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October 18, 2009

Weekend Link Love – Edition 67

By Mark Sisson
14 Comments

“Manthropology.” That’s the title of a new book, and it claims modern humans are wimps. Sound familiar? The Independent has the scoop on the man who says Grok was better.

Canadians take a step in the right direction with oolichan grease and a big, fat diet.

Grok had to flee from lions, tigers, and paleolithic attack bears. Modern man has to flee from… himself? Olivia Judson at The New York Times comments about despair, a predator that only targets one species.

If you can’t get enough of me here at the Apple, check out my interview on Sterling Advice. I discuss pet peeves, fitness gurus, and the infamous beach sprints.

Related to this week’s post on cooking shows, The Simple Dollar has a great article on why watching others succeed won’t help you succeed.

Charm City Kettlebells reviews my book, and then follows it up with a satisfying chili recipe.

Are bananas healthy, unhealthy or just plain dangerous?

And finally, I tell people to slow down on the aerobics. Some folks from Japan have a different interpretation.

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Ogg the Caveman
7 years 1 month ago

I absolutely love the last link to the Japanese video. I see Japan as a culture with great innovation, simply because it’s not afraid of making fun of itself.

Ogg the Caveman
7 years 1 month ago

I am (at least initially from the linked article) skeptical of Manthropology. Who in modern time is the author comparing people of the past? The Euro-punks and American couch potatoes, or those leading active lives that include the average MDA readers???

And the average WOMAN with 90% the muscle mass of Arnold Scwhatshisname during the peak of his bodybuilding caree (even though any mass beyond about 80% was probably steroid-induced)?

I think I’ll reserve final judgement until I read the book.

Arlo
Arlo
7 years 1 month ago

Regarding Bananas: There’s always a vegetable alternative that can provide the same benefits, but without the sugar!

Potassium from Bananas? Kohlrabi has the same amount.

Vitamin C from Oranges? A single red pepper has 2-3x as much.

And so on…

chowza
7 years 1 month ago

Banana link didn’t work for me, but this one appears to: http://blog.collegehumor.com/video:1810417

Arlo
Arlo
7 years 1 month ago

Btw, the music in that slow motion video is great and I’m checking out more by the DJ, Nujabes. Can be found here: http://www.myspace.com/nujabes

Thanks for the link Mark, I’m desperate lately for some new music and Nujabes has hit the spot on this lazy Sunday.

Icarus
Icarus
7 years 1 month ago

Nujabes also collaborated with an artist named Fat Jon on the soundtrack for an anime called Samurai Champloo. It’s a great soundtrack, and if you like Nujabes’ other stuff, I’d suggest checking it out.

Also, I love that Canadians are seriously considering a primal-type diet, but a friend (not Canadian) tried to convince me that the only way they could get away with it was the Oolichan grease, which *must* have some kind of special magical properties. Sigh.

Deanna
Deanna
7 years 1 month ago

I second the Samurai Champloo soundtrack. Awesome stuff.

Sean
Sean
7 years 1 month ago

I don’t Arlo watched the banana video…

Yavor
7 years 1 month ago

The fun edition of MDA 🙂 Cool Mark!

Fredo
Fredo
7 years 1 month ago

The Canadian study is a good one, too bad so many of the comments after that article are the usual CW ignorance. People just don’t want to learn.

Grok
7 years 1 month ago

Banana video:

It’s all fun and games until one of those SAD people has a heart attack! 🙂

chima_p
chima_p
7 years 1 month ago
I have seen the Canadian documentary they are talking about in the article. I remember when I saw it while I was entrenched in CW and not exposed to any low carb, paleo, primal, etc that I agreed with the CW the other doctors used to discredit the diet. It was actually this documentary that got me thinking about a more paleo diet. It was also this documentary and style that I thought of after someone suggested in the biggest loser article that Mark have his own show. The documentary was done really well but the diet could have been… Read more »
Gary-A
Gary-A
7 years 1 month ago

Agreed, the Japanese video was a riot! Definitely a place I want to spend some time in. Nujabes sounds great! I’ve been trying to log in some hours on Pandora, as my iPod hasn’t been cutting it this past month.

I’d like to find out more about Manthropology, because those are some bold claims… I mean, I’m sure I could fill a whole book with anecdote and hyperbole as well as the next guy…

kidding, kidding 😛

Sandy Sommer, RKC
7 years 1 month ago

Love the book, Mark. Thanks for the shout out!

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