Where have I been?
Well, I was on the bench for a while, and that makes me nervous. Bencher's are the first people you look at during lay-off periods. Not saying that there was or is going to be a layoff period, but the market isn't fully recovered, and I just bought a house (and have a family, etc...) so I was nervous. So most of my benchtime was spent doing something productive.
Then I got reassigned. The problem with consultants and assignment... usually the first couple weeks you don't have an environment setup. This is where I was. I was sharing a computer with someone else (peer programming sucks, btw). And today I got setup with my own box. So I should be around some more to write JE's, comment in other JE's, flame back at java-hating trolls, etc...
Its a company I was at before, and they pretty much don't mind much, but they had a recent change in security, and AIM isn't allowed anymore. I'll try to setup a proxy and see if that works, though.
Also, this weekend I hope to upgrade my server (finally) and get something interesting put up.
 on the bench is a consulting term. When you are between assignments, you are at the consultant company headquarters keeping your resume up to date, and doing anything to make yourself more sellable. Although its nice to be on the bench for a week between assignments (nice relaxing week), anything longer is either boring or scary (depending on the market).