1. Everyone's a Back Seat Driver with Self-Driving Cars: And that's OK with me. I can't wait for a chance to test one of these self-driving prototypes out. Too bad I didn't make the A-list for this year's Consumer Electronics Show. Small consolation prize: You can catch a nano-glimpse of Toyota's self-driving car here, via a 5-second video.
2. Competitors Take Bite Out of Apple: Raise your hand if you're using a tablet that's not an iPad? Then you will appreciate this story, about the 7.1 percent drop in Apple iPad usage in December. With all due respect, between the various competing tablet brands, and the new Google Chromebook, which is a study in minimal affordability and geek chic, methinks Steve Jobs could be rolling in his grave, a bit. What do youthinks?
3. Writers' Night Out at Martha's: Grab your pen and notebook, rough draft, and book of dark poems, or whatever else you've been tinkering with, and head over to Martha's Exchange for tonight's NH Writer's Project sponsored Writers' Night Out. Hey, even writers deserve a night out now and again.
4. Kim and Kanye: The Saga Continues: A bit of gratuitous Monday morning celeb gossip follows. Skip ahead if you're so not inclined: So, it's not enough that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are a thing, or that said thing has produced a budding offspring. Now, we read that K-Squared [I just made that up btw - dibs on Trademark rights] will be heading into the recording studio to produce a song to welcome their little baby. We hope there's still time to stop them.
5. Whoop Whoop – in a Bad Way: The U.S. just experienced its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to figures released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Whooping cough ebbs and flows in multiyear cycles, and experts say there were at least 41,880 cases in 2012. The final tally is expected to be higher but is unlikely to surpass the nearly 63,000 illnesses in 1955, said Dr. Tom Clark of the CDC. Despite the high number of illnesses, deaths didn't increase. Eighteen people died, including 15 infants under age 1.