On the odd chance you got hit, while I was out of town, this account seems to have been spam-jacked -- or a lot of Germans very concerned with honor-killings kept hitting the "Reply all" button on some e-mail I was cc'd on. Either way, good to be back, and we'll be hitting some writing questions tomorrow.
Oh, for those who emailed about the peak oil series, I'm still doing the research. That's right, I work for you bastards. It should start soon.