America's Best Affordable Places to Retire: Tucson is Tops Getty Images By Prashant Gopal Had you been planning on a comfortable retirement until the economic downturn scrambled your nest egg? Working with Cyberhomes.com, an Irvine (Calif.) home valuations and listings Web site owned by Lender Processing Services (LPS), BusinessWeek.com came up with some places to consider. Methodology: The Zip Codes were ranked based primarily on the concentration of affluent retirees (and people nearing retirement age) as well as relative cost of living. Source: Cyberhomes.com and PolicyMap asparagus-salad-in-the-raw from kalofagas.ca This recipe can be pulled-off with using any one of the following gadgets (yes I own all three of them). The first is a box grater and considered a “must” in the Greek kitchen. The box grater is used to grate ripe tomatoes and the pulp is used in many Greek dishes. The second kitchen gadget (again a must but for any kitchen) is the vegetable peeler. I like the forked style of vegetable peeler where I don’t have to hold it sideways and I can peel a bag of potatoes in minutes! The last gadget one may have in their kitchen is a little thingy that actually “Frenches” your green beans into thin strips – awesome! Any one of the above three gadgets will help you in preparing this quick, easy and delicious Spring-time salad of asparagus with a light dressing and crumbled Feta cheese. The side of the box grater with the large wholes can be used to grate the asparagus into thin but short shavings of asparagus. Greek extra-virgin olive oil, go to your local grocer and look for some on the shelf.
What Sort of Checklist Should You Be Using? - Justin Fox by Justin Fox | 11:42 AM February 23, 2010 Like zillions (or at least tens and tens of thousands) of other non-surgeons, I’ve been reading Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto. It’s a wonderfully entertaining and thought-provoking book. (If you want the short version, you can listen to HBR’s Katherine Bell interviewing Gawande here.) Gawande convincingly makes the case that medicine — in particular surgery — shares many traits with two complex, high-skill endeavors: constructing big buildings and flying airplanes. But Gawande also argues for using checklists in other endeavors, from business to investing to law. Accomplishment is personal. Howard was overdoing it: Gawande never says that all or even most decisions should be broken down into formal protocols. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Rise, wash, and address Powerful Goodness!
How A Bone Disease Grew To Fit The Prescription Katie Benghauser, 57, has been diagnosed with osteopenia and takes Fosamax as treatment to prevent osteoporosis. Coburn Dukehart/NPR hide caption toggle caption Coburn Dukehart/NPR Katie Benghauser had no concept of all the forces that combined to bring the box of pills to the bottom shelf of her medicine cabinet. Not that there was anything in particular about Benghauser that suggested sickness. Still, because Benghauser was thin, white, female, in her 50s and had a sister who had some bone problems, she says the doctor told her that she was concerned. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thinner, more porous and break more easily. Osteopenia Vs. Osteopenia is different from osteoporosis. Osteopenia, it turns out, is a slight thinning of the bones that occurs naturally as women get older and typically doesn't result in disabling bone breaks. "Half the staff is younger, in their 20s and 30s, and then there are four of us that are over 50," she said. Merck's Perspective
I Do! I Do! — No-nonsense Resources for Creating Your Ideal Relationship » Podcasts A tiny snowball at the top of a mountain starts to roll down the slopes. As it rolls, it accumulates more and more snow, becoming a gigantic snowy boulder that will crush anything in its path. Have you ever had that kind of “snowball effect” in your relationship, where many tiny annoyances soon roll into one huge argument? My guess is that you have (or you at least know someone who has). I’m also guessing that you would be happy to have fewer such “snowball” situations from now on. The good news is that we each have personal warning signs that alert us to relationship “danger ahead.” Know how you feel when you’re in a negative situation — Perhaps you feel a tightness in your chest, your breathing is more rapid and shallow, or your head starts to ache. “The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”~ Dale Carnegie What habits or practices do you use to keep negative situations from spiraling downward into trouble? “We believe that each couple has the vows within them.
Technology | Give me rice, but give me a laptop too Criticism of plans to get technology into the developing world is misplaced, says Bill Thompson. One of the best things about being on the World Service radio programme Digital Planet each week is that I get to hear about interesting technologies from many different countries and explore the impact that computers and the internet are having in people's daily lives. We often follow stories as they develop, coming back to them from time to time to see if early promises have been kept or bold predictions have been borne out. It's been nearly three years since Nicholas Negroponte came onto the show to talk about his plan for a low-cost laptop for the developing world. He wanted to build it for under $100 and sell millions to governments who would then give them away to schoolchildren. 'Radical rethinking' Not every promise was fulfilled, of course. Dvorak is so wrong that it pains me. He misrepresents both the laptop's capabilities and the plans for how it will be used. 'Demeans people' 'Hold back'
How to Have an Effective Podcast Intro/Opening (podcasting and Audacity #30) | The Audacity to Podcast - podcasting how-to and Audacity | Noodle.mx Podcast: Play in new window | Download How you open your podcast episodes could be turning people away from your podcast. I share eleven potential elements of an opening/intro, examples, and my suggestions for an effective podcast opening. Or you can get a professionally created podcast intro produced for you, and consider these points when you hire someone. Hi, DanielMy podcast listening has increased considerably while in the car commuting to the office and on walks. What is a “podcast opening” (intro)? Although most people will call them “intros,” I think the best name is “podcast opening.” 11 potential elements of a podcast opening Podcast name—how else will people know what podcast they’re listening to? Of these eleven potential elements, I would say that only the first six or seven should be in your opening for every episode. Examples In the following examples, listen for how each host uses some of the above eleven elements. Kimberly shared three of her favorite podcasting opening.
