Update – Confidential to newcomers from Boing Boing: Hi! This is an odd place, covering everything from Star Trek to Middle East violence. Please take a look around! First comments go into moderation, so if you’re stuck there over Shabbat (when I don’t work), don’t worry. I’ll fish you out as soon as I can.
In the world of The Horde, aka the commenters at Ta-Nehisi Coate’s excellent blog at The Atlantic, we enjoy a weekday noontime (EST) gathering, when our host opens an Open Thread. He’s been largely unavailable for such fun and games over the past couple of weeks, though, so I’ve been filling in as best I can.
But I have this feeling that with the weather insanity about to hit the East Coast, some of our number might feel the need for a place to gather over the weekend, so I thought I’d offer this up — and please note that even if you’re not a regular at TNC’s place, you’re more than welcome to jump in! We’re literally known across the blogosphere as a warm and welcoming crowd. (On the other hand, if this winds up being of no interest, I will quietly delete it and no one will ever be the wiser!).
If you live anywhere in the path of Hurricane Irene? Please, please: Be smart and be safe. Take pictures of whatever property might be damaged in the course of events, to make it easier to file claims later (this advice courtesy of commenter and internet pal taylor16!), check in with your neighbors (especially the older and/or more disadvantaged ones), and don’t sleep in bedrooms under dead trees (or, in other words, get yourself to the safest place you have!).
A final note: I don’t work on Shabbat, so any comments that get caught in moderation might not show up until tomorrow evening — I’ll clear you out as soon as I can! If you’re new to the party, you can take a gander at the About Commenting page, but the rules, such as they are, boil down to: Be a person.