Thursday, August 17, 2017
Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and CEO, became the richest person in the world just few days ago, passing Bill Gates with $90.6 billion to his name. Here’s what the owner of Amazon, The Washington Post and an aerospace company, Blue Origin, does every day to be this successful.
Bezos is a big believer in getting enough shut-eye. He wakes up every morning naturally, without the aid of an alarm clock.
He always starts the day by sharing a healthy breakfast with his wife, the novelist MacKenzie Bezos.
To spend quality time with MacKenzie and their four children, he never schedules early-morning meetings.
Bezos is famously not big on meetings in general. He's said to meet with Amazon investors for only six hours a year.
When he does call a meeting, Bezos employs a "two-pizza rule" — he never organizes a meeting where two pizzas couldn't feed the entire group.
Bezos apparently used to be an occasionally explosive boss, but there are rumors that he has hired an executive coach to "help him tone it down."
In general, he has set a "frugal" tone at Amazon, which doesn't throw perks like massages or free lunch at employees.
Bezos has a taste for unusual dishes. During a meeting with Woot founder Matt Rutledge, he ordered octopus with potatoes, bacon, green garlic yogurt, and eggs for breakfast. "When I look at the menu, you're the thing I don't understand, the thing I've never had," Bezos said. "I must have the breakfast octopus."
Bezos also has a fondness for food trucks. In 2014, he told Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget about a phenomenally popular truck outside of Amazon's headquarters. "It's out of control, actually," he said.
There's one after-dinner ritual Bezos always adheres to: washing the dishes. "I'm pretty convinced it's the sexiest thing I do," he told Blodget.
It's unclear whether Bezos has a workout routine. However, photos of the CEO at a recent conference elicited comparisons to Vin Diesel, as commenters noted his muscular appearance.
Amazon now runs several popular original series, like "The Man in the High Castle" and "Transparent," but the Amazon CEO is a Trekkie. Bezos even made a surprise cameo in the 2016 film "Star Trek Beyond."
Other than watching "Star Trek," Bezos has another space-related hobby: gliding about in a submarine looking for old NASA rockets. He often brings his kids along for the adventure.
Bezos makes sure to get enough rest — he sleeps for eight hours every night.
By Dave LeClair
The price of TVs varies wildly. You can be looking at thousands of dollars separating the cheapest models from the most expensive ones.
And that brings us to the big question: how cheap can you go on a smart TV? Is there a certain point where you’re sacrificing too much, or is it okay to get the cheapest of the cheap?
What Makes a Cheap TV Cheap?
The other quickest way to cut the price of a TV is to make it smaller. That said, with widescreen TVs, you’re going to want to look in the 40-inch range for a bedroom TV and the 50+ range for a living room TV. The exact size will vary depending on where you’re sitting, but you should plan to look for models in that size range and budget accordingly. I’ve always found that 32 inches feels too small.
Throughout 2017, just about every TV is either LED, LCD, or OLED. Within the cheap price range, you can forget about OLED, so you’re going to be looking at LED LCDs.
In the low-cost TV space, you’re also going to need to forget about getting HDR (high dynamic range) or 4K on your screen. While the price of 4K displays decreased sharply over the last year or so, lower resolution screens remain more reasonable.
What Should You Look For?
You should also go with 1080p on a 40-inch screen or larger screen. If you’re okay with getting a 32-inch display, you can get by with 720p, but with the rise in popularity, the price jump from 720p to 1080p is relatively negligible. As we said before, you really should look for a 40-50-inch TV in a bedroom and a 55-inch or larger TV for the living room. Another thing to consider is that you’re looking for a TV that’ll last you a few years, and since 4K isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, locking yourself into 720p puts you two resolution jumps back. If you want to stay in the budget range, you’re not going to get a 4K TV unless you find a sale.
With smart TVs, you’re obviously going to be using online streaming services, and all of the major ones are moving towards offering much of their content in 1080p (and a lot of it is even moving to 4K). The original argument against 1080p was always lack of content other than BluRay movies, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s worth it so you can make sure you’re taking advantage of the internet features you’re paying for.
