This blog is already too Chicago-centric. I'm really going to resist the temptation.
Instead I'll dig something whimsical and scientific out of my bookmark archive: traffic waves.
"Why had I never noticed all the 'traffic fluid dynamics' out there? Once my brain became sensitized to it, I started seeing quite a variety of interesting things occurring. Eventually I started using my car to poke at the flowing traffic. Observation eventually leads to experimentation, no? There are amazing things you can do as an 'amateur traffic dynamicist.' You can drive like an 'anti-rubbernecker' and erase slowdowns created by other drivers."
I don't really drive, but I find this fascinating, and for a couple of years now I've found myself thinking about it every time I'm stuck on a slow-moving street.
This is a part of Bill Beaty's extensive and endlessly diverting Science Hobbyist site. The "anti-skepticism" articles make it a little harder to take him seriously, and the corresponding links to "paranormal phenomena" put me all out of patience, but his other essays and experiments are delightfully enthusiastic, imaginative, and appealing.
Okay, just a little more politics and baseball. Did you know that apparently Cubs fan John Cusak is dating potential first daughter Alexandra Kerry?
I'm no good at resisting temptation.
UPDATE: I can resist this even less: Alan Keyes vs. Barack Obama? What an interesting race that will be. My mom, long-time Keyes fan, may yet disinherit me...