The big news just now, in some circles, is that Jason Kottke has gone pro—the related question in most circles being, of course, Jason who? Which only shows how far the mainstreaming of blogs still has to go, since Jason Kottke is not just any blogger but—as one smartass put it last week, soon after the veteran Web designer announced he was quitting his day job to blog full-time on whatever donations his readers cough up—"the Matt Lauer of the blogosphere." Consistently among the most linked-to bloggers, Kottke has been an engaging, likable omnipresence on the scene for as long as it has existed, serving up a daily blend of clean-crafted personal aperçus and fresh, literate links to tech, pop, and political news that is as brisk and cozy as... More >>>