[links] Links salad for a rump week hump day

Top Ten Reasons Books Are Better Than Sex — (Snurched from Scrivener’s Error.)

musingaloud talks about the 12/08 issue of Realms of Fantasy — Including my story, “Achilles, Sulking in His Buick.”

Ancient eyes head for the light — Poetic and fascinating, a piece about precursors to eyes. IDiots will of course decline to note the dreaded transitional forms under discussion.

Brain reorganizes to make room for math — Some cool stuff on training the human mind and its meat machine. (Thanks to lt260.)

$450,000 Watch Features Real Moon Dust — Houston, do you read me? :: wants :: (Thanks to therinth.)

Astronomers Select Top Ten Most Amazing Pictures Taken by Hubble Space Telescope in Last 16 Years — (Thanks to danjite.)

Neil Armstrong’s parents on “I’ve Got a Secret” — Heh. (Thanks to sdn.)

It’s Like Taking Candy From a Multi-Billion Dollar Corporation — This is hilarious. Freelance culture jamming. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Shorpy with online shopping, ca. 1950

Fareed Zakaria on living through history, and the hard realities of economics

Enter Hawks, Stage Right (Part 2) — A rather distressing piece on Obama’s rapid shift to the right on military policy, post-election. (Thanks to dirkcjelli.)

?otD: Houston, can you read me, or have I lost my mind?

Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 222.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville