Hope you all enjoyed the holidays.
I can see that the Shoutbox below went a bit insane while I was away and erased a
bunch of messages. I should also note that several readers have reported a strange
error that sometimes happens with the Shoutbox: it simply refuses to post comments
for given users. It seems the solution is to come back in a day or so, and it starts
to accept your posts again.
It's an imperfect tool. I'll look into something better, once I get my feet back
under me in annual post-vacation chaos.