I've got a linux box dialing to my ISP. It's running dhcp and nat and ip_tables to get my other computers online. This was fun and cool. Only took 5-6 hours to figure it all out. Now, if I had a wireless access point I'd really be in business. And when Satelite comes in, the uplink will happen of the dial up connection and all this was worth it after all.
I decided to turn off my lava lamp and try to let the tiny bits settle. They're floating aimlessly right now but I figure that by Saturday, when it's 20 outside and 35 in my office, it will all work out for the good.