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Ash Donaldson
Interests: Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Human-Centred Design
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I love the idea of making a habit out of forming mindful habits
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Jan 9, 2010
Hey Kate, If it sounds like a panacea (e.g. "Most lifestyle diseases relate to chronic acidity", so presumably 'Living Water' can cure or prevent these diseases), then it's generally too good to be true - so be skeptical and look for the evidence to back the claims. Unfortunately, 'living water' is pseudoscience: something made to sound scientific by shonky salespeople to give it credence, and make them lots of money. Thankfully, the Commerce Commission of our neighbours in New Zealand had sense enough to stop such dodgy operators from defrauding the public. In 2005, they ordered Ecoworld to stop selling their 'Living Water' and to pay compensation for the fraud they had committed: “If companies can’t back up their claims with solid proof, they shouldn’t be trading on them.” There was also a warning here for consumers, said Ms Battell. “Some of the claims made about “Living Water” were outlandish,” she said. “Consumers need to be sceptical, ask questions, and consult their common sense when confronted with unusual-sounding claims.” Ref: There's a great list of similar water quackery schemes listed here:
Hey Kevin. I agree the fun might still be there during low traffic periods - and I love the idea of an ego stroker at the end to keep up the motivation - but can you imagine the cacophony during peak hour, when hundreds of people are heading through that small space? Microbiologist turned Buddhist Monk, Matthiew Ricard once described pleasure in the same way as I see novelty: "Beautiful chocolate cake: first serving is delicious, second one, not so much, then we feel disgust. That's the nature of things: we get tired." ref:
The field research on every Intranet job I've done to date has come down to the same conclusion. If you have to scrap the whole thing and start again, build your Intranet starting with a well-designed staff directory. That's the hub. Help everyone know who they have around them. Let them create their own communities for things like car-pooling. Let the staff update their profile like a CV to show their project history, awards, achievements. Show the connections between staff and project teams. Let them advertise skills that sit outside their role, like second languages. Show their pictures so people know who to expect in meetings. Make it all searchable.
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Hey Wendy, Ankle issues are common. Running in sports shoes not only effectively stifles your ability to feel where the foot lands and adjust accordingly, it also inhibits your sense of where the foot is situated in 3 dimensions (proprioception), and creates an artificial heel - usually over an inch high - which acts as a lever if you misplace your foot, causing more twist/roll and increasing the likelihood of stress injuries. Michael Warburton commented on acute ankle issues in the Sportscience Journal: "Ankle sprains are the most frequently reported acute sports injury, and 90-95% of these are inversion injuries causing partial or complete rupture of the anterior talofibular ligament and occasionally of the calcaneofibular ligament (Robbins et al., 1995; Stacoff et al., 1996). It is claimed that footwear increases the risk of such sprains, either by decreasing awareness of foot position provided by feedback from plantar cutaneous mechanoreceptors in direct contact with the ground (Robbins et al., 1995), or by increasing the leverage arm and consequently the twisting torque around the sub-talar joint during a stumble (Stacoff et al., 1996). Siff and Verkhoshansky (1999, p.452) reported that running shoes always reduce proprioceptive and tactile sensitivity, and that using bare feet on the high-density chip-foam mats in gyms preserves proprioceptive sensitivity. Robbins et al. (1989) considered that behaviors induced by plantar tactile sensations offer improved balance during movement, which may explain the preference of many gymnasts and dancers for performing barefoot." ref: To see if your shoes are causing any issues (and before outlaying any money to see a podiatrist or buy new shoes), perhaps you should try some short runs barefoot around a field and see how it feels? Note: Running barefoot at first will make your calves feel tighter and fatigue your feet. Your body needs to become accustomed to the new foot strike and gait - and you'll be using muscles in your lower limbs that haven't been used since you were a child - so take it easy to start with.