I made a further mistake: I looked at the new generation video iPods. You can guess the rest. Yes, I bought one. Damn, but it's nice. I got the 60 GB version; the 30 GB version is quite a bit thinner, and I doubt, realistically, that I'd ever fill it up, but I never, ever buy less storage, in any form, than I can afford. You can never have too much disk space.
I'm recoding all of the videos on the tronguy.net site to the MPEG4 format the iPod wants, and should be able to upload them this evening or tomorrow. It's really simple: there's a preset in the QuickTime Pro export menu, at version 7.03 and above, that sets everything up the way the iPod wants it.
I just ordered a pair of Etymotic Research ER6i in-ear phones. They'll double as earplugs for air travel, something I find I need fairly frequently. The reviews have been pretty good, too. They should arrive early next week.