Various items of interest:
James Bond as heroic but not glamorous.
New York City's least violent day in recent memory.
"I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords." This Ronald Bailey piece has a bit of a retro feel; I recall reading lots of futuristic doomsday stuff in the '90s, and that it tapered off as real-world troubles intensified thereafter.
UPDATED: While we're being random, there's a good exhibit of children's book art at the Society of Illustrators until Dec. 22. Includes this video: