Things I’d have read before if I hadn’t been so busy nodding off in front of Hell’s Kitchen. The Economist’s encouraging survey of eCommerce from a couple of weeks ago. Another nice piece from The Economist, this one about the imminent transit of Venus. Freeman Dyson on theoretical science and a fascinating review of a book about City rats, both from the NYRB. Simon Schama was booked to entertain passengers on the QM2’s maiden voyage, from The New Yorker. Another fascinating O’Reilly book, Spidering Hacks.