With New Year's eve approaching, I suppose an article highlighting the fact that the health benefitsAof drinking alcohol have almost certainly been overstated will not go down so well. But, I'm also not of the mind that everything that passes our lips need be healthy. On the other hand, if we are going to drink alcohol, we may as well do it in a way that may mitigate any negative effects.
Think of is as self-help, but guided. It's calledARejection Therapy and it might just be the thing to start your year off on the right (or wrong!) track.ABasically, you put yourself in all sorts of situations where you invite people to reject you, and when they do, you supposedly feel the sting a littleAless each time. You can even buy aAdeck of cards (like the cards in Monopoly that tell you to go to Park Place and pay double rent) and follow the directions, but you don't have to. You can simply commit yourself to facing your fear head on, then put yourself out there.
You can't learn in school what the world is going to do next year. A- Henry Ford via
Neurological research has identified a biological mechanism mediating behavior motivated by events commonly associated with pleasure in humans. These events are termed "rewards" and are viewed as primary factors governing normal behavior. The subjective impact of rewards (e.g., pleasure) can be considered essential or irrelevant to their effect on behavior, but the motivational effect of rewards on behavior is universally acknowledged by experimental psychologists.
Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata’s dream is to see cars run on water and he has invested USD 15 million in a start-up firm supporting research in the field, an eminent scientist said today.AChairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Prof C N R Rao said one of his close friends and a professor in the famed Massechusetts Institute of Technology in the US has found a way to split water directly into hydrogen and oxygen.
Beneath the noise of politics, the Know-Nothingism, the anger, the arrogance of belief and the corruption masquerading as lobbying, another culture is being built in cities where the future is more evenly distributed an far more optimistic. It is where political leaders really lead, Gen Yers build their lives on their own platforms and people wait for the bad movie that is Washington to end. I'm betting that in the decade ahead, the signal that is America’s comeback will grow stronger and replace the current noise. And no, it’s no the eggnogg hangover speaking, but the context of history.
Mihaly Csikszentmihaly is most well known for his theory of flow. AThat there is an optimal state of focus and work attention called flow. It's caused by a task being challenging enough, and you having enough skill for it. AIt's when you're in the zone, focused on what you're doing, and time just flies by. Flow is important because it is a state of being of almost optimal productivity. AIt's when you're at your best, and often when work has the most meaning.
Bennett and Zingg provide several examples of Tarahumara physicalAstamina. Tarahumara hunters, for instance, were witnessed to hunt by literally running their prey into the ground. Once on the track of a deer or other game, a hunter wouldAcontinue to jog after it for hours, sometimes running relentlessly for two days, until theAanimal dropped from exhaustion. By the second day, even the most fleet of gameAanimals usually dropped, exhausted, and was then killed by the hunter with a knife orArock. Of course, the running down method of hunting is not limited to the Tarahumara.AUses of this method have been recorded among other groups in the Americas, andAgroups in Africa.
Hard disk drives sure have come a long way, baby.
In the 1950s, storage hardware was measured in feet — and in tons. Back then, the era’s state-of-the-art computer drive was found in IBM’s RAMAC 305; it consisted of two refrigerator-size boxes that weighed about a ton each. One box held 40 24-inch dual-sided magnetic disk platters; a carriage with two recording heads suspended by compressed air moved up and down the stack to access the disks. The other cabinet contained the data processing unit, the magnetic process drum, magnetic core register and electronic logical and arithmetic circuits.
Today, we have flash drives, microdrives, and onboard solid-state drives that weigh almost nothing, hold gigabytes of data and cost — compared to the 1950s — very little. How cheap is storage now? A 1TB hard drive that sells for as little as $60 today would have been worth $1 trillion in the 1950s, when computer storage cost $1 per byte, according to Dag Spicer, senior curator of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. via