Aside from a normal Google search or Google Blog Search, here are some sources for finding information on companies worldwide:
• Inc 5000
Aside from a normal Google search or Google Blog Search, here are some sources for finding information on companies worldwide:
• Inc 5000
Sikuli is a GUI automation application and framework. In addition to its usefulness in the job of testing software, automation will continue to be an important skill to have in a variety of careers (see my post Who Will Tend to the Robots?). I think Sikuli has the potential to displace many other functional test automation software suites since it’s user-friendly and free. The program uses screenshots of GUI features and image recognition to easily build scripts for automation.
Here’s the Sikuli site and official news sources:
Here are some tips on using Sikuli:
• Android Boss – Automated Test in Android by Sikuli
• Catherine Devlin – pdb with Sikuli
• CSAIL – Sikuli Rethinks Programming
• Cuberick – Testing Image Generation with Cucumber and Sikuli
• Help Desk Geek – Basics of Using Sikuli to Automate Tasks
• Lifehacker – Sikuli Automates Almost Anything with Screenshot Ease
• MakeUseOf – Create Automation Scripts Easily Using Screenshots
• PC Pro – Sikuli: Scripting with Screenshots
• The Baydin Blog – 5 Sikuli Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)
• The Pursuit of Quality – A Look at Sikuli
Here are some presentations on Sikuli and its uses:
• ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology – Sikuli: Using GUI Screenshots for Search and Automation
• Catherine Devlin – Sikuli Talk Follow-Up
• Ctibor Škuta – GUI Automation with Sikuli
• J. Huston & C. Baker – Sikuli Lecture
• Tsung-Hsiang Chang & Rob Miller – Sikuli: Using Screenshots for GUI Automation and Testing
Here are some YouTube videos on Sikuli:
This is a list of researchers, bodybuilders, and trainers who have written informative books or who have useful information on their sites. I haven’t gone through all of these sites, so it’s important to remember that advice is much more believable if it cites scientific evidence. Exercise advice that doesn’t cite scientific sources is not as reliable. More resources are linked in the post Low Carb and Paleo Diet Links.
Physicians and Researchers:
Dr. Alex Hutchinson: physicist and fitness author
Dr. Brian Sekula: health performance expert and blogger
Dr. Carlon Colker: physician and supplement consultant
Dr. Cassandra Forsythe: nutrition scientist and author
Dr. Doug McGuff: emergency medicine physician and owner of a weight training facility
Dr. Ellington Darden: strength training researcher and author
Dr. Eric Heiden: orthopedic surgeon and gold medal winner
Dr. Eric Serrano: physician and fitness writer
Dr. Fred Hatfield: strength training author
Dr. Greg Shepard: exercise physiologist and developer of Bigger Faster Stronger
Dr. Jim Stoppani: exercise physiologist and author
Dr. John Berardi: nutritional biochemistry researcher and author
Dr. John Ratey: psychiatry professor and exercise researcher
Dr. Jonathan Dugas: exercise physiologist and sports science blogger
Dr. Kelly Starrett: physical therapist and writer
Dr. Layne Norton: nutrition scientist
Dr. Lee Brown: strength and conditioning professor
Dr. Lon Kilgore: exercise physiology researcher and author
Dr. Mauro Di Pasquale: physician and author
Dr. Mike Reinold: physical therapist and writer
Dr. Nick Evans: orthopedic surgeon and fitness author
Dr. Randall Strossen: psychologist and strength training author
Dr. Robert Wolff: strength training researcher and author
Dr. Ross Tucker: exercise physiologist and sports science blogger
Dr. Spencer Nadolsky: physician and writer
Dr. Stuart McGill: biomechanics professor and fitness author
Dr. Thomas Halton: nutritional epidemiologist and weight loss author
Dr. Tudor Bompa: professor and periodization researcher
Dr. Warren Willey: weight loss physician and author
Dr. Wayne Westcott: fitness researcher and author
Dr. William Kraemer: professor and textbook author
Trainers and Bloggers:
Alan Aragon: bodybuilding researcher and trainer
Alwyn Cosgrove: trainer and author
Ben Greenfield: trainer and fitness writer
Brad Pilon: nutrition researcher and author
Bret Contreras: strength and conditioning specialist
Brooks Kubik: powerlifting champion and author
