Once again, we’ll have to cancel today’s show, as the First Mate remains in the hospital and I’m mainly blogging from the room. She is improving; she had a bacterial blood infection that was very serious. They have her on IV antibiotics, but she still has a fever, so they’re keeping a close eye on her.

Instead of having a show, we’ll open the chat room for our usual wide-ranging discussion on topics great and small, as well as updates on the FM’s condition. I’ll be participating, and I hope we can see all of our friends drop by for a great conversation!

Now you can join the conversation in the chat room! Be sure to register at Ustream to participate in our raucous live-chat sessions. (And if the log-in prompt doesn’t come up in the chat box below, use this link instead.) Jazz Shaw of The Moderate Voice and The Monster moderate the chat, and they have Troll Gun Trivia Contest running before the show, for those who get there early — and are registered!

If the new Java-based chat does not work well for you, try refreshing your browser after first allowing for the Java application to run. If that still doesn’t work, join us through the Ustream channel page for TEMS!

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