Favorite Surf Spots
International Christian Concern: Calling attention to the worldwide persecution of Christians.
OpenOffice.org: Tired of all those 'features' of Microsoft Office you can't turn off, especially the crashes? Me too. Here is an open source office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, slideshow) that is compatible, stable, intuitive, and free. (Before you shrug it off, at least read the testimonies of satisfied users.) Windows, Linux, Solaris; Mac coming soon.
Logos Research Systems: A Bible reference tool with a powerful interface. Expensive, but that's because you get real secondary literature (BDB, BAGD) rather than obsolete stuff in the public domain. Windows only.
Adobe Acrobat: Send a document somewhere else to be printed with the correct pagination. Give someone a file that uses fonts only you have. Put a document on the web looking just like it does in your office application. Insanely easy to use. Most OS's.
Tinderbox: I can't wait to use this personal content management software. Unfortunately I have to, because it only works on Mac.
The New Republic: Buff neo-liberalism. "That National Review would be more like The New Republic: Lord, hear our prayer."
Slate: Formerly edited by the impressive Michael Kinsley, and still generally strong.
Weekly Standard/Daily Standard: Beltway neo-conservatism. Not always dry and stuffy!
Relevant: Pop youth culture magazine by hip evangelicals. (They look hip to me anyway, which isn't saying much.)
alt.muslim: A "Muslim news community" with information and commentary from the Muslim world.
The Onion: No one parodies journalism better, except journalists themselves. Sometimes tasteless; usually worth it.
Blogdex: Thousands of geeks can't be wrong. (Can they?)
Pundits, Weblogs, and Me-zines
Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a. "InstaPundit"): A law professor at the University of Tennessee and techno musician who somehow finds the time to post thoughtful entries on his weblog every thirty minutes or so. In other words, the Buckaroo Banzai of the twenty-first century. He leans libertarian but ranges wide.
Ted Olsen: Compiler of the ChristianityToday.com weblog.
Mickey Kaus: The most accomplished user of exclamation points on the web! [Brackets, too. -ed.] Neo-liberal.
VodkaPundit: Stephen Green and Will Collier: Soft libertarianism and hard drinking.
Asymmetrical Information: Soft libertarian economics and off-topic discussions from Megan McArdle ("Jane Galt") and others.
Jeff Jarvis: New media convert/commentator. If Marshall McLuhan were a Congregationalist who saw 9/11 firsthand and lived to blog about it, he would be Jeff Jarvis. (McLuhan as Howard Stern fan ... hmmmm. Maybe I need a better metaphor.)
Virginia Postrel: A high-tech libertarian from Reason magazine. People like her give modernism a good name. (Well, almost.)
Steven Den Beste: A consistently thoughtful, scientifically literate, not quite utilitarian atheist who finds lots of interesting things to write authoritatively about. His legendary verbosity actually makes me look concise. Just don't upset him; he flies off the handle at things that don't bother most of the rest of us. So does his foreign policy sometimes.
Jill Stewart: "The attack dog with the pretty hair." My favorite Los Angeles journalist ever since hearing her on NPR. Neo-liberal, and as ruthless as Kaus in exposing the failings in her own ideological camp in state government. Boy, do I wish she would write more!
Camassia: A friend and interlocutor at the edges of faith. How come her Christian links are better than mine?
Joanne Jacobs: Tales of atrocities from the world of education.
Amy Sullivan: I just found her, but I like her already. She worked with Tom Daschle, graduated from Harvard Divinity School, is finishing a doctorate in sociology at Princeton, and writes for The Washington Monthly, often about religion.
Ekklesia Project Online: Webzine of postmodern Christian pacifists.
StrategyPage: From mainstream journalists to right-wing pacifists, we ignore the people of the military at our peril (and often to our embarrassment). This is one of a host of interesting people in uniform who know their stuff. Belmont Club is another.
Tim Blair: Australian conservative journalist who writes some of the funniest stuff on the Internet.
Rick McGinnis: A writer and reviewer with a beautiful site and a hilarious weblog.
ScrappleFace: SatireWire's worthy successor.