Tricks

  1. I generally eat most days but end up fasting for a day every 3-4 days. On days I eat, I generally eat unprocessed, whole foods. I eat a largely potato-based diet with occasional carrot/kale/spinach and milk/meat/eggs, which is convenient to cook, cheap and (in my experience) hard to gain weight on, and which I understand to be relatively environmentally friendly and to cover most of my nutritional needs (e.g. vitamins and essential amino acids). I admit this diet is non-diverse and one medical student friend has advised me that there may be diabetic risk associated with this diet, although my understanding is that excess fat is the main modifiable cause of type 2 diabetes. However, I feel pretty good on this diet, which seems to work for me when combined with regular exercise (I started the diet in August 2018).
  2. I try to stand while using a laptop. To reinforce this, I a small object in my back pocket that makes sitting uncomfortable. I work in a variety of office-like spaces with tables which are at sitting height, so I often raise the laptop to standing height by placing it on a Nexstand laptop stand which I carry around in my bag. I also sometimes use a pair of 90-degree reflecting glasses like https://www.amazon.com/Bed-Prism-Spectacles-Lazy-Glasses/dp/B00AS7PD5M so that my next doesn’t have to crane downwards to look at my laptop screen when I’m standing.
    1. When I get tired of standing, I try to shake out my legs and/or stand in different positions, but sometimes I’ll be too tired so I’ll try to lie down and work with my laptop on my chest or held in my hands. I do this because I find it hard to sit and work ergonomically, but I see some disadvantages of lying down (increased likelihood of falling asleep). When I lie down with my laptop, I try to use dictation to type, because typing with my hands seems to hurt my wrists.
  3. Live with people, the more the merrier. It reduces loneliness and rent, your biggest cost of living and barrier to financial independence. This scales with number of people: the more people you live with, the more often someone is available to hang out, and the lower your rent is.
  4. In a pandemic, the main options seem to include separation (if transmission is hard to avoid, like respiratory transmission) or less extreme forms of behavior change, sanitation (?) and other creative measures to cut off / isolate pathogen flow throughout the world (visualize flows of particles / materials between people?), vector control, barriers / protective equipment and MCMs. (Would like to learn more in GHP 539.) Lipsitch seems skeptical of separation and/or behavior change, at least for flu and possibly other diseases of respiratory transmission.
  5. Prevention is the other key aspect of stopping pandemics.

Much less key:

  1. Seeing the structure of a song, e.g. in a chord tab (as opposed to just listening), helps with memory.
  2. To bring a surface closer to elbow height while standing, use a surface, e.g. a portable stand. If you don’t have a flat stand, you can often make the keyboard point down (e.g. reverse the NexStand).