We are the words — Cultural evolution in the Google Books corpus. Also, a related story from Language Log. (And while I think the Google Books Settlement is a significant evil with the potential to blight copyright in the future, the Google Books project itself is a magnificent ambition.)
This is a Dog — Roger Ebert on what it means to belong.
50 Secrets Your Pilot Won't Tell You
Gallery: The Most Amazing Science Images of 2010 — (Thanks to lt260.)
Origin of the 'War on Christmas' — More on the ongoing persecutions of that vanishing, powerless Christian minority here in the United States.
?otD: Do you wish you were a fisherman, tumbling on the seas?
Writing time yesterday: 1.75 hours (3,000 words)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 249.2
Currently reading: The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz by Russell Hoban