Even if I didn’t think

that the NYTimes Select business was ill-advised and short-sighted, the problems Laura Rozen notes in her War and Piece post would put things over the edge. Clue to the NYTimes: if you’re going to do something as business-changing as this, at least do it well.

At the Social Software Weblog

I found (well, plasticbag.org found it and then I went and read it too) the first intelligent, non-reactionary response to the Flickr/Yahoo sign-in flap: Flickr and Yahoo: please support open identity standards.

I still wonder where the FAQ is about the change…

Another priceless review

from Ars Tecnica: iPod nano, in particular the Stress Test and Autopsy pages.

One of the regular discussions

among the consultants/freelancers/small-business-owners I know through YULBlog in Montreal was about setting up a space that would enable normally solitary workers to have a space in which to work away from the home and gain the benefit of the cross-pollination of ideas and creativity that come from seeing people on a daily basis. It looks like it’s a common problem, and in New York, the people at Paragraph seem to have a solution – at least for writers.

New Today:

Google Blog Search. “Google Blog Search is Google search technology focused on blogs. Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves.” Of course they state explicitly that they are NOT just searching Blogger sites.

Better late than never:

The iTunes 5 Announcement From the Perspective of an Anthropomorphized Brushed Metal User Interface Theme.

I’m not sure why I find it so funny,

but on the front page of Le Devoir today is a story about the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or, in french, le «monstre de spaghetti volant».

Cameron Barrett

on what Katrina teaches us about terrorism contingency planning and readiness.

Is anyone who reads

mikel.org still using the blo.gs update service? Since Yahoo! took over I have noticed some strange problems, and I wonder if anyone else has noticed them. First, every so often blo.gs refreshes and the site names with apostophes are rendered incorrectly using escape codes. Also, and more importantly, I see a lot of “ghost” updates, by which I mean a site listed that has not really updated. I know that it happens spontaneously, because it lists my site as having been updated when nothing has changed.

Can anyone shed any light on what’s going on?

Federal and State officials

have been gingerly trying to throw out the idea that no one could have predicted the current disaster in New Orleans. Don’t believe ‘em – it’s BS. It has been predicted for years, quite literally. One exhibit: Drowning New Orleans from the October 2001 issue of Scientific American. That’s not the only such prediction – just one of the most obvious.