Weekend Link Love – Edition 121

By Mark Sisson

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.


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  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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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? 😛

    1. 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.

  5. Did you see that an ACTUAL spotter came onstage just in case? That routine was mindblowing.

  6. Hmmm…. Well there are no dudes at the ballet I’m used too but I suppose that’s pretty cool too.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.