Before I get into my actual post, just two minor spots of housekeeping:
I'm going to make the effort to update this blog at least once a week, preferably on Monday.
I'm strongly considering taking this blog to LiveJournal. There are pros and cons to that system versus Blogger/Blogspot here -- the biggest pro to LiveJournal being that I'm intimately familiar with it, having used it for a private journal for several years now. Wherever this blog eventually winds up, it will still be open to the public, so no worries about losing me completely!
Right. Now on to actual substance ...