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shasou:

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これこそまさにウィンドウズエクスプローラーのための単純化(ストリームライン化)、最適化のためのアイデアだ。彼らはこのことについてブログに大変誇らしげに書いている。このブログ投稿は合理化への情熱のある種の代表作であるが、私の好きな部分はこのスクリーンショットである。
ここで、彼らは誇らしげに各種コマンドがどのくらい使われているかという調査から得られたデータをインターフェースに重ね合わせている。ユーザーがエクスプローラーで使うコマンドの84%をいまや1つのタブに納めたことを示すために、彼らはこれ(この図)を使っている。しかし、より重要な点はバーに残っている50%はマイクロソフト社自身の調査によってさえも使うことがないであろうと結論付けられたボタンによって占められていることである。そして、どういうわけかそれをインターフェースの真ん中に残している。この狂気はこの図によってより大きくなっている。
再び、同じ投稿から引用したマイクロソフト社の調査では誰もー文字通りユーザーの0%がーメニューバーを使っておらず、10%のユーザだけがコマンドバーと使っている。ほとんどすべてのユーザーがコンテクストメニューとホットキーを使っている。だから、解決策は、明らかに、メニューバーとコマンドバーの両方を大きくそして目立つようにすることだ。そうでしょう?
マイクロソフト社のユーザーインターフェースは公式にセルフパロディーの領域に入ってしまった。
seldo:

This is genuinely Microsoft’s idea of a “streamlined”, “optimized” UI for Windows Explorer. They were so proud of it they wrote a blog post about it.
The post is a sort of masterpiece of crazy rationalization, but I think my favourite part may be this screenshot:

Here, they proudly overlay the UI with data from their research into how often various commands are used. They use this to show that “the commands that make up 84% of what users do in Explorer are now in one tab”. But the more important thing is that the remaining 50% of the bar is taken up by buttons that nobody will ever use, ever, even according to Microsoft’s own research. And yet somehow they remain smack bang in the middle of the interface. The insanity is further enriched by this graph:

Again, this is Microsoft’s own research, cited in the same post: nobody — almost literally 0% of users — uses the menu bar, and only 10% of users use the command bar. Nearly everybody is using the context menu or hotkeys. So the solution, obviously, is to make both the menu bar and the command bar bigger and more prominent. Right?
Microsoft UI has officially entered the realm of self-parody.

shasou:

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これこそまさにウィンドウズエクスプローラーのための単純化(ストリームライン化)、最適化のためのアイデアだ。彼らはこのことについてブログに大変誇らしげに書いている。このブログ投稿は合理化への情熱のある種の代表作であるが、私の好きな部分はこのスクリーンショットである。

ここで、彼らは誇らしげに各種コマンドがどのくらい使われているかという調査から得られたデータをインターフェースに重ね合わせている。ユーザーがエクスプローラーで使うコマンドの84%をいまや1つのタブに納めたことを示すために、彼らはこれ(この図)を使っている。しかし、より重要な点はバーに残っている50%はマイクロソフト社自身の調査によってさえも使うことがないであろうと結論付けられたボタンによって占められていることである。そして、どういうわけかそれをインターフェースの真ん中に残している。この狂気はこの図によってより大きくなっている。

再び、同じ投稿から引用したマイクロソフト社の調査では誰もー文字通りユーザーの0%がーメニューバーを使っておらず、10%のユーザだけがコマンドバーと使っている。ほとんどすべてのユーザーがコンテクストメニューとホットキーを使っている。だから、解決策は、明らかに、メニューバーとコマンドバーの両方を大きくそして目立つようにすることだ。そうでしょう?

マイクロソフト社のユーザーインターフェースは公式にセルフパロディーの領域に入ってしまった。

seldo:

This is genuinely Microsoft’s idea of a “streamlined”, “optimized” UI for Windows Explorer. They were so proud of it they wrote a blog post about it.

