28 Feb

Links for a Sunday Morning

The Single American Woman – NY Magazine

Today’s women are, for the most part, not abstaining from or delaying marriage to prove a point about equality. They are doing it because they have internalized assumptions that just a half-century ago would have seemed radical: that it’s okay for them not to be married; that they are whole people able to live full professional, economic, social, sexual, and parental lives on their own if they don’t happen to meet a person to whom they want to legally bind themselves.

Boring, dependable guys are rare — and desirable – Vox

‘Do you like the same things I like? Will life with you be exciting? Will you surprise me?’ Those questions didn’t matter. The things I needed were boring things like consistency, reliability, enthusiasm.

Never touch an Englishman: The cuddliest nationalities in Europe, ranked – Quartz

“We were a bit surprised at how reluctant men were [to be touched] compared to women.” The heat map showed that men weren’t even comfortable with other male strangers touching the back of their heads—it was a “taboo zone.”

The Quantified Welp: Why you shouldn’t track everything – The Atlantic

Measuring an activity, whatever it is, decreases people’s motivation to keep up with it. In other words, it proposes that the more you quantify something that’s rewarding for its own sake, the less likely you are to enjoy it

Female Anatomy, The Q-Angle, and Lifting – Lift Big Eat Big

The wider the q-angle, the more risk you are at for knee pain and ACL injuries, and the more force you could lose on the concentric phase of your squats (because your quads will pull the kneecap outwards).

Juicing is bad for you and the Earth – Daily Beast

Juicing is not just another fad though: it is a privileged, wasteful form of food consumption that’s worse for you than cooking and bad for the environment; juicing is the triumph of marketing over science.

In 2050, Half the World Will Be Nearsighted – The Atlantic

The projected increases in myopia and high myopia are widely considered to be driven by environmental factors … principally lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased near-work activities.

What a caveman’s DNA says about the Paleo diet movement: Humans have evolved since the Stone Age – National Post

“It drives me crazy when Paleo diet people say that we’ve stopped evolving — we haven’t,” said Anne C. Stone, a professor of human evolution at Arizona State University who has shown that genes related to starch digestion appear to have changed in number apparently in response to farming. “Our diets have changed radically in the last 10,000 years and, in response, we have changed, too.”

19 Feb

15 Minutes to Fit Review

I got a copy of Zuzka Light’s new book 15 Minutes to Fit recently (disclaimer: it came from the publisher) so I figured I’d share my thoughts on it.

I’ve seen Zuzka in the past on BodyRock.tv where she used to post videos of short home workouts. I was never fully into it (you know how I like weightlifting) but I did do some of the workouts from time to time so I’m familiar with her style.


The premise of the book is 30 day challenge style: transform your body with healthy recipes and 30 days worth of 15 minute home workouts.

15 Minutes to Fit Review

First of all, I’m not a fan of her catch phrase: “Give me 15 minutes a day and I’ll give you a badass body”. I hate using aesthetics as a motivator for fitness. I think my body is pretty badass already, Zuzka, even if you can’t see my rectus abdominis.

As for the recipes, I’ll be honest and tell you that I tried precisely zero of them. I read her backstory at the beginning of the book then pretty much just dove straight into the workouts. Each of the workouts has about 4 to 6 different exercises can be done in limited space with no equipment. The exercises are done consecutively for the prescribed number of reps and then the whole series is repeated for as many rounds as you can do in 15 minutes.

When I took on the first workout, it almost killed me. I literally thought: this is how I will die. I realized later that anemia was the real reason that wind was knocked out of me. But! that’s not to say that these workouts aren’t intense. They are a serious challenge to endurance, strength, and agility.

Overall, I liked the workouts in this book. I found myself on multiple occasions turning to the book for workouts when I was stuck at home or only had a really short window of time to workout, so it was perfect.
The exercises involved a lot of plyometrics so if just the idea of 15 minutes of jumping makes your joints ache then this might not be your thing.


-really quick workouts that still felt like workouts
-no equipment needed
-was able to squeeze in a workout when I otherwise wouldn’t have thought I had time
-creative and challenging moves


-the philosophy that ‘looking good’ is the primary motivator for exercise
-not a lot of modifications offered for the really tough stuff
-heavy on the plyo; ie. very high impact
-a number of the workouts were repeated, so there were not 30 unique workouts

13 Feb

Links for a Sunday Morning


Female coders are rated better than men except when people know they’re women – Quartz

Female-written code saw a 78.6% approval rate. With male-written code, it was 74.6%. If female coders specified their gender on their profiles, though, their acceptance rate fell to 62.5%.

