I'm not dead!
To wit: those rumours have been greatly exagerated.
I have, in fact, been on holiday in the South Seas. Sometimes even the greatest heroes need some time off (though i had to bust some heads the other day just to keep my hand in).
I am writing from a cheap internet cafe in Samoa so this will have to be brief. I will return with more in a week or so.
Until then: stay safe and go Steelers! (which is the only reason I used the internet at all.)