Although I really do love to vacuum, I have had an incredible amount of fun today watching the Roomba do all the work. Colin Angle, the co-founder of iRobot, the company which makes the Roomba, is a fraternity brother and friend of Brad's from MIT, which makes it even more fun to watch such a great product in action. Having a Roomba didn't actually save me much housecleaning time today since I watched it zoom around for almost as long as I would have spent doing the work myself. There's something mesmerizing about watching this frisbee whirl around sucking up dirt. We had an earlier version at our house in Boulder, but that house has lots of different levels and the Roomba doesn't work as well there as it does here where the house is just an upstairs and a downstairs (okay, and an entry area, and the stairs themselves, of course). This version has a docking station where it charges and the really cool thing is that after the Roomba has decided that it has covered the surface of the room, it returns itself to its home. How cool is that!?!? I sat on the stairs (thereby tamping them down significantly) and watched the end of the Roomba's activity downstairs and got to see it scootch itself up to its station. I'm still waiting on my teleporter machine, but am completely happy with the entertainment value and vacuuming skill of the Roomba. Magic.