July 11th, 2008


[travel] The speed of line

At Eppley Field. I’ve flown out of this airport at least 50 times in the past ten years, probably closer to 100, and I have never seen the security line like it is this morning. Good thing I was here 90 minutes before flight time.

Just now I heard someone screaming at the TSA guys — not smart. A lot of airport security is total B.S., but that’s not the fault of the people working the checkpoint. And there are burly gentlemen with firearms and powers of arrest lurking nearby at all times.

As it is, I probably don’t have time for a link salad before I’m out of here. I’m good, though. A decent night’s sleep, and day of nearly normal digestive health, have a gone a long way to easing my spirits as well as my physical comfort.

Y’all play nice today.

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[links] Belated link salad for a Friday

bsdotrand with a surprising comment on Escapement Powell's | Amazon ] — Well, surprising to me at any rate. I’m rather impressed with their insight.

Check out the Steampunk Abecedary — it’s kind of amazing what you guys can do [ LiveJournal | jlake.com ] — (Most of the action is on the LiveJournal comments.)

Batman by Michael Bay — Hahahahah. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

The cognitive technology of numbers — “Cognitive technology.” Wow. What a concept.

Elizabeth Hand writing at Salon on the passing of Thomas M. Disch — (Thanks to my Aunt M.)

An airline pilot on TSA — (Thanks to my Aunt M.)

A Hint of New Life to a McCain Birth Issue — An analysis of whether McCain is qualified by citizenship to be president. To be clear, I think this is a bogus issue, just like the “McCain doesn’t know to use a computer” thing is bogus. (My own birth circumstances are rather similar, but I’m in no danger of running for president in this lifetime.) However, consider the focus of the Right on the circumstances of Obama’s birth and related qualification for office: imagine for a moment that sort of focus on McCain, where there is a clearly colorable claim, as opposed to woolly conspiracy theories about forged birth certificates. As with so many other issues-of-character and personal past by which Democrats are hung out to dry, it’s OK if you’re a Republican.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (travelling)
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[personal] A tiny bit of updatery

In Dallas, waiting for my connecting flight. I doubt I’ll be back online much before late this evening, but I wanted to mention a couple of things before they slip my mind.

I’m an aficionado of the view above the clouds. I’ve seen some amazing things from the little ovoid aircraft window, from towering electrical storms by moonlight, to the entire Cascade volcano line backlit by blazing sunset, to streams of emergency vehicles pacing our landing, to the Zurich airport racing byvery close to the wingtip and perpendicular to my personal orientation. Today I saw two things I’d never seen before.

After a long nap, I awoke to look out. The sun was directly behind my angle of view, so I saw the shadow of our aircraft on a nearby cloud, surrounded by a circular rainbow. Moments later we broke into clearer skies, and I saw bright rays of light at a long angle, light spotlights in the sky, illuminating the ground amid the dimmer light of morning. Nothing I could possibly have photographed, but amazing images.

Also, I’ve gone about 36 hours now in something resembling normal digestive health. The relief this represents is profound. Two nights of decent sleep doesn’t hurt either. This gives me hope for an energetic and productive weekend.

Boarding soon.

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