A good chunk of the office are out with some sort of lurgy today. It's fallen on me to fly the Kotaku flag and try to stop everything from catching on fire in their absence.
What does it take for you to call in sick?
For the first time in my life last week, I missed a flight. That set in a degree of panic and frustration I'd not encountered before, and I can completely understand why: nobody wants to be stuck in an airport, especially when you're thousands of kilometres from home. Especially when it's your fault.
But there are plenty of things that can go wrong when travelling. So for this week's Off Topic, let's talk about airline disasters.
With the spectacular collapse of Foxtel Now last night and the throttling of Presto earlier this year, it hasn't been the greatest year so far for local streaming services. But Stan is still humming along nicely, Netflix continues to add new content all the time, and foreign services like HBO Go.
So for this week's Off Topic, tell us - what streaming service do you use the most?
Ever since coming back from Japan, Tegan and I have had a renewed interest in anime. I used to watch it more as a kid growing up, but putting myself through the slog of Naruto and Bleach fillers didn't exactly do wonders for my enthusiasm.
But there's nothing like a holiday to recharge the batteries. So over the last few weeks, we've been rediscovering an old favourite of mine: Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Just the other day a friend, or maybe my partner, was remarking at how Sydney was starting to turn. Winter was finally approaching proper, which was neatly timed since we were also in the midst of getting excited about Game of Thrones.
So that led to today's Off Topic: what's the best season of the year?
Of course you could always have something gaming-themed, like a black forest Portal cake or those spectacular Krogan creations we've featured before.
But let's go a bit more general for this week's Off Topic. It's your birthday. You get a choice of cake. What you do choose?