A Formal Schematic of Drug Safety in America

A little inspiration from Indexed.com applied to the marketing of pharmaceuticals:

Now, it’s easy to conclude from this that the pharmaceutical business is shady; actually there are thousands of very concerned citizens with high ethical standards within the industry. What the diagram illustrates is the importance of informed regulatory policy, disciplined capitalist enterprise and rigorous scientific methodology.

Of course, it also shows how important your civic duties are to yourself.

Eat your veggies. Exercise. Rest.

How Microsoft Might Take on Google

Furrier.org is claiming that Microsoft is planning to eek out Yahoo’s search engine business and, furthermore, that it plans to purchase Facebook. In light of Facebook’s efforts to block Google’s access to its data, this could make a lot of sense.

With the link between Google and Facebook broken, Microsoft could very well attempt to exploit the assets of Yahoo search, including its expert staff, to establish two pokes in the fire: search and social web.

Microsoft probably understands that in order to remain in the game, it will have to dominate social media. We’ll have to see how this story develops because it could one of the biggest stories of the decade.


Are You Using RSS for Your Job Search?

If you’re not using RSS by now, then you need to find a time machine and press FWD. But even if you are, few people realize that you can use RSS to improve the efficiency of your job search. If you don’t know anything about RSS read RSS Explained.

All you need to do to get the most up-to-date job search results is to find the career sites that you use most often and subscribe to their feeds. If the site doesn’t have a feed, you can have Google Reader do the subscribing for you as you surf the web with its subscribe bookmark:

  1. Go to Manage Subscriptions on the bottom left side of the reader
  2. Click the Goodies tab
  3. Drag the Subscribe bookmark to your browser’s toolbar.

You can find everything you need to do to set up your career feed at at One Day One Job

And while you’re at it, subscribe to my feed to learn more tips on using the web to life better.


iGoogle Job Search Keeps a Tab on Your Career

It’s always a wise strategy to keep up-to-date with the opportunities in the marketplace of your career. The problem with the major career search sites such as CareerBuilder or Monster is that it can be hard to keep up with all the alerts or to always search each site looking for a prospect
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that’s worth pursuing. Indeed helps aggregate these search engines of course. But even that can be time-consuming. Having a single radar screen to view the searches that are relevant to your interests not only makes your life easier but it also helps you to keep a focus on the management of your career. A simple solution: use your iGoogle account to display lenses of real-time searches from your choice of services.

Steps to set up a tab on your job search:

  1. Set up an iGoogle account if you don’t already have one.
  2. Click Add a Tab and enter a name for your tab (Career, Job Search, etc.)
  3. Click “Add Stuff”
  4. In the search bar, you can do either enter “job search” or the specific sites you use
  5. Review and select the widgets that are displayed
  6. Take advantage of the “You might also like” option offered
  7. In each of your widgets, edit the profile (job description, location, number of posts to display in the lens, etc)
  8. Click “Back to iGoogle Home” and review your new job search lens
When you’re done, you should have a page that looks like this:
iGoogle Job Search

That’s it. Play around with the lens and customize it however you wish.

I recommend including a lens for your LinkedIn profile and even your FaceBook or Myspace profiles to round out your entire lens page. You could even set up your own Google Custom Search with your job search specs and include that in your career tab in iGoogle. If that’s too complicated then you can just grab “Job Search Universe” in iGoogle’s gadget seach page and add it to your lens (in the screenshot above, it’s in the lower right hand). Happy job searching!


Four Days to Get Life

You only need 4 days to change your life forever and I’m going to prove it to you.

With our lives becoming increasingly hectic, stressful, competitive and less and less remarkable for many of us, it’s very easy to forget what the rush is really all about. In fact, in spite of our financial successes, we rarely even consider that there is an “all about” we have to focus on. So to help all of you folks who are overworked, over-stressed and distracted from your bliss, I’d like to share a list of four things to do on four different days. Call it a modern life walkabout or a spiritual exercise in disciplining your focus on bliss.

You need nothing special for this exercise. You don’t need equipment, life-coaches, or the latest Firefox plugin. Just 4 days, spread out anyway you like. All you need is the gift of time given to you every moment. All you need to be is yourself. This is a lesson-test in mindfulness of all that matters.

Here are the four days that will help you get life:

  1. Pretend that you’re semi-paralyzed for a day
    • You can choose your lower limbs, your arms, or your entire body
    • Don’t cheat, remain “paralyzed” throughout the day
    • If you have to get food or go to bathroom do so fully “paralyzed”
    • For full effect: don’t plan for your paralysis day; wake up “paralyzed”
    • When your day is over, slowly bring your limbs back to motion
    • Close your eyes, take in the feeling of those first moments
    • What does it feel like to have your freedom of movement back?
    • Is there someone in the world who could use your new-found empathy?
  2. Breathe your last breath. 
    • For one day, set  a timer to go off every 15 minutes.
    • When the timer goes off, set it for another minute
    • During that minute take a breath as if it was your last breath ever.
      • Focus on nothing but the feeling of your last breath (how it feels through your lips, down your throat, in your lungs)
      • When the minute is over, exhale and take in the whole experience, as if this last exhale were the only thing happening in the universe. 
      • Pay utter attention to every moment of this last breath.
    • Do this every fifteen minutes, starting with the first quarter-hour of your day until your last “last breath”.
    • As you prepare to sleep, reflect on each of those 48 last-breaths you took.
    • Do you see how much you depend on everything else?
  3. Don’t say a single word all day.
    • Nothing, not a whisper.
    • If you have to say something, write it down.
    • Read an essay by someone you never heard of in the morning
    • Write your thoughts down about whatever inspired you in the morning in the afternoon.
    • Drink, eat, read in silence
    • Listen
    • When the day is done, say only one thing: thank you.
    • Go to sleep.
    • What do you have to say now?
    • How will you say what you have to say?
  4. Spend an entire day blessing everything.
    • Don’t worry about good people or bad people here
    • Don’t worry if your blessing achieves anything (if it does, congratulations on being a god)
    • Just bless every person you’ve every known and people you’ll never know.
    • Wish that everyone will experience freedom from pain, vengeance or wrath
    • Pretend that you are the only one left in the world who has the power to bless, and your blessing is the only thing that can save the world
    • How do you feel about your enemies and problems now?
There they are. If these have inspired you to create your own substitutions, great! You’re getting life. Feel free to work these four days into your life in whatever order or pace you’d like. These four days represent 1.1% of your year. You spend far more of your year working in a cube or office, far more on Digg, Twitter, TV, bad restaurants, and far more on stressing about the hamster wheel encasing you in your material pleasures.

Keep in mind that these exercises represent what happens to people every day. Although the benefit of this practice is within your choice and control, these things can happen to you without your choice or control. Life happens, so how much would it hurt to do these things for just one day each? And if a really bad thing happens to you, maybe the work you did on these four days will come back to hold you together.