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In any kind of negotiation, your ability to walk away is your strongest tool

In any kind of negotiation, your ability to walk away is your strongest tool
In any kind of negotiation, your ability to walk away is your strongest tool. Those who can walk away from the negotiation — legitimately walk away, not just make a show of it — are in the strongest position. Those who are convinced they need to make the deal are in the weakest position. This is true of negotiating when you’re buying a car, closing the sale of your new home, haggling in a foreign flea market, or trying to get a raise. It’s also true of anything in life. Know that there’s almost nothing you can’t walk away from. If you are convinced you need a nice house with a walk-in closet and hardwood floors and a huge kitchen, you now have a weakness. If you are convinced that you need Stabucks grande lattes every day, or an iPhone or iPad, or an SUV or Cooper Mini or BMW … you are in the weak position, because you can’t give it up. If you know that there’s almost nothing you can’t walk away from, you can save yourself tons of money. Related:  Wellness

Unfriending might offend people, but it’s greatly liberating Although I can’t claim to have mastered this technique yet, it’s something I’ve been considering and I thought I’d throw it out there for discussion. The technique is “unfriending”, which was the New Oxford American Dictionary’s Word of the Year for 2009 (actually it was “unfriend”). Why is this important to a minimalist? The trend seems to be to follow or “friend” thousands of people, regardless of whether you know them or not. The trend of following lots of people has its pros and cons — one of the pros is that you get to know more people than you normally would have. But the con is that it’s hard to keep up with so much social information. And so, consider unfriending or unfollowing people you don’t know. Here’s what happens. And even better, you’ll start to have some real conversations, and form real relationships. I don’t know what a good number of friends would be, but I’d guess it would be in the dozens — definitely below 100. Comments?

The Official Web Site - Tampa Bay Lightning KMODDL - Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library The Schröder kinematic models at the Foundation for Science and Technology (FST) comprise one of the largest collection of kinematic models of the Jacob Peter Schröder company of Darmstadt, Germany founded in 1837. His catalogs of 1870-1900 listed models copied after the kinematics and machine engineering books of Ferdinand Redtenbacher of Karlsruhe University and his student, Franz Reuleaux of the Technical Uniersity of Berlin. These models were awarded many prizes at international exhibitions. In 1850, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, established the “Istituto Tecnico Toscano,” The Istituto collections were enriched by machines, models of machines, scientific and didactic material, and publications from various European countries. The Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica (FST) was founded in 1987 for the purpose of conserving maintaining and managing most of the collections. Select a model by title to view the informational page for that model, with links to related resources.

The truth about post-workout protein shakes You probably heard one of the basic tenants of getting bigger and stronger: eat protein within an hour after exercise to fuel muscle growth. It’s called protein timing, and the idea behind it is this: resistance training increases amino acid delivery to muscles as well as absorption. Therefore, the sooner you consume protein post-exercise, the bigger the stimulation in muscle protein synthesis. In theory, proper protein timing leads to bigger long-term gains in strength and lean body mass. But research doesn’t actually prove that it works—or doesn’t work, for that matter. For example, Aragon cites one recent meta-analysis of 22 studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Aragon notes, though, that the average protein intake of the participants was low for an active person (about 1 gram per kilo of body weight) and protein supplementation brought that intake up to maximal levels (about 1.8 grams per kilo of body weight). 1. 2. 3. By Jessica Girdwain

Doctor Who - History in the Making: Music in Melbourne - News & Features Skill Set: The Beginning (Mechanical) Engineer's Checklist A while ago MAKE did a post on A Beginning Engineer’s Checklist from the PIClist site. And while I love these kind of lists, it left me – as a mechanical engineering – feeling a little left out, with all the talk of chips and Ohm’s Law and power busses (oh my!). It also reminded me of a list we had posted on a bulletin board at my first job, called Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design, which definitely apply to more than just spacecraft. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. What would you add to this list? More:The Beginning Engineer’s Checklist Related

5 Reasons to Drink Coffee Before Your Workout Photo: Getty Images Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight loss advantage. The Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo. The dose that triggered the effect was 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. If you’ve always thought of coffee as a vice—one you’re simply not willing to give up—you’ll be happy to know that it’s actually a secret superfood (check out my previous post 6 Healthy Reasons to Keep Loving Coffee). Improved circulation Recent Japanese research studied the effects of coffee on circulation in people who were not regular coffee drinkers. Less pain Better memory Muscle preservation More muscle fuel Don’t overdo it.

PhysicsCentral: Learn How Your World Works - StumbleUpon Super Silky Summer Legs Watch Free Movies online - watch Films online Is Your Left Brain Affecting Your Health? Do you spend too much time using your Left Brain? If so it may be seriously effecting your health! Let me explain… The 2 Autonomic Nervous Systems We have 2 autonomic nervous systems, the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. Both are involuntary and control many things from heart rate and perspiration to digestion and breathing rate. The Sympathetic Nervous System which initiates our “Fight or Flight” response helps us to avoid or deal with life threatening situations. When this survival response is activated we get a sudden rush of adrenalin, the muscles are primed, our focus intensifies, and our heart rate increases. You have probably experienced this feeling when you catch yourself before a fall or have come close to any kind of physical danger. Now lets take a look at the Right Hemisphere of the brain. The right hand side of the brain predominately controls the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) or our “Rest and Digest” response. Now think about how you spend your day. Left Hemisphere

Being aware of procrastination By Leo Babauta We all procrastinate, and by and large, we all know the solutions to our procrastination. I put off writing this article (ironically, I know, and yes I know you’ll put off reading this article) by doing a bunch of smaller tasks, for example. Honestly, I know the solutions: clarify what task is most important, clear away everything but this more important task, clarify my motivations for this task, break it down into something smaller and easier if I feel difficulty. These aren’t hard solutions. But they don’t work unless you’re aware of what you’re doing. You can’t step back to clarify what your Most Important Tasks are unless you realize you’re procrastinating in the first place. Awareness is everything with procrastination. Once we know what’s happening, the fixes are (fairly) easy. The problem isn’t just being aware of what’s going on — it’s remembering to be aware. So let’s talk about the awareness of what’s going on when we procrastinate, and then how to remember

The Four Hidden Habit Skills By Leo Babauta When you learn a new skill, feedback is important: if you fall off a bike, you need to make an adjustment so you don’t keep falling. But when people learn the skill of creating new habits, they usually take the feedback of missing the habit as complete failure. A sign that they have no discipline. In actuality, it means no such thing. It just means you need to practice the skill more and make an adjustment. What people don’t realize is that creating habits is actually a skillset that can be learned and practiced and mastered. And there are four hidden habit skills that most people don’t realize they’re bad at, which I talk about in my new book: Committing to actually starting. If you’re not good at creating habits, you simply need to practice these four hidden skills. But if you get good at this, you can unlock almost unlimited achievements.

Things Every Man Should Own By Leo Babauta Many sites have created lists of things “every man should own”, coincidentally around the holiday shopping season. A reader suggested I create a Zen Habits version of this list. This list is definitive. Pen and notebook. As an aside, I think every woman should own these too. Free Things Every Man Should Do In addition, I have recommendations for things you should do without needing to own something: Meditate.