CK Friday Links--Friday January 29, 2010

Here's yet another selection of particularly interesting links from around the internet. As always, I welcome your thoughts and your feedback.

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12 healthy and nutritious breakfast ideas. (Two Peas and Their Pod)

Whole Foods levies a "Tubby Tax," giving thinner employees deeper discounts on in-store food. It's controversial, clearly, but it's also optional. What's your take? (Blogging Stocks)

Here's how you can make your own homemade cornmeal--using a coffee grinder! (Es*sense Blog)

The lowdown on quality vegan protein powders--I'm looking into these as I increase my running and (hopefully) run another marathon later this year. (Choosing Raw)

A fascinating discussion from Barry Schwartz (author of the excellent book The Paradox of Choice) on why everything was better before we had 175 types of salad dressing. (

Bonus Post: Dan Gilbert reveals the secret to happiness.

Recipe Links:
An easy and ridiculously good Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. I made it this week and personally swear by it. (Alosha's Kitchen)

How to make Perfect Roasted Potatoes. (Chocolate & Zucchini)

Five easy techniques to make homemade ice cream--and you don't even need an ice cream maker. (stonesoup)

A perfect cold-weather soup: Fat-Free Sweet Potato Corn Chowder. (Rice and Beans: A Belizean in DC)

Off-Topic Links:
Use this post on "$100 hours" to help spur you to find new business ideas and income sources. (Joyfully Jobless via The Art of Non-Conformity)

Don't weaken your ego. Instead make your ego even stronger, and then consider what good you might achieve with it. (Steve Pavlina's Blog)

A fascinating discussion of art, blind rage and narcissistic injury. (The Last Psychiatrist) Bonus Post: How to create motivation in 2010.

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Maria said...

Thanks for the shout out:)

Julia said...

I particularly enjoyed your links this week.

And I whole-heartily agree with you about Melissa's chicken tikka masala!

Daniel said...

Maria, anytime. Keep those excellent blog posts coming!

Julia, thanks so much for the feedback. I'm happy you're getting value out of them. And yeah, wow on that chicken tikka masala. And it was even more amazing the next day. :)


Melissa said...

Thanks for the reinforcement my dear Julia. Dan, I am SO thrilled you liked it, especially enough to link to it. What a pleasant surprise to see my name in your post.

Speaking of which! I loved the Barry Schwartz video. Watched the entire thing. "We can never be pleasantly surprised because your expectations, my expectations have gone through the roof." HUH. Great, great talk. I'd like to read more of his work. His explanation of depression and blaming oneself, and of our need for a proverbial fishbowl... wow, good stuff. I see in the comments that there is some disagreement, but I for one really like what he had to say.

Also, I read the post on The Last Psychiatrist. Not about to pick it apart, but it was very interesting. One thing I know for sure is that the very last paragraph rings true, even if I think it may be out of context in his argument.

Daniel said...

Happy to hear it Melissa. You know I'm a huge fan of yours. And thanks for the feedback.

Re: Barry Schwartz, I'd definitely recommend his book The Paradox of Choice, it's quite helpful. And The Last Psychiatrist is a really provocative blog--shocking at times--but he does a great job of grabbing you by the brain and making you think.


Melissa said...

I've read posts from TLP that you've linked to before. Always a fascinating read.

And I Added the Schwartz book to my Amazon. :)

wosnes said...

When I started to watch Dan Gilbert I thought of something John Wooden said: "Things turn out the best for people who make the best of how things turn out."

I loved the Barry Schwartz video. It's so true.