You know you’re in trouble when the Russians are adding safety features to your design.
— Maciej Ceglowski
[Regarding the Russian-designed Buran spacecraft, a rip-off of NASA’s Shuttle] —
The Soviets cloned the Space Shuttle
Kottke is usually very good at pulling out the best bits of an article.
Can computer games change the world? -
Using computer games to solve real-world problems or provide education, where have I heard that before… oh yes, here.
So I pulled every nugget from The Great Gatsby related to Gatsby’s personal wealth and income, and every passage that detailed his spending, and — with the help of some experts — tried to re-create a historical ledger that might have shown the state of Jay Gatsby’s fortune, if he had been a real person and not a figment of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s imagination. It turns out that, far from accumulating vast stores of wealth, Jay Gatsby might have been spending beyond his means. — Was the Great Gatsby Broke?
Ivey, a fitness trainer in Atlanta, will use all 60 pounds of the equipment Thursday at an outdoor arena in Aigues-Mortes, in the south of France. He will compete in his first Battle of the Nations, a modern-day, medieval-like combat involving national teams of fighters. —
Battle of the Nations, a Holy Grail of Battle Re-enactments
Sounds awesome, and good fitness too. I like the sounds of ‘all against all,’ sounds like my school days of football.
Why Pay More? by Peter Singer -
There’s something to be said for the high-end products having the money to develop and introduce technologies that filter down and benefit general consumers, but on the whole I agree with this article on why you shouldn’t pay ridiculous sums for conspicuous consumption.
Tender moments caught on Russian dash cams -
We’re used to seeing mad stuff on them, but ubiquitous cameras also capture the good stuff too.
Get ready for more of these things if Google Glass gets traction.
So the DVD cover is finally ready and the website artwork is finished.. this project will be online for all to see very soon!
List of literary initials -
You can see why some authors stick to their initials, some great names in this list:
'Dutch roundabouts' could be seen in London next year -
We might actually be seeing some progress on cycling in the UK.
The Prophets of Oak Ridge -
How a nun, a drifter and a painter/decorator broke into on of the most secure nuclear weapons facilities in the US. Chilling and interesting.