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18 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 67

weekend link love“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.

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. 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 wrote on October 18th, 2009
  2. 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.

    Ogg the Caveman wrote on October 18th, 2009
  3. 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…

    Arlo wrote on October 18th, 2009
  4. Banana link didn’t work for me, but this one appears to: http://blog.collegehumor.com/video:1810417

    chowza wrote on October 18th, 2009
  5. 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.

    Arlo wrote on October 18th, 2009
    • 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.

      Icarus wrote on October 19th, 2009
      • I second the Samurai Champloo soundtrack. Awesome stuff.

        Deanna wrote on October 19th, 2009
  6. I don’t Arlo watched the banana video…

    Sean wrote on October 18th, 2009
  7. The fun edition of MDA :) Cool Mark!

    Yavor wrote on October 18th, 2009
  8. 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.

    Fredo wrote on October 19th, 2009
  9. Banana video:

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

    Grok wrote on October 19th, 2009
  10. 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 more of a lifestyle change than was actually implemented.

    Also the small community was beautiful.

    chima_p wrote on October 19th, 2009
  11. 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 :P

    Gary-A wrote on October 19th, 2009
  12. Love the book, Mark. Thanks for the shout out!

    Sandy Sommer, RKC wrote on October 21st, 2009

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