As for w00t, that's use not mention … I know it's Merriam-Webster's 2007 Word of the Year. Nice to see l33t get that kind of attention, but it's really pretty gimmicky, I figure, for WotY. See here for some good discussion of history and use of the term. (I heard the 'we own other team' story this morning, in fact.)
The reason for using it here is not that I've reached level 17 on whatever game the kids are playing these days. Instead, it's that the video of the recent MIT workshop on "Human Simulations of Language Learning" is starting to come on line, here. The presentations address current issues in poverty of stimulus, with — so it looks — a good focus on the really fundamental importance of this debate.
Right now, only Robert Berwick and Mike Coen's opening remarks and Lila Gleitman's talk and Q&A are up, but the rest is coming. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but am eager to.