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January 23, 2020

Deprocrastination — 3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it

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I've always been a sucker for stuff like this, not least because it's yet one more thing I can do to avoid starting work.

But I digress.

Here are the 3 tricks alluded to, in a nutshell:

• Screw it, let's do it (Richard Branson)

• Start sloppy

• Start small

Have at it: you can too!

January 23, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Japan now has over 70,000 centenarians

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From the Japan Times:

Ahead of Respect for the Aged Day, number of centenarians in Japan tops 70,000

The number of people aged 100 or older in Japan has exceeded 70,000 for the first time, after marking an increase for the 49th consecutive year in the aging society whose birth rate remains low, government data showed Friday.

Women centenarians vastly outnumber the men, accounting for 88.1 percent of the total of 71,238.

The figure represents a roughly 23-fold increase from a centenarian population of 3,078 in 1989, according to the data released by the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry ahead of Monday's national holiday in Japan for Respect for the Aged Day.

The number of females who will have reached 100 years of age by Sunday totals 62,775, up 1,321 from last year.

The number of such men is 8,463, an increase of 132.

Kane Tanaka, a 116-year-old resident of the city of Fukuoka, is the oldest Japanese.

Born in January 1903, she is acknowledged as the world's oldest living person by Guinness World Records.

On Wednesday, when Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima visited Tanaka at a nursing home and presented her flowers and a big cake, Tanaka said: "I don’t think I'm going to die soon. I've never thought about it."

Chitetsu Watanabe, a 112-year-old resident of Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, is the oldest Japanese man.

By prefecture, Tokyo has 6,059 centenarians, followed by Kanagawa at 3,933, and Osaka at 3,648.

Japan's average life expectancy was 87.32 for women and 81.25 for men in 2018.

The number of people aged 100 or over in the country stood at only 153 in 1963, when the government began compiling the statistics.

The total exceeded 1,000 in 1981, 10,000, in 1998 and 50,000 in 2012.

There will be 56.34 centenarians per 100,000 people nationwide as of Sunday, the ministry said.

By prefecture, Kochi came top with 101.42 centenarians per 100,000 people, followed by Kagoshima with 100.87, and Shimane with 99.85.

By contrast, Saitama was at the bottom of the list for 30 years in a row, at 33.74.

Aichi was second from the bottom, at 37.15, and Chiba third, at 39.68.

The number of people who will turn 100 by the end of the current fiscal year through next March will be 37,005, according to the ministry.

The government had in the past gifted centenarians with silver cups in the prime minister's name, but since 2016 began distributing silver-plated cups instead to reduce costs.

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When I noticed this trend a couple decades ago, I thought it was only a matter of time before the young working people of Japan — having to carry an increasingly onerous tax load to support all the old people who live forever, and knowing that when they got that old there would be few, if any, resources to provide for their own old age — would revolt, and turn Japan into a conflict zone.

I still believe that's coming. 

January 23, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Cooking With Paris"

Res ipsa loquitur.

But in case it doesn't, the Guardian's got you covered.

January 23, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Every Noise at Once

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"Every Noise at Once is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 3,294 genres by Spotify as of July 29, 2019. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier."

Got that?

January 23, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Musical Pasta

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From the website:

250g of musical pasta in the shapes of clefs, notes, sharps, and flats, naturally colored with spinach, tomato, and paprika.

Ingredients: Durum wheat flour, water, spinach, paprika, tomato.

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£4.99.

January 23, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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