Right. First of all I'm in Poland for the next month, so... er, expect fewer updates or something. If that's possible. May get chance to check mail a bit, but I'm not counting on it. Apologies and not a small amount of groveling to anyone I owe mail, which is in part due to not being altogether sure what to say, part due to things such as just having spent a week chasing eBuyer for non-delivery of parts.
Rest in peace, James Doohan. You inspired several generations, will inspire many more, and seem to have been both an extraordinarily pleasant chap and very stubborn. Which is a fine combination. I'll refrain from transporter jokes, but will say that if there turns out to be an afterlife your face would be a very welcome sight at the control panel.
Pete, you may find this essay about ectypes in superhero fiction interesting.
Read this, it's only six pages: http://manga.clone-army.org/othermanga.php