My new paper entitled, "Historical Simulations - Motivational, Ethical and Legal Issues", is scheduled to appear in the August, 2006 issue of the Journal of Futures Studies. I will post it on SSRN after August and provide a link to it here. Thanks to John Smart, Greg Lastowka, Sohail Inayatullah and various anonymous referees for helpful comments, and also to Ted Castronova for his encouragement. I am currently in the midst of developing some ideas for expanding this paper into a book. Perhaps all this justifies taking several months away from blogging.