Spent the day in Albi, France and rented a car to go to painted caves (Grotte de Niaux) and a castle (Chateau de Montsegur) tomorrow (both were suggestions from the conference). I travel home the next day so -- though I don't usually do this -- limited blogging.
Every once in awhile I kind of need a bit of a break, so I decided to stay in Toulouse a few extra days. I ran out of energy a few weeks ago (as you may have noticed) and need to recharge so I can get back to it once I return to Eugene. I'll do my best until then, daily links at least somehow and short "echo" posts as usual, but I doubt I'll have time to say much myself -- we'll see how it goes (running out of energy plus travel also explains the lack of posts from me the last week or so, and I have quite a bit of travel yet to come this summer).
I'm reluctant to do this -- I find it really hard to back off -- and I'll probably end up posting more than I expect. Again, we'll see how it goes.
[There's a reason I haven't missed a day posting to the blog in over eight years. When I first started, I was afraid that if I missed a day new readers would bail out -- I didn't want a new reader to return the next day and and find the same posts they had already seen and conclude it wasn't a very active site -- so I made sure that didn't happen. I realize a missed day won't kill the blog at this point, but it's still important to me to keep posting every day.]
One other blogging note: I sent the first set of "whitelisted commenters" to TypePad, and they are passing them along to the service that does comment filtering for them, but I don't know how long it will take to process the list (I also sent a second list awhile ago, and will continue doing so until it this is fixed).