As a lifelong pedestrian, it is great when town and city planners actually take us into consideration first, rather than an afterthought from prioritizing road vehicles.

(Day 29 of #mbnov #microblogvember)

How The ‘Lost Art’ Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience

I was aware of some of this, but this 36-minute interview and article from NPR goes into the reasons why breathing well is so important.

Journalist James Nestor became interested in the respiratory system years ago after his doctor recommended he take a breathing class to help his recurring pneumonia and bronchitis.

While researching the science and culture of breathing for his new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, Nestor participated in a study in which his nose was completely plugged for 10 days, forcing him to breathe solely through his mouth. It was not a pleasant experience.

“I went from snoring a couple of minutes a night to, within three days, I was snoring four hours a night,” he says of the forced mouth-breathing. “I developed sleep apnea. My stress levels were off the charts. My nervous system was a mess. … I felt awful.”

Nestor says the researchers he’s talked to recommend taking time to “consciously listen to yourself and [to] feel how breath is affecting you.” He notes taking “slow and low” breaths through the nose can help relieve stress and reduce blood pressure.

“This is the way your body wants to take in air,” Nestor says. “It lowers the burden of the heart if we breathe properly and if we really engage the diaphragm.”

I wear my mask when I’m outside to protect both myself and others. But even in the middle of a second lockdown, I’m still in the minority, it seems. 🙁

(Day 28 of #mbnov #microblogvember)

In the end, it is upon us

We have to learn to live with this reality of the Internet and social media that has made us unsocial. We are stuck with a system that only amplifies our differences, pushes us into our little corners — they are called filter bubbles now — and become less patient, less aware, and less human when it comes to the other. We shouldn’t expect Facebook to stop being driven by growth and engagement at any cost. We can’t expect YouTube to stop recommending addictive nonsense to keep people glued to their platform. 

In the end, it is upon us — the people.  

Om Malik, Sunday Musings

There’s nothing particularly cunning or covert about Zuckerberg. He reacts to pressure like a chemical, and media cynics just can’t quite accept that the jejune creature he seems to be is for real. He will do whatever mercenary thing is in his and Facebook’s immediate interest and doesn’t give a shit what anyone thinks about it.

Rob Beschizza, After election, Zuckerberg flipped “secret switch” to favor credible news outlets there

This week I’ve started to adjust some long-standing habits that once provided comfort and perceived stability, but now appear to be doing me more harm than good. This will take come getting used to.

(Day 26 of #mbnov #microblogvember)

Oh Hey There, 1Password

I got an email1 from the folks at 1Password with news about what they’ve been up to. Not only are they ready for macOS Big Sur, but they’ve got a Linux client app in beta.

I’m sorely tempted to give them another chance, thought I’m pretty happy with LastPass currently.

  1. I was a 1Password user and subscriber for several years, and apparently I never unsubscribed from their newsletter.