The post is a sort of masterpiece of crazy rationalization, but I think my favourite part may be this screenshot:

Here, they proudly overlay the UI with data from their research into how often various commands are used. They use this to show that “the commands that make up 84% of what users do in Explorer are now in one tab”. But the more important thing is that the remaining 50% of the bar is taken up by buttons that nobody will ever use, ever, even according to Microsoft’s own research. And yet somehow they remain smack bang in the middle of the interface. The insanity is further enriched by this graph:

Again, this is Microsoft’s own research, cited in the same post: nobody — almost literally 0% of users — uses the menu bar, and only 10% of users use the command bar. Nearly everybody is using the context menu or hotkeys. So the solution, obviously, is to make both the menu bar and the command bar bigger and more prominent. Right?

Microsoft UI has officially entered the realm of self-parody.

feminices:

Suplementos da Whey Protein, da Probiótica

feminices:

Suplementos da Whey Protein, da Probiótica

Holy crap, acupuncture really works!

acupuncturegirl:

  1. I’ve hurt my back a little, but didn’t care much for it. Then it got worse, to the point where I couldn’t easily get up. Then I decided to try the acupuncture.

    Some spots hurt more than the others, and on the first day, I didn’t feel much difference. But after second treatment, I started to feel much, MUCH better. Since I felt much better today morning, I sat in front of the computer more often. A stupid thing to do, because my back just got worse.

    I’m thinking of going back either this weekend or early next week for couple of more treatment. Those small, thin needles really do the tricks! So cool! xD

    Acupuncture & thoughts on Pain Management

    Acupuncturist Lisa Rohleder blogs eloquently about pain management, following a class she took recently on the subject, and her recent life experiences.  I’m posting just excerpts here since most of you are not acupuncturists, and she is talking in part about the profession.   I think what she writes about the nature of pain and pain management is something all health care professionals, and in fact anyone who might ever be in pain, should read.  Know that acupuncture is available and often very effective in treating chronic and acute pain. 

    The State of Oregon has a Pain Management Commission, and one of its members, Teresa Keane, was teaching the class. Teresa is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who works at the Kaiser Pain Clinic, and she is a terrific presenter. She began the class by explaining the history of the Medical Board requirement: a state legislator in Oregon moved from an urban area to a rural area; she had chronic pain, and she quickly discovered that nobody wanted to renew her prescription for the medications that controlled it. This legislator experienced first-hand some of the realities about pain: pain is misunderstood and undertreated; pain patients are stigmatized; and chronic pain can ruin your life if it isn’t adequately addressed. 30% of Americans suffer from chronic pain, and pain presents as a symptom in more than 80% of physician visits.

    I was worried about spending six hours in a class to meet a bureaucratic requirement, but actually I was interested the entire time. It turns out “Pain Management for Health Professionals” at Portland Community College is a covert tutorial on the human condition.  I can’t sum up all six hours, but I’ll try to get the important stuff. Pain is a chemical electrical signal interpreted in the brain. There is a big difference between acute pain and chronic pain; they are actually distinct neurological conditions. Acute pain is like an alarm, and chronic pain is like an alarm that is broken. Acute pain is the impulse that keeps you from injuring yourself further, what makes you yank your hand off a hot stove; chronic pain is what keeps you from functioning. One of the most important things that chronic pain patients can do in order to improve their quality of life is to exercise — but in order to exercise, they somehow have to persuade themselves to ignore the alarm in their brains that is screaming at them to stop. They have to persuade themselves that hurt is not harm.

    Nobody really understands why some pain switches from acute to chronic, but research indicates that people who have a history of childhood violence are much more likely to suffer from chronic pain. One extremely creative pain researcher, Dr. Sean Mackey, got funding to do functional MRIs on chronic pain patients; his studies allowed people to watch their brains react to signals and to see what parts light up in response to pain. You can actually measure that people interpret pain — especially people with histories of childhood violence — through the brain centers of emotion, trauma, and memory. Chronic pain always has a strong emotional component, and not only because being in pain for a long period of time can cause anxiety, depression, guilt and shame.

