Figured I'd let you know it looks like Adobe finally got around to fixing the bug in their patch updater that I ran into all the way back in June. When I booted up Photoshop to work on Thursday's Afterlife Blues page, I was all ready to hit ignore on the "download updates" option as usual, but instead it stated there was a new version of the updater. So I figured, what the heck, I'll become an experimental subject for all the rest of you. I let the updater run tonight and download and install all the updates, and what do you know... it completed successfully! And Photoshop even still runs!
So, uh... Thanks, Adobe. I guess. But this doesn't exclude you from the obligation to be more careful next time, okay.