When time gets really really short, I like reading recipes. Sort of the most compact stories ever. I'm especially hooked by multiple trials, and assessments of what worked and didn't work, and why. I'm also a sucker for equipment comparison (between cooking and backpacking, I don't even need to get into electronics to be a gadget freak). I love Cook's Illustrated; it is my only print subscription. I've just discovered Cooking for Engineers, which also falls strongly into the 'cooking for the analytical mind' category. Other good online postprandial reads: The Julie/Julia Project (1 year to cook the entire compendium of Mastering the Art of French Cooking); Struggle in a Bungalow Kitchen (look in the archives - originally an attempt to assemble a suite of tried and true meals for everyday cooking); Jonathon Gold's Counter Intelligence (LA Weekly column).
Knitting? Mostly happening on occasional Sundays and odd moments... finished the mate to the last fingerless mitten, and have almost finished a hat for my nephew and one for charity. Pictures? Not happening so much.
Do I have time for actually cooking? Um, no.