am I a peer?

I’ve actually been invited to review a paper, which is a first for me. I guess all that stuff on peer review I’ve been reading during my procrastinating moments will actually come in use now. They’ve asked me to turn in my review in two months, which is good for me, since I have too many looming deadlines. I guess this is why publishing takes so long — reviewers take 2 months, editorial checking and decision, revisions, another round of reviewing, more revisions, and submission. It’s no wonder that in computer science they put all their energy into conferences — it keps the pace of research higher.