Tomorrow I begin two weeks' vacation. Since there's no clamor by colleagues eager to occupy this bully pulpit for the next couple of weeks, and since I'm not fond of summer reruns, I'm doing what I did last year: writing up non-time-constrained, but I hope interesting, posts ahead of time. Since I've found I often get more traffic and linking from my cultural/historical/linguistics posts, and since those aren't easily overtaken by events, the bulk of the vacation posts — at least one is cued to appear automatically each day — will be of that type. Many are quite a bit longer than my usual posts, in fact, since I often have to fill in a lot of background. So keep coming around; there'll be something new daily.
Last year the Libyan rebels undermined my advanced preparation by taking Tripoli while I was on vacation, and as I did then, I'll drop in from my holiday and comment if I feel I have something that needs saying. But don't worry, there will be something new here every weekday I'm gone.