The Xianblogosphere is off today, so I thought I'd fill in with some random links:
Without him, apples wouldn't know how to fall and orbits would the result of some sort of Platonistic metaphysics.
The poles are melting and it's pretty much too late to do anything about it. Some are predicting sea-level rise of eighty feet.
The NYTimes does a piece on information overload, dead-trees-bound-in-cardboard holiday version. BTW I've been playing with both Delicious Library and the Web 2.0 competitor, LibraryThing, and am thinking the solution may be in compiling databases of books rather than actually reading them.
If you were wondering where the title of Syriana came from, here's an explanation, sort of.