Gadget: Making Thin Egg Crepe in Microwave

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Finished egg Crepe

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The 7 Lamps of Living

Marty Nemko wrote . . . . . . . . .

Something as complex and individualized as the life well-led cannot be reduced to seven keys or even 50 keys.

That said, amid our information overload, such lists may have value, if only as a starting place for our contemplating how to live our lives. In that spirit, if someone were to put a gun to my head and say, “Give me the seven keys to the life well-led or else!”, this is what I’d say.

Decide cosmically

It’s not enough to follow the rules or even decide whether to keep or to break a rule to take care of family. The life well-led involves making cosmically wise decisions, that is, decisions that will do the most good for the most people without violating an individual’s fundamental right, for example, the right to not be killed. (I’ll leave the death penalty issue for another day.)

For example, let’s say you’re a psychotherapist and your client is considering divorce. You’ve asked all manner of questions to help the client decide. But after that, the client insisted: “No! Tell me what you think.” The therapist who decides to answer should consider not just what’s best for the client but for the spouse, kids, and perhaps surprising, society. Let’s say the spouse is a medical researcher with the potential to save many lives but is emotionally fragile who, in a divorce, would be devastated, likely requiring a long time to recover, and therefore do a worse job at work. That could be worth considering.

Another example: Let’s say you supervise a poor-performing employee. Deciding whether to coach or replace the employee depends not just on how the person would feel if let go but on the probability of the coaching helping sufficiently, what you’d otherwise do with the time, the likelihood of finding a better replacement, and the impacts of the current versus likely replacement on coworkers, bosses, customers, and even society. Take even an entry-level employee: an accounting clerk. If the person is slow and/or error-prone, it means that people and your organization don’t get the deserved money, let alone on time. The organization’s accountants must spend extra time searching for and correcting problems, the organization could lose customers, and be more prone to a time-consuming, stressful audit.

The life well-led involves considering an action’s effects on the stakeholders.

Responsibility is key

The life well-led includes working diligently and ethically. Anathema would be people who make the least effort they can get away with and who cut ethical corners, both in professional and personal life. The good news is that responsibility doesn’t require people to choose a career they find difficult. Rather, a responsible, contributory career builds on natural strengths and acquired knowledge, thus making the career not too difficult.

Treasure time

It’s cliche but true that time is our most valuable and ever decreasing possession. And while nearly everyone agrees with that statement, some people waste so much time, for example, hours each day on puerile TV or video games or shopping until they’re dropping. The life well-led includes spending much time making a difference, however you define it. To that end, until it’s habitual, when deciding whether and how to do spend a chunk of time, you might ask yourself, “Is this a good use of time?”

Communicate effectively

Communication is more difficult than many people think.

Listening requires attention to what’s said, what’s underneath, deciding whether to stay focused on what the person is saying or if you can think ahead to what you’ll say in response, when to be blunt and when to be tactful (usually), and whether to interrupt (usually not.)

Speaking requires concision, weighing what your listener(s) wants and needs to know and, as appropriate, using ethical tools of persuasion: valid logic, statistics, anecdotes, examples, and analogies.

Act

Many people ruminate excessively, letting fear of failure blind them to the wisdom of taking at least low-risk actions, which usually yield more success or at least lessons that can be applied subsequently.

Balance gratitude with striving

Too much gratitude causes inertia while too much striving can sacrifice ethics. So balance is required. For example, the fundraiser who is living the life well-led works hard to raise money for a worthy organization but doesn’t push unduly: exaggerate the likely benefits of a donation nor pressure potential donors beyond what they can comfortably afford—even if that means s/he doesn’t win “fundraiser of the month.”

Grow

No, it’s not necessary to ever plod on the educational treadmill, but part of the life well-led is to spend a reasonable amount of time continuing to learn what’s important, ideally in pleasant ways. For example, the aforementioned psychotherapist might want to start or join a patient review group. All of us can distract ourselves from maddening traffic by listening to a career-related or personal-growth audiobook. Or would you enjoy taking a course, in-person as COVID lifts, or online? Tens of thousands of courses on every imaginable topic, most with syllabi and student reviews, are searchable on websites such as udemy.com, coursera.org, and linkedinlearning.com.

