My body hath been besieged by a foul sickness, held at bay only by my weakened immune system's army. Like the warriors trapped in Minas Tirith, my only hope lies in our ability to overcome odds, with a little help from my friends (namely, the Riders of DayQuill and the hoards of Chicken Noodle Soup).

In case you cannot tell from that first paragraph, my body was not the only thing negatively affected by this enemy I face. I grow tired of both body and mind, and thus do not have the energy to do much else but throw a few links at you and rest. So here we are:
  • Tales of Teenage Life, as told by 22-year-old Russian, Irina Denezhkina. This article is little more than a short glimpse at the author and her rise from obscurity (her works were originally published on the internet, then published and translated all over - to be released in the US in mid-2004), but her work sounds interesting nonetheless. Plus, she's really cute:)
  • A Terrorist Training Guide: I found the emphasis on low-tech means (especially of communication) to be interesting.
  • Robert Philip Hanssen: "A Review of the FBI's Performance in Deterring, Detecting, and Investigating the Espionage Activities of Robert Philip Hanssen" I've not finished reading this, but I am always fascinated by such stories.
  • Let it Snow by David Sedaris : A winter story in the New Yorker. It's no SantaLand Diaries, but it's fun.
Well, that's it for now. Thanks to Crypto-Gram and of course my ever-faithful chain-smoking monkey research squad for the links.

Update: I'm a cheater, I added the Sedaris story long after this post, but I didn't want to create a whole new post just for that, and it fit here, so there. Take that. If your reading this at all, I suppose.