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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10 Things I’m Loving Now – say summer

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. -Gertrude Jekyll

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Summer

A summer place in Geneva

It’s the best season ever, no matter how hot it is gonna be.

NEXT: Thank God It’s Friday

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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10 Things I’m Loving Now – be where I am

“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life” – Buddha

From life’s simple stuff to grandiose pleasures, bring it on!

1. Living in Gland

Houses in Gland, Switzerland

After living for 7 months in Geneva, I finally decided to move to another town in Switzerland. This time I am staying in Gland at the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud.

Gland is a French word which means ‘acorn’. It is strategically located between Geneva and Lausanne, taking you only around 20 minutes in going to either of these two cities by train. Due to its location, you can also find some international companies and organizations like Swissquote, Sun Microsystems and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It is also said that the Formula One World Champion, Michael Schumacher, resides in Gland. Is it suffice to say we are just neighbors now? (As of press time, my lady-friend just showed me the horse ranch owned by Schumacher’s wife in Gland. Starstruck much am I? Shucks, yes!).

After a day’s work, the serenity and peacefulness in Gland make me always feel I am truly home. The stress just melts away. I am definitely falling in love with my new place.

NEXT: Taking Vitaparcours in Gland

Coffee Reads of the Week – before 30s design

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!

career: By the time you’re 30, your salary should be P120,000 by Dan Magallanes
YES, you read it right. By the time you reach the age of 30, your salary level should be four times your age. If not, go and check what’s wrong with your career. See a career doctor. Don’t trust your self-assessment.

web tech: How to put Facebook’s “Like” Button on any website by Ben Parr
Facebook’s social plugins, especially its popular “Like” button, have spread across the web like wildfire. They were on 50,000+ websites within one week after launch, on 100,000+ sites in less than a month, and are now on 350,000+ sites.

web tech: 40+ Web Design and Development Resources for Beginners by Brian Casel
It’s no secret that web design is a fast-growing industry. Virtually every type of business is in need of a quality website. There are opportunities at the large agency level down to freelancers developing small-business websites from home.

web tech: 10 Tools for Getting Web Design Feedback by Jacob Gube
For designers, one of the most critical parts of a project is getting critiques and advice on how to improve designs. After all, they create designs that will be used by many other people. Getting an outside perspective helps spot issues and validate design choices.

web tech: How to give your photos a vintage look by Amy-Mae Elliott
Your profile photo is an important part of your online personality, offering a glimpse of you to the wider world. We’ve previously brought you tips for creating the perfect profile pic, and in this post we’ll be looking at some great online services that can help you create a variety of fun, vintage-looking pics for your profile.

health & fitness: 7 Most Effective Exercises Slideshow by Brunilda Nazario, MD
These seven exercises deliver results – whether you do them at a gym or at home. Pay close attention to the form demonstrated by the personal trainer in these slides – good technique is a must for a safe, effective workout. If you’re new to exercise, over 40, have a health problem, or take regular medication, check with your doctor before starting a fitness program.

health & fitness: 10 Things that are ruining your skin by Liz Brody
The Kate Gosselin Effect. Worrying about it. Being Picky. Cheating sleep. Drying out. Lip balm. Tatto remorse. Combo-creaming. Cigarettes.

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