What an insanely dizzying few weeks it has been. Working furiously on a project for the New York Times website, a feature for Nature, the ceaseless onslaught that is book launch prep, and--fingers crossed--a longer essay landing in a major publication just about when the book comes out (Feb 14). Now it's vacation time. Nicola, young Spencer, and I are outta here tomorrow, unplugging for much of the time, and planning to do not much of anything. We'll be back later this month. Then I jump into the book tour, starting at Powell's here in Portland on February 21. Hope to see you there!