Later On

A blog written for those whose interests more or less match mine.

Useful posts

Shaves of the Day – the daily shave, with photo
Gourmet shaving
— some of the book, but not all (by a long shot)
Gourmet shaving short course – an answer on Quora that gives a brief (2000-word) tutorial on shaving
My favorite safety razors — the most comfortable and efficient razors I’ve found
In defense of the slant — why and that the slant works well (see also this post)
Comprehensive guide to boar brushes — excellent reference
Mantic’s shaving videos — step by step shaving instructions
Blade samplers — the blade sampler packets and how to use them
An MD speaks on shaving — interesting comment
Make your own aftershave balm — a recipe from a reader

Books, movies, & videos list — incomplete, alas.

Librarian Chick — amazing list of resources in many categories
Mental health resources — for when a therapist is not in the picture
Web 2.0 apps — hundreds of Web 2.0 apps categorized and reviewed
Free eBooks — an extensive list of sources — more free digital books
Terrific books on cat behavior – Roger Tabor really knows cats; each of the books is great
Reading Don Quixote and crying — a passage from the book, with a comment
The Authoritarians — interesting and informative free book in PDF format
Honor culture and violence culture and Uncle Remus – the bi-cultural South

Finding flow — “flow” is perceived happiness: how to find it
Adding flow to necessary tasks — a rumination on how to make tasks enjoyable
Self-taught practitioners — the problems encountered by the self-taught
How to be happier — good tips on increasing happiness
Observe behavior — pay close attention to your behavior, not just your thoughts
Barriers to observing your own behavior — why it’s difficult to see your behavior clearly
Tips to sleep well — how to get a good night’s sleep
Increase your self-control — how to boost self-control, and why it flags
Computer posture+exercise — easy way to avoid pains and problems
More computer-posture exercises — good ones
Advice for Pilates beginner — from a beginner: what I wish I had known

How to be a genius — not magical, just methodical
Why the growth mindset works – search the blog on “mindset” to find more posts on Dweck and mindset
Implicitly teaching growth mindset – long before I knew about it as a thing, but in fact teaching it
Critical thinking — online instruction in critical thinking skills
Science v. Pursuit of Ignorance — deliberate choice of ignorance seems to be post-science
Critical thinking & creativity courses — excellent instructional materials
Edward De Bono site — more critical thinking instructional tools
Driver-training game using Russian dash-cam videos – that says it all
How to praise kids — incorrect praise demotivates; correct praise motivates
Disciplining children — thinking about the goals helps shape the discipline

Self-protection — provides many tips
How to describe a person — what the police want in a description
How to record the cops — A guide to the technology for keeping government accountable
International Spelling Alphabet — how to spell out words clearly

God in process theology — process theology has a compelling approach
God’s choice in families — general ruminations on the Divine
Make a microloan — microlending helps

Managing Money — includes an Excel workbook to construct your budget
Basic rules of personal finance — things you need to know for the Excel workbook to work
Grocery-expense tracking spreadsheet – easy to compare how you’re doing with your goals
Free budgeting tools — links to many budgeting tools
Make your own laundry detergent — fun and saves money
The origins of consumerism — consumerism was not an accident; it was planned.
Dangerous side-effects of wealth — some is good, too much is destructive
The things of greatest value — what they can’t take away from you
Why progressive taxation is fair — it evens out the value of the taxed amount

Seven good habits — an approach to effectiveness — a Web 2.0 app for implementing the 7 habits of previous link
Outliners — a great tool for break goals into tasks, tasks, into subtasks
Practicing patience — patience is a great strength when used effectively
Prepare for your layoff — you will be laid off at some point—be ready
Job-loss as culture shock — and the role of memes
Dangerous memes — what they are, how they work, and their danger to us
Why unions — why did unions form and why are they important?
What unions did in Las Vegas — heartwarming
Hiring a star — interviewing to determine whether you have a potential star
Mindmapping software — some people find mindmaps helpful
Doing your best — what it means to do your best—and what it’s like
12 pointers to advance — essential steps to successful advancement
The yessable proposition — what it is and why it’s important
Doing presentations — guidance for standout presentations
Early hindsight — a useful technique adaptable to many creative situations
Nominal Group Technique — often more effective than brainstorming
Making group decisions — software that captures group judgment (direct link to software here)
Making sound decisions — how to avoid the common traps in decision-making

