For the first time in 10,000 years, farming is not the dominating industry — (Thanks to danjite.)
Japan introduces a urine-powered battery
Team USA of the World Beard and Moustach Championships — Rules here if you find yourself with a keen interest. (Thanks to lillypond.)
The "Fiction Gap" — Do women really read more than men?
Democrats and the Iron Law of Insitutions — I've been aware of this concept for many years, but I've never before seen it explained so cogently.
semiotic_pirate with a fascinating essay on self-righteousness and sexuality — Ganked from elsewhere on my f-list, but I lost track. My apologies.
Never engage in finance with the poor — Lessons from the sub-prime collapse.
lasirenadolce with detailed writeups on our excellent Japan adventure, specifically WorldCon day one, our arrival, WorldCon day two (pre-Hugo), WorldCon day two (Hugos) and WorldCon day day three, our departure. With photos!
(And as a reminder, my Con/Hugo reports on Jeff VanderMeer's blog and at the Amazon book blog.)