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Junk food may trap people in a cycle of unhealthy eating by making them less likely to try new foods and more likely to respond to cues for junk food in the future.

Aug 22, 2014

People who know and trust their neighbors are less likely to have heart attacks. New research builds on the understated health benefits of a sense of belonging and community

Metabolism does slow down, but the drop is nominal. So minimal that it can hardly affect a person’s weight.

Aug 20, 2014

My employer cannot be the only organization full of busy individuals having difficulty scheduling meetings with each other.

I dream of an instant messenger bot which could schedule meetings on my behalf. It would have access to everybody's google calendar and could negotiate independently with everybody to find working times.

sam: please schedule a 30 minute meeting next week with Sarah, Steve and Brian
bot: sure thing! what should I call it?
sam: project hog wild
bot: thanks!

The bot would then take a look at calendars for myself, Sarah, Steve and Brian, and choose times with the least conflicts.

If unable to find a time without conflicts, it would begin to negotiate with each individual:

bot: sarah, would you be able to attend a meeting with Sam/Steve/Brian on Tuesday at 3pm?
sarah: I'm not sure, how important is it?
bot: it's about project hog wild, are you familiar with that?
sarah: okay, I can reschedule
bot: great! thank you

And we're done! We'd be first in line to pay for such a thing.

Aug 16, 2014

The author, one Michael O. Church, describes the different experiences of the same candidate applying for a position of “Senior Software Engineer” vs. “VP of Data Science,” a managerial position. As an engineering candidate, he faced five gruelling technical interviews and was arbitrarily vetoed by the last interviewer. As a managerial candidate, he essentially chatted his way through behavioral questions–and was offered a lucrative position with a generous relocation package.

While he has a point, the most broken-ness here is not that software engineers have low social status, it's that hiring for all other roles is far more broken. Way too often the criteria for non-engineering hires is not competence, but lack of competence - you're not an engineer, so you must know how to make good decisions! - and high competence at bullshit.

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