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Clippings: What I’m Reading This Week (1/19/15)

The Underrated Appeal of Tess McGill: A “panel” “discussion” of one of my favorite movies, Working Girl. (Highlight: “Speaking of romantic comedies, this movie is usually defined as one. But romance is really not the endgame in Working Girl. Tess isn’t looking for a man; she’s looking to put together a business deal. When Jack (a devastatingly handsome Ford) comes along, she initially sees him as a distraction. She falls in love with him because he’s the first person to ever see her as she wants to be seen: This tough, savvy businesswoman. In fact, the woman who spends the entire film scheming to get married is the antagonist, Katharine (played by Weaver). I love that adorable scene of Jack and Tess getting ready to go to work, but it’s significant that the final shot of the film is Griffith in her new office, alone.”) https://www.yahoo.com/movies/working-girl-perfect-movie-gifs-108085849302.html

Some serious Staten Island Ferry contemplation going on...
Some serious Staten Island Ferry contemplation going on…

Visual Aids: Here’s another breakdown, this time of infographics as a communication tool. This is from an older Harvard Business Review (April 2014), but if you’ve not already read it, check out this really interesting look at what makes a good infographic so convincing. Apparently, “the most compelling infographics… mine relationships among overlooked variables to tell you something unexpected and get you thinking.” https://hbr.org/2014/04/what-makes-the-best-infographics-so-convincing/?utm_source=Socialflow&utm_medium=Tweet&utm_campaign=Socialflow

(from article above, HBR)
(from article above, HBR)

As Smart as You Look: Jessica L. Glazer, here, sharing with you a WSJ article on the things we often do to appear smart, the things people actually look for when trying to gauge your intelligence, and what really works if you’re attempting to come across as the next Girl-or-Boy Genius. (Hint: Sit up straight, make eye contact, and use a middle initial.) (Bonus: this article comes with an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand infographic!) http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-look-smarter-1421189631

(from article above, WSJ)
(from article above, WSJ)

2,000 Calories by Lunch: This terrifying and fascinating New York Times features shows what 2,000 calories equals at a number of popular fast-food and fast-casual restaurants. It is pretty disturbing – until you get to the end and realize that cooking your own food can afford you a full day’s worth of meals for fewer calories than one milkshake from Sonic. (YEESH.) http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/12/22/upshot/what-2000-calories-looks-like.html?WT.mc_id=2015-Q1-KEYWEE-AUD_DEV-0101-0331&WT.mc_ev=click&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1420088400&bicmet=1451624400&ad-keywords=KEYWEEAD&kwp_0=7483&kwp_4=55081&kwp_1=119533&_r=0&abt=0002&abg=1

(from above article, NYT)
(from above article, NYT)

Red, Red Resveratrol: A quick review of a recent study that shows that red wine contains enough resveratrol to “mimic” a workout. Don’t think about skipping the gym altogether, but this might be enough of an excuse to shorten your Friday night workout and make it to the end of Happy Hour! (Apparently, you could also eat pistachios or grapes to get the same effect but… nah.) http://elitedaily.com/news/world/glass-wine-equivalent-going-gym/770635/

(photo from Men's Journal)
(photo from Men’s Journal)

Clippings: What I’m Reading This Week (1/5/15)

Captain Crunch and Soybean Paste: Over oatmeal? Check out this article with a glimpse at kids’ breakfasts around the world. You may find yourself extra grateful for your Kashi and milk – or longing for miso soup tomorrow at 7am! http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/08/magazine/eaters-all-over.html?rref=world&WT.mc_id=AD-D-E-KEYWEE-SOC-FP-DEC-AUD-DEV-DSK-1201-1231&ad-keywords=AD1214KW&kwp_0=5865&kwp_1=114035&kwp_4=44537&_r=1&module=ArrowsNav&contentCollection=Magazine&action=click&region=FixedRight&pgtype=Multimedia

 

Photo from NY Times article - Link above.
Photo from NY Times article – Link above.

 

#IDNYC: I love this idea! Municipal IDs are a terrific way to get city residents more involved – and to share the wealth of a city’s cultural and artistic riches with the people who call it home. http://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/news/447-14/mayor-de-blasio-nyc-municipal-id-give-access-1-year-free-memberships-33-the/#/0

IDNYC Logo
IDNYC Logo

 

Nerd Alert!: I. Am. So. Excited. For. Game of Thrones. In. IMAX. (I am way less excited to sit near GoT fans dressed in costume. But I’ll put up with it, I guess.) http://www.people.com/article/game-of-thrones-imax-theaters

 

Game of Thrones! IMAX!
Game of Thrones! IMAX!

 

Guilty children, depressed adults?: Interesting article from The Atlantic, exploring new research that indicates that the more guilty behavior people exhibit as children, the higher their risk of depression and other mood disorders later in life. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/01/childhood-guilt-adult-depression/384176/?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_facebook

Photo from The Atlantic article - Link above.
Photo from The Atlantic article – Link above.

