Took a well-advised solo trip with no EPIRB into avalanche country. Fun times! The trail I wanted to take was closed due to avalanche danger. The little curl north of Q was bad times. Left the trail by accident and ended up in dense fog in feet of powder and drifts. Hung off the right side and hit the throttle; did the coolest 360 ever and blasted down the butte.
I was thinking the other night – I don’t think any of the late nights and weekends I’ve put in working on stuff in this industry has moved the ball a single inch. Reading this I think that’s widespread – many people are doing, not building. Nobody cared about the Fire Phone, nobody cared about MSN Mobile, nobody cared about y2k, nobody cared about all the cool crypto stuff we did at $SUNW.
Need to learn to pick projects more carefully, I suppose – but I needed to learn that in the 80s.
I have a copy of Sled Driver somewhere – I think everyone interested in flight had a copy in the mid-90s. The used prices start at $800, the new prices just under $1000. I had forgotten about the limited edition reprint done in the early 2000s; the author himself drops in and leaves the top-rated review of the first edition. Not sure I would have put a phone number in the review, but there it is.
That book was published in 95 and it’s unobtanium 20 years on.
I see a paperback edition of Unintended Consequences has been released, depressing resale prices of used copies. Still, new hardcovers start about $150 and used ones about $75. My introduction to UC was seeing them in a pile at the entrance of an old shooting range, WSI. The PDF is widely circulated; UC was printed in ’96, apparently one time.
The Major’s letter really was from Lincoln. Two bits of evidence:
- He punched Daisy instantly after she spit on it
- When they were dying at the end of the movie, the Sheriff asks to see the letter and it’s in the Major’s vest pocket. After everything that’s happened, he’s still carrying it (literally) close to the vest.
So why did the Major say it was fake? To knock the Hangman down a couple pegs in front of everyone and gain a little stature by making him look foolish.