Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Worrying in moderation can be a good thing

Focusing on what could go wrong can motivate you to take action, according to an associate professor of psychology at UC Riverside. That can ultimately lead to better results. The key is channeling those worries into productivity: If you’re concerned about a something in particular, spend more time preparing. Some experts also suggest setting a daily “worry time” (always at the same place and hour) so that your fears are addressed before you go to bed. (The Cut)


Working from home could make you a better worker — if you do it right

Gallup’s latest State of the American Workplace finds that people who work at home or another remote location as many as 3-4 days a week “are more engaged in their work”. The magic happens when one is able to work in a way which “seamlessly blends with family and recreational time.” It also requires mastering your ultradian rhythm. And that means after crushing it for a couple of hours you need to spend 20 minutes indulging the right side of your brain’s desire to “yawn, eat and stretch.” (Gallup)


Barber Gives Man “Three Stooges” Haircut, Snips His Ear

A barber in Madison, Wisconsin, cut off more than one customer asked for when he sliced off a piece of the man’s ear. A Police spokesman said the 22-year-old man visited Ruby’s Salon barber shop to get a shave on the sides and an inch off the top. The man was very fidgety and kept moving his head, but rather than telling the man to stay still, the stylist twisted the customer’s ear when he began to move around. Then he snipped off the tip. To top the bad hair experience off, the barber allegedly ran the clippers on the closest setting down the center of the man’s head. The client said that the cut looked “a bit like Larry from ‘The Three Stooges.'” “While it is not a crime to give someone a bad haircut, you will get arrested for intentionally snipping their ear with a scissors,” a police spokesman said. The barber faces a tentative charge of mayhem and disorderly conduct while armed. He maintains it was an accident. The customer appears to have suffered no major damage, but he went to another hair stylist to get his entire head shaved before returning home. (Wisconsin State Journal )


Man to Divorce Wife After She Sold His Video Game Account

A popular mobile video game “King of Glory” is once again getting some bad publicity in Asian media, after allegedly getting one 25-year-old Malaysian man so addicted that he decided to divorce his wife of six years because she sold his account in the hopes that he would spend more time with her and their daughter. The husband was fascinated with it from the start, but she never imagined that a video game could ever endanger their marriage. In the beginning, she even played alongside him, just so they could be together, but soon, he began complaining about her skills and playing with his friends instead. It all became too much to bear a few days ago, after yet another of her husband’s late night gaming marathons. When he finally went to sleep, she grabbed his phone and sold his account online. She hoped that this way, he would be discouraged to play anymore and would finally begin spending more time with his family. When her husband woke up and realized he could no longer log into the game anymore, he flew into a rage, barged into his wife’s room, grabbed her hand and dragged her downstairs. He told her that he knew what she had done and that he would divorce her for it. He also asked her to leave Malaysia and return to China. “I no longer have any hope for my husband,” the woman wrote on WeChat. “He played his video game all day long and pretty much ignored me and his daughter. All I want right now is to obtain custody of my girl so I can take her to China and raise her properly.” (Oddity Central)


It’s All Going To Pot

The arrival of the new year in California brought with it brought legalization of marijuana after two decades since becoming the first state to allow pot for medical use. Pot is now legal in California for adults 21 and older, and individuals can grow up to six plants and possess as much as an ounce of the drug. Only about 90 businesses received state licenses to open in San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Palm Springs area. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among the many cities where recreational pot will not be available right away because local regulations were not approved in time to start issuing city licenses needed to get state permits. Meanwhile, Fresno, Bakersfield and Riverside are among the communities that have adopted laws forbidding recreational marijuana sales. (ABC News)


Apple Apologizes For Slowing Down Older iPhones

Apple publicly apologized to customers for the battery performance of older iPhone models and announced it is slashing prices for replacement batteries from $79 to $29 for one year. The company, which has been sued for allegedly slowing down older Apple products intentionally, released a a letter to customers saying, “There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue…” After a blog post proved older iPhones were deteriorating on newer operating systems, Apple admitted that it purposely slowed down certain tasks to prevent older iPhone batteries from suddenly shutting down. The company said the slowdowns were designed to prevent unexpected iPhone shutdowns and not done to degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades. In addition to lowering the cost of a replacement battery by $50, Apple is also planning to release a software update that will allow users to see their battery’s condition and determine whether it is adversely impacting performance of the iPhone. (CBS Local)


One way to cure a fear of public speaking: focus

Forget about everything except for the one primary point you are looking to make. Stop thinking about your appearance, your wardrobe, and even the words you want to use. Just focus on the idea you want to convey to your audience. If you can cast aside all those other considerations, you free yourself from the many reasons people grow nervous about speaking. To give a successful talk, you don’t need to be a performer; you need to be a delivery person. (Fast Company)


Welcome To The First Wednesday Of 2018!  It gives us:

  • Drinking Straw Day
  • Earth at Perihelion
  • J.R.R. Tolkien Day
  • Memento Mori “Remember You Die” Day
  • National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • National Fruitcake Toss Day

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