The Rotodyne

The BBC Magazine has recently run an article about a remarkable aircraft – the Rotodyne. It was a hybrid between a helicopter and a turbo-prop airplane. There is also an article about it on Wikipedia, and a short one at pilotfriend.com.

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A postcard with humor – old style

Some people collect stamps. Some collect coins. And some collect postcards.
Collecting picture postcards even has a name – it is called Deltiology.

The postcard above is from a blog-post titled
Groans and Grins: Collecting Punny Postcards.

The postcard was published by the Asheville Postcard Co., from Asheville, North Carolina
(it says so on the back – found this via web-search).
Date is unknown, but it looks like early 1950-ies.
Old-style humor!

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Antarctic Canyon

BBC writer Jonathan Amos presents a story about an ongoing geophysical survey in Antarctica. There are indications that “a vast, previously unrecognised canyon system could be hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet.”




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David Bowie

David Bowie, 1947-2016.
A great artist.

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Where is the real Star Wars?

In the last week of December 2015, I watched the new Star Wars movie – The Force Awakens.
I was deeply disappointed.
It is a good movie, but not more than that.
A lot of retro, which I liked, but nothing more than that – just recycling of old ideas without much imagination.
The movie may be entertaining, but I find that the recent Charlie Rose interview with George Lucas is much more interesting.
It seems to me that Star Wars is not Star Wars without Lucas.

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From perseverance to relieving pain and fever


Ibuprofen, is an anti-inflammatory drug that is used for relieving pain, helping with fever and reducing inflammation. It is one of the most widely used medicines around the world.

A recent article on BBC tells the story of Dr. Stewart Adams and his work on development of Ibuprofen.
In the 1950s, Dr. Adams and his colleagues (of Boots UK), worked for 10 years, painstakingly testing various combinations of chemicals: Continue reading

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Are we happy? Are we content?

A guy named Jeff Haden has posted this nice philosophical piece, titled
Why Doesn’t Anyone Ever Feel Rich? (Or Even Happy?),
on LinkedIn Pulse (see here).
He is a “ghostwriter, speaker and … editor”.
This piece can be considered “motivational”,
but it really touches a point about satisfaction and happiness in life.

Except for it being tuned to the typical standards of modern (Western) life,
there is nothing new in it,
as it reflects timeless insights from Buddhist philosophy and possibly from most religions and philosophies around the world.
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