Every time a story comes up about the details of what is and isn’t healthy for you, I come back to this article. Eating 80% healthily isn’t insanely hard, but trying to nail down the details of the last mysterious and often contradictory 20% always seems a mess.
From the article:
That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. I hate to give away the game right here at the beginning of a long essay, and I confess that I’m tempted to complicate matters in the interest of keeping things going for a few thousand more words. I’ll try to resist but will go ahead and add a couple more details to flesh out the advice.
Like: A little meat won’t kill you, though it’s better approached as a side dish than as a main. And you’re much better off eating whole fresh foods than processed food products. That’s what I mean by the recommendation to eat “food.”
Once, food was all you could eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.
March 5th, 2014
The Government’s Year of Code is off to a mixed start, to say the least. But it is possible that increasing the next generation’s knowledge of these valuable tools could be key to increasing our country’s future prosperity. So what are we to do?
Drawing on my own childhood computing interest and some classic ‘blue sky thinking’, here are a few suggestions to get things moving.
1. Turn off the App Stores
It can be done. Egypt has done it, Syria has done it — isn’t it about time someone used filtering of communications as a force for good? With access to the exciting and useful array of apps now gone, the App Store home pages can be replaced with a guide to writing your first programme. Or the source code for Flappy Bird and Snapchat. Today’s industrious youth will have hacked together an alternative in no time — I mean, what else are they going to do, read a book?
2. Give the project to Reddit to run instead
Loading up the home page and seeing George Osborne grinning back at you is enough to put anyone off. Seriously though, the Government is not cool, school is the biggest institution you ignore the advice of, and men in suits who work at Google are not aspirational figures. Reddit is an online community founded by young guys who had no idea what they were doing and smashed their way to success. And if nothing else, the community gets things done.
3. Bring back TV storylines where kids hack computers to change their grades
This used to happen in literally every children’s TV show when I was young and they made it look easy enough to try. Given the state of most Government IT, they probably stand a good chance at success.
Joking aside, if you want to learn more about the Year of Code and get a more optimistic view on the subject, you could do worse than read this analysis by Benjamin Southworth. Ben was previously in the belly of the beast as Deputy CEO of the Tech City project so his perspective is not your average Joe’s.
But hopefully, if all else fails, my suggestions above can remain a solid Plan B. Feel free to share your own ideas in the comments.
March 4th, 2014
““We fully expect that we when write a story about soccer, we’re going to be referring to it as ‘football’ in the U.K. headline,” Hansen said. “It’s millions of decisions like that that will determine the success of this kind of expansion.”” I hope they have their best men on the job.
I hope they have their best men on the job.
February 28th, 2014
I’d happily read a blog of letters from old people passing on their wisdom and experience. There’s something earned by longevity that contrasts so deeply with the daily throwaway content from ‘experts’ that riddles our every day.
February 27th, 2014
He had stumbled upon that one, critical missing ingredient — an ingredient that Rosenstein and Asana’s leadership have accepted as key to their success: Clarity.
Whatever you call it, establishing the clear “why” and making sure everyone is on the same page is an unmeasurable but essential priority in my book.
February 21st, 2014
PR has become a much maligned industry. And perhaps there’s some fairness to the criticism. Over the last 100 years, its “two-way street” origin decayed into something designed to match broadcast media’s growth with scalable profitability.
But as a result, shifting patterns of attention…
February 21st, 2014
"There has been a lot of fuss about the new ‘free-to-play’ Dungeon Keeper on iOS and Android. For much of the gaming community, it’s a new watermark for how the freemium model is ruining their favourite passtime. But like it or not, we’re going to have to get used to it. You can bet EA is making money from it, it must be cheaper to develop and there’s a lower risk of nobody playing and sharing it with their friends."
February 19th, 2014
February 11th, 2014
I imagine conversation along the lines of:
“Ask us about ambiguous areas of our business so we can publish a statement.”
February 8th, 2014