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 – fiercesome starts

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!

web tech: 5 Lessons to Learn from Web Startups by Jolie O’Dell
Your company culture can be fun. Work can be done anytime, anywhere. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good time. It’s OK to change your mind. A small risk can return a great reward.

web tech: Project Estimation Using “Use Cases” by Samuel Prasad
As a technology executive and a passionate software engineer I am disappointed at the high rate of project failures in the software industry. According to the 2009 report from the Standish Group, almost 68% of the projects were canceled, delivered late, did not meet product specifications or were over budget. I find this appalling. Is it because many workers in the software industry are incompetent? Well, my guess is that most technology managers tasked with estimating the cost of a project have no experience or training in the use of formal methods based on empirical research to compute the time, cost and resources required by a software project.

business: 4 Lessons from Billionaire College Entrepreneurs by Michael Deane
Find a need and fill it. Think outside of school. Use your school projects for larger goals. Don’t let school get in the way.

entertainment: Our Favorite Vampires by Miss Cellania
To celebrate our new “Team Edvard” shirt, we’re re-running some of our favorite vampire stories this week. Here’s Miss Cellania’s round-up of notable vampires from 2007.

green living: Postscripts from Little Steps Forward by Chit Juan
Going green does not have to be boring. Going green is simply being thoughtful. How will I leave this world much better than when I found it?

women: Women With Balls – Top 10 Fierce Pinays by Amber del Fuego
One great thing about being Filipina is that our society is relatively progressive when it comes to gender equality. Recently, we even beat the US in the World Economic Forum’s list of countries for having one of the smallest gender gaps for women. We are the only Asian country in the top ten list and praised for our “drive for smaller gender gaps in labor force participation and wages.”

entertainment: Lourd de Veyra gets down and dirty with TV5’s Face to Face by Lourd de Veyra
A flying shoe always makes for good show, be it in Iraq or Novaliches. This afternoon, a shoe flew in the direction of Melvin Tiplado, a tricycle driver accused of not returning things absentminded or drunk customers lose inside his vehicle in the dead of night. The shoe’s trajectory sweeps across Amy Perez, the host who protests, “Sandali lang! Sandali lang!” deftly averting premature physical confrontation between the tricycle driver and Joan, a woman in her early 20s. Her story: one night, she left her wallet and cellphone in Mang Melvin’s tricycle.

health & fitness: How to Lose the Last 10 Pounds for Good! by Laurel House
When standing face to face with your naked self in the mirror, do you think “Wow, I look good!” Or no? If you’re anything like the majority of women (and many men), the answer is, “um, no.” So what are you going to do about it?

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Coffee Reads of the Week – like leo and the techies

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: 10 Jobs that Offer a Big Bang for your Buck by Alexis Grant

While we usually talk about ROI in business, return on investment applies to your career, too. If you spend years studying to prepare for a profession, you want to get paid accordingly. If you put in the time to train, you want to be compensated in your paycheck. But what if you’re not interested in earning a master’s degree or PhD? What if you’d prefer to keep your studying and training in a minimum, and still bring home the bacon?

business: The Sick-Day Bounty Hunters by Eric Spitznagel

Playing hooky without getting caught – as immortalized in the cat-and-mouse skirmish between Ferris Bueller and Principal Rooney in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” — used to be an adolescent rite of passage. Now it has given rise to a thriving industry, with stern legal precedent to back it up.

career: 5 Tips for Aspiring Social Media Marketers by Erica Swallow

Join social media meetups and networks. Make relationships, not pitches.  Stay informed of trends, tools and news. Find an online balance between personal and professional.  Make your resume stand out.

technology: 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. With the web’s ability to connect us to people from all over the world, getting feedback has never been easier. This list of 10 tools will enable you to share your work and receive reviews of it. You’ll find websites dedicated to offering free design critiques as well as tools you can use to conduct usability testing with real people in order to benchmark your design’s efficacy in the wild.

technology: 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.

technology: 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. So how do you break into this exciting field? With little or no experience creating websites, getting yourself up to speed can be a daunting task. There are so many different avenues of design and development to explore. Which way should you go first? Which skill sets suit you the best?

entertainment: Leo DiCaprio, Dating Was Easier Before the ‘Titanic’ by Georgia Toomey

Who ever would have thought that movie star (and model magnet) Leonardo DiCaprio would be one to worry about whether girls liked him for himself, or were just hitting on him for his celebrity status? There goes my special treatment. Obviously I am a fan.

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Pinoy 2010 Elections Souvenirs

Pinoy presidentiables left markings over the Net, dirty or not; and I’m posting what I’ve got from them as keepsakes.

I will remember how we have exhausted all the possible means, positive or otherwise, in campaigning for our candidates of choice through social media.   All the praises, the idolatry, and the mudslinging have never been this good, and particularly, entertaining.  Enjoy!

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Facebook is now 6 years! (updated)

Happy 6th birthday, Facebook!

Their birthday treat, this time again, is rolling out a new design. Yep, you heard me. And it promises a more powerful homepage and easier messaging for FB users all over the world.

Check out the teaser of Facebook redesigns (snatched from

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