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Sitting at your desk all day is not good for your health! Studies show that even if you hit the gym after work, your efforts may not undo the effects of sitting in your chair all day. Although most of us have heard about the treadmill desk craze, did you know you don't need to spend thousands of dollars to have some of the same benefits? To counteract the health risks of prolonged sitting, try taking regular walking breaks around the office. Set an alarm to remind yourself to get up and move once every hour. You may also want to look into standing desks as a solution. Read this article to learn why sitting at work is dangerous and what you can do.

Stay tuned for my future review of the Varidesk Pro Plus, which just arrived at my office!varidesk-1

Tech Stocking Stuffers


This year, it's easy to find a little something for the techie in your life for under $100 - stocking ready!

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player - Plug this little device into your HDTV and watch content from your computer, smartphone, iPad or Android tablet on the big screen. It’s all done through your home WiFi. You won’t need a remote – you control the action from your own device. You can currently “cast” content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music onto your TV. You can also project anything in the Chrome browser onto your TV. It’s available from the Google Play Store for $35. If you want more options, check out the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player ($88 on Amazon). Roku 3 offers more entertainment choices, plus a remote control that has a headphone jack and included headphones. Lest anyone think I am dissing Apple, you can shell out a bit more dough and get the 3rd generation Apple TV for $99. Whichever you choose, you have to love how small all of these devices are.

iRoller Fingerprints and smudges on your phone or tablet are no match for the iRoller – a liquid-free, reusable touch screen cleaner. Find it online for around $20.

Styli - Typing with chubby fingers is no problem with the Chromo Inc® colorful 10 pack of mini-styli (plural for stylus) for the iPhone, iPad, Galaxy and more. Just attach a color-coordinated stylus to the device’s audio jack so you always have it. Around 7 bucks for the whole set.

Jazz up your iPhone camera - For the person who uses their phone as their primary camera, how about an attachable camera lens? The FOM Telescope 8X Zoom Telephoto Long Focal Camera Lens Tripod for iPhone 4 and 4S is just $12.

Custom phone case - For a personalized gift, why not a customized phone case? Use your own photo and have it made into a smartphone case. Sold by many companies online, including and Vistaprint .

Lastly, don’t forget to give yourself a little something. If you have a Kindle and you’ve also bought print books from Amazon in the past, Amazon just started something called Kindle MatchBook. If you previously purchased an eligible print book you can now buy it for your Kindle for a song: one to three bucks. Some are even free.

The Facebook Shell Game


I have a personal Facebook account – like millions of us. I mainly have it tF gradeo keep track of a few family members and old friends who insist on inhabiting Facebook as a surrogate kitchen table for family news. When Facebook was new, I started off strong, accepting invitations from old college chums, colleagues, acquaintances, and family. Soon, I had a little over 200 “friends.” Then Facebook started changing things. What was joyful and sharing became troublesome and suspicious. I “tightened” my privacy settings, removed personal information, and eventually “unfriended” 150 people. I engaged in a virtual game of lifeboat: choosing who was worthy of staying on board, and who would have to swim. But Facebook continued to make subtle and often confusing changes to its policies. I realized that the friend of my friend is sometimes my enemy – or at least not my Facebook friend. When I commented on someone else’s post, or I “liked” a post or website, my information was open to many outside of Facebook.

I know what you’re thinking: “No one ever promised that Facebook – which is FREE – was going to be your own private virtual chat room.” Yes, I get that, but on some level, I think many of us feel tricked. Probably because when we began with Facebook, we had more options to be “private.”

And now there’s more:

“In a few days we'll be removing an old Facebook setting you've used in the past. You'll see an announcement on Facebook and have several chances to learn about this before then. We just wanted to tell you about this in advance so you have time to review what's changing and understand your privacy options.

What's changing: We're removing an old search setting called "Who can look up your Timeline by name"—but this won't change who can see what you've shared on Facebook.

What did this setting do?

"Who can look up your Timeline by name" controlled who could find your Timeline by typing your name in search.”

Thus began the latest email to Facebook users about changes to a “privacy” setting. In short: like it or not, all users will be searchable now on Facebook. The email goes on to explain how to limit what people can see when they search for you and find you by name. But it was at that point in the email that I stopped paying attention to what I was reading and started thinking about how many times before I’ve gone through this “privacy” charade with Facebook. I’m tired of playing the Facebook shell game. If the word “privacy” is to have any meaning at all, the best thing for me (and all of us who care about that word) to do is quit Facebook.

Master Checklists


A good checklist can really ramp up your productivity and reduce oversights. Evernote makes creating checklistsevernote logo quick and easy. Even better, this article from Attorney at Work explains how you can easily create a notebook for “Master Checklists” to help you zip right through routine tasks such as opening a new client file or drafting a motion. You can even link your notes to your checklist for an even bigger productivity boost!

Voluntary Good Practices Guidance to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing


The ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Profession has worked with other entities to develop voluntary good practices guidance for lawyers to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The Task Force has concerns about how mandatory gatekeeper provisions might affect confidential attorney-client relationships and other issues. Below are two publications from the ABA Task Force.