Here's a thorough examination of academic publishing over at The Atlantic:
I won't belabor the points, just go read the article. Also, here's the cartoon in question: <permalink>
OK, got all that? Personally I'm glad to have this opportunity to step off the grant-and-paper-go-round. At least for the moment. Who knows what the future holds? Not sure I want to find out ahead of time.
That reminds me, I've got to track down the status of those last three papers today. Got to keep the CV fed.