So today i finally got through the crappy bit of code i've been struggling with for a few weeks. Checked in the new version with the commit message "multi-table joins done!!!" So there.
In other news, i've gotten five or six bulk mails in the past week regarding jobs that are available, recruiting companies that are opening new offices... Has the economy sneakily turned around without fanfare? Behind Bush's back? Is it at the point where i can apply for jobs in the US while living in Australia? Here's to hoping. I'm going to look into it all this weekend.