1. Optimizing bots caught gaming Reddit. (There's an entire subreddit dedicated to analyzing Reddit.)
2. "Richard B. Riddick, the shaven-headed silver-eyed antihero of Pitch Black and its sequels, is an exemplar of that hoary old SF trope - the competent man."
3. "Stalin's Rope Roads" - - a real life town that feels like a location in Syberia.