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Exercise - the Miracle Cure - via @aomrc Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

The big four “proximate” causes of preventable ill-health are: smoking, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and alcohol excess. Of these, the importance of regular exercise is the least well-known. Relatively low levels of increased activity can make a huge difference. All the evidence suggests small amounts of regular exercise (five times a week for 30 minutes each time for adults) brings dramatic benefits. This report is a thorough review of that evidence.

Metal Pro - facebook and twitter app

I had been using the free version for a while, but have now upgraded to the pro version. Well worth it for the reasons below:

Your Facebook app should work for you. It should be light, functional and beautiful. It should look how you want it to. Be accessible everywhere, with lightning fast launch speeds. Metal Pro does this. And more.

And now it supports Twitter, too. Two social networks, one tiny app.

Metal Pro is a Web wrapper with some awesome enhancements you don't get from just a browser like Notifications, Floating windows and Themes.

Official Google Blog: Say hello to Google Allo: a smarter messaging app

So Google have release Allo:

Today, we’re releasing Google Allo, a new smart messaging app for Android and iOS that helps you say more and do more right in your chats. Google Allo can help you make plans, find information, and express yourself more easily in chat. And the more you use it, the more it improves over time.

 But why would you install it?

Here are just a few ways your Google Assistant can help in Google Allo:

Make plans with friends. You can easily move from discussing dinner with friends to making plans for the night, right in your chat. Just add the Assistant to your group chat and ask for movie times, local restaurants and more. You can also research travel destinations, flights and hotels together with friends.

Get answers. Get the latest info on everything from news, weather, traffic, sports, or your upcoming flights status. Ask the Assistant to send you daily updates on the information you care about.

Have some fun. Ask your Assistant to share that funny YouTube video or play games with friends right in your group chat — for instance you can compete to guess a movie title based on a series of emojis.

Youtube to MP3 Converter

Why have I not discovered this before?

ListenToYouTube.com is the most convenient online application for converting YouTube flash video to MP3 audio. This service is fast, free, and requires no signup. All you need is a YouTube URL, and our software will transfer the video to our server, extract the MP3, and give you a link to download the audio file.

Great way to present content: One Nation Divisible via @business

Damn. What an ugly election.

That’s what everybody’s thinking. Intros to special issues like this one are supposed to be Solomonic tone poems. But that’s not possible in the middle of this spectacle, in which an unprecedentedly unpopular Democrat faces a Republican who in crazy ways is unlike any previous presidential candidate. For many Americans, the options are just plain awful.

Data. That’s where we turned to figure out how in the world we got here. Then our reporters and photographers ­traveled from Tukwila, Wash., to Albertville, Ala., talking to voters. The picture we pieced together shows just how divided we’ve become—and helps explain why.

A value creation checklist via @thisissethsblog

Seth is as insightful as ever in this blog post:

This project you’re working on, the new business or offering, what sort of value does it create?

Who is it for? What mindset and worldview and situation?
Is it paid for by organizations or individuals?
Does it solve a new problem or is it another/better solution to an old problem?
Will a few users pay a lot, or will a lot of users pay a little?

Do the people you seek to serve know that they have the problem you can solve for them?

Are you leveraging an asset that others don’t have?
Are you hiring talent and reselling it at a profit?
Are you combining the previously uncombined in a way that’s hard to duplicate?
Are you building technology that will create its own inertia, disrupting existing value chains and improving as it goes?
Are you doing something that others can’t do, or won’t do, and will that continue?

If you’re solving an existing problem, are you hoping that people will switch to your solution, or is the goal to get users who are new to the market or unaware of existing solutions?
Do you need a salesforce? What percentage of the value that’s created is created by talented salespeople?

How will people find out about the solution you are offering?

The Beginner’s Guide To Scrum And Agile Project Management - Trello Blog

My Trello Scrum Board is broken up into seven lists (inspired by this blog post), representing the workflow of my tasks.

  • Resources: In this list, I keep all tasks that are recurring. That way I don’t have to make a new card every time I need to build a landing page for a webinar. Just move that card out from the Resources list.
  • Backlog: Here’s where I keep my Backlog of tasks to be worked on. When my boss tells me he has something he needs help with, I add it to my Backlog list.
  • To Do: When I plan my Sprint, I pull tasks from the Backlog to this list. This is the current Sprint I’m working on.
  • Doing: When a task has been started, it gets moved here.
  • QC: Quality check. As tasks are completed, they get moved to “QC.” At the end of the week, I review this list to make sure everything is up to snuff.
  • Done: Passed quality check, ready to be shipped! No more edits or reviews necessary, it’s scheduled and ready for action.
  • Blocked: When something is preventing me from completing a task (maybe I need to purchase something first and need approval from my boss), I move it to “Blocked”, along with a comment about what the blocker is.

Trello is an effective tool for this, because I can throw my board onto a monitor that’s visible for anyone to see, share access with my entire team, and put every detail needed on each and every task in the form of comments, checklists, due dates, and attachments.