heh, well it was in light of some surprise issues w/ the iBook. i think the LCD cable has gotten frayed and has been causing the display to flake out. all of this while my paperwork is due Monday morning as well as being in the middle of my dissertation, not to mention the fact that if I can't see my schedule, it makes it hard for me to make my appointments. so, i recently got a new credit card w/ 0% interest until January 2009, and that's pretty much what greased the wheels.
i'll pry open the iBook in my spare time, but right now i'll be "getting by" w/ the MacBook.