Security of the USA compromised by Welchia?

State Department Computers Hit by Virus: “The State Department’s electronic system for checking every visa applicant for terrorist or criminal history failed worldwide for several hours late Tuesday because of a computer virus, leaving the U.S. government briefly unable to issue visas.”

“It was unclear which computer virus might have affected the system. But a separate message sent to embassies and consular offices late Tuesday warned that the Welchia virus had been detected in one facility.”

I’ll get you my pretty!

New York Post:: “The music industry has turned its big legal guns on Internet music-swappers – including a 12-year-old Upper West Side girl”

“I got really scared. My stomach is all turning,” Brianna said last night at the city Housing Authority apartment on West 84th Street where she lives with her mom and her 9-year-old brother.

Where’s my Flying Car?

We just got back from visiting Julia’s mom in the little town of Sidney, Ohio.
Much to my surprise, the local Historical Society is hosting a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.
And it’s one of my favorite topics: “Yesterday’s Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future

Anyone who’s been to a World’s Fair, or seen Popular Mechanics from the ’40s and ’50s will recognize the breathless predictions.

Flying cars!

Mile-high cities!

Vacations on the Moon!

Software that works!


Another cool vision of the future is the


exhibit over at
Lost Highways.