Dear patient readers,
I will be largely off the grid from July 17 to July 29, inclusive. First, I really need a break, second, most of that time I will be on a ship with catastrophically expensive Internet service. And shipboard satellite connections are usually very slow too, typically ISDN type speeds, so waiting for sites with a lot of ads to load is like watching paint dry.
But we will likely have a normal level of posts, between guest and cross posts (and we will have Links and Antidote du Jour thanks to Ed Harrison) and a feature I think some readers will like: summer reruns (as in a selection of all time best posts, focusing on 2007 and 2008). And I may relent and provide a few posts (the bank stress tests are due to be released during that period, I am likely to check in for that).
I do have one request. Last time I was off the grid (this in Alaska in 2008, with NO internet connection for a week), I had some guest bloggers man the fort. I was appalled when I came back to see that a small but vocal minority was stunningly abusive, truly childish, with comments that said, “I don’t like this, this isn’t Yves” or even ruder versions of that message. Other readers would try to intercede, but the damage was done.
So I ask you to behave in a civil manner towards the guest bloggers. They are doing you and me a favor. If you discover a particular writer is not your cup of tea, no one is holding a gun to your head to read their posts. I’ve gone to some lengths to continue NC programming while I am away, and I suspect most readers will enjoy the change in their diet.