Some catching up is due, so here goes:
- I did radio bit on NPR when I was in Washington last week, and enjoyed the brief sit-in with Neil Conan on his Talk of the Nation show. An Imus replacement, I wasn't. But if you'd like to hear a discussion of social networking and its potential as a philanthropic instrument, click here and turn it up.
- Kudos are long overdue for the redesign of Joe Gandelman's seminal The Moderate Voice blog. Looks great, Joe!
- I was tagged as a somewhat intelligent blogger by Kid Sally over at Nightbird's Fountain. "Thinking Blogger," rather. It is now my turn to nominate 5 others for the Thinking Blogger Award (see the rules here.) I hate picking five because those not picked will, of course, hold it against me - nonetheless, I'm the "Thinking Blogger Award" on to: Claire, Brendan, Grasshopper, MA Peel, and the Siren. There, done.
- Can you believe it - newcritics is six months old. If you regularly visit here, you should also hang out there. I have a short post up, a virtual suggestion box of sorts. So fill it up!
- Congrats are due to the Right Honorable Tom Watson, my parliamentary namesake and long-time blogger. He's back in government as a whip under PM Gordon Brown. When he took me on a gracious tour of Parliament this spring, several members hinted (one with a wink!) that Tom would return. And so he has.
- Congrats are also due to the prolific blogger Barbara O'Brien, who makes five - count 'em, five - years of the must-read Mahablog.
- Sadly, condolences are due to our blogger friend Lindsay Beyerstein on the sudden passing of her father. They're also offered to the readers of the Rittenhouse Review, an old school blog whose founder-editor Jim Capozzola died this week after a long illness.