1. Tuesday’s Obama bender culminated the latest round in my ongoing worry about my control over my use of the Internet–as I’ve said, sometimes I feel like an alcoholic whose job requires him to work in a bar–and so I installed LeechBlock to break my ability to read news sites or blogs from the office. You can set it to shut you out either for a specific range of hours during the day or to shut off after you’ve spent a particular amount of time browsing the sites you list (e.g., *.wordpress.com). LeechBlock also has the attractive feature that you can set options to make it more cumbersome to deactivate when you are jonesing to surf. (It’s a Firefox extension, and I deleted Internet Explorer so I wouldn’t be able to circumvent it using a second browser.)
2. I don’t remember who recommended “Dexter” as a TV show for me to watch while I am on my elliptical trainer, but I was excited at the prospect of a recommended show I knew nothing about. So I plunked down $25 and bought it on iTunes. I started watching it tonight and the first few minutes were this man who I take to be the protagonist abducting and torturing someone. Not only did I stop watching it, but I quit doing the elliptical trainer and just curled up on my futon with a book. I recognize that my reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer might have given an incorrect impression of my tastes for while I am trying to exercise.