7 ways to use writing for healing -- "yesterday i talked about the book writing yourself home. as i mentioned, it uses excerpts from women’s writings – some well-known, some not – to illustrate how we can use writing and journaling as a way of healing and self-discovery."
~ Make a Gratitude Adjustment -- "Count your blessings for a mood boost."
~ Rat Race: Speed Freaks -- "Slow down, you move too fast."
~ Specific Brain Protein Required For Nerve Cell Connections To Form And Function -- "Neurons, or nerve cells, communicate with each other through contact points called synapses. When these connections are damaged, communication breaks down, causing the messages that would normally help our feet push our bike pedals or our mind locate our car keys to fall short. Now scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown that a protein called neurexin is required for these nerve cell connections to form and function correctly."


CULTURE/POLITICS
~ Thompson on the Issues -- "A look at where Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson stands on a sampling of issues, drawn from his 2008 campaign and his record as a Tennessee senator from 1994 to 2003."
~ Edge 221 —September 4, 2007 -- Lots of good stuff on culture.
~ In U.S., science is distorted to promote political and corporate agendas -- "In the United States today, science is no longer a pure study. The science primarily publicized today is science that supports the interest of business. You see this in many areas, but most notably in medical and environmental science. Let's start with the environment, because the censorship of environmental science has been blatant and extreme."
~ Madeleine L’Engle, Children’s Writer, Is Dead -- "The author, best known for the children’s classic “A Wrinkle in Time,” died Thursday at 88."
~ Gay Marriage Approved In California, Again -- "Arnold Schwarzenegger has until mid-October to put his pen where his mouth is on gay issues. For the second time, the California legislature has passed a law that would make marriage in the state gender-neutral. The governor vetoed the first effort back during his more conservative phase."
~ Faludi on 9/11 and American Mythology -- "Journalist and author Susan Faludi is back with another book, “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America,” an ambitious look into the formative mythology, driving forces and fears of the U.S.’s national psyche."
~ The law according to Jack Bauer -- "Lt. General Walter Sharp, staff director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, moonlights as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School. This spring semester Sharp will teach a course titled "The Law of 24" (see catalogue page below). The two-credit class is based, yes, on the Fox Television hit 24."
~ Religion Cuts Both Ways With Electorate -- "For years Americans have said they prefer their presidents to come with strong religious beliefs, and this year isn't any different. In a recent Pew survey, Americans who viewed candidates as religious generally thought of them more positively. But being strongly religious isn't necessarily the deal maker or breaker in this wild-card election."


HABITATS/TECHNOLOGY

~ Exercisers Stuck in Unwalkable Settings -- "Nearly one in four people in the Atlanta area are exercise enthusiasts stuck in neighborhoods without sidewalks or other walking amenities, according to a study that illustrates a problem for many Americans."
~ Scientists probe 'deep' questions aboard EcoOcean's environmental research ship -- "Did the great flood of Noah`s generation really occur thousands of years ago? Was the Roman city of Caesarea destroyed by an ancient tsunami? Will pollution levels in our deep seas remain forever a mystery?"
~ Great Lakes cleanup may reap big benefits -- "A Brookings Institution study suggested that restoring the health of the U.S. Great Lakes could create $50 billion in economic benefit for the area."
~ Hubble's Only Hope Lies With Shuttle -- "Another mechanical failure has the clock ticking for NASA's flagship observatory."
~ New optical microcavity could lead to more efficient quantum computing -- "Right now, there is no shortage of proposed architectures for quantum computers. Scientists are constantly looking for, and developing viable candidates for quantum information processing. And with the production of an open and scalable microcavity, the group of Ed Hinds at the Centre for Cold Matter at Imperial College, London thinks it might have found at least one possibility."
~ Futuristic Boat Made for Multitasking -- "It may look like a giant bug, but Proteus is really a first-class research vessel."


INTEGRAL/BUDDHIST
~ It’s All Too Much! -- Andrew Cohen -- "Pushing the edge of soul development on retreat in Tuscany."
~ Performatism, or the end of postmodernism -- By Raoul Eshelman, Anthropoetics 6, no. 2 (Fall 2000 / Winter 2001) -- "For the subject, postmodernism presents a mighty, seemingly inescapable trap.(1) Any attempt it makes to find itself through a search for meaning is bound to go awry, for every sign promising some sort of originary knowledge is embedded in further contexts whose explication requires the setting of even more signs."
~ The Impatient Listener -- "There's a reason attention and appreciation are so highly valued -- give them to someone, genuinely, and they'll do almost anything for you -- It's a scarce resource."
~ ASE Call for Papers: Esotericism, Religion, and Nature -- "I’m posting this as a member of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. I attended the 2006 conference at the University of California, Davis, and had a very good time. This is the general area that my Master’s thesis is within so I may see about creating a paper for this if I can think of a good topic."


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