Briefings: Sites, Salman, Bond Blueprints, Illusion Endangerment and Everest

The ultimate spy compendium, a man hunted by assassins and the mysteries of top-secret theft. We’re only throwing in the best of the internet and what not to do on Everest to remind you that this isn’t a plug for Skyfall. Or is it?

No, it’s not.

It’s a big and complicated world. We’re at tips [at] if you think there’s something we should know about.

1. What to Bookmark | Time‘s 50 Best Websites of 2012

Hey, maybe we’re biased. Not because we weren’t included (*tears up subscription to Time*), but because we like websites. The list is comprehensive, including everything from productivity sites to ones that’ll make your time wither away like it just looked at the Ark of the Covenant. Besides, you’re branched out from those four sites you peruse constantly. Just promise you’ll never leave us.

2. What to Avoid | Death on Everest

The mountain’s become more accessible in recent years, but are more amateur climbers paying the price with their lives? Grayson Schaffer, on assignment at base camp during a spree of fatalities, questions the 10 Everest deaths of April and May 2012.

3. What to Commiserate | “The Disappeared” by Salman Rushdie

You know you’ve made it, in one way or another, when a bounty is put on your head by a foreign ruler. If you haven’t heard of Salman Rushdie, you’re about to learn that there are far more interesting things about him than the sound of his name; if you remember the uproar caused by Satanic Verses, read his article for an untold, beautifully revealing account of a life turned upside down.

4. What to Drool Over | “The James Bond Archives” by Taschen

Sifting through over a million Bond movie documents to find the cream of the crop? Best. Job. Ever. We can’t offer you a position, but we can provide the result: a definitive, 600-page work of “photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials” from every Bond movie ever made. Become the man with the golden coffee table book.

5. What to Believe In | Penn and Teller’s “Honor System”

Whether you’re a skeptic or a lovable sucker, Esquire‘s expose on the oft-mute Teller of Penn and Teller is absolutely engrossing. Within a larger story on illusion-endangering trick theft, the magician pulls open the curtain on himself, his magic and his inspirations.