Years ago a buddy and I were having a couple of beers while a couple of rough looking characters at the other end of the bar had a heated discussion. Above the din of the bar, one was heard shouting at the other: "Man, shut the fuck up. You ain't even a saucier." » 9/24/14 5:12pm 9/24/14 5:12pm

That's an amazing photo of a mind-bending aircraft. There was a great article about that firefighting operation in Air&Space Smithsonian Magazine probably 20 years ago. Their demise was likely due in no small part to the fact that they were making a lot of parts from scratch to keep them in the air. » 9/15/14 11:28pm 9/15/14 11:28pm

Nah, I'm an occasional cyclist in the city, and most of them are terrible. I mean, I'll go through an intersection without stopping when I can see both ways it's clear, but bikers in Philly will cross against the light at 4 vs. 4-lane intersections like Broad and Spring Garden. » 9/11/14 10:25pm 9/11/14 10:25pm

I remember waking up on 9/11 and looking out the window and thinking it would be a great day for a bike ride. I didn't have to be at work until 3 in the afternoon, so mornings back then were pretty leisurely. I was just getting out of bed, when my roommate burst into my room and said something to the effect of… » 9/11/14 9:47pm 9/11/14 9:47pm

I once spent two weeks riding around Ecuador in a guady, rattling Hino tourist bus, but I was in college, had a girl to put my arm around and beer was available in gas station vending machines, so there wasn't much to complain about. The frat boys on the trip with us insisted on playing Phish on an endless loop on the… » 9/03/14 12:09pm 9/03/14 12:09pm

It's safer if you have an engine failure in the pattern and can't make a safe emergency landing. It's safer if you get lost in IMC and run out of gas. It's safer if you get into a spin, and can't recover using standard procedures. It's safer when all the redundancies and safety procedures that pilots ordinarily use… » 8/30/14 11:44pm 8/30/14 11:44pm

When you're driving, the exhaust streams out behind the car and is dissipated into the atmosphere. When you're idling, it blows whichever way the wind is going, which could be underneath the car or over and around it. And that's if the exhaust system was in good shape with no leaks. » 8/28/14 12:33pm 8/28/14 12:33pm