Yes, I'm still here, but the semester still hasn't let up enough to allow a return to regular posting. Although to be fully candid, this also reflects as a symptom of an underlying condition: namely, for some time now I've been a bit unsure as to the proper nature and purpose of EGAD. Originally conceived as a travel blog with ananthropological tendencies, it has functioned as something of a weekly-ish "away message" during this relatively settled year. Certainly I pondered relaunching as a more locally-oriented medium, perhaps as a photoblog or light journalism, but I must confess that inertia got the better of these musings. There's a good chance that we'll go back to the travel blog format next year, anyway, as the lead-up to my experiment's engineering test flight will likely involve a greater degree of peregrination.
Updates: my workstation persists in its lifeless state, but only because I've been busy. I successfully extracted essentially everything of importance from the drive, so I just need to find a spare day to rebuild the filesystems.
About a week after I got over my cold imported from New York, some similar ailment is starting to make the rounds here. Hopefully it's the same thing, since then I should have immunity to it now.
Speaking of cold, it's on its way. Seems a mite early, but it's been a cool autumn so far: forcast 50% chance of snow showers on Wednesday and Thursday.