2022 redesign: new dashboard layout, refreshed stories and story titles, and entirely redrawn icons

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The launch of the new Premium Archive subscription tier also includes the 2022 redesign. You’ll see a third dashboard layout which stretches out your dashboard rivers across the width of the screen.

The latest redesign style has more accomodations for spacing and padding around each story title element. The result is a cleaner story title with easier to read headlines. The author has been moved and restyled to be next to the story date. Favicons and unread status indicators have been swapped, and font sizes, colors, and weights have been adjusted.

If you find the interface to be too airy, there is a setting in the main Manage menu allowing you to switch between Comfortable and Compact. The compact interface is denser than before, giving power users a highly detailed view.

Transitions have also been added to help you feel the difference. And there are new animations during many of the transitions that accompany changing settings.

And lastly, this redesign comes with a suite of all new icons. The goal with this icon redesign is to bring a consistent weight to each icon as well as vectorize them with SVG so they look good at all resolutions.

A notable icon change is the unread indicator, which now has different size icons for both unread stories and focus stories, giving focus stories more depth.

Here’s a screenshot that’s only possible with the new premium archive, complete with backfilled blog post from the year 2000, ready to be marked as unread.

I tried to find every icon, so if you spot a dialog or menu that you’d like to see given some more love, reach out on the support forum.

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jlvanderzwan
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It's soooo much snappier! Not that I was complaining before (in fact, perf was one of the reasons I picked newsblur over the competition) but I haven't experienced a web-based RSS reader this fast since they shut down Google Reader.

What did you do to lower the (perceived?) UI latency like that?
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deezil
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I really like this.
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Nancy by Olivia Jaimes for Sat, 02 Jul 2022

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Nancy by Olivia Jaimes on Sat, 02 Jul 2022

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This seems like the kind of thing some kids must have actually have tried at one point
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How Foods Are Tested for Depression

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What is the science behind the marketing of foods for antidepressant effects?

If you go online, you can see claims about “coconut water being beneficial for depression,” and studies are even cited. You can see it yourself in black and white—“Young coconut water ameliorates depression”—as shown at 0:16 in my video Flashback Friday: Coconut Water and Depression. Did they just make that up? No, if you click on the related link, there it is in PubMed, just like they said. And, for a limited time offer of just $39.95, the publisher will let you read the study, but why waste your time? It says it right there in the title: “Young coconut water ameliorates depression…” Might as well spend that 40 bucks buying some coconut water to boost your mood! Anyway, I’m reading all the studies, so you don’t have to. That’s my job!

So what does the study actually say? It starts out saying that “plants are frequently tested for its [sic] antidepressant potential.” So far, so good. “Therefore young coconut water, a commonly used plant based beverage, was selected to explore its antidepressant potential.” Okay, still with you. So, “rodents were selected for this study and forced swim test was conducted to explore antidepressant activity.” What?! 

The forced swim test is “one of the most widely used test to explore antidepressant activity.” A transparent cylinder is filled with water to a level over a mouse’s head, so they’re forced to swim. Then you drop a mouse into the water and see how long they struggle to keep from drowning before they simply give up and float to the top. Lo and behold, if you feed them some coconut water first, they hold out a bit longer before giving up, “demonstrate[ing] antidepressant activity.” Therefore, “findings from this study can be taken as a lead to use young coconut water in depressive disorders” in people. What?! It depresses me to even read such wasted research opportunities. Where did they even get this idea?

It was invented by a group of French scientists in the Seventies to model “behavioral despair.” That reminds me of the Harlow experiments, which involved vertical chamber confinement that he calledthe pit of despair.” It was essentially a metal contraption with sloped sides, as you can see at 2:15 in my video. If you lock a baby monkey inside of it for 45 days, you can produce “profound and persistent behavioral abnormalities of a depressive nature in monkey subjects.” They end up curled up in the fetal position, hugging themselves, as you can see at 2:24 in my video. After ten weeks alone in the chamber, they exhibit behaviors like the “contact cling,” where they just come together and hug each other for long periods of time. “It is not yet clear why confinement in the vertical chamber is apparently so effective in producing abnormal behavior…[but] studies are now underway,” so don’t you worry. I’ll spare you the similar research that’s been conducted on puppies.

I can see why you’d want to test out new antidepressant drugs, but if you want to figure out if pomegranates have anti-depressant effects, why not just feed people some pomegranates, rather than throwing some mice into the deep end in a forced swimming test? There are literally thousands of published studies on food or food products using this forced swim test. They allow the egg industry, for example, to say things like “whole egg may be an excellent food for preventing and alleviating the conditions of major depression.” Why? Because rats struggled longer after being fed eggs before they were forced to swim? In people, however, removing eggs from the diet improves mood—though, the researchers also removed meat from their diet, so it’s not clear which did what. It’s also possible the subjects were just eating more healthful plant foods, like soy. In fact, the soy industry is happy to tell you soy “decreases depressive-related behavior”…in postmenopausal rats, who were fighting for their lives in yet another forced swim test.

