The architecture of the enemy, including aliens, tends to the gothic, and definitely disturbing when ambiguous (on the excellent BLDGBLOG).

What makes us happy: “That the only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.”: the key outcome of the Grant Study, a longitudinal study of Harvard men.  The key conclusion of a different longitudinal study, the Glueck Study was that “What we do affects how we feel just as much as how we feel affects what we do.”

Something I’ve been meaning to link to for a while: Ten principles for a Black Swan-robust world.  I particularly like numbers three, five and ten.