Spear of Destiny.


Challenged, Peter offered to undergo ordeal by fire to prove that he was divinely guided. Being in Biblical lands, they chose a Biblical ordeal: Peter would pass through a fiery furnace and would be protected by an angel of God. The crusaders constructed a path between walls of flame; Peter would walk down the path between the flames. He did so, and was horribly burned. He died after suffering in agony for twelve days. There was no more said about the Holy Lance, although one faction continued to hold that Peter was genuine and that this was indeed the true Lance.

Forrás: Wikipedia — Siege of Antioch.
(Also: Sacred Destinations — Antioch.)

The Thrill of Flying the SR-71 Blackbird.

On a typical training mission, we would take off near Sacramento, refuel over Nevada, accelerate into Montana, obtain high Mach over Colorado, turn right over New Mexico, speed across the Los Angeles Basin, run up the West Coast, turn right at Seattle, then return to Beale. Total flight time: two hours and 40 minutes.

Aztán:

One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring the radio traffic of all the mortal airplanes below us. First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. ‘Ninety knots,’ ATC replied. A twin Bonanza soon made the same request. ‘One-twenty on the ground,’ was the reply. To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio with a ground speed check. I knew exactly what he was doing. Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley know what real speed was ‘Dusty 52, we show you at 620 on the ground,’ ATC responded. The situation was too ripe. I heard the click of Walter’s mike button in the rear seat. In his most innocent voice, Walter startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet, clearly above controlled airspace. In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied, ‘ Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground.’ We did not hear another transmis sion on that frequency all the way to the coast.

SR-71: az a nem semmi. (És az a fajta szuper írásmód, amit csak egy mennyeket megjárt ember tud.)

Tengerszint-emelkedés egy pohár vízben.

Minibotrány van a BoingBoing-on: Charles Platt-et, akit talán lehet environmental scepticist-nek bélyegezni, gyakorlatilag kiutálta a BoingBoing San Franciscoban és Al Gore-on szocializálódott közössége. Be is fejezte a vendégbloggerkedését idő előtt, érezhetően némi sértődöttséggel az utolsó postban. Érdekes debate ez, mert Platt nem egy Hummert vezető redneck, aki szerint mindenki kommunista, aki egyetért vele; egyszerűen (és hozzáteszem: kulturáltan, sőt! előre látva/jelezve, hogy ezzel e felfogással, ezen a fórumon biztos parasztlázadást idéz elő) kérdőjelet tesz sok olyan “eredmény” mellé, amit mi, tudatlanságunk miatt, simán evidenciának fogunk fel, illetve elmorfondírozik, hogy milyen érdekcsoportok lehetnek a globális felmelegedés-lobbi mögött. Az egész párrbeszéd eredője persze az, hogy milyen tudatlanok és manipulálhatók vagyunk mi, olvasó emberek is — mindkét irányba.