Thursday, March 5, 2015Reading on Flipboard
Sixteen Years | MetaTalk - Wow, for the MeFites this is pretty huge. @mathowie is stepping down! I remember how stoked I was to get a personal email from him four years ago when his family was visiting Sydney, asking for advice on travelling from the airport and suggesting we meet up. It turned into a proper event with a bunch of other Sydney MeFites, and qwip even got a photo. Thanks for all the memories, Matt, and best of luck on your new adventure!
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015Reading on Flipboard
What I've learned after 10 years of quantifying myself - Medium - I'm tempted to try out Eternity myself. Here's my conundrum though: there's lots of evidence that the act of tracking something - food, goals, exercise, time spent - produces results even if you don't seriously analyse the results. But what happens when "tracking" becomes effortless? It seems like there's a point at which the results drop off. If I were using a manual pedometer and logging my steps each day, I suspect I would be fitter and more motivated than I am when my Fitbit just handles it all for me (and sometimes I forget to even look at the results).
How Bad Are K-Cups for the Environment? - The Atlantic - Two things I found fascinating: 1) Singapore doesn't have K-Cups. Huh. Another tick in Singapore's favour, as far as I'm concerned! 2) Keurig actually argues that their machines are more environmentally efficient because non-Keurig machines waste too much coffee (since rarely to people measure out exactly the proper amount), and coffee uses a lot of water to grow. That would be interesting to try to quantify. I know that the Snook (and I) thinks that the coffee he produces by grinding fresh beans and using an espresso machine at home is far superior to K-Cup taste... but judging by the coffee grinds all over the counter top each day, there's definitely some wastage and inefficiency. (Not to mention when somebody - *cough cough* - forgets and leaves the machine on all day...)
Monday, March 2, 2015Shared on Instagram
Official YouTube Blog: Introducing the newest member of our family, the YouTube Kids app--available on Google Play and the App Store - Really fantastic idea from Google/YouTube.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015Shared on Instagram
The other day I was arguing with the Snook about something - I can't remember what - but his general homebody-ness and antipathy to the world just made my head explode and I decided that meant it was time for me to do some Good Deeds so as to Contribute to Society. Somehow I ended up at the Clean Up Australia Day website. I found the work site closest to me and signed up. Today was the big day, so I headed over to the Ultimo Community Garden armed with a hat, sunscreen, bottle of water, and pair of thick gloves. (The Garden is lovely, by the way. I'd never seen it before!) Pauline the organiser put me to work on Macarthur Street picking up rubbish with a young guy named Matt. There are several nice little verge gardens filled with agapanthus and bushes, and JERKS LOVE TO THROW RUBBISH IN THEM. So Matt and I worked in the sun for an hour, pulling out old beer bottles and coffee cups and candy bar wrappers and bits of plastic and old takeaway containers and a lot of other icky crap. Oh, and we picked up ABOUT A BILLION CIGARETTE BUTTS. After a short break to rehydrate and reapply sunscreen, we went over to Jones Street to the pedestrian area near MSY to pick up ANOTHER BILLION CIGARETTE BUTTS. A few people talked to us, which was nice. "Oh, is it Clean Up Australia Day already?!" they'd ask. I was tempted to tell them no, I was just on work release from prison. At one point a young guy came past finishing off a can of Coke, and I said loudly, "YOU BETTER NOT THROW THAT IN THE BUSH." He was like, "I wasn't going to!" while ostentatiously putting it in the bin. Harrumph. Anyway, I finished my two hour shift and said goodbye to Pauline and Matt, happily heading home with a feeling of accomplishment... which lasted 2 minutes until I got on Wattle Street and passed my first empty beer bottle and pile of cigarette butts.
Saturday, February 28, 2015Reading on Flipboard
Facebook reaching out to users who might be suicidal - What a great idea! Instagram
Friday, February 27, 2015Decluttering.
How One New Yorker Lives Comfortably In 90 Square Feet - House Calls - Curbed NY - Spotted on Max's Facebook. My favourite bit:
"I really like getting rid of things," says Mary Helen Rowell, as she stands in the middle of her minimally furnished West Village apartment. "It's my favorite thing."MINE TOO, MARY HELEN. MINE TOO. Twitter
Thursday, February 26, 2015Shared on Instagram
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