Where have all the blogposts gone? First time we've gone over a week without blogging since launching our little flagship into the blogosphere 5 3/4 years ago on December 12, 2003, with "The tidings that dare not speak their name." We've never veered far off the pro-freedom-of-speech course set for that first outing, but why now the silence? Has the cat got our tongue? Tiny, above and below atop the dining room table the other day in the countdown to supper, isn't talking.
We've been twittering up a storm of late (check out the column at right just below "Pope Teddy Mug" for a running stream of our latest tweets). As suggested in one of the questions in Technorati's "State of the Blogosphere Survey," which we took this morning, twittering itself — often referred to as microblogging — may be a culprit. Both our own and others' tweets can be a catalyst for expansion of whatever's festering in the febrile blogging brain, but just as easily, Twitter's requirement that the writer condense expression of her ideas into 140 or fewer characters can be a refiner's fire that leaves ideas clarified with no need of further exposition. One example from a series of tweets plucking out highlights of Sarah Palin's historic keynote yesterday before a room full of world-class investors at a conference sponsored by investment firm CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, her first public-speaking engagement outside North America:
"There is no justice in taking from one person and giving to another," she said. "History shows it simply does not work."
I loved Sarah Palin from the first day: "We're not interested in government fixes, we're interested in freedom."
"We got into this mess because of government interference in the first place," says Sarah Palin in Hong Kong speech.
A gratifying contrast to President Obama's usual "now-is-the-time" — first time? — speech before the UN this morning, also billed as historic. We agreed with twitterer Zener39's assessment:
Bolton: Obama's speech "unpresidential."
As we said in a retweet, "The man with the mustache that repels bullets has Obama's number."
Update: More delicious and nutritious Bolton fare: “a post-American speech by our first post-American president. It was a speech high on the personality of Barack Obama and high on multilateralism, but very short in advocating American interests … It was a very naïve, Wilsonian speech, and very revealing of Obama’s foreign policy,” said Bolton.
Update II: "Good one, doll, but you leave us non-twitterers lonely," writes our imail correspondent:
We: I will try to get back into things. So many worries the last period of time. A breather today. Just got word from vet that Tiny's bloodwork is normal. With her being on steroids, one has to keep watch. I've gotten the dose down as low as possible. [Goomp's pussycat] Purrky is fine. Cold almost gone. Freezer now working again with new timer.The little things add up.
She: Yes, constant low-level anxiety is a real energy-drainer.
Update III: "I am out of touch since the advent of the tweet," imails Goomp poignantly. "I'm hoping to get things back on an even keel," we imail back.
Apparently, she spent an unholy amount of time last night, playing on something called Twitter, which sounds insipid, flightly, unhealthy, sinful and vulgar. She did this, furthermore, after being expressly forbidden to enjoy herself until her assignments were completed. Because she is a slothful, inattentive, disobedient and lazy flittertigibbet of a girl, she will not be permitted to play here with you on this devil’s machine until she has done her work, or I will beat her until you hear her high c’s from Shanghai to the Aran Islands!
And you get to work, too, young masters and mistresses, or I will find you! Don’t make me use this ruler!
Lord help us.
Update: All things bright and beautiful now boarding Modulator's Friday Ark #262.