@henrylflee: Yep! So, the reason it was a 2 to 3 day thing is because most of us rest on the weekend (support is generally handled from Monday through Friday) and this was bad timing. Very bad timing. I'm usually pretty vigilant about keeping up with this kind of stuff during the work week. Again, sorry for the headaches.
In short, slideshow plugin + performance enhancements = hiccup.
Thanks for being patient, and let's hope that if something like this comes around again it won't take this long to spot it and get you guys and gals all sorted out.