One High-Flying Milestone

Actually, that’s a bit of a mixed metaphor — I don’t know that a milestone soaring through the air would really be a good thing. After all, a big hunk of stone’s gotta come down somewhere.

Whatever. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk. And since at least a nominal purpose of this weblog is to discuss gadgetry, I felt it appropriate to mark the launch of one of the all-time greatest gadgets ever invented: the airplane.

Let’s just hope Duh-bya doesn’t screw it all up by inaugurating his asinine moon launch program. (“Hey, what did that there Kennedy feller do to git all them people to like ’im? What? You mean we landed on the moon? When? Hot damn, I gotta git me some of that action.”) Hey, I’m all for expanding our reach into space, but let’s actually do something halfway smart, like developing the International Space Station into something usable — as was originally planned before the project got scaled back to the point where it serves little more than a symbolic purpose.


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