First, I'm not dead.
Second, I have just rented some space at Hosting Matters and will soon transfer both my sites there, since Earthlink can't seem to handle MySQL databases and Movable Type can't seem to handle comment spam without it. I will also be trying out Word Press to see if it's as fool-proof and (relatively) spam-proof as reputed. Finally, I'll see if I can improve the layout and colors. I was dismayed to see how repulsive both look on the wider and more colorful screen of my new laptop.
In short, watch this space. Did I mention that I'm not dead?