One of the to-do items on my list this week is to renew my passport - it expires next year, and I might as well do it before I need to travel internationally again (next February). As you'd expect, the USA have begun to issue biometric passports - I have no problem with this, but for the love of God, would you look at the new design? I haven't seen anything this outrageously ugly since, well, the new quarters that started showing up a few years ago.
On the bright side, it's nice to see Spanish added to the languages used in the passport (take that, France!). But did we really need huge waving flags, a bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the lunar lander, Mount Rushmore, and Washington crossing the Delaware?