 

Throwback to a 2014 Favorite: One of my favorite articles from 2014 has recently been making the rounds again. I enjoyed rereading it, and thought I’d share it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/01/opinion/sunday/what-you-learn-in-your-40s.html?_r=0

Pamela Druckerman - photo from NY TImes
Pamela Druckerman -author  photo from NY TImes article – Link above

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (Week of 11/10)

PIN-terest: I love this article on a Baltimore hairdresser, Janet Stevens… who spends her evenings studying and replicating ancient hairstyles… and disproving long-held assumptions from archaeological scholars on how Greek and Roman women styled their hair. It’s amazing what can happen when people combine their skills and passions. As Ms. Stevens, says, “Whatever you’re most passionate about when you’re five is what you should do for the rest of your life.”  http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324900204578286272195339456?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424127887324900204578286272195339456.html

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What we (should) talk about when we talk about Buzzfeed: Interesting thoughts on the future of Buzzfeed and the power of FacebookWorld from good friend and brilliant media expert, Andrew Golis. https://medium.com/@agolis/this-is-what-we-should-fight-about-when-we-fight-about-buzzfeed-93cc6538657c

Do something today that could make this list: While we’re on the subject of Buzzfeed and their C circle (see above article), here is a list of photos to brighten your day.  http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/see-the-world-differently#11fdyj9

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Dinner and a (cooking guide) movie: I’ve always loved Mark Bittman’s cooking videos, and I’m happy to find that I also enjoy Melissa Clark’s videos, as well. The NYT recipe pages are quickly becoming my go-to how-to guides and Clark’s mini-lessons are simple, short, and amusing. My brother sent this recipe along to me (a not-so-subtle request for his next visit?): http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/100000003105258/pasta-with-caramelized-lemons.html?WT.mc_id=D-NYT-MKTG-MOD-71835-10-04-HD&WT.mc_ev=click&WT.mc_c= – and I’m planning to use this ice cream how-to this weekend: http://www.nytimes.com/video/dining/100000002967947/ice-cream-basics.html?playlistId=100000001606605

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How you doin’?: Visit Barbara Fredrickson’s website to take her Positive Self Test. The quick online test looks at your strongest emotions from the past 24 hours to provide a snapshot of your positive : negative ratio. If you sign up through the site, you can also track your results over time. Fredrickson has found that a 3:1 ratio is needed for one to truly flourish. Not seeing the results you want? Look for assistance (a friend, family member, counselor, or trusted person) and take steps to improve your happiness and well-being! For suggestions, keep reading our page! http://www.positivityratio.com/single.php

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (10/13/14)

Let’s Do Lunch: Tartines are one of my favorite foods to eat in Paris, yes, but also in my own home. And while I’ll never forsake grilled cheese, I do love both styles of sandwich; they make for such quick-and-easy, vegetarian-friendly fare! And they’re delicious! Here are some great recipes, perfect for a late Saturday lunch tomorrow afternoon: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/08/dining/grilled-cheese-try-a-tartine-recipe-instead.html

Social Psychology & The Dinner Plate: Interesting article from Psychology Today covering Paul Rozin’s research on the psychology of nutrition: http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201409/food-and-mood/the-psychology-nutrition?tr=HomeColItem

The President and First Lady seem to love hugs, too!
The President and First Lady seem to love hugs, too! – p/c Scout Tufikijan/David Burnett

Happy to Hug: As a serial hugger, I was stunned to read about people who are so hug-averse that they will actually tell their students “don’t touch me.” But I agree that most people are, as the article notes, coming out of the “don’t hug” bubble – and are receiving affection with open arms. (Friday Fun: check out the funny Channing Tatum video that the article references) http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/fashion/the-bro-hug-embracing-a-change-in-custom.html?ref=fashion&smid=tw-nytstyles&_r=0

Trusting Your Movements: Do you engage in any of the four “subtle gestures” that, according to the MIT media lab, read as “untrustworthy?” If so, take note, and practice stopping these behaviors in order to avoid having others judge you based on unconscious movements. http://www.inc.com/sims-wyeth/4-gestures-that-turn-people-off-guess-what-they-are.html?cid=ps01902lead

If you’d like to watch a short video about this research, click here: http://hbr.org/video/3166586123001/trustworthy-signals

Na Pali Hike - Jessica Glazer - 2013
Na Pali Hike – Jessica Glazer – 2013

Walk with Me: Did you really need another reason to go outside and breathe in the gorgeous autumn air? You did? Okay! Here it is! According to the University of Michigan – and all parents who tell their kids to get outside and play with some friends – “group walks in nature are linked to with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.” Now, off the couch and out you go! Have a great weekend!

Clippings: This Week’s Articles of Interest (9/22/14)

30-Minute Meals – or Slow-Cooker Creations?: How to be more efficient in the kitchen? “Invest time or work, not both.” From one of my favorites, Mark Bittman: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/dining/when-cooking-invest-time-or-work-not-both.html

Dental Dilemma: Excellent article from The Atlantic on the issue of health plans refusing to cover dental care, how this proves to be a medical danger and financial roadblock, and why this needs to change immediately: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/why-dont-we-treat-teeth-like-the-rest-of-our-bodies/380703/

An iPhone Case for Superman: Currently trying to decide: should I get the (bendable) iPhone6, or wait it out with my (cracked) iPhone4? I’ve been waiting a while for the 6, but am not exactly delicate with my belongings and fear that I could take “bendable” to a new level. Maybe this Yale-generated, super-steel case could help? If not, it will sure make some fancy superhero gear: http://www.notimpossiblenow.com/the-latest/bulk-metallic-glasses-smartphone-case

Cupbearer Chopsticks: Innovations abound. I would carry these chopsticks with me everywhere!: http://www.notimpossiblenow.com/the-latest/smart-chopsticks

“In Daylights, In Sunsets, In Midnights…”A cool set of infographics, and a very interesting way to conceptualize our precious time. Hoping everyone is lucky enough to fill out all of their squares – or mindful enough to make each square they have really matter: http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/life-weeks.html

“…In Cups of Coffee”: A Coffee Guide Infographic – I will bring the cortado picture with me so US baristas will stop shouting back at me “WARM milk!?” and I can sip happily, imagining that I am back in Mallorca: http://visual.ly/38-ways-make-perfect-coffee