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Wednesday, May 02, 2021

I can’t tell you what a pure thrill it is to be able to get around on foot through the streets of Manhattan. After a decade and a half of car-commuting — via highway and city roads — in Tampa Bay, I’m convinced that walking (supplemented by subway or other mass transit) is an altogether more human way to go places.

That’s not to say that we’re all languidly strolling about. In fact, research finds that urban plodders worldwide are walking 10 percent quicker than they did back in the ’90s, suggesting a faster-paced lifestyle these days.

Which ain’t always good:

Professor Richard Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, told the BBC that the results provided “a significant insight into the physical and social health of a city”.

“At one level, walking quickly is good, but if it’s a way of life - if you’re doing it simply to get from A to B as quickly as possible - then it goes with a whole load of other behaviours which are not quite so good for you.

I guess keeling over from a speedwalking-induced heart attack is a dubious way to punch your ticket.

As a compulsive faster-than-average walker — I find I can’t help gearing up my normal gait, and I don’t put myself through any special physical exertion by doing so — I’ve noticed that I don’t stand out much in New York. I regularly get outpaced on the city streets, which, after years of leaving others in the dust, I find amusing. (And yes, these days I actually am busier than I’ve ever been before — probably way more than by just 10 percent.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/02/2021 11:57:37 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Science, Society
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I’m not sure why it took so long, but the New York Times now has a regular small-business section. It should offer plenty of opportunity for both ad sales (focusing on underserved small business merchants is the latest goldmine in B2B) and readers.

Included in the inaugural coverage is a handy start guide, with plenty of resource links. It does include the longstanding sobering statistic about mortality rates:

“If you’re new you have about a 50-50 chance of surviving five years,” said Brian Headd, an economist with the Office of Advocacy, which tracks small businesses and examines the impact of proposed regulations on them.

Basically the same odds as having a successful marriage. So enjoy the crapshoot, whether it’s down the economic or emotional path!

Not that anyone’s asking me, but I’ll take this opportunity to impart some helpful advice I got many years ago, regarding fundamental approach when going into any business (presumably small start-up):

Distinguish the purpose of your entrepreneurial endeavor. Are you doing it for the experience of making a livelihood out of your vocation, or is the experience of simply being your own boss — regardless of line of business — the motivation? As an example: Are you an auto mechanic who wants to start a business, or a businessperson who wants to get into the auto repair game? That strategic determination is key.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/02/2021 11:19:37 PM
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It’s nearly two weeks before Mother’s Day, so you’d think these two news items from today would have been embargoed:

- Salary.com flexes its compensation-analysis muscles to figure that during 2006, the average American mom performed household work that amounted to the equivalent of $138,000 in annual salary. She did this by wearing many hats:

The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother’s work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, [Salary.com Inc.] said.

- On top of all that, research has found that the little X chromosome — which makes it possible to be a mom in the first place — determines way more than just a child’s gender:

As scientists who study the chromosome lately have learned, the X is a rich repository of genes vital to brain development and could hold the key to the evolution of our particularly corrugated cortex. Moreover, the X chromosome behaves unlike any of the other chromosomes of the body — unlike little big-man Y, certainly, but also unlike our 22 other pairs of chromosomes, the self-satisfied autosomes that constitute the rest of our genome, of the complete DNA kit packed into every cell that we carry. It is a supple, switchbacking, multitasking gumby doll patch of the genome; and the closer you look, the more Cirque du Soleil it appears.

Given all this mommypower, I guess it’s never too early to show appreciation. Tell you what, Mom: This year, the lunch is on me!

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/02/2021 09:17:19 PM
Category: Business, Science, Society
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