Yes, I was offline for an awfully long time. I took a couple weeks for vacation, and explicitly weened myself off the intarweebs for the duration. It was considerably easier than giving up caffeine after 20 years of addiction (that was last month), but then, I could comfort myself with the knowledge that in mere days, I would once again bask in the warm embrace of unfettered RSS infodumps, and the snarky comments of my vast throngs (read: dozens) of loyal readers. Details of my misadventures and pastimes to follow, probably in large bloggy-clumps (yes, I made that term up).