Chad Waterbury: neurophysiologist who trained professional fighters
Charles Poliquin: strength coach and writer
Christian Thibaudeau: strength trainer and author
Craig Ballantyne: trainer and writer
Dan John: strength coach and blogger
Dan Ogborn: exercise scientist and author
David Lasnier: strength coach and blogger
Drew Baye: high intensity training blogger
Eric Cressey: performance coach and author
Hugo Rivera: bodybuilding and fitness author
Jamie Hale: conditioning coach and author
Jason Ferruggia: strength coach and author
JC Deen: fitness consultant and writer
Jeff Thiboutot: personal trainer and writer
Joe DeFranco: strength coach and writer
John Alvino: strength coach and blogger
John Izzo: fitness coach and writer
John Parrillo: nutrition entrepreneur and author
John Peterson: fitness author
John Philbin: president of the National Strength Professionals Association
John Romaniello: personal trainer and blogger
John Stone: bodybuilding writer
Jorgen De Mey: celebrity trainer and author
Joseph Brandenburg: personal trainer and blogger
Julian Hearn: founder of BodyHack
Justin Lascek: weightlifting blogger
Kelly Baggett: performance consultant and writer
Kurtis Frank: biochemistry blogger
Lee Hayward: bodybuilding trainer and writer
LL Cool J: fitness book author
Lou Schuler: strength specialist and author
Lyle McDonald: bodybuilding writer
Mark McManus: bodybuilding writer
Mark Rippetoe: strength training coach and author
Martin Berkhan: personal trainer and writer
Matt Perryman: trainer and blogger
Matt Schoeneberger: personal trainer and writer
Michael Mooney: exercise and supplement writer
Mike Irr: sports performance trainer and blogger
Muata Kamdibe: weight loss blogger
Nate Green: fitness author
Nelson Vergel: fitness and nutrition author
Nick Horton: Olympic weightlifter and writer
Patrick Arnold: organic chemist and supplement blogger
Patrick Ward: strength specialist and blogger
Rob Faigin: hormone and fitness writer
Robert Dos Remedios: strength coach and author
Ross Enamait: trainer and blogger
Rusty Moore: independent researcher and fitness blogger
Scott Abel: fitness coach and blogger
Scott Mendelson: training specialist and writer
Steve Kamb: fitness blogger
Steve Maxwell: strength training writer
Stew Smith: author of books on military and security training
Todd Becker: biotechnology scientist and blogger
Tom Venuto: trainer and author
Tony Horton: fitness system creator
Travis Stoetzel: gym owner and blogger
Magazines and Resources:
Pro Bodybuilder Writers:
Dr. Joseph Mercola’s site is one of the most popular health sites, and possibly the most popular site of any doctor.
Unfortunately, he’s wrong about some things like his thoughts on vaccination.
On the other hand, lots of the articles on his site have links to peer-reviewed studies or news stories about them.
The key when using his website is to pay attention to the articles that are backed up by scientific studies, and doing further research on Google Scholar on the topics that don’t cite certain studies.
The same strategy can be applied to other natural health sites like Natural News.
In his incredibly popular and insightful book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith describes the experience of a friend who interviewed people who were dying. Goldsmith’s friend asked them what advice they would give to younger versions of themselves. The three main categories of advice were:
• Find happiness and meaning now instead of trying to get something external like a promotion or bigger house in hopes of attaining happiness.
• Focus on spending time with friends and family members who you like and love. The old adage is true. When people are on their deathbeds, no one wishes they had spent more time in the office unless they were working on something that gives meaning to their lives. However, in many cases working at a job to support a family gives people more than enough meaning in life and I have a great deal of respect for those individuals.
• Follow your dreams, whether they are big or little. ”The key question is not, ‘Did I make all my dreams come true?’ The key question is ‘Did I try?’”
An additional insightful article on the topic comes from former palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware. It’s called Regrets of the Dying. The importance of dreams, friends, family, and happiness are spelled out here too.