    Besides exercise, the next most important thing that chronic pain patients can do to improve their quality of life is to get in touch with, and then learn to have some control over, their mechanisms of attention. Fear of pain increases pain. Stress and pain travel up the same pathways to the brain. Giving up pleasurable activities because of chronic pain will ultimately make the pain itself worse. The goal of behavioral modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapies, relaxation techniques, and spiritual counseling, is to reduce the intensity of pain through changes in attention and perception. Researchers have measured that meditation can reduce pain and heal the brain; the same goes for love.

    The goal of pain management is to improve quality of life and ability to function. As Teresa explained it, pain clinics do not promise patients that they will get rid of their pain. In part, they teach patients to live a lifestyle that will manage their pain. That means different things for different people. The goal of a pain clinic is often to help patients to keep their pain below a 6 on a scale of 10 — 4 out of 10 is better, but 6 out of 10 is the limit, the equivalent of a diabetic checking his blood sugar and realizing he has to have an injection, right now. Many pain scales relate the numbers on the scale not only to intensity of pain, but ability to function, because activities are what determine quality of life. Kaiser Permanente NW defines a 4 as “constantly aware of the pain but can continue normal activities” and a 6 as “pain preoccupies thinking; must give up many activities due to the pain”. Teresa tells patients, “the only time you can manage your pain is in the present”.

    As I was listening, I kept thinking about how often acupuncturists feel like failures when they can’t make someone’s pain go away for good. How often we feel we should be able to manage someone’s pain for them, not only in the present, but in the future, with that one perfect treatment-if-only-we-could-figure-it-out. How we tend to blame ourselves, or blame acupuncture, when pain persists — and how little perspective we have on pain, how little understanding, despite the fact that pain management is 80% of our job. It’s not like we have hours to spend on patient education about pain, but just approaching the problem from a more realistic context would probably make us a lot more effective. What if, every time a patient who was suffering from chronic pain said to us, “It’s not any better, I’m totally miserable” instead of hanging our heads and thinking furiously about possible new acupuncture point combinations, we said, “Tell me one thing that you do that is pleasurable.” And then, whether we came up with a great new point combination or not, what if we asked them to spend 15 minutes doing the thing that made them feel good, before their next acupuncture appointment. Doesn’t it seem like there are a lot of tiny adjustments we could make that might add up to better support for our patients?

    During a break I introduced myself to Teresa and asked her if she would be willing to work with me to design some classes for acupuncturists. Her eyes lit up. “Working Class Acupuncture! We love you guys! We send you patients all the time! Sometimes you get really amazing outcomes, don’t you?” It turns out that she tries to get all of her patients to get acupuncture — and she tells them to give it 12 treatments before they give up. So here’s another issue with perspective — eight years ago, when we first opened, I think I would have given my right arm to get an endorsement — not to mention a constant stream of referrals — from a nurse practitioner at Kaiser’s Pain Clinic. And yet there was no way I could have made that happen. There was nothing to do except keep treating patients, keep being accessible to people year in and year out, until without realizing it WCA turned into a significant community resource. And being a significant community resource doesn’t mean being able to work miracles for everybody, it means offering people who are struggling to manage their pain one more option, one more tool, one more choice.

    Because the bottom line is that life is suffering.

    Apparently, just as there’s no one pain management strategy that works for everybody, neither is there one religion or philosophical system that works for everybody, and the Buddha knew it, and so he taught a variety of doctrines, even to his own followers, based on what he thought was appropriate. “Based on their mential outlook, ” His Holiness writes tactfully, the Buddha taught some of them to concentrate only on peace and happiness for themselves, and prohibited them from ehgaging in many activities and many purposes.  I was happy to read this, since at various times in my life I’ve been chided by spiritual people for not being detached enough, for being too busy, for getting too involved in the world — the assumption being, I guess, that if I were clear about the nature of reality, I wouldn’t care so much. I’ve felt vaguely guilty and defensive about that, because I’ve been meditating for twenty years, really I have, and yet it hasn’t made me more detached. Maybe I’m doing it wrong? I always wondered, so it was pretty exciting to hear the Dalai Lama say that’s not the whole story: “indeed, in terms of yourself you need few activities and few purposes, but in terms of the well being of others you need many.”(pg 48, Becoming Enlightened).

