Following the tute and some info from Russell, purchased garysmod for HL2 ($10US) and installed the HL2 SDK. His tute is tough going and it didnt quite come together at the end - lots of errors and things not quite going to plan. But it was still good value and I got to see how many of the tools fit together.
Garysmod is lots of fun with Q opening up a model adding toolset while ingame. very nifty.
WoW's Burning Crusade is live and selling out in lotsa places - it is a big deal and lots of the guild have it already. Hit 55 in Silithus, no sign of the changes where I was adventuring, but lots of healthy guildchat about what the others were doing.
Created a new spreadsheet in Google to track expenses for this journey.
[journeytime = 3.5 hours]