Airborne Awesomosity

Betting Man

Last week marked 58 years since a relatively unknown yet undoubtedly impressive stunt was pulled off in New York City (and this week is 56 years since it was pulled off again, but we’ll get to that momentarily). On the late evening of September 30, 1956, the young Thomas Fitzpatrick, whilst enjoying some […]


Startup: Unpacking The Longest Journey

Usually the last thing you want to do after a long trip is pack. A trip to the ISS would be a long and exhausting one indeed, but at least you’ve got microgravity to help unload.


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User Input: Slower is Better

I’ve had a few friends, of whom I am rather envious, who have managed to take a few intercontinental vacations. In today’s day and age, that’s really not all that remarkable, but it’s also a marker of an era that has long-since passed into the mists of time. I’ve talked before about how […]

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User Input: Drunken Philosophizing

This morning’s User Input is brought to you courtesy of Number_Six. Specifically, it’s brought to you by the fact that Number_Six’ flight was cancelled, and for some reason he ended up catching a flight to Edmonton en route to Toronto. Since he had a few hours stop-over in this lovely city, he texted […]


Shutdown: Around the World in 1800 Days

 Who wants to take a little trip?


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Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: Quality Time

It’s a holiday season around these parts, and what better to do than take a vacation from your job? Four day weekend! Since it is Thanksgiving in the USA, that means thoughtful introspection and reflection on those things for which we are grateful, celebrated with family days of super extreme shopping! Who needs sleep when you have the intense personal satisfaction of a good deal? Of course, being lazy Americans, we have come up with an answer for this–online shopping! Never leave your couch! So to celebrate, in our own Toasters way, I invite you to just spent your vacation time over here with us, quandaring! Why bother going outside? Leave your cares and worries behind, and just play on the internet, because it is Quixotic Quantum Quandary time!

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User Input: Full Pucker

“I’ll slow down… just hop out.”

Techie is going to be travelling later this week, and for most people, this wouldn’t be all that big a deal. Where Techie lives, however, which is also where I grew up, flying in and out can be a bit of a nail-biting adventure. Living in the […]

Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: Throwback

Undoubtedly for most of us it has happened that the temptation was just too great to worry about the warranty. Maybe it was a car, maybe it was a cell phone, or even your old tube television set with the extra warnings about electrocuting yourself, but either stuff breaks or you just want to see what is inside, and you have to break that seal. Lucky for me, this Quixotic Quantum Quandary item happened to come along with this pre-existing condition, thus alleviating any guilt I might ever feel should it require some preventative maintenance.

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Summer Vacation

Summer is coming, start planning early!


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Airborne Awesomosity, Go-Fast Technology


This scene should have been repeated for the next twenty years

The 1950s and ’60s were the best of times and the worst of times for the British aerospace industry. They were the best because the country’s engineers were at the top of their game, producing excellent machines like the Vulcan, Canberra, Lightning, and ground-breaking TSR-2. The worst because of the government’s disgraceful and vicious assault on a world-class industry. Continue reading Roto-rooted