There’s a lot about this time of year that makes me long for home and friends, but one of the things I look forward to most about each holiday season is something I can enjoy from my chair here in Japan this year: The New York Times Magazine’s annual Year in Ideas issue, which just landed on Sunday.

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“For the seventh consecutive December, the magazine looks back on the passing year through a special lens: ideas. Editors and writers trawl the oceans of ingenuity, hoping to snag in our nets the many curious, inspired, perplexing and sometimes outright illegal innovations of the past 12 months. Then we lay them out on the dock, flipping and flopping and gasping for air, and toss back all but those that are fresh enough for our particular cut of intellectual sushi. For better or worse, these are 70 of the ideas that helped make 2007 what it was. Enjoy.”

They even drop in a sushi reference for me. It’s nice to know I’m being thought of.

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