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  • Slim chance of loss with wrong diet, Stanford research shows - SFGate on 2014-04-09
    • "Two people could each be 40 pounds overweight, and one is insulin resistant and the other one not," Gardner said. "The same diet may not work for both of them."
  • How to Make Xylitol Nasal Flush at Home | Fauquier ENT Blog on 2014-04-07
  • Better than “Bulletproof” Coffee | Butter Believer on 2014-03-24
    • You’ll run into problems like these when you don’t consume enough foods which stimulate the metabolism and minimize stress. The most powerfully anti-stress and pro-metabolic nutrients are natural sugars, starches, salt, saturated fat, and certain amino acids such as those found in gelatin. This coffee, combined with a balanced meal or snack, can provide all of that. The bulletproof stuff? Gets you the fat, and neglects everything else. And drowns you in unbalanced, diluted fluid.
  • Opportunity Cost; i.e., Not Free - SEBASTIAN MARSHALL on 2014-03-24
      • Aye, this is spot on.


        I have three fundamentals in life and I know the exact success blueprint for each of them.


        1. Get and stay lean. Success blueprint: paleo+IF diet, NEPA cardio every day (bike to/from work), 3-4 vigorous martial arts and/or barbell sessions every week, track weight.


        2. Attain financial independence at an early age. Ie be able to live a somewhat frugal but still comfortable life indefinitely without having to work. Success blueprint: work full time as highly paid IT consultant, test software product (SaaS) ideas in spare time, pay off debts, invest in hedge funds with good risk/reward ratio, train myself to resist consumerism using good design patterns and social support (ie the whole minimalist movement and the ERE folks). And last but not least: get enough SLEEP that I can sustain all of this without having a nervous breakdown.


        3. Enjoy life now AND in retrospect. Success blueprint: don't put things off, generate good experiences for memory bank (and record them so sneaky brain can't deny them later), reduce general anxiety by cutting down stimulants and dealing with neuroses/phobias in a sane way, increase hedonic sensitivity by meditation and having feeling good as a priority in life.


        That's it. If I only do those things in the coming year it will be my best year ever. 2013 was my best year ever, largely due to being forced by work and other lifestyle factors to only focus on essentials.


        I still have a huge problem with chasing non-fundamentals, though. I believe the reason is that I'm wired for novelty-seeking. Novelty-seeking makes me disparage common sense and tried & true success patterns. Novelty seeking makes me yearn for smart fixes and cool knowledge. Novelty seeking makes me bored with being on the right track and slowly-but-surely inching toward victory. Novelty seeking makes me tinker all the time with my schemes and goal. Novelty-seeking makes resent having to do mundane self-improvement. Novelty-seeking makes me stay up late reading blogs and ordering esoteric supplements and buying into the latest lifestyle design fad.


        As you say, it's easy to realize intellectually the value of fundamentals and the bad trade-off of giving in to novelty-seeking. I find it's a must to frame the trade-off in emotional terms. Here a few ways I'm doing it:


        • Slogan: Smart people should be winning at life. Do what it takes to win.
        • Slogan: Humans are not automatically strategic. Be superior by being an agent.
        • Slogan: you are committing a crime against your (future) self by not focusing on essentials.
        • Visualization: imagine myself 5 years ago, and how I could have acted much, much better by focusing on fundamentals. Resolve not to have the same thought again, 5 years from now.
        • Visualization: imagine bragging about my achievements to friends ,family, co-workers. I can only do that if I focus on fundamentals, the esoteric side-shows are generally not brag-worthy to ordinary folks.
        • Visualization: wading through a bunch of boring stuff in order to win is not something to lament. It's what separates you from most everyone else.
        • Reminder: being smart doesn't count for jack shit unless you consistently act on it. Being smart and acting smart consistently is the hallmark of high human performance. And novelty-seeking is not smart.
        • Reminder: what I am doing is building a platform and removing my main cognitive drains. Once I am lean and muscular enough, am financially independent, and truly enjoy life, I will have VASTLY more time and energy to do other things.
        • Reminder: remember what you have to show for all that esoteric goose-chasing: almost nothing. I can't point to any underground supplement or weird self-help technique that actually gave me a worthwhile advantage that matches the time, cognitive load, and money spent pursuing it.
        • Reminder: look at friends who are currently going through the "chase 100 esoteric self help tactics" phase and whom you consider to be ineffective jokers who should just focus. Do you want to be like that?
        • Visualization: on the value of money: spending an extra 1000 bucks on a laptop doesn't just mean I lose that 1000 bucks now. That 1000 bucks could have sat in a hedge fund for 5-10 years and doubled, and then it could have provided me with recurring income for the rest of my life. The cheaper laptop would be almost as good for my daily use, anyway.
        • Budgeting: realizing that I have a need for novelty-seeking but seeing it as part of my entertainment budget (with regards to time and money spent). It's also easier to close down 100 self-help tabs in Chrome if you know it's just entertainment, not something you MUST read.


        Writing this comment could itself by viewed as an example of the novelty-seeking, and that would be a correct observation. But, writing this made me list my main anti-novelty mental defenses and saving them to a .txt file, so there was some lasting value at least :)

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Dealing With Excuses Altucher Confidential on 2014-03-21
    • Networks build exponentially and not linearly. Once one person is in your network, one single person, then everyone in their network is potentially in yours. Make use of that.
  • Filters vs. Facets: Definitions on 2014-03-18
    • While the faceted navigation system has obvious benefits for end users, this type of structure is significantly more expensive to create and maintain; more resources must be invested in designing the user interface, and both existing and future content must have metadata applied for each facet.


        At the same time, the extra power of faceted navigation adds interaction cost by presenting users with more options to comprehend and manipulate. A simple filter can often be easier to understand and faster to use.


        For these reasons it’s wise to make sure that users truly do need faceted navigation to effectively use your content before investing in it. Faceted navigation and filtering are both covered in more depth in our full-day course on navigation design.

  • How to Minimize Politics in Your Company - Ben's Blog on 2014-03-17
    • While I’ve seen executives improve their performance and skill sets, I’ve never seen one lose the support of the organization then regain it.
  • OneNote for Interaction Designers, Part 1 | Cooper Journal on 2014-03-14
  • Vitamin B Basics on 2014-03-04
  • 'Alternative' or 'Hedged' Mutual Funds: What Are They, How Do They Work, and Should You Invest? - Forbes on 2014-03-03
    • In contrast, last year the new alternative mutual fund community (’40 Act funds) brought in 66 cents for every dollar of new assets invested in traditional hedge funds, in spite of the fact that the alternative mutual fund community is 18x smaller than the hedge fund industry.
    • In fact, many institutional investors have classified hedge funds as a new asset class and invest in hedge funds to help diversify their pension fund, endowment, sovereign wealth, and insurance related portfolios.
    • strategies which tend to use more liquid securities and less leverage, such as long/short equity, global macro, and event driven equity, tend to be over-represented compared to the makeup of the traditional hedge fund universe.

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