Thanks to a Time Warner Cable outage at the stately manor, the world has been cut off from the many insights and observations offered on this website for the last 18 hours. After no more than three calls to the service center, six repetitions of my account information, a few long waits and a number of useless suggestions repeated by different operators, service was restored. I am not expecting my exorbitant monthly bill to show any reduction for the time that service was unavailable.Thanks for your patience during the interruption. Twice this week Time Warner has failed us; once at the rural estate in the rolling Dutchess County hunt country, once in the glamorous borough of Queens. That, the snowstorm, a four hour plane delay on the trip back from China and jet lag are making for a short fuse. Advice to students: this is not the best week to ask Professor Mead for an extension.