Monthly Archives: October 2016

Mitch

October 26, 2016

It’s 2016. Why can’t anyone make a decent freaking to-do app? Things are so bad that people are resorting to pen and paper, even in Silicon Valley.

David Pierce, Wired:

Most of the myriad to-do list apps are fine. Some of them are very good. But none of them has ever solved my problem—your problem—of having too much to do, too little time to do it, and a brain incapable of remembering and prioritizing it all. Which explains why the old ways remain so popular.

“A lot of tech people I know are going back to paper,” organization and time-management guru David Allen tells me. “Because a paper planner … there’s still no better tool than a paper planner.”

Still, software developers keep plugging away, turning to AI to try to solve the problem.

I use 2Do. It’s fine.

Mitch

October 26, 2016

How often should you weigh yourself when trying to lose or maintain weight? I’ve always gone with weekly weigh-ins, though sometimes I weigh in more frequently when I’m at risk of indulging, or after I’ve indulged.

In other words, if I’m getting ready for a business trip where I know I’m at risk of eating a lot of crap, I’ll weigh myself that morning, and again the morning after I get home, just to see how I did.

But if I’m just working and eating at home all week like usual, I’ll weigh myself every Monday morning.

I learned years ago that daily weight will fluctuate wildly based on the amount of water you’ve consumed in the past 24 hours and other factors. Daily weigh-ins will make you crazy. Weekly weight is a better metric of true progress.

However, it seems that many people succeed with daily weigh-ins. And I won’t argue with success.

Mitch

October 26, 2016

I’m down to two business cards from the last batch I had made before Informa acquired Light Reading. Surprisingly, I’m having feels about this.

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Mitch

October 25, 2016

As a journalist, sometimes I’m annoyed when PR people interrupt interviews. And sometimes I’m reminded of a courtroom drama I saw somewhere, where a chatty scatterbrained witness is on the stand. One lawyer asks a leading question and the opposing counsel leaps to his feet and objects: “Leading the witness!” The judge rolls his eyes and says, “Somebody has to.”

Mitch

October 25, 2016

Fresh Air: A short history of marijuana. Marijuana prohibition in the US has always been linked with racism and bigotry. Also: Medical marijuana legalization faces a Catch-22 — laws restrict research on medical uses, and lack of research on medical uses is cited as justification for keeping laws restrictive.

Mitch

October 25, 2016

His wife’s cancer changed “The Hangover” star Ken Jeong’s comedy

The Death, Sex & Money podcast with Anna Sale:

Ken Jeong describes his role in the 2009 blockbuster The Hangover as “the most obscene love letter to a spouse one could ever have.” He peppered his dialogue with bits of Vietnamese as an inside joke with his wife Tran.

Ken met his wife while they were both practicing medicine at the same hospital in Los Angeles. Ken had always done comedy on the side. He even performed midnight improv while he was working up to 100 hours a week during his medical residency. But after he and Tran married, he quit medicine to pursue acting full-time. Then, a year later, Tran was diagnosed with aggressive stage III breast cancer. They had twins who were a year old. And Ken had just gotten an offer to play an Asian mobster in a Las Vegas buddy movie.

Tran encouraged him to take the part. “You’re kind of burning out right now,” she told him. And he channeled his anger about her illness into his character’s comedic rage.