    I feel like Nagarjuna got it right: “You are living amidst the causes of death/Like a lamp standing in a strong breeze”. But what are we supposed to do with that? “Sometimes when people come to accept that they might die at any time,” His Holiness explains, ” they draw the mistaken conclusion that planning for this life is useless, so they do not really accomplish anything. However, this is not the point; we just need to place less emphasis on our own happiness, on living a long time, accumulating more and more wealth, building a house beyond what we really need, and the like. Instead we need to engage in activities for the welfare of society as a whole, such as building schools, hospitals, and factories; we need to base our lives on altruistic concern.” (pg 67) Or, even more simply: “Focusing only on yourself is the problem; being concerned for others is the solution.” The solution to: most people are in pain, and everybody dies.

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    #Center #health #Longevity Loading… Hide notes Likes  Acupuncture and Natural Treatment Options for Depression

    Approximately 38 million Americans suffer with chronic anxiety or depression. One out of eight adults are currently taking antidepressant medications—that statistic alone is depressing. While these medications can offer support and benefit for certain individuals, there are indeed many people that do not respond well to this form of treatment. This can be due to a number of factors including:

    • Unpleasant side effects that outweigh the benefits of the medication
    • A developed tolerance to the medication that causes benefits to diminish
    • Excessive sensitivity to the concentrated, chemical nature of these medications
    • Depression that is not due to a biochemical imbalance, but is the result of a deeper unresolved spiritual issue  

    In my clinical practice, I have worked with a number of patients who were convinced that they had run out of options after finding medications and/or talk therapy to be ineffective for their needs. Many of these people try acupuncture as a last resort. Based on the experience I have in working with numerous patients who suffer from chronic depression, I truly believe that Chinese medicine, nutritional supplementation, meditation, and yoga can offer tremendously helpful support in healing the root causes of this epidemic. This approach is much more comprehensive and much less invasive to the brain than using SSRI medications. It accounts not only for biochemical factors, but also energetic, nutritional, and spiritual influences as well.

    Acupuncture

    Practiced for over 2,500 years, acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that treats the energetic level of the human body and mind. As surprising as it is to most people, acupuncture is usually a profoundly relaxing experience that establishes a deep quality of restoration and balance to the central nervous system. Most people feel altered, dreamy, or sleepy after treatment. This feeling tends to stick around for a few hours after the treatment and becomes a more continuous experience with repetitive treatment. Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of Qi, or internal life force in the body.

    Chinese Herbs

    There are a number of Chinese herbal formulas and Western herbs and minerals that can work wonders for depression. I use a variety in my practice to treat this condition. Each individual’s condition is unique, so the herbal therapy is also customized.

    Nutrition

    One of the most important considerations here is to maintain stable blood sugar throughout the day. Many patients with depression suffer from hypoglycemia. They tend to eat refined carbohydrates and/or drink coffee to start the day, only to experience the typical ‘crash’ around 2-4pm. To keep the blood sugar stable, begin the day with a high protein breakfast such as eggs, turkey bacon, whole oats, or smoothies with whey or goat protein in them. Eat a low glycemic snack every 2-3 hours. Avoid coffee and other forms of caffeine. It can also be revealing to avoid allergenic foods such as wheat, gluten, pasteurized dairy, and refined sugar for one month to see if the depression significantly improves.

    Meditation and Yoga

    Many people find meditation and yoga to be their most powerful allies in healing depression. With regular practice of various breathing techniques and yoga postures, people often feel that they have much more control over the depression and that it need not run their life anymore. These practices can be direct gateways to the rest and restore mode of the nervous system. On a deeper level, they can help us forge a spiritual connection with our lives that instills an unshakable sense of trust and safety in the workings of the universe.

