Monthly Archives: June 2013

Some unconventional running tips to try

Can be found here: 10 Life Lessons from a Reluctant Runner at zenhabits.  I highly recommend these tips to anyone who runs, especially beginners. Running can be diffucult at times: these tips help make it easier and more enjoyable. Highly recommended.

What is genius? A useful comicgraphic

From the brilliant INCIDENTAL COMICS


Mario Batali teaching cooking on YouTube

If you want to see how to prepare food in a number of ways, I highly recommend the YouTube channel of Mario Batali. He and his chefs have lots of different techniques there for the beginning cook, including this great one: How to Make Meatballs – YouTube. These are fine looking meatballs.

How big is a yottabyte?

Well as you can see from this great infographic from Nicholas Jackson and The Atlantic, it’s pretty darn big!

Once megabytes were a big thing. Gigabytes had their day of seeming to be huge. The day of the yottabyte may be coming soon.

P.S. Here is an old IBM commercial that actually uses the word. Just because…. 🙂

Project Planning with Excel

While I am a big fan of Microsoft Project and other project tools, you can still do some good planning with a spreadsheet system like Excel. This article shows you a nice way to do Gantt charts using only Excel. For small projects, this could be a good way to go.

What to do if you come into alot of money

Well, one young entrepreneur had it clearly thought out. He bought the following three things:

1. A trip to Africa

2. A ticket to space

3. A letter Napoleon wrote to his generals

Find out why here: This Is The Best Way An Entrepreneur Has Ever Spent His FU Money – Business Insider

Why is Instragram getting video?

Well, it might have something to do with this chart.

More on the Instagram here.

Midweek music: Louis Armstrong, A Kiss To Build A Dream On, live

What else is there to say? Just listen…

Some thoughts on online calculators that save you money

I like this site: Washing Machines: Cost per load of washers — Ask Mr. Electricity

It gives you an online calculator and shows you how much you can save by changing the way you do laundry.

A good exercise would be to have an entire list of such calculators, run them all, and total up how changing a few simple behavoirs can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars. The accumulation would really impress people, I think.

Some pre-Father’s Day articles to read

Father’s Day in Canada falls on June 16th this year (2013). Here’s some articles related to the men who get to enjoy that day: Now, Dad Feels as Stressed as Mom – and What’s So Funny About Guys Raising Kids? – Alyssa Rosenberg – The Atlantic.



Dedicating a tree or bench in Toronto

The City of Toronto has a great program that allows you allows you to pay tribute to someone or some event by purchasing a park bench or tree for installation in a public park through their Commemorative Tree and Bench Program. The details are here. It’s a wonderful way to be remembered, I think. Check out the link to find out more.

(Blog post text partially taken from their site.)

Good office propaganda posters

It sounds like an oxymoron, but these are worth checking out (and possibly putting them around your office as opposed to boring modern ones. :))

I like the virus one, but I disagree with the one on social networks.

I found the posters at the Apartment Therapy site and they have a link to the original site by Steve Thomas here.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas….

…can be found at many places online, but Pinhole Press has some really good ones. Since a lot of father’s are into beer making these days, why not make Dad some sharply branded labels for his best concoction, such as these?

At this link,

Cheers To Dad | Pinhole Press

, you can see they have labels for beer, wine, and more.

Pinhole Press makes great looking products. Even if you don’t have a Father in your life, I recommend it.

How some on the right wing distort the discussion on Health Care in the United States

First off, here’s Avik Roy’s recent article in Forbes, proporting to show how Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is terrible: Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 64-146% – Forbes. I know about this, because I read Paul Krugman on it, here: We Are Not Having A Serious Discussion, Obamacare Edition. Between that and this piece by Ezra Klein, here (The shocking truth about Obamacare’s rate shock), you can see how the right uses distortions to argue against the ACA.

It is good to be skeptical and concerned about big changes in government programs. And despite what the left might say, there is sufficient waste to be gutted, such as these conference expenses, Report finds IRS spent $50M for conferences, according to House panel, not to mention things listed here, Government Spending Waste: 25 Wasteful Items – Business Insider. But critics should be honest and forthright in their criticism. That is in everyone’s best interest.

Healthcare is a complex topic. It’s important to get it right and to explain it clearly. I think that even with the ACA/Obamacare approach, Americans aren’t going to have the best system in the world. But it will be better than it is before, and the way to it improve it and keep it in check is with honest disagreements, not distortions.

This is me every Saturday

Sadly.  I feel like I should tape a copy of Clean All the Things to my mop bucket as a rallying cry. 🙂

(Thanks to the great Hyperbole and a Half for this.)