2) I cannot blame the following link on my altitudinally enhance friend, but I think it's awesome: T-shirt of Awesome.
3) JVW should start a blog, because I keep wanting to post snippets of her emails. Today she is trying to convince me that YouTube stardom is around the corner, if I just coupled my dubious singing and, I also assume, her considerably less dubious singing with carefully chosen pictures of chickens. She also shared some unorthodox experiences of the apple harvest (such as it is) in Anchorage. The thing about Anchorage's growing season is that it is short but intense, and when apple trees are blooming elsewhere there is still snow on the ground here. This does not make for happy apple trees, although there are few optimistic souls, and hardy trees that make the attempt.
4) Biological accuracy about charismatic megafauna is important to me, even if the megafauna in question is shy and retiring in the forests of central Africa. In other words, an okapi is not an antelope. Other than that, I do recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, even though I am probably just about the last person to read it. I blame the author's interview I heard on NPR about his second book. Too much adultery in suburbia, without a really strong narrative voice to balance it out. This has adultery in suburbia, but it also has a reasonably well done Autistic narrator.
5) Because one needs more beautiful astronomy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/