A family story and three links to the Times

My mother’s father used to read the San Diego local paper, at the time a highly local and highly right-wing rag. He insisted that the New York Times was too influential. My father, ignorant of naval rules, disagreed freely and told him that the Times was influential because it was better, and that he should read it.

Things I have learned in the Times today: There’s an incredible World-Cup billboard in Frankfurt. Frankfurt is a pretty boring town, but it’s going all-out this year. (See also Top 10 Sources for World Cup Soccer). All that new Voice over IP stuff is insecure. It’s vulnerable to brilliant exploits like traditional telephony was in the 70s and 80s. Ohio is replacing Florida as the land of fucked-up electoral politics.

Take that, San Diego Union-Tribune.