Welcome to my weekly variety hour, where I post the most thought-provoking, amusing or otherwise interesting articles gathered from around the interwebz each Wednesday.
- Sick of Winter? So is this church sign.
- Sick of Snow? So is this cat.
Yes, some of us are sick of winter. Here’s some warm fuzzy stories that might cheer you up.
- An Ode to Idealism This made me happy.
- Modern-Day Kick Ass: If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s a fictional account of humans dressed like superheroes fighting crime. But here’s a REAL real-life account of the same phenomena.
- Wanna track the Taliban? There’s an app for that, created by a soldier who put thousands of dollars into the project. The idea came to him in a dream.
- *Help* Others Shine Not just let them shine. Brilliant in its simplicity, as Charlie Gilkey’s writing always is.
- Bohemian Rhapsody. On a ukulele. We got to see Jake Shimabukuro perform this live, but this is the next best thing.
- Penchant for exotic meat? This may not seem as warm and fuzzy as the other heroic posts, but for those of us who have been watching The Wild Within and are now craving strange things we can’t hunt, this is a great resource (but not cheap).
The next set of articles all happen to be science-y. I didn’t plan this theme, but it just kind of developed. The circumstances were right.
- Ancient Body Clock Discovered: Science Daily writes about a recently discovered mechanism controlling the 24-hour clock of all life forms, from human cells to algae.
- Estimating Viability: How Long Do Seeds Last? For those of us already trying to figure out what to plant.
- Killer Storks Eat Human Babies (Perhaps) Imagine a world where storks didn’t deliver human babies, but ate them. Could this have happened in prehistoric times? NPR takes a look.
- Bio-based? What does that even mean, and why is the Grist calling it “organic’s scary cousin”?
I have a piece in this month’s Taste for Life, a custom publication you may be able to find in your health food store or co-op. So check it out if you get the chance! I wrote about the Heel detox kit.
Top Five Reasons Why Women Should Lift (Heavier) Weights is my contribution to the Strength Guild, an awesome new blog that just launched.
It’s February, which means the new issue of the Performance Menu is out. For just five bucks you can read articles on squatting (from Matt Foreman), mass gain (from Dan John, one of my heroes), sleep (from Whole9′s Dallas Hartwig) as well as the second part of my interview with sports psychologist Bill Cole, about the importance of mental preparation for athletic performance. The issue also includes Paleo-friendly recipes.
Food For Thought
20 Questions That Could Change Your Life: Something to contemplate, especially if you’re stuck indoors due to weather. Have a great rest of week!!!