I have finally figured out what has been going on this week, and it so happens to be entirely the fault of Mr. Duncan Black. (He was probably acting on orders he received from Generalissimo Marcos Franco of Kos, but I'm far to terrified to accuse Him directly.)
My problems have been caused by my recent acquisition of Tivo. I have two telephone lines, and supposedly Tivo is on one totally separate from the one I use to connect to the web. Still when ever Tivo decides in wants to know Fox's schedule for tonight, or when the next Spanish novella is coming on, I get kicked off, even though I think that I'm still typing away in Typepad.
My solution thus far is to disconnect Tivo, but I'm sure that I'll figure it all out. Eventually.