The skin goes pale, the hands start shaking, sweat beads on my forehead and my mind runs at 100 miles per hour. It has awfully similar traits to the flu, yet the cure is in the instant I stepped away from the podium. The weight is lifted, and a tingly feeling rushes through my body, relinquishing my taught muscles and flush face. I then walk back to my seat. When I glance around the room, I notice no one is staring; no one is laughing. My performance had been forgotten, and the next speaker starts their own battle with the demon of public speaking.
In grade school, I remember feeling physically sick before being called upon in class to give a two minute presentation. Most of us do back then. I first started to get better at public speaking by thinking about the feeling after. I would think, in 5 minutes I have a huge daunting task in front of me, but no matter how it goes, no matter if I flop on the entire speech, in 10 minutes I’ll be back in my seat and it will all be over.
That tactic has helped me enormously, coupled with years of classes from college and the like, public speaking has become something different than as a kid. I’m still scared, I still shake, but I know that when I’m up there, I have a point to get across and an audience to entertain. I can’t let them down, so I give them a good show, and you know what? I like it. [via]
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Are you in the market for a new job? Do you check out career opportunities elsewhere? If you’re thinking about doing a job search, first check your social media presence. Recruiters are using social networking sites to check on potential employees. Sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other sites are routinely checked by potential employers. This infographics shows some the steps you can take to improve your profile.
One of the steps given is to create a personal branding on social media sites. This entails posting pictures, comments and opinions that will show you in a good light. Another step is to follow recruiters on Twitter. Especially the ones that are in your specific industry or position. Next is to use your smartphone and download job-seeking apps. We all carry our phone everywhere and can check any updates anywhere.
Searching for a new job is never easy. It takes time and effort to craft a resume, a cover letter, interview skills, and now a social media presence. It is really easy to post inappropriate pictures, bad-mouth a boss, or criticize anyone. Yet employers review what is posted and make decisions. Remember to be careful on what you post and good luck in your job search.
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PeerJ published an amazing study this week: “Sizing ocean giants: Patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna” by Craig McClain et al.
In this study, a team made up of a mix of scientists and students sifted through multiple datasets and historical records to produce accurate and comprehensive size measurements for 25 species including the blue whale, giant squid and great white shark. Their project powerfully demonstrates both the challenges of arriving at exact measurements, and the human bias toward larger individuals.
To cast a wide net, Craig McClain - the assistant director of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, N.C. and Chief Editor of the Deep-Sea News - brought graduate and undergraduate students on board to help select and research the marine species that most fascinated them. The species range from well-known behemoths like the great white shark, giant octopus and walrus, to more obscure creatures such as the giant tubes worm and the colossal squid. All told, the paper collates a wealth of data showing the typical and maximum sizes of some of the most charismatic megafauna alive in the oceans today.
In tackling a search that would become quite gigantic itself, the authors contacted fisheries, marine centers and other scientists. “It’s one part a databasing effort and one part historical research: double-checking museum specimens; talking with other scientists and collectors; and even checking eBay for specimens for sale,” McClain said.
Social media also helped. McClain created a website, The Story of Size, where the authors posted regularly. The students promoted their work by sharing updates and their own impressions. With posts like “Why You Should Give a Damn about a Giant Clam,” the site added a playful tone to the scientific discourse and also made the project more accessible to the general public.
Despite challenges in obtaining much of the data, McClain is pleased with his team’s results, which he thinks will slowly replace the erroneous measurements found in academic papers, fishery databases, textbooks and more.“Precise, accurate, and quantified measurements matter at both a philosophical and pragmatic level,” McClain said. “Saying something is approximately ‘this big,’ while holding your arms out won’t cut it, nor will inflating how large some of these animals are.” [PeerJ]
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So, you’ve decided to make yourself some delicious, from-scratch brownies. You pull out the mixer, grease the pan and preheat the oven. You grab butter and eggs out of the fridge, and begin throwing the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Suddenly, your dreams of tasty, homemade brownies are dashed, as you realize you’re out of sugar.
Cheer up! It happens to the best of us. Luckily for you, there are substitutions to be made for almost every missing ingredient. In sugar’s case, you can try brown sugar or confectioner’s sugar – otherwise known as powdered sugar.
But maybe you start making brownies only to find you used the last egg for breakfast. Or your brownie recipe calls for chocolate, but you only have cocoa. You’re in luck, too! There are substitution ideas for nearly every baking ingredient, as well as some dinnertime necessities.
With this handy infographic, you never have to worry about being without a crucial ingredient ever again! Of course, if you don’t have any of these substitutions, you can always try your neighbor.
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Running takes strength, endurance, passion and most importantly, commitment. While consistent runners strongly exhibit these characteristics, runners more often than not are regular Joe’s. There is a preconceived notion that a runner is some kind of health guru who only shops for organics at Whole Foods. People think runners have rid their diets of donuts and pizza, and that they only eat couscous and some veggie medley all day, everyday.
People have no idea they are carrying these false impressions of avid runners. The majority of runners have normal jobs and normal lives, and are exposed to the same amount of donuts, pizza, beer and cheesy goodness as the rest of us. And just like we cave for these delicious fatty goods, they do too. The Food Pyramids supplied to us by RunnersWorld correctly suggest that all runners need to consume large amounts of carbs. That is very true and quite easy to do, as they are usually everyone’s favorite.
Laying the foundation for a healthy diet suitable for people who strive for long distances and a good stride are whole grains and carbs. The foundation is followed by fruits and vegetables, and not meats, which many people consider to be a staple for every meal.
We all struggle with eating right and maintaining the diet that helps us meet our fitness goals. Runners are people just like you and me; the only difference is their level of activity. [via]