Tricks

  1. Generally eat every other day. On days you eat, eat unprocessed, whole, diverse foods. You might want foods that (a) cover most of your nutritional needs and (b) don’t encourage overeating. My choice is a largely potato-based diet with occasional carrot/kale/spinach and milk/meat/eggs. This is not diverse and it seems risky (e.g. for diabetics), but for me it works and it wins on convenience.
  2. Stand while using a laptop. To reinforce this, put a small object in your back pocket that makes sitting uncomfortable. Then use your laptop on surfaces like a standing desk, a box or books on a table, a shelf, a tree stump, etc. Bring an external mouse, keyboard and stand, or a pair of 90-degree reflecting glasses like https://www.amazon.com/Bed-Prism-Spectacles-Lazy-Glasses/dp/B00AS7PD5M.
  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).
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