Re-emerging from stealth mode :) Good day spent watching the tour, sailing, and cycling, wrapped by eating Shirley's pizza. Can't get much better than that! Hope your weekend was as enjoyable...
Samizdata asks Latest attack on John McCain: The worst 'Economist' article of all time? I share the concern; not this article in particular, but that the formerly rather objective Economist is drifting to the left, and drifting into partisanship. Sad, really. [ via Instapundit ]
Eric Raymond notes an inconvenient fact: "Comes word from Iraq that the Maliki government has just shipped to Canada 550 tons of yellowcake uranium that Saddam Hussein had stockpiled." I continue to believe Hussein represented a huge threat to the U.S., and removing him forcibly from power has kept us safe. You shouldn't compare what's happened in Iraq to the world as it was on 9/10/01, you should compare it to what might have happened instead.
So Thor Hushovd won stage 2 of Le Tour; a nice uphill sprint showcasing his power. He was a favorite for the green jersey already and this was a nice start to his campaign. Another sprint stage tomorrow.
Ottmar Liebert with some interesting ideas on Ideas (and Music). The key problem is that information is fundamentally sharable. Any attempts to limit this (via DRM) inevitably fail. True, only a small percentage of users are "hackers", but a much larger percentage can use the fruits of that small percentage's labor. The good news is that people will [apparently] pay for a good user experience. Apple's iTunes Music Store has succeeded despite "free" competition.
This is pretty awesome - a floating ball display at the BMW museum. Technology in service of art.