Friday, December 19, 2008

Becoming a Pilot In a Most Unusual Way

Our soldiers and sailors deployed to Iraq endure harsh conditions in the performance of their mission. Trying to beat the monotony of down time and perhaps even to take their minds off their difficult jobs is a challenge. AOPA brings us the story of a group of our finest professionals taking an opportunity to fulfill a dream.

AOPA Online: GA brings a lift to troops in Iraq

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Phil Plait's Top Ten Astronomy Pictures 2008

Dr. Phil Plait takes time out from his positively insane schedule to bring us his annual selection of top astronomy pictures for the year. 

Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2008 | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

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Wisconsin Country Christmas

I've been driving the same route to and from work for more than 6 years. And, even after all this time, new things pop into view that make for wonderful moments.

To those folks who have been following me these three years, from Memphis to Melbourne (Australia), and Salem to Slovakia, I give gracious thanks. I've been in a bit of blogging decline in recent months, as other things have been drawing my focus away. I hope to get that focus back going into next year, so stayed tuned for more great content from "This Blog Title For Sale".

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Lambert Field Passenger Terminal

I consider an airport's architecture to be timeless if it evokes the era when it was built. The main passenger terminal at Lambert - St. Louis International Airport was designed by Minoru Yamasaki and completed in 1956. That was at the dawn of the jet age, and this airport, with its soaring arched ceiling reminds you of the days when DC-3s and DC-4s, Lockheed Constellations and the early jets all mingled together on the tarmac, and travel by plane was a special event.

This is, sadly, the only redeeming feature of the airport. The expansion of the airport in the '80s were utilitarian in design, making it perhaps the most unappealing airport I've ever been to.