Pretty terrible news for me, but I had to cancel my RubyConf registration. (The good news is some lucky waiting list person is now going.) The reason is simple. It's a Kathy Sierra situation. The flame war about my debuggers post got so violent that I'm scared to leave my house. I've even received death threats.
Just kidding. Actually, my whole "consult and then do art; lather, rinse, repeat" lifestyle requires more financial common sense than I actually possess, and I ended up hosed. Spent too much money; can't go.
Just in case anyone was wondering.