1) First of all, Jordan M. sends along this excellent article from today’s NY Times. “Someone Is Stealing Avocados, and ‘Guac Cops’ Are on the Case.” (Loyal readers know that I make a mean guacamole. Or at least I think I do. And also, I like to compare avocado prices throughout the Americas–they’re about 25 cents each in Ecuador, and cost north of a buck fifty in Boston. On a related note: Doritos now has guacamole flavored chips? They can’t possibly be any good. Can they?)

2) I’ve said it over and over and over and over again: The Japanese never cease to amaze me. Now they’re creating ping pong ball avalanches. (Question: what’s the over/under on how long until this sort of thing becomes an event on “Most Extreme Elimination”?)

3) Here’s that baby dragon in a jar you’ve been looking for.

4) Happy year of the monkey, everyone! Yesterday, when the Chinese New Year was officially celebrated, my mom (who’d come up for a visit) and I drove through Eden Center, which is “Northern Virginia’s premier Asian center containing approximately 120 stores.” One word: wow. Why, I’m wondering now, did I travel all the way to Vietnam when this conglomeration of Asian wonders is just 20 minutes away from DC?