November 2013

The Leyendecker View

Thanksgiving Leftovers

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"He who knows how to loaf is wiser than three sages."

- Abraham Miller


Publisher: Douglas Leyendecker
Managing Editor: Kelly Griego


Happy Day After Thanksgiving! We hope you had a really wonderful holiday enjoying great food with great friends and family. Now that you have a serious food hangover, today is a day built for taking it easy, reading for enjoyment and being generally lazy. 


With that in mind, we tossed together what we hope is a TLV that can be the perfect companion to a slow, relaxing day. 

Sit Back, Relax and Digest
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"I like the word 'indolence.' It makes my laziness seem classy."

- Bernard Williams 



Food Coma: Relax with Some Easy-to-Digest Bits


Well as it turns out, that tryptophan makes you sleepy is a big lie

The reason you're couch-bound is not because of the tryptophan in turkey; it's because you ate like a pig. Tryptophan is an amino acid, which can convert into melatonin, which does regulate the sleep cycle. But for this to happen, you'd have to eat tryptophan on an empty stomach and with no other amino acids or proteins. On our most notorious day of gluttony, that is unlikely. You are tired because you overate. Take a nap, drink some water and wait for a new day.


How Americans celebrate Thanksgiving

eBay's Deals Blog released a series of maps based on some 15,000 Americans surveyed about how they celebrate Thanksgiving. In 45% of households, one unfortunate person does most of the cooking. Maybe this is because 48% are watching football. Most every American says something they're thankful for on the holiday, with fewer doing so in the Texas panhandle. Click the link or below for more fun facts.


Up close and beautiful photos of snowflakes

A Russian photographer named Alexey Kljatov took absolutely breathtaking photos of snowflakes. Set against woolen fabrics backlit by an LED light, Kljatov captures the incredible beauty of these tiny natural works of art. Click to see even more one-of-a-kind snowflakes.


Leftovers: At Least Make it a Pecan Pie


Eating nuts will make you less likely to die of anything in particular

In a study that tracked 119,000 men and women, those who ate tree nuts every day were 20% less likely to die during the study period than those who did not eat nuts. For regular nut eaters, the risk of dying from heart disease dropped 29% and the risk of dying from cancer dropped 11%. Nut fans also stay slimmer. Go nuts!


Why your brain craves junk food - and what you can do about it

Food companies spend millions to perfect their products' "orosensation" - the way a food feels as you chew it. Why? Because they want you to think about it, miss it, buy it again. Read on for more ways food scientists manipulate snacks to toy with your emotions and physiology, and make you crave their foods, or even better, get addicted to them. 


Food Coma Number 2: More Mindless Snacking


5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds

This neat 90-second video shows how modern religion has spread globally in the past 5,000 years, marking key figures, events and wars.


In short, no. While Texas is in a rare financial position - the state gives more tax revenue to the federal government than Washington gives to it - and could economically survive on its own, there is no clause in Texas' constitution that allows for legal secession. (Interestingly, the constitution does permit Texas to split into five smaller states without Congress' approval.) The only legal way Texas could secede is if a majority of its citizens voted for secession and then convinced the federal government to permit its independence. 



A Second Wind: Ready to Use Your Brain (a Little)        


I want to be a millennial when I retire

In reflecting on his 25-year-old son's career as a fledgling musician, a father wonders why we only have one metric for success - money. His son does what he loves, has minimal stress, makes ends meet and has time to enjoy life. Meanwhile, this author's financially successful friend declares that when he retires, all he wants is to bike ride and read. As needed, he'll do physical therapy work - the work he did at the start of his career out of passion before he "got an MBA and ended up herding cats." The author notices something uncanny: His son's living the life retirement-hopefuls dream of. This sweet essay does make us wonder if it's time to broaden our definition of success.


The state of the U.S. economy in an of-the-moment heat map

Real economic news, but in an easy-to-digest format. The color shading represents how employment rate measures up against national averages. Interestingly, Texas' employment hits all three metrics: above average, average and below average. Click the link above or the map for a larger version of the chart.

Football Time: Half Distracted


Officer dressed as turkey patrols Vegas crosswalks

"Butterball One" - a Las Vegas police officer dressed as a turkey - is patrolling certain Vegas streets to fine drivers who don't stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. This five-year tradition is part of a safety campaign to reduce pedestrian fatalities.


Beijing destroys BBQ grills to cut air pollution

In an effort to reduce their infamous pollution, authorities in Beijing have seized hundreds of barbecues and are cutting them down, one by one. Citizens mocked the exercise, pointing out that there are probably bigger sources of pollution they could tackle. Hmm...pass the brisket.


Police chief willingly Tasered to raise money

In the face of ever-shrinking budgets, this small town Indiana police force has held golf tournaments and pig roasts in recent years to raise about $5,000 annually. However, this year they need $9,000, and the chief is upping the ante, by allowing a detective to Taser him in front of an audience. Desperate times... 


Grateful: Feeling Satisfied and Inspired


This aggressive, rude, negative, anti-motivational speech is fantastic

We are told over and over to follow our passion. Yet we often don't. We make excuses, we stand behind our fears, we assume only a lucky few get to build careers on passion. This quirky economist makes an economic case for passion: Great careers stem from passion, and in our current economy, where middle-class jobs are disappearing, your choice is a great career or a soul-sucking career. Good careers are disappearing with the "good" jobs, so if you strive for a "good" career, you will fail. Strive for great and enough with the excuses, already!

16 of the world's most amazing places you've never heard of

As the holiday season kicks into high gear, perhaps it's time to resolve to take an unforgettable, off-the-beaten-path journey next year. This post features photos of 16 little-known, breathtaking travel destinations that won't put you in a tourist trap, but will put you in paradise.

Time for Beddie Bye


10 soothing videos to help you sleep

If after all the food, and then all the more food, and all the lounging, drinking, football, movies and more eating...if you're still struggling to fall asleep, visit link for some assistance.



We hope you were able to through this TLV without falling asleep. But if you feel ready for a nap now, our goal has been accomplished. Relax and enjoy, your battle for world supremacy will wait for you.


Hippy Happy Holiday Weekend!



"Laziness works. And the simple way to incorporate its health benefits into your life is simply to take a nap."

- Tom Hodgkinson 

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