So — to borrow Scott's phrase — there's a lot happening in pre-production around here. Babies, weddings, houses, and puppies. It's crazy. Which is why you might have noticed (please say you have) that we've been a little blog-laxed lately. (Blog-Lax — our new sedative!) However, I'm newly committed (as well as engaged) — and we've got a familiar Fairy Blogfather who's stepped in to help! Tom Regan — you know and love him from NPR's News Blog — is giving us the benefit of his years of expertise. True story: before Tom was here at NPR, I read his Terrorism and Security blog for The Christian-Science Monitor every darn day and never gave him credit for my smartitude in meetings. Better late than never. Thanks, Tom!