This just in: the Roomba is AMAZING.
It's currently cleaning ... um, the entire apartment. I keep expecting it to quit, shouting "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING. I'm a robot-vacuum, not a miracle-worker!" as it roombas its way out the door, leaving us in our dusty filth.
It's pretty damn hilarious, though, watching the Roomba explore and bump around the place. It misses huge chunks of a room (hello, living room!), but I learned that if I confine it to a single area, it cleans like nobody's business. My bathroom has never been cleaner.
Also, like I mentioned, my birthday is coming up, so if any silent reader out there in the vast blogosphere feels seriously altruistic, this would make a pretty sweet gift.