http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/11/good_essay_on_t.html#c213497 This is a discussion of no-joke zones in airports--why humor is important, and a number of good jokes from bad times. Link thanks to dglenn.
Successful cooking experiment: Tuna and cabbage stirfry with mild curry, carraway seeds, and a little hot pepper oil. Curry and carraway seeds is good enough to be worth repeating.
Two bets about the writers strike--actors who can improvise will be considerably more valuable, and if the strike goes on long enough, some strikers might get around to writing novels that otherwise wouldn't have happened.