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12 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 121

Author Gary Taubes of Good Calories, Bad Calories fame is coming out with a new book later this month, Why We Get Fat. If you’re not familiar with Gary, get familiar with him. He’s a truthbringer.

Meat makes you happy. Eating it and, apparently, also just looking at it. The Colbert Report certainly takes this news seriously; perhaps you should as well.

For all the folks who don’t know how to stay Primal while traveling, look no further than Dan Merk. The guy crams an entire Primal pantry into a collapsible travel cooler.  Remember, never leave home without a stick of butter.

For jollies, I’ll occasionally feature a parkour video here on link love. Well, step aside roof jumpers. When it comes to athletic amazification, these ballerinas put parkour pros to shame.

Cookies are monsters. Other than being unhealthy, apparently your cookie may be trying to injure you. The story is from The Telegraph, but I find it hard to believe it wasn’t written by The Onion. Speaking of which…

Carl’s Jr. leads the way with round-the-clock eating.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (December 5 – 11)

Comment of the Week

A reader email…

It’s couple weeks past my 30 day challenge. I’m running to catch a train at Liverpool street station and my pants fall down – result!

Now to get those two new holes notched into my belt.


You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. (in reference to the ballerina video) OMG… It’s hard enough to do pointe on the floor, but to do it on his shoulders and head, and both of they stay in perfect balance even as they move. No kidding they put parkour to shame.

    Another good set of weekend links, Mark.

    Kethry wrote on December 12th, 2010
  2. This swan lake version is just amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    San wrote on December 12th, 2010
  3. We saw the inside-the-egg omelet post yesterday – that is some intense stuff! The guy is certainly a scientist, and his resultant dish is impressive. Anyone crazy enough to make an omelet inside an egg gets our nod of approval. Kudos!

    Hayley and Bill wrote on December 12th, 2010
  4. The ballet, wow, well worth the 5 minutes to watch. How incredible is the human body eh!

    Kelda wrote on December 12th, 2010
  5. I’m sorry to be a killjoy, but I’ve seen a dokumentary about how those Chinese state circus performers are ‘made’, and that was ghastly. Children crying and screaming in pain and protest. There is a reason we have nothing like it in the western world.

    Ulla Lauridsen wrote on December 12th, 2010
  6. I’d love to read more Gary Taubes, except I can’t stand the guy’s writing style. It takes him 3 or more paragraphs to say something that could be said in one. By the time he finally gets around to the point, I’ve stopped reading.

    Maybe there should be a cliff’s notes version? 😛

    Lyle wrote on December 12th, 2010
    • lol — i have to agree!

      tess wrote on December 12th, 2010
    • I second that–please get to the point. While I’m doing my personal best to try to counter our culture’s short attention span, his writing tests even my limits.

      fritzy wrote on December 12th, 2010
  7. I am excited for the new book by Gary Taubes! I hope it reads a bit quicker!

    Paleohund wrote on December 12th, 2010
  8. Did you see that an ACTUAL spotter came onstage just in case? That routine was mindblowing.

    Hayden Tompkins wrote on December 12th, 2010
  9. Hmmm…. Well there are no dudes at the ballet I’m used too but I suppose that’s pretty cool too.

    chima_p wrote on December 13th, 2010
  10. I used to be a big fan of Taubes and GCBC, but today, having read many more books and also many contrary opinions, I’m no longer convinced that he’s indeed a “truthbringer”, as Mark puts it.

    This is just one example of (in my opinion) valid criticism. Maybe I’ll manage to publish a full blog post about what’s wrong with Taubes’ point of view.

    The bottom line: Blaming the problem on either fats or carbs is wrong – it’s extremism, it’s a false dilemma, and it’s an oversimplification. Calories do still matter.

    MikeEnRegalia wrote on December 13th, 2010
  11. I think they are making fun of the study about red meat calming men down. I hope you weren’t taking him seriously. I couldn’t sense any sarcasm there.
    It does sound very silly to me.

    eltigabii wrote on December 13th, 2010
  12. I feel like this should probably go up with the Grist and Colbert links:

    CMS wrote on December 14th, 2010

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