Selecting a cat — what to consider when you adopt a cat or kitten

Knife sharpening
— reference information and links to best sharpeners; see also this post
Essential Kitchen Knife Skillls — a very informative brief 4-session free course (I learned a lot)
Best cast-iron skillet — based on my experience with several brands
Carbon-steel skillets — they’re excellent
Omega-3: Superfood — why you should be taking 4 grams of fish oil daily
Info on cooking oils — all the common cooking oils, giving smoke point and omega 6 to omega 3 ratios
Top antioxidants — best foods for antioxidants
Benefits of flaxseed — and warning about chia seed. Flaxseed oil capsules are a handy way to get the benefits. See also this post.
Why fiber is good for you — we are starting to understand why dietary fiber is good
Weight-loss impatience — source of the impatience people feel regarding weight-loss
Criteria for a good diet — a brief list of criteria to choose a diet you can stick with
Dietary advice with reasons — Best weight loss method I’ve found, and why
Grub template – A sound template for daily meals (not company fare).
How to cook pasta – A 2-minute video that taught me a lot—and pasta has a low glycemic index if cooked aldente
Patent for “Glorious One-Pot Meals” — If you look at my blog category “GOPM”, you’ll see many of these.
“Glorious One-Pot Meals” Guide – Complete guide for improvisation
Sous vide cooking – Actually, the things I learned in starting sous vide cooking.
Spatchcock a chicken — spatchcock chicken to grill or roast
Quick & easy steak — best way to cook a steak at home
How to make a Martini — avoid the myths and misleading information
Pu-erh pressed tea cake — how they’re made, how they’re aged, how to use
Texas caviar — my own variation
Pepper sauce — my own variation
Black-bean chili with chicken breast — 3 WW points/serving, delicious, and easy
Ratatouile with chicken breast — 3 WW points/serving; describes best way to poach chicken breast
My typical breakfast — 4 WW points and good in any ways (and of course low-carb)
Liver cooked right — an explanation for why cast-iron is so good and how to cook liver.
MSG without fear — no reason not to use MSG to add umami to dishes
The Recipes — the recipes in this blog
Homemade sports drinks — three recipes for sports drinks
Eating by color — system for eating a “good variety” of fruit and veggies
When to buy organic — when it pays to buy organic and when it doesn’t
Produce storage advice — some produce will spoil if stored together
Harvey-Scarvey recipe — excellent with cold pork; recipe due to M.F.K. Fisher.
Dietary supplements database — useful info on supplements

The Other Diabetes: Living and Eating Well With Type 2 Diabetes — excellent book for new type 2 diabetics
Why We Get Fat And What to Do About It — excellent book on how to avoid getting type 2 diabetes
Introduction to a low-carb, high-fat diet – and why it is good for you, by a Swedish MD
General guidelines for a low-carb, high fat diet
– this is a short and reliable guide (especially good for diabetics)
Low-carb high-fat eating — a summary of my own experience with reference links. LCHF is the way to eat.
Low-carb breakfast on the run — an excellent recipe and some ruminations on a LCHF diet
Nordic walking – some links about how to make a good exercise enjoyable: definitions, equipment, practice.

Man’s Search for Meaning — excellent book on the choices you can make–Viktor Frankl’s classic
Strong Women Stay Young (Revised Edition) — excellent guide to fitness with minimal time investment

Medical marijuana tools — information on resources
Key rulings on medical marijuana — links to actual court decisions
Results of drug decriminalization in Portugal (PDF) — on July 1, 2001, all drugs were decriminalized in Portugal—and they like the result. Read the report for the reasons why.

Lead pollution — how Big Business tries to kill you and damage your children
The Achilles heel of Libertarianism — only things that turn a profit get done

Test for synesthesia — it’s not so rare as once was thought

Global warming analogy — to help persuade the “do nothing” crowd
Answers to climate skeptics — a response for each common argument

Origin of life on Earth — the likely origin of life
Origin of animal life on Earth — why animals were late to the party

Resources for students — links to software, sites, advice, etc.
Learning from life experience – education from life vs. from school
Story of a change in learning strategy – from a math tutorial I taught
Intelligent YouTube Videos — lots of free education
The Cornell note-taking system — excellent way to take lecture notes
Notalon — a program for Cornell note-taking (Mac, Windows, Linux)
For the autodidact — resources for the self-directed learner
Free electronic flashcards — many sets already created, or create your own
Memoriser — a program to help you memorize things
R. Graves on writing well — how to write well, with a collection of exercises
Writing with verbs — vigorous writing makes reading easy
50 writing tips — a collection of tips, some of which might help you
4-sentence outline — how to write solid papers
WorkFlowy — a superb free outliner; allows easy collaboration; easy export
Collaborative writing tip — useful info for when you must collaborate
Italic handwriting — how to have beautiful handwriting
College journal — keeping a journal of your college years: outline and ideas
Baby journal — keeping a journal of your baby’s early years
One-sentence journal — the one-sentence journal idea
While-boarding journal — journals for the frequent traveler

Rumford Fireplace — the perfect traditional fireplace
Learn to play Go — interactive instruction and exercises
Free language courses on the Web — learn a language
Basic word list for learning any language — learn these 250 words first; see also this post
20 free language courses — list of more language courses
Polyglot: How I Learn Languages — how an adult learned 16 languages (and become completely fluent in 5)
Cut time to learn a language – and see also this post
Why Esperanto works so well — five major factors, some accidental, made Esperanto highly effective
Learn Esperanto — learn a fascinating language—and the best introduction to learning any language
Esperanto briefly described – a post in this blog—comments also interesting

Drawing the human figure — how to draw
Grow luffa sponges — if you garden, a fun project

Fitaly keyboard — a keyboard designed for stylus input (it’s wonderful)

Written by LeisureGuy

16 December 2007 at 4:12 pm