Link Love (2014-04-24)

Thought-provoking

“Today, we’re going to turn life into a giant role playing game. If you’ve read the “What Is Your Profession?” article, then you’ve already turned yourself into a character. Let’s put that character into action.
Since day one, the tagline for Nerd Fitness has been “Level up your life.”
Today, you’re going to learn how.” How to Level Up in the Game of Life – Nerd Fitness

Dan Gilbert: The surprising science of happiness – TED

“As a result: what we’re supposed to want is in conflict with what we actually want and are into. We’re supposed to want to fuck women we don’t respect  – or even like very much – and then shame them for letting us fuck them. We’re supposed to treat women as the obstacle in getting what we want, which is access to their bodies, to pride ourselves in being masterful lovers and desirable seducers, but to pay less concern to women’s desires except in as much as it lets us get our nuts off. Even guys who pride themselves in their ability to get women off treat it as a referendum on their skill rather than a genuine interest in women’s pleasure and enjoyment. And when men see women hooking up with jerks and assholes, it leads to them thinking that getting sex equals being a rude, pushy asshat.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s possible to get the sex you want – whether a casual no-strings-attached hook up, a friends-with-benefits arrangement, or a committed relationship – without being a dick about it.
Or as I like to call it: how to fuck like a gentleman.” F*ck Like A Gentleman (Part 1) – Dr NerdLove & Part 2

6 hostage negotiation techniques that will get you what you want – Barking Up the Wrong Tree

“You have to start with a version of the habit that is incredibly easy for you. It must be so easy that you can’t say no to doing it and so easy that it is not difficult at all in the beginning.[1]” I’m Using These 3 Simple Steps to Actually Stick With Good Habits – James Clear

Money mistakes to avoid in your 20s – Five Cent Nickel

Religion

“So to honor this humorous memory of CCM’s steamy lyricism, I decided to create a quiz where you must identify whether certain phrases are lines from the bestselling erotic BDSM novel 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James or lyrics from Contemporary Christian Music songs. So pull out a pen and paper and keep track of your answers; an answer key is provided after the quiz.
Make sure you don’t cheat. God is watching you. As Phil Joel says about God, “He’s gonna keep the night light on. He’s waiting there to receive you.”
Or was that something Anastasia Steele wrote in her diary about Christian Grey?” 50 Shades of Grey or Contemporary Christian Music Lyrics? A Quiz – H.A.

Equality

Hans Rosling: The best stats you’ve ever seen – TED

“For these men, this paranoid and militaristic vision is the evil twin of intersectionality. They understand that there are deep and abiding links between a variety of civil rights and liberation movements, and respond to them as a unified threat to the body of the mythic white nation they hold dear. In this conception, Feminism is of a piece with anti-racism, which is tied to socialist and left-economic politics, which is bound up with immigrant organizing, which is all tied to LGBTQ liberation. Their racism cannot be discussed without their sexism, and vice versa.” Blood and Iron: The unacknowledged misogyny of the far right – Feministing

“Now I can already hear many of you bristling at this: you’ve never sent any rape threats, you’ve never attacked a woman for having an opinion you disagreed with. You’ve never sexually harassed anyone. You’re not “that guy”.
Congratulations. You’ve achieved the baseline of human decency. But just “not being that guy” isn’t enough. If you don’t want to be tarred with the same brush as the cancerous assholes who target the women in our community, you need to speak up. Because this isn’t women’s problem. This is a man’s problem. It’s men who are the cause and it’s men who can and need to be the solution.
Because our silence is enabling them. Our silence is seen as approval. It’s validating their shitty behavior because nobody is speaking up against them.” Ending Sexual Harassment in Geek Culture – Dr NerdLove

Inspirational

self-care, structure, and spontaneity: navigating the balance – effervescence

Recipes

Lemon Pudding Cake (Paleo, Grain, Nut Free) – Primally Inspired

Paleo Lavender Limeade – Plaid & Paleo

Paleo Brownies (Double Chocolate) – Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations

How to Make Rhubarb & Honey Soda (With Lacto-Fermentation!) – And Here We Are

How to Make Alcoholic Ginger Beer from Scratch – Food52

Meyer Lemon Bars – Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free – Tasty Yummies

Bacon Apple Chicken – Slow Cooker Recipe – Wellness Mama

Dairy Free Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie – Against All Grain

How to Make Coconut Butter – Detoxinista

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