yeah, you can get infinatley close to the speed of light, but you cant go as fast or faster.However, like you said, it is possible for information to travel faster than the speed of light (there was a thread on a chemical reaction that was something like 3 times faster than the speed of light).
but what happens as you approach the speed of light, is time slows down and objects appear to be skewedTime was for a long time thought to be constant around the universe, but Einstein theorized that time is effected by gravity, and light is the only constant thing in our universe.
there is also some crazy cool shit that happens with black holes. Apparently, if you were to enter a black hole, everything would appear the same, but to the outside veiwer, you appear to get sucked in. Im not too knowledgable about this, but what I can remember is something like in the space between the person that is in the black hole, and the information horizon (the begining of a black hole) the light will get sucked into the black hole, producing a skewed image to the outside observer.
crazy cool shit. This is what Hawking discovered, and he is currently working on a mathmatical formula to prove it.