Go West, Young Man! (to minimize jet lag)

Why you’re more tired flying east than west

Airbus A350

Dr. Michael, J. Breus over at The Sleep Doctor has an answer:

Scientists have posited that the asymmetry of jet lag—the increased impact that results from eastward travel compared to westward—is connected to the fact that human circadian rhythms, on average, extend slightly beyond 24 hours. This means that at a biological level we’re all slightly inclined toward extending our days at their end rather than at their beginning—essentially, we find it somewhat easier to behave like night owls than larks.

Basically, it’s easier to stay up late than get up early.

I think I agree with that.

Farther down, however, is a real gem, though:

Light exposure at the wrong time of day interferes with circadian function and sleep-wake cycles, throwing the body’s internal timekeeping out of sync with external time.  This common occurrence results in what’s known as social jet lag—the kind of jet lag you can experience without ever leaving home or crossing time zones.

Clicking on through to the NCBI website gives us the abstract of “Social jetlag: misalignment of biological and social time”. The abstract sums thusly:

Our results strongly suggest that work (and school) schedules should be adapted to chronotype whenever possible.

So, basically, earning and learning is better when done on your own schedule than that of others. Of course, if your chronotype already matches school and work, you’re golden. Otherwise, how do you make your life work with your sleep schedule? When do you set aside time to learn and time to do?

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson Warning on America and Science Denial

Redglass Pictures teamed up with Neil deGrasse Tyson to produce a 4-minute film that communicates something that I have been feeling for awhile. Tyson calls this “maybe the most important words he has ever spoken”. The film covers the recent rise of science denial in this country.

“That’s not the country I remember growing up in. Not that we didn’t have challenges… But I don’t remember anytime where people were standing in denial of what science was.”

Indeed, Neil. I too watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. I was one of the first to actually use the Internet, then the World Wide Web. I used cell phones when they were so novel that people would stare at me using one discreetly in Wal-Mart.

“This is science, it’s not something to toy with! It’s not something to say “I choose not to believe E=mc², you don’t have that option!” …it is true whether or not you believe in it, and the sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with… how to solve the problems that face us.”

Once had a friend – he is still a great, smart friend – that when I brought up a conversation from some 10 years or so earlier, I asked him if he still believed that global warming was a hoax. His reply was, “No, but it shouldn’t be a religion either.” I’ve thought about that remark a lot, and it reminds me of this Carl Sagan idea:

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.

My friend is right in a way. I believe that religion builds policies, procedures, and systems around spirituality, but not in a scientific method sort of way.

Religion doesn’t establish or even create morals, it establishes trusts. Throughout history and various cultures, these trusts between others in the tribe have moved civilizations forward, and sometimes backward. Two steps forward, one back.

It’s time to accept science spiritually. We have bigger things to do.

S1:E6, Todd Whatley, The Elder Law Practice

H. Todd Whatley, The Elder Law Practice.

Estate-Planning-Graphic-copyThis episode is with Todd Whatley, one of only 500 certified elder law attorneys in the United States. This is one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve done so far, and the information Todd provides is very useful for all of us.
The term “elder” is a bit misleading. Regardless of your age or your income, you can start planning for protecting your assets and enjoying life. It doesn’t really matter if you are 30 or 80 years old, there are important lessons to be learned, regardless of the size of your estate.
Todd’s website is rich with information, his weekly radio show podcasts, and a link to the live broadcast of his show every Wednesday at 9am (Central) on KURM.
Make sure to stay past the movies and other non-topic stuff, because there is a story at the end.

Amazon Echo links:

Movies:

Vacations

Larry Elison Hawaii Island – Lania (in the podcast I mistakenly said Kaui)

S1:E5, Steve Nordyke

Steve Nordyke
Steve Nordyke
Steves Little Boat2
Steve’s Maverick 18′ Master Angler
Steve's Big Boat
Steve’s Bertram 30 Moppie

Steve is a Commercial Real Estate Asset Manager with Torchlight Investors in Miami. He lives on the water in beautiful downtown Fort Lauderdale, “The Venice of America”. He has a beautiful family, and is truly living the lifestyle he planned. We talk about Fort Lauderdale, the band Rush, movies, and music.

