Now that Election Day is nearly a week behind us, the bunting has all been put away and the confetti swept from the streets…wait, this was a midterm election, so maybe no bunting or confetti, but at least TV ads are back to selling, not slinging, and a few yard signs have come down. For all the glamour and hype that a midterm election typically lacks, this one saw big change across the nation. But whether you experienced elation or devastation…wait, midterm year, make that modest content or mild disappointment, one fact remains: what happened on Tuesday was not without precedent. Some call it the Six-Year Itch, others the Six-Year Curse, but whatever you call it, there is a phenomenon that has been playing out over the last 100 years wherein whichever political party has held the White House for…

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Oscar Wilde would have loved the Twitter genre; he was a veritable epigram machine. Even though everything he wrote is now at least a century old, it hasn’t lost relevance or zing. Think of how pertinent Wilde’s statements still are on topics as diverse as Narcissism: “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” Celebrity: “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not   being talked about.” Identity: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Transcendence: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Modern conveniences: “We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.” For us, though, the best Oscar Wilde quote is from The Picture of Dorian Gray: “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the…

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This New Year’s, did you promise yourself you’d be in Ironman-distance triathlon shape by summer? Swear that you wouldn’t touch another chocolate bar until your BMI dropped to the target range? If you’re already finding those ambitious New Year’s resolution targets for diet and exercise too tough to maintain – along with 88% of us, according to British psychologist Richard Wiseman – we’ve got great news! It turns out that too much exercise, and too much dieting, may be detrimental rather than beneficial. In November, a pair of American cardiologists published an editorial in the British journal Heart that counseled strongly against extreme exercise, whether in distance or in time. It turns out that cardiac abnormalities like arterial calcification found in extreme athletes can rival those found in very obese individuals! The cardiologists went so far as to prognosticate a…

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It’s funny how quickly the world changes and how what didn’t exist yesterday becomes the standard for how we get things done today. Take apps as an example: not that long ago the concept of using an “app” would not have made sense to most people, but when we need something today, our first thought is to say, “There must be an app for that”. Just look at the world of travel — last week we had a team return from a conference in Miami, and the day before our return flight, we loaded our flight information into TripTracker, an app that provides real-time flight status and sends push notifications of itinerary changes. Sure, we could have checked the airline’s website every time we wanted an update and signed up for text message alerts, but TripTracker removed a few steps,…

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