I also helped my friend build a steadicam rig. This was actually pretty simple--imagine a vertical pipe, three feet long, with a camera on top and a 2.5lb weight at the bottom, and another pipe sticking out halfway between them. I didn't drill through the endcaps straight, but I think it'll still work okay.
And finally, the newspaper had a big story today about Anime Expo, which I had been only very peripherally aware of. (It was actually about how big anime had become--AX was just the trigger for it.) I'm considering going down to it tomorrow or Monday...I can afford it, especially if my parents let me borrow against the money I just earned.