Saturday, October 30, 2010

Historical Perspective

When someone tells you that political campagins are nastier now than they've ever been before, just laugh. They need some historical perspective:

You should also laugh if anyone talks about "the good old days" or suggests things are worse now than ever before, or that the world is getting worse and worse.

Again, a little knowledge of history is a wonderful antidote.

Monday, October 11, 2010

SpaceShipTwo - VSS Enterprise, First Crewed Free Flight Video

On the morning of October 10, 2010 VSS Enterprise (SpaceShipTwo) conducted its first crewed glide test.

Here is a video from Virgin Galactic by way of YouTube:

Friday, October 08, 2010

Quote for the Day

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

William Pitt the Younger, Speech in the House of Commons (November 18, 1783)