Jan 152013
 

Trust Me, I'm Lying.
Ryan Holiday.
Page: 166 & 167
Iterative journalism, process journalism, beta journalism–whatever name you use, it’s stupid and dangerous. It calls for bloggers to publish first and then verify what they wrote after they’ve posted it.
… iterative journalists throw up their hands, claim to be knowledge-less, and report whatever they’ve heard as news.

How many times have you seen stories reported that only contain what the neighbors know. Within hours the details change but the “news” never stops. New information from new sources allow the story to be updated until the final story bears little resemblance to what was originally “reported.”

Jan 142013
 

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Page: 57

Imagine a pile of sugar on your plate the size of a baked potato or a serving of rice. The effect on your blood insulin levels is the same. If you want to eliminate glucose shocks, you have to reduce your consumption of potatoes and rice.

….

The trick to reducing your potato and rice consumption is to have a few bites if you must, ut don’t use them to satisfy your appetite. Wait until you finish eating the other food on your plate, then go ahead and take a few bites. You will find you need only a little–probably less than a fourth of a typical serving. Keep in mind as you eat these starches that even though they’re largely tasteless, you might as well be eating sugar.

We would never consider eating a pile of plain sugar on our plate yet we don’t blink an eye when filling ourselves with rice or potato in its many forms. About the only time I have rice or potato on my plate is when we eat out. I have found it no problem to either skip them all together if I am already full after eating the rest of the meal or having just a bite or two if they look especially appetizing. This is so much different than my prior diet where I felt a compunction to treat the rice or potato as part of the main dish which I would never consider not finishing.

Jan 142013
 

Trust Me, I'm Lying.
Ryan Holiday.
Page: 71

I have long disdained the internet ‘troll’, the guy who intentionally stirs up online discussions just for the fun of it. Yet, from this book, it is obvious that the blog writer must himself be a troll if he desires to be ‘successful’.

For blogs, practical utility is often a liability. It is a traffic killer. So are other potentially positive attributes. It’s hard to get trolls angry enough to comment while being fair or reasonable. Waiting for the whole story to unfold can be a surefire way to eliminate the possibility for follow-up posts. So can pointing out that an issue is frivolous. Being the voice of reason does also.

As the old saying goes, any publicity is good publicity, so it seems on the online world. It does not matter if they are talking about you because they like you or they hate you, as long as they are talking about you.

Jan 132013
 

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Page: 56
Indeed, whole grain bread breaks down to glucose slower than white bread does, so its glycemic index (not load) is a little lower. However, those tiny kernels are packed with starch. Slice for slice, whole grain bread contains up to twice as much starch as white bread. You simply get more food in a slice of whole grain bread. The glycemic load of whole grain bread–which takes into account the amount of carbohydrate in a typical serving–is actually higher than that of white bread.

We have been told that whole grains are better for us. Even thought a slice of whole grain bread might be more nutritious, it also impacts blood glucose more than plain white bread. If you are insulin resistant, in other words, starch is the culprit that is making you fat, then a slight bump in nutrition does not outweigh the glucose shock to your health.

Jan 132013
 

Free YouTube Downloader

I noticed this morning when publishing a new WordPress post that it contained a link to “Free YouTube Downloader” that I had not placed When I investigated some more I found more Free YouTube Downloader links in various fields, attempting to hide itself by also inserting about a dozen linefeeds first so that the field looks empty unless you scroll way down.

I had just written a post last night and this rogue url was not inserted anywhere in the post. MY first I suspicion was that a virus had infected my computer or possibly my WordPress code. Microsoft Security Essentials found nothing on my computer and my WordPress virus plugin had not detected any new code.

I decided to eliminate a possibility and started up Firefox to edit the post. Interestingly, the Free YouTube Downloader rogue url was not anywhere to be seen. I went back and edited the post using Chrome and the rogue url inserted itself again.

Web Video Downloader 2.2

Having isolated the problem to the Google Chrome Browser, I turned off all the browser extensions to see if one of them was the culprit. Sure enough, the problem was gone, so I turned the extensions back on in groups till the problem reappeared then isolated it to a single extension, Web Video Downloader, which probably should have been my first guess. I have had this plugin installed for quite a while though not sure what I ever actually used it for. It is interesting that it would wait so long to deliver its malicious payload. Just remember to disable/remove the extension on each of your computers! I didn’t think about it and after fixing it on one computer found the problem occurring on my other machine. duh!

The extensions website link from the Chrome Browser Extension page reported that the extension had been removed by its author. Sure wish Chrome would let the user know when an active plugin is removed. Only thing I can assume is that this extension got updated with some bad code inserted

Here is the link that was inserted into my WordPress blog fields:
  http://download.cnet.com /Free-Youtube-Downloader-Pro/3000-2071_4-75329731.html
When I searched Google for the string “3000-2071_4-75329731″ I found a number of other sites with this same link, so I am not alone.

Jan 132013
 

Trust Me, I'm Lying.
Ryan Holiday.
Page: 64

Ever notice the many pics on Facebook that ask you to “Share” or “Like” them are all heart-tuggers or fear-inducers? Of course, if they weren’t effective you would probably would never have seen it since one of your friends usually had to share it first.

