after rebuilding the development environment to get the dev/test gems working again. seriously, kids, keep backups of all your arduino libraries and versions for important projects. it took me the better part of a day to reinstall and track down the right library dependencies.
things seem to be doing ok with only minimal maintenance. i had to replace a teensy because it forgot the programming. nicely enough there was plenty of time as we had at least one extra of everything.
Thanks, #Hacker Channel ;) !