Read What You Write

In another case of Everything Being Connected, I was irritated in the same way by several things I read today.  I think the authors just didn’t think enough about what they were writing.

The first is a blog post called 20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches.  This is actually an informative article.  However, in his quest to get 20 items in the list, and (I presume) to elevate them to some kind of parity, he makes this statement about number 8 (italics mine):

Calculator
One of the handiest uses of Google, type in a quick calculation in the search box and get an answer. It’s faster than calling up your computer’s calculator in most cases. Use the , -, *, / symbols and parentheses to do a simple equation.

One of the handiest uses? Really? Would Google be compelling with this feature, but without the others?

It’s faster than calling up your computer’s calculator?  Not likely.  I use “Start+R calc<enter>” – that’s 6 keys.  All right – I’ll back off on that one.  Not everyone knows how to do that.

The second is a sidebar in Fitness magazine.  I happened to see this in an open copy:

 Snack Smarter

Next time the munchies hit, try this simple strategy to avoid pigging out: Calculate how long it’s been since you last ate, and consider every hour to be worth about 100 calories.  “If you had breakfast at 8 a.m. and it’s now 10:30, you should have about a 250-calorie snack to tide you over until lunch,” says Connie Diekman, R.D., director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis.  “This will keep your stomach from grumbling between meals without going overboard.”  …

So, if I eat breakfast at 6:00 and eat a snack at 11:30, I should get 550 calories to “tide me over” until lunch (perhaps in 30 minutes, perhaps longer – that’s not included in the article).  If I eat my snack at 7:00, I get only 100 calories to tide me over the next 5 hours.  Nope.  Doesn’t work for me.

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