Random interesting tangential links

You know what happens when you change jobs, your mother visits, and you're wrapped up in a two-weekend literary seminar, with a writing workshop in between? You fall behind on your essential reading, aka The Onion, that's what. I won't even mention The Daily Show ... but let's just say I found the writer's strike to be uncomfortably convenient. So I missed, until I found it today on a library blog, this hilarious story. Turns out it's part of an Onion theme -- a search for this story found a bunch of others, like this one. (And it led me to the home page of my favorite Onion columnist, Jean Teasdale, but that's a whole different thing. Sorry about the music.) Also loyal reader Matt T. sends along this blog. Being so successfully profiled on a blog is ... unsettling to say the least.