Might these lamps help illuminate your path?

Source: Psychology Today

What’s for Lunch?

Eel Set Meal at Yayoiken (やよい軒) in Tokyo, Japan

The price is 1,490 yen (tax included).

Simple Diagnostic Tool Predicts Individual Risk of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed an algorithm that combines data from a simple blood test and brief memory tests, to predict with great accuracy who will develop Alzheimer’s disease in the future. The findings are published in Nature Medicine.

Approximately 20-30% of patients with Alzheimer’s disease are wrongly diagnosed within specialist healthcare, and diagnostic work-up is even more difficult in primary care. Accuracy can be significantly improved by measuring the proteins tau and beta-amyloid via a spinal fluid sample, or PET scan. However, those methods are expensive and only available at a relatively few specialized memory clinics worldwide. Early and accurate diagnosis of AD is becoming even more important, as new drugs that slow down the progression of the disease will hopefully soon become available.

A research group led by Professor Oskar Hansson at Lund University have now shown that a combination of relatively easily acccessible tests can be used for early and reliable diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined 340 patients with mild memory impairment in the Swedish BioFINDER Study, and the results were confirmed in a North American study of 543 people.

A combination of a simple blood test (measuring a variant of the tau protein and a risk gene for Alzheimer’s) and three brief cognitive tests that only take 10 minutes to complete, predicted with over 90% certainty which patients would develop Alzheimer’s dementia within four years. This simple prognostic algorithm was significantly more accurate than the clinical predictions by the dementia experts who examined the patients, but did not have access to expensive spinal fluid testing or PET scans, said Oskar Hansson.

”Our algorithm is based on a blood analysis of phosphylated tau and a risk gene for Alzheimer’s, combined with testing of memory and executive function. We have now developed a prototype online tool to estimate the individual risk of a person with mild memory complaints developing Alzheimer’s dementia within four years”, explains Sebastian Palmqvist, first author of the study and associate professor at Lund University.

One clear advantage of the algorithm is that it has been developed for use in clinics without access to advanced diagnostic instruments. In the future, the algorithm might therefore make a major difference in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s within primary healthcare.

“The algorithm has currently only been tested on patients who have been examined in memory clinics. Our hope is that it will also be validated for use in primary healthcare as well as in developing countries with limited resources”, says Sebastian Palmqvist.

Simple diagnostic tools for Alzheimer’s could also improve the development of drugs, as it is difficult to recruit the suitable study partcipants for drug trials in a time- and cost-effective manner.

”The algorithm will enable us to recruit people with Alzheimer’s at an early stage, which is when new drugs have a better chance of slowing the course of the disease”, concludes Professor Oskar Hansson.

Source: Lund University

Seared Salmon Oriental Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Ingredients

4 (4 oz) salmon escalopes
freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
a squeeze of lemon juice

Oriental Salad

1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
3/4 cup fresh beansprouts
1 carrot, finely shredded into ribbons (use a potato peeler)
1 big juicy red chili, finely shredded
2 oz mizuna or watercress
1 oz fresh coriander
2 tablespoons roughly chopped cashew nuts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Sweet Chili Dressing

4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons sesame oil
4 tablespoons sweet chili sauce

Method

  1. Mix the salad ingredients together, season and set aside.
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Fry the salmon escalopes for 1-2 minutes over a searing heat, turn out on to a plate cooked-side up and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  4. Dress the salad leaves with a tablespoon of the sweet chili dressing. Ensure that the leaves are simply coated rather than left in a pool of dressing.
  5. Divide the salad between the serving plates, gently place the seared salmon on top, spoon around the remainder of the sweet chili dressing and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Nick Nairn’s Salmon


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