It's a couple of years old, so this isn't news, but if you haven't, go out and get a copy of The Brief History of the Dead, by Kevin Brockmeier. It's scary good. Totally hypnotic and you can't stop reading it.
Ice and snow and mysterious shrinking cities, all tied to the radio on the far side of the penguin rookery. I don't want to say too much more, in case any of you take my advice, because to describe it would be to give it away.
If you've ever wondered what happens after you die, I think I like his idea.
Oh yeah, and Carlsbad tri was this weekend. I'll write about it later on. Gotta go to bed now.