Why does the annual rate of decline matter? Life is the biological ability to interact with the environment, and that ability comes from clearing a minimum bar. We can sustain a given level of gravitational force. Our lungs and blood process a maximum amount of oxygen per minute, also known as VO2Max. We reach our physical peak performance as young adults until around the mid thirties. From there, the laws of nature take us into a slow decline. If you like life, you want to retain fitness. [Read more…]
Stieglitz nails it in the review of 21st century economics from Thomas Piketty. Capitalism works, it’s the only economic system that funnels the human energy. We need success to be rewarded and failure to change. However, we are not born with equal access to education, resources. Capitalism needs to tactfully redistribute the cards, to create an even playing field. Financial markets and laws of gravity of business (economies of scale, network effects) are increasingly creating situations of Extremistan: the richest aren’t 10 times richer than the average worker. They are a thousand or a million times richer. [Read more…]
The creative folks at Ikea are branding their new “bookbook” as a semi-serious ad about paper format.
Riding a bike to work is a wonderful way for building a daily workout into the schedule, so that it’s impossible to avoid it. New year resolutions fade within the first weeks. We get busy. We’ll do it later. If you bike or walk to work, the habit builds upon itself. Today the mayor of London announced the construction of dedicated highways for cyclists, very positive for the safety of riders and the physical fitness of UK residents. The bike is more efficient than the foot. Consider how much faster you can go with a bicycle, compared to walking or running. Now e-bikes include batteries: as long as the rider retains the same level of effort it’s worth the power boost. Of course if it becomes an electric motorcycle the fitness benefits are gone. [Read more…]