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– Hello, luxury — Lanvin’s designer was so inspired by Glenn Close’s character in Damages that he’s decided to make a collection focused on tailoring, and made in the same factories that produce Lanvin’s menswear. [Fashionista] (We studied Rose Byrne’s character’s outfits from the first season a while ago.)
– Ms. JD has a great roundup of articles focusing on how female judges decide cases.
– This is hott — computer programs to help you organize your closet. [Unclutterer] Also, in techy tools — the best online sites for personal finance. [WSJ]
– How NOT to network. [The Thin Pink Line]
– Christina Binkley studies the importance of being ergonomic. [WSJ’s The Juggle]
A whiplash quite some time ago made me super-conscious about ergonomic furniture and behaviour. I’m not sure whether it’s the same in common law countries, but over here in civil law countries we have very thick law books which become outdated very quickly. Put them to good use, I say!
A few old law books under your computer monitor (or even laptop, if you have a spare keyboard) make the height of that instantly ergonomic. You’re supposed to be looking straight at a screen, not down at it.
A few old law books under your feet allow you to put your chair higher, so your desktop is at elbow height, allowing you to relax your shoulders.
Whenever I feel a pain in my mouse-hand, radiating towards my fingers over the back of my hand, that’s usually because I’ve been using the scroll wheel a lot. I put sports tape over the wheel so I physically can’t scroll it. Also, I put something under my wrist (like uhm, a thinner law book…) so my hand kind of hangs down onto the mouse, instead of stretching upwards onto it.
So basically my point is, put the old and thick books to good use and make your workplace ergonomic. It’s better to look funny than to have a not-so-funny headache or worse, RSI.
Oh yes, there’s also something to be said for replacing your mouse with a wacom tablet if RSI interferes with your work. I’ve gotten one as a present very recently and it’s basically the same motion as using a pen. It’s very different from using a mouse and it’s about the size of a notepad with a pen, in sleek black. I have one that’s similar to this one: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/wacom-tablet.jpg
They come with a mouse, which you can use on the tablet, and with a pan, which has buttons you can click with your thumb. The only downside I can think of (besides the price) is that it needs to be separately installed on your computer. This may prove a problem if you work in one of those places that wipe the whole pc clean after each log-off.
Here’s a little explanation of the ergonomics of a wacom from the manufacturer itself: http://www.wacom.com.au/rsi/
(I believe their cheapest one starts at 70 something dollar)