Coffee Reads of the Week – born this way

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: People May Be Born Good (or Bad) at Math by Tara Thean
If you struggled through high school algebra, you probably thought you simply weren’t born good at math. You might have been right, at least according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University psychologists that suggests that math ability is linked to your inborn “number sense

health & wellness: 9 Habits That Can Do More Harm Than Good by Amanda Greene
The basics of staying healthy seem pretty easy to follow: Eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and you should be on the right track, right? Surprisingly, it can be more complicated than that. Oftentimes the very choices we make to benefit our health can be the same ones that hurt us in the long run. Read on to learn which unexpected habits—like brushing your teeth after every meal or slipping into a pair of comfortable sandals—might be causing you harm.

general interest: American girl in Italy, 60 years later by Mike Krumboltz
A stunning young woman walks down a street in Florence, her head held high. All around, men playfully gawk at her grace and beauty. Just then the camera shutter snaps. “American Girl in Italy” is among the most popular snapshots of all time, and it’s turning 60 years old this month.

health & wellness: Do you really need to build your core strength? by Jessica Ashley
Take a look at any fitness magazine or peek at any celebrity’s “how I whipped my body into shape” secrets and you will probably find information about why it’s time to add core strength training to your workout. Before you hit the mat for a few grueling sets of planks, bridges, and maybe even crunches, you may want to consider new research that questions whether the time, energy, and effort put into building your core is really worth it.

literature: The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books
There’s never a shortage of new books about how to be more effective in business. Most of them are forgettable, but here are 25 that changed the way we think about management — from the iconic “How to Win Friends and Influence People” to groundbreaking tomes like “Guerilla Marketing” and quick reads like the “The One Minute Manager”.

health & wellness: 9 Ways to flatten your belly in one week
Another reason to hate Mondays? Tight post-weekend waistbands. Unless you spent the past 2 days living like a monk, the cocktails, movie snacks, and dinners out can all add up to one thing: belly bloat.

relationships: A New – Surprising – Relationship Predictor by Zoe Ruderman
Ever wonder what type of couple you and your boyfriend or husband will be in 10 or 30 or 50 years? Will you be like that sweet twosome in their eighties walking down the street holding hands and calling each other honey? Or will you end up more like those parents of three standing in line at the airport yelling passive-aggressively at each other and using pet names like non-bag-carrying idiot and insensitive balding jerk (true story, we heard it)? Well, you don’t need a crystal ball because the results of a new huge-scale survey might have the answer. All you have to do is look at your current level of conflict. Chances are that you’ll fight about the same amount and with the same tenacity next year or in 60 years.

general interest: Web older than incoming college freshmen by Dinesh Ramde
Mention Amazon to the incoming class of college freshmen and they are more likely to think of shopping than the South American river. PC doesn’t stand for political correctness and breaking up is a lot easier thanks to Facebook and text messaging.

career: Eight Ways to Communicate Your Strategy More Effectively by Georgia Everse
A frustrated CEO recently shared with me that her employees had lost their edge. They were internally focused, their speed-to-market was down, and they couldn’t find a good balance between serving customers well while making healthy margins. The result was slow progress against the company strategy and an inability to profitably deliver on the value proposition. She had attempted to motivate employees and be clear about the strategy, but she was falling short and was looking for answers on what to do next. The solution in many cases is to overhaul internal communications strategies in order to convince employees of the authenticity, importance, and relevance of their company’s purpose and strategic goals. Here are just a few communications approaches that will help you effectively reach your employees and encourage behaviors that advance your strategy and improve your results.

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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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Behind the Food Photography Trend

Admittedly, I am one of those people who are fond of taking photos of food on the table before finishing them all.

And yes, I would talk about it with friends, as well as here in my blog.

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Where do I belong, I wonder?

Coffee Reads of the Week – vintage fatness workarounds

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!

technology: How to Give your Photos a Vintage Look by Amy-Mae Elliott

For anyone who doesn’t have photo editing know-how, expensive editing software and a load of time to spare, here’s how to create a retro profile pic in a matter of minutes using some absolutely free, entirely online services.

health & wellness: 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.

fashion: Lizzie Miller fuels debate about plus-size acceptance by Sheila Marikar

An estimated 41 percent of US women are larger than a size 14, making up a critical mass of buying power eager to covet clothes and, maybe, despite the recession, splurge on style. In this economy, what sense would it make to ignore millions of consumers?

fashion: Model Kate Dillon speaks out – about being too skinny, too plus-size, and what’s up with the Crystal controversy by Liz Brody

On a 103-degree morning, Kate Drillon breezes into a New York coffee house and plunks down on a torn couch with one thing on her mind: food. There’s nothing about her – the generic jeans, flats, boho blouse, E-Z Pass ponytail – that reads fashion model.

health & wellness: 10 Things that are ruining your skin by Liz Brody

“As the crow flies” is usually welcome news. Except when those avian feet head straight for your face and leave their telltales tracks around the eyes. But if aging is inevitable, its pace definitely isn’t. As for breakouts, dryness, and general epidermal malaise? Here’s what’s wrecking your skin – and how to turn it around.

technology: 5 Lessons to Learn from Web Startups by Jolie O’Dell

Web startups comprise one of the most exciting segments of small business culture. They’re young, they’re sexy, they’re rolling in glamorous-sounding amounts of “free money” from venture capitalists, and they get to make products that people around the world end up knowing about and using. Although not all small businesses will have the same characteristics of a tech startup, there are some lessons you can learn and some values you can appropriate into your own company, no matter what your business is about. Here are five ways to grow your business from observing and emulating web startup culture.

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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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