Apologies for the long absence; the spring semester involved a change of my day job and teaching 3 classes.  I didn’t touch my dissertation or really anything but what needed to be done for my job or my courses.  Now that I’ve more or less recovered (yes, it really did take a month) I will get back to regular posts as I get back to regularly working on my dissertation.  I’ve set myself a goal of graduating no later than December 2011 (optimally August, but I am still teaching and working full time so I need to not be overly aggressive with deadlines).  Time to get back to work.