Coffee Reads of the Week – is the keyboard clean?

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

health & fitness: The Top 10 Time Wasters at the Gym
Warm up for too long. Trips to the water fountain. Talking to the hot guy/girl. Rest. Not pre-planning your workout. Spas. Waiting for machines. Pretending to workout. Sitting on the toilet. Working out too much!

science: The Downside to the Recovery of the Ozone Hole by Amanda DeMatto
While the hole in the Earth’s protective ozone layer is slowly healing, its recovery might have a downside, scientists say: Climate change could change wind patterns and send ozone from high in the atmosphere down to the surface, where it is a major component of smog.

health & fitness: Diet Type or Calories Lost, What’s Best for Weight Loss? by Margaret Furtado, MS, RD
A 2009 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine examined longer-term dieting, and asked what was more important for losing weight: the composition of the diet (that is, the proportions of fat vs. protein) or caloric intake.

science: Discovering the Virtues of a Wandering Mind by John Tierney
At long last, the doodling daydreamer is getting some respect.

In the past, daydreaming was often considered a failure of mental discipline, or worse. Freud labeled it infantile and neurotic. Psychology textbooks warned it could lead to psychosis. Neuroscientists complained that the rogue bursts of activity on brain scans kept interfering with their studies of more important mental functions.

fun: 8 Countries with Fascinating Baby Naming Laws by David K. Israel
Here in the U.S., you can name your kid almost anything, but that’s not the case everywhere in the world. Let’s take a look at some countries with pretty strict or otherwise fascinating baby-naming laws.

health & fitness: 12 Ways to Jump-start Your Metabolism
Use interval training to rev up your workout. Fidget. Keep a small squeeze ball with you and grip and squeeze it frequently during the day. Don’t starve yourself. Put five rubber bands around your wrist every morning. Turn up the heat with hot peppers. Exercise outside. Eat five small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals. Sip a couple of cups of coffee throughout the day. Don’t worry if you’ve been yo-yo dieting. Walk with intent – and intensity. Increase the protein in your diet.

science: How to Clean a Dirty Keyboard and Why You Should by Adam Hadhazy
Computer keyboards can get easily besmirched with food, dirt and germs just like other frequently touched items such as door knobs and money. But beyond just looking grimy, a filthy keyboard might actually make you sick, so it’s important to maintain some desktop hygiene. In this article, TechNewsDaily will walk you through a proper do-it-yourself keyboard cleaning, but not before putting the fear in you of how scummy your keyboard might just be.

social media: Engagement or Relevancy – What is more important in social media? by Paul Sutton
Conventional wisdom states that there are two types of followers in social media. There are those who share your content, ‘like’, retweet or comment on your posts, and interact or converse with you…and those who don’t. Or, in social media speak, those that are engaged and those that aren’t. But let me introduce to you a different scenario, one that’s relevant whether or not any given follower is engaged or not. Have you ever stopped to consider the ‘value’ of a follower or group of followers, irrespective of whether they interact with you or not?

social media: 10 Beautiful Social Media Infographics by Grace Smith
Infographics help communicate information in a digestible manner as they creatively present data in an understandable and engaging format. With social media growing at an ever increasing pace, there is now a wealth of data about how people interacting with one another on the web. Naturally, infographics have proven an excellent aid in expressing high volumes of social web information in a clear, visually appealing manner. Here are 10 infographics that prove as beautiful as they are interesting.

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