Another week, another batch of links. If you guys fail at gift-giving this season it won't be because I didn't try to give you a boost.

But more important than holiday stuff? Let's talk video games, because ohmygod I've found Borderlands 2 and now I want to cancel everything on my social calendar just to get a little more time with it. In fact, Halo 4 is sitting on the table still in its wrapping looking very sad, but I don't really care because there is work to be done in Borderlands! Friday night's big plans are to be at home, on the couch with this one.


Sure you've all seen the new Star Trek trailer by now. But have you seen the Japanese version with extra footage?!?

Speaking of extra footage, the Japanese version of the "Iron Man 3" trailer was beefed up a little, too.

19 people having a worse day than you. I could watch #12 all day long...happysigh.

Cats and dogs as people-friends. It's funny cuz it's true!

The history of Nintendo, animated.

Loot, the game.

People arguing on the internet, in a nutshell.

2012 in animated GIFs, in a nutshell.

The top 50 pop songs of 2012, in a nutshell.

75 amazing sports photos from 2012.

The delicate relationship I have with my keyboard.

Where I'm From. Jay Z's Barclays Center documentary.

DMX rapped "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" for you. Also, he made you a holiday coloring-book greeting card.

Macklemore did a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. It's impossible for me to be in a bad mood after listening to his music.

Fellowship of the Ringwraiths. Unrelated: I always have difficulty saying "ringwraiths." It usually comes out something like "wingwaiths."

The case for drinking as much coffee as you like. Gotta wrap this thing up, I need coffee.

How to make your voice sound like Darth Vader. I can't believe they left out the oldest trick in the book?!

16 famous science fiction quotes that make excellent pick-up lines. Actually no, but I was entertained reading this.

The inside story of Pong. I'm old.

50 rap songs based on video game samples.

Delorean taxi would take you across town half an hour ago ... if it were a real thing :(.

Bad kids jokes will never die.


And last but not least, gift ideas: