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The Skies are Getting Very Congested: VIDEO


Here's a cool time-lapse of all landings at San Diego International Airport on Black Friday Nov 23, 2012 between 1030 am and 300 pm fused into a 25-second clip. Enjoy!


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The 'Hover Bike' is Almost Ready for its Debut: VIDEO


Aerofex, a company in the business of hover technology, is in the process of designing a 'hover bike' which responds to the rider's own sense of balance: "So far, according to Blastr they've achieved flights of 30 mph hovering 15 feet above the ground. With a little more tuning, these bad boys could be available for market by 2014."

Who's going to be the first to bring one to Burning Man?



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A Bird Did This


A United Airlines 737 descending into Denver was struck by a bird, landed safely:

Unsightly as the nasal indentation may have been, an aviation expert told the station that the nose is actually the best place for an airplane to get hit.

"It didn't affect the engines. It didn't affect the landing gear from coming down at all," Steve Cowell, who is also a pilot, told the station. "Passengers probably wouldn't have felt anything, but the pilot certainly would have heard the smack of the bird on the nose."

New iPhone, Android App Will Track NYC Subways in Real Time


Later this year, a new app called is going to make life a lot easier for New Yorkers who waste a lot of time waiting for trains, as it will push real-time subway tracking direct to smartphones.

Fast Company writes:

Straphangers accessing via their mobile device will be able to instantly tell if they have enough time to grab a cup of coffee before they duck into the station--or if there are any service delays., written entirely in HTML5, is currently in non-functioning beta; a full version will be released later this year when real-time train information is made available to developers.

Fast Company adds that the app was demonstrated over the weekend at PDF: Applied, a programming challenge at the Personal Democracy Forum and is device-agnostic and should be coming out later this year when the MTA releases real-time data sets for NYC subway lines.

Gay Man Searched at London Airport on Suspicion of Pedophilia Because 'He Had a Camera and a Boyfriend'

The UK's Pink News uncovered a disturbing incident that happened last year at London's Gatwick Airport filed as part of a critique of security practices there in which a gay man was stopped on suspicion of pedophilia simply because he had a boyfriend and a camera. The man's HIV status was also openly discussed:

GatwickThe report outlined the details: “The passenger was stopped and asked routine questions about their trip. When the officer indicated they wished to search the baggage, the passenger requested that this be done in a more private place. This request and a further request on this issue were refused. The contents of the passenger’s bag were then openly displayed including photographic equipment.

“The officer subsequently left the passenger to undertake background checks and later emerged signalling that the passenger could continue on their way.

“The officer then commented to another officer that the passenger was HIV positive; the colleague then advised that the searching officer should use stronger hand gel. These comments were made within earshot of the passenger and indeed other passengers in the channel.

“When subsequently asked why this passenger had been stopped immediately after this interaction, the officer commented that the passenger ‘looked like he might be involved in paedophilia’ and then went on to say that ‘the presence of the camera and the fact he had a boyfriend confirmed this’ (no photos were examined).

“Notebook records of this exchange were not kept although the passenger was delayed by almost 30 minutes.”

Gay Fear and Fantasy on the Workday Commute: VIDEO


Last Exit, a short film by Siar Sedig.

Those of you who commute every day to work on public transportation, can you relate?



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