Sorry if you'd assumed the worst but I am, in fact, not dead.
After a big problem with my Macbook Pro (after a bunch of problems since I got it), Apple decided to replace my laptop again. I was kind of tired of the problems and asked if I could have a Mac Pro instead. They said yes! So now I'm the proud owner of a sweet new Apple desktop.
Thanks for everyone's patience. I'll be taking photos more regularly again so everything should be back on track.