I watched all four hours of the 24 season premiere yesterday, which means that my heart rate is in a permanent state of elevation, and also that I find myself thinking in two-minute segments, with that little beeping digital clock in between. That show should really publish a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode that says "WARNING: Watching this program in large chunks will cause you to look over your shoulder before you press the 'start' button on your microwave, and it might also tempt you to open up your laptop and pretend that you're hacking into a database constructed by a small foreign faction when, in fact, you're just e-mailing the teacher that yes, you'll remember to send cookies."
All that to say, my thoughts are a little disjointed this morning, but that leads easily into the few random things I wanted to tell you.
Several of you have asked where my blogroll went. ("It's been hacked! CTU reports that it will be detonated at 0400 if all the prisoners aren't released!" Ooops, sorry, 24 again.) The real answer is that in three-and-a-half years of blogging, I've never found an efficient way to manage a blogroll. I have a couple of ideas on the subject, but while they percolate, I've temporarily taken it down. I'm sorry if this has caused any inconvenience--you might want to consider using a feedreader to manage the blogs you read. It's very easy, and you can read more about it here.
I've been touched that some of you have asked if the What I'd Like For You To Know series is still on--I'm glad you've enjoyed that series as much as I have. It is definitely still in the works, though I'm changing the structure a bit. Instead of doing it every Thursday, I will instead post it on a more random basis, as the authors and topics become available. There are two really good ones in the hopper right now, so keep your eyes peeled!
I've been so excited to tell you about a new little dealihoo I'm working on with Sophie of BooMama. Many of you have probably already seen the fantastic site Culture11; they offer thoughtful and reasoned cultural commentary from a conservative perspective. See this from their about page (I love it):
Here, we do not toe a party line. We promise you will not find stale, polarizing and sensationalized political news but smart conversations that speak to how we live today. You will be entertained by something more interesting and intelligent than down scale gossip and cruel humor.
For the next few months, Sophie and I will be working together to write a column for them on (brace yourself for the profound intellectual and cultural significance)...American Idol. We'll be doing recaps and commentary, and it starts tonight with Sophie's first article (mine will be up tomorrow night). If you're an AI fan, please plan to come visit us there. I'll post a link each week for those of you who might want to find it; if it's not your cup of tea, then that's just dandy, too.
Last thing...thank you for response to Heather's guest post about CPSIA yesterday, and thanks especially to those of you who linked back to it on your own blogs, or Twittered about it. While it's been a big story inside the crafting community for quite some time, I think it's important for those of us who are simply consumers to jump on board as well! Be sure and check out this excellent resource page at Cool Mom Picks.
I think that's it, except that I am feeling the need to conclude with this:
Have a good day.