don't take your laptop to the pool. People splash people at the pool. Water, flying everywhere could--in theory--get on, say, your keyboard... which is right above your motherboard... and then there might be a... fizzeling.
I'll do my best until I can source a new computer, but it's gonna be tough. You are the most patient readers a blogger could hope for.
As for actual content, I have high hopes for seeing aformentioned swarthy geek soon, as I'll be heading back to home base and he'll be around. All advice has been heeded, and straightforward passion is going to be the order of the day, not fancy swings and clamps and things. Look at me growing as a person.