5 dangerous myths about sexual assault perpetuated by the Ghomeshi trial – Press Progress

Heinen introduced evidence suggesting one complainant’s contact with Ghomeshi after the alleged assault challenged the credibility of the allegation itself. This isn’t necessarily surprising, experts say. Survivors of abuse typically “manage the violence” through arange of responses to a traumatic experience, including “denial” and “self-blame” before they actively seek help.

The stage is now set for a basic income for all – The Toronto Star

There are many incomplete answers to eliminating poverty. Raising the minimum wage is a good idea, for example, but it doesn’t help those who are jobless, or the millions of Canadians who find themselves in precarious work, such as contracts and part-time jobs without benefits. And their numbers are growing every day.

A sigh’s not just a sigh – it’s a fundamental life-sustaining reflex – The Guardian

If you don’t sigh every five minutes or so, the alveoli will slowly collapse causing lung failure. That’s why patients in early iron lungs had such problems, because they never sighed

Beyonce’s daring Super Bowl statement about blackness – Maclean’s

Being explicitly political in your public life is an active decision any person of colour has to make and Beyoncé is proving ever more comfortable and willing to do so. And with the performance’s Black Panther homage, she’s doubling down hard.

Today’s teens are better than they used to be – Vox

They smoke less, drink less, and have sex less than the previous generation. They are, comparatively, a mild-mannered bunch who will probably shoo away from your lawn quite respectfully (and probably wouldn’t dare set foot on your lawn to begin with!)

The New Era of 30 Day Fitness Challenges – WSJ

It takes people an average of four visits a week for six weeks to become regulars at a gym, according to a study . . . The keys to establishing an exercise habit, lead author Navin Kaushal says, were exercising at the same time every day, choosing something enjoyable, doing it in a comfortable environment and keeping the plan simple.

07 Feb

Links for a Sunday Morning

Tess Munster

Why People Hate Tess Munster and Other Happy Fat People – Militant Baker

We as a country have made ‘fixing our bodies’ our main obsession and we let it consume our life.  So then when a fat chick- who hasn’t done the work, who hasn’t tried to fix her body, who doesn’t have any interest in the gospel we so zealously believe in, stands up and says: I’M HAPPY! …we freak the fuck out. Because: that bitch just broke the rules.

Drama Queens: Whats really going on in a teenage girl’s head – Globe and Mail

Parents who are surprised by their daughter’s dramatic ups and downs can lose sight of the fact that she is pretty shocked, too. So if your teenage daughter is developing normally, you are living with someone who secretly worries that she is crazy and who might have the psychological assessment results of a psychotic adult.

Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial fuels debate over defence’s tactics – Globe and Mail

Pernicious stereotypes about women and how they respond to sexual assault also remain prevalent in the court system, including the notion that consent is implied if the man and woman are in a relationship, and that women who have been raped will report the incident promptly.

Three cheers for misogyny: why the world can’t handle Susan Sarandon and her 69-year-old cleavage – Stylist

This kind of rampant sexist reaction to a woman over 50 exposing a bit of cleavage is just another example of the endemic sexism and ageism that we see, not only in Hollywood, but all over the world and it needs to end, now. 

Researchers have found a major problem with ‘The Little Mermaid’ and other Disney movies – Washington Post

There’s one isolated princess trying to get someone to marry her, but there are no women doing any other things. There are no women leading the townspeople to go against the Beast, no women bonding in the tavern together singing drinking songs, women giving each other directions, or women inventing things. Everybody who’s doing anything else, other than finding a husband in the movie, pretty much, is a male.

Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button – Bloomberg

This was a feature that was right in the heart of the way you use Facebook, so it needed to be executed really well in order to not detract and clutter up the experience. All of the other attempts had failed. The obvious alternative, a “dislike” button, had been rejected on the grounds that it would sow too much negativity.

The Collapse of Parenting – Maclean’s

When parents begin to cede control to their kids, food choices are often the first thing to slide. “No dessert until you eat your broccoli” has recently morphed into “How about three bites of broccoli, and then you can have dessert?” The command has become a question capped with a bribe.