Moving is the New Black

Sitting for long periods will wreck your body in a whole bunch of alarming ways. This excellent video explains how bad it really is, and has a few suggestions for avoiding the worst of the damage we are doing to ourselves.

Even Hemingway stood at a desk – Who are you to argue with Papa?

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But, what can a computer using, knowledge worker thug do? I need to be in front of a screen all day (and more). Enter the standing desk.

Some workplaces will provide one for you. Some might require a note from your doctor.

You could buy a standing desk. StandDesk has a bunch of stylish ones that include a motor for raising/lowering the desk. Check out the standing steez on this content creator – gettin’ healthy, reping New Balance shoes, and sipping wine in his fine crib.

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To expensive? Here’s what the rest of us do.

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Colin Nederkoorn wrote a great article: A Standing Desk for $22. So, if you’re on a budget, or work at a company that would rather you die in your chair than live on your feet, check out how easy and cheap it is to build a standing desk from Ikea parts. I got everything for $40 including shipping to my front door, since shipping was cheaper than the gas and I’m not hungry for horse meatballs.

Quit being a slave to the chair that is trying to kill you. Get out your seat and jump around.

Additional References

Move Your DNA. Katy Bowman. Restore your health through natural movement.

Deskbound. Sitting is the New Smoking. Mobility guru Kelly Starrett says quit sitting down. Check out the video interview for a taste of his philosophy.

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Morning Dose of Typography

The Google Fonts project has a ton of fantastic fonts. But, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to use them. A lot of the fonts will suck when used incorrectly. Get schooled by the collaborative google-type project.

The github project readme has links to a few excellent typographic resources. View the full-blown project examples here and get your typography on.

Example Font Pairing
Example Font Pairing

Resources

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Encryption With Emacs

Of course it would be nice to encrypt/decrypt files from Emacs. EasyPG comes with GNU Emacs since Emacs23 (source file: epa-file.el). Simply add to your init file:

 (require 'epa-file)
 (epa-file-enable)

Visit *anyfile*.gpg and it will be encrypted when you save the buffer.

If you’re running X and you prefer a non-graphical keyphrase prompt, include in your config:

(setenv "GPG_AGENT_INFO" nil)

References

EasyPG Home Page.

EmacsWiki EasyPG Entry. Configuration and troubleshooting info.

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