Three things I learned last week about great storytelling – How to Write a Great Story - Michela Pasquali, ABC March 28th, 2011 Donna Papacosta is a great presenter and storyteller. Last week I tuned into her webinar on Storytelling, hosted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). I learned a lot and had a couple of Aha moments. One Along with telling lots of great stories to help get her points across, Donna talked about how short pieces of content, such as lists, can help draw your audience in. 1. Two Donna highlighted the critical role that emotion can play in your stories. Three The third thing I liked about Donna’s presentation was the almost complete lack of graphs or charts. Moving past PowerPoint: Prezi and KnowledgeVision A long discussion on Facebook started by Heidi Miller about the pros and cons of PowerPoint and Keynote introduced me to another presentation tool, Prezi. On the same day, I received an email from Michael Kolowich, founder and CEO of KnowledgeVision. The two tools — Prezi and KnowledgeVision — are not in competition with each other. One, Prezi, is primarily aimed at live presentations; KnowledgeVision is aimed at web-based presentations. What makes them both similar is their ability to zoom in and out. Watch a Prezi demonstration and you get giddy and disoriented (well, I did) as you pan and zoom around a large area. Here’s a ‘live’ Prezi ‘presentation’, created by Adam Somlai-Fischer, the creator of Prezi. Watch the KnowledgeVision presentation and you see the usual deathly-dull PowerPoint presentation with uninspiring stock images that we usually see on a once-per-fortnight basis.
Cut and paste one line of code to make any website editable Are you a student? Branded3 is hiring graduates for a number of vacancies in our Leeds & London offices. Have you ever wanted to edit the web pages of another website? This simple line of code makes it possible. Of course you can’t actually edit the actual web page but you can edit the page as you see it on your screen. This is one of the ways scammers create fake screenshots, fake Adsense & affiliate earnings and even fake Paypal transactions. Here’s a method of editing the webpage in browsers without developer tools; all you need to do is visit the site you want to edit, paste the code below into your web browser address bar (tested in Firefox & IE7, fails in the Chrome search box) and hit the Enter button. Then simply select a portion of text on the page and start editing.
A Brief Primer on the Tech Behind Skype, P2PSIP and P2P Networks What is an overlay network? What's a DHT? How does a node compare to a supernode? What differentiates a "pure" peer-to-peer (P2P) system from a "hybrid" system? I have a series of posts planned over the next few weeks related primarily to Skype and some of the changes brought about in Skype 5.0 for Windows that are interesting from a technology point-of-view - but in order to write those posts, I need to build a bit of a foundation of some of the issues and terminology used in peer-to-peer (p2p) networks. If you are not familiar with peer-to-peer (p2p) networks and the terminology associated with them, my goal is to give you a basic background. Peer-to-peer vs. For starters, let's differentiate between "peer-to-peer networks" (p2p) and more traditional networks. This is "client/server" networking and is how the majority of the Internet-based services we use are structured. Peer-to-peer networks are completely different in that: There are NO servers. Overlay Network Directory Churn Resources
Billy Munnelly's Billy's Best Bottles Humor in the Workplace Blog | Humor at Work Humor in the Workplace Blog Tips for Growing Your Sense of Humor It’s Humor Month all this month. (Which makes sense. 1. Absenteeism’s Ugly Cousin Presenteeism. Is everyone fully present in your workplace? Less Stress, More Humor at Work a Great Recipe for Workplace Success April is Stress Awareness Month, begging the question: How aware are you and your organization of the costs associated with stress? May the Best Idea Win! Coming up with the right decision in meetings is never easy. And if your culture is too risk-adverse you’re in danger of choosing the safest ideas; too trigger-happy and you might overlook the risks. Inspiring Workplace Culture Musings Some miscellaneous, random workplace culture musings this week for your consideration… - Most vision statements are utterly useless. 5 Ideas for Creating the Perfect Break Room at Work If you can pardon the play on words, a break room could make or break your employee morale. The Importance of Trumpeting Success at Work
IPhoto’s Greatness « www.peterwestphoto.com So what’s so special about IPhoto found in the Mac computers? I was doing a two-hour hands-on workshop with a client who was confused about how IPhoto worked in her new MacBook Pro. Can’t say I can fault her because some of the fundamentals of software programs like IPhoto aren’t readily obvious. That’s where a two-hour consult with someone who can teach this stuff is so valuable. It can save you weeks or even months of frustration or worse the loss of some of your photographs. For more information on my consulting services, please visit my other site at Social Media Made REALLY Easy. Here’s what makes IPhoto so neat. So why shoot RAW and why shoot JPG? So why shoot JPG at all? But I do shoot RAW when I’m either shooting indoors under artificial lighting (like fluorescents) where I might want to change the white balance to make the images look more true to colour or when the client says they might want to use the images for commercial printing in brochures or annual reports. Like this: