There’s less than a month to go before summer ends -- the official end date is Sept. 22 at 10:29 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time -- but now is not the time to feel bad about all the things you didn’t get a chance to do.
Instead, seize the day -- and the Labor Day holiday weekend -- to have some fun before fall arrives! What should you do? Glad you asked.
Grab a cone. Go to an ice cream, frozen yogurt or gelato shop and get yourself a double – with sprinkles. Then sit down outside somewhere and enjoy it. Take your time.
Go to the beach and watch the sunset. Honestly, what’s not to like about a barefoot walk in the sand at the water’s edge?
Take a long walk.
Binge watch a TV series. Orange is the New Black, Scandal and House of Cards are all supposed to be great, but I’m thinking it’s time finally to give my attention to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Eat something in season. Tomatoes, peaches, raspberries and plums are in season, which means they taste they way they should.
1. Sshhh... you're online. A study by the Pew Research Center and Rutgers University suggests that while social media seems to be a great tool for activists and organizers, it actually stifles debate about public issues. People who are active on social media are less likely to express controversial views in the real world, and social media makes others less likely to express their own views when they are seen to differ from their peers. “Internet companies magnify the effect, by tweaking their algorithms to show us more content from people who are similar to us,” writes Claire Cain Miller in the New York Times. Some had hoped that the internet would provide a forum for enough different points of view that discussion of public policy would become more diverse and nuanced; instead, the opposite seems to have happened.
2. With bosses like these, who needs... bosses? Wondering why more women are starting their own companies? Here’s a clue. Linguist Kieran Snyder asked both men and women to send her their performance reviews, assuming those with the best reviews would be most likely to share them. She found that about 88 percent of women’s reviews contained criticisms, compared to about 60 percent of men’s. If that isn’t bad enough, the vast majority of the criticism of men contained suggestions of skills they needed to develop. The criticism of women was based upon their personalities. Seventy-one of the 94 critical reviews handed to women had negative personality-based feedback, compared to just two (yes, two!) of the 83 reviews of men that contained criticism. Women were “abrasive” and needed to work on their “tone,” while men needed to “Take time to slow down and listen more.”
3. Drunk and disorderly no more. This week Aldea Pharmaceuticals announced that it had raised $24 million for new drug designed to treat severe alcohol poisoning by accelerating its metabolism in patients. This drug's very existence is an interesting commentary on cost of binge drinking to emergency medical services. According to MedCityNews millions of Americans end up hospitalized for severe intoxication and until Aldea's AD-6626 there's been no treatment other than flushing a patient with fluids and waiting until morning. According to Aldea, an estimated 10 to 15 percent of ER visits are associated with alcohol consumption and getting these patients on their feet and out faster will relieve ER crowding and such patients' drain on health care resources. But as one California public health MD pointed out when we emailed him the news, "I was not aware of this new drug. My first thought is that the best antidote to alcohol poisoning is, well, not drinking too much."
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