Monday, December 22, 2014


“Last year’s England Under 18s who took on Wales weighed more than 2lb per man more than the England side who lost to Australia in the 1991 World Cup final.”

Rugby’s drug problem exposed as RFU boss admits: We realise it’s an issue. We’re addressing it.

Friday, December 19, 2014

How Fit?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In or Out

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


‘Gross’s exit — an event that, not long ago, would have seemed unthinkable — unleashed a crisis that Pimco is still trying to contain. His departure was followed by record withdrawals from the mutual fund he once ran, and which he built into the world’s biggest. Competitors swooped in, poaching clients from a firm that oversaw more assets in bonds than any competitor ever did. The government reached out to financial firms to ensure Gross’s departure didn’t destabilize the $100 trillion bond market.

“Money, big money, personal egos, differences of opinion, slights and disagreements built up over 10 or 15 years — that’s a pretty explosive combination.”’

Fall of the Bond King: How Gross Lost Empire as Pimco Cracked

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


‘Despite the initial splash of Ello’s release, it doesn’t feel like the mainstream conversation has moved there. The company hasn’t released numbers on active users, but early analysis suggests that only a small fraction of Ello’s comparatively small user base posts regularly on the site.

But it’s possible that for niche communities like Finance Ello, the platform’s clunkiness and small user base is more feature than bug. After all, that’s what lends the site its air of privacy: As with so many things, if it were easier to use or more popular, it wouldn’t be as fun.

Cale Weissman, a reporter for Business Insider Intelligence, agrees that Ello’s alternative, artisanal aesthetic could be part of the draw. Recall the 20 percent of Finance Ello that’s a joke — maybe part of it is the irony of a bunch of reporters who obsess over markets and jobs rates and stock indexes electing somewhat arbitrarily to descend on a design-forward social media platform that has rejected the primary way social networks make money.

Whether you see the humor in that or not, the really funny thing is that Finance Ello might actually be taking off. “I think if anyone actually knew what it took to get people to move platforms en masse they’d be really rich,” Weisenthal says. “Still seems like kind of a mystery to me.”’

Finance media’s hottest club is Ello

Monday, December 15, 2014

CC this

‘Mr. Moore also coaches employees to curb email. “It’s not unusual to see people who sit next to each other emailing each other and CC-ing half the company,” Mr. Moore says. He often asks, “What are you really trying to accomplish here?” and suggests talking face-to-face.

Those annoying CCs—which often trigger a tsunami of “reply all” responses—are major time-wasters. Senders should avoid use of mass-distribution lists if possible. Seagate coaches employees to omit recipients who don’t need to see an email. “There’s no need for spectators,” Ms. Motsinger says.’

Stop Wasting Everyone’s Time

Friday, December 12, 2014


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Red Cross

‘The difference between the real number and the one the Red Cross has been repeating “would be very stark,” says Daniel Borochoff of the watchdog group CharityWatch. “They don’t want to be embarrassed.”

The 17 percent the Red Cross has spent on average for fundraising expenses is below the ceilings set by nonprofit watchdogs. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, for example, says that fundraising expenses should not exceed 35 percent of related contributions.

Of the more than $3 billion that the Red Cross spent last year, two-thirds was spent not on disaster relief but rather on the group’s blood business.

The charity spent $2.2 billion on the blood business, most of which went to employee wages and benefits. By contrast, the charity spent $467 million, or 14 percent of total spending, on its famous domestic disaster response programs, including the expensive Sandy relief effort.’

The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


Monday, December 08, 2014

Biometric Smartwear

‘Instead of cramming sensors into gadgets, the OMSignal uses textiles to capture activity, which also includes steps and extrapolated calorie burn. Inside this heavy-duty compression shirt are conductive fibers that transmit biometric signals to a small box attached to the shirt.’

This shirt just started tracking my heart and breathing rate

The Future of Wearables

OM Signal

Friday, December 05, 2014

Compensatory Behaviour

‘This isn’t to say that exercise isn’t hugely beneficial for health: it raises mood, protects against disease, boosts energy, and improves sleep quality, just to name a few well-documented benefits.

But science has shown us that slimming down by exercising alone doesn’t work for most people. Physical activity is more important for weight maintenance than for weight loss, and what matters most for weight loss is controlling calorie intake.’

Surprisingly simple tips from 20 experts about how to lose weight and keep it off

Thursday, December 04, 2014


Wednesday, December 03, 2014


‘The crucial question for medallion owners like Mr. Ionescu is, if Uber is that much cheaper than a taxi, why would anyone take a taxi, and therefore why would any driver pay to lease a medallion? Mr. Ionescu says his revenues are down around 25 percent, and he’s having trouble leasing out his whole fleet.

Official data on medallion prices can be misleading for two main reasons: simple inaccuracy — as in New York, where officials excluded most sales from their calculations — or the very small number of sales. In Chicago, for example, there have been only 11 medallion sales since July 1, compared with 147 during the same period last year. Just because somebody sold a medallion for $300,000 doesn’t mean it will be consistently possible to sell at that price into a thin market.

“Those are fake prices,” said Mohammad Kamran, a medallion broker in Chicago, who blames UberX. “The price has plunged big time, and there are no buyers or sellers because the lenders are not lending money.”’

Under Pressure From Uber, Taxi Medallion Prices are Plummeting

Tuesday, December 02, 2014


‘The study, conducted at The Ohio State University and published in PLOS ONE, suggests that doubling the amount of saturated fat in the diet has no effect on fat levels in the blood. Increasing carbohydrates, on the other hand, raised levels of Palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid associated with heart disease and type 2 diabetes.’

Type 2 diabetes and heart disease linked to carbohydrates rather than fat

‘By the end of this book, utterly convincing as it is, you will begin to questions the old accepted science. I recommend every health care professional to read this book and help to sound the death-knell for the ‘one size fits all approach’. Fat can belong in a healthy diet. Fat, meat and eggs, should not be demonised and we should not be forced to adopt a unitary approach to nutrition therapy.’

Book Review; Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

Big Fat Surprise: why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet

Monday, December 01, 2014


Friday, November 28, 2014