The irrational mind: Jonah Lehrer recommends five books on irrational decision-making in the WSJ.
The Situationist offers a couple of excellent posts on the role of unconscious processes and social factors in the formation of ideologies.
Diet and Gender Differences: Dr. Freeberg is interesting, as always.
Blagojevich watch: In case you missed it, G-Rod compares himself to Mandella, Ghandi and Dr. King.
And a question about Blago. I've never seen him on a bicycle, so why is he always wearing a helmet? Or is that an armor-plated hairnet?
The Curious Case of Billy Joel: Ars Psychiatrica. Joel (is that legally his last name?) can be trite, insufferably pompous, almost always self-conscious, nauseatingly sentimental, and yet, I used to listen to him because some of it wasn't half bad.
$200 Laptops Break A Business Model: The Times has a piece on cheap netbooks shaking up the laptop market. One problem with this story--I haven't seen that particular $200 netbook available for less than $300. Also not mentioned, that particular model has cooties a Celeron processor. If someone actually produces a notebook with a good processor and a decent amount of memory for just $200, lots of people, including me, will pick one up.
So, there aren't any good $200 notebooks out there, but have you been to Best Buy or Frye's lately? They are giving the stuff away. I got a great deal on an excellent Toshiba laptop during the week after Christmas for about $600. Something comparable two years ago would have been priced at about $1400. The Digital SLRs are also calling to me, specifically the Nikon D60. I gave away my SLR several years ago and have exclusively used a digital non-SLR while waiting for an irresistible combination of technology and price to get me back into an SLR. First, though, I'm going to read Jonah Lehrer's five recommended books on irrational decision-making--just as a precaution.