Well, there isn't much new to report here. I've actually been watching episodes of Babylon 5
today. It's not terribly on topic, but the Centauri, at any rate, are certainly based on the Romans. Actually, I think it would make an awfully interesting article to discuss the historical and literary (especially Tolkien) influences of the show. But that's neither here nor there.
My real reason for posting was to remind everyone about Buy a Friend a Book Week
It's next week, so don't you forget! Or I'm sure your friends will be very disappointed... ;-)