No, I'm not dead. However, my Internet access here is so poor I might as well be for the next few days. (It's basically limited to wardriving and a 28.8 modem connection on my mom's laptop.)<br /><br />btw, the techies in the crowd may want to friend brentdaxuseperl.<br /><br />Oh, and it turns out I'm allergic to my iPod—or more specifically, the nickel in the earbuds. I'm using tissue paper to keep it from touching my ears. Ugh.