A couple of apologies are in order. First, for some reason your comments have been falling afoul of the spam filter all of a sudden. That's why they didn't get published yesterday. Second, though our problem of timing out when trying to connect to Google services seems to be fixed for now, I am not convinced that it is entirely resolved. So this could still lead to slow posting and comment publishing. It's a fragile world we live and work in, and we are fragile within it.