As a previous side project I was examining ways to predict the future based on the knowledge of successful executives and entrepreneurs from a variety of fields (see my post 4,000 Mentors for details). When I was searching for advice and blogs written by successful executives, I put together a list of managerial and C-level titles to know what to look for. This list may also be useful to people who work in recruiting and sales. Here is the list with relevant abbreviations:
chief administrative officer – CAO
chief business officer – CBO
chief communications officer – CCO
chief creative officer – CCO
chief executive officer – CEO
chief financial officer – CFO
chief information officer – CIO
chief information security officer – CISO
chief investment officer – CIO
chief knowledge officer – CKO
chief learning officer – CLO
chief marketing officer – CMO
chief medical officer – CMO
chief medical information officer – CMIO
chief operating officer – COO
chief people officer – CPO
chief privacy officer – CPO
chief risk officer – CRO
chief science officer – CSO
chief strategy officer – CSO
chief strategic officer – CSO
chief technical officer – CTO
chief technology officer – CTO
corporate vice president – CVP
executive vice president – EVP
general manager – GM
group vice president – GVP
managing director – MD
senior vice president – SVP
vice president – VP
Some reports discuss the potential for a primary care doctor shortage for a few reasons:
• Physician interest in becoming a specialist, which can be more lucrative and offer the opportunity to be an expert in a certain field of medicine
• Artificial limits placed on the number of doctors by the American Medical Association
• Desire of doctors to focus on direct care and concierge medicine rather than dealing with a huge number of patients and insurance providers
There’s still debate over whether there will actually be a shortage of primary care doctors. And if there is, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and artificial intelligence systems may end up handling many primary care duties.
Another potential remedy could be more people adopting the paleo diet, plus other nutrients like probiotics. This would likely increase the general health of the population, leaving doctors to handle more significant medical issues. A recent blog post by Robb Wolf and Tim Ferriss describes the variety of health problems that can be cured by avoiding grains.
I’ve read a lot of books by Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist who has pioneered the use of SPECT imaging to examine the brain and gather more data to diagnose and treat mental problems. The major point of the brain scan is to get information that goes beyond the standard clinical questions used in psychiatry. As Amen says, psychiatry is the only medical specialty where practitioners don’t actually look at the organ of the patient they treat. He’s also published some peer-reviewed research about SPECT brain scans and their ability to diagnose mental disorders. The Amen Clinics website also has an extensive database of abstracts related to neuroimaging and its diagnostic uses.
I’ve also read skeptical takes on Dr. Amen’s work.
The books written by Dr. Amen have fairly extensive checklists and images for diagnosing brain disorders. They also list a variety of treatment recommendations. The best way to settle this would be for some enterprising researchers to get a SPECT machine, scan patients, and see how well the claims and recommendations in Dr. Amen’s books match up with conventional methods for diagnosis and treatment. Do they improve upon established methods of diagnosis and forms of treatment? Are they repeatable? Those are the true measures of his success.
Dr. Nancy Appleton is the author of Suicide by Sugar and has documented an extensive list of reasons why sugar decreases health. These reasons are backed up by references to medical research.
More and more evidence is labeling dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as a form of Type 3 diabetes that’s associated with insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
Dr. Stephen Ilardi, professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, wrote a blog post about the link between sugar and mental illness. Also, lots of books by nutritionally knowledgeable psychiatrists recommend avoiding sugar and flour as a means of preserving emotional stability. An example is The Chemistry of Joy by Dr. Henry Emmons.
This is tough news to take since I like giving chocolate as gifts to family and friends. The best alternative to deal with this situation seems to be reducing the total amount of sugar and flour that you eat, giving you an increased opportunity to eat small amounts of milk chocolate instead. Even better is dark chocolate, which has health benefits like reducing blood pressure.
Stevia is also a great choice for sweetening food and drinks. It’s safer than artificial sweeteners and can improve insulin sensitivity, reverse metabolic syndrome, and lower blood pressure. Truvia is made from an extract of the stevia leaf and is cheap and widely available.
I wrote earlier about the growing possibilities for citizen scientists that are being brought about by an increased availability and decreased cost of the technology used for life sciences research.
Livly is an exciting organization co-founded by Eri Gentry (founder of BioCurious) and Dr. John Schloendorn, who has experience in prominent longevity organizations like the Methuselah Foundation and the SENS Foundation. The group is working on developing cures outside the traditional space of billion-dollar research group or academic hospital.
Livly has raised funding from the Vitae Institute and started a collaboration with the Direct Oncology Foundation. The goal is to fulfill needs that would allow for a universal cancer therapy based on granulocytes and their potential for cancer-immunity.
Further information is in the following newsletters from Livly:
• May 2009