I've put a copy of the Blog Awards button up at the top of the sidebar and I'll leave it there until the voting ends on the 15th of this month. Clicking on that button will take you directly to the voting page. I've given it top billing above my tribute to Paul Cellucci. If Cellucci doesn't like it, he can go back to Massachusetts in a snit. Or a fit of pique. Or even a rage. As long as he goes.
But I digress.
The good news is that I got through today without another crisis surfacing. The bad news is that a few of the old crises are still lingering. But I'm caught up enough that a ringing telephone no longer makes me quiver in fear that it's going to mean another page added to a long list of things to do.
There are a couple of things I'm working on for the blog. Back in December I started to look at the options available for RSS aggregators, aka news readers, and I decided to do a post on the subject. It was motivated partly out of frustration with the product I was using and partly because a couple of other people asked me for a recommendation. It won't be an exhaustive review by any means because my own demands and biases meant that quite a few of the products available didn't make it to the short list. But I'll explain those demands and biases and the reasoning behind them when I do the post. And I'll be relating some experience as a user with four different online services and at least that many desktop products.
The other project at hand probably won't surprise regular readers of this space. A couple of months back the Arar Commission published a consultation paper on the RCMP, in keeping with the commission's mandate to review the Mounties' role in that mess and make recommendations on a better method of oversight and accountability for the force. At the time it was indicated that there were eight background papers to be published at a later date so I put the whole matter off until that information was available. I noticed just before Christmas that links for those eight papers are now up and I intend to read them all, or at least scan them all, and then try to summarize the whole batch in a post. I've already indicated my own opinion: the RCMP shouldn't be in the intelligence business. I'll be interested to see what the commission has to say.
Both of those pieces will require some additional research and some time to put together. Meanwhile, I hope you'll see at least some short posts pointing to interesting stories either in the media or elsewhere in the 'sphere.
There's a rumour that my feline friends are being a bit difficult. Something about going on strike for more luxurious litter boxes and flakier tuna. We'll have to see how that plays out. My marketing consultant had suggested I switch to tree blogging since trees are much easier to get along with and you generally know where they're going to be when you're ready to snap the pic. I'll get back to you on that.