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Looking around the internet for interesting articles and blog posts, now that you’re on Christmas vacation and finally have time to read? Here are some suggestions.

True story: I survived a crazy childhood I like Sarah Von’s True Story series, where she posts interviews of people with interesting experiences on her blog.  I recommend the one about the ex-stripper and the one about the ex-drug addict too.

Charm offensive by Paul Carr – How British men pulled off the most brilliant PR coup the world has ever seen.

The real cost of free by Cory Doctorow – “Those who say that they can control copies are wrong, and they will not profit by their strategy. They should be entitled to ruin their own lives, businesses and careers, but not if they’re going to take down the rest of society in the process.”

A holiday message about being an atheist by Ricky Gervais – “You can have your own opinions, but you can’t have your own facts.”

How the rise of e-readers takes the fun out of giving books by Leah McLaren. I still want to do a whole blog post on this one, but in the meantime, just read it.

The real “stuff white people like” from Gizmodo.How are whites, blacks, Asians, whoever different from everybody else? What tastes, interests, and concepts define an ethnicity? Is there any way to make fun of other races in public and get away with it? These are big questions, and here’s how we answered them.”

What we can learn from procrastination – You put off reading this article when I first tweeted about it. Now you have time!

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