Want to know what's really happening in Iraq? Well you won't find out on CNN - or on Fox - but you will if you read bloggers like Michael Yon; check out The Battle for Mosul. Great reporting, pictures, and insight. Excellent. [ via Gerard Vanderleun ]
Am I allowed to link Mark Stern twice? Here he is again, with a fascinating take on China. "The internal contradictions of Commie-capitalism will, in the end, scupper the present arrangements in Beijing... China won't advance to the First World with its present borders intact. In a billion-strong state with an 80 per cent rural population cut off from the coastal boom and prevented from participating in it, 'One country, two systems' will lead to two or three countries, three or four systems." Great stuff! [ via Glenn Reynolds ]
Wired notes Toll Roads Tackle Traffic. "The new system combines the latest technologies with good, old capitalism -- putting a price tag on a bit of uncongested roadway. The concept is known variously as value pricing, managed lanes or HOT lanes, short for high occupancy tolls." Let the market decide.
Apropos, I've been reading Market Forces, a new book by Richard Morgan. Or should I say "trying to read", because I just can't do it; I keep hoping it will get better, but so far, no. I loved Morgan's previous books Altered Carbon and Broken Angels, but this one is terrible. It takes place in the same future - or maybe I should say a future with the same feel - but this time out all the people are unsympathetic. When you don't like any of the characters, you can't like the story, right?
Man, did you see the Spurs dominate the Pistons tonight? If it was a fight, they would have stopped it. Robert Horry was awesome, and the Spurs have to be the best team I've watched this year. Admittedly, I haven't watched much. Has basketball lost some of its following, or is it just me?
Do you use Wikipedia? I've found it to be a simply awesome resource, especially for techie subjects or things which have come along recently. (For example, this reference on the various acroynms for screen resolution...) If you didn't know, anyone can edit any Wikipedia page - add, change, or delete information - and so this is the strength and the weakness. Earlier Dave Winer noted his name had been removed from the page on Podcasting, and now Jon Udell comments on how the editing process works...
Now they just need an RSS feed with enclosures, and they're all set...
Engadget reports Antor Media sues everybody. "If you ever needed a better example of why patents for obviousness shouldn't be granted, a company called Antor Media is suing a variety of cellphone makers for violating their patent on a 'Method and apparatus for transmitting information recorded on information storage means from a central server to subscribers via a high data rate digital telecommunications network.'" Argh!
Well this is cool: spell with Flickr. Again we note that the web is unbelievable.