    From a holistic perspective, our symptoms are never random. There is always a reason why they creep up. In the case of depression, it is helpful to disengage from our personal feelings about it and look at the bigger picture. What is the depression telling us about ourselves? Is it a warning sign that something is amiss and needs to be acknowledged or changed? In any regard, the practices mentioned here can offer a profound level of support in getting to the root of the problem and inducing a gentle course in a new direction of inspiration and insight.

    Amie Brooke Nelson, MSOM is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and holistic nutritional therapist. She can be reached at (415) 860-7896.

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    Asthma affects approximately 20 million Americans every year. Conventional treatment options are limited to steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. While these medications are effective in relieving the symptoms of asthma, the side effects of continuous long-term treatment can be severe and debilitating. There are numerous natural strategies to consider for chronic asthma that can offer effective treatment without side effects.

    The following nutritional supplements and herbal formulas are used to help control asthma:

    Supplements

    Quercetin - Recognized as one of the superior flavonoids because of its marked antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is known for its ability to stabilize mast cells and help control allergies. If the asthma is directly related to allergic reactions, then quercetin is an excellent supplement to try.

    Grape Seed extract - A strong antioxidant that is also very good at reducing inflammation and breaking the chronic pattern of allergy-induced asthma. Cod liver oil - High in essential fatty acids, cod liver oil reduces inflammation, promotes healthy circulation, and is generally strengthening for immunity.

    MSM - MSM is an organic sulfur-containing nutrient, a naturally occurring compound in the environment and in the human body. Sulfur is necessary for the structure of every cell in the body. Hormones, enzymes, antibodies, and antioxidants all depend on it. Because the body utilizes and expends it on a daily basis, sulfur must be continually replenished for optimal nutrition and health. MSM has anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts immunity and is helpful for allergies.

    Chinese herbs

    Ginseng and gecko: A Chinese herbal formula (ren shen ge jie san) that clears heat and phlegm from the lungs and strengthens both lung and spleen

    Qi Ding chuan tang: The most widely used herbal formula for asthma, ding chuan tang can be applied to all kinds of asthma. In particular, if the asthma is exacerbated by the onset of a cold, this formula works well.

    Jade Windscreen: A Chinese herbal formula (yu ping feng san) that can be combined with one of the above formulas to add more support in strengthening immunity and boosting lung function.

    Acupuncture

    Practiced for over 2,500 years in various cultures throughout Asia, acupuncture has enjoyed a long history of treating internal medical conditions. Acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of asthma because it helps to reduce inflammation and balance the major organs that are contributing to one’s symptoms. In Chinese medicine, asthma can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, diet, allergies, candida infection and constitutional weakness. All of these factors are related to different internal organs that are causing the lungs to constrict. Acupoints are used on the corresponding meridians that will balance any energetic or functional disharmonies in the respiratory system. Adjunctive therapies are also very helpful for asthma, such as cupping and gua sha.

    Diet

    The main strategy for asthma sufferers is to avoid foods that provoke inflammation in the body. At the top of this list is all refined sugars and carbohydrates. Any food that converts into sugar very quickly in the body is going to cause inflammation. Many asthma patients report a marked improvement in their symptoms simply by reducing or removing these foods from their diet. In Chinese medicine, the lungs share a close relationship with the large intestine. Intestinal toxicity can cause a whole cascade of internal problems, including asthma and allergies. If there is a history of constipation, then a cleansing approach is useful to detoxify the colon—which will indirectly benefit the lungs. A high fiber diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables is the key. Flax seed, prune, pear, ripe banana, and herbs such as rhubarb root are helpful colon cleansers.

