What are the odds this Brooklyn KFC is actually hooking up the acid?
There’s a difference between crappy, lazy Internet writing and real plagiarism and I contend that when you start calling the first thing the second thing, you belittle the seriousness of real plagiarism. It all starts seeming like kindergarten-level failure to footnote. And over time real plagiarism will not outrage the public as it should.
— Gene Weingarten. Read the whole thing.
-Jody, BL Show-
What We Learned from the Inventor of the Treadmill Desk
(who convinced Brian Lehrer to conduct the interview while standing)
- There are a number of problems associated with chronic sitting: diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, back pain.
- Dr. James Levine’s goal is only 3 hours of sitting a day. He even stood at his microphone in our studio!
- The ideal speed for your treadmill desk is 1.1 miles per hour. Keep in mind, the average walking speed is 3.1 miles per hour, so 1 mph is pretty leisurely.
- What if I work out every morning before work – does that counteract the effects of sitting at the office? Dr. Levine says the benefits of a daily run are entirely offset by a day of sitting. He suggests starting by standing up at least once every hour and taking a stroll around the office.
- Callers who use a treadmill desk said they experience… higher levels of energy throughout the day and after work, improved focus and attention, heightened productivity (Levine says corporate studies show productivity jumps 10%to 15% with treadmill desks).
- What about standing desks? Exercise balls? Just as we’re not designed to sit for 13 hours a day, we’re not meant to stand for that long either. Standing creates other problems like varicose veins and lower back pain, and while exercise balls are good for your upper core, Dr. Levine sees them as a gateway to the treadmill desk.
- It’s not really about the treadmill – the key is building movement into your day. People have an innate drive to move, and enabling that drive helps us learn and work better.
- Kids need movement too! Levine designed a school that allows children to move around the classrooms freely. Teachers reported improved concentration, and students’ scores on state tests improved by about 10%. (And no, little boys aren’t more fidgety than little girls!)
- What do you do to add movement to your day? Here are some suggestions from listeners, but feel free to add your own in the comments: take a daily walk during your lunch break, do lunges with your baby/pet/weights while watching TV, weed the garden, walk the bridges…
How a Kiwi called Pogo became one of the most popular musicians in the world without leaving the house:
How many people had to sign-off on this terrible idea?
Watching musicians build loops can be super boring, but a dude in Brooklyn (naturally) figured out a fun fix:
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Instagram of the day: corona Park by @stewyiscool
Instagram of the day: by @skinnywashere
There was no shortage of bad news on Twitter this week, but there was the occasional glimmer of hope too: