I am back to the land of the living, and a two hour proboscis inspection determined that it was indeed flu and not toxic shock syndrome—sometimes a side effect of sinus surgery. I’m well on the mend and will resume regular websiting tomorrow.
The kitteh contest is closed: we have 86 entries, and many of them are AWESOME. Each judge, working independently of the others will rate cats on a scale from “1” (well above average) to “10” (truly awesome). This may take a week or so, so be patient, for the results will be (as Chris Mooney would say) “stunning.” And we have material for years of felids to come.