Wow... some days you just don't have any mojo working for ya. Started out an SSH server I needed to access was being flaky. Shoot an email off to the guy who needs to look at it. In the meantime the thought crosses my mind "hmm... I wonder if Beryl's working any better now... Install that and find out I need to upgrade X11. Just a friendly FYI, don't do it. An hour and a half later, I finally got X to start up again. The server's still flaky - it works for a few, then it doesn't, then works, then it drops my connection in the middle of something, etc., etc.
And now... the dreaded concrete men are back. At least this time there's only one cutter going instead of two.