Sunday Reading: A Stocking Filled with Sticks.

Hey everybody, we’re closing in on the last few weeks of school. Put down those textbooks, get out of Bi Hall for once today, because sooner than you know it, this semester will be over.  Check out these links for interesting things going on in the world this week:

CHRISTMAS TIP #1: Buying toys for kids can get expensive, so some online websites are offering rental services, where you rent toys and then return them when your kids get tired of them.  NPR reports the story in a brief radio snippet.

FACEBOOK: A study done by EyeTrackShop, a company that runs eye-tracking studies for advertisers ran a study analyzing eye patterns on Facebook.  The resulting heat map is pretty interesting, showing where people’s eyes travel the most when looking at a Facebook profile.

MUSIC: A really beautiful piece of computer programming visualizes the first Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suites.  I don’t know how else to describe it, but it’s beautiful.

CHRISTMAS TIP#2: What do kids want for Christmas?  Wired lists the top 5 best toys of all time.  Number one?  A stick.  “This versatile toy is a real classic — chances are your great-great-grandparents played with one.” It’s a pretty great list.

GOOGLE: Check out Google’s newest service: Google TV.  Plug your computer into your TV, and Google TV automatically syncs your cable to your netflix account, youtube, and other entertainment sites, all on your TV.

CODE CRACKING: Want to get into the GCHQ, the British intelligence agency? Just crack this code. And be a British citizen.

And your video of the week: