My Benz is once again in commission. I replaced the alternator, which was kind of a suck-ass job, but honestly not all that bad. You just have to yank off the air filter system including the tube going to the turbocharger and you can get at it all from the top. You can also get there from the bottom, but I was doing the work on dirt and couldn't get there that way (can't put a jack stand on dirt, can't really block tires safely either.)
I spend a lot of time on Slashdot and today there was a story entitled HOWTO, Cook an Egg With Your Cell Phone. It linked to an article - hopefully a humorous one - claiming you can cook an egg with a cellular phone in two minutes. Those who use a cellular phone and haven't yet cooked their head after hours and hours of talking on it are surely wondering how this can be.