My laptop is back!
A week early, even. Among the improvements are a shiny new display screen, a suitably stable power socket, and a touchpad that no longer makes a mouse-click when tapped. This last thing is actually something I'd like to reverse, but the Control Panel seems to think I have an actual mouse hooked up to this thing and won't let me do anything that I couldn't also do to an actual mouse. And since nothing happens if you gently tap a mouse on the back of its back, well, I'm at a bit of a loss.
In other news, the girlfriend and I recently watched a trilogy of "It's Shakespeare, but..." movies: It's Hamlet, but Denmark is an NYC Corporation; It's Romeo and Juliet, but they're in Mexico in the near future; and It's Richard III, but during World War II. I'd like to see this idea taken to the next level: It's the Merchant of Venice, but with dinosaurs... It's King Lear, on the moon...
In all seriousness, I think they could easily make a futuristic version of The Tempest. Instead of a storm, a meteor shower, instead of an island, an undiscovered planet, and a bunch of aliens instead of fairies and whatnot. So if anyone out there is looking for a good movie idea to hork, there you go.