The Good Chocolates Blog
Easter’s over, and for lots of teens it’s time to knuckle down to some serious last-minute revision as the exam season looms.
The Easter eggs are long gone, naturally, but that doesn’t mean that no chocolate treats are allowed in those darkened bedrooms… there’s lots of good evidence that chocolate treats might help our stressed-out youngsters!
A Swiss study found that people who ate a 40g bar of dark chocolate daily for a fortnight had reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as catecholamines – known as the ‘fight or flight’ hormones. The same study suggested that dark chocolate might have a positive effect on microbial activity in the gut – so maybe it would help to settle those fluttery pre-exam tummies?
A study from the University of Nottingham concluded that eating chocolate could help boost brain power. Scans showed increased blood flow to the brain…
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If the launches of various new-media entities over the past year — from Beacon’s crowdfunding efforts and Syria Deeply’s topic-focused site to Ezra Klein’s Vox project and Jessica Lessin’s The Information — it’s that there is no end of experimentation going on when it comes to business models. But can a not very well-known blogger with no team behind them turn their writing into a successful freemium business? Technology analyst Ben Thompson is determined to try: he launched a new membership-based model on his blog Stratechery this week and I talked with him about what he is trying to do and why.
Thompson is a former business development and marketing manager with Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blog platform, and has also worked for Microsoft in a similar capacity. Over the past year, he has developed a following for his long and thoughtful posts about technology companies such as…
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Writers’ Invaluable Advice
Graduation season is fast approaching, the time of the year when some of our favorite writers (and notable figures in film, media, business, and politics) are tasked with summing up the lessons learned and the wisdom to be accrued from the process of growing up in ten succinct minutes of witty truth. These days, a successful graduation speech has the very real chance of going viral, and then living forever as a book: from David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life to Neil Gaiman’s Make Good Art, the best graduation speeches are finding a new life. This crop includes the brand new Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by noted author George Saunders, a pretty-in-print encapsulation of his 2013 Syracuse Graduation speech on “kindness.”
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