Very quick advice for students applying to graduate school.
Gawker on a guy in New York "who ... [managed] to cultivate the Hindu God Ganesha in his backyard."
From the folks who gave us this novel and funny version of "12 Days of Christmas" two yeas ago, we now get Single girls, single girls set to the tune of "Jingle bells, jingle bells." While not novel (by definition), it's also not as funny as the first one. [Link via Neha].
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On the other hand, this (in praise of white racism, by Ta-Nehisi Coates), and this (on the socialist conspiracy to destroy capitalism, by Barbara Ehrenreich; via Cosma Shalizi and Henry Farrell) are great fun.