and today's small techonology note: i've got a workaround now for the archive problem that comes from having switched to new blogger. please note the new archive drop-down list on the left sidebar.
for search engine indexing purposes, i've left a link to the old archives page. to my mind new blogger still doesn't have an elegant solution to the archive-access and blog search issues.
but hopefully google will refine these tools over time. most importantly, all those readers who've been emailing me looking for my posts about caesar vibiemme -- he's a handsome rascal, isn't he? -- can now find him again.
once i have a little more time, i will return to attempting to lower his temperature a tad.