Having resisted the desire to write here whatsoever during the final stretch of the US campaign season, in part because it was so bitter during the middle of it, that anything I wrote likely would have been a desperate plea of pragmatic reason for the guy who got elected (and thus no desire for angry or wild letters), and out of laziness and attentions elsewhere. If an explanation is ever demanded of me, then do so. ; )

Now free from it all, with a new, hopeful course for the United States and the world, we can again look at the future with optimism and awe for what is yet to come, as we once could easily do at the beginning of the century, before all this mess. Some snippets of news from around the world these past seven days have helped a good deal.

First, while just as likely to be a “what ever happened to that idea?” two years from now, there was the announcement of plans for a true flying car – perhaps this one will finally work [the design is very sci-fi like, with wings that look as effective as a penguin’s]. As for why the designers chose as Ferrari and not a DeLorian, I don’t know – but regardless if they do get it working by 2015, I will be elated. If one can fly in it Los Angeles in 2019 while listening to Vangelis, I will be even more ecstatic.

Second in our tour of the future, the discovery of a massive crystal cave reminiscent in some ways of the fictional planet Krypton or various other fantasy and sci-fi locations, albeit deep beneath the surface. As if something from Verne’s Journey to the center of the Earth, it demonstrates that there are things of awe and magnificence on our own dusty sphere remain to be discovered in an era when everything seems “been-there, done that”.

And finally, news in regards to our travels beyond – even if only within our system. The Register (amongst others) reports on the belief in the theoretical effectiveness of what could be acurately characterized and romanticized as “starship ion & radiation deflector shields.” For witty thoughts, see the article.