CK Friday Links--Friday January 28, 2011

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

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A food blogger shares an exceptional example of applying S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting to her weight loss goals. (Cafe Johnsonia)

Great tips on how to slash your food bill. (Spend Less TV) Fun to see how they address second-order foods and heavily-marketed products.

Is Wal-Mart's nutrition initiative (featuring Michelle Obama!) the real thing, or just a bunch of PR? (Fooducate)

Enough lentil and bean recipes to get you through the winter. (Christie's Corner)

Recipe Links:
Want to feel like a hero? Make this Indian-style Chili Recipe. (A Life of Spice)

An incredible five-ingredient Chicken Vindaloo recipe from the author of the amazing e-cookbook 5 Ingredients, 10 Minutes. (stonesoup)

Unbelievably easy, and--at just 68c a serving--laughably cheap! Pasta e Fagioli. (Cheap Healthy Good)

Off-Topic Links:
88 mind-opening and thought-provoking truths about life. (Raptitude)

Why the "Shrug Effect" is pure horsesh*t. (I Will Teach You To Be Rich)

Thought-provoking, even though I won't copy him: Why I'm deleting Facebook. (The Simpler Life)

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Marcia said...

Great links today. I will have to try that chicken vindaloo. I like simple foods.

The deleting Facebook one was interesting. I get the Everett Bogue email, and I've been feeling like he's going off the deep end with the Cyborg and twitter crap. He's kind of the opposite - deleting FB because it's all about twitter to connect.

I personally would rather connect face to face. But when I can't, which is the case for my family in the East, my friends scattered all over the globe, FB is perfect. And while some people "meet up" with twitter or texting, many of my friends just send me a FB message to say "wanna come over for dinner?"

Mumsy said...

Thanks for the link love, Daniel. You are the best!

Melissa said...

Mmm lentils and beans.

That video on grocery shopping. Good video, two side notes: 1) I snorted at the shopper's name. Crystal Ball. *Snort* 2) She mentioned the whole shopping low thing - I thought of you at the store today Dan, as I made my weekly run to the "chain place" for items like rice and tomato paste and beans and such. I almost grabbed the $1.79 pintos, but thought, wait, what am I paying for here, the name? Got a can for $1.00 instead. Same with the tomato paste. Saved $0.40 by buying the store brand. And, I kid you not, the thought "what would Dan buy in this situation?" actually crossed my mind. AHAHAHAH!


Good links, as always. And, um, you know I kind of "got" that Facebook post. Though I hope when I post about it on my other blog, I won't seem so grating about it. But in my case, I lost dead weight, I didn't delete... I will never delete. Or let's just say it is highly, HIGHLY unlikely.

Melissa said...

Oh man. That 88 things post is freaking spectacular. :D

Daniel said...

Marcia: Yep, you can *always* count on Jules for reliably good and really easy recipes.

And (both Marcia and Melissa) I have mixed feelings about Facebook. I use it to stay in touch with friends and family all over the world too--and it's the primary way I keep in touch with friends in Chile. But in some ways it's not real. And man, it can be a huge timesuck if you're not disciplined about how you use it. I can see why some people would reject it and invest that time in exclusively face-to-face relationships.

Lindsey, you are welcome! You had some good practical ideas in that post.

Melissa: LOL! I guess I've gotta start selling "WWDD" bracelets huh? :) But yes, when it comes to pure commodity products like tomato paste or beans, there is just no point to paying more for the branded product. Heck, sometime the generic products is markedly better. Nothing wrong with free money.


Charmian@Christie's Corner said...

Thanks for the link, Dan. As always, it's much appreciated.