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April 03, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 137

By Mark Sisson
33 Comments

If you aren’t able to make it to PrimalCon for the Barefoot Ted Experience (that should totally be a band), check out his latest Luna Sandal offering – the Equus. Bloggers interested in becoming an affiliate should sign up here. These are high performance minimalist sandals with Vibram (they really get around, huh?) soles.

This isn’t exactly new, but it’s still incredibly cool: the story of US food industrialization from 1850 to 2000, told by putting workforce occupation records into flare chart form.

Ever wish you could chew Tylenol and like it? Scientists have come up with a new “bitterness blocker” that masks bitter flavors. They foresee this will make taking your medicine and drinking diet soda palatable, if not downright pleasurable. Because, you know, industrial food isn’t already sweet enough.

Argentines sure do love their beef. They recently broke the record for world’s largest barbecue, and they had to call in the military to complete the weigh-in. The final tally was 948 full beef ribs at 30,231.9 pounds. I bet a week’s worth of MDA commenters could handle that no problem.

It turns out that humans can learn far more from bonobos than how to safely orchestrate orgies in trees; they’re also big on play, using it for problem solving, social cohesion, and learning about how the world works. Watch primatologist Isabel Behncke expound in this TED talk. Now, who’s up for a game of “grab the testes”?

“What is the number one thing one can do to improve his or her health and fitness?” Logan from Wild Movement asked me, and I answered (along with ten others). Hint: it’s not “eat more fruits and vegetables.”

Holy cats! Paleo Brands superstars Robb Wolf, Paleo Joe, and John Welbourn have unleashed their biggest PaleoGourmet entree sale yet. This is the perfect chance for you to swap out Mom’s Lean Cuisines for actual food.

And finally, the Lipitor Paradox. It’s hilarious (and sad) because it’s true.

Recipe Corner

  • Speaking of frozen dinners, sometimes I get a hankering for salisbury steak. How about Paleo Salisbury Steak from Everyday Paleo?
  • Even if you don’t actually make Grandpa Don’s Bugachi beef skewers, it’s worth visiting the recipe page for the awesome Polaroid of the man over at Purely Primal.

Time Capsule

One year ago (March 28 – April 3)

Comment of the Week

“I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’”

– Jack Kerouac, as relayed by commenter Matthew Myers. Amen.

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Allie
5 years 5 months ago

Loved the lipitor link. And yes, sadly, it is true. Presently trying to stress that to my dad who is currently taking it. 🙁

Jeff
Jeff
5 years 5 months ago

Loved the piece of advice from every person, it was interesting to see where the experts priorities lied. And while I love the whole minimalist shoe thing…125$!? I have a hard time validating that for something with so little to it no matter how well they are made.

Tim
Tim
5 years 5 months ago

Cheap moccasins will do just as well.

Allie
5 years 5 months ago

Speaking of which, I just came across this: http://www.i4at.org/surv/mocinstr.htm make your own moccasins :).

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 5 months ago

I’m groovin’ on my cheapie flip-flops. A little elastic tie from the straps back around my ankle takes care of stabilizing them for running.

Steven
5 years 5 months ago

Another barefoot sandal option are Invisible Shoes — there are free plans to make your own with stuff you may have around the house, or get a complete DIY kit for as little as $19.95… or let the company make your own pair of custom-fitted barefoot sandals.

Trevor
Trevor
5 years 5 months ago

I just sent the Lipitor link to my parents. I suspect my Mom and Step-Dad won’t be surprise. I don’t know how my Dad will view it but it could be a shocker to him.

NorthernMonkeyGirl
5 years 5 months ago

Arthur De Vany’s answer really struck a chord with me – “the wounds of a thousand arrows”. Very apt in my current situation. There are some very wise people out there – thanks for the link.

Mirrorball
Mirrorball
5 years 5 months ago

I admit Arthur De Vany’s answer almost made me cry.

Sylvie
Sylvie
5 years 5 months ago

Reminds me of the quote that it’s not the mountain that wears you down, but the pebble in your shoe.

Primal Toad
5 years 5 months ago

The Luna sandles look awesome. But, $124.95?!!? I just bought a pair of VFF Sprints for $52. Its easy to pass on this deal right now. Does anyone here own a pair of Lunas?

I have never bought food from Paleo Brands. I decided to check it out and click on one item. I read the ingredients and noticed soybean oil. WTF?!

I just watched the Lipitor paradox video. That is so unbelievably sad but true. Please watch. Its a “little” motivator for me.

rob
rob
5 years 5 months ago

The second one I checked had some canola oil, lol.

Primal Toad
5 years 5 months ago

Why?! Thats not paleo!! Whats the quality of the seafood?!

rob
rob
5 years 5 months ago

The fish is English Sole

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_sole

To figure out how much fish is in the meal I Googled the nutrition info for English sole, came up with about 1/5 protein/serving size ratio (18.84g protein per 100g fish), applied it to the protein provided by the meal, converted from grams to ounces and came up with 4 ounces of fish. About what one would expect for the price, but it would take at least two to be dinner.

Could be something to take to the office for lunch.

Tim
Tim
5 years 5 months ago
Speaking of going barefoot and primal footwear, I went out for a long barefoot walk the other day and enjoyed it, except when stepping on a few sharp twigs and thorny, prickly weeds that were small and hard to see under the grass and seemed to be everywhere. In the end my feet were bleeding a little bit. I found a good primal solution: some very plain moccasins that are basically leather slippers with laces and some fluffy, wooly insoles. My dad had them sitting in the basement for years and didn’t wear them so they’ve now become my outdoor… Read more »
Tim
Tim
5 years 5 months ago

P.S. too many typos.. and the thorn or splinter in my foot is from going barefoot before wearing the moccasins, not while wearing them.

Steven
5 years 5 months ago

Another barefoot sandal option are Invisible Shoes at http://www.InvisibleShoe.com — there are free plans to make your own with stuff you may have around the house, or get a complete DIY kit for as little as $19.95… or let the company make your own pair of custom-fitted barefoot sandals.

Steven
5 years 5 months ago

oops… didn’t mean to post this twice.

Bull
Bull
5 years 5 months ago

You gotta be kidding,125 bucks for a pair of flip-flops, I’ll go barefoot and spend that money on some range-free, grass fed beef.

Peter Ross
5 years 5 months ago

That’s the beauty of capitalism, no doubt when no one buys the Equus because the price is so high it will come down. Still can’t believe that’s the price they chose to start at tho, yikes!

Brian Adler
Brian Adler
5 years 5 months ago

I got a my running sandals at http://www.InvisibleShoe.com for about 20 bucks. LOVE them.

Mike Seiler
5 years 5 months ago

I’ve taken to wearing moc type house shoes… and then they stopped being house shoes…
Then I discovered invisible shoes. The things are cheap, cheap, cheap and grip way better then my reassigned house shoe mocs. They are also super light and basically self cleaning.

Carol
Carol
5 years 5 months ago

I was laughing out loud watching the Lipitor link. I worked for a drug company that sold cholestrol lowering drugs so I am well aware that the side-effects are worse than the public are aware. The part about the French-Swiss-Spanish-Communist Paradox made me gasp for air but my sense of humour has always been off beat. Made my day 🙂

RobG
RobG
5 years 5 months ago
The Paleo Brands foods are made with canola and soybean oil. Thus, they ought to be called “Paleo”. Their “Paleo” cookies aren’t really Paleo either seeing as they’re basically just honey and raises entombed in almond flower. Sugar bombs. Why not just eat real cookies if you’re going to do yourself in with the fructose? In any event, you’re not going to be swapping out your fake food for real food. It is just more processed crap that they’re calling Paleo to sucker people into buying it. Faileo. Ditto the $125 sandals. They’re sandals. I can buy like 3 pairs… Read more »
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Jeremy Priestner
5 years 5 months ago

The TED talk about bonobos was fascinating. I find it somewhat surprising that such a small creature could be so intelligent.

And the fact that we have a lot of social, mental, and physical characteristics in common with them isn’t that surprising considering how closely we are related on the evolutionary tree.

Mark, how much do you think we can learn from animals? It seems to me like they would be the perfect model viewed from your primal philosophy

Connie Austin
Connie Austin
5 years 5 months ago

Agree with Rob G.The paleo brands foods are NOT good…. soybean oil!! You can just as easily fix fresh fish and cauliflower…. what’s with adding mayo to cauliflower?? Add insult to injury with the packaging.
C’mon. Be primal. Eat local. And eat Real food.

The Mancini
5 years 5 months ago

Before reading the whole article I must point out that the Equus are a huge scam.

Just check at the price for those flip flops. 😀

Anyways – keep on grokking but keep an eye open also for those who might want to take advantage of your loose purse strings. 😉

– The Mancini –

Nannsi
Nannsi
5 years 5 months ago

The best footwear I ever owned was a pair of moccasins I had in my 20’s…REAL moccasins, same soft leather for upper and sole. No cushioning, no lining, no formed sole. Ah, how I loved them! Have been looking for some like them, and they are nowhere to be found. The closest I can come these days are my (so unnatural) neoprene water shoes. *sigh*

Enjoyed the Lipitor piece. I’ll be sending it to some friends of mine.

Robin
Robin
5 years 5 months ago

softstarshoes.com 🙂 they custom make them by hand in the states from quality leather and sheepskin. Just ordered a pair with rubberized fabric on the bottom to give them a little grip and waterproofing 😛

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craig
5 years 5 months ago

Mark,
Thanks for the link love and the gazillions of visitors you sent to the Year of Plenty site. I’ve been linked from a lot of great sites but your link muscle puts them all to shame. This is another chart on my site about processed vs. unprocessed food that get’s a lot of consistent attention via google. http://www.yearofplenty.org/2010/06/world-comparison-fresh-vs-processed-food-consumption.html
All the best.

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