Lots of little things, nothing worthy of a well thought out extended post (or even a poorly thought out extended post, as is normal here) but all sorts of stuff to mention.
First, Happy Blog-Day to Joe Cathey. He's been going strong at Dr. Cathey's Blog for a year now. I had the opportunity to meet Joe at SBL, and the pleasure was all mine, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to more.
Second, check out the post How Google Changes Information Markets at Marginal Revolution. It is about Google and negative externalities. Some good thoughts there. Check it out even if you don't know what "negative externalities" are.
Third, I note that Ed Cook (Ralph the Sacred River) has listed his second annual Ralphies. He then asks other bloggers for their own lists. I have to be honest and say that I really don't recall seeing any movies released this year. Also, I listen to a very eclectic set of music I cobble together using RealRhapsody. And I haven't read any fiction released this year. With that caveat ...
Best NONFICTION BOOK I read this year: Rhetoric at the Boundaries by Bruce Longenecker. I've blogged on this already. I think this was a favorite read of mine because I got to see how the study of rhetoric could be usefully and somewhat pragmatically applied to the text. And that is huge. Read it if you haven't.
Best FICTION BOOK I read this year: I count the Chronicles of Narnia as one book. I read them earlier this year, and they were (as always) awesome. And no, I don't plan on seeing the movie — I have too many pictures of Narnia and such formed in my imagination to pollute it with someone else's movie version. Lord of the Rings, while I immensely enjoyed the movies, will be different for me the next time I read it; I'll see the movie instead of my own imagined Middle Earth (except for Ghan Buri Ghan and the tree people ... ). I don't want that to happen to Narnia.
And thanks, Ed, for the reference to Millar's The Roman Near East, 31 BC-AD 337. I'll have to add it to the list. Thankfully, there are versions available at under 20 bucks! (13 bucks for a used paperback copy, 20 bucks for used hardcovers)
Fourth, speaking of cool books ... anyone wanna buy Rico a Christmas present? (Hey, it's worth a shot!)