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Taking a Train Through Time

Posted on 2013.09.04 at 11:51
Kottke posted this mesmerizing video from the Beeb of a train trip from London to Brighton. Or, rather, three trips, from 1953, 1983, and 2013, run side by side by side.

Edit: hmm, can't seem to make the embed work right. Here's the link.


Posted on 2012.07.11 at 11:48
Here's a very cool inflatable airplane from Goodyear that was marketed to the air force as a 'plane in a box' that could be dropped to downed pilots or carried easily by a jeep. Sadly, it was vulnerable to arrows...

I'm ready to take my next vehicle for a spin

Posted on 2012.03.21 at 22:29


Jetman Flying in Formation

Posted on 2011.12.10 at 12:57
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Looks like a lot of fun. I'm surprised he can walk with it on.


--> I see that Hard Case Crime, the noir book series reprieved from an early death by Titan Books, will be publishing Blood on the Mink by Robert Silverberg this coming April. It joins a lineup including books by specfic writers Roger Zelazny, Stephen King, and Robert Bloch.

--> Donald Maass, James Scott-Bell, and Christopher Vogler discuss story structure

--> Kiersten White presents tongue-in-cheek 'rules' of various genres.

--> Locus maintains an excellent list of the winners and nominees for a wide range of genre awards. Meanwhile, NESFA has a list of recursive SF (novels, stories, etc about SF) that is only a little out of date.

--> Approved: a tunnel from Russia to Alaska. Currently intended for cargo only. I would so drive it if there were a car lane!

--> Autry's "Bug" is a Ninahagenesque delight.


--> GQ has an article about real life superheroes, including Seattle's Phoenix Jones.

Phrases you don't hear very often

Posted on 2011.02.15 at 21:55
"My manbag is going business class?"


(I'm just pleasantly surprised he wasn't delayed long enough so his flight would leave without him.)

Airport Security the Israili Way

Posted on 2010.11.15 at 16:34
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I dream of a day American handles security at airports half so well a Israel.
"Israelis, unlike Canadians and Americans, don't take s--- from anybody. When the security agency in Israel (the ISA) started to tighten security and we had to wait in line for — not for hours — but 30 or 40 minutes, all hell broke loose here. We said, 'We're not going to do this. You're going to find a way that will take care of security without touching the efficiency of the airport."


Via dsmoen.

They Broke the Ocean

Posted on 2010.06.04 at 16:34
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Yeah. BP. Merely the worst of a bad lot, and I say that as the son of an oil geologist.

Cherie Priest mourns, then she motivates.

I didn't know the Safeway brand gasoline was BP. I will stop buying there immediately. Must research Costco brand.

Done. Their various locations buy from local wholesalers in their areas. I asked about Seattle specifically, and they say that the wholesalers buy from every major gasoline producer. Annoying answer, non-definitive. They're more difficult to access from our house, but I'll buy gas there instead.

Click here. Washington state bans it, by the way.

Uno: Not Just a Card Game

Posted on 2008.04.28 at 16:19
This looks like a lot of fun.

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