Welcome to the latest rendition of my weekly Variety Hour, where I include my most favorite articles, videos and blog posts from around the internet–as well as my own articles found elsewhere on the internetz. Please enjoy, and if I missed any important links, feel free to leave them in the comments!
It’s the end of the year, so everyone’s getting their lists together. Here’s some I liked.
- The year’s 10 worst media gaffs were all caught on video, so if you’re interested in cringe-worthy moments, be sure to check them out. My favorite was Steven Duckett refusing to talk to media because he wanted to finish eating his cookie.
- I love the City Pages, and I love their top 10 list of bizarre Christmas ornaments even more.
- Anyone who’s ever tried to get published has had to deal with criticism—and Mental Floss came up with a list of 8 rejection letters received by best selling authors.
- I’ll admit that I’ve only spent massive amounts of time on the Renegade Writer, but I definitely want to delve into some of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers listed here, especially since the judges include the amazing Leo Babauta and Brian Clark, who I’m always trying to talk to on twitter.
Cool non-list links
- Wondering about the differences between Facebook and Twitter? Check out this amazing infographic.
- Thinking of nixing the stopwatch in your workouts next year? Greg Everett explains why this is a good idea.
Shameless Self Promotion
I’ve got a lot of articles to plug this week!
- I wrapped up the year in women’s MMA on this great new UK blog, so be sure to check it out if you’re a fan. It also includes storylines emerging from 2010–what to watch for in 2011.
- Also in women’s MMA, my weekly women’s MMA column featured a long list of women nominated for the first annual WMMA awards—with video links included (thanks to Tim for painstakingly compiling them).
- I was lucky enough to land a review copy of The Cauliflower Chronicles by Marshal Carper from Victory Belt, and couldn’t put it down. Check out my review on MMA HQ.
- When I interviewed Randy Couture for the Performance Menu, I didn’t include the stories about his childhood street fights, but you can read them now.
- I got the best article assignment ever, listing the top five places in Hudson to drink hot chocolate. Here’s the ones that made the cut.
Enjoy your holiday, and I’ll see you next week!
Welcome to my weekly variety hour, where I post my favorite assortment of links and videos found throughout the internet.
After a couple of slow weeks, my big challenge in this week’s variety hour was narrowing down links to include! Luckily, I somehow managed to get it down to seven, encompassing various topics I blog about, from food politics to neuroscience to freelance writing.
As was likely evident in my Hannukah posts, I’m Jewish, but still found this video of a modern-day Christmas story amusing.
They say winter is the season for giving, and author/neuroscientist Jonah Lehrer (who I happen to think is one of the most brilliant people on earth, even though he hasn’t responded to my interview request) takes a look at the way the brain views giving. This is fascinating research, and made me stop and think about issues I care about and how I became aware of them, often due to the story of a single individual.
No variety hour would be complete without some selections for freelance writers and the people that love them. One big issue many of us who write for the web face is that we are not judged by the quality of our content, but by how many “clicks” and “likes” we get. Luckily, I haven’t yet had to change course on an interview mid-way, but perhaps this is coming? Check out what happens when Steve Martin spent “too much time” talking about his book, according to a live audience. Yikes!
As a freelance writer, I’ve had an awful lot of luck with PR… but this brilliant video shows what it looks like when that isn’t the case.
For those of us who love grassfed beef, here’s a bit of validation… just look at the amount of antibiotics factory farms use! No wonder pig MRSA is rising…
If you’re into acupuncture, like me, but want some scientific validation, here is a recent study, which shows that acupuncture changes the way the brain perceives pain.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with a beautiful performance of Alexandria Falling by my friend, Julean Rai. My favorite part is when he throws the capo across the room (well, in this video he just gently sets it down, but in his live shows there’s some throwing going on!)
Welcome to my weekly variety hour, wherein I pull together thought-provoking and interesting posts from around the interwebz.
I can think of at least five books on happiness I’ve wanted to read but haven’t gotten around to. I’m not sure why it always gets put off. Time constraints, perhaps, or my aversion to anything that seems too woo-woo. However, I found NPR’s interview with Dan Buettner, author of Thrive, quite compelling, especially as I delve into some big questions myself.
Speaking of NPR interviews, I found Terry Gross’ interview with Jay Z on Fresh Air quite fascinating. He is intelligent and well-spoken, but obviously not the type of interviewee that Gross is used to.
And since I’m on the topic of audio interviews, if you haven’t heard my interview with poet and wonderful human being Susan Wooldridge, you really are missing out. Check out out:[audio: http://yaelwrites.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Woolridge_Interview_Part_1.mp3]
Shameless self-promotion: If you are an MMA fan, you are probably just as appalled by the ridiculous officiating that took place during the TUF finale. I have two pieces up about it on MMA HQ: an interview with Nam Phan and a piece on accountability for MMA judges, which includes a recap of the back-and-forth battle of words between color commentator Joe Rogan and NSAC executive director Keith Kizer.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you all next week!
Welcome to the weekly variety hour, where I compile the most thought-provoking or inspiring links I’ve found around the internet. This week’s special is a little sparse, as I actually moved from Eau Claire (insert boos here) to lovely Hudson, and amidst the moving and unpacking, and Thanksgiving, and preparing to teach a course on magazine writing basics in Minneapolis… I haven’t had nearly as much time for browsing. However, I did find a few goodies for you–and a sale at the very end!
Try Foraging For Your Thanksgiving Meal. Although I’ve had a very traditional holiday for the past few years, I’ve certainly done my share of foraging. Lambsquarters are delicious, but this story also has recipes for evening primrose root soup, wild grape butter and hickory nut corn pudding. If you’ve got a hunkering for wild edibles, check it out.
I have an interview with Troy Anderson about Double Kettlebell Workouts: For the Best of Both Worlds, up at Straight to the Bar, for those of you who want to learn how to use kettlebells for both fat loss and building strength. I had the opportunity to work out with Troy when I was in Phoenix and he has a keen eye and lots of smarts…so check it out.
This month’s issue of the Performance Menu is incredibly awesome. Not only is there a free article on the start of days by warrior poet Cameron Conaway, it also has an article on the deadlift (the most beloved of lifts) by Matt Foreman, a piece by Troy Anderson on performance strength for non-iron sport athletes and my own article on how to train like Randy Couture (complete with sample workouts and quotes from Captain America himself). All that for just five bucks.
And speaking of MMA and incredible deals, I’ve got another one for you. My friend (and web designer) Brandt and I wrote an e-book, In Your Corner, specifically for MMA fighters and managers. It covers PR and media–how to write a press release, build up hype, ace an interview and generally kick ass outside of the cage. We also have bonus interviews on fighting overseas, what to look for before you sign, some nutrition tips and ten inside tips from a ringside doctor, as well as a resource list. The e-book has sold for anywhere from $40 to $67, making it inaccessible for many aspiring fighters who are juggling work and training and struggling to pay their bills. After receiving e-mails about it from several pro fighters, we decided to include run an 8-day pay-what-you-can special. That’s right: we are making the e-book available to anyone for whatever they can afford until December 9, 2010. Simply send your payment via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the e-book within 24 hours (and probably a lot sooner than that). I only ask that payment is divisible by two so that I can send Brandt his share without trying to figure out who gets the extra penny.
This deal is part of my 8-day Hannukah sale. I’ll be posting special offers each day for the next 8 days–so stay tuned!