... about the website: Many of you have noticed glitches over the last several days. We're undergoing a server migration, and parts of the website have been out of commission. As we become aware of them, we get them fixed, so please keep the comments coming. Though we are navigating through our site to find problems, our first source of knowledge about them is usually you, our readers. We appreciate your help! And, be forewarned, soon the server's service will be interrupted again, though our host can't predict when, so please be patient with us in the next couple of weeks.
Another problem that's been noted is that comments are s-l-o-o-o-o-w to post. We're getting ready to delete old comments to reduce the immense size of our files, which have to be rebuilt every time a comment is posted. Never fear, though, we copied and saved all the past discussion. Every word posted here is important to us, and we have our entire blog archive, comments included, reproduced offline.
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
What we're talking about
on the front page.