I’d never seen this before, although the blog has been around since 2006, when the Times was experimenting with “My Times.”
How did I find it now?
Because the Times is testing a browsing prototype, “the article skimmer.”
While “First Look” wants to compare the article skimmer to “Reading the Sunday Times, spreading out the paper on a table while eating brunch,” I simply find it an interesting — Ad-free — interface.
In fact, if Dave Winer hadn’t put together this alternative for free, I might have found myself willing to pay up to $25 a year for that slick interface. Here’s Winer’s podcast on what he would pay for from the Times.
Of course, now I can just take Winer’s river of news and spice it up with some CSS.
Don’t worry, Rex Hammock will pay for it.