The two joints that hold the two halves of the unit together have cracked, and it no longer holds to any one position on its own - it's very floppy. In fact, today, one of those two joints has snapped in a second location, so not only is it rotating freely around the X axis, it has a little mobility rotating around the Z axis as well.
This thing isn't gonna last too much longer. I just hope it lasts long enough for me to get the funds together to replace it. Which could be as early as December. (At which point, if I actually DO have the funds together - which doesn't seem likely - I get to decide if I want to replace this system that I know I like, or try to pick up the Sony or Nintendo next-generation-home-gaming-system, both of which should be out by then, and both of which I irrationally want without having tried either.)
OK, I'm done whining for the moment. End of Line.
Oh wait, one more moment of whinage: Eight hours of Boards review classes tomorrow, then the Boards exams on Friday and Saturday of next week. EEEEEEK!!!!