Smart TV Models to Check Out
There’s a lot of cheap smart TVs out there (as most TVs include at least basic internet features), but the ones we’re going to look at offer an excellent balance of price and features.
- TCL S305 Roku Smart LED TV (40-inch $269, 50-inch $349)
- VIZIO D-Series (40-inch $329, 50-inch $419)
- Sharp LC-LB481U Roku TV (43-inch $279, 50-inch $349)
This is not an exhaustive list of cheap Smart TVs, as I’ve left off the bottom of the barrel (Element, Westinghouse, Insignia, et al.) displays. TCL is generally in that category, but regarding value, the Roku OS pushes it up a notch. And no, the Element Fire TV Edition doesn’t make the list, as the 43-inch version costs more than any of the 50-inch models here.
Of course, you can go bigger, but the price will go up, and most companies offer the 55-inch and larger models with 4K displays, which raises the price even higher. In the medium screen size, any of the three TVs above should serve you quite well without breaking the bank.
One More Thing to Think About
Now that we’ve looked a few cheap smart TV models are that are worth grabbing, I’d like to throw a wrinkle at you real quick. If you’re even a little tech-savvy, a cheap option is to get one of the abundant connected media players for your existing TV (assuming you already have a TV that matches up with the stuff we talked about earlier).
The drawback of going with an additional box is the loss of convenience. With a smart TV, you use the same remote, and you don’t need to change inputs. There are pros and cons on both sides, but it’s something to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
Whether you want to watch Netflix, Hulu, WWE Network, or just about anything else online, a smart TV can make it happen. You’ll pay a little extra for those internet features, but as we’ve shown you, there are plenty of choices out there that won’t break your budget.
What cheap smart TV do you recommend? Hit the comments section and let us know!
The question then is to figure out which diet is right for you. There are plenty of choices, like the ketogenic diet, paleo diet, intermittent fasting, and more. And these resources will make it simpler to choose.
For example, you will come across low-carbohydrate diets quite often. In one table, Reddit’s wiki explains what you are and aren’t allowed to eat on different low-carb diets like paleo, Atkins, four-hour body, and more. Similarly, it explains why a low-carb diet works.
This should be the starting resource for anyone who needs to know about the various diet options available out there. You’ll get the science behind the diet, success stories from people, and independent views.
If you don’t want to read anything and just find the right diet for you, try this quiz from the BBC. It will nudge you in the right direction to choose among three types: high-protein low-carb, intermittent fasting, or low-calorie recipes.
BBC’s quiz asks you a series of questions to determine what type of eater you are. Be honest with yourself while answering, no one is judging you here. Your answers to the 12 questions will determine if you are a “feaster,” a “constant craver,” or an “emotional eater.”
There is a simple statistic to govern weight loss. You need to consume less calories than what you expend. With that principle in mind, the U.S. National Institute of Health designed a diet to lose weight and improve blood pressure.
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) doesn’t have the strict restrictions that other diets enforce. Instead, it tries to help you make smarter nutrition choices, and control your intake. Depending on your gender, age, and lifestyle, it will chart out the best meal plan for you to eat healthy.
The U.K. has its own National Health Services institution, with its own weight loss plan. Like DASH, this too works on the principle of calorie deficit. However, the NHS plan is much more comprehensive with a 12-week guide.
The 12-Week Weight Loss Plan can be downloaded and printed as a PDF. There are also plenty of online tools like a calorie checker, a meal planning app, and much more.
Charles Platkin, PhD, JD/MPH, is a renowned health expert and columnist. Diet Detective isn’t updated as regularly any more, but it is a resource full of insightful (and verifiable) answers to questions about diet, health, and nutrition.
Platkin’s site includes interviews with other experts, analysis of studies and research papers, and other useful information. For example, he wrote a thorough explainer on the top-searched diets on Google, so you know exactly what each is about and their benefits or risks.
Which Diets Have You Tried?
The effectiveness of a diet is going to be largely subjective. Of course, researchers conduct studies to find those that work best across large groups, so there is some science available. This video sums it up nicely:
Personally, I believe the best diet is the one that you’ll actually stick to. For me, the South Beach diet has worked on multiple occasions, so I can vouch for it.
What about you? Which diet have you tried and seen good results with?
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