    Deep breathing

    Anytime the asthma is in remission, I recommend undertaking deep breathing exercises as much as possible. Ujayi breathing in yoga is a very helpful practice for building lung capacity and strength. This is a long, exaggerated breath that is coordinated with each asana (yoga posture). Many of the chest-opening asanas are healing for the lungs as well. Pranayama exercises such as the one minute breath and alternate nasal breathing are beneficial, especially if done on a daily basis. The one minute breath involves inhaling as slowly as possible for as long as possible, holding for as long as possible, then exhaling for as long as possible. Try to build up to a full minute of doing this. Alternate nasal breathing involves plugging one nostril, then inhaling deeply through the other, switching sides, then exhaling slowly and fully, inhaling deeply, then switching sides. This can be repeated several times.

    If your stress level is high, then I recommend learning how to meditate for 15-30 minutes per day. If you need help with this, please ask me.

    Amie Brooke Nelson, MSOM is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and holistic nutritional therapist. She can be reached at (415) 860-7896.

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    The Chinese Art of Acupuncture

    According to legend„ acupuncture started in China when some soldiers who were wounded by arrows in battle experienced a relief of pain in other parts of the body, and consequently people started experimenting with arrows (and later needles) as therapy.

    The ancient Chinese medicinal art of Acupuncture has an important place in alternative healing even today. The proponents of acupuncture rave about the benefits and efficacy of receiving acupuncture treatment sessions. There are also many studies that have substantiated some of the positive effects of acupuncture treatments on patients.

    Acupuncture involves positioning long, thin needles on various points on the body. There are different techniques to the insertion of the needles, including care for the angles at which they are inserted, different types of needles (there are nine, but most practitioners only use six types of the needles), and various ways to twirl or vibrate the needles. The needles are placed on the body depending upon the ailment of the patient. Acupuncturists believe that the body has different energy channels that help in the efficient and proper functioning of the body. Precise placement of the needles draws energy to the needed areas and makes way for positive energy flow. This is what adherents profess gives the health benefits.

    Those who practice and those who receive acupuncture point to a variety of positive health benefits associated with the expert placement of the needles. When placed in the proper places, acupuncture needles are said to help cure nearly any ailment from chronic pain to diabetes to cellulite. Cancer patients report that acupuncture helps them deal with their disease by helping them achieve calm and by helping them feel more energetic after cancer treatments. Additionally, relief of the pain associated with the progression of the cancer is felt. Similar results are said to be felt by HIV/AIDS patients.

    For people without specific diseases, however, there are other health benefits. Acupuncture adds energy to the day. It can also reduce anxiety and stress. People who use this treatment claim that they feel calmer, and that they feel happier. Additionally, many of them report less worry and anxiety. They feel more alert mentally and more stable emotionally. Acupuncture is also said to help prevent diseases. Because regular treatments keep the body in proper working order, and because the positive energy is uninhibited through its channels, the body is said to be less prone to sickness.

    You can maintain your health and sense of well being by choosing acupuncture. There is researched evidence of the positive effects of acupuncture on the health of patients. However, most physicians and scientists recommend the use of more traditional methods of medicine for treating illnesses.

    I WANA TRY.

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    SUMMER TREATMENT: A boy received an acupuncture treatment, known in the West as “cupping,” at Tanggu Hospital. Traditional Chinese doctors believe that acupuncture during the summer can effectively treat asthma and cold symptoms that happen during the winter. (ZUMApress.com)

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    I will I will I will I will do it this time.

    I will.

CHEESE NOTES: The many uses of Whey

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Via NPR.org, a look at the many — and multiplying — uses of Whey, the cloudy liquid byproduct of the cheesemaking process (with requisite hi-larious word play on the word “whey”):

When you open a tub of yogurt, do you pour off that cloudy layer of liquid that…

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Trail Quake 2011 Recap

dymmel50k:

Alright. The first test of CrossFit Endurance protocol has been completed. I ran the 10k of the Trail Quake 2011 race. Kristen ran the 1/2 Marathon and her report will be found at www.iultramom.com. I’ll start by saying the race was put on very well. Started on time. Great park. Great facilities. Yummy candy. Yes. I had some. Skittles on the course, m&m’s, mike and ike’s, and gummy bears at the finish. Oh yeah, and an It’s-It ice cream sandwich.

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