Each time we check a Twitter feed or Facebook update, we encounter something novel and feel more connected socially… and get another dollop of reward hormones. But remember, it is the dumb, novelty-seeking portion of the brain driving the limbic system that induces this feeling of pleasure, not the planning, scheduling, higher-level thought centers in the prefrontal cortex. Make no mistake: email-, Facebook- and Twitter-checking constitute a neural addiction.

via Replacing Twitter with Phone Calls: An Adventure in Unplugging – 99U.

Start Contacting Busy People

Remember: busy people aren’t selfish and inconsiderate; I’ve actually found the opposite to be true — that some of the busiest people are actually the most giving types of people. But they also want to be efficient with their time. Remember that the time they give to you is time they sacrifice from working on their own businesses or spending time with their families. So contact them in a way that respects this reality and impinges on their schedule as lightly as possible.

via How to Contact a Busy Person | The Art of Manliness.

Many of the cheapest online schools in the country also rank among the best-performing online schools in measures of faculty quality, technological capability, and student satisfaction.

Ultimately, you want to go to an affordable online school that offers the bachelor’s or master’s degree program you’re looking for. In addition to the factors I already mentioned, all of the online schools that made my top 10 most affordable colleges list offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from.

via Most Affordable Online Colleges for 2015 – The Simple Dollar.

How to Track Your Spending, Income, and Investments

I know what you’re thinking, boring! Nobody wants to plug numbers into a spreadsheet. I’m a weirdo because it might just be my all-time favorite thing to do. The reason I want you to start, or try it for one month, is because I guarantee you’ll learn at least one thing about your finances you didn’t know.

via Becoming a Millionaire Is a Letdown | Mr. Everyday Dollar.

An overhaul of the way we view what our bodies need in order to thrive is long overdue. The fitness viewpoint of compartmentalizing movement into a small box during the day isn’t working for us. When you go from stationary for 10+ hours to intense exercise, it just doesn’t work.

What we need instead is a lifestyle — a nourishing movement diet — rather than a workout “supplement.” We need an approach where we’re moving in various micro-sessions throughout the day, continually diversifying our positions and introducing new challenges to our bodies.

via You Are Not a Zoo Animal: How to Escape Human Captivity and Reclaim Your Primal Health | The Art of Manliness.

The performance looks even better when you compare against high-income households: one of my Canadian friends ruefully admitted that his power bill tops $900 per month every January as his electric heat pump fights to keep his large custom home warm in the face of Ottawa’s near-arctic winter weather. A Texan friend reports a $300 per month cooling bill for the hottest four months of the year, and even a fellow Coloradan uses over $200 per month with very little climate control at all.

via Chasing Electrical Demons to Cut your Power Bill by 80%.

Such privacy is crucial for a number of reasons. For one thing, it shields us from persecution, whether it concerns our race, religion, gender, political orientation, or any other of a vast number of personal attributes.

Can our geolocation reveal such things about us?

Absolutely. Catherine Crump, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, made this point when talking to Ars:

via Oakland Police license plate reader data set handed to journalist | Naked Security.

So here’s an optimal compromise that will both ensure some grip training, ensure that your training doesn’t suffer and maybe make everybody happy.  Assuming grip is important, start pulling workouts without straps.  Depending on how good your grip is you’ll eventually find grip starting to become limiting.  It might be on your fourth sets of deadlifts, your third set of rows, whatever.  Doesn’t matter when it starts to happen.  Just that it does at some point.
At this point, strap up.  Your grip has been trained but this will prevent you from limiting your actual workout by a failing group.  Then, if you want to improve your grip, do some actual grip training.  I know, crazy idea but if something is limiting, train it a bit extra at the end of the workout if it’s important to you.  You get grip work during the initial stuff, don’t let grip limit the other training AND work to fix a weak point.

via To Strap or Not to Strap | BodyRecomposition.

One symptom of depression is the lack of motivation to do things that once brought you joy. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter of motivation, so if your brain becomes deadened to it, your drive decreases, and you get into a funk.

via Are You Depressed? The Symptoms of Male Melancholy | The Art of Manliness.

Although baseball, soccer, hockey, and basketball teams do appear on the top 25, the names of NFL teams show up most often (“eagles,” “steelers,” “cowboys,” “raiders,” “packers,” “giants,” “redskins,” “dolphins”). So if you know you work in an office full of football fans, urge them to enhance their passwords (especially if the local team is in the NFC East division).

via Worst Sports-Related Passwords.

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