For the record, the backlight is still dead (but I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get it fixed under warranty). As for the warped rim — thank you to everyone for the advice, I’ll probably be getting someone to look at it when I get back. Now that it’s been a couple days, I can tell you there is a faint noise.
In just a few minutes I’ll be hopping in bed for about 4 hours. Almost not worth it, but not quite. Then I’m carpooling up with Tampa with Hugo to catch my 6:50am flight. Wish me luck!