Under the file of "I don't have enough to worry about in my life today" comes news from MidwestBusiness.com that I now need to worry about solar "superstorms" that will cause multi-state blackouts, make satellites fall from the sky, cause "economic devistation" and...
Disrupt my cell phone service -- for an extended period of time!
The news comes from Purdue University Physics experts and the predicted ETA for these storms is in five years... in 2012. Read more about the historical precedent for these storms (back before we were so dependent on disruptable technology) and the predictions for the next solar superstorm for this century.
THESE are the things that help me to reconcile my two opposing urges (one to be totally high tech and the second to move back to my VERY rural farm and live life completely "off grid"). *sigh*