It’s been quite a day for your humble host. I try not to let too much of my personal life creep into this site, but I’ve got a move coming up, due to a big career step of my wife’s, and it looks like we found a house today, in the northeastern college town to which we will be relocating within the next few months.

Nothing big, nothing fancy — it is what realtors euphemistically describe as “cozy” — but I’m 42 years old, and humble as it may be, it’s going to be the first house I’ve ever owned. No more landlord. Woo hooo!

So I’m a late bloomer.

Also: I got home late, and was browsing the usual sites, and saw this over on Wil Wheaton’s blog. Now, what you have to understand is, everybody and their damn brother may have a blog these days, but there was a time, back in the distant past, maybe two or three years ago, when nobody had ever really heard of blogs — myself included — and this site owes its very existence to the fact that I followed some link from Fark one day and found myself at Wil Wheaton’s blog, and the little light bulb went off over my head and I thought, ah ha! what a great format, that’s where all those extra ideas that never make it into cartoons can go! The right wingers owned the political blogsophere in those days, and this may come as a shock to the more self-centered among them, but I’d never heard of any of them — and I’m a guy who spends maybe a little too much time online. At any rate, Wil has a book he self-published awhile back, and now he’s got a real publisher, and it looks like he blames me for the whole thing. It’s funny — words have power. You never know how the things you type on your keyboard are actually going to affect people. I suspect Wil would have put this stuff out whether or not I provided the encouragement he mentions, but if I did play some small part, helping him to recognize his own talent, well, it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever done.