I've discovered some software that has the potential to transform my life - entirely for the better. Unpolitic.me is an extension that removes politics from your Facebook and Twitter feeds and replaces them with fun things like sweet cats and babies laughing and people jumping off mountains. Isn't that just great? And can I have it implanted directly in my brain?
Because I've spent way too much of the last year checking up on the latest Ohio polls, debating (inside my own head) whether Florida has decisively switched into the Romney camp, whether Obama's decisive victory in the foreign policy debate will have any effect in the battleground states.
I sometimes wonder what I would think if I heard of someone roughly like me sitting in somewhere like New Zealand, constantly checking the UK opinion polls for the swing seats, wondering whether Ed Miliband was a plausible leadership candidate and what the effect of the improved employment figures was. I know what I'd think: that he should get a life.
Does anyone read Dr Johnson's wonderful novel Rasselas any more? There's a character, an early meteorologist, who has been observing the weather for so long that he believes he controls it. I suppose I'm a bit like that, except that I'm not even observing my own weather, I'm observing American weather.
And speaking of weather, is Hurricane Sandy going to help Obama (by making him look presidential) or harm him (by depressing the Democratic turnout)?