Why an airline that travelers love is failing.
Virgin America, named the "top overall airline in the U.S." with a huge wow factor
is having financial problems and experiencing cutbacks. Meanwhile, deep discounter Spirit Air
is imposing $100 checked-bag fees
, is wildly profitable, and has high bookings. [more inside]
A chance of a lifetime for aspiring filmmakers: Kevin Spacey
stars in three scripts from the Jameson-sponsored First Shot contest. In the phenomenal The Ventriloquist
a ventriloquist and his dummy are having a hard time relating to each other and humanity; in The Envelope
, a Russian man's hobby fulfills his purpose; and in Spirit of a Denture
a mild-mannered dentist faces off with a difficult patient.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has announced
: NASA has ended operational planning activities for the Mars rover Spirit and transitioned the Mars Exploration Rover Project to a single-rover operation focused on Spirit's still-active twin, Opportunity.
New Scientist has a quality obituary
for the little Mars Rover that could.
Hand drawn 3D comics lettering: Stone Type
. Classic front page lettering from Superman, The Spirit, Sgt. Rock, La Garage Hermetique, The Incredible Hulk &c.
Add some purple to your outfit today! October 20th is LBGTQ Spirit Day
. Show your pride by remembering those
who have taken their lives
because of gay bullying
Columbia Hills Flyover 2.0
- "a flyover of the Columbia Hills on Mars using data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Spirit, the Mars rover. "
Viewing the Penanggalan
of Malaysian folklore usually takes intestinal fortitude
[NSFW], but there are also emotional
, and playful
depictions of this monstrous creature. (Previously)
to the majority
who have seen it so far, Frank Miller horrifically butchered Will Eisner's legendary comic The Spirit
with his upcoming Sin City
-esque film adaptation opening next week. In order to make the pain about a thousand times worse, here's an in-depth story
about how there was almost a chance two decades earlier for Brad Bird, director of The Iron Giant
and The Incredibles
, to have done an animated version with the help of future founder of Pixar John Lasseter.
Real robot drama is happening on Mars today. Spirit
, racing for her life
to find shelter before winter, injured
after four years of hard labor, may have made her most significant find yet. The broken foot she's dragged behind her for the past two years unexpectedly uncovered evidence of a once-wet Mars with conditions theoretically hospitable for primitive life
was an American jazz/hard rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California. Their 1970 album Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
is highly regarded for originality and uniqueness and is considered by many to be one of the best albums made by a Los Angeles group [source
]. Among the many bits of fascinating rock trivia surrounding the group: founder and frontman Randy California jammed with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix
Curious fans can also peruse unofficial sites for original members and founders Randy California
and Jay Ferguson
With all this talk of wars in distant countries, it's easy to forget that there's exciting things going on just 300 million km from your back porch. NASA has provided 90 second videos of the first 90 sols of the Spirit
[5MB .mov] and Opportunity
rovers [5MB .mov].
More Mars Express images.
The German space agency (DLR) has the biggest and fastest loading set of Mars Express images I've seen so far. Among them is one which apparently was not part of the press kit (it hasn't been in any MEX-related report), and is not on the official ESA site
: This one
. It shows the Spirit rover landing site in Gusev crater -- and the area is covered with a green substance. Olivine or salt, perhaps. It should be highly interesting to get spectral readings. [Note: These images are, to my knowledge, near true color like all other MEX/HRSC photos.]
Mars, take II
- Still no word from Beagle 2
), unfortunately, as Mars maintains its tough reputation. However, the first of two rovers much larger than 1997's very successful Pathfinder is expected to hit the Martian surface with a giant bounce tonight at 8:35 p.m. PST. Check out the realistic simulation videos
of how it will land and get to work, then watch Nasa TV
(RealVideo) for live coverage.
You're short of money. You're not afraid to make a fool of yourself. You have no pride. You have a musical instrument to abuse. Well - that, apparently, is easy. At least if you're a Guardian journalist. But what else can a feller do these days to drum up that old "Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime?" spirit?
Airline gives free flights on Sept. 11
Spirit Airlines will give away seats on every one of its flights for the one-year anniversary. Is this a good idea? Will anyone, anywhere want to fly that day, even for free?