I've been away from this for a while. Mostly I've been beating the pavement looking for work: the job market isn't what it used to be, and this area has been hit rather hard. I'm still looking, and still interviewing, but so far nothing.
I've also been unable to say anything much about the recent set of stories currently in the news and 'blogosphere that hasn't been said better elsewhere.
I'll try to keep more up to date.