I'm not dead, I'm just on vacation (please see previous post regarding when I update my blog). Since I have taken up temporary residence at my parents' house for the holidays, I've found other activities to partake in that do not involve a computer: like MarioKart. Best. Christmas. Present. Ever. (P.S. I'm not a "gamer" by any means -- my brother received a Nintendo 64 for Christmas as we enjoy the "classic" family games.)
So until I get around to actually using this thing in my head called a brain, do not fear my absence.