Happy New Year. Hopefully the TVFury links for 2013 are every bit as exciting as the ones from 2012, which really were quite something.
* The New Yorker’s Adam Green has a fun story on the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins. He uses his skills for good instead of evil, as he performs in various shows and is now even being studied by the military, which is analyzing how he manipulates people so they don’t realize he’s taking their wallets, rings and watches.
* Minnesota-based writer Steve Marsh has written several pieces for Grantland. Here’s one on a guy named Adrian Peterson.
* I’m not a big Downton Abbey guy, but I’m sure some of our readers are fans. My wife is (although I don’t know if she’s a TVFury reader). Here are Three Pushy Questions with the show’s executive producer.
* St. Cloud Times writer Frank Rajkowski writes about new St. John’s football coach Gary Fasching, who replaces the legendary John Gagliardi and now has to unite a fan base divided over his hire.
* Slate writes about how Apple killed the netbook. As a netbook owner — who still likes his little machine, which we affectionately call “Tiny” — I agree with many of the comments below the piece that say the netbook was just fine for many, many people.