Mindconnection eNL, 2003-12-13
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In this issue:
- Product Highlights
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tips
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlights
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2. Brainpower tip
|Many people feel
it's essential to watch the television news, listen to the radio news,
and read the newspaper. This is, they claim, how they "find out
what's going on in the world."
But, there are two major problems with the news
you get from these sources:
- It's overwhelmingly negative.
- It's usually flawed--inaccurate, misleading, or
That first property is obvious. The news is
negative. And negativity drains your creative energies. If you want to
be smart, tune out the news.
That second property is not so obvious. But, let's
take an example. The Federal Government is reporting some pretty high
productivity statistics (good news, for a change!). They measure
productivity by dividing the total output by the number of workers.
Now, think about this. Joe works 30 hours and
makes 100 widgets. Mike works 60 hours and makes 101 widgets. According
to the government, Mike is more productive than Joe. Yet, Joe is more
than twice as efficient as Mike. How can he be more productive? The
quantity the government is measuring isn't productivity. It's a
meaningless number that nobody can use for managerial or economic
The correct way to measure productivity is to
divide the total output by the labor hours used to produce that output.
How do productivity and efficiency differ?
Productivity measures the total product out the door--completed
work. Efficiency measures the amount of work done, regardless of how
much completed product there is--it is process-oriented. Productivity
and efficiency move in the same direction. Thus, you cannot have the
disparity logically arrived at by the government's method of
When the official statistics concur with reality,
that is usually coincidental. So, why read those statistics in the first
place? Doing so simply wastes and warps brainpower that can be better
applied to more useful pursuits.
3. Time tip
|Does it seem like
half your day is gone before you get anything done? You were busy as
heck, but your To Do list just sat there? This is a common problem, and
there's a good cure for it.
The root cause of this is poor task design.
That is, the task is not logically thought out with the employment of
the least steps and the work materials in the most efficient physical
locations or order.
Here's an example. Most people use their computer
mouse with their right hand. They also have to use their right hand to
operate the 10-key pad, the delete key, the Page Up and Page Down keys,
and the arrow keys. So, they move their hand 8 inches from the mouse to
the keyboard and back. This goes on all day, adding up to perhaps
several miles of wasted motion each year. The fix for this is to use
your mouse with your left hand. As an added bonus, this reduces carpal
tunnel stress dramatically.
Think of other common tasks you do repeatedly, and
look for wasted steps: making a sandwich (how is your kitchen laid out
and where are your dishes and utensils relative to the working area),
opening your mail, stapling papers together, sending a letter, and
backstabbing a coworker. You can be more efficient at each of these
things, thus saving yourself enormous amounts of time. I was joking
about that last one.
4. Finance tip
The new IRS
commissioner is focusing on audits and collection--with a vengeance. The
underlying assumption here is so many Americans are untrustworthy that
we need an organization larger than our Army and Navy combined to ferret
out the cheaters.
One problem with that
assumption, aside from its sheer effrontery, is the fact that this group
that is sitting in judgment of the rest of us managed to steal 4300
government computers the year before last. This year, the General
Accounting Office found that these folks--when they aren't busy stealing
government property--spend half of their at the office Internet time
surfing p*rn and gambling sites.
situation is a bit illogical, don't you think?
single largest expense--larger than what you pay for food, clothing, and
shelter combined--is taxation. Think about that. Then, do something
My city council recently tried to
vote themselves a raise, while they are already making above average
council pay. I let my councilman know the Enron model is not
appropriate, and I also wrote to the mayor.
a measure comes up for spending, ask how it will be funded. Don't ever
vote for a tax increase for any reason--our taxes are already punitive.
Instead, force your elected officials to make hard choices. This is the
single best thing you can do to improve your finances--and those of your
We need to applaud President Bush
for restoring some sanity to our federal taxation fixation. Now, we need
to take the fight to the state and local governments. If we don't do
that, we will simply work more hours for less pay. Think of every tax
increase as a pay cut, and you'll be thinking clearly.
5. Security tip
|This time of year,
many people are engaging in the traditional Christmas gift exchanges.
That means people are out later shopping, and are often carrying
If you are a Christmas shopper: Be aware that
having your hands full with packages makes you an easy target. If you
must walk far with packages, keep one hand free or use a cart.
Whether you are a Christmas shopper or not: Be
aware that muggers sometimes use the "would you open my car door
for me" ruse or some other trick to get you off balance.
The good news is, for most of us, your mind knows.
If you get a sense something is wrong, something is out of place, or you
just feel uncomfortable, say something, like, "I don't want to give
you this flu bug." And walk off. When you get that odd feeling in
your stomach, this is actually your "other brain" talking.
Your autonomous nervous system is fascinating--read about it sometime.
It picks up those cues--don't let your big brain over-rule them.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
and proteins together. For example, have a little peanut butter on that
apple. Or have a meal replacement drink. Why do this? There are several
reasons. Here are some:
- You need carbs, fats, and proteins. The no carb,
no fat, or no protein diets are the products of sick minds. Ignore
these. Not one of these diets is sustainable, and all carry very
high health risks.
- Protein will blunt the insulin response of the
- The carbohydrate improves the cellular uptake
of the protein.
- They taste good together (there's a reason for
- You feel full faster when you combine
carbohydrates with proteins, so your total calorie consumption is
less than if you ate them separately. Unless you have something else
wrong with you and you just eat for the heck of it.
Just make sure you eat quality carbohydrates.
The less-processed, the better. To prevent the traditional 10 pound fat
gain this holiday season, avoid highly-processed grains (flour-based
products, such as bread, bagels, rolls, croutons), sweets, corn (it's
been modified over 5,000 years to be high in sugar and very
fattening--it's what we feed cattle before slaughtering them) root
vegetables (carrots, potatoes, beets), and fruit juices.
Good carbs come from whole grains (do not confuse
this with "multi-grain"), whole fruits, green vegetables
(spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, broccoli, green
beans, etc.), and a few other sources.
Note: Most of the diet bars, sports bars, protein
bars, etc., are junk. You can find good ones here:
7. Thought for the Day
the holidays, nerves are often frayed (too many people watching the
news!). We're tired, we're out of our routine, people are in our space,
we have to pee....
You can give in to the temptation
to blurt out the negative feeling, and pass it on to someone else. Or,
you can choose to pause and then say something nice--creating a positive
feeling that comes back to you.
If you're tempted to tell Uncle
Louie you can't stand his war stories, pause. Then, tell Uncle Louie
something positive about him (Hey, are you working out? You look
great!). Use this as a lead-in to change the subject.
If you can't think of something
positive about Uncle Louie, ask Uncle Louie if you can get his advice on
something (it may be best if you say, "Let's go for a walk and talk
about this. It's really your opinion I want, and I don't want to share
this problem with everyone else.").
This will satisfy the need that
originally drove him to tell the war stories. Something to think about.
Wishing you the best,
The views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).
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