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    Posted on 23/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    …says the Economist. Men have measurable health benefits from being surrounded by women during their lusty, pubescent years. (The opposite is not true for women).

    Researchers looked at males who went to high school with lots of women, and males who went to high school with fewer. The former category lived longer than their counterparts — an increase in lifespan comparable to that from exercising or losing excess weight. But why?
    Possible explanations, according to the article:

    The idea that a dearth of available women hurts male longevity has been around for some time. There are several reasons why such a hypothesis makes sense. It is now well established that marriage has a beneficial effect on health and survival. Since women are traditionally the caregivers, these benefits accrue especially to men. If there are fewer potential mates around, men may delay marriage or forgo it entirely, losing out on these nuptial niceties. In addition, with more men and fewer single women, the intense competition for a mate is likely to be stressful. Such early-life stress is known to have effects on health that can last for years.

    So is the same not true for women because men haven’t traditionally been caregivers? It can’t be the other explanation. I’d balk at an assertion that women don’t experience the same stress or competition for mates that males do. One episode of Sex & the City is enough to destroy that hypothesis completely.

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    Posted on 22/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    In the past, most infidelity studies have examined demographics. Now there’s a new study from the University of Guelph in Canada on the personality characteristics of male and female cheaters — looking at interpersonal factors and sexual personality in addition to demographics.

    The findings: The biggest indicators in cheating men are “propensity for sexual excitation” (becoming easily aroused) and concern about sexual performance failure. For women, it’s relationship dissatisfaction.

    While the fear of sexual performance failure would seem to be an odd reason to be unfaithful, researchers say this finding has been discovered in other studies.

    One reason for this association may be that “People might seek out high-risk situations to help them become aroused, or they might choose to have sex with a partner outside of their regular relationship because they feel they have an ‘out’ if the encounter doesn’t go well – they don’t have to see them again, ” said Milhausen.

    For women, relationship happiness is the key. Women who are dissatisfied with their relationship are more than twice as likely to cheat; those who feel they are sexually incompatible with their partners are nearly three times as likely.

    I wonder how this fits in with the genetic theory of cheating. Perhaps the size of a man’s vasopressin receptor gene is somehow tied to his “propensity for sexual excitation”? I’m not going to pretend to attempt any scientific analysis of this… I’m a lawyer, after all. But I think it’s fair to say that the reason why anyone cheats is a complicated, complex question.

    Another interesting tidbit: 23% of men in the study reported infidelity, which is not much more than the 19% figure for women.

    Maybe I’m extremely cynical, but 23% seems low to me. I see this as good news! Fewer than 1 in 4 men cheat (if the figure is reliable). Well done, men and women!

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    Posted on 21/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    This just looks like a row of old hardcover books, right? It’s more than that. It’s a storage bin covered with repurposed old library books. I love love love this idea — not least because I adore all things vintage and I’m a literary dork. The perfect way to give your home office storage a makeover.

     The storage bins are brought to you by Able + Baker, and are currently priced (reasonably if you ask me) at £30 each if you pre-order.

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  • A Knitted Note

    Posted on 19/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    Handwritten notes are rare these days, and for that reason all the more valued by their recipients. These letterpress notes are beautiful — elegant designs stamped on clean white paper. Keep these on hand for an impromptu thank you note, congratulatory message, or for just keeping in touch with clients or contacts.

    The first design is a knit pattern, and the second is quatrefoil. They are available for £2.50 each or five for £12 from Papersheep Press.

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    Posted on 12/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day (and, coincidentally, Mardi Gras). In recognition of this day, I thought I’d share this trailer for a French movie coming out in the spring — Potiche (“Trophy Wife”) — that, while entertaining us, also shows us how far women have come in the past few decades.

    Featuring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, the comedy is about a 1970s trophy wife who reverses roles when her husband becomes ill.

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  • iPhone 4 Preorder Starts Today: Will You Sign Up?

    Posted on 11/02/2015 by | 0 comments and Apple retailers begin accepting pre-orders today for iPhone 4, which will be available on June 24. Steve Jobs has called the latest model as “beyond a doubt, the most precise thing and one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever made.”

    Some new features include a front-facing video chat camera, higher screen resolution, larger battery, and long-awaited multitasking capability.

    So, here comes the important question:

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    Posted on 03/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    I found this great 7-part series from the Harvard Business Review on improving personal productivity. These seven short lessons include ideas for time management and will motivate you to TCB — take care of business.

    I really like Bob Pozen’s advice on napping. I only wish it were that easy to accomplish!

    1. It’s Not the Time You Spend But the Result You Produce

    2. Business Travel with Eyeshades and Flashlights

    3. Make Meetings Work: Fight the PowerPoint

    4. What Not to Spend Your Time On

    5. How to Be a Speed Writer

    6. How to Be a Speed Reader

    7. Will It Be Cheerios or Life This Morning?

    What are your tips for making the most out of your day?

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    Posted on 01/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    There’s a growing movement these days for mindful eating. Basically, it’s about paying attention to preparing food and eating so that you get full enjoyment and satisfaction from the process. It’s also about awareness — not mindlessly popping things into our mouths without realizing we’re doing it.

    Makes sense. I love carbs of all kinds — donuts, cookies, hearty bread, and I could never cut them out. But I should probably be more aware of that donut I’m eating, to make it count.

    This app helps you take a look at your diet — much like helps you address your finances — and gives you information you can use. You can get a sense of how many calories you should take in to maintain a healthy weight, and you can track your calorie intake throughout the day. It has thousands of entries for foods we eat, so that you can type in “oatmeal” and figure out how many calories you’ve consumed. It also has calorie counts for popular snacks and restaurant foods.

    The app makes tracking your diet kind of… fun.

    You don’t have to use it to “diet” in the popular sense — watching food intake like a hawk and obsessing over weight loss. But, as in all things in life, knowledge is power. Why not know what you’re putting in your body?

    [Lose It! App for iPhone and Web]

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    Posted on 01/02/2015 by | 0 comments

    On the heels of my last post about budgeting for food-related expenses, I thought I’d post about a practice I recently took up that’s also a money-saver. I discovered that you can tap into Amazon’s large selection of free classic books developed for Kindle, without purchasing a Kindle. Just download the free app created for your device, and you have thousands of free books at your fingertips.

    I downloaded the Kindle app on my iPhone, and I started reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles — for free. Other free classics include Pride & Prejudice, Crime and Punishment, Agatha Christie mysteries, and Emily Dickinson poems. Even more modern books by Ayn Rand and F. Scott Fitzgerald are free to download.

    I use Kindle for iPhone to read on the train, waiting in line, or in bed before falling asleep — without spending a penny.

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    Posted on 31/01/2015 by | 0 comments

    I recently read that 50% of business travel in the United States is done by women. Whether traveling for business or leisure I’m sure many of us can recall a time when we have been digging desperately in the depths of our handbag for those elusive travel documents. Dig no more! There’s a great Blackberry travel app for all of us women on the go.

    TripIt Travel Organizer is a clever Blackberry app is a must for busy travelers. Regardless of where you booked your travel plans, you can email them to and the app will generate an itinerary including weather and maps for your destination. Flight times, confirmation numbers and even directions to and from the airport are all at your fingertips. You can even use the app to find out if any of your Facebook friends are in the area. One less stack of papers cluttering my handbag!

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