Wow, did I really disappear from the web for the past week and a half? Sorry ‘bout that; between finishing a push to get a new feature set added to one of my lab applications, spending the Thanksgiving weekend with the family, taking a quick day-and-a-half trip to our nation’s capitol, and getting ready for an upcoming conference, I’ve been a bit underwater. But in that time, I’ve learned a slew about the object models of both Javascript and PHP, taught my two-year-old nephew to say “queso dot COM!” whenever he sees me, stood on the spot in Union Station where I nearly screwed up the earliest days of my relationship with Shannon, and remade enough PowerPoint slides to fill my quota for the next decade. And I get to stay in town this weekend, for the first time in what feels like twenty years, so I’m looking forward to getting back to work here!