Category Archives: Wellness

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Analog Distractions: Cooperative Board Games Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert

If you’ve ever read one of our ProfHacker holiday gift guides, you’ll know that lots of us are big fans of board games, and in particular of the new breed of smart board games that have appeared in increasing numbers in the past decade or so. Board games are oddly hip, and for good reason—there’s more variety and complexity in the genre than ever before.

Board games are a big part of my family life; my wife, kids, and I love to play in the evenings and especially on the weekends. We’re always lo…

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Finding the Best Thing with Wirecutter and Sweethome

Blue ribbon prize.

If you’re like me, when shopping for…well for almost anything…you can be paralyzed by choice. If you need a new set of headphones, there are just so many options out there, and so many blogs or forums in which experts and consumers will discuss in detail the pros and cons of any given choice. We do a bit of that here at ProfHacker, of course, and we hope our recommendations are good ones.

But choosing can still be exhausting. Barry Schwartz calls this problem The Paradox of Choice in his book o…

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Graze: A Healthy Afternoon Snack Subscription Box

picture of graze snacks

One of my more unhealthy habits is to slink over to the vending machine in the late afternoons, especially when I’m teaching (I can’t help it, I need to replace the salt and electrolytes I burned off! Ha.) The problem with the vending machine offerings is that they aren’t very filling or very nutritious, no matter how tasty they might be. But after a day of teaching and meetings, I really, really need something delicious, so the usual granola bar won’t do.

I’ve solved this issue by subscribin…

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What to Do in Case of a Data Breach?

The only good kind of breach.

[Lee Skallerup Bessette is a Faculty Instructional Consultant at the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CELT) at the University of Kentucky. She primarily works with faculty on digital pedagogy and digital humanities. She blogs at College Ready Writing and you can find her tweeting prolifically at @readywriting.–@JBJ]

You might be one of the 80 million people impacted by the cyber-security breach at health insurance provider Anthem yesterday; I am. [Me, too! – JBJ] While my me…

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Six Simple Meals for Your Busy Semester

asian noodle soup

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written a lot about how we can use technology to “hack” our professional lives, with occasional ventures into exercise and general wellness. Today I’m bringing you six very simple meals that you can generally put on the table in less than fifteen minutes (beat _that_ Rachael Ray :) ) and which are still tasty and relatively healthy. Below are some of my (and my friends’) tried and true favorites.

  • Crab and Avocado Bowl. Combine a cup of shelled crab (preferably fresh…

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Open Thread Wednesday: Productivity for the Holidays

For most of us, the end of semester is either at hand or fast approaching, and with it the prospect of a couple weeks of unscheduled time. Of course, this time isn’t truly unscheduled: even if you’re lucky enough not to have any meetings, there are probably many deadlines and projects looming, possibly an annual conference, not to mention family gatherings and holiday fun and obligations. I’ve realized lately that it’s actually easier for me to schedule my life and work when classes are happeni…

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Dancing in the Rain? Underwater Audio Review

10289242945_373324ff29_z Thanks to a stress fracture in my foot, I’ve been spending a lot of time underwater lately. Swimming laps and pool running is the only kind of exercise my injured self can tolerate right now, so it’s what I’m doing. But as some of you know, pool running in particular, is about as exciting as watching paint dry. Upon hearing my complain, one of the other pool regulars suggested that I look into a waterproof iPod, and just like that, my life changed.

Before that day, I didn’t know that there was …

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5 Things You Can Do To Prepare For The New Semester

new-semester

A couple of weeks ago, Natalie wrote a post about wrapping up the summer. I know, I know. Say it isn’t so!

Well, today I’d like move from summer to fall by point you to a handful of posts I wrote in the early ProfHacker days about getting ready for a new term. Not everyone is going to find all of this advice helpful, obviously, but we hope that there are at least a few things in these posts that can be of use to you:

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Tools for Transitions: Finding A New Home


For most of us in academia, big transitions are inevitable. We move from graduate school in one state to a postdoc or fellowship in another and perhaps through several such temporary positions in search of permanence. And, even if found, permanence can be an illusion as needs of departments, family ties, and other life considerations get in the way. I’m in the midst of a big transition this summer: I’m relocating to Orlando for a new job at the University of Central Florida. So as I navigate th…