I noticed that PE has their high mass metal speaker stands on sale, and the best part is that you can get free shipping. I don't have these stands, but I've heard from several people that think they're pretty nice. Sand fillable center posts. Shipping has been a deal-breaker for some people, on these in the past. [URL=http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshowdetl.cfm?&PartNumber=240-744&DID=7&raid=45&rak=240-744]--speaker stand linky--[/URL]
I also have noticed that the evil empire (Microsoft :D ) is giving away the new Express versions of Visual Studio, free. [URL=http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=126606&SiteID=1]SEE HERE[/URL] . I'm not sure why it's so confusing to the posters on that forum; Seems pretty straightforward to me.
Somebody with fast internet needs to download all the "manual install" files and put them on a DVD to send to me. 10.6 KB/sec ain't gonna cut it..
Edit- Note that VS 2005 looks like it runs under the .NET 2.0 framework, so YMMV :p