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Suicide Hill

Written: August, 2009 in London, U.K. Occurred: Summer, Late 1980s/Early 1990s in Oregon House, CA When I was growing up in Oregon House, I often used to go riding around on my Predator BMX bike with my friends Pat and Shane (who had similar bicycles). Like most boys we would seek out excitement and go … Continue reading

Why Aren’t We Building Things Like This Anymore?  The Soviet Lun-Class Ekranoplan Ground Effect Vehicle…
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Why Aren’t We Building Things Like This Anymore? The Soviet Lun-Class Ekranoplan Ground Effect Vehicle…

“Ground-effect” craft are like airplanes, except they travel over the surface at a very low altitude — just a few meters — buoyed by a cushion of lift that exists up to a height roughly equal to the craft’s wingspan. In the late 1980s, the Soviet Union built a number of experimental ground-effect military vehicles. … Continue reading

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Speed Is Good

I’m frequently criticized for my speed, but speed is a wonderful, glorious thing and it’s rightfully celebrated in all walks of life. It’s no frivolous endeavor, but fundamental to success in nature – when it comes to prey versus hunter, the faster survives and the slower does not. Humans choose to measure their speed against … Continue reading