What I learned last week (#92)

Illustration of room

Book excerpt I was thinking about:

Whatever the needs of the moment, I had a choice: I could do what was required calmly, patiently, and attentively, or do it in a state of panic. Every moment of the day—indeed, every moment throughout one’s life—offers an opportunity to be relaxed and responsive or to suffer unnecessarily.” (Sam Harris, Waking Up)

You do have a choice and an opportunity in every moment, even though it might not feel like it sometimes.

The logistics of distributing a vaccine in the 19th century versus today:

Distributing a COVID vaccine to billions of people will be challenging. We will require vials, needles, cold storage, air travel, trained health care professionals and much more. The challenge of distributing a smallpox vaccine in the 19th century was even greater because aside from fewer resources the vaccine, cowpox, was geographically rare and infected humans only with difficulty. Moreover, the best method of storing the vaccine was in a person but that worked only until the person’s immune system defeated the virus. Thus, a relay-race of vaccine couriers was created to distribute the vaccine around the world.


Interesting history of using cohorts of human vaccine couriers to distribute a vaccine. Never realized or thought about that until now.

For a summary of the modern day challenges that we’re facing, this is worth watching:

3:22 is when the good stuff starts. Interesting info about the challenges involved in producing and moving the vaccine.

How to sleep like a caveman:

You see, our sleep cycle is influenced primarily by two things; our circadian clock which regulates the day-night cycle, and our sleep pressure which builds up the longer we’ve been awake. Simply put, sleep pressure is reset every time we have a good sleep, whereas our circadian clock takes more time to adjust, (hence jet-lag). Our circadian rhythm is always going through micro-adjustments as the days get longer or shorter, or the clocks change due to daylight savings. Getting outside in the sunshine first-thing in the morning helps with these adjustments and will ensure that your body naturally feels more tired 12–15 hours after first waking.

Oh the times I’ve heard someone passionately talk about eating healthy because “that’s what our bodies were designed to eat”, only to stare blankly at the idea of exercise.

The bottom line is this; when it comes to a discussion on the way our bodies were designed, exercise should be front and center. Before we’d learned about plant and animal raising, our bodies were beaten on a daily basis from lifting and building shelters, pulling up native tubers, lugging firewood for cooking and chasing woolly mammoths off cliffs. Exercise, from an evolutionary perspective, supports all other aspects of our healthy function — from food cravings, stress management and, of course, sleep.


Fall is my favorite time of year for sure:

Those sunny crisp days are impossible to beat.

Using a side-project to practice:

Where possible, take opportunities to align work and play.

Lastly, check out what we’re up to now.

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