Steve’s home is on the New River, surrounded by all sorts of skiffs, boats, and yachts. For some reason, I was too busy thinking about the podcast to take but one picture:
Photo of New River in Fort Lauderdale, from Steve's patio where we recorded the podcast.
Photo of New River in Fort Lauderdale, from Steve’s patio where we recorded the podcast.

New River that runs through the heart of Fort Lauderdale.

A member of the band Better Than Ezra (Wikipedia; Amazon) was hanging out with Steve and Rush in Monroe, Louisiana.

Movies:

The Hunger, David Bowie & Susan Sarandon
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Music Streaming:

Food:

Mohawk Tavern, Monroe, LA
Pauls Meat Market – Andouille sausage, Fort Smith, AR

Boating in Maui:

T2_West Maui
Trilogy – great service!

S1:E3 – Jessica Hayes, Fort Smith Montessori

"By the age of three the child has already laid down the foundations of his personality as a human being" - Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori Quote

Jessica Hayes is the Head of School at Fort Smith’s Montessori school. Before that, she was Vice President of Museum Operations for the U.S. Marshal’s Museum.

Jessica has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of the Ozarks, and a Master’s from UALR.

We visited about Montessori, the Japanese internment camps and segregation in Arkansas, and talk about the usual stuff: food, movies, books, and music.

Montessori Links:

Fort Smith Montessori School
American Montessori Society
Wikipedia entry on Montessori education
Wikipedia entry on Maria Montessori
Understanding Montessori, A Guide for Parents Book – Amazon Link

Japanese Internment in Arkansas

Huffington Post Article by George Takei (yes, that George Takei – who was interned at Arkansas’ Rohwer Japanese “Internment” camp.
Wikipedia entry on Japanese Internment during WWII
Wikipedia entry on Rohwer
Wikipedia entry on Jerome

Books

The Thornbirds
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
John Adams Family (not Morticia and Gomez)
Jonathon Kellerman

Movies

Sleepless in Seattle
You’ve Got Mail
When Harry Met Sally
Son in Law
Elf
Father of the Bride

TV

Season of Friends
Veep

Music

James Taylor
Carly Simon
Carole King
Dolly Parton

Food

Taqueria Karina, 5309 W 65th St, Little Rock
Miguel’s Taqueria, 1719 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith
El Lorito on Lexington and South B St, Fort Smith
Juan’s, 3121 Towson Avenue, Fort Smith
Tassanee’s, 1611 Dodson Fort Smith
Pho Grand, 4013 Grand Avenue (across from George’s, another good place!) in Fort Smith
Chopsticks Grill and Tea, 4611 Towson, Fort Smith
Katz’s Deli, 205 E Houston St, New York, NY
Sarge’s Deli, 548 3rd Ave, New York, NY

Other Topics/Links:

Jerry Weintraub – When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man   Well, unfortunately, he did stop talking on July 6, 2015. (Can’t believe I could not remember his name during the podcast)

Bhutan, where happiness is designated by law. – CBS Sunday Morning video, where you must have Flash installed <sigh>. Or, you can read Bhutan’s Secret of Happiness text article.

John Gruber’s post on Apple Watch UI

Amazon Echo
Amazon Kindle

S1:E2 Melanie Radcliff, CPA – Podcast

Todays episode is with Melanie Radcliff, President of Radcliff CPA. Melanie is both an accountant and a financial advisor, so she has a much more holistic approach to things like accounting, tax planning, and investments.

Melanie was kind enough to sit down with me two weeks before April 15th, and we discuss not only small business accounting such as the difference in profits and cash flow, but of the importance of Star Trek and The Jerk.

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Radcliff CPA

Movies:
The Jerk:  He Hates These Cans!  Navin R. Johnson, typical bastard (yeah I said typical asshole in the podcast – I have thought that was the quote for decades!)
Star Trek:
Star Trek versus Star Wars;  Star Trek: Kirk meets Uhura – Bar Fight
Why is the Rum Gone?

How to Distinguish Profits from Cash Flow

How to Calculate Inventory Turnover Ratio

Favorite Latino Restaurants: Rolando’s  and El Lorito

Disclaimer:

“Opinions expressed are those of the speaker(s), Melanie Radcliff and Tom Kirkham and are not endorsed by the Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. or its affiliates.  All information herein has been prepared solely for informational purposes, and it is not an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security or instrument or to participate in any particular trading strategy.  Neither the named broker dealer, nor its affiliates offer tax or legal services.  Certain Statements contained within are forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements that are predictions of or indicated future events, trends, plans or objectives.  Undue reliance should not be placed on such statements because, by their nature, they are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties.  Radcliff Financial Group, Inc. is an independent firm with securities offered through Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.  Advisory services offered through Summit Financial Group, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.  **Tom Kirkham is not an employee of Summit Brokerage Services, Inc.”

Security and Privacy as a Lifestyle – SPaaL

SPaaL – Dontcha just love all the acronyms?

This is one of the most important posts I have ever scribed.

Remaining secure and private in this world is something that I take very seriously – you should too. You don’t have to be an executive at a Fortune 500 company or even a small business owner. The fact is, everyone should take security and privacy seriously.

In the hacker world, there are “white hats” and “black hats”. White hats are the good guys – or ethical hackers – and work to secure our banks, defense and corporate networks. Black hats are the bad guys, and hack mostly for profit. In between are the ones that make political statements – think Anonymous or Edward Snowden.

While really good hackers have skills that take years to master, casual computer users with just a fundamental knowledge of computers and networks can be hackers. Tools are available here and here. Tools to hack are built-in to your computer’s operating system. You can even do it by just buying your way into the business.

By far, most of the unethical hacking is done automatically, at scale. Like millions. Malware is emailed through spam or placed on a legitimate websites (none are beyond being hacked). Visit the website or open the email, and bingo, you’ve just been hacked. Whether it ends up holding your data hostage or configuring your computer to spew spam, or whatever, it is making the creators money. It really has nothing to do with your personal data – the hackers are operating at a scale that is all about numbers. In other words, if you think that no one would be interested in your data, or that you have nothing to hide, that is irrelevant to hackers. In fact, they are counting on you to use poor security and privacy methods to continue to stay in business. And yes, it is a business – a HUGE business. This article at Info-Security Magazine references a 2014 McAfee report that “estimates the cost to the global economy from cybercrime at anywhere from $375bn to $575bn a year. These figures, the researchers point out, actually exceed the national incomes of many countries.”

See what I mean when I talk about “scale” in malware?

So what I’ve discovered is that when discussing these issue with people, whether business owners or individuals, most people’s eyes glaze over, then something like “I would love to protect myself and others, but it is a such a hassle to use good security” falls out of their mouth.

My response is “SO WHAT?” It’s a hassle to first get used to wearing a seatbelt. It’s a hassle to buy and pay for insurance. It’s a hassle to register to vote. Get over it, and start living the SPaaL lifestyle. Oops, that was redundant. I guess I didn’t plan my acronym out properly. That’s kinda like PIN number. I digress.

But it is a change of mindset. Being frustrated over using a password manager such as LastPass is understandable, but it’s a necessary evil. In fact, every time I use it I am thinking of all the times that I have prevented wide-scale infections or data breaches on my computer.

It is a commitment to dedicate yourself to the pain – the pain in setting up and using a VPN, having to generate and store secure passwords, etc. But you must. Until we all do this, the scourge will remain. It MUST be a lifestyle change.

Install and USE LastPass. Make all your passwords unique. Turn on Two Factor Authentication, or TFA (most times, you can set all your devices to not require the TFA if the site recognizes the device – this way if someone else uses it, they are the ones that have to use TFA).

By all means, make sure your email addresses use unique passwords, not shared with any other site, because once your email address is hackable, so is your bank account and any other site that is tied to that email address, because email access is the key for password resets.

Other Security Reading

If you think you have nothing to hide, 1) send me all your email addresses and passwords, then 2) watch this. Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters.

If your organization thinks that HIPAA compliance and PHI is not worth the hassle, read this. “We’re not in this for the money. We want to help put a plan together to bring you into compliance, while you’re paying your fine.” – Office of Civil Rights

If you think security is not important to your business, read this on Kirkham Systems.