The media is in the evil position of needing to go negative and play tricks with your psyche in order to drive you to share their materials online. For instance, in studies where subjects are shown negative video footage (war, and airplane crash, an execution, a natural disaster), they become more aroused, can better recall what happened, pay more attention, and engage more cognitive resources to consume the media than nonnegative footage. That’s the kind of stuff that will make you hit “share this.” They push your buttons so you’ll pres theirs.

Things must be negative but not too negative. Hopelessness, despair–these drive us to do nothing. Pity, empathy–those drive us to do something, like get up from our computers to act. But anger, fear, excitement, or laughter–these drive us to spread. They drive us to do something that makes us feel as if we are doing something, when in reality we are only contributing to what is probably a superficial and utterly meaningless conversation.

Whether it is Gawker or the Drudge Report, they cannot be successful unless they toy with our emotions. The sad thing is that they are successful, they raise our emotional state but rarely do they get us to action beyond a comment or a button press.

Jan 122013
 

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Page: 50

How easy is it to lower the glycemic load of your everyday diet?

If you get rid of just four foods–flour products, potatoes, rice, and soft drinks–the glycemic load of your diet will be a fraction of what it was. You don’t even need a list of glycemic loads to tell you what to eat. Starch is never hidden or blended into other foods. You can see it from across the room. The culprits are even color-coded for you: They are usually white. The only other foods with glycemic loads as high as the starchy stuff are juices and soft drinks. So, if you cut out the starch and the sugar-containing beverages, you eliminate nearly all of the glucose shocks in your diet.

The glycemic load diet is much more lenient than the low-carb/high-fat diet I have been on but it probably more closely resembles the diet I will continue with for the foreseeable future. Once I am down to my goal weight, about another 10 pounds, the only thing I really plan on changing is that I might have some rice or potato with my meal but in much smaller quantities than in the past.

Here’s my advice: Forget about lists. Just don’t eat more than a third of a serving of flour products, potatoes, or rice at any meal, and abstain from sugar-containing soft drinks and fruit juices. Otherwise, eat anything you want. There’s probably not enough starch or sugar in the rest of your food to cause you trouble. A weight-loss program can’t get any simpler than that, which is why this will finally be the weight loss program that works for you.

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Jan 112013
 

Trust Me, I'm Lying.
Ryan Holiday.
Page: 59

Study the top stories at Digg or MSN.com and you’ll notice a pattern: the top stories all polarize people. If you make it threaten people’s 3 Bs — behavior, belief, or belongings — you get a huge virus-like dispersion.

–Tim Ferriss, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

If people share your blog post with their friends across social media platforms then you are golden. If they just read it and maybe even make a short comment, you may as well not have written it.

Bloggers are paid by advertising placed on their site. Traffic must be generated and the best, and really only, way to get that traffic is to have others advertise for you by talking about your post. A blogger does not care if you love the post or hate it, as long as he can get you to tell your friends about it.

Jan 112013
 

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Page: 44-47
Nutritionists now rate foods according to their glycemic indexes, the amount a food raises blood glucose compared with a benchmark–usually white bread. An apple, for example, has a glycemic index of 52, which means that 50 grams of carbohydrate in an apple raises blood glucose levels 52 percent as much as 50 grams of carbohydrate in white bread.

Sounds quite scientific and easy to use except for one important fact. The index is “per 50 grams of carbohydrate” not 50 grams of the food or the “per serving” we are used to seeing as the standard on most nutrition labels. Researchers were not measuring the quantity of carbohydrate in a food but the impact of that food’s type of carbohydrate on blood glucose.

However, the amount of available carbohydrate in various plant-based foods varies tremendously. For example, because carrots contain so much water and unavailable carbohydrate in the form of indigestible fiber, to provide 50 grams of available carbohydrate, reserchers had to feed each subject seven full-size carrots. In contrast, to provide 50 grams of available carbohydrate in spaghetti, they had to feed subjects only a cupful.

Now, when you open the fridge do you grab 7 full size carrots? 7 carrots eaten together have a glycemic index of 68. A cup of spaghetti has an index of 64. So, even though almost equal in terms of glycemic index, a cup of spaghetti has 7 times the impact of a carrot on your blood sugar.

Correcting glycemic indexes for serving size exposes refined carbs as the culprits they really are. Bagels, for example, aren’t just a little worse than carrots, they’re terrible! You would have to eat 30 raw carrots to get the glucose shock you get from one bagel.

Adjusting a food’s glycemic index based on serving size is called a food’s glycemic load. Glycemic load, then, is a measure of the effect on blood sugar of a normal serving size of food. So, if we want to control blood sugar spikes and the body’s insulin response, the glycemic load and not glycemic index of a food is what we need to be concerned with.

Jan 102013
 

Trust Me, I'm Lying.
Ryan Holiday.
Page: 14
One early media critic put it this way: We’re a country governed by public opinion, and public opinion is largely governed by the press, so isn’t it critical to understand what governs the press? What rules over the media, he concluded, rules over the country.

Controlling the conversation means controlling public opinion. Whether the discussion is about abortion, gun control, or any divisive issue, each side wants to be the positive side. The ‘pro-life’ side loses because they are labeled ‘anti-abortion’ by journalists. The anti-2nd Amendment group wins because they want ‘reasonable gun control’ and are not called ‘anti-gun rights’ in the media.