The day before yesterday a close family member died after a very short and completely unexpected health downturn. I wrote a long post about him, but I contemporaneously received a painful reminder about the perils of making personal revelations in the blogosphere, so at least for now that is all I am going to say here. I noticed this morning that I’ve posted mainly about violence and death over the last couple of days. For my own sake I’m going to try to lighten the mood here a little today. I know it is jarring to juxtapose facile humor with issues like the murder of a courageous journalist, and for that I apologize.