I can tell I've been working on this project too hard & too much the past week or so when I suddenly have thoughts like this"
"You know, this would really make a great T-Shirt!"
In other news, I've now installed Acrobat Professional & Illustrator 10.0 on my lab machine (ooh! a whole integer of upgrade on Illustrator!), and the conversion of Excel charts to pdfs to Illustrator objects works surprisingly... at all. More importantly, it does everything I want it to in about five minutes. So yay.