49 Celebrities Say Farewell to Stephen Colbert

So many great stories and observations here.

Never mind intelligence and wit; the amount of compassion and being-in-the-moment that it takes to conduct a Colbert-style interview is just mind-boggling.

I like the kindness he showed his guests, both backstage and on stage. I like Ken Burns's observation that "we have to appreciate it even more: He’s doing it backward." Kind of like the old line about Ginger Rogers. If I were a public person — which I very much do not want to be, but if I were — I would absolutely kill to be interviewed by Colbert.

I love the tribute to his mother that Sarah Silverman mentions. Had not seen that.

I'm not worried about his transition to being a "regular" talk show host. I don't hold him up to some impossible expectation of how he has to outdo the genius of his Colbert Report character. Rather, I look forward to seeing the new ways in which he'll continue to be himself and continue to be kind to his guests.

The thing about a person that brilliant is, you can discuss him all day and it still doesn't compare to the actual experience of watching him do his thing. Heck, I might have to start watching TV again.

This is Stormy Life

This is where I will put stuff that isn't right for my other blogs, whether because of topic or tone. There's no theme to this blog except that it's a vent for my inner chatterbox. The answer to "Was it really necessary to share that?" will often be "No."

"Stormy Life" is the name of a Mac app I've been thinking about writing for years. (I'm a Mac programmer.) It was a more ambitious idea than I ever felt strongly enough to commit to, beyond procuring the domain name. I finally decided I'll probably never write that app, and the name felt somehow right for this blog.