June 6th, 2011

krazy koati

Who cared, to make it begin?

[ The new modem should be in tomorrow, maybe. ]

Buck Rogers Chapter 9, ``Bodies Without Minds'', opens with the discovery that Rogers, Deering, and Prince Tallen are not dead.

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Trivia: Alberto Santos-Dumont's 19 October 1900 attempt to win a prize for flying a balloon-type airship from the Aéro-Club de France headquarters in Saint Cloud around the Eiffel Tower and back (around 11 kilometers) saw his engine fail about half a kilometer from the finish line. Santos walked out, without safety line (or parachute) on the keel of his balloon to make repairs, and crossed the finish line ... 40 seconds later than the prize's deadline allowed. He was, after review, awarded the 129,000 franc prize (approximately US$25,800 at the time; today, perhaps something like a half-million dollars), which he split between his mechanics (54,000 fr) and the Paris police (75,000 fr) for distribution to the city's four thousand registered beggars. Source: Taking Flight: Inventing The Aerial Age From Antiquity Through The First World War, Richard P Hallion. (I dare you to tell me any part of that adventure isn't cool.)

Currently Reading: The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation At The World-Famous Comedy Theater, Mike Thomas.