Friday Fun

Food for thought: “Different ways of presenting the same information often evoke different emotions…cold cuts described as ‘90% fat-free’ are more attractive than when they are described as ‘10% fat.’ The equivalence of the alternative formulations is transparent, but an individual normally sees only one formulation, and what she sees is all there is.” -Daniel Kahneman, from Thinking, Fast and Slow

Weight loss-related study I found interesting:

Lower home temperature in winter is associated with lower waist measurement. Cold exposure is a really interesting area of study with lots of applications in fat loss and mental health. Will explore in greater detail in the future.

Top 5 favorite links of the week:

Adam Grant’s Ted Talk on Originals: “It’s about being the kind of person who takes the initiative to doubt the default and look for a better option.” 

How to tell if your friend would make a good traveling companion, via Gretchen Rubin – #3: “Do you have the same sense of ‘time urgency’? In other words, does one person want to make a plan and stick to it, while another person wants to keep things loose?” Ahem.

How to calm an angry child, from Janet Lansbury. Basically, don’t.

Podcast: “The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live,” on The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. Ferriss interviews BJ Miller, a palliative care physician who advocates making empathetic end-of-life care available for all.

The politics of land management may not be interesting to everyone, but if we want to preserve outdoor spaces, this is really important precedent, as the Access Fund points out. For a more entertaining take, here’s Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad with some “Fun Federal Land Transfer ideas.”

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Seneca Rocks, in the Monongahela National Forest, WV. Image credit: me and my cell phone
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