Coffee Reads of the Week – getting social

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!

science: How to Get Lucky by Richard Wiseman
Scientific proof that you make your own breaks. For centuries, people have recognized the power of luck and have done whatever they could to try seizing it. Take knocking on wood, thought to date back to pagan rituals aimed at eliciting help from powerful tree gods. We still do it today, though few, if any, of us worship tree gods. So why do we pass this and other superstitions down from generation to generation? The answer lies in the power of luck.

social media: Is your blog the unpopular kid? by Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz
Let’s face it — you never really leave high school. Long after you flip your tassel, there are the same hierarchies, name-calling and swirlies (wait, that might just be us … carry on). The internet realm is no different.

social media: How social media has radically altered advertising by Hank Wasiak
Social Media started out as a bit of a novelty — a playground for the “geekerati.” But it has taken hold as a game changing force that will reshape advertising at its very core.

social media: 5 Ways to Clean up Your Social Media Identity by Zachary Sniderman
There’s an implicit pressure on social media enthusiasts to be connected in more than one way. It’s not enough to have a Facebook page, you need a Twitter account as well. What do you mean you’re not on LinkedIn? Well, at least you have a blog on WordPress or Tumblr, right?

business: 40+ Essential Social Business Resources by Zachary Sniderman
Business and social media are becoming more and more inseparable. Most businesses, from big brands to startups, are expected to have an efficient, developed social media presence.

food: 5 foods people fear and how to get over it by Piper Weiss
Like certain foods, some questions really strike a nerve. A few weeks ago, I asked Shine readers to share their biggest food phobias. Responses poured in by the minute. One person wrote: “eggs = dry heaves” another commented: “Onions — they are slimy & crunchy………..need I say more? They are my food in hell.”

home: 2o secret household cleaners you already own
These 20 money-saving cleaning tips can help solve almost any household cleaning problem. Just shop your pantry for these secret cleaners to disinfect, polish and shine.

business: Ten things they don’t tell you in business school by Brett Nelson
If it ain’t broke, still fix it. If you don’t end up working at Goldman Sachs, Forget what you learned about finance. Take your financial models with an Indiana-Jones-sized boulder of salt. Overpromise and try to deliver. If you don’t know who the sucker is, it’s you. If no one “owns”  a project, it won’t get done. Be clear. Business involves people. Read Forbes. Entrepreneurship better be a labor of love (at least at first).

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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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Coffee Reads of the Week – perpetual busyness

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 Chocolate Milk Diet by David Zinczenko
Imagine if everything you needed to know about weight loss, you learned in kindergarten. Well, if your teacher gave you chocolate milk as a lunchtime treat, she was (unknowingly) giving you one of the most powerful weight-loss tools in the nutritional universe. Turns out this childhood staple may be the ideal vehicle for your body’s most neglected nutritional needs. Each bottle delivers a package of micro- and macronutrients that can help you shake off body flab and replace it with firm muscle. And when you served it ice-cold, the creamy sweetness flows across your tongue with all the pleasure of a milk shake. Yum.

health & fitness: Super Foods for Men and Women by Maureen Callahan
Guess what? You have different nutritional needs than the opposite sex. Discover the best foods for you both. One in five women have a history of painful urinary tract infections. “I had three in one year,” says Patty Buxton, a Colorado middle-school teacher. Reading that cranberry juice may help prevent these infections, Buxton went on a regimen a year ago, and since then she’s been infection-free. She thinks cranberry juice did the trick.

culture: Welcome to ‘the new busy’ by John Naish
The launch of Microsoft’s latest global ad campaign for brazenly rebrands the modern, harried life. Firing off e-mails in your leisure time isn’t a sign of a stressed lifestyle. This sort of multitasking is, according to Microsoft’s wisdom, “The New Busy”.

personal: Do you stress out  about taking downtime? by Fiona Macdonald-Smith
The Germans have always been good at coming up with words for those emotions we all feel but don’t have a name for: schadenfreude, for example, or angst. “Freizeitstress” is the latest, a term that literally translates as “free-time stress”.

health & fitness: 10 Small Changes with Big Health Payoffs by Sarah Jio
Does it ever feel like you have to spend hours and hours at the gym, change your diet dramatically or jump way out of your comfort zone to reap any rewards in the health department? Think again. Our experts say that these small changes can have significant health payoffs.

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.

green living: 40 fantastic uses of baking soda by Melissa Breyer
Most of us know that baking soda can be used for more than just making homemade cookies and other dough rise. It’s not uncommon to see an open box of this leavening agent deodorizing refrigerators, for example. But did you know that there are at least 40 different ways to use baking soda?

health & fitness: 5 Top Reasons You Need Vitamin B Complex by Nadine Masseron, MD
The Vitamin B Complex comprises of the essential B Vitamins – Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12 plus the vitamins Biotin, Choline and Inositol. Vitamin B Complex is needed for the proper functioning of almost every process in the body. Here are my 5 top reasons you need to get plenty of B Complex vitamins in your diet.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – name it

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!

science: Does your name determine your destiny? by Joseph Brownstein
The idea that our names are intertwined with our destinies goes at least as far back as the book of Genesis in the Bible, when Abram saw his name changed to Abraham, which means “father of multitudes” in Hebrew.

In more recent years, social psychology research has connected people’s names to decisions they make in whom to marry, what street to live on and what they do for a living — all based on how similar the names were to a person’s own name.

love & relationships: “Why I liked his profile” by Kimberly Dawn Neumann
When it comes to online profiles, what is it that captures a woman’s attention — that makes her want to send a wink or an email… or reply to the email you’ve sent? Though different traits appeal to different women, there are certain truths about what works and what doesn’t. With that in mind, we asked several women who’d met someone special online to share their experiences and insights. Learn what wooed these women, and how to apply their lessons when crafting your own “About Me” part of your profile.

 health & wellness: 8 Tricks for Boosting Your Metabolism
Remember how, during your teens and 20s, you could eat practically anything and not gain a pound? Now that you’re hovering around middle age, you’ve probably found that’s just not the case anymore. Part of the problem is that your metabolism decreases as a result of other age-related factors, like decrease in muscle mass. However, there’s no need to give in to a bigger pant size just yet! Read on for eight ways to rev up your metabolism and keep those unwanted pounds from your waistline.

shopping: What are your true colors? The palette that brings out your natural beauty. by Piper Weiss
Just because you love a color, that doesn’t mean it loves you back. The fact is some hues complement your features better than others. A refined makeup palette can enliven your eye color, refine bone structure and reinvent your all-around beauty. Pair your made-up face with a complementary dress and you’re Golden Globe-ready. It’s the kind of classified information relegated to wealthy celebrities, their stylists, and Leatrice Eiseman. As director of the Pantone Color Institute, Eiseman’s job is to consult with industry leaders in fashion, design, and marketing to choose colors that will best enhance their brands. Her expertise also extends to individuals. Eiseman’s “color-time” system uses mother nature to decode flattering palettes for every skin type.

health & wellness: Why Guys Lose Weight Faster than Women and How to Steal their Secrets by Lucy Danziger
Cliche or not, life isn’t fair—especially when it comes to the fact that men lose weight so much faster than women, and usually when they’re trying only half as hard! Seriously, it’s like magic (but more annoying!): A guy will grab his gut, announce that it’s got to go, and—presto!—a month later he’s a slim Jim. Meanwhile, women toil away at the gym for weeks before seeing a 1-pound difference on the scale. What gives? The editors at SELF decided to investigate, and turns out, guys’ slim-down strategies aren’t all that complicated—surprise—and they can work for women, too! Steal these firm-up-fast secrets, and share them with your girlfriends. It’s time to level the slimming field.

love & relationships: 5 viewpoints about soul mates by Barrie Dolnick
We’ve all heard stories about people who lock eyes across a crowded room and know for sure they’ll marry each other. They are soul mates, right? Could be. But that’s not the only way you meet them, and it’s certainly not always instant love. Toss your preconceived notions about soul mates and learn what the experts say. It may surprise you.

careers: 50 Buzzwords You Shouldn’t Use on Your Resume by Karen Burns
You’ve written your resume. You poured a lot of effort into the page that will represent you, and you can’t wait to distribute it far and wide.

Not so fast. Before you send that puppy out, check it for buzzwords. Like “team player.” Or “detail-oriented.” Or “accustomed to fast-paced environments.”

Here’s why you should avoid them: They’re vague. They make your resume look like everyone else’s. They’re probably not among the keywords employers search for. They take up space on your resume that could be used for strong, concrete, specific examples of what you’ve accomplished, the work you’ve produced, and how hiring you would benefit your potential employer. Buzzwords are tired and overused, cliches that have lost their meaning over time.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – for the body

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!

personal: The top foods you should keep in case of an emergency by Vanessa DiMaggio
That will be: peanut butter, whole-wheat crackers, nuts and trail mixes, cereals, granola bars and power bars, dried fruits, canned tuna, salmon, chicken or turkey, canned vegetables, canned soups and chili, bottled water, sports drinks, powdered milk, sugar, salt and pepper, multivitamins. Go figure why.

health & fitness: 10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism by Brunilda Nazario, MD
Build muscle. Kick your workout up a notch. Drink more water. Have your drinks on the rocks. Eat more often. Spice up your meals. Eat more protein. Drink black coffee. Drink green tea. Avoid crash diets.

health & fitness: 10 Best Foods For Your Buck by AllYou.Com
Make the most out of your grocery budget by stocking up: peanut butter, eggs, oats, apples, spinach, beans, frozen vegetables, sweet potatoes, brown rice, canned tuna fish.

health & fitness: Fitness Fact or Fiction? by Amy Van
FACT or FICTION? Cardio burns more calories than strength training. You can reduce cellulite through exercise. Crunches are one of the best moves to target your abs. Exercise immediately improves your ability to learn. The morning is the best time of the day to exercise. Running a marathon increases your risk of a heart attack. Lift weights quickly to increase the burn. Stretch before you run. Skinny people are always healthier than overweight people.

health & fitness: The 30-Minute Workout Routine by Brunilda Nazario, MD
Think you don’t have time to work out? You do. It’s the intensity of your workout that’s key. A short–burst, high–intensity workout boosts your metabolism and tones muscles. Get moving with this 30–minute “quickie” routine that includes cardio training and resistance training for each major muscle group.

science: Phys Ed: What Exercise Science Doesn’t Know About Women by Gretchen Reynolds
Researchers found that women did not pack carbohydrates into their muscles as men did. Even when the women upped their total calories as well as the percentage of their diet devoted to carbohydrates, they loaded only about half as much extra fuel into their muscles as the men did.

health & fitness: Diets Geared Towards Body Types by Sapna Pathak
Know some suggested diets for ectomorphs, endomorphs, and mesomorphs.

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