Sunday, December 20, 2009
The exhibition included costumes, props, video clips, and ship models that were actually used in filming the shows. In addition, there was a replica of the bridge from the original series, and a replica of the transporter room from the Next Generation.
Beam me up!
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
I said that I didn't intend to renew, and the caller politely asked me why.
I said, "The paper is thinner now than it's ever been, but the price keeps going up. And I really don't read it much anymore. I get most of my news online."
I expected the usual sales pitch... perhaps an offer of a lower price, or some persuasive argument about the unique value of local papers.
Instead, the caller said sadly, "Oh OK. Have a nice evening."
Perhaps he was just having a bad day. Perhaps he would normally go into full "sales" mode, and fight for every last subscriber. But I can't help thinking that, even for the people who still work for newspapers, the handwriting is on the wall.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Now, almost 75 years later, there is once again an airship flying from Moffett Field. The airship Eureka, operated by Airship Ventures, is housed in Moffett's Hangar Three. The Eureka is a Zeppelin NT (for new technology) airship. At 275 feet long, it is less than 1/3 the length of the Macon.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
(Blogger 'crops' the embedded video on the right side - you can see the original at video.yahoo.com/watch/5771163/15113200.)
Friday, August 21, 2009
Soon after the commercial was shot, local residents began complaining about the noise and traffic, and the city council decided to pave over the grooves. However, the small town was reluctant to lose a potential tourist attraction, and has since created a new "musical highway" on a more remote stretch of road.
Musical highways, or melody roads, are nothing new in other parts of the world. There are at least three in Japan, as well as others in South Korea and Denmark
Friday, August 07, 2009
British IT teacher John Carverhas just embarks on an 800 mile journey from Land's End, Cornwall, to John o' Groats, Scotland - at the far tip of the United Kingdom.
What makes this trip unusual is that Carver will be traveling by Flyke... a propeller-driven tricycle suspended from a paraglider canopy. The Flyke can travel at over 20 miles per hour, buts need to land for refueling every two hours. Carver will pause at campgrounds along the way, and plans to take three to four week to complete his journey.
If successful, he will set a record for the longest journey by Trike. He also hopes to raise more that £10,000 ($16,750) for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through sponsorships and donations.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
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I've recently gotten into 3-D images... the old-fashioned technology that requires special glasses with red and cyan (or orange and blue) lenses.
These images are called anaglyphs, and they create a stereoscopic 3D effect when viewed with 2 color glasses (each lens a chromatically opposite color, usually red and cyan).
It's pretty easy to produce anaglyphs like the one shown here using a digital camera, and an image manipulation program like PhotoShop.
If you need 3-D glasses, here are some places that will send you a free sample:
rainbowsymphony.com, 3dglassesonline.com, and 3dglasses.net
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Since 1995, the Museum of Pez Memorabilia has operated from a small storefront in Burlingame, California. The quirky museum, which features displays of virtually every Pez dispenser ever made, plus posters, comics, and marketing materials, has become a Mecca for collectors of the candy dispensers.
Now, however, the museum is being sued by the Pez company for copyright violation. The charges are based on a giant model of a classic "snowman" dispenser, which the museum's owners had made as an in-store display.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Yes, there are many, many historic structures endangered by neglect. But you have to admit, Hangar One at Sunnyvale's Moffett Field is pretty exceptional.
This enormous structure, which covers more than 8 acres, was built to house the USS Macon, a Navy scouting and recon dirigible. The Macon itself was pretty exceptional - it was one of the largest helium airships ever built, and actually carried five Sparrowhawk biplanes, making it the world's only flying aircraft carrier!
The Macon crashed in 1953, after less than two years of service.
The historic Hangar One may become a victim of budget battles between the US Navy and NASA. The structure needs a costly environmental clean-up, and in these days of tight budgets, nobody has been willing to commit to the costs of restoration and maintenance.
For more about the structure and the battle to preserve it, visit preservationnation.org
Monday, June 22, 2009
There's something wonderfully demented about modifying a state-of-the-art computer to look like it was built in the 1800's. Kudos to Dave Veloz for his beautiful Mac Mini conversion.
Read more about this project (and see lots of great photos) at the Steampunk Workshop website.
Friday, June 12, 2009
A reflexive verb is one in which the subject and object are the same. In English, I've heard there is just one verb that can only be used reflexively: perjure. (You can perjure yourself, but you can't perjure someone else.)
Let me know if you can think of another example.
And here's an unusual word I hadn't heard before: bespoke, meaning "custom made." The term originally referred to custom suits and clothing, but is now applied to other luxury, hand-made goods. (Thanks to Michael's Custom Suits and Clothing of Los Angeles.)