These two posts gave me pause in a good way, for entirely different reasons.
An explanation by an economist as to why certain kinds of regulation were part of what caused the housing market meltdown. Might be helpful to bypass some of the rhetoric, because it's actually an interesting critique. I've had a bit of an obsessive interest in economics lately. (for really great coverage of the subject, please try Planet Money
A Mouse Bouche
A blog entry from the incredible Hart Sisters about making a whole pig. At home. In New York City. Includes photos.