For the first time in days, my American readers outnumber my Russian readers, and I am sometimes puzzled by that. I'm being read elsewhere because of the Google Translate Gadget in the right-hand column here. That's been a good idea, and while Google still has work to do on its translations, it is certainly better than nothing. I often exchange conversations with a pen-pal in Lebanon who prefers either French or Arabic, and I don't know either, but Google Translate makes it possible. I sometimes have to re-translate my stuff a couple of times before sending it, however, to make sure it says what I want it to say, not nonsense.