Department of Homeland Security official Paul Redmond resigns.


Delio reports on an interesting project that takes intrusive technology and turns it on its masters.


An interesting (as always) discussion at Plastic about the risks and benefits of deploying wi-fi in developing and war-torn countries.


Visitors to Ted the Dog and Plastic know how near and dear Wired is to me. Wired: A Romance looks like a good read. I'd love to hear from any of you if you've seen copies yet.
Michael Kinsley is on a roll. This week he advocates the privatization of marriage. (Which, as many of you know, I'm a huge proponent of)
At last! Eminem getting his due from Nobel Prize winners.
Finally, a blogging dictionary.


Ben Yagoda at Slate believes that Sports Illustrated’s Gary Smith is the best sportswriter working the craft today. (Actually, he goes on to say he’s the best magazine writer in America). Yagoda explains why Smith isn’t better known:

The real reason lies in his attributes as a writer, all of which go counter to powerful prevailing trends in journalistic writing: He favors obscurity over fame, complexity over simplicity, and humility over literary showmanship.

On the heels of the Slate piece is a Tuesday Morning Quarterback (“TMQ” for those who frequent espn.com) that exhibits why many believe Gregg Easterbrook is the current king of sports writing. He discusses if God cares who wins or loses sporting matches. A lighter exploration of the themes and ideas he thrashed out in his book on Christian theology, Beside Still Waters: Searching For Meaning In An Age Of Doubt. Easterbrook’s TMQ (which used to run on Slate) is a seamless blending of hi and lo-culture, deep sports insights, quirky observations, and steeped in references to scantily clad women (and occasionally men). He is believed to be the first Brookings Institution scholar to write a football column yet manages to infuse his pieces with a wit and humility that makes them as interesting as they are accessible. So I pose the question to you, who is the best sports writer working today? Smith? Easterbrook? Or someone else entirely?
Libel protection for bloggers. It's about time!
The Bulls are back on Wall St. and now Herman Miller has released a sequel to the Aeron, hostile takeovers in the headlines....yes, it smells like the good times.
Sinbad apparently is the first flix made with open-source. news.com's continued coverage of tech changing industries continues with a profile of its impact on Hollywood.


California is at the crisis point. Now the politicians will begin to work.
America. What a place. What an idea. As the Fourth of July looms Dinesh D'Souza give us a top ten list that is both topical and thoughtful. As he outlines why he loves America it provokes a discussion as to why the rest of us do (or don’t).
His list:
-America provides an amazingly good life for the ordinary guy.
-America offers more opportunity and social mobility than any other country, including the countries of Europe
-Work and trade are respectable in America
-America has achieved greater social equality than any other society.
-People live longer, fuller lives in America
-In America the destiny of the young is not given to them, but created by them.
-America has gone further than any other society in establishing equality of rights.
-America has found a solution to the problem of religious and ethnic conflict that continues to divide and terrorize much of the world.
-America has the kindest, gentlest foreign policy of any great power in world history.
-America, the freest nation on Earth, is also the most virtuous nation on Earth.

As each of his points are worthy of discussion, I ask you, what makes America great? What are your hopes for this nation? What are your fears? What do believe is best about our ideals? For what are you thankful vis a’ vis America? As America, once again, celebrates her birth, what do you consider to the hallmarks of who we are?