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Living Efficiently (jonasgalvez.com.br)
179 points by jgalvez on Sept 7, 2010 | hide | past | web | favorite | 21 comments

Uses all kinds of cheap marketing and scare tactics? Sure.

I just see his blog as a health news digest. He learns about recent discoveries about Health and Fitness, researches them in detail, comes up with a way to make money off them (and he's right to do so), and writes articles. Some articles are good, some are ignorable. In any case, valuable presence on my subscriptions list.

Got any suggestions for an alternative Health News source that is as prolific as Dr. Mercola?

The wikipedia article does a good job of summarizing why he is an unreliable source for health and nutritional advice. Having nutritional research filtered through him is not something I would find acceptable, and it's unnecessary. If you have access via, say, a university or workplace, I would recommend bookmarking and reading nutrition journals on a weekly basis. Even if not, the free abstracts/summaries will at least be less biased and often equally informative.

Also, many journals now offer free podcasts, some of which are very good. Nutrition is not my main area of interest per se, but for other medical topics these are invaluable and I suspect the same is true for nutrition.

Great post but arrgh, use this to read it: http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/

He applied this CSS rule to all elements on the page: "letter-spacing:-0.1em !important;". This is why the page looks so cramped.

He also applied this to the body text: "font:140% 'Inconsolata', monospace;" I presume the site looks good in Inconsolata for those who have it installed.

This site is a good reminder to check your site on another computer. Also, make common font choices, or at least default to something specific that looks good.

My bad. It uses @font-face to import that font. It does really look great in Inconsolata, IMHO. I just thought everyone around here would be on a browser that supports that already. But I'll consider making the CSS changes.

Use something like the @FontFace generator from font squirrel: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fontface/generator

This will give you support for most browsers (though it will muck up your CSS a bit)

It still looks like crap, even with Inconsolata.

EDIT: It's a good read, though, as noted above.

Jeez, okay, I'm convinced. I'll make those changes as soon as I can.

Just installed the font. Looks much better now, but blurry. Chrome 6.0.472.53 win7-x64

Okay, fixed that. Hope looks okay now.

I guess I missed the uglyness, but otherwise its a good looking website.

Ha, I came to the comments just to see if anyone else felt the same way.

I just overrode letter-spacing in my browser's CSS debugger. Thanks for sharing that link.

Ironically, his productivity bookmarks have supplied me with so much reading material that it's unlikely I'll get anything done today.

Many of my habits are trending towards what's in the article as well. Specifically:

1. My todo list fits between chunks of my life, not the other way around - I keep a running diary of things I want and need to do. There isn't really a timeline because I just do them when I can. If it's written down, it'll get done. TBH my productivity has skyrocketed since adopting this. It's a bit like structured procrastination: http://www.structuredprocrastination.com/

2. Keeping to a regular rhythm - I find that as I've grown older, a regular light/dark schedule helps me to be refreshed and more productive the next day.

3. Keeping fit - I've cycled through many of the diet and exercise plans out there but my fitness plan has basically boiled down to "Work out every day. Eat 3 smallish meals and 2 snacks. Don't eat bad food except maybe once or twice on the weekends."

I especially enjoyed the linked article Do It Now by Aaron Swartz: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/doitnow

"I turned these and other activities into necessary and weekly scheduled tasks.." I hope you scheduled some time to be spontaneous.

Hehe, well, I should probably elaborate that a bit more.

The thing about limiting the things you're supposed to give your attention to in a single day is that it begins leaving a lot of room for doing whatever you might feel like doing throughout the day. And by controlling the things you're most likely to spend time on, you create an opportunity for new activities to find their place in your schedule. Like spending time outdoors, learning a new language, all those things you always wanted to do but never "had the time".

The article he links to in Men's Health [http://bit.ly/auvNqa] is an excerpt from "Born to run" by Christopher McDougall - http://amzn.to/c9w7Co - Great book, makes for a great read.

want to get things done?

use this: http://userstyles.org/styles/28042

YASHP! Yet another self-help post.

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