In people, though, the best soy products may be able to do is simply work as well as drugs like Prozac and Zoloft, as you can see at 3:57 in my video, and we all know how little that actually says. I mean, the forced swim test is just “a reaction to the acute stressful stimulus of being placed in a container without an escape route, and human depression reflects a chronic subjective emotional state rather than a reaction to an individual stimulus. Most importantly, depression is…[an] internal emotional state and, to date, the subjective internal emotional state of nonverbal species is not knowable.” We haven’t been able to ask animals how they’re feeling. You can’t even just look at human behavior and tell if someone has a depression diagnosis, so “it is impossible to conclude with certainty that the FST [forced swim test] is a measure or a test of depression, or a ‘depression-like’ state.” The “ease” with which thousands of scientists do that, however, is “disquieting” in that it makes an assumption that “discourages critical thought.” In fact, “floating has been a criterion in the past to judge the witchcraft outcome of forced swim, but today it is in use to label a rodent as being depressed.”

Isn’t that unbelievable? Now you know why I try to stick to human studies on NutritionFacts.org.

What about Coconut Water for Athletic Performance vs. Sports Drinks? Watch the video to learn more.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Coconut water has been touted as being beneficial for depression, but studies cited to back up the claim not only were performed on rodents instead of humans, but they were the forced swim test in which researchers see how long animals struggle to keep from drowning before they simply give up.
  • Researchers claim that when mice are given coconut water before being forced to swim for their lives, they are able to survive a bit longer before giving up, “demonstrate[ing] antidepressant activity.” Therefore, “findings from this study can be taken as a lead to use young coconut water in depressive disorders” in people.
  • Other questionable animal experiments include the Harlow experiments, which use “the pit of despair”—a metal contraption with sloped sides. Researchers found that locking a baby monkey inside for 45 days can produce “profound and persistent behavioral abnormalities of a depressive nature,” with the animals curled up in the fetal position, hugging themselves.
  • Thousands of published studies on food or food products have used the forced swim test. The egg industry, for example, claims whole eggs may be helpful with depression because rats who had been fed eggs before they were forced to swim struggled longer in the water. In humans, though, mood has been shown to improve by removing eggs from the diet, though meat was also removed, so it’s unclear which did what. The soy industry also claims soy decreases behavior related to depression–albeit in postmenopausal rats who were also used in a forced swim test.
  • Soy products may be able to work as well as pharmaceuticals like Prozac and Zoloft in humans, but that doesn’t say much.
  • The forced swim test is “a reaction to the acute stressful stimulus of being placed in a container without an escape route, and human depression reflects a chronic subjective emotional state rather than a reaction to an individual stimulus. Most importantly, depression is…[an] internal emotional state and, to date, the subjective internal emotional state of nonverbal species is not knowable.”
  • “[I]t is impossible to conclude with certainty that the FST [forced swim test] is a measure or a test of depression, or a ‘depression-like’ state.” In fact, “floating has been a criterion in the past to judge the witchcraft outcome of forced swim, but today it is in use to label a rodent as being depressed.”

What about coconut oil? Check out:

I mentioned my video Do Antidepressant Drugs Really Work?.

How can we boost mood naturally? See:

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live presentations:



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jlvanderzwan
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ttencate
2 days ago
What the I don't even. (Also the key takeaways basically repeat the entire post.)
jlvanderzwan
2 days ago
Yeah but it tricks the brains of those with attention-span deficits
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According to Shadowfacts, Clarus the Dogcow has made a return in macOS Ventura.

Congratulations to the world’s #1 Clarus fan, Stephen Hackett.

Go to the linked site.

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Blood on the Clocktower and the History of Mafia and Werewolf

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#boardgames #bloodontheclocktower #werewolf This video is brought to you by the power of our Patreon: https://patreon.com/nopunincluded

Find Andrew Plotkin on https://zarfhome.com

Find Alan Gerding on https://www.tuesdayknightgames.com/

References:

Werewolf: How a parlour game became a tech phenomenon - https://www.wired.co.uk/article/werewolf

THE ORIGINAL MAFIA RULES - https://www.servinglibrary.org/journal/2/the-original-mafia-rules

How a Soviet Social Experiment Became a Game for Liars - https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/gaming/a28800275/soviet-mafia-werewolf/

I am Dimma Davidoff, the creator of Mafia game. Ask me anything - https://www.mafiauniverse.com/forums/threads/13075-I-am-Dimma-Davidoff-the-creator-of-Mafia-game-Ask-me-anything

School officials still investigating 'Mafia' (original article no longer available, link provided through the Wayback Machine) - https://web.archive.org/web/20140521031849/http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20060804-NEWS-308049902

Entrepreneurs around the world love this Soviet-era storytelling game - https://theworld.org/stories/2014-12-04/entrepreneurs-around-world-love-soviet-era-storytelling-game

Death of a Troll - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jan/28/death-of-a-troll

Ultimate Werewolf Rulebook, Pegasus Spiele 2020 reprint, online version unavailable.

Correspondences between Andrew Plotkin and Dmitry Davidoff, link unavailable.

Timestamps:

00:00 - Intro
02:59 - Part One: ^&%£ With Your Friends
15:23 - Part Two: Sheep's Clothing
33:43 - Part Three: Gratuitous Sects and Senseless Violets
57:28 - Outro

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Did not expect a connection between Werewolves and Vygotsky
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Long Division

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The 8 year old has a math app that was throwing this at her and long story short this was the first week of my life where I understood how long division works.


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jlvanderzwan
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I've learned touch-typing at the age of ten.

It genuinely feels like my hands are autonomously typing and listening to my thoughts. And they mishear me sometimes leading to the weirdest phonetically equivalent but nonsensical word substitutions.
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This comic felt like a personal attack for some reason.
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