At last year's Comic Con in Denver, Colorado, actor Wil Wheaton is asked by a little girl what it was like being called a nerd when he was a boy. His answer is priceless, and a sign of hope for budding young nerds everywhere.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on planet Earth:
• Advocates of the "new urbanism" school of urban planning love to run down the phenomenon of the strip mall, that place where we all remember hanging out as kids. But what if it's all you have? Here's a way to learn to love it, and find inner peace. [The Federalist]
• Just when we thought we were right about the infamous Black Death, it turns out the fourteenth century plague wasn't bubonic, but pneumonic. Darn, how could we have missed that? [Slate]
• You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand the Big Bang Theory. All you need is a towel, an apple, and a ping pong ball. [Gajitz/New Scientist]
• Some idiot thinks that if the federal government used the Garamond typeface instead of Times New Roman in all of its publications, we could say the same thing with less pages and save millions. If that were true, the London Times would never have invented Times Roman over a century ago, to get the maximum word count per column. Duh. [CNN/Slate]
• This happens to you all the time, doesn't it? You stay at a luxury hotel in an exotic city, and your window view is blocked by some ugly-@$$ television antenna. At times like this, there's only one solution. [Gizmodo]
• Finally, it was last Thursday, that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed that he never said ObamaCare stories -- to his recollection -- were lies. And yet, exactly one month earlier, Reid said the "tales" were "made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans ..." No, he's not lying; he just doesn't recall. What a geezer! [America Rising]
And that's all the news that fits. As the week goes on, stay tuned, and stay in touch.