5 Interesting Links for 07-27-2018

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Food (Environment)

Research into reduced carbon footprint has determined that if all Americans as individuals gave up beef (not all meats) for beans, it would have as big an impact as industry emissions limits.

Blurbs (Publishing)

Some tips on writing both fiction and non-fiction blurbs to help get you started.

Efficiency (Work)

The adage of “Work smarter not harder” is often misunderstood or misapplied. This article breaks down eight often overlooked sources of productivity.

Steampunk (Crafts)

5 simple projects to add a steampunk flair whether you’re a beginner or just short of time. The directions are not very detailed, offering a broad range of flexibility to play with.

Phrases (Etymology)

A site catering to all manner of wordsmiths who have an interest in etymology (or rather idiomation). You can find many phrases along with their history here. I’ve selected this example because it combines cats and Andre Norton. What could be better?:

First Contact Cafe

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2 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 07-27-2018

  1. cheflinsp says:

    Not everyone can eat beans. I can’t. It takes a while, but beans send my glucose way too high. And, while I’m willing to do what I can for the environment, I’m not willing to mess up my health. Admittedly, I could eat chicken, ham, pork chops, or other meats and fish instead. But I love beef. I’m willing to eat it less often, maybe, but not to give it up completely and certainly not to switch it out for a food that wrecks my health.

    There’s another issue for me, too. That is what I consider the environmental elephant in the room. I never see articles suggesting that corporations and businesses make changes to protect our environment, aside from the fossil fuel industries. Instead I see empty buildings with lights on all night. And huge patches of lawn where more native plants would have less effect on the environment. And so on. I’d propose that corporations be asked to make changes and see how much effect that has. I suspect those changes would have a greater impact than anything the average person could do.

    I love that the work harder article suggested working when it’s your best time, rather than give the advice I read most often-do it first thing, no matter what. But if you’re not a moring person, doing it first thing often means not doing it as well as you can or that it’s more difficult for you to do it because you’re just not awake enough to concentrate.

    I must admit, though, that one of the reasons I usually dislike these types of articles is their assumption that we all want to spend our time productively, whether it’s working or doing specific social or hobby activities. Wasting time is to be avoided at all cost. But sometimes you want to be effective just so you can waste time doing absolutely nothing.

    BTW-I notice that it changed my commenting to cheflinsp. It’s Linda Sprinkle, but none of the variations of my name I tried were available, so when I set up my food blog, I put chef in front so it would accept the ID.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      Yes, it defaults to your WordPress id, but I recognized your website name anyway.

      On the beans, it also probably doesn’t account for how much of the population already eats less beef (whether switching to different meats or meat alternatives). Like most things, it’s more a thought experiment than a call to action, but it’s something to think about. The reason no suggestions for corporate change were there is because it’s framed as “something you can do to feel better about the environment when the government is systematically dismantling all the existing efforts to require change of corporations and industry. On the other hand, I’ve worked in several companies where the lights were motion detectors…problematic when you come in very early and tend to hyper focus. The lights kept turning off on me. Though it was good for my ergonomics to keep standing up and waving at them ;). As newer buildings are built, more are going to these semi-automatic efficiencies because the benefit to the profit line is clear. With fossil fuels, the trouble is environmentally sound changes all make things more expensive.

      Sadly, though, if the lights are on in a building, there’s probably someone in there still working. That’s what drives these productivity articles. I’ve been in positions where I was allowed to leave when I’d met my stats (so gaining time to waste) and ones in which the work was never done so I was in the office 10+ hours a day, sometimes even 7 days a week. That’s one of the reasons I look for viable productivity suggestions, though you always need to tailor it to your own circumstances…sort of like writing advice ;).

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