Whoa, Nelly. My browser’s been busy this week, so brace yourself for a bazillion links on a variety of topics. Here goes.
- 9 Equations True Geeks Should (At Least Pretend to) Know.This piece made me feel woefully inadequate.
- 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.
- Will Dropouts Save America? And now for something completely different. Good food for thought, though.
- Recipe: Chocolate-dipped Bacon. How could anyone resist?
- Frank Mir gives a shout-out to Paleo. This diet works for fighters.
- Warning: Self-Deception and Manufactured Fame Kills “Entrepreneurs”. This is important.
- Freelancers: Need a Hint? Check the Open Notebook. Help with queries.
- Give a Little, Get a Lot – How Writers Can Make “Free” Pay. Important in various aspects of life.
- 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.
- 10 Ways To Make Editors Fall In Love With Your Work. Rafter’s on a roll! My third link from her this week.
- What Does the US Arts Community Look Like? Some analysis on NEA’s study on artist’s wages. Links to the original study too.
Requisite Combat Sports Section (Like the requisite BJJ section, only different.)
- A Mount Escape that Works Against Larger Opponents. BJJ black belt and all-around badass Emily Kwok shows how it’s done.
Good Food For Thought
- Thanks for the Food Guilt, Major Health Insurer! I Sure Feel Healthy Now. Probably not the reaction they were going for.
- 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?”
- I wrote a movie review of the Hammer (about the life of deaf wrestler and UFC veteran Matt Hammill) for MMA HQ.
- 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.
- For local food enthusiasts, I’ve been writing up a storm for City Pages’ Hot Dish blog. You can read about 5-8 declaring November Juicy Lucy month, get a first look at South St. Paul’s new cupcake shop, Sweet Bebe Cakes, check out some info on Le Cordon Bleu’s student-run restaurant, Technique, or read about a chili food fight, in which we compare the chili at the Loon Cafe to that at Bulldog NE.
- 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!