Part of this was due to my sickness. I get up and do not feel up to serious work. Then I think, "who knows if I live until the next week... let's just fix the relative pointer quickly, and maybe then get to the absolute pointer -- some other time." Letting one's bodily functions to make decisions this way is the most moronic way to plan software development, so I am feeling guilt, headache, remorse, and high temperature now. BTW, my sweat erodes plastic on my laptop.
On the other hand, if I were to make the absolute pointer right, I'd need to hack on X. The mere thought gives me chills. The last time I did that it was on XFree86 3.3.6.