* Interesting “Google survey of a billion pages”:http://code.google.com/webstats/index.html showing that no one, to a first approximation, uses CSS correctly. hundreds of millions of font attributes around, and more <br> tags than <p> tags out there. I admit that I gave up trying to do all the positioning on this page in css after spending three hours failing to get the two books lined up as the current table displays them in all browsers. But it’s only a very _small_ table.
* [“Full page _Telegraph_ obit”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/news/2006/01/24/db2401.xml] of “Peter Simple” fails entirely to mention the surely quite interesting fact that his second wife had two children by his friend — and indeed the man who hired him to write the column, Colin Welch, later deputy editor of the paper.Next to to it a generous and acute appreciation by Craig Brown, who is married to one of Colin’s daughters by his own wife. The two families ran in parallel for a decade or more.
* The Vatican “asserting its IP rights”:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,13509-2005615,00.html over encyclicals is a story that needs more thought. It makes a kind of bookend to the great firewall of China. What they should have done, of course, is to release them under Creative Commons licenses.