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December 08, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 273

By Mark Sisson
24 Comments

Weekend Link LoveDeath by Food Pyramid, the long-awaited title from Denise Minger, will be released on Mark’s Daily Apple later this week, and with it a special offer with a bunch of free gifts. Check back on Wednesday for all the details. It’s a book and offer you won’t want to miss.

People of Newark, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: we’ve got Primal Blueprint seminars coming your way on February 27, and March 20, 2014, respectively. Come join us!

In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, registration for PrimalCon Oxnard 2014 is now open. Join us in southern California next September for a weekend retreat you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

For those of you that have been waiting, The Hidden Plague is now available on Kindle!

Research of the Week

After they suffer a spinal cord injury, ketogenic dieting helps mice regain forelimb motor function.

It’s looking like the “obese or overweight but metabolically healthy” human isn’t actually all that healthy.

How exercise and physical movement – even just walking – promotes creativity.

Interesting Blog Posts

Poop pills are a thing, and they might replace fecal transplants (which, yes, are also a thing).

Forest kindergarten” is exactly what it sounds like.

Media, Schmedia

Is it really possible to waste time, or is it all just a state of mind (and misplaced priorities)?

If we think we’re drinking “eco-friendly” coffee, it tastes better.

Everything Else

Neanderthals: apex predators, skilled craftsmen, neat freaks?

Check out this great review for The Hidden Plague over at PaleoNonPaleo.

Babies have an innate mistrust of all plants, probably an evolutionary defense mechanism that arose because it’s difficult to tell which ones are obviously toxic.

If you can’t (or won’t) squat to poop, this toilet might be the next best thing.

I’m not quite sure if this guy was lucky or unlucky.

Recipe Corner

  • It’s a crispy, briny, fatty celebration of pork flesh, a porcine supernova, a roast hunk of mammal that you can cut with a fork: porchetta.
  • Head on down to the local grocer who’s trying to figure out what to do with all the delicata squash he bought for Thanksgiving and make some baked delicata moons.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 8 – Dec 14)

Comment of the Week

Tell it to the Masai.

Gayle

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His Dudeness
His Dudeness
3 years 3 hours ago

The toilet looks neat, but I can’t help but wonder how a man under 6’5 is supposed to go #1 in it.

Warren
Warren
2 years 11 months ago

Agreed.

Last sentence on the Wellbum article:

“We talked about putting it into a health environment–like a spa or a gym–so it fits in with other health equipment.”

……………like underneath the squat rack?

Steve
Steve
2 years 11 months ago

“Today’s toilets force users to perch upright at a 90-degree angle”

Ummm…. no they don’t. Lean forward, rest your elbows on your knees, and now you’re in the exact same position as the person using this toilet. Only difference is A) your whole body is rotated forward, and B) you can actually go #1. Makes me wonder if the designers have actually ever used a regular toilet.

Jack S
Jack S
2 years 11 months ago

As much as I respect the idea of trying to reinvent the scourge of the west, the sit-down toilet, the position forced upon the sitter by this new toilet seems far inferior to a proper squat toilet/ hole in the floor.

I recommend that, if you’re unfortunate enough to be in a country with no proper squat toilets, just use a normal toilet and remember to wipe the vibram- marks from the seat for the next user!

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 2 hours ago
I heard about the cave areas part on the radio show “Wait, wait–don;t tell me!”, and wondered if the women wove laundry hampers out of plant fiber so the men wouldn’t throw their stinky, sticky furs everywhere. 🙂 Also, about the toilet: it may be ergonomic and high-tech, yes, but how does one go about CLEANING it? Did the engineer geeks think of that? I’d say no, because it never occurs to inventive men to consider MAINTENANCE of the thing! 🙂 If they wanted to really invent a better toilet, why not just invent a porcelain “log” to go in… Read more »
dragonmamma
dragonmamma
3 years 2 hours ago

Skeptical about that toilet. At what point are you supposed to pull your pants down? If you do it after climbing up, you could lose your balance and wind up like that guy bashing into the cliff.

EmmyAM
EmmyAM
3 years 2 hours ago

Excellent Link Love today! With TWO links to bum-related topics?! You’re my favorite person today Mark!

Dances with Bacon
Dances with Bacon
3 years 1 hour ago

Huh, sounds like the Neanderthals were better housekeepers than I am!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 1 hour ago

I’ve always said that it is impossible to waste time. Thanks for the link today.

Beccolina
Beccolina
2 years 11 months ago

My delicata squash froze in the garage this week (disgusted at myself for not remembering to bring it in–I lost all my acorn squash too). Today is the first day in a week that the temp has gotten into double digits. Despite that, I’m tempted to fit in a walk to jump-start the creativity. I personally find that walking in the cold induces more creativity than walking in warmer weather.

goldfish
goldfish
2 years 11 months ago

If I took a poo pill it would have to be one made by you Mark 🙂

Jeff
Jeff
2 years 11 months ago

Is that a sh!t-eating grin…?

Tamara Warren
2 years 11 months ago

I love the idea of forest kindergarten. I have a six year old that is scared to death of woods. We’re now making it a point to introduce nature in a fun way. I wish I had started soon though.

Laurie
Laurie
2 years 11 months ago

As a retired kindergarten teacher, I wonder if your 6 yr old is scared of the woods from hearing all the scary fairy tales that take place, at least in part, in the woods… Such as Hansel and Gretel, little Red Riding Hood, etc. Never thought about it before, and I can tell you we read those stories often to our K classes, but the woods were always pictured as dark, scary places where bad things happened! Maybe we need some new fairy tales!

Becky
Becky
2 years 11 months ago

No, it’s just Grokish to be scared of the woods, because you can’t see potential threats as well as you can in open country. Totally natural.

Steve
Steve
2 years 11 months ago
I grew up with fairy tales, and always loved exploring the woods as a kid, especially after dark. Though my first camping trip was when I was six months old (would have been sooner if I wasn’t born in the fall. My brother was one month). Meanwhile, I’ve had conversations with parents wondering if their 10 year old was old enough to take camping…. so it could very well depend on actual exposure to the environment. The sooner the better. To the woman with the six year old, just a thought…. but this could be a good time of the… Read more »
Erin
Erin
2 years 11 months ago

the obese or overweight but metabolically healthy article is a meta-analysis. I wouldn’t put too much weight in it 😉
and really, there are people out there studying how babies react to plants? say whaaa??
lastly, sounds like that cliff strike guy could benefit from a keto diet.

Matt
2 years 11 months ago

I call shenanigans on the weight study. You’re telling me a 220lb football player who is obese based off the BMI who is also 6% body fat is unhealthy. Shenanigans.

Ash Simmonds
2 years 11 months ago

OMG can’t stop laughing at that cliff jump video – only because I have a Pavlovian giggle response to the music from watching this one drunk too many times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0W0MR6Ybgk

NicoleK
NicoleK
2 years 11 months ago

Heart pumping…did anyone else start sweating profusely watching that guy plummet down the side of that cliff?? WHOA!!!

Niki Cutts
2 years 11 months ago

Funny. 🙂

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