On a lighter note, I got a big stack of books for Christmas - some design books, some novels, and more than a few in a genre called Steampunk.
I refer to it that way because, unlike cyberpunk, steampunk is still somewhat obscure, but it's a lot of fun. Imagine a mashup of Victorian era politics (the British Empire in the Victorian/Edwardian era, the US as an Old West frontier, etc) with steam-powered space travel.
Anyway, I've started reading one of the books, and am really enjoying it. Can't wait to get to all the rest!
I also got some more CD's by "The Real Tuesday Weld," and while it's not exactly steampunk, it's similar, in that it's a mashup of old and new, tinpan alley with modern electronica. Way fun!