The BJJ Caveman’s Random Reading: November 23, 2014

Random Reading November 23 2014

View of the coast line in the city of Menton in the south of France.  We spent an unplanned night in this beautiful place because of an unforeseen train strike… which is apparently a common occurrence Europe.

  1. Well done 7 minute video about a modern day hunter and why he does it.  The film does a beautiful job of describing what it means to him and what a multifaceted and profound experience it is.  I also respect the fact that he hunts with a bow and arrow (albeit a high tech looking bow and arrow) and not an assault rifle.  I mean… it doesn’t get more paleo than this right?
  2. My favorite author of all time is Neil Gaiman and I have just about every work he’s published.  I enjoyed him when I first read the Sandman in high school and I enjoyed his latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane as a 30+ year old man.  One of my new favorite ways to enjoy his books now is to follow the book by reading online reviews and critiques of the work.  There are a lot of great thinkers out there who know how to analyze a book, and this was by far my favorite analysis of The Ocean at the End of the Lane.  The analysis was written through the lens of Gaiman’s own life and two of his other works, Violent Cases and Mr. Punch.
  3. Lately, when meeting strangers and making small talk I’ve been consciously trying to avoid asking what they do for a living.  After all, what someone does for work doesn’t define them as a person, and yet it’s the easiest thing for strangers to talk about.  I now try to find something else to talk to them about… which isn’t always the easiest thing.  After reading this article, at least I now have an idea of how to introduce people without having to reference their profession.
  4. How many people have seen the movie Carb Loaded?  I just came across this trailer recently and was intrigued.  I think it’s something I’ll rent through the website, but if you’re so inclined you can also pick it up on Amazon.
  5. Scientists have found a connection between oral bacteria and progression of abdominal aortic aneurysms in mice.
  6. Yet another review of the Basis Peak with a very positive conclusion.
  7. Another band that caught my interest was the Microsoft Band activity tracker… and the first round of reviews all seem to agree that while it holds a lot of promise… it’s just not quite there yet.
  8. This meta analysis that is hot off the presses this week looked at whether or not ketogenic diets really suppressed appetite and found that “… the clinical benefit of a ketogenic diet is in preventing an increase in appetite, despite weight loss, although individuals may indeed feel slightly less hungry (or more full or satisfied).”  FYI, I only read the abstract.
  9. A young lady in Australia describes her first experience with a ketogenic diet that lasted for 6 weeks and writes about the challenges she faced and mistakes she made along the way while losing body fat.
  10. Doctors in the UK are also exploring the role of ketogenic diets in the treatment of brain cancer.
  11. Bill Lagakos tweeted out this study that showed kettle bell swings stimulated the release of growth hormone, testosterone, and cortisol after only 12 minutes of work using a 16kg kettle bell (I only read the abstract).
  12. In anticipation of the Renzo Gracie vs Kazushi Sakuraba main even for Metamoris 5 last night, I did a bit of nostalgic Youtube-ing… and found this great break down by BJJ Scout of the stylistic differences between these two legends.
  13. Walgreens is planning to offer a host of blood tests that can be done with just a finger stick, that can analyze 70 different blood tests for a very reasonable price.  If this is successfully rolled out it will make getting blood tests so much less of a pain in the butt… and I can check my labs once a week!  Just kidding… maybe.  I wonder if running an NMR lipoprofile is possible with their technology…
  14. Tony Hawk riding a real life hover board!  Not quite what was in Back to the Future 2 but still exciting!  An actual hoverboard!
  15. YUM.  I’m down with everything except for the sesame bun.

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