The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored. Blue NC's blog Comments Mark Johnson Gary Pearce's headline is "From scoop to flack." I was thinking more along the lines of "From sinking ship to rudderless ship." Mark Johnson of The Charlotte Observer/News & Observer is the latest to leave. I haven’t talked to Mark about his decision, but I assume it has something to do with the uncertain future of newspapers. :: Mark is becoming Governor Perdue’s deputy communications director. It’s a coup for her – and a challenge for him. Best wishes to Mr. Johnson. I agree with Gary that this is a coup for the Governor. I just hope she has the sense to listen to his good advice. Test your ability to focus and multitask It's an interesting test. I'm a highly focused multi-tasker who doesn't know consonants from vowels. :) Sounds right.