Thursday, April 26, 2012

Michael Norton: How Money Can Buy You Happiness

The World's Greatest Exercise?

Why Squats are Essential to a Stronger and Healthier Body

Consider this your wakeup call: A good workout program must include some type of squat.
This isn’t just about your legs, even though squats are the best way to build stronger quads, hamstrings and glutes. From a functional training standpoint, you can’t do better.
Squatting is a fundamental pattern that’s basic to human movement. Regularly performing squats keeps your body moving the way it was designed to, while helping to protect you from injuries related to a sedentary lifestyle.
Squats are also heart healthy. Forget the butt-numbing stationary bike or elipitical machine; sets of higher rep squats will jack up your heart rate to near sprint-like levels.
Finally, squatting is just plain fun. It’s good old-fashioned hard work that requires every ounce of focus you got, and almost makes you feel like an athlete at the same time. What’s not to love?
Some people assume that squatting is beyond their current capabilities. But guess what: If you’ve picked something up off the ground, sat in a chair, or straddled a toilet seat today, congrats. You’ve performed a squat.
But the real magic happens when you begin loading the basic squat with weight. This is what improves performance, increases muscle mass, burns fat, and helps offset postural imbalances....

Squats are so demanding that they trigger the release of hormones like testosterone. Once those hormones enter the bloodstream, they support the growth of your whole body.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lisa Randall, Theoretical Physicist, Harvard

A leading expert in the field of particle physics, Lisa Randall is an articulate advocate for the significance of science and the art-science connection in our everyday lives. Her new book Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World has led to speaking engagements all over the world, along with a recent appearance on The Daily Show.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Wisdom From Steve Jobs

Below are some highlights from author Brent Schlender’s recently unearthed conversations with Steve Jobs. (from FAST COMPANY)


June 1995

"The thing that I really love about Pixar is that it's exactly like the LaserWriter. I remember seeing the first page come out of [Apple's] LaserWriter [in 1985]--which was the first laser printer, as you know--and thinking, There's awesome amounts of technology in this box. There's the graphic engine, there's the controller, there's the PostScript software, awesome amounts of stuff. And yet no one is gonna care and they don't need to know; they're gonna see this output, and they're gonna go, I think that's great. They're gonna be able to judge for themselves...


June 1995

"In most businesses, the difference between average and good is at best 2 to 1, right? Like, if you go to New York and you get the best cab driver in the city, you might get there 30% faster than with an average taxicab driver. A 2 to 1 gain would be pretty big.
"The difference between the best worker on computer hard-ware and the average may be 2 to 1, if you're lucky. With automobiles, maybe 2 to 1. But in software, it's at least 25 to 1. The difference between the average programmer and a great one is at least that...