Waverider Hypersonic Aircraft Tears the Sky a New Ass Read more

Waverider Hypersonic Aircraft Tears the Sky a New Ass

  This seems to be the week for aviation news.  Yesterday I wrote about the first flight across the continental United States of a solar-powered airplane.  Today it’s time for something completely different:  the successful final flight of the X-51A Waverider hypersonic aircraft, which took place last Wednesday, May 1. The Waverider aircraft — a […]

Kim Phuc - burned Vietnamese girl - pictured in 2001 Read more

When Faced with the Absurdities of Human Civilization, There Are Two Things You Can Do, One Positive, One Negative

When you hear about an event like the bombing at the Boston Marathon yesterday — or, worse, directly experience it yourself — there’s a momentary response that can occur, a split-second thought and associated feeling that often flashes through the mind before other questions and objectifying rational analysis set in. The feeling/thought is:  that’s absurd. […]

Friday Pic to Make You Smile (11) Read more

Friday Pic to Make You Smile (11)

As you’re no doubt aware, a bunch of gun-control bills have passed in Colorado this week, while further restrictions are being considered at the federal level and in other states.  Here’s a pic for people on both sides of the debate…     Myself, I tend to be a contrarian.  With respect to a given […]

If You Want Ferrari’s Best Supercar Ever — the LaFerrari — Better Put in Your Request Now Read more

If You Want Ferrari’s Best Supercar Ever — the LaFerrari — Better Put in Your Request Now

The fastest road-going Ferrari ever built — the LaFerrari — is Ferrari’s attempt to redefine the performance and technological limits of contemporary supercars.  Time (and testing) will tell if it’s the car at the top of the heap after competing head-to-head with the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1.  But right now, […]