Yael’s Variety Hour: Geekiness, Food For Thought and the Usual (Paleo, Combat Sports, Writing)

Whoa, Nelly. My browser’s been busy this week, so brace yourself for a bazillion links on a variety of topics. Here goes.

Geeks, Unite!

  • Art of Learning Project. If you haven’t read chess guru Josh Waitzkin’s book, the Art of Learning, get thee to the library! (He writes a lot about tai chi in the book as well, using the two as models to explain how learning works). This is a project stemming from his research on the subject, and has some awesome resources for teachers. Check it out.
  • Why Do Some People Learn Faster? “Do we ignore mistakes, brushing them aside for the sake of our self-confidence? Or do we investigate the errors, seeking to learn from the snafus? The latter approach, suggests a series of studies, could make you learn faster.” From Wired.

Paleo Propaganda

For Freelancers

  • It’s not enough to be good – you have to show up. “You could have clips from the highest circulation women’s magazines or the most prestigious newspapers in the country, you could have written bestselling books, you could be making $100,000 a year. None of it matters if you don’t bring your A game to the assignment you’re working on today,” Michelle Rafter explains.

Requisite Combat Sports Section (Like the requisite BJJ section, only different.)

Good Food For Thought

  • Nightclubs Are Hell. What’s Cool Or Fun About a Thumping, Sweaty Dungeon Full of Posing Idiots? This piece cracked me up. Here’s a choice quote: “Even if you somehow avoid reproducing, isn’t it a lot of hard work for very little reward? Seven hours hopping about in a hellish, reverberating bunker in exchange for sharing 64 febrile, panting pelvic thrusts with someone who’ll snore and dribble into your pillow till 11 o’clock in the morning, before waking up beside you with their hair in a mess, blinking like a dizzy cat and smelling vaguely like a ham baguette? Really, why bother? Why not just stay at home punching yourself in the face?”





Shameless Self-Promotion

  • You probably heard about the guys who thwarted an attempted robbery at an L.A. hotel right before no-gi Worlds, but have you seen the video of one of the two superheroes fighting MMA? I managed to dig up his 9th fight here.
  • I write a weekly women’s MMA column for Fightergirls, and this week’s Women’s Weekly MMA Wrap-Up also has some results from female fighters who competed at no-gi Worlds, among other things.
  • Last but not least, I was pleased to be featured in this month’s spotlight of Networking News, the Twin Cities Professional Editor’s Network newsletter. If you’re a PEN member, make sure to check it out!
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