Read some of your blog, especially the parts specific to an EE. You give some good advise, and I really appreciate your, um, "freeness" with the documents.
I've taken a similar strategy with my LORs, getting one from my technical writing professor. Also helps that I was an English major when I first started undergrad.
Did you get any specific commentary on your engineering background from adcoms? I'm wary of emphasizing things like courseload and weed-out courses like you did in my PS; I'm pretty arrogant in real life, and I'd rather than not come off too strongly in my statement.
Sure, whichever one offers you more money has the better program.
Good advise. What if I don't get any money from either? Of course, I'm considering other factors (location, housing, happiness of students), but is there any quantifiable difference in the quality of the IP programs?