This week, we were going to feature Uncle Jay explaining Healthcare.gov, but he really can't either, so here's a preview of the J-Man's "Singing Year in Review." Today is also the start of the Christmas novena known in the Philippines as "Simbang Gabi."
Meanwhile, elsewhere on planet Earth:
• Now that everybody's seen the President at Nelson Mandela's memorial service taking pictures of himself with equally serious world leaders while the First Lady sat there looking jealous, the Agence France-Presse photographer who took the pictures says what really happened. Or did it? [Slate]
• Meanwhile, the Girl Scouts have really been trying to stay hip to the times, so that girls will want to waste time selling cookies and going on candy-@$$ activities that will bore them senseless by the time they're twelve. Maybe they went a little too far. [Breitbart]
• Speaking of being obnoxious, remember the "Google Glass" phenomenon earlier this year? Of course you do. Now somebody found an actual use for them other than information overload. [VentureBeat]
• For those of us heading out on the trail in the next year, now we can take that one piece of equipment essential to our survival in the wilderness. And it's also something the bears won't go after. Probably. [TODAY/NBC]
• Finally, it's about time somebody built a memorial to Nikola Tesla, the man who would have made our lives even more awesome than they already are, if only we had believed him. (Hey, ever build a Tesla coil? I had one when I was a kid. Shocking, isn't it?) [Gizmodo]
And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, stay tuned, and stay in touch.