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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-21 03:36
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Then and nowx planes with a striking pair of photos of a wrecked WW II flying boat.

The Amazing Steam Engines Of The First CenturyAn online translation of an ancient text reveals some engineering marvels from antiquity. The question isn't who invented or discovered something first. The question is who managed to do so in a way that the idea propagated.

Il était une fois... les technologies du passé. — French kids try to make sense of technology of decades past. (Via goulo.)

Mud Volcano Emerges from the Arabian Sea — You have to like the headline.

Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance -In 1798 — Really, I can't imagine. She's not smart, articulate, or oratorial; as Rush Limbaugh says, that's precisely what America needs in a leader.

GOP's childish opposition to healthcare reform — There's telling it like it is.

Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance -In 1798 — A little bit from the Founders themselves. So embarrassing when they're not good Tea Partiers, isn't it? (Thanks to danjite.)

'Else You Will Be Dealt With According to Mob Law' — Violence and intimidation in the antebellum South. Some interesting parallels here to the current conservative discourse of victimization.

?otD: Window or aisle?

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User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-01-21 12:02 (UTC)
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AotD: Window (always)!

I highly recommend Louise Knight's Jane Addams biography. Her story revealed a pattern of conservative discourse resisting Addams' progressive movement that is eerily familiar.
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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2011-01-21 13:26 (UTC)
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Aisle. Gives me a place to put my feet.
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User: nicosian
Date: 2011-01-21 14:42 (UTC)
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window on long flights so I can curl up and sleep, aisle on short flights for the quick getaway
aisle as well if I have freakishly short connections.

Once had to run off a plane the instant it landed, run up the gangway, across the boarding lounge and straight on to the next plane. RUN. Not walk. Legging it. Shortest connection ever. ( approx 2 minutes.)

That's the sort of thing that happens when your orlando bound flight apparently lands in oh, another county and decides to drive 30 min to the airport. ( Ok, maybe not another county but I'm sure they could have landed just a wee bit closer.)
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User: kellymccullough
Date: 2011-01-21 19:23 (UTC)
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Aisle, I feel less trapped.
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User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2011-01-21 21:13 (UTC)
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Same here. Doubly so after gout attacks when the knee is "happier" to be periodically extended. Also less irksome to folks whne you need to use the facilities. As I'm also a burly guy, the modern Shrinking Airplane Seat doesn't accomodate me well, so having to squish only 1 person on my side helps ;-)

re: 1798. You'd hope this would encourage some to revisit their ideas of the Founders, or even what the real Tea Party was about (or that it took John Adams & his ilk to make a country out of Sam Adams' "rabble-rousing"). But as Theodoric of York, Medieval Tea Partier says "Naaaaaah."
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Amy Sisson
User: amysisson
Date: 2011-01-21 22:14 (UTC)
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Aisle, aisle, aisle. I hate bothering other people when I want to use the restroom.

Since Paul flies so much (not quite as much as you!), he gets frequent upgrades, and if we're together he gives me the first class seat. So we have developed this convoluted booking thing, wherein he books us separately -- more change for an upgrade for one person than a party of two, which they'll just skip over. He books MY seat as the window and his as the aisle so that if I move up front, he gets to stay in the window seat as his preference.

Almost every flight, though, when we're sitting with the empty middle seat between us, someone tries to get us to switch so they can have my aisle seat. Sometimes I'm a sucker and say yes. The last time I switched, I shouldn't have. The 40-something guy was whining like a 2-year-old. But I switched.... and then got upgraded. Good deeds are sometimes rewarded, it seems (although I know that was just coincidence).
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2011-01-22 00:21 (UTC)
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AotD: Window. If I can't see out the window I get claustrophobic.
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zxhrue: nuisance
User: zxhrue
Date: 2011-01-22 05:56 (UTC)
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?otD: Window or aisle? any seat in the emergency exit row, otherwise aisle.
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User: jordan179
Date: 2011-01-23 20:06 (UTC)
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The Amazing Steam Engines Of The First Century — An online translation of an ancient text reveals some engineering marvels from antiquity. The question isn't who invented or discovered something first. The question is who managed to do so in a way that the idea propagated.

A lot has to do with the social context. The 1st-century Hellenistic world despised menial and "mechanic" labor as unfitting a gentleman and else unfitting a philosopher, who was supposed to be a gentleman. The concept of technological and overall "progress" did not exist: instead the world was supposed to be declining from a morally-superior golden age in which men lived like (happy) animals. And the political unity of the Roman Empire meant that an idea, once rejected in one place, might be rejected everywhere.

17th-18th century Europe was very different. At least in England and the Netherlands, craftsmen were respected. Progress was an observable reality. And a country which rejected a useful idea (think "Spain") by doing so only reduced its own importance in the future.

Wonder what cultural flaws today impel us to reject superior technologies? My prime candidate is nuclear fission reactors: there are some remarkably cheap and safe designs on the market, but an essentially superstitious fear of anything "atomic" or "nuclear" has led many nations to utterly reject such power generation systems, even as they moan about their dependence on fossil fuels. And